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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra XSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)06Points
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)
5.2"
AMOLED

1080x1920

16
MP

16mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
29PointsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)Compare Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) X
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)

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 A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)6 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)vsGalaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)29 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
+157 grams (5.5 ounces)32%
Lighter
vs208 grams (7.28 ounces)
+7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)3%
Thinner
vs8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
+(front) 16MP59%
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 slots (Dual-SIM)
(dedicated slot)Advantage
More SIM card slots. You can choose more carriers.
vs2 slots (Dual-SIM)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
1.9Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs+2.73Ghz 64bit Octa-Core47%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
3GB LPDDR4vs+8GB LPDDR5167%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
64GB (52GB available)vs+256GB (221GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
eMMC 5.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCvs+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC3 times
More external storage for files using memory cards
Aluminum frame, glass front/backvs+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
Not supportedvs+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
60Hzvs+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
1080x1920 pixelsvs+1440x3088 pixels114%
Higher resolution screen
424 PPIvs+494 PPI17%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
5.2"vs+6.9"33%
Larger screen
(back) 16MPvs+(triple camera) 108MP + 12MP + 12MP7 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
HDR photo only main cameravs+HDR photo/video on both camerasAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
f/1.9 (aperture)vs+f/1.8 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
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
Android 8.0 Oreovs+Android 10Advantage
Android 10 is newer and safer
(4G+ LTE-A) 300 Mbpsvs+(4G+ LTE-A) 2000 Mbps6 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
3000 mAhvs+4500 mAh50%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
18Wvs+25W39%
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) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + 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.
4.2 + A2DPvs+5.0 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
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.

25 Common items in both devices
Super AMOLED / Dynamic AMOLED
16 million
LED flash
Autofocus / PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
4G+ LTE-A
Capacitive
Multitouch
+18 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 A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
ModelGalaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Other model namesGalaxy A5 (2017) SM-A520F/Dual-SimGalaxy Note20 Ultra 4G-LTE SM-N985F/Dual-SIM (Exynos)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateJanuary, 2017August, 2020
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)71.4 x 146.1 millimeters (2.81 x 5.75 in)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)
Weight157 grams (5.5 ounces)208 grams (7.28 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backStainless steel body, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30minIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30min
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Operating systemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 10
Firmware updateAndroid 8.0 Oreofeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 (14nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)
CPU processor1.9Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53Octa-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-T830 MP3ARM Mali-G77 MP11
RAM memory3GB LPDDR48GB LPDDR5
Internal storage64GB (52GB available)
eMMC 5.1
256GB (221GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size5.2" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels (16:9)1440x3088 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)424 PPI494 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 3Gorilla Glass Victus
Display features60Hz120Hz, 1500 nits, HDR10+
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(dedicated slot)
Dual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload300/50 Mbps2000/200 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
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 Cat6 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41)
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 networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGEGPRS, EDGE
CallingSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorderVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Back camera (main camera)16 megapixels(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephotof/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120º13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
Main camera resolution4608x3456 pixels12000x9000 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.9 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length27mm lens26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/1.33" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registered0.8µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusPDAF: 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 only main cameraHDR photo/video on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Front camera (secondary)16 megapixels10 megapixels
Front camera resolution4608x3456 pixels3872x2592 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.9 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/3.1" inches1/3.2" inches
Pixel size1µm pixel1.22µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
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
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Other features- Colors: Black, Gold, Blue, Pink
- Gorilla Glass on the back
- Samsung Grace UX
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
- 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 A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity3000 mAh4500 mAh
Charger, watts18W 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 autonomy960 minutes | 16 hours | 0.7 dayfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520F/DS 64GB)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (SM-N985F/DS)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.522W/kg (head) | 1.39W/kg (body)0.315W/kg (head) | 1.47W/kg (body)
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