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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra  Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 
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Excellence Score
95.3
91.0
Value for Money Score
57.5
82.3
Price ₹ 104,998 onwards ₹ 49,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.9 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3088 pixels (~ 494 pixels per inch) 1440x3200 pixels (~ 524 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 12 GB 8 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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 108MP + 12MP + 12MP 64MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 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 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 10MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.2" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 208 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 73.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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 In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Plus is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Plus is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the Galaxy S20 Plus is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Plus, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Plus an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 64MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - the S20 Plus’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the S20 and S20 Plus)
  • The S20 Plus’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Plus is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Plus captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 4500 mAh cell - you will get a comfortable one day of use with heavy to moderate use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It also supports wireless reverse charging and can charge other phones or accessories that support wireless charging
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus, actually has identical capabilities to the smaller S20, but is for those who want a bit more screen space without paying for the top-of-the-line S20 Ultra - it may well end up being the best selling of the three - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, and the Samsung's name - if what the S20 Plus offer is what you're looking for, go buy it (though, it’s also huge and heavy)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Aesthetically, the Galaxy S20 Plus looks dull, there's no flair in the design, like the Aura Glow option Samsung introduced last year, which looked fascinating - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • It is also huge and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • That said, if you're someone who enjoy smaller phones that are easy to carry around and have near to no compromise, get the smaller Galaxy S20, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras with a handy form factor
Expert Reviews
  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
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  1. The significantly larger display may be enough for the right customer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 are the Android flagship to beat in 2020
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The middle of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 devices is powerful and large, without being ridiculous.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S20/+ is one of the best Android phones around
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This Android phone gets the job done so well, you'll hardly ever stop to think about it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. It’s a powerhouse that packs the best perks of its siblings, and strikes the perfect balance between them
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a great flagship that offers excellent all-round performance, top-of-the-line features, and of course, brand value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a good standalone Android flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one hell of a smartphone, it's one of the only phones actually worth the price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S20 Plus is no doubt an excellent flagship, which looks stylish and works flawlessly
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is all things considered, the best that Android has to offer to you in the world of smartphones
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very, very good smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. With a more manageable size and weight, plus a superb primary camera that's sure to improve with updates, the Galaxy S20 Plus could be the best phone of 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The S20 that business users need
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Smartphones this good shouldn’t have questionable cameras
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Despite few shortcomings, it’s still the best android flagship out there
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. An exceptional all-rounder with one of the nicest displays on the market
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is an incredible smartphone that stands to be one of the best smartphones in the market
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The Galaxy S20 Plus serves as a good option, one that brings the best of both worlds with its promise of flagship features, but not a kidney operation inducing price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. The Galaxy S20 Plus is your best two-to-three-year investment in a phone
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. Wholesome package justifies premium pricing
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The software experience and the superiors camera make the S20+ very compelling
    thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Galaxy S20 Plus is easily one of the best Android flagships to buy
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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