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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 8 XSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)22Points
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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11PointsSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G X
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3300
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)22 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)vsGalaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)11 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
+3.09Ghz 64bit Octa-Core34%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.3Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
+8GB LPDDR533%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs6GB LPDDR4X
+128GB (103GB available)94%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (53GB available)
+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vsUFS 2.1
+194 grams (6.79 ounces)1%
Lighter
vs195 grams (6.83 ounces)
+8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)4%
Thinner
vs8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)
+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsHDR10
+6.7"6%
Larger screen
vs6.3"
+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP3 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(dual camera) 12.2MP + 12MP
+1/1.76" inches45%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
vs1/2.55" inches
+(front) 10MP26%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 8MP
+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vs4K UHD (3840x2160)
+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) 2K UHD (2560x1440)
+Android 10Advantage
Android 10 is newer and safer
vsAndroid 9.0 Pie
+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
vs4G+ LTE-A
+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps4 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps
+4300 mAh30%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3300 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
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
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 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Not supportedvs+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
Plastic body, glass frontvs+Aluminum frame, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
1080x2400 pixelsvs+1440x2960 pixels64%
Higher resolution screen
393 PPIvs+522 PPI33%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
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.
Type-C reversible connectorvs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
Not supportedvs+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
1 slot (Single-SIM)vs+2 slots (Dual-SIM)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)Advantage
It's more advantageous to have more than one phone operator in the same device

31 Common items in both devices
Super AMOLED Plus / Super AMOLED
60Hz
16 million
Digital and optical zoom
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
OIS: Optical stabilization
BSI sensor
+24 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 Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
ModelGalaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Other model namesGalaxy Note20 SM-N981U (Snapdragon) - US CarriersGalaxy Note8 Dual-Sim SM-N950FD, Samsung Baikal
Country or region availableUSA
USA
(Latin America)(Europe)(Global, International)AustraliaBrazil
(Latin America), (Europe), (Global, International), Australia, Brazil
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateAugust, 2020August, 2017
Depth8.3 millimeters (0.33 inches)8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)
Size (width x height)75.2 x 161.6 millimeters (2.96 x 6.36 in)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)
Weight194 grams (6.79 ounces)195 grams (6.83 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsPlastic body, glass frontAluminum frame, 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 Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Firmware updatefeature not registeredAndroid 9.0 Pie
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250 (7nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 (10nm)
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 Mongoose
1.7Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 650ARM Mali-G71 MP20
RAM memory8GB LPDDR56GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (103GB available)
UFS 3.0
64GB (53GB available)
UFS 2.1
External storageNot supportedUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Display typeSuper AMOLED PlusSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.7" inches6.3" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~89.2% (screen-to-body ratio)~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2400 pixels (20:9)1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)393 PPI522 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
Display features60Hz, HDR10+60Hz, HDR10
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Dual-SIMNot supportedDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/200 Mbps1024/150 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 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
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 Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
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, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE
CallingSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
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 Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
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
(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.41/3.6"1.0µm52mm2x-optical-zoomAF
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/1.76" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.8µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
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
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels8 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)2K UHD (2560x1440)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens25mm lens
Sensor size1/3.2" inches1/3.6" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.22µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
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, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/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
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Iris scanner
Heart rate
SpO2
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
ANT+
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, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Grace UX UI
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay
- 32bit/384kHz audio
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4300 mAh3300 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
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
Talk time autonomyfeature not registered1320 minutes | 22 hours | 0.9 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (SM-N981U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.78W/kg (head) | 0.92W/kg (body)feature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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