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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra XSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)06Points
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)

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07PointsSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G X
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3200

108
MP

40mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

5000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/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 Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)6 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)vsGalaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)7 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
+256GB (221GB available)113%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs128GB (104GB available)
+208 grams (7.28 ounces)6%
Lighter
vs220 grams (7.7 ounces)
+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)9%
Thinner
vs8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)
+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsAluminum frame, glass front/back
+5G SA/NSAAdvantage
The 5G SA/NSA network is newer and faster
vs4G+ LTE-A
+(5G SA/NSA) 5000 Mbps150%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 2000 Mbps
1440x3088 pixelsvs+1440x3200 pixels4%
Higher resolution screen
494 PPIvs+509 PPI3%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(triple camera) 108MP + 12MP + 12MPvs+(quad camera) 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + 0.3MP28%
Higher resolution main camera
(front) 10MPvs+(front) 40MP3 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
4500 mAhvs+5000 mAh11%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
25Wvs+45W80%
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.
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
vs+2 slots (Dual-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)Advantage
More SIM card slots. You can choose more carriers.

47 Common items in both devices
2.73Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
12GB LPDDR5
UFS 3.0
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
Dynamic AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz
+40 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
ModelGalaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Other model namesGalaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N986B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)Galaxy S20 Ultra 4G-LTE SM-G988B/Dual-Sim (Exynos, 12GB RAM)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateAugust, 2020March, 2020
Depth8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)
Size (width x height)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)76 x 166.9 millimeters (2.99 x 6.57 in)
Weight208 grams (7.28 ounces)220 grams (7.7 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsStainless steel body, glass front/backAluminum 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 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 10
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.73Ghz Dual-Core Mongoose M5
2.5Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A76
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-G77 MP11ARM Mali-G77 MP11
RAM memory12GB LPDDR512GB LPDDR5
Internal storage256GB (221GB available)
UFS 3.0
128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.9" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~90.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3088 pixels1440x3200 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)494 PPI509 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass 6
Display features120Hz, 1500 nits, HDR10+120Hz, HDR10+
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD 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) + e-SIM
Maximum download/upload5000/200 Mbps2000/200 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 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 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, 28, 40, 77, 78)Not supported
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
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 Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/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 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephotof/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120º13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
(quad camera)
108 megapixels
48MP periscope telephotof/3.5103mm1/2.0"0.8µmPDAFOIS4x-optical-zoom10x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
0.3MP TOF 3Df/1.0
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 size0.8µm 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
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels40 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels7296x5472 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 size1/3.2" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixel0.7µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
RadioNot supportedNot 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
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorType-C reversible connector
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/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO
DLNASupportedSupported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/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
Gesture
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Other features- 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
- Colors: Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud White
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- One UI 2
- Always-on display
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Dolby Atmos/AKG sound
- Bixby
- Samsung DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh5000 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
45W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
9W 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 Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B/DS)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.74W/kg (head) | 1.12W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.338W/kg (head) | 1.47W/kg (body)0.319W/kg (head) | 1.557W/kg (body)
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