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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 5G phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S20 5G XSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)08Points
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3300
mAh

(Non removable)

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23PointsSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 8 X
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
6.2"
AMOLED

1440x3200

12.2
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)

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)8 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)vsGalaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)23 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
+128GB (115GB available)11%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs128GB (104GB available)
+6.3"2%
Larger screen
vs6.2"
+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)
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsType-C reversible connector
+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
2.3Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs+2.73Ghz 64bit Octa-Core33%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
6GB LPDDR4Xvs+12GB LPDDR5100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
UFS 2.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
195 grams (6.83 ounces)vs+163 grams (5.71 ounces)20%
Lighter
8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)vs+7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)9%
Thinner
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+1440x3200 pixels8%
Higher resolution screen
522 PPIvs+566 PPI8%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(dual camera) 12.2MP + 12MPvs+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP3 times
Higher resolution main camera
1/2.55" inchesvs+1/1.76" inches45%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
(front) 8MPvs+(front) 10MP26%
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 11Advantage
Android 11 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
3300 mAhvs+4000 mAh21%
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.
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
vs+1 slot (Single-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)
(dedicated slot)Advantage
More SIM card slots. You can choose more carriers.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOvs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (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.
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.

32 Common items in both devices
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
Aluminum frame, glass front/back
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
+25 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
ModelGalaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Other model namesGalaxy Note8 Duos SM-N950FD, Samsung BaikalGalaxy S20 SM-G981BZAAXSA Single-Sim (Exynos, 12GB RAM)
Country or region available(Latin America)(Europe)(Global, International)Brazil
(Latin America), (Europe), (Global, International), Brazil
AustraliaIrelandNew Zealand
Australia, Ireland, New Zealand
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateAugust, 2017March, 2020
Depth8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)69.1 x 151.7 millimeters (2.72 x 5.97 in)
Weight195 grams (6.83 ounces)163 grams (5.71 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, 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 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Operating systemAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 10
Firmware updateAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 11
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 (10nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 990 (7nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.3Ghz Quad-Core Mongoose
1.7Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
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-G71 MP20ARM Mali-G77 MP11
RAM memory6GB LPDDR4X12GB LPDDR5
Internal storage128GB (115GB available)
UFS 2.1
128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.3" inches6.2" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~88.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)1440x3200 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)522 PPI566 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 6
Display features60Hz, HDR10120Hz, HDR10+
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
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
(dedicated slot)
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum download/upload1024/150 Mbps5000/200 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
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 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, 5G SA/NSA
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGENot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
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 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.41/3.6"1.0µm52mm2x-optical-zoomAF
(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.029mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS1.1x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 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" inches1/1.76" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.8µm 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
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixels10 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
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
RadioNot supportedNot 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
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
USBUSB 3.1 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 output3.5mm jackType-C reversible connector
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
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
Iris scanner
Heart rate
SpO2
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Gesture
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Other features- 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
- Colors: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White, Aura Red
- 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 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity3300 mAh4000 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
9W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Talk time autonomy1320 minutes | 22 hours | 0.9 day1200 minutes | 20 hours | 0.8 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F/DS 128GB)Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981B)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.382W/kg (head) | 1.525W/kg (body)
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