Though no one can predict the future, let alone anything that could happen in 2020, it's likely that Apple and Samsung have finished releasing their premium 5G phones for this year. In August, Samsung took the wraps off its ultra high-end Note 20 line. The new line includes two devices: the and . Both sport three rear cameras, generously sized screens and an embedded S Pen smart stylus. After that came Apple, which unveiled its in October.
The iPhone 12 lineup features the, and the . These phones have Apple's powerful proprietary A14 Bionic processor and the Pro models include a in their cameras for depth scanning.
To see how these devices stack up against one another, we put them side-by-side in the spec chart below. Note that because these phones all boast top-tier hardware and big screens, we didn't include the smaller iPhone 12 Mini.
iPhone 12 lineup vs. Galaxy Note 20 lineup
||Apple iPhone 12||Apple iPhone 12 Pro||Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy Note 20||Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra|
|Display size, resolution||6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels||6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels||6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels||6.7-inch OLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels||6.9-inch OLED; 3,088x1,440 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.78x2.82x0.29 in||5.78x2.82x0.29 in||6.33x3.07x0.29 in||6.36x2.96x0.33 in||6.49x3.04x0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||146.7x71.5x7.4 mm||146.7x71.5x7.4 mm||160.8x78.1x7.4 mm||161.6x75.2x8.3 mm||164.8x77.2x8.1mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.78oz, 164g||6.66 oz, 189g||8.03 oz, 228g||6.84 oz, 194g||7.33 oz, 208g|
|Mobile software||iOS 14||iOS 14||iOS 14||Android 10||Android 10|
|Camera||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Processor||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple A14 Bionic||Snapdragon 865+||Snapdragon 865+|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB||128GB, 512GB|
|Expandable storage||No||No||No||No||Up to 1TB|
|Battery||Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback||Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback||Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback||4,300mAh||4,500mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||No (Face ID)||No (Face ID)||No (Face ID)||In-screen||In-screen|
|Special features||5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)||Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)||Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)||S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wireless PowerShare; water resistant (IP68)||120Hz screen refresh rate, 5x optical zoom, 120Hz display; UWB sharing, S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wireless PowerShare; water-resistant (IP68)|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)||$999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB)||$1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)||$800 (128GB)||$1,100 (128GB), $1,250 (512GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB)||£999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB)||£1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)||£849 (4G), £949 (5G)||£929 (5G)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB)||AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB)||AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)||AU$1,490 (4G), AU$1,649 (5G)||AU$1,849 (4G), AU$1,999 (5G)|
*prices listed in the chart are as of Nov. 17, 2020