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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U) vs Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)

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

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Compare Samsung Galaxy A21 XSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)28Points
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)
6.7"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

10mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4300
mAh

(Non removable)

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05PointsSamsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G X
Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
6.5"
PLS

720x1600

16
MP

13mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
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 Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)28 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)vsGalaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)5 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
+3.09Ghz 64bit Octa-Core32%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.3Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
+8GB LPDDR5167%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs3GB LPDDR3
+128GB (103GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs32GB (20GB available)
+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC 5.1
+Super AMOLED PlusAdvantage
Super AMOLED Plus display is brighter and more vivid
vsTFT PLS
+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsNot supported
+1080x2400 pixels125%
Higher resolution screen
vs720x1600 pixels
+393 PPI46%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs270 PPI
+6.7"3%
Larger screen
vs6.5"
+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP2 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(quad camera) 16MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+OIS: Optical stabilizationAdvantage
Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion video
vsEIS: Digital stabilization
+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
vsNot supported
+1/1.76" inches74%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
vs1/3.06" inches
+8K UHD (7680x4320)15 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vsFull HD (1920x1080)
+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) Full HD (1920x1080)
+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
vs4G LTE
+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps32 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G LTE) 150 Mbps
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4300 mAh8%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs4000 mAh
+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.
vs15W
+Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)Advantage
Wireless charging is another way to charge the battery.
vsNot supported
+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
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connector
+Gorilla Glass 5Advantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
vsNot supported
+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example
vsNot supported
Not supportedvs+Until 512GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
194 grams (6.79 ounces)vs+193 grams (6.76 ounces)1%
Lighter
8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)vs+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)2%
Thinner
(front) 10MPvs+(front) 13MP27%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
Type-C reversible connectorvs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores

27 Common items in both devices
Plastic body, glass front
60Hz
16 million
LED flash
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
HDR photo/video on both cameras / HDR photo on both cameras
f/1.8 (aperture)
+20 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
ModelGalaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Other model namesGalaxy Note20 SM-N981U (Snapdragon) - US CarriersGalaxy A21 SM-A215UZKAXAA (USA Unlocked)
Country or region availableUSA
USA
USA
USA
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateAugust, 2020June, 2020
Depth8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)75.2 x 161.6 millimeters (2.96 x 6.36 in)76.7 x 167.8 millimeters (3.02 x 6.61 in)
Weight194 grams (6.79 ounces)193 grams (6.76 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsPlastic body, glass frontPlastic body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30minNot supported
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 10
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250 (7nm)64bit - MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 3 processors:
3.09Ghz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42Ghz 3-Cores Kryo 585
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 585
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2.3Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
1.8Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 650PowerVR GE8320 680Mhz
RAM memory8GB LPDDR53GB LPDDR3
Internal storage128GB (103GB available)
UFS 3.0
32GB (20GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageNot supportedUntil 512GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Display typeSuper AMOLED PlusTFT PLS
Screen size6.7" inches6.5" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~89.2% (screen-to-body ratio)~79.3% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2400 pixels (20:9)720x1600 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)393 PPI270 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Not supported
Display features60Hz, HDR10+60Hz
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/200 Mbps150/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 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, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48)
VoLTE
LTE Cat4 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (2, 5, 41, 66, 71)
mmWave (260, 261)
Not supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NRGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
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 Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.027mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS3x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120º13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
(quad camera)
16 megapixels
8MP ultrawidef/2.21/4.0"1.12µm
2MP macrof/2.4
2MP depthf/2.4
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4608x3456 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor size1/1.76" inches1/3.06" inches
Pixel size1.8µm pixel1µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels13 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels4128x3096 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.0 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor size1/3.2" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.12µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
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 Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)Not supported
Audio outputType-C reversible connector3.5mm jack
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
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
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Other features- 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
- Colors: Black
- One UI 2.0
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4300 mAh4000 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
15W Fast battery charging
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy A21 (SM-A215U1)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.78W/kg (head) | 0.92W/kg (body)0.6W/kg (head) | 1.27W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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