Galaxy Note 20 vs S20+ design and displays
Score one for the S20+ and its 120Hz display
Thanks to placing the camera in a centralized punch hole, both phones have excellent screen-to-body ratio numbers with a slight uptick from the S20+ that has more rounded corners than the rectangular Note 20 slab. The S Pen is now on the left side, and takes some learning to find if you are coming from previous Notes.
Add the fact that it is gentler on powerd draw than the 1440p scree of the S20+, and we wouldn’t sniff at the Note 20’s 1080p display resolution. What we would like to see, however, and where the Note 20 screen loses badly, is the refresh rate. Granted, the S20+ features Samsung’s first-gen LTPS panels with higher refresh rate, where you have to manually chose 60Hz or 120Hz, and it can’t do 120Hz at the full 1440p resolution but it’s still much better to scroll and read on than the slower Note 20 panel. Score one for the S20+
Galaxy Note 20 vs S20+ camera specs, pictures and video quality
A draw in image quality
Given that the Note 20 mimics the 64MP telephoto, 12MP main, and 12MP ultrawide sensors of the S20+, we kind of expected largely the same results as the software managing those hasn’t undergone many new iterations since the spring.
As you can see from the samples above, the camera samples are pretty uniform across the board with only a slightly warmer white balance coming out of the Note 20 kit compared to the S20+.
The phones are capable of recording video at up to 8K definition and with cinematic 24fps if you so desire for getting perfect stills out of an 8K footage. The Note 20, however, is capable of 1080p video recording at up to 120fps for the smoothest possible experience syncing up well with the 120Hz-capable display.
Galaxy Note 20 vs S20+ performance, processor benchmarks, and One UI interface
Score one for the Note 20
Here are the Samsung One UI 2.5 vs One UI 2.1 differences and new features, as found on the Note 20 and S20+ now:
- A 21:9 video recording ratio to match the new tall screen aspect ratios.
- New video recording resolution and frame rate info in the Pro camera mode.
- New focus options toggle in the Pro camera mode.
- Pro Video mode on the Galaxy S20 series gives you the ability to control the smartphone’s mic direction
- New YouTube icon in the default keyboard for easier video sharing in messaging and chat apps.
- With the updated Reminder app, you can preset time and location for upcoming meetings and tasks.
- Share the password of the Wi-Fi you are connected to with nearby Galaxy devices that are in your contact list.
- By tapping on the Samsung DeX icon in the quick panel, you can now connect your Galaxy S20 to a Smart TV wirelessly and use the phone as a touchpad.
- Samsung Notes’ Auto save & sync function, adding handwritten text to typed documents. import and write on PDF files.
- With Audio Bookmark, you can synchronize your notes with audio recordings of lectures or meetings.
Note 20 Snapdragon 865+ vs S20+ 865 vs Exynos 990
As you can see, there are three main areas where the Snapdragon 865+ outshines the 865 – peak processing and graphics speed (the first mobile chip to break the 3GHz barrier), even more global 5G multiband connectivity, and the newest Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-fi 6E standards support.
Galaxy Note 20 vs S20+ battery life and charging speeds
A draw, with slightly better S20+ numbers despite the higher-res display
Here the 4300mAh pack of the Note 20 gives ground to the Galaxy S20+ with its 4500mAh battery capacity, but since it has a 1080p display against the 1440p of the S20+, it fares comparably in our browsing and scrolling benchmark test.
On the YouTube and gaming tests, the Note 20 Ultra didn’t fare as well, and we will be running those on the Note 20 as well to determine if that’s the case here as well, even though it has a humble 60Hz display.
If you switch on the 120Hz mode of the S20+, however, its endurance on a charge fails precipitously in comparison. Both phones charge at largely the same fast speed of about an hour, so if you are near an outlet, their battery life would be sufficient to get you through the day.