If you are a fan of Samsung flagship phones, then you probably know that Samsung S20 Ultra is newer compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. So, it’s perfectly logical that S20 Ultra outperforms Note 10 Plus in many things, but this doesn’t mean that you should forget about Note 10 Plus. On the contrary, there are a few things that you should take into account before making a decision. To help you find the best option, we have written this thorough Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs S20 Ultra comparison.
Platforms that only a small number of phones can compete with
When Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus was released in August 2019, it had the latest Android 9.0 (Android Pie). On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was released with the latest Android 10 at the moment (February 2020). The good thing is that Note 10 Plus users can upgrade the OS to Android 10 without any hassles. Both models have One UI 2 interface.
As for the CPU, you will find Octa-core CPU with 2 x 2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 and 2 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 as well as 4 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55 in Note 10 Plus for the European, Australian and Latin American market or 1 x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 and 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 486 as well as 4 x 1.78 GHz Kryo 485 for the American and Chinese market. S20 Ultra has an octa-core CPU too with two versions. The first one comes with 2 x 2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 and 2 x 2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 and an additional 4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex- A55. The second one is equipped with 1 x 2.84 GHz Kryo 585 and 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 as well as 4 x 1.8 Kryo 585. Obviously, the Samsung S20 Ultra model has a newer and slightly more powerful CPU.
The chipset in Note 10 Plus is Exynos 9825 with 7 nm compared to Exynos 990 with 7 nm+ in S20 Ultra. We should also mention that the GPU is Mali-G76 MP12 compared to Mali-G77 MP11. So, we are talking about an upgrade that’s not radical, but it’s still an upgrade.
A Samsung-style body
One of the things that make Samsung devices special is its modern and unique design. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has the following dimensions – 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 millimeters or 6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches. On the other hand, Samsung S20 Ultra’s dimensions are 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 millimeters or 6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches. So, S20 Ultra is slightly smaller and thicker. As for the weight, S20 Ultra is also slightly heavier – 7.76 oz (220 grams) compared to 6.91 oz (196 grams).
Both phones use Gorilla Glass class 6 on the front and back as well as high-quality aluminum frame. As expected, you can find Single SIM or Hybrid Dual SIM versions on both phones. The only difference is that S20 Ultra supports eSIM too. They have IP68 dust and water-resistant body and support Samsung Pay.
The camera in Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the main difference between these two models
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with the best smartphone camera at the moment. This phone’s main (back camera) has 4 modules. There’s a 108 MP (wide) module, 48 MP (periscope telephoto) module, 12 MP (ultrawide) module and 0.3 (depth) module. Samsung Note 10 Plus comes with a four-module main camera too. The first one is a 12 MP (wide) module followed by a 12 MP (telephoto) module. Additionally, we have the 16 MP (ultrawide) module and 0.3 (depth) module.
Both phones have panorama, auto-HDR, and LED flash features. The huge difference when it comes to taking videos is that S20 Ultra allows taking 8K videos at 24 frames per second. They both can take 4K videos at 30 and 60 frames per second, 1080p at 30, 60, and 240 fps as well as 720p at 960 fps. You can also find video features like stereo sound recording, HDR10+, OIS, and gyro-EIS.
The selfie camera in Samsung S20 Ultra has been improved too. It’s a 40 MP (wide) camera compared to a 10 MP (wide) camera in Note 10 Plus. You can make dual video calls and expect auto-HDR in both models. Unlike Note 10 Plus that’s capable of taking only 4K videos at 30 fps, S20 Ultra can take 4K videos at 30 and 60 fps as well as 1080p videos at 30 fps with the selfie camera.
A powerful display
One can expect nothing less from a brand like Samsung. Both the Note 10 Plus and S20 Ultra can display 16 million colors, but the later comes with a dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen. It also has a slightly bigger screen size – 6.9 inches compared to Note 10 Plus’s 6.8 inches screen. However, it turns out that Note 10 Plus has used the screen in a better way because screen-to-ratio in this phone is 91.0% compared to S20 Ultra’s 89.9%.
S20 Ultra has a better resolution too – 1440 x 3200 pixels with a 20:9 ratio that provides around 511 pixels per inch. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus has a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels, a 19:9 ratio, and around 498 pixels per inch.
Always-on display, HDR10+, corning Gorilla Glass 6 are standard features in both phones. It’s worth mentioning that S20 Ultra has 120 Hz at FHD and 60 HZ at the QHD refresh rate. It’s unlikely that you will need screen repairs for the Samsung Galaxy note 10 plus, but if you do Galaxy Repairs in here to help.
S20 Ultra has a better battery
The battery of S20 Ultra has a bigger capacity Li-Po 5000 mAh battery vs Li-Ion 4300 mAh battery in Note 10 Plus. This should provide longer activity before charging. The charging department in both devices is the same – fast-charging 45W, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15 W, and USB power delivery 3.0.
There’s no doubt that Samsung S20 Ultra is a superior phone compared to Samsung Note 10 Plus. The only dilemma here is whether you are ready to pay at least 30% more for this device compared to Note 10 Plus.