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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra!

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Excellence Score
85.0
95.3
Value for Money Score
42.4
57.5
Price ₹ 127,100 onwards ₹ 104,998 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1242x2688 pixels (~ 456 pixels per inch) 1440x3088 pixels (~ 494 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Super Retina XDR Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 4 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP 108MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Ultrawide): F/2.4 Aperture; 120° Field-of-view; 5P Lens, 12MP (Wide): F/1.8 Aperture; 2x Optical Zoom Out; 5x Digital Zoom; PDAF; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 6P Lens, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.0 Aperture; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Panorama, 100% Focus Pixels, Night mode, Auto Adjustments, HDR, Live Photos, QuickTake, Red-eye Correction, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom 108MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.33" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Laser AF; OIS, 12MP: f/3.0 Aperture; 103mm Focal Length; Periscope Telephoto; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 5x Optical Zoom; 50x Hybrid Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide Lens; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], HDR10+, Stereo sound rec., EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 12MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 226 gmHeavy 208 gmHeavy
Width 77.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 4m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3969 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 20.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Video playback: Upto 20 hrs, Video playback (Streamed): Upto 12 hrs, Audio playback: Upto 80 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; WiFi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure In-display Fingerprint Sensor; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); 15W Fast Wireless Charging; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; UFS 3.1 Storage; 9W Reverse wireless charging; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium Apple design, clad in a single piece of milled glass with a matte finish that covers everything except the Apple logo and the phones' three cameras - it's a little more premium looking and sophisticated than the iPhone 11
  • Packs a more premium stainless steel frame (instead of the aluminium frame on the iPhone 11)
  • The matte finish also means it's more fingerprint resistant compared to the iPhone 11's glossy back
  • IP68 water resistance, and more durable glass, compared to last year's iPhones - in fact Apple claims the glass used on iPhone Pros is the "most durable glass used on a smartphone"
  • Face ID is now slightly faster, and supports more face angles too - which means you can lean over your iPhone resting on your coffee table, and it will unlock
  • Beautiful, high resolution OLED display - one of the best on any smartphone - and even brighter than the excellent OLED displays on last year's iPhone XS and XS Max
  • The iOS dark mode which is finally here looks great on the iPhone 11 Pros' OLED screen
  • It's also the largest display of the 2019 iPhones - so if you really enjoy your movies, this is the premium iPhone to get
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - plus of course, you get regular, and timely updates
  • Break-neck speeds with the new A13 processor - it's a bit faster in single tasking, and a bigger leap in multitasking, compared to the A12, which already was the fastest mobile chipset around - in simple terms this is the fastest smartphone out there now (along with the iPhone 11 Pro models), and of course runs butter smooth
  • iPhones have always been among the top camera phones each year (along with the Pixels, Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S, and Huawei flagships in recent times), and the iPhone 11 Pro Max continues that tradition bringing in some serious camera improvements to bring at par with the best of the pack
  • The 2 key camera upgrades are - a new ultrawide-angle camera and a Night Mode for low-light photography - and all 3 work quite well
  • The ultrawide-angle camera can make for dramatic shots - you get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what's outside the shot, which can help you know when to use the ultrawide lens
  • Apple's version of Night mode too is excellent - it works automatically, taking an extra 1 to 3 seconds to capture more light and assemble a picture that ends up almost surreal and richly colored (you will be wowed) - it's as good as the excellent Night modes on the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro - the 2 phones that have so far been champions of night photography
  • The telephoto camera with 2x zoom has a wider aperture this time, which means it's better than last year's iPhones at providing bright photos when it's dark out
  • Later this year, the iPhone 11 Pro Max will also offer a new Deep Fusion feature to perform pixel-by-pixel photo processing to deliver even more detail and better textures along with less noise - again, you won't need to activate a separate mode
  • it will just kick in when you're indoors and there's a decent amount of light
  • iPhone video cameras have always been fantastic, arguably the best on any smartphone - in the iPhone 11 Pro Max they have even better stabilization for smoother video, and look better in darker spaces (though the video camera doesn't use Night mode)
  • Front camera is very good too, and is wider-angled this time - it can digitally zoom in or out to accommodate a wider view that includes more people and background
  • The front camera also get a new "slow motion selfie video" feature ("Slofies") - it's a fun feature, to add some drama to selfies
  • Overall, the excellent cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro Max bring it in the top bracket, on par with the other 2 top camera phones - the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro
  • Excellent audio capabilities - Apple has introduced a feature called spatial audio to the iPhone 11 models, which creates a virtual sound stage to make you believe that the sound is coming out of the screen rather than just at the end of the phone and it's actually quite impressive in action - plus, you also get Dolby Atmos support - again, this is one of the best audio setups on any smartphone
  • The new U1 positioning chip inside all of Apple's new iPhones will allow iPhone 11/Pro/Max owners to more easily AirDrop files to each other by pointing their phones at specific people - and many other interesting location based applications could follow soon
  • Excellent battery life - improved very significantly over the iPhone XS Max - by as much as 30% - with moderate usage, you should comfortably get 1.5+ days of use - overall battery life is the best of the 2019 iPhones
  • Fast charging support, and the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also are the first iPhones to ship with a bundled fast charger (finally!)
