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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra X Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB) 07Points
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

Octa-core

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

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13Points Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB) Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G X
6.8"
AMOLED

1440x3088

200
MP

12mp

12GB
RAM

Octa-core

5000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)} 7 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB) vs Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)} 13 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+208 grams (7.28 ounces)13%
Lighter
vs234 grams (8.19 ounces)
+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)10%
Thinner
vs8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsAluminum frame, glass front/back
+6.9"1%
Larger screen
vs6.8"
+(5G SA/NSA) 5000 Mbps67%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(5G Sub6) 3000 Mbps
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
2.73GHz 64bit Octa-core (7nm)vs+3.36GHz 64bit Octa-core (4nm)37%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
UFS 3.0vs+UFS 4.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
494 PPIvs+501 PPI1%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(triple camera) 108MP + 12MP + 12MPvs+(quad camera) 200MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP76%
Higher resolution main camera
1/1.33" inchesvs+1/1.3" inches2%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
f/1.8 (aperture)vs+f/1.7 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 10MPvs+(front) 12MP20%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
Android 13vs+Android 14Advantage
Android 14 is newer and safer
4500 mAhvs+5000 mAh11%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
25Wvs+45W80%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
vs+2 slots (Dual-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)Advantage
You can have more mobile carriers/operators on the same device.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6]vs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6]Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6] is newer and faster
5.0 + A2DP/LEvs+5.3 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.3 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster

37 Common items in both devices
12GB LPDDR5 / 12GB LPDDR5X
256GB (221GB available) / 256GB (218GB available)
Dynamic AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz
16 million
1440x3088 pixels
+30 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
ModelGalaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Other model namesGalaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N986B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G (SM-S918B/Dual-SIM)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date8/21/2020, Announced: 8/5/20202/17/2023, Announced: 2/1/2023
Depth8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
Size (width x height)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)78.1 x 163.4 millimeters (3.07 x 6.43 in)
Weight208 grams (7.28 ounces)234 grams (8.19 ounces)
Build, materialsStainless steel body, glass front/backAluminum frame, glass front/back
Back: Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

📲 Display

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.9" inches6.8" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~89.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3088 pixels1440x3088 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)494 PPI501 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass Victus 2
Refresh rate120Hz120Hz
Display features1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz@FHD
60Hz@QHD
1750nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display

🤖 Operating System

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
System versionAndroid 10Android 13
Firmware updateAndroid 13Android 14
User InterfaceOne UI 2.5 / 3.1 / 4.1 / 5.0One UI 5.1 / 6.0

⚙️ Processor

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Chipset64bit: Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)64bit: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (SM8550-AC) (4nm)
CPUOcta-core, 3 processors:
2x 2.73GHz Mongoose M5 (Dual-core)
2x 2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A76 (Dual-core)
4x 2GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (Quad-core)
Octa-core, 3 processors:
1x 3.36GHz ARM Cortex-X3 (Single-core)
4x 2.8GHz ARM Cortex-A710/A715 (Quad-core)
3x 2GHz ARM Cortex-A510 (Triple-core)
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G77 MP11 (800MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 740
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 508760 (v8)
Geekbench: 2603 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 42fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 1241613 (v9)
Geekbench: 4927 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 67fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
RAM memory12GB LPDDR512GB LPDDR5X
Internal storage256GB (221GB available)
UFS 3.0
256GB (218GB available)
UFS 4.0
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Not supported

📶 Mobile networks

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
Dual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum Download / Upload5000/1024 Mbps3000/1920 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bands Expand band details Collapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
LTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78)SA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 41, 66, 71)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA, Sub6
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
LTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48)
VoLTE
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA, Sub6

📷 Camera

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephoto f/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawide f/2.2120°13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
(quad camera)
200 megapixels
10MP periscope telephoto f/4.9230mm1/3.52"1.12µmPDAFOIS10x-optical-zoom
10MP telephoto f/2.470mm1/3.52"1.12µmPDAFOIS3x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawide f/2.213mm120°1/2.55"1.4µmPDAFSuper-Steady
Main camera resolution12000x9000 pixels20000x10000 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 30 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens24mm lens
Sensor size1/1.33" inches1/1.3" inches
Pixel size0.8µm pixel0.6µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extras4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps
8K@24/30fps
4K@30/60fps
1080p@30/60fps
1080p@240/960fps (slow motion)
HDR10+

📸 Front camera

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels12 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/3.2" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixelfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Stereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorType-C reversible connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.3 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wideband)
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wideband)
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: lithium-ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: lithium-ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh5000 mAh
Charger, watts25W Wired fast charging
USB Power Delivery 3.0
45W Wired fast charging
Reverse charging by cable
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Inductive / wireless charging15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous• Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
• Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
• Bixby
• Samsung Wireless DeX
• Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
• Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)
• Colors: Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, Graphite, Sky Blue, Lime, Red
• Samsung DeX
• Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
• S Pen (Stylus Pen): Bluetooth 2.8ms latency

☢️ Radiation rate

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B/DS 256GB/12GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.98W/kg (head), 1.1W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.338W/kg (head), 1.47W/kg (body)0.963W/kg (head), 1.398W/kg (body)
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