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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W) vs Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S20 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S8 XSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)22Points
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)
6.2"
AMOLED

1440x3200

12.2
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

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07PointsSamsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)Compare Samsung Galaxy S20 5G X
Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
5.8"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)

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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)22 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)vsGalaxy S8 (SM-G950U)7 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
+2.84Ghz 64bit Octa-Core18%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.35Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
+12GB LPDDR52 times
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs4GB LPDDR4
+128GB (104GB available)104%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (51GB available)
+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vsUFS 2.0
+7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)1%
Thinner
vs8 millimeters (0.31 inches)
+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsHDR10
+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
vs60Hz
+1440x3200 pixels8%
Higher resolution screen
vs1440x2960 pixels
+6.2"7%
Larger screen
vs5.8"
+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP6 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 12.2MP
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+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 SA/NSAAdvantage
The 5G SA/NSA network is newer and faster
vs4G+ LTE-A
+(5G SA/NSA) 5000 Mbps4 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps
+4000 mAh33%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3000 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
+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
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
+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
163 grams (5.71 ounces)vs+155 grams (5.43 ounces)5%
Lighter
566 PPIvs+568 PPI1%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
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

34 Common items in both devices
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
Aluminum frame, glass front/back
Dynamic AMOLED / Super AMOLED
16 million
LED flash
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
OIS: Optical stabilization
+27 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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
ModelGalaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Other model namesGalaxy S20 SM-G981WLBAXAC (Snapdragon, 12GB RAM)Galaxy S8 G950U Unlocked (Snapdragon), Samsung Dream
Country or region availableCanada
Canada
USA
USA
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateMarch, 2020April, 2017
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)8 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)69.1 x 151.7 millimeters (2.72 x 5.97 in)68.1 x 148.9 millimeters (2.68 x 5.86 in)
Weight163 grams (5.71 ounces)155 grams (5.43 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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 7.0 Nougat
Firmware updatefeature not registeredAndroid 9.0 Pie
HardwareSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SM8250 (7nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 (10nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.84Ghz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42Ghz 3-Cores Kryo 585
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 585
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2.35Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
1.9Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 650Qualcomm Adreno 540
RAM memory12GB LPDDR54GB LPDDR4
Internal storage128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
64GB (51GB available)
UFS 2.0
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.2" inches5.8" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~88.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~84.2% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3200 pixels (20:9)1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)566 PPI568 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 6Gorilla Glass 5
Display features120Hz, HDR10+60Hz, HDR10
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-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 networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
VoLTE
LTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 29, 30)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (5, 41, 66, 71)Not supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.029mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS1.1x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
12.2 megapixels
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashLED flashLED 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 zoomOnly digital 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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
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 S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
RadioFMFM
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, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
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) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNASupportedSupported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
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
Gesture
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: 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
- Colors: Black, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay
- 32bit/192kHz audio
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4000 mAh3000 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
9W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
15W (9V/1.67A) Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
Talk time autonomy1200 minutes | 20 hours | 0.8 day1740 minutes | 29 hours | 1.2 days
Standbyfeature not registered19560 minutes | 326 hours | 13.6 days
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy S20 5G (SM-G981W)Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950U)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)1.07W/kg (head) | 1.25W/kg (body)0.75W/kg (head) | 0.93W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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