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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G XSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)10Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)
6.8"
AMOLED

1440x3200

108
MP

40mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

5000
mAh

(Non removable)

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05PointsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Compare Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra X
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)

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!


47 Common items in both devices
12GB LPDDR5
256GB (220GB available) / 256GB (221GB available)
Dynamic AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz
16 million
LED flash
+40 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
ModelGalaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Other model namesGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G (SM-G998B/Dual-SIM)Galaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N986B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date1/29/2021, Announced: 1/14/20218/21/2020, Announced: 8/5/2020
Depth8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)75.6 x 165.1 millimeters (2.98 x 6.5 in)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)
Weight227 grams (7.95 ounces)208 grams (7.28 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backStainless steel body, glass front/back
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

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
System versionAndroid 11Android 10
Firmware updateAndroid 13Android 13
User InterfaceOne UI 3.1 / 4.1 / 5.0One UI 2.5 / 3.1 / 4.1 / 5.0

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.9GHz Single-Core ARM Cortex-X1
2.8GHz Triple-Core ARM Cortex-A78
2.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55
Octa-Core, 3 processors:
2.73GHz Dual-Core Mongoose M5
2.5GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A76
2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)ARM Mali-G77 MP11 (800MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 657150 (v8), 727634 (v9)
Geekbench: 3457 (v5.2)
GFXBench: 51fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 508760 (v8)
Geekbench: 2603 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 42fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
RAM memory12GB LPDDR512GB LPDDR5
Internal storage256GB (220GB available)
UFS 3.1
256GB (221GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageNot supportedUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.8" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~89.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3200 pixels (20:9)1440x3088 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)516 PPI494 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass Victus
Refresh rate120Hz120Hz
Display features1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz@FHD
60Hz@QHD

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/1920 Mbps5000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 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, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78)SA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 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, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Back camera (main camera)(quad camera)
108 megapixels
10MP periscope telephotof/4.9240mm1/3.24"1.22µmPDAFOIS10x-optical-zoom
10MP telephotof/2.470mm1/3.24"1.22µmPDAFOIS3x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm1/2.55"1.4µmPDAFSuper-Steady-video
(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephotof/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120°13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
Main camera resolution12000x9000 pixels12000x9000 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/1.33" inches1/1.33" inches
Pixel size1.8µm pixel0.8µm 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
4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Front camera (secondary)40 megapixels10 megapixels
Front camera resolution7296x5472 pixels3872x2592 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 size1/2.8" inches1/3.2" inches
Pixel size0.7µm pixel1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
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
RadioFMNot 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

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
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)
Bluetooth5.2 + A2DP/LE5.0 + 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 wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gesture
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity5000 mAh4500 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
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: Phantom Black, Silver, Titanium, Navy, Brown
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
- Samsung DeX
- Stylus pen support
- Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- Bixby
- Samsung Wireless DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.24W/kg (head), 0.72W/kg (body)feature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.714W/kg (head), 1.58W/kg (body)0.338W/kg (head), 1.47W/kg (body)
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