Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Price, Features, and Full Specifications

As part of the Galaxy Unpacked special online event, Samsung unveiled its new flagship Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones. In comparison with the previous generation, the manufacturer has improved the display, cameras, and other technical characteristics, but the main focus was on improving user productivity. To do this, the company noticeably "pumped" the company's S Pen stylus and implemented a number of unique features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra received a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with WQHD+ resolution and support for a 120 Hz refresh rate. Compared to the previous generation, the screen brightness has been increased by 25%, resulting in better readability on the street. In addition, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra became the first smartphone in the world to use the latest Gorilla Glass Victus from Corning. In comparison with Gorilla Glass 6 in the Galaxy Note 10, the coating is stronger and more resistant to scratches. The regular Note 20 is equipped with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with Full HD+ resolution and a classic 60 Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Both externally and technically noticeable changes have affected smartphone cameras. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra received a 108-megapixel main module, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and 12-megapixel telephoto with a periscope lens and 5x optical zoom (the maximum digital zoom value is 50x). The device also received a new laser autofocus system, which, according to the manufacturer, provides instant focusing on objects. The Galaxy Note 20 was equipped with a simpler set - with a 12-megapixel main module, a 12-megapixel "width" identical to that of the Note 20 Ultra, and a third camera with a resolution of 64 megapixels and a three-fold hybrid zoom (30x digital). 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The smartphones provide support for recording video in up to 8K resolution at a frequency of up to 24 frames per second and an aspect ratio of 21:9 - the same format used for shooting movies. For even more "cinematic", it is now possible to adjust the speed of approach. For example, you can slowly zoom in or out of the image to achieve a more dramatic effect. A unique feature of the Galaxy Note 20 series is the ability to use the new Galaxy Buds Live wireless headphones as an external microphone when recording video.

Galaxy Note 20

The hardware platform in both smartphones is identical - an eight-core Exynos 990 processor, made using a 7-nm process technology. The Galaxy Note 20 only comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is optionally available in 5G with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of ROM. In addition, only Ultra has support for memory cards. The younger model has a 4300 mAh battery, and the older one has a 4500 mAh battery. Both devices support fast wired and wireless charging with the ability to recharge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Reverse charging is also provided to "recharge" other devices such as smartwatches or wireless headphones. 

Galaxy Note 20

Samsung claims the redesigned S Pen applies deep machine learning to improve the user experience. The Note 20 has reduced response times by 40% over the Note 10, and the Note 20 Ultra by 80%. The stylus received support for five customizable gestures for smartphone control: "Back", "Home", "Recent applications", "Smart selection" and "Screen recording". Pen notes are automatically synced across the ecosystem, including tablets and personal computers. You can add handwritten notes to images, text documents, and PDFs. Notes with audio comments appeared.  

The smartphones have received support for the updated DeX mode, which allows you to connect to computers, monitors, and televisions without any wires. You can use this function to send different content to the big screen. For example, you can stream a video to your TV, chat on your smartphone, or work with a stylus. In addition, when connected to a second display, the Galaxy Note 20 can be used as a touchpad with the ability to quickly call up recent apps with gestures and switch between running programs. In addition, as part of the collaboration with Microsoft, Samsung smartphones have received deeper integration with Windows 10 computers through the "Your phone" application. For the first time, users can launch mobile apps directly from their phones on their PCs, and later this year it will be possible to work with several programs simultaneously.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20


Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
DisplaySuper AMOLED Plus, 6.7 ", Full HD +, 60 Hz, Gorilla Glass 5Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 6.9", WQHD +, 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus
ChipsetExynos 990, 7nm, Mali-G77 MP11 graphics 
RAM8 GB8 GB (LTE), 12 GB (5G)
Storage256 GB256 GB (LTE), 512 GB (5G)
Memory CardsNot SupportedmicroSD up to 1 TB
Main Camera12 MP (f/1.8, 2PD autofocus, OIS) + 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2) + 64 MP (telephoto lens, 3x hybrid zoom, f/2.2, OIS)108 MP (f/1.8, PD autofocus, OIS) + 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2) + 12 MP (telephoto lens, 5x optical zoom, f/3.0, OIS)
Front Camera10 MP (f/2.2, 2PD autofocus) 
Chargingfast wired and wireless, reverse wireless 
ConnectorUSB Type-C 
Securityultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner, separate secure processor 
Contactless payment
Samsung Pay (NFC + MST)
AudioStereo speakers from AKG, Dolby Atmos 
Operating System Android 10 + One UI 
Water protection
IP68 (immersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes) 
Optionalwireless connection to PC / monitor / TV via Samsung DeX 
Dimensions161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm
Weight195g208 g

The presented new items will go on sale on August 21:

  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra - in bronze, black and white colors at a recommended price of USD 1,299 (Roughly Rs 97,250) for the 12GB/128GB version and USD 1,499 (Roughly Rs 1,12,113) for the 12GB/512GB version;
  • Galaxy Note20 - in graphite, mint, and bronze colors at a recommended price of USD 999 (Roughly Rs 74,700).

Pre-order will be open from 5 to 20 August. The first Galaxy Note 20 Ultra owners will receive the Galaxy Buds Live as a gift, and the Galaxy Buds+ are waiting for users who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 20. 

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