Samsung has shown off its 5G, fast-refreshing display capabilities, and strong cameras with the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. And it’s an attempt that could persuade users of the two-year-old Galaxy Note 9 to update their phablet, as the latest models take their place among the top Samsung phones.

It’s not easy to decide whether or not to upgrade. We’re keeping our smartphones for longer lengths of time these days, and Samsung’s new phones’ prices — the price of Galaxy Note 20 is $999, while the Ultra costs four figures — may entice Note 9 users to upgrade their still-functional devices.

However, with the current Galaxy Note models, Samsung has significantly improved on its 2018 phablets. In this tutorial, We will compare Galaxy Note 20 vs. Galaxy Note 9, we’ll examine what’s new for Samsung’s phablets and if the additional features are worth the expense of an upgrade.


Note 20Note 20 UltraNote 9
Screen Size (Resolution) 6.7 inches (2400 x 1080)6.9 inches (3088 x 1444; 120Hz)6.4 inches (2960 x 1440)
CPUSnapdragon 865 PlusSnapdragon 865 PlusSnapdragon 845
Micro SD CardNoYesYes
Rear Cameras12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide angle108MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, laser focus sensorDual 12MP
Front Camera10MP10MP8MP
Battery Life4300mAh4,500 mAh4000mAh
Size6.36 x 2.96 x 0.32 inches6.48 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches6.3 x 3 x 0.34 inches
Weight6.84 ounces7.33 ounces7.1 ounches

Price: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Galaxy Note 9

If you purchased a Galaxy Note 9 when it initially became available in 2018, you would have spent $999 for a 6GB model with 128GB of storage. If you purchased your phone on an instalment plan, you would almost have paid it off by now.

The Galaxy Note 20 price is $999, but it has 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM.  If you change the Note 20 Ultra, you’ll pay $1,299 for a phone with 128GB of storage. It will cost $1,449 to increase the on-board storage capacity to 512GB.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 are now available, and Samsung is offering up to $500 off with the trade-in of a qualifying handset. In addition, for both phones, the company offers a special financing option. Customers who opt for the less priced Note 20 can pay $25 per month for 20 months, totaling $500. If the mobile is still in good condition after that, Samsung will buy it back for the balance owed, allowing you to pay only $500 for the phone in less than two years.

Display and Design: the Galaxy Note 20 Vs the Galaxy Note 9

Only one model of Note 9 with a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen was offered. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes in two sizes. The basic Note 20 has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, and if that’s not enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch display.

The Note 20 may be the same price as the Note 9, but Samsung has chosen significantly lower-cost materials on its latest phablet. The Note 20 body is made of plastic that is meant to look and feel like glass. The illusion may endure at first glance, but if you use the Note 20 frequently, the illusion will wear off, you’ll find it’s not made of the same materials as the Note 9. In comparison, the Note 20 Ultra lives up to its high price tag, with a matte-etched slab of glass on the rear flanked by a shining metallic frame.

The Note 20 is a step back from the Note 9. Older Samsung phones have a 2960×1440 resolution. The Note 20’s screen is Full HD, while the Ultra’s is Quad HD. The Note 20 Ultra’s screen offers a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy Note 9’s slow refresh rate will make scrolling less smooth and games less immersive. The Note 20 lacks this feature.

Samsung placed the front camera in a punch-hole cutout on the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra to reduce bezels. hence it has top and bottom bezels. Unlike the Note 20 and Note 20 Plus, the Note 9’s fingerprint scanner is on the rear.

In terms of colour and brightness, the Note 20 Ultra boasts a maximum brightness of 662 nits and in its default Vivid setting can render 201 percent of the sRGB spectrum. The Note 9 reaches a 224 percent and 604 nits brightness rating. The latter statistic is greater, but the colours on the Note 9 are less accurate, with the older phone getting a Delta-E score of 0.34 vs the Note 20 Ultra’s 0.24. (Delta-E test results closer to zero are preferable.)

