Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10+ Specs Comparison
Samsung’s last generation flagship, the Galaxy Note 10+, was an amazing device and earned our Smartphone of the year award. In our review, we dubbed it the ultimate device for productivity, multimedia consumption, content creation, and raw performance. Fast forward to 2020, Samsung is releasing yet another flagship, the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Should you upgrade to the latest and greatest, or does last generation’s best still hold up today? Find out in this specs comparison!
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||Samsung Galaxy Note 10+|
|6.9-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 display, 511ppi, 120Hz, HDR10+||6.8-inch QHD+ (3040 x 1440) Infinity Display (Dynamic AMOLED), 498ppi, HDR10+|
|TBA||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core 2.8GHz CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 2.96GHz octa-core CPU (US model)|
|Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core 2.7GHz octa-core CPU||Samsung Exynos 9825 7nm 2.7GHz octa-core CPU|
|12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM||12GB LPDDR4X RAM|
|128GB/26GB/512GB UFS 3.0||256GB, 512GB UFS 3.0|
|Up to 1TB via MicroSD||Up to 1TB via MicroSD|
|Quad rear cameras: 108MP F1.8 (main) + 12MP F2.2 (ultra-wide), 48MP F3.5 (telephoto) + Depth Vision||Quad rear cameras: 12MP F 1.5-F1.8-F2.4 +16MP F2.2 wide-angle + 12MP F2.1 Telephoto + DepthVision Camera|
|8K video recording, Space Zoom, Hybrid Optic Zoom 10X, Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X||OIS, Hyperlapse, Special Night, 4K 60fps video recording, Ultra Slow-Mo|
|40MP F2.2 front camera||10MP F2.2 hole-punch front camera|
|5G NSA, Sub6||-|
|4G LTE Cat.20, 4×4 MIMO, up to 7CA||4G LTE|
|WiFi||WiFi 6 (2.4GHz + 5GHz)|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo|
|-||S Pen Compatible|
|Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner (under-display)||Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner (under-display)|
|Face Recognition||Face Recognition|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|IP68 dust and water resistance||IP68 dust and water resistance|
|Samsung One UI 2.0 (Android 10)||Samsung One UI (Android 9 Pie)|
|5,000mAh battery w/ 45W fast charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare||4,300mAh battery w/ 45W fast charging and 20W wireless charging|
|166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm|
|220 g||196 g|
Advantages of each phone:
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Bigger display w/ higher PPI
- Faster refresh rate
- Latest flagship chipset
- Higher RAM configuration
- Faster RAM
- Higher-resolution main and telephoto camera
- Higher resolution front camera
- 5G connectivity
- Larger battery capacity
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
- Higher storage on the base configuration
- Higher wide-angle camera resolution
- Faster wireless charging
Starting with the display, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a larger display, measuring 6.9 inches (vs. 6.8 inches) with slightly more PPI (511 vs. 498) and capable of handling higher refresh rates (120Hz vs. 60Hz). Both displays also use Samsung’s Infinity-O design to house the front camera.
As for the chipsets, the Galaxy S20 Ultra sports the flagship, 5G ready chipsets from Qualcomm and Exynos, the Snapdragon 865, and Exynos 990. The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, features the last generation’s flagship processor from both companies, the Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9825. The Galaxy S20 Ultra also sports the latest LPDDR5 RAM in either 12GB or 16GB configurations, while the Note 10+ is outfitted with 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Both devices also come with up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, although we have heard that the local units of the S20 Ultra will only come with 128GB. As for expandability, both devices are compatible with up to a 1TB MicroSD card.
Perhaps the most significant upgrade between the two is in the camera department. While the Note+ comes with a 12MP main, 16MP wide-angle, and a 12MP telephoto camera, the S20 Ultra comes with a 108MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, and a 48MP telephoto camera. Both phones come with a Depth Vision camera as well, to round out their quad-rear camera setups. With higher resolution also comes better video and zoom capabilities, with the S20 Ultra capable of shooting 8K videos and up to 100X digital zoom. As for the front camera, the Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a 40MP shooter, while the Note 10+ only comes with a 10MP selfie camera.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Note 10+ is capable of 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. The S20 Ultra, on the other hand, is capable of 5G, 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Samsung is yet to announce the versions of WiFi and Bluetooth the S20 Ultra is compatible with, along with NFC.
Both the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Note 10+ come with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and face recognition for biometrics. As for protection, both devices come with IP68 certification, and the Note 10+ also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. While still undisclosed, we doubt Samsung won’t add Corning Gorilla Glass protection to the S20 Ultra’s screen too. The main selling point for the Note 10+ is the S Pen compatibility.
Moving to the OS, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will come with Samsung One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 out of the box, while the Note 10+ comes with Samsung One UI based on Android 9. Although, the One UI 2.0 update for the Note 10+ is already available for download.
Lastly, powering the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a 5,000mAh battery while the Note 10+ has a 4,300mAh battery capacity. Both devices are capable of 45W fast charging, but the Note 10+ is capable of charging wirelessly faster (at 20W vs. 12W)
Overall, the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers significant upgrades over the Note 10+. It has a larger display capable of running at a higher refresh rate, a faster chipset with better AI capabilities, faster RAM with an option for a higher configuration, better front & rear cameras, 5G connectivity, and a larger battery. That being said, if you’re still satisfied with the performance of the Note 10+, the photos it produces, and use the S Pen regularly, then you may want to wait for the next Note series.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will be available locally starting March 6, 2020, for a starting price of PHP 69,990. The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, is available for purchase with a starting price of PHP 60,990 for the 12GB + 256GB model.
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