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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U) vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)

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

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G XSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)09Points
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3300
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
23PointsSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 8 X
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3200

108
MP

40mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

5000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)

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-N950U)9 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)vsGalaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)23 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
+195 grams (6.83 ounces)14%
Lighter
vs222 grams (7.77 ounces)
+8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)2%
Thinner
vs8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)
+522 PPI3%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs509 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)
+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
2.35Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs+2.84Ghz 64bit Octa-Core18%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
6GB LPDDR4Xvs+12GB LPDDR5100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
64GB (53GB available)vs+128GB (104GB available)96%
More internal storage for applications and files
UFS 2.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
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
6.3"vs+6.9"10%
Larger screen
(dual camera) 12.2MP + 12MPvs+(quad camera) 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + 0.3MP6 times
Higher resolution main camera
1/2.55" inchesvs+1/1.33" inches92%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
(front) 8MPvs+(front) 40MP4 times
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 10Advantage
Android 10 is newer and safer
4G+ LTE-Avs+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbpsvs+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps4 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
3300 mAhvs+5000 mAh52%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
15Wvs+45W2 times
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.
1 slot (Single-SIM)
(dedicated slot)
vs+1 slot (Single-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)
(dedicated slot)Advantage
It's more advantageous to have more than one phone operator in the same device
Not supportedvs+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOvs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (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

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
ModelGalaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Other model namesGalaxy Note8 N950U1 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), Samsung BaikalGalaxy S20 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon, 12GB RAM) - US Carriers
Country or region availableUSA
USA
USA
USA
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateAugust, 2017March, 2020
Depth8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)
Size (width x height)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)76 x 166.9 millimeters (2.99 x 6.57 in)
Weight195 grams (6.83 ounces)222 grams (7.77 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-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Operating systemAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 10
Firmware updateAndroid 9.0 Piefeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 (10nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SM8250 (7nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.35Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
1.9Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
Octa-Core, 3 processors:
2.84Ghz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42Ghz 3-Cores Kryo 585
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 585
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 540Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM memory6GB LPDDR4X12GB LPDDR5
Internal storage64GB (53GB available)
UFS 2.1
128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.3" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~90.6% (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 PPI509 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 6
Display features60Hz, HDR10120Hz, HDR10+
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Dual-SIMNot supportedDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(dedicated slot)
SIM card1 slot (Single-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 networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
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, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 252, 255)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
LTE 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
Primary 5G networkNot supportedSA/NSA/Sub6 (2, 5, 41, 66, 71)
mmWave (260, 261)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
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-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.41/3.6"1.0µm52mm2x-optical-zoomAF
(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 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
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixels40 megapixels
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels7296x5472 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" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixel0.7µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
RadioNot supportedFM
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-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
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 (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-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
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 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 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity3300 mAh5000 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
45W 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 dayfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (SM-G988U)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.94W/kg (head) | 0.95W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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