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Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S21+ Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Samsung Galaxy S21+
6.7"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

10mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4800
mAh

(Non removable)

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08PointsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)Compare Samsung Galaxy S21+ Plus X
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)

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!


49 Common items in both devices
128GB (104GB available) / 128GB (103GB available)
UFS 3.0
Dynamic AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz
16 million
LED flash
+42 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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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
ModelGalaxy S21+Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Other model namesGalaxy S21 Plus 5G SM-G996B/DSGalaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N986U (Snapdragon) - US Carriers
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
USA
USA
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date1/29/2021, Announced: 1/14/20218/21/2020, Announced: 8/5/2020
Depth7.8 millimeters (0.31 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)75.6 x 161.5 millimeters (2.98 x 6.36 in)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)
Weight200 grams (7 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

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
System versionAndroid 11Android 10
Firmware updateAndroid 12Android 12
User InterfaceOne UI 3.1 / 4.0One UI 2.5 / 3.1 / 4.0

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (SM8250-AB) (7nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.9GHz Single-Core ARM Cortex-X1
2.8GHz Triple-Core ARM Cortex-A78
2.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55
Octa-Core, 3 processors:
3.09GHz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42GHz Triple-Core Kryo 585
1.8GHz Quad-Core Kryo 585
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 650 (250-646MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 622276 (v8)
Geekbench: 3476 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 54fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 508760 (v8)
Geekbench: 2603 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 42fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
RAM memory8GB LPDDR512GB LPDDR5
Internal storage128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
128GB (103GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageNot supportedUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.7" inches6.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~88.8% (screen-to-body ratio)~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2400 pixels (20:9)1440x3088 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)393 PPI494 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass Victus
Display features120Hz, 1300nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz, 1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz@FHD
60Hz@QHD

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardNot supported
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/1920 Mbps5000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 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
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat24 ()
TD-LTE ()
VoLTE
LTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 ()SA/NSA/Sub6 (2, 5, 41, 66, 71)
mmWave (260, 261)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NRGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100Not supported
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat24 ()
TD-LTE ()
VoLTE
Not supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-ANot supported

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.029mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS1.1x-optical-zoom3x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm120°1/2.55"1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephotof/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120°13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
Main camera resolution4032x3024 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 size1/1.76" inches1/1.33" inches
Pixel size1.8µm 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
Camera extras4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps
4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels10 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels3872x2592 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 size1/3.24" inches1/3.2" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Stereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioFMFM
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

🔌 Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorType-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/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gesture
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4800 mAh4500 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
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: Phantom Black, Silver, Gold, Red, Violet, Pink
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
- Samsung DeX
- Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- Bixby
- Samsung Wireless DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N986U 128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.83W/kg (head), 1.04W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.541W/kg (head), 1.335W/kg (body)feature not registered
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