Galaxy Note 20: When to buy it versus the Note 20 Ultra

Samsung has a knack for turning out highly effective phones, particularly in its Galaxy Observe line. This yr, it has two, the usual Galaxy Observe 20 5G at $1,000 (£849, AU$1,499, each 4G) and the Note 20 Ultra at $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,849, once more each 4G). Each have sharp shows, wonderful cameras, all-day battery life and spectacular inner efficiency, together with an S Pen stylus that makes the Observe distinctive. However you possibly can solely purchase one, so which is able to or not it’s?

This Galaxy Observe 20 overview focuses on the variations between 2020’s Observe telephones within the hopes it will assist reply your questions whereas you decide — or simply drool over Samsung’s large-screen gadgets. On the entire, I can suggest each Notes, simply not at their retail costs.  

I counsel retaining an eye fixed out for offers, bundled gives, reductions and trade-in values that deliver the costs down by $300 or extra. Samsung costs are likely to fall because the months go on, so your likelihood of snagging a deal are excessive. Plus, a shock advice on the finish should you’re not bought on utilizing the S Pen stylus day by day.

Design variations matter: Display screen, plastic versus glass, extra

The Galaxy Observe 20 and Observe 20 Extremely clearly appear to be totally different gadgets, however not simply due to the Observe 20’s barely smaller 6.7-inch display screen to the Observe 20 Extremely’s 6.9-inch show. 

It is obvious that the Extremely has a glass backing (Gorilla Glass Victus, the truth is,) whereas the Observe 20 makes use of polycarbonate (that is plastic). For those who use a case, it may not make a distinction to you, however in spite of everything these years of being conditioned to equate a premium, $1,000 machine with glass development, plastic makes it really feel cheaper than its price ticket, although the specs are sturdy. 

I additionally seen a pointy edge the place the Observe 20’s plastic backing joins the metallic body, assembly in a niche sufficiently big to run my fingernail all the best way round. If you are going to use a case, it may not trouble you, however Samsung can and may do higher.

Samsung’s Galaxy Observe 20 in mystic inexperienced.

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There is no curved display screen on the Observe 20 the best way there may be on the Extremely. That does not trouble me, however the edge-to-edge show on each telephones means there are nonetheless loads of unintentional display screen presses while you’re merely holding the telephone. For instance, should you’re passively watching a video and shift your finger to discover a extra comfy grip, chances are you’ll wind up inadvertently triggering a button.

The ultimate design distinction price noting is the 120Hz display screen refresh price on Extremely, in comparison with the usual 60Hz price on the Observe 20. It will not make a distinction should you’re switching from a 60Hz telephone, however it might really feel comparatively “gradual” should you’re switching from a telephone with a 90Hz or 120Hz show.


The Galaxy Observe 20, left, has a plastic again, in comparison with the Observe 20 Extremely, proper, which has a glass again.

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The Observe 20 Extremely is the clear digital camera winner

The Extremely’s has a large and protruding digital camera array on its again to accommodate bigger sensors and maybe assist it stand out. In the meantime, the Observe 20’s digital camera bump makes the telephone much less top-heavy and susceptible to rocking while you write on it whereas it is on a flat floor.

However the Observe 20 Extremely took higher photographs total. You are going to get nice nice pictures irrespective of which telephone you utilize, while you’re taking photographs in brightly lit situations: saturated colour, crisp edges, the works. However should you’re in any respect inquisitive about zoom pictures, the Extremely’s 5x optical zoom takes the crown. Not solely does it get you excellent telephoto photos as much as 5x, it might additionally go as much as 50x. 


This cute harbor seal was photographed at 30x on the usual Observe 20.

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Identical seal, shot on Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely at 50x zoom.

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The Observe 20’s 3x optical to 30x AI-assisted zoom continues to be good as effectively, and higher than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 (which has 2x optical zoom), however picture high quality at 30x was higher on the Extremely than on the common Observe 20. More often than not the Observe 20 will fulfill your photographic wants. However once I took them each to the moody Northern California coast, lots of my nature pictures had been merely higher on the Extremely and I finished reaching for the notice 20 altogether.

The Extremely has a 108-megapixel digital camera you should utilize to crop into pictures for extra element, a function I’ve discovered to have uneven outcomes.

