Samsung’s latest phones have some neat features and plenty to love, but they’re really expensive. As a result, buyers may be looking for the best Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ alternatives. And while you have several options like the Galaxy S10e, other brands have great devices at different price points and screen sizes.
We’ll help you find a phone with a similar or better experience, big screen, capable cameras and great battery life. Whether you can’t handle the high price tag, want faster updates, or just want something a little different we have you covered. Plus, more devices like the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 XL are right around the corner.
Best Galaxy Note 10 Alternatives
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- Galaxy S10e
- Huawei P30 & P30 Pro
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- iPhone Xs Max
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
Our alternatives offer a similar experience, all at a lower price point. Including the fancy 6.7-inch OnePlus 7 Pro with a bezel-free display, which is around 50% cheaper. These replacement devices are perfect for you and won’t have you wanting for more.
1. OnePlus 7 Pro – $669
The OnePlus 7 Pro is potentially the best phone of 2019, well, until the OnePlus 7T Pro arrives. It’s honestly the phone to buy and beat this year. It’s bigger, faster, and potentially better than Samsung’s at a much more affordable price. The OnePlus 7 Pro is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Note 10, and a hair smaller than the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, coming with a 6.67-inch screen, but there are no cutouts or notches in the display along with super tiny bezels, as you can see below.
This phone packs the same powerful processor inside, 128 or 256GB of storage, triple cameras, and a beautiful Quad-HD AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate all for only $669. Even Samsung’s phone doesn’t have a 90 Hz display. However, you don’t get wireless charging or water-resistance, if that matters.
As you can see, there’s no notch or circle out of the screen, like Samsung. Instead, the front camera pops up from the top. It’s a mechanical pop-up camera, which is pretty rad if you ask me. The OnePlus 7 Pro is available directly from OnePlus and works with almost every carrier, or you can buy it from T-Mobile. It starts at $669 but you can get more RAM for a few more dollars, or a crazy fast and powerful 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for only $749. Which is still way cheaper than even the smallest cheapest Note 10.
2. Samsung Galaxy S10e – $749
Perhaps the best alternative, aside from maybe the Galaxy S10+, is Samsung’s smaller Galaxy S10e. This phone is only $749, but it packs a lot of the same experience, except for maybe the S-Pen. The Galaxy S10e comes with a 5.8-inch FLAT screen, not the curved screen of the Note, which some people really like.
You still get that premium Samsung experience with powerful dual cameras on the back, compared to quad cameras on the Note 10+. Everything else matches the Note on specs, software, water-resistance, etc, so it’s an excellent alternative that’s affordable. And it has a headphone jack.
3. Huawei P30 and P30 Pro – Starting at €799
Another solid alternative to the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ has to be Huawei’s latest P30 and P30 Pro smartphones. The regular Huawei P30 has a 6.1-inch screen, powerful internals and three cameras on the back to battle Samsung or Apple. Then, the bigger 6.5-inch Huawei P30 Pro is a perfect middle ground in terms of size, really fancy, and has four cameras on the back.
Huawei’s phones use a small teardrop notch instead of a cutout for the front-facing camera, they both run Android 9 Pie, and the company has some compelling software features for the camera. Not to mention water-resistance, reverse wireless charging, and other features Samsung users love. Basically, these are Huawei’s direct answer to Samsung’s phones.
Unfortunately, they’re not available from US carriers, but you can get the GSM models for AT&T and T-Mobile. Well, if you don’t mind the brands recent struggles with the US government. These are two compelling phones with comparable specs and features worth considering.
4. Google Pixel 3 XL – $899
If we’re being honest you should wait for the Pixel 4 XL if you can. If not, the Pixel 3 XL is a great Galaxy Note 10 alternative. Sporting a big 6.3-inch AMOLED display, high-end specs, dual front-facing speakers and blazingly fast software. You’ll get updates first, get Android 10 instantly, and get to try fancy new features before anyone else. You’ll love all the Google Assistant features, smart replies, call screening, and the Night Sight mode on the camera is magic.
The phone has water-resistance, Google Pay instead of Samsung Pay, plenty of storage and solid cameras. And while the Note 10 does have more RAM and a newer processor, performance shouldn’t be that much different. Keep in mind that you’ll lose the microSD slot, so buy the 128GB model if you’re worried about storage in the long run.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available at Verizon, Google and Best Buy. You can use it on major carriers in the U.S. and on Google Fi. Check the prices at the Google Store, as the Pixel 3 XL recently dropped to just $599 or $699, which is a solid deal.
5. iPhone Xs Max – $1099
We understand that most Android users or Note buyers don’t want an iPhone. That said, the biggest choice for the last several years is Galaxy or iPhone, so it’s a natural and obvious Galaxy Note 10 alternative. The iPhone Xs Max has a beautiful screen that’s slightly smaller than the bigger Note 10, coming in at 6.5-inches. There are almost no bezels, except for the big notch at the top for the FaceID sensors.
You’re losing out on storage options unless you spend a lot of money, and it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. However, it is the iPhone Xs Max, Apple’s biggest and best phone until the iPhone 11 comes out. It’ll deliver fast performance, a great camera, and a good experience. Apple’s latest iPhone has two powerful cameras on the back, lots of modes for taking portraits, and iMessage.
It’s about the same price for a smaller screen and only 64GB of storage, but it’s an option for those that don’t like the curved edge and cut-hole camera in the screen. The iPhone Xs Max is sold virtually everywhere, from all carriers, in almost any store. For a limited time, you can get a pretty good discount with a qualifying trade-in. Or, wait for the iPhone 11.
6. LG V50 ThinQ 5G – $949
Another solid alternative to the Galaxy Note 10 for most buyers is actually the LG V50, for several different reasons. It’s a big phone loaded with fancy features, and it comes in a 5G variant if that’s something you’re interested in but don’t want to pay $1,300 for the Note 10 5G. The LG V50 is a very powerful device.
This phone packs a 6.4-inch Quad-HD screen, the same powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, three cameras on the back, 5G speeds, and a big 4,000 mAh battery. It starts with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, has a micro-SD slot, and packs water-resistance, wireless charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Quad-DAC for improved audio. You get a 16MP main, 12MP zoom, and 16MP wide-angle camera, one of the best speakers in any phone — LG’s boombox speaker.
LG’s phone packs the same punch as the Galaxy Note 10, runs Android 9 Pie, and while it started out expensive, we’re seeing it for under $600 in some cases, which is insane. All things considered, it’s a great phone. They’re asking around $999 from most carriers but LG and even Best Buy has it for $649.
These are your options right now, but in the next few months, we’ll see a OnePlus 7T Pro, the Pixel 4 XL, iPhone 11 and maybe even a folding Moto RAZR. You’ll have a ton of choices as the year comes to a close if you’re able or willing to wait.
So, decide what’s right for you and buy something today or wait for a different option.
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