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Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy A21 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G XSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)05Points
Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)
6.5"
PLS

720x1600

16
MP

13mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

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29PointsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Compare Samsung Galaxy A21 X
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
6.7"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

10mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4300
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)

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 A21 (SM-A215U)5 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)vsGalaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)29 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
+Until 512GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+193 grams (6.76 ounces)1%
Lighter
vs194 grams (6.79 ounces)
+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)2%
Thinner
vs8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)
+(front) 13MP27%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 10MP
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsType-C reversible connector
2.3Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs+3.09Ghz 64bit Octa-Core32%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
3GB LPDDR3vs+8GB LPDDR5167%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
32GB (20GB available)vs+128GB (103GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
eMMC 5.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
TFT PLSvs+Super AMOLED PlusAdvantage
Super AMOLED Plus display is brighter and more vivid
Not supportedvs+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
720x1600 pixelsvs+1080x2400 pixels125%
Higher resolution screen
270 PPIvs+393 PPI46%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
6.5"vs+6.7"3%
Larger screen
(quad camera) 16MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MPvs+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP2 times
Higher resolution main camera
Only digital zoomvs+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
EIS: Digital stabilizationvs+OIS: Optical stabilizationAdvantage
Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion video
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
1/3.06" inchesvs+1/1.76" inches74%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
Full HD (1920x1080)vs+8K UHD (7680x4320)15 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
(front) Full HD (1920x1080)vs+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
4G LTEvs+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
(4G LTE) 150 Mbpsvs+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps32 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
4000 mAhvs+4300 mAh8%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
15Wvs+25W67%
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.
Not supportedvs+Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)Advantage
Wireless charging is another way to charge the battery.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOvs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
Not supportedvs+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
USB 2.0 Type-C reversible connectorvs+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
Not supportedvs+Gorilla Glass 5Advantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
Not supportedvs+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

26 Common items in both devices
Plastic body, glass front
60Hz
16 million
LED flash
PDAF: phase detection autofocus / PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
HDR photo on both cameras / HDR photo/video on both cameras
f/1.8 (aperture)
+19 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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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
ModelGalaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Other model namesGalaxy A21 SM-A215U (Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon)Galaxy Note20 SM-N981U (Snapdragon) - US Carriers
Country or region availableUSA
USA
USA
USA
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateJune, 2020August, 2020
Depth8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)
Size (width x height)76.7 x 167.8 millimeters (3.02 x 6.61 in)75.2 x 161.6 millimeters (2.96 x 6.36 in)
Weight193 grams (6.76 ounces)194 grams (6.79 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsPlastic body, glass frontPlastic body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30min
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 10
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Chipset64bit - MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250 (7nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.3Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
1.8Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
Octa-Core, 3 processors:
3.09Ghz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42Ghz 3-Cores Kryo 585
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 585
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GE8320 680MhzQualcomm Adreno 650
RAM memory3GB LPDDR38GB LPDDR5
Internal storage32GB (20GB available)
eMMC 5.1
128GB (103GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageUntil 512GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported
DisplaySamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Display typeTFT PLSSuper AMOLED Plus
Screen size6.5" inches6.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~79.3% (screen-to-body ratio)~89.2% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution720x1600 pixels (20:9)1080x2400 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)270 PPI393 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedGorilla Glass 5
Display features60Hz60Hz, HDR10+
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbps5000/200 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 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 networkNot supportedSA/NSA/Sub6 (2, 5, 41, 66, 71)
mmWave (260, 261)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTEGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Back camera (main camera)(quad camera)
16 megapixels
8MP ultrawidef/2.21/4.0"1.12µm
2MP macrof/2.4
2MP depthf/2.4
(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.027mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS3x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120º13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
Main camera resolution4608x3456 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered26mm lens
Sensor size1/3.06" inches1/1.76" inches
Pixel size1µm pixel1.8µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRHDR photo on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Front camera (secondary)13 megapixels10 megapixels
Front camera resolution4128x3096 pixels3872x2592 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.0 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/3.2" inches
Pixel size1.12µm pixel1.22µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
RadioFMFM
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
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connectorUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputNot supportedUSB Type-C (reversible)
Audio output3.5mm jackType-C reversible connector
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCNot supportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Other features- Colors: Black
- One UI 2.0
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Red, Mystic Blue
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- One UI 2.5
- Always-on display
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Dolby Atmos/AKG sound
- Bixby
- Samsung Wireless DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4000 mAh4300 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging25W 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
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.6W/kg (head) | 1.27W/kg (body)0.78W/kg (head) | 0.92W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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