Digital camera: Observe 20 vs. Observe 20 Extremely

Galaxy Observe 20 Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely
Major digital camera 12-megapixel (f1.8, Twin Pixel AF, OIS, 1.8μm, 79-degree FOV, 1/1.76-inch picture sensor) 108-megapixel (f1.8, OIS, 0.8μm, 79-degree FOV, 1/1.33-inch picture sensor)
Extremely-wide angle 12-megapixel (f2.2, 1.4μm, 120-degree FOV) 12-megapixel (f2.2, 1.4μm, 120-degree FOV)
Telephoto 64-megapixel (f2.0, 0.8μm, 76-degree FOV) 12-megapixel (f3.0, 1.0μm, 20-degree FOV)
Entrance-facing digital camera 10-megapixel (f2.2, 1.22μm, 80-degree FOV) 10-megapixel (f2.2, 1.22μm, 80-degree FOV)
Zoom 3x hybrid 5x optical
Tremendous Zoom 30x 50x
Laser auto-focus sensor No Sure
Video seize 8K 8K

Options the Observe 20 and Extremely share

  • 5G knowledge speeds (some areas have 4G fashions)
  • Signature Observe S Pen stylus
  • Android 10 out of the field
  • Snapdragon 865+ processor (different markets use a Samsung Exynos chip)
  • Extras like quick wi-fi charging

Different notable variations

  • Display screen dimension, battery (4,300 vs. 4,500)
  • MicroSD card
  • 512GB choice with Extremely
  • 8GB RAM versus 12GB RAM on Extremely

Must you purchase the Observe 20, Observe 20 Extremely, or a unique telephone?

The Observe 20 Extremely is just too large, too heavy and too costly. However I might nonetheless personally purchase it over the Observe 20 as a result of I do discover myself utilizing the additional digital camera options. Nevertheless, I do not truly suppose it is price $300 greater than the Observe 20 simply to have a 120Hz display screen, 5x optical zoom as an alternative of 3x, a glass backing and a microSD card storage choice — plus all the opposite extras.

Most individuals shall be happier with the cheaper Observe 20 over the Extremely, however once more, I feel Samsung has overcharged for each telephones at their full retail worth, and I discover the Observe 20’s $1,000 price ticket for what is basically a plastic telephone cheeky at finest and insulting at worst. 

For both telephone, search for a deal. I might be happier to pay $1,000 for the Extremely and $700 for the usual Observe 20, if we’re retaining Samsung’s $300 worth delta intact.


The Galaxy S20 FE is available in a variety of colours.

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This is one other various throughout the Samsung cosmos. The model new Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is a center manner. It merges among the Extremely’s finest options with the Observe 20’s cost-cutting trade-offs, bringing you a 6.5-inch show with a quick 120Hz refresh price, an enormous $4,500-mAh battery, 3x optical zoom and a rear plastic backing. There’s expandable storage, too, and naturally, assist for 5G knowledge speeds. 

Whereas the cameras will not be fairly nearly as good, and there is not any S Pen stylus, the Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best purchase when it comes to worth, if not a standing image — although it does are available enjoyable colours.

Greatest but, it begins at $700 full retail and was already on sale for $600 in some shops by the point it hit the market. With trade-in values and seasonal offers, I anticipate that worth to fall.

Galaxy Observe 20 vs Observe 20 Extremely vs S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy Observe 20 Samsung Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Show dimension, decision 6.7-inch; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.9-inch; 3,088×1,440 pixels 6.5-inch tremendous AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 393ppi 496ppi 405ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 in 6.49 x 3.04 x 0.31 in 6.29 x 2.97 x 0.33 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.Three mm 164.Eight x 77.2 x 8.1mm 159.Eight x 75.5 x 8.4mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.84 oz, 194g 7.33 oz, 208g 190g
Cell software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (customary), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)
Entrance-facing digital camera 10-megapixel 10-megapixel 32-megapixel
Video seize 8K 8K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 865+ Snapdragon 865+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)
Storage 128GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB
Expandable storage No As much as 1TB 1TB
Battery 4,300mAh 4,500mAh 4,500mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Particular options S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wi-fi PowerShare; waterproof (IP68) 120Hz display screen refresh price, 5x optical zoom, UWB sharing, S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wi-fi PowerShare; waterproof (IP68) 120Hz display screen refresh price, assist for 30W quick charging and 15W quick wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $1,000 $1,300 (128GB), $1,450 (512GB) $699
Value (GBP) £849 (4G), £949 (5G) £1,179 £599 (4G), £699 (5G)
Value (AUD) AU$1,499 (4G), AU$1,649 (5G) AU$1,849 (4G), $AU$1,999 (5G) AU$999 (4G), AU$1,149 (5G)

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