How Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 compares to its predecessors and competitors
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Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the two latest phones in its stylus-equipped lineup. The specs of Samsung’s Note phones are always top-of-the line, with big high-resolution screens, fast processors, and big batteries. So how do they compare to Samsung’s previous flagship phones, as well as the best its competitors currently have to offer?

We’ve rounded up the most important specs for both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra below, and compared them directly against Samsung’s previous flagships (including those from its recent Galaxy S20 series, as well as last year’s Note 10 lineup), as well as competing devices from the likes of Google, OnePlus, and of course, Apple.

Of course, the specs never tell the full story, and you’ll have to wait for our full reviews of the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra to know how they perform in real world usage. But if you want to see how the raw numbers stack up, read on for a full spec comparison, that includes the phones’ original starting prices, battery capacities, cameras, and screen sizes.

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

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Galaxy Note 20 vs. its predecessors and competitors

Category Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Google Pixel 4 OnePlus 8 iPhone 11 Pro
Category Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Google Pixel 4 OnePlus 8 iPhone 11 Pro
Starting price $999 $999 $949 $799 $699 $999
OS Android 10 (One UI) Android 10 (One UI) Android 10 (One UI) Android 10 Android 10 (OxygenOS) iOS 13.6
Display 6.7-inch (2400 x 1080) OLED 6.2-inch (3040 x 1440) OLED 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080) OLED 5.7-inch (2280 x 1080) OLED 6.55-inch (2400 x 1080) OLED 5.8-inch (2436 x 1125) OLED
Refresh rate 60Hz Up to 120Hz 60Hz Up to 90Hz Up to 90Hz 60Hz
Dimensions (mm) 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3mm 69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9mm 71.8 x 151 x 7.9mm 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2mm 160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
Weight 194g 163g 168g 162g 180g 188g
Battery capacity 4,300mAh 4,000mAh 3,500mAh 2,800mAh 4,300mAh 3,046mAh
Processor US: Snapdragon 865 Plus US: Snapdragon 865 US: Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 865 Apple A13 Bionic
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB 6GB 8GB or 12GB 4GB
Storage 128GB 128GB (microSD support allows an additional 1TB) 256GB 64 or 128GB 128 or 256GB 64 or 256 or 512GB
Ports USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port Lightning charging poirt
Rear cameras 12MP (F/1.8, 79 degree, OIS, 1/1.76″) wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 64MP (F/2.0, 76 degree) 12MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/1.76″) wide, 64MP (F/2.0, OIS, 1/1.72″) telephoto, 12MP (F/2.2) ultrawide 12MP (F/2.1, OIS, 1/3.6″) telephoto, 16MP (F/2.2, 123 degree, 1/3.1″) ultrawide, 12MP ( F/1.5-2.4, OIS, 77 degree, 1/2.55″) wide 16MP (F/2.4, OIS, 52 degree, 1/3.6″) telephoto, 12.2MP (F/1.7, OIS, 77 degree, 1/2.55″) wide 48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/2.0″) wide, 16MP (F/2.2, 116 degree) ultrawide, 2MP (F/2.4) macro 12MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/2.55″) wide, 12MP (F/2.0, OIS, 1/3.4″) telephoto, 12MP (F/2.4) ultrawide
Front cameras 10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 8MP (F/2.0) 16MP (F/2.0) 12MP (F/2.2)
Biometrics Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Face unlock In-display fingerprint sensor Face unlock
Waterproof IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 No (unlocked), IP68(carrier model) IP68
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs. its predecessors and competitors

Category Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Google Pixel 4 XL OnePlus 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Category Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Google Pixel 4 XL OnePlus 8 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Starting price $1,299 $1,399 $1,099 $899 $899 $1,099
OS Android 10 (One UI) Android 10 (One UI) Android 10 (OneUI) Android 10 Android 10 (OxygenOS) iOS 13.6
Display 6.9-inch (3088 x 1440) OLED 6.9-inch (3200 x 1440) OLED 6.8-inch (3040 x 1440) OLED 6.3-inch (3040 x 1440) OLED 6.78-inch (3168 x 1440) OLED 6.5-inch (2688 x 1242) OLED
Refresh rate Up to 120Hz Up to 120Hz 60Hz Up to 90Hz Up to 120Hz 60Hz
Dimensions (mm) 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5mm 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
Weight 208g 222g 196g 193g 199g 226g
Battery capacity 4,500mAh 5,000mAh 4,300mAh 3,700mAh 4,510mAh 3969mAh
Processor US: Snapdragon 865 Plus US: Snapdragon 865 US: Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 865 Apple A13 Bionic
RAM 12GB RAM 12 or 16GB RAM 12GB RAM 6GB RAM 8 or 12GB RAM 4GB RAM
Storage 128 or 512GB (microSD support allows an addiitonal 1TB) 128 or 256 or 512GB (microSD support allows an additional 1TB) 256 or 512GB RAM (microSD support allows an addiitonal 1TB) 64GB or 128GB 128 or 256GB 64 or 256 or 512GB RAM
Ports USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port Lightning charging port
Rear cameras 108mp (F/1.8, OIS, 79 degree, 1/1.33″) wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 12MP (F/3.0, 20 degree) telephoto, Laser AF 108MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/1.33″) wide, 48MP (F/3.5, OIS, 1/2.0″) periscope telephoto, 12MP (F/2.2) ultrawide, 0.3MP (F/1.0, TOF 3D) depth 12MP (F/1.5 -2.4, OIS, 1/2.55″) wide, 12MP (F/2.1, OIS, 1/3.6″) telephoto, 16MP (F/2.2, 1/3.1″) ultrawide, 0.3MP (TOF 3D) depth 12.2MP (F/1.7, OIS, 1/2.55″) wide, 16MP (F/2.4, OIS, 1/3.6″) telephoto 48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/1.43″) wide, 8MP (F/2.4, OIS) telephoto, 48MP (F/2.2, 116 degree, 1/2.0″) ultrawide, 5MP (F/2.4) color filter 12MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/2.55″) wide, 12MP (F/2.0, OIS, 1/3.4″) telephoto, 12MP (F/2.4) ultrawide
Front cameras 10MP (F/2.2) 40MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 8MP (F/2.0) 16MP (F/2.5) 12MP (F/2.2)
Biometrics Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Face unlock In-display fingerprint sensor Face unlock
Waterproof IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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