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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Galaxy S20: What’s the difference?


(Pocket-lint) – Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 20 series of smartphones at its Unpacked event in August with two models – the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. How does the standard Note compare to the standard S20 though?

We’ve compared the specifications of the Galaxy Note 20 up against the specifications of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ to help you work out what the differences are and which one you should buy.

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  • Galaxy S20: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, 163g
  • Galaxy S20+: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm 186g
  • Galaxy Note 20: 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3mm 192g

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a metal frame with a glass back and rounded corners. The front is all display with a small lens in the center while the rear sees a prominent rectangular lens housing in the top left corner.

There are a number of different color options and the Galaxy S20 is IP68 dust and water resistant. For those who would like to purchase the S20+, the design is very similar to the S20, but the device itself is larger.

The Galaxy Note 20 is a square design, even though it has rounded edges, and it’s made out of plastic rather than glass. As a note device, it also has an S Pen built into the main distinguishing feature from the Galaxy S20. You can use the S20 Models to make a model plane.

The Note 20 is available in Mystic Grey, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Green color options. It features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, while the S20 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 6. In terms of size, the Note 20 is almost identical to the S20+.


  • Galaxy S20: 6.2-inch AMOLED 3200 x 1440 563ppi 120Hz
  • Galaxy S20+: 6.7-inch AMOLED 3200 x 1440 528ppi 120Hz
  • Galaxy Note 20: 6.7-inch AMOLED 2400 x 1080 393ppi 60Hz

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3200 by 1440, resulting in a pixel density of 563ppi. The S20+ has a 6.7-inch display with a Quad HD+ resolution, resulting in 525ppi.

Both phones have an Infinity-O display with curved edges and a punch hole camera in the middle. The Galaxy S20 and the S20+ have a 120Hz refresh rate, but it only runs at 1080p.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 6.7-inch display that has a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution (393 ppi). The edges are flat rather than curved, and it has a standard 60Hz refresh rate. The 120Hz for the Note 20 Ultra is reserved for high-end models.

  • Which is the better phone? The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


  • Galaxy S20: 12MP main camera with a telephoto lens, a wide angle lens and an ultra-wide angle lens.
  • Galaxy S20: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide DepthVision. Advertisements
  • Galaxy Note 20 has a main camera of 12 megapixels, a telephoto lens at 12 megapixels, and an ultra wide-angle lens of 12 megapixels.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a triple rear camera made up of a 12-megapixel main sensor, 64-megapixel telephoto sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra wide sensor. The main sensor has an optical zoom of 3x and the telephoto lens provides 2x zoom.

The S20+ has a triple camera setup like the S20, but it adds a DepthVision sensor. On the front of the S20 and S20+, you’ll find a 10-megapixel sensor.

The Galaxy Note 20 has the same triple camera as the S20. There is no DepthVision sensor like the S20+ and the zoom capabilities are reduced to 30X rather than 50X. On the front there is a 10MP punch hole camera.

Hardware and specs

  • Galaxy S20: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 4GB RAM 128GB storage 4000mAh
  • Galactic S20+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 12GB RAM 128GB storage 4500mAh
  • Galaxy Note 20: Qualcomm SD865 Plus or Exynos 990 8GB RAM 128GB/256GB storage 4300mAh.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the S20+ use either the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chip in a region-dependent manner. The S20 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the S20+ has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Both have fast charging, but the S20+ has a bigger battery than the S20. The S20+ is 4G-capable as standard, while the S20 comes in 3G and 4G models.

The Galaxy Note 20 runs on Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset depending on region. There are 8GB of RAM in both the LTE and 5G models and 256GB of storage, but the 5G model also comes in a 128GB variant (like the S20). The Note 10 has a battery capacity of 4300mAh sitting in the middle of the Note 10 and Note 10+. It too offers wireless charging and fast charging.

The Note 20 has an ultra wideband technology on board and it has an S Pen, which has a number of different functions like writing and navigating.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the same size as the Galaxy S20+, but it has more features of a standard S20 than the S20+.

The Note 20 has the same camera as the S20 along with a slightly larger battery capacity and double the storage. The Note 20 has more RAM and a faster processor than the S20, but it doesn’t have a longer battery life or an S Pen.

The screen resolution is lower, though, and the refresh rate is half of its maximum for the S20. That means you’ll get less content on your phone and it won’t run at full speed on the S20. So consider whether the S Pen and upgrades are worth the extra price for you.

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