Galaxy S20 Ultra(opens in new tab)
If you want the very best phone Samsung has to offer in 2020, you want the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It has Samsung's first 120Hz AMOLED display, is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 processor, and has a seriously massive 5,000 mAh battery. When you add all of that together with the new camera system and support for 5G networks, you end up with something pretty darn great — so long as you can afford it.
Galaxy S20 Ultra
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Galaxy Note 10+(opens in new tab)
The Galaxy Note 10+ may not be the latest and greatest from Samsung anymore, but it still deserves your attention. While you get an older processor and smaller battery, the Note 10+ still has plenty going for it. Its AMOLED display looks great despite only having a 60Hz refresh rate, you get more internal storage with the base model, and the S Pen continues to offer features that you won't find on phones that aren't a Note.
Galaxy Note 10+
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Being Samsung's newest flagship, it shouldn't come as any surprise that the Galaxy S20 Ultra is better than the Note 10+. It benefits from the newer Qualcomm processor, an upgraded camera system, a larger battery, and gives you the option of going all the way up to 16GB of RAM. It's the overall better smartphone, but that doesn't mean the Note 10+ should be ignored. The Note 10+ continues to deliver an excellent experience for those that are interested in it, and even stands out from the S20 Ultra in a couple of ways thanks to its S Pen, more generous internal storage, and a lower price tag.
The S20 Ultra has Samsung's latest specs and features
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung's first big flagship for 2020, and as such, the company threw everything it could at it to make sure it kicks off the new decade with a bang.
There's a lot going on with the S20 Ultra, with one of the most noteworthy features being its 120Hz display. This is the first time Samsung's gone beyond the traditional 60Hz refresh rate, and it means everything on the S20 Ultra, which looks faster and more fluid than the Note 10+. Outside of the increased refresh rate, the S20 Ultra gives you a larger 6.9-inch screen size, HDR10+ support, and Samsung's gorgeous Dynamic AMOLED technology.
Cameras are another thing Samsung focused on with the S20 Ultra, and there are plenty of improvements here. Both the S20 Ultra and Note 10+ have a quad-camera setup on the back, but the S20 Ultra's is far more impressive. Its primary camera is a 108MP sensor, allowing you to capture an insane amount of detail in each shot. Samsung's also touting a new SpaceZoom feature, which gives you 10x hybrid optic zoom or 100x "Super Resolution Zoom."
As for the S20 Ultra's other specs, things continue to be impressive across the board. You're getting Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and an insanely big 5,000 mAh battery. If you live in an area that supports it, the S20 Ultra can also connect to sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks.
While all of that sounds great, it does come at a cost. The S20 Ultra is a big and chunky phone, so much so that it may be unwieldy for people with smaller hands. There's also the matter of price, and with a starting MSRP of $1,400, the Galaxy S20 Ultra certainly won't be for everyone depending on what your budget looks like.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Galaxy S20 Ultra||Galaxy Note 10+|
|Operating System||Android 10|
One UI 2.0
One UI 2.0
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Expandable||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB|
|Rear Camera 1||108MP wide|
|Rear Camera 2||48MP telephoto|
10x Hybrid Optic Zoom
100x Super Resolution Zoom
2x optic zoom
|Rear Camera 3||12MP ultra-wide|
|Rear Camera 4||Time-of-flight sensor||Time-of-flight sensor|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,300 mAh|
|Charging||45W wired charging|
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
|45W wired charging|
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
|Security||In-screen fingerprint sensor|
|In-screen fingerprint sensor|
You still get a great experience with the Note 10+ (and can save some cash)
It's clear that the Galaxy S20 Ultra has the advantage in this comparison, but even so, you may still want to get the Note 10+ over it.
For starters, there's the elephant in the room — price. The Note 10+ is also an expensive phone, but its $1,100 retail price is a good deal cheaper than the S20 Ultra. There's also the fact that the Note 10+ has been on the market for a few months, meaning that it's not uncommon to find various deals and discounts on offer.
As for the phone itself, it's perfectly capable. The Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB of RAM may not be as technically impressive as what you'll get with the S20 Ultra, but this combination still results in excellent performance for any app or game you throw at it. You're also getting more base internal storage at 256GB, and while the AMOLED display is capped at 60Hz, it looks just as gorgeous with its vibrant colors, deep blacks, and razor-sharp text.
There's one more key advantage the Note 10+ has over the S20 Ultra, and that's the S Pen. While the S Pen may not be for everyone, there's no denying how much extra functionality it brings to the table. You can use it to take handwritten notes, doodle/draw, and even remotely control the camera. If those features matter to you, the Note 10+ makes more sense.
Both phones are pretty darn great
Call it a cop-out if you want, but we mean it when we say that both the S20 Ultra and Note 10+ are incredible purchases.
With the S20 Ultra, you're getting the very best that Samsung has to offer in a smartphone in 2020. Performance is outstanding, the camera system is vastly improved, the 120Hz display makes a big difference in daily use, and having such a big battery is a great perk for road-warriors.
On the flip side, if you aren't so keen on the S20 Ultra's price, don't care about having the very latest specs, and/or you think you'd get a lot of value out of the S Pen, you'll want to pick up the Note 10+. Yes, it's no longer Samsung's newest phone, but there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about it in 2020.
The newest specs and best features
If you can afford its steep price tag, the Galaxy S20 Ultra delivers one heck of an experience. Between the 120Hz display, impressive quad-camera array, huge battery, and support for 5G networks, the S20 Ultra doesn't cut any corners. Some might see it as overkill, but for others, it's the Android phone to get.
Still got it
Don't underestimate the S Pen
Even though its specs aren't as impressive as the S20 Ultra's, the Note 10+ is still more than worthy of your consideration. The functionality you get with the S Pen isn't available on the S20 Ultra, the specs it does bring to the table should be perfectly adequate for most people, and it's easier on the wallet.