  • This year's iPhone 11 Pro Max is a well executed refinement over the iPhone XS Max - it's more durable, faster, has better cameras, better battery life - there might not be any stand-out wow upgrade here but it's a very meaningful upgrade in all key areas
  • It's the premium iPhone to get this year, if you are looking for a combination of premium, and large screen for watching content
  • Looks iconic and stunning - not only is this the most premium smartphone design ever by Samsung but is also one of the most cohesive implementations around - it feels like a solid, reassuring block of glass and metal with ample heft, the Mystic Bronze colour exudes class
  • The front looks striking as well with a center punch hole front camera and nearly bezel-less display
  • Incredible build quality - the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the front and back is the most advanced scratch protection component available on any phone currently
  • The S-Pen can be inserted facing up or down, and won't damage the phone if unlike in other models
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Amazingly gorgeous 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with curved edges - the colours, dynamic range, max brightness, and contrast are best in class
  • The 120Hz refresh rate is impressively smooth which gives the content on the screen amazing fluidity (though, you still can't max out the refresh rate and resolution at the same time)
  • Running the Galaxy Note Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.5 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well-thought-out experiences
  • The Note 20 Ultra houses the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ - apps open quickly, scavenging through files is swift and multi-tasking is a breeze, it is a top-tier experience
  • The Note 20 Ultra boasts an impressive quad-camera system at the back - the standard lens boasts a 108MP sensor, joined by an ultra-wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical periscope telephoto 12MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The images from the main module are amazing, with ample detail, dynamic range, and colour accuracy - almost universally appealing, with a bit of warmth and saturation, added to the not so enthusiastic real world's rendition - you can opt to shoot the full 108MP at any time, the full resolution shots are indeed impressive in their detail and the noise levels are class-leading
  • The ultra-wide cam offers similar colour performance to the main module - it also does admirably at fitting the inevitably wide scenes into a single shot, details are decent too
  • The periscope telephoto is the star of the show - 5x zoom setting the Note20 Ultra takes sharp pictures, sharper than the S20 Ultra's at 5x - surprisingly the 12MP images are almost always sharper at any zoom level than the S20 Ultra's 48MP sensor
  • The Note20 Ultra builds on the S20 Ultra's already great low-light performance and delivers even better image quality at night with improvements across the board - dynamic range is wider, colour saturation is even better preserved, and there's finer detail - Fire up Night mode and it will deliver improved development in the dark areas and better-contained highlights with less haloing around light sources - the usual stuff, done right
  • The Note20 Ultra's portrait mode (Live Focus) delivers spectacular subject isolation even with complex subjects, easily better than the S20 Ultra, possibly the best in the market - bokeh rendition is also very nice
  • The front camera is truly a treat as pictures taken any time is simply amazing - Live focus mode on the selfie cam is very good (though, isn't quite as capable as it is on the main one)
  • Apart from being able to record videos up to 8K, the Super Steady toggle and the Slo-mo features are fun to play with
  • Overall, these are the best of best cameras available in the market competing with the likes of Pixels and iPhones in their own way
  • One of the biggest reasons to consider dropping so much cash on a phone has to be the S-Pen experience - the main upgrade is the new reduced input latency of just 9ms, sketching, annotating, signing documents, or taking down notes feels more responsive - apart from the usual slew of features new additions include gestures to navigate through the interface (back, home, recents, screenshot) without having to be near the phone
  • Decent battery life from the 4500mAh cell - with the regular use the Note20 Ultra can last a day, but you'd need to refuel it by the evening
  • The Note20 Ultra is the most complete Galaxy and very likely the most complete smartphone you can buy right now - if your latest bank statement signs off on it, so do we
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large display notch is still there
  • Siri has generally fallen behind Google Assistant now, in terms of usefulness and intelligence, so iPhones are not the best 'smart assistant' experiences now
  • The ultrawide-angle camera doesn’t have Night Mode or OIS
  • Having said that, it remains ridiculously expensive - so it's only worth splurging on if you have a lot to splurge
  • And, if you are not wedded to the iOS ecosystem, there are a number of Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi - that are more than worthy competitors
  • If you are wedded to the iOS ecosystem, the significantly cheaper iPhone 11, that is almost as good in all key areas, will provide you much better bang for your buck
  • The 208g weight is mostly on the higher side and one-handed usage isn't easy at all
