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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)

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

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Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G X Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB) 09Points
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

Octa-core

3300
mAh

(Non removable)

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25Points Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB) Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 8 X
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

Octa-core

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)

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 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)} 9 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB) vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)} 25 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
+195 grams (6.83 ounces)7%
Lighter
vs208 grams (7.28 ounces)
+522 PPI6%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs494 PPI
+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsLED flash
+f/1.7 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
vsf/1.8 (aperture)
+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsType-C reversible connector
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
2.3GHz 64bit Octa-core (10nm)vs+2.73GHz 64bit Octa-core (7nm)28%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
6GB LPDDR4Xvs+12GB LPDDR5100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
128GB (115GB available)vs+256GB (221GB available)92%
More internal storage for applications and files
UFS 2.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)vs+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)6%
Thinner
Aluminum frame, glass front/backvs+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
HDR10vs+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.
1440x2960 pixelsvs+1440x3088 pixels4%
Higher resolution screen
6.3"vs+6.9"10%
Larger screen
(dual camera) 12.2MP + 12MPvs+(triple camera) 108MP + 12MP + 12MP4 times
Higher resolution main camera
1/2.55" inchesvs+1/1.33" inches92%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
(dual front camera) 8MP + 2MPvs+(front) 10MP1%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
4K UHD (3840x2160)vs+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
(front) 2K UHD (2560x1440)vs+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
Android 9.0 Pievs+Android 13Advantage
Android 13 is newer and safer
4G LTE-Avs+5G SA/NSAAdvantage
The 5G SA/NSA network is newer and faster
(4G LTE-A) 1024 Mbpsvs+(5G SA/NSA) 5000 Mbps4 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+UWB (Ultra Wideband)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
3300 mAhvs+4500 mAh36%
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.
Mono sound (not stereo)vs+Stereo soundAdvantage
Better sound quality for listening to music or clearer hands-free calls
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac [wifi5]vs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6]Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
USB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Govs+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.

27 Common items in both devices
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
Super AMOLED / Dynamic AMOLED
16 million
Digital and optical zoom
PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera / PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
OIS: Optical stabilization
HDR photo/video on both cameras
+20 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
ModelGalaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Other model namesGalaxy Note8 Duos SM-N950FD, Samsung BaikalGalaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N986B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)
Country or region available(Latin America)(Europe)(Global, International)Brazil
(Latin America), (Europe), (Global, International), Brazil
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date9/1/2017, Announced: 8/23/20178/21/2020, Announced: 8/5/2020
Depth8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)
Weight195 grams (6.83 ounces)208 grams (7.28 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backStainless steel body, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

📲 Display

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.3" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)1440x3088 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)522 PPI494 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass Victus
Refresh rate60Hz120Hz
Display featuresHDR10
Always-On Display
1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz@FHD
60Hz@QHD

🤖 Operating System

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
System versionAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 10
Firmware updateAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 13
User InterfaceGrace UX UIOne UI 2.5 / 3.1 / 4.1 / 5.0

⚙️ Processor

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Chipset64bit: Samsung Exynos 8895 (10nm)64bit: Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)
CPUOcta-core, 2 processors:
4x 2.3GHz M2 Mongoose (Quad-core)
4x 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A53 (Quad-core)
Octa-core, 3 processors:
2x 2.73GHz Mongoose M5 (Dual-core)
2x 2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A76 (Dual-core)
4x 2GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (Quad-core)
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G71 MP20 (546MHz)ARM Mali-G77 MP11 (800MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 262850 (v8)
Geekbench: 6748 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 13fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 508760 (v8)
Geekbench: 2603 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 42fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
RAM memory6GB LPDDR4X12GB LPDDR5
Internal storage128GB (115GB available)
UFS 2.1
256GB (221GB 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)

📶 Mobile networks

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
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)
Maximum Download / Upload1024/150 Mbps5000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bands Expand band details Collapse 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 networkTD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 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 supportedSA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 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
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A

📷 Camera

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephoto f/2.452mm1/3.6"1.0µmAF2x-optical-zoom
(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephoto f/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawide f/2.2120°13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels12000x9000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps
FlashDual-LED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/1.33" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel0.8µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameraPDAF: 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
Camera extrasfeature not registered4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps

📸 Front camera

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Front camera (secondary)(dual front camera)
8 megapixels
2MP irisscanner
10 megapixels
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3872x2592 pixels
Video recording (secondary)2K UHD (2560x1440)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length25mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inches1/3.2" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
LoudspeakerMono sound (not stereo)
32-bit/384kHz
Stereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviDMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio output3.5mm jackType-C reversible connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac [wifi5] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNANot supportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Heart rate
Iris scanner
Proximity sensor
SpO2
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wideband)
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: lithium-ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: lithium-ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity3300 mAh4500 mAh
Charger, watts15W Wired fast charging
Quick Charge 2
25W Wired fast charging
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Inductive / wireless chargingQi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
Talk time autonomy22 hoursfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous• Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
• Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
• Curved edge screen
• Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
• Samsung Gear VR compatible
• Samsung Pay
• Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
• Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
• Bixby
• Samsung Wireless DeX
• Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
• Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)

☢️ Radiation rate

Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986B/DS 256GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.338W/kg (head), 1.47W/kg (body)
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