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

Here’s how Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra stack up against earlier Galaxy S20 flagships.Sareena DayaramAug. 12, 2020 10:00 pm


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 earlier this month 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.)Samsung Galaxy Note 20$1,000 AT AMAZONSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra$1,300 AT AMAZONSamsung Galaxy S20$1,000 AT AT&T WIRELESSSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra$1,400 AT BEST BUY

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 new Gorilla Glass Victus shielding 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. 

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.


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


Samsung Galaxy Note 20Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraSamsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display size, resolution6.7-inch; 2,400×1,080 pixels6.9-inch AMOLED; 3,088×1,440 pixels6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,200×1,440 pixels6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2XDimensions (Inches)6.36×2.96×0.33 inches6.48×3.03×0.31 inches2.72×5.97×0.311 inches2.99 x 6.57 x 0.35 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters)161.6×75.2×8.3 mm164.8×77.2×8.1 mm69.1×151.7×7.9 mm76.0 x 166.9 x 8.8mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)6.84 oz, 194g7.33 oz, 208g5.75 oz; 163g7.76 oz; 220g
Mobile softwareAndroid 10Android 10Android 10Android 10
Camera12-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 camera10-megapixel10-megapixel10-megapixel40-megapixel
Video capture8K8K8K8K
ProcessorSnapdragon 865 PlusSnapdragon 865 Plus64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2GHz)64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2GHz)
Storage128GB128GB, 512GB128GB128GB, 512GB
Expandable storageNoUp to 1TBUp to 1TBUp to 1TB
Battery4,300 mAh4,500 mAh4,000 mAh5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensorIn-screenIn-screenIn-screenIn-screen
Headphone jackNoNoNoNo
Special featuresS Pen stylus; 5G enabled, Wireless PowerShare, water resistant (IP68)S Pen stylus, water resistant (IP68), stereo speakers, 5G enabled, PowerShare, 5x optical zoom, UWB Sharing5G 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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