  • The camera bump feels huge, it is smaller than the S20 Ultra but the slimmer frame makes it stand out more on the Note 20 Ultra
  • The Note 20 Ultra takes the crown for the worst palm-rejection on any curved display due to its huge size
  • For its price, the Exynos 990 isn't the best of the best, the Qualcomm's flagship chips are a step ahead and you see the performance lag when running intensive games or apps
  • The 25W Fast charging is a downgrade from last year's Note 10 Plus' 45W fast charging - it takes the bundled 25W charger about 80 minutes to fill up the phone completely, a lot behind the competition as other players are offering up to 65W fast charging which is much faster
  • The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is not twice as good a smartphone as the competition that you can find for half its price - there are phones like OnePlus 8 Pro that gives you 90% of the experience at 60% of the price
Expert Reviews
  1. The new iPhone 11 Pro duo is expectedly great and even pulled off a couple of surprise moves here and there
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. While they may not feature the most cutting-edge innovation, the iPhone 11 Pro series are beautifully conservative...but if you can live without the extras, the iPhone 11 will be a much more sensible and affordable choice
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the iPhones for camera and battery lovers...they offer just a little bit extra, but some of those features matter a lot to extreme mobile users and pixel experts
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Among the most powerful smartphones money can buy right now.... But if you don't need the best of the best, or still aren't thrilled about the idea of dropping that much money on a phone, the iPhone 11 is probably the smarter choice
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The iPhone Pro models stand out as among the best flagships of the year....but they are expensive
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best that Apple can cram into a smartphone...However, this phone is really for the Apple fan or someone that really needs that extra lens or a touch more battery life - the iPhone 11 instead feels like it offers better value
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. There's no doubting its credentials as a top-notch phone...but starting at INR 1,09,900, it's a lot of money to spend on a phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max prove Apple still has the magic touch
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A great phone, but it comes at a price – unless you simply must have an OLED display, ultrawide camera and a flashier finish, the regular iPhone 11 might be a better buy
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The best offering Apple has at the moment when it comes to the sheer experience of using a phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Everything on the iPhone 11 Pro Max will compel you to upgrade to this beast of a smartphone and it is highly recommended for Apple fans who wouldn't mind the cost
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. Apple’s biggest iPhone might be expensive, but it is the best smartphone you can buy
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. Killer triple cameras, excellent battery life and a super-bright display make this the phone to beat...the ultimate power user's smartphone
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. This year’s iPhones are worth buying if you can afford them...And unlike yesteryears, you will make next to no compromise on these devices
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The best iPhone Apple’s ever made – but it again comes at a price
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. The iPhone 11 Pro becomes a hard-sell when you consider just how good the iPhone 11 is
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A great upgrade option for those coming from the iPhone X or earlier generations
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Gives people what they want: Cameras, battery life and a good price
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. High quality for high prices
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Best of Apple is also the best of all
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. If you've been holding out on an iPhone upgrade, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is an easy recommendation, but you've got to be willing to open your wallet up wide to get one
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  22. Apple has made a stellar iPhone in the form of 11 Pro Max
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. A great phone, but with a tempting cheaper alternative (iPhone 11)
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  25. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Note20 Ultra is the most complete Galaxy and very likely the most complete smartphone you can buy right now
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 20 Ultra is the finest phone that Samsung has ever made, it scores high with its class-leading display, craftsmanship and audio immersion - the functionality enabled by the S-Pen and the entire suite of productivity apps put it in a league of its
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  24. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  30. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  34. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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