How Galaxy Note 20 compares to other premium phones in 2020

Check out how Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20 stacks up against the iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro and Pixel 4 XL.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

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Samsung took the wraps off its newest pair of premium phones , the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, during its virtual Unpacked press event in August. Priced at $999 and $1,299, respectively, the phones are two of the most expensive Galaxy phones in Samsung's lineup despite the current economic downturn, and they join the ranks of other premium phones that are available as well. In the UK the Note 20 costs £849 and the Note 20 Ultra starts at £1,179. Australian prices aren't yet available, but that converts to about AU$1,390 and AU$1,800.

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These phones include the iPhone 11 Pro , the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Pixel 4 XL , all of which start at $900 (£799, AU$1,279) and above. Compared to its rivals, the Note 20 stands out in a few ways. It has 5G connectivity (a feature it shares with only the OnePlus 8 Pro), can record 8K video and comes with the signature S Pen stylus that Galaxy Note phones are known for. 

For the full rundown on how the Note 20 stacks up against its competitors, check out the comparison chart below. You can also compare how the Note 20 differs with its Note 10 and Note 9 predecessors here. And for more coverage of what Samsung announced, including the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3, check out CNET's Unpacked coverage here.

Note 20 specs vs. other phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 20iPhone 11 ProOnePlus 8 ProGoogle Pixel 4 XL
Display size, resolution 6.7-inch AMOLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR; 2,436x1,125 pixels6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440x3,168 pixels6.3-inch OLED; 1,440x3,040 pixels
Pixel density 393ppi458ppi513ppi537ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 in5.67x2.81x0.32 in6.51 x 2.93 x 0.35 in2.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm144x71.4x8.1 mm165 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.84 oz, 194g6.63 oz; 188g7.02 oz; 199g6.8 oz; 193g
Mobile software Android 10iOS 13Android 10Android 10
Camera 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto)12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)48-megapixel (standard), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel ('color filter') 12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel12-megapixel16-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture 8K4K4K4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+Apple A13 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB
RAM 8GBNot disclosed8GB, 12GB6GB
Expandable storage NoNoNoNo
Battery 4,300mAhNot disclosed4,510mAh3,700mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screenNoIn-screenNo
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoNoNoNo
Special features S Pen stylus; 5G enabled; reverse wireless charging; water resistant (IP68)Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging5G enabled; Warp Charge; reverse wireless charging; water resistant (IP68); 120Hz refresh rate Soli motion sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz display; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) $999$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB)$899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB)$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £849 (4G), £949 (5G) £1,049 (64GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)£799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB)£829 (64GB), £929 (128GB)
Price (AUD) Converts to about AU$1,390 AU$1,749 (64GB), AU$1,999 (256GB), AU$2,349 (512GB)UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB)AU$1,279 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB)