Who said new flagships are always better than older ones? Never been so wrong. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at its Unpacked event yesterday: it is a great handset and it brings a lot of new features to the shelves, but not all of its specifications are superior to its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. This does not mean that the S20 Ultra is better than the Note 20 Ultra, but it depends on the kind of user you are if you are looking for a new flagship. This specs comparison will highlight all the main differences between Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and, hopefully, it will let you understand which one is better for your needs.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm,
|166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm,
|DISPLAY||6.9 inches, 1440 x 3088p (Retina HD), Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.9 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X|
|PROCESSOR||Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core 2.73 GHz or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core 3 GHz||Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core 2.73 GHz or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM 512 GB – micro SD slot||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM 512 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10, One UI||Android 10, One UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 108 + 12 + 12 MP f/1.8, f/3.0 and f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 108 + 48 + 12 + 0.3 MP f/1.8, f/3.5, f/2.2 and f/1.0
40 MP f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||4500 mAh, fast charging 25W, wireless charging Qi||5000 mAh, Fast Charging 45W, fast wireless charging 15W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||IP68 waterproof, reverse wireless charging, 5G, S Pen||IP68 waterproof, reverse wireless charging, 5G|
Under the design point of view, despite being more productivity-oriented Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G wins the battle. It has a higher screen-to-body ratio and it comes in a wonderful matte color variant called Mystic Bronze which I consider definitely more beautiful than all the color variants of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. Even the camera module is more elegant, and the build quality is higher. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features the new Gorilla Glass Victus protection by Corning allowing it to survive to drops up to 2 meters on hard surfaces. Both the phones are waterproof with the IP68 certification. Despite the presence of a slot for the S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is thinner and lighter than Galaxy S20 Ultra.
There are only marginal differences when it comes to display quality, so we are not focusing too much on it. But there is an important difference which will make productivity users go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: the S Pen support. With the S Pen, you can handwrite and draw with a very high accuracy thanks to an active digitizer for the stylus, you can remotely control the smartphone via Bluetooth and you can even perform air gestures. The dedicated physical key of the S Pen also allows shooting photos remotely. The display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is slightly wider since the Samsung Galaxy S 20 Ultra has a taller aspect ratio.
Specs & Software
In the Snapdragon version, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra actually offers a better chipset than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865+ which offers a 10% boost in CPU and GPU performance, compared to the Snapdragon 865 found on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. But in the Exynos version (the one sold in the European market), Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy S20 Ultra have exactly the same SoC: Exynos 990. EU customers are disappointed: some of them even opened class actions against the Exynos 990 on the S20 Ultra, yet Samsung decided to keep the processor on the Note 20 Ultra without even releasing an upgrade. Both the phone runs Android 10 out of the box, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with more productivity features such as wireless DeX and deep integration with Microsoft services.
The camera department of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is superior to the one of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Both the phones come with the same 108 MP main sensor, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a better periscope camera with a 48 MP resolution, as well as a better front camera with a 40 MP resolution. With the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you even get an additional 0.3 MP ToF 3D camera which is not present on the Note 20 Ultra.
The battery of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is bigger and that means it offers a longer battery life, given that the two phones come with the same software and similar specifications. Despite being bigger, it still charges faster thanks to a faster charging technology (45W power against 25W of the Note 20 Ultra).
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a starting price of €1329 in Europe and $1300 in the U.S., while Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starts from €1349/$1150, but it is actually a lot more affordable thanks to street prices. If you are a productivity user and you prefer having the S Pen, then the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is actually a better option. Otherwise, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a superior phone due to better cameras and longer battery life. Note that in the Exynos version it has the same hardware and similar display to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, while in the Snapdragon version, it has a slightly better processor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- S Pen
- Gorilla Glass Victus
- Wider display
- Wireless DeX
- Better processor (Snapdragon version only)
- Higher price
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Bigger battery
- More affordable
- Better cameras
- Faster charging
- No S Pen!
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