The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch is on August 7, then Apple’s iPhone 11 comes later on this year – but how will they compare?
The iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are perhaps the two biggest launches of 2019. Neither is official just yet, so this is merely a speculative look at how the two handsets might compare based on the current slew of leaks about both phones.
Mainly, it’s just a bit of fun – I’m super interested in both these phones, so I’ve been researching the crap out of them! What follows is a breakdown of all the key rumors for both the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10. I’ve done it for two reasons: 1) because I wanted to know, and 2) to give you an idea about the key differences between what is likely to be 2019’s biggest phone releases. Right, let’s do this!
- iPhone 11 – If you’re looking for exciting new designs, Apple’s 2019 iPhone range is NOT where you want to be looking. The iPhone 11 range will feature a more or less identical design language to the current iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR range. Boo!
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – In direct contrast to the iPhone 11, Samsung will be coming out guns blazing for the Galaxy Note 10. It will feature a new design, a curved OLED display with a single-lens punch-hole camera inside it (no notch), and a metal frame. Sadly, there will be no headphone jack. And it looks like Samsung killed Bixby too.
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 might look boring compared to the Galaxy Note 10, but all the action is going on under the hood. It will feature Apple’s new A13 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 1 front-facing 12MP camera that’ll live inside the notch. Dimensions and display size will remain the same as current models – so, 5.8in OLED (iPhone 11) and 6.5in OLED (iPhone 11 Max). The real star of the show, however, will be the A13 chipset – it will blow the Android competition out of the water, just like the A11 and A12 chipset did. None of Apple’s iPhone 11 phones will support 5G, however… And that’s kind of a bummer.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Like all modern Samsung releases, the Galaxy Note 10 will be an absolute beast in the specs department. You’re looking at Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU (or Exynos 9825 CPU in the US) and 12GB of RAM, which is more than most laptops. With storage, Pro models will apparently have up to 1TB of internal storage, while standard models start at 256GB to 512GB. An SD-card slot is also rumored, though not confirmed. All models will support 5G connectivity too.
- iPhone 11 – The camera will be the BIGGEST update to Apple’s iPhone 11 range, save for the A13 chipset. Multiple sources have now confirmed that the iPhone 11 will pack in a triple-lens camera on the rear (likely only the XS Max model) alongside a 12MP front-facing camera. Updates to Apple’s machine learning will also allow you to alter photos after they’ve been taken (this is called Smart Frame, apparently).
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Three cameras? That’s nothing! Samsung’s apparently kitting the Galaxy Note 10 out with a quad-lens array, meaning the handset will have four separate lenses on the rear for capturing truly EPIC shots. This opens the door to serious wide-angle photography and even better Time of Flight (ToF) depth-accuracy. You can find a full breakdown of the Galaxy Note 10’s camera here.
Storage & RAM
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 range will use 4GB of RAM and support internal strange ranging from 128GB to 512GB.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – The Galaxy Note 10 range will pack in up to 12GB of RAM across the range, as well as up to 1TB of internal storage on Pro models + SD card support.
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 MAX will have a 3650mAh battery, according to reports, while the smaller iPhone 11 handsets will carry 3110mAh cells. This is an improvement over the current models’ internal cells and, when combined with the efficiencies of Apple’s new A13 chipset, it should translate in some pretty impressive battery life gains.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Word on the street suggests Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 will pack in a 4500mAh battery. That’s 500mAh bigger than the Galaxy Note 9 and it should translate into a pretty significant bump in uptime between charges. Fast charge (25W) will also be included as standard on all models, as will wireless charging.
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 will run iOS 13, once it drops. And Apple will mainly focus on software updates this time around, as the iPhone 11 – with respect to looks and physical design – is more or less the same deal as the current range of phones. For this reason, expect Apple to focus heavily on new software features at launch – things like Smart Frame and AR.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – The Galaxy Note 10 will run on Android Q, once it launches. This is the latest build of Google’s Android OS and, like all Samsung phones, it will be skinned with Samsung’s custom UX, meaning loads of apps you don’t need/want and plenty of features you’ll never use. Thankfully, you can easily swap this UX out for another, less “busy” one from the Google Play Store.
- iPhone 11 – Nothing has been confirmed yet, but you can expect to pay either the same as 2018’s models or slightly more. My money would be on Apple keeping the same pricing in place, as the phones aren’t likely to impress too many floating voters with their 2018 design and lack of 5G connectivity
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – The Galaxy Note 10 range will be VERY expensive, especially if you go with the Pro model which could tip the scales at $1600 for the 1TB model. The normal models, however, will most likely follow similar pricing models like the Galaxy Note 9, meaning in and around $800-$1000, depending on storage options.
Which Phone is More Exciting, Apple’s iPhone 11 or The Galaxy Note 10?
On paper and in the flesh, it’s pretty simple: the Galaxy Note 10 is a vastly more interesting update. It features a new design, a gamut of new specs and hardware, and a heavily updated camera with new capabilities and better Time of Flight performance. Oh, and the Galaxy Note 10 will support 5G at launch too, unlike Apple’s entire range…
The iPhone 11, while very much more of the same, is still a pretty significant update. Apple’s new A13 chipset will be the most powerful CPU on the market by a considerable margin, bringing with it plenty of performance updates and boosts over last year’s models. Imaging-wise, Apple’s iPhone 11 will also be rather impressive too; things like Smart-Frame sound truly interesting.
In this respect, both handsets are going to be good updates. But for overall “excitingness”, I think it is clear than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is where all the action is going on; it’s a ball-out release that is designed to grab headlines and consumers’ attention. It has a stylus, it has a curved OLED display, and it might have up to 1TB of storage – basically, it’s a marketing department’s dream!
The iPhone 11, meanwhile, is like getting new windows installed on your home. It’s expensive and kind of boring. But it does bring plenty of benefits into your life – most of which are derived from the fact that it is more efficient. The A13, like modern glazing, is more efficient and more capable, meaning better performance and an easier life. Weird analogy, I know, but it worked in my head, so I hope you get the point.
Apple’s biggest problem with the iPhone 11 is its lack of 5G; any iPhone users wanting 5G connectivity will have to wait until late-2020 for the release of the iPhone 12. And to make matters worse, nearly all Android phones released from now on will support 5G, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 platform.
Other than that, I’m most looking forward to seeing what Apple’s A13 chipset and camera are capable of. The current word on the street suggests Apple has invested HEAVILY in its imaging technology for the iPhone 11, so it should be very impressive.