Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. Note 20 Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung flagships compared

by tamerastrunk96 in Business::Article Marketing on August 15, 2020

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Samsung’s new power phones have arrived. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, which start at $1,000 (£849) and $1,300 (£1,179) respectively, were unveiled Wednesday alongside three other devices in a glitzy Unpacked launch that was moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Australian prices aren’t yet available, but $1,000 converts to about AU$1,390.)

Both phones are packed with top-notch tech that, on paper at least, puts them among the elite ranks of the iPhone 11 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro. As well as boasting a striking bronze finish, both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have similar core specs, including a cutting-edge Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 10-megapixel selfie camera, new S Pen gestures and 5G capabilities.

But they have some key differences too. Firstly, the Note 20 has a plastic back instead of the used in the Note 20 Ultra — a surprising choice in a phone that costs $1,000. The pricier Note 20 Ultra has more bells and whistles, including a higher-powered camera with a 108-megapixel lens, faster refresh rate (120Hz) and a microSD card slot. It also supports Nearby Share, Google’s version of Apple’s AirDrop feature. As expected, the 6.9-inch Note 20 Ultra is both the larger and heavier handset of the duo, weighing a hefty 204 grams. 

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Both stylus-equipped Note phones come months after the launch of the Galaxy S20 family in February. Apart from the visible industrial design differences (the phones’ sizes and the inclusion of the S Pen), one thing that’s changed in the newer Note phones is the Space Zoom feature. Samsung’s decided to backpedal on the S20 Ultra’s hyped-up 100x zoom. The Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra instead have reduced Space Zoom capabilities of 30x and 50x respectively. The company likely made this design decision to help drive down the price.

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The Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Plus are available for preorder on the Samsung website from tomorrow until Aug. 20. For more information on their specs, take a look at CNET’s specs chart below.

Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. Note Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Display size, resolution

6.7-inch; 2,400×1,080 pixels

6.9-inch AMOLED; 3,088×1,440 pixels

6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,200×1,440 pixels

6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2XDimensions (Inches)

6.36×2.96×0.33 inches

6.48×3.03×0.31 inches

2.72×5.97×0.311 inches

2.99 x 6.57 x 0.35 inches

Dimensions (Millimeters)

161.6×75.2×8.3 mm

164.8×77.2×8.1 mm

69.1×151.7×7.9 mm

76.0 x 166.9 x 8.8mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.84 oz, 194g

7.33 oz, 208g

5.75 oz; 163g

7.76 oz; 220g

Mobile software

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Camera

12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 108-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera

Front-facing camera

10-megapixel

10-megapixel

10-megapixel

40-megapixel

Video capture

8K

8K

8K

8K

Processor

Snapdragon 865 Plus

Snapdragon 865 Plus

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2GHz)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2GHz)

Storage

128GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB

128GB, 512GB

RAM

8GB

12GB

12GB

12GB, 16GB

Expandable storage

No

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Battery

4,300 mAh

4,500 mAh

4,000 mAh

5,000 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

No

No

No

Special features

S Pen stylus; 5G enabled, Wireless PowerShare, water resistant (IP68)

S Pen stylus, water resistant (IP68), stereo speakers, 5G enabled, PowerShare, 5x optical zoom, UWB Sharing

5G enabled, 120Hz refresh rate, water resistant (IP68)

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; 100X zoom; water resistant (IP68)

Price at launch (USD)

$999

$1,300 (128GB), $1,450 (512GB)

$999

 $1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)

Price at launch (GBP)

£849 (4G); £949 (5G)

£1,179

£1,000

£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)

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