Cameras: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs the Galaxy Note 9

Remember when having two cameras on the back of a phone was considered the pinnacle of luxury? You certainly do if you’re still using the Galaxy Note 9, which has a pair of 12-megapixel sensors for mobile shooting. Things have gotten more advanced with the Samsung Galaxy Note phones, as both of the most recent models include at least three sensors.

The Note 20 Ultra includes a more complicated camera arrangement than the other two, including a 108 MP primary camera. A 12MP ultra wide camera and a 12MP telephoto lens capable of a 5x optical zoom round out the trio of cameras, while a laser autofocus sensor should boost the phone’s ability to quickly focus on images. The basic Note 20 comes equipped with a 12MP main lens, a 12MP ultra wide camera, and a 64 Mega Pixel telephoto lens with 3x lossless zoom.

While these camera specs are similar to those of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones from this spring, Note 9 customers will notice a substantial boost in the quality of their photos. When you consider that the Note 20 Ultra’s cameras can record 8K frame per second of video captured in a 21:9 aspect ratio and at up to 24 frames per second, they’re a huge upgrade over Samsung’s phablet from just two years ago.

On the front, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra both have a 10MP selfie camera. That’s more megapixels than the front-facing 8MP camera on the Note 9.

We can affirm that the Note 20 Ultra’s camera is capable of some of the best photography you’ll find in any phone now that we’ve had a chance to test it. With the Note 20 Ultra new laser autofocus system, Samsung has successfully eliminated the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s focusing difficulties, allowing you to extract stunning results from the 108MP primary sensor, The folding 5x optical zoom lens on the Note 20 Ultra allows you to zoom in on subjects no matter how far away they are. It’s a new standard for smartphone photography, and Samsung has made major strides in the last two years.

Performance: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs the Galaxy Note 9

Performance is another area where the new Notes are projected to exceed the 2018 phablet. The Snapdragon 845 CPU in the Galaxy Note 9 was the best available system-on-chip for Android phones at the time, but Qualcomm has progressed significantly in terms of power and efficiency since then.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra  and Note 20 use the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The Snapdragon 865 Plus is the closest a Snapdragon mobile CPU has come to Apple’s A13 Bionic chip. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra  and Note 20 have higher processing power than the Note 9.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra receives a score of 3,294 points in the system-wide Geekbench 5 test. Even though this test wasn’t accessible when the Note 9 was released two years ago, it’s reasonable to infer that the Snapdragon 845 in that phone isn’t even close to that score, given that even phones with a standard 865 processor, such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, only win 3,076 points.

The Galaxy Note 20 models will also connect to 5G networks, which the Galaxy Note 9 was unable to do. The Snapdragon 865 Plus includes a 5G modem, and the Note 20 models support all varieties of 5G, so expect higher data speeds if you live in a 5G-enabled location.

Owners of the Galaxy Note 9 may find that their storage capacity is limited, at least if they choose for the smaller Note 20. Unlike the Note 20 Ultra and Note 9, the Note 20 does not have a microSD slot. So the phone’s single variant’s 128GB of internal storage had better be plenty for your needs.

Battery life: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs the Galaxy Note 9

The 4,000 mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 9 allows it to endure a very long period on a charge. The batteries of the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are considerably larger – 4,300 mAh and 4,500 mAh, respectively.

The problem with battery technology is that as phones grow larger battery packs, the demands on them increase. The new Notes include significantly larger displays with quicker refresh rates (depending on the model), 5G connection, and greater peak clock speeds.

As a result, the Note 9 lasted an hour longer than the Note 20 Ultra in our unique battery test – 11 hours and 26 minutes for the older phone vs 10 hours and 26 minutes for the newer one.

While overall battery life hasn’t improved, Samsung’s quick charging game has clearly improved since the Galaxy Note 9. While that phone had 15W charging, the current Galaxy Note devices had a 25W charger. In the instance of the Galaxy Note 20, Samsung claims that a completely depleted battery may be restored to 50% in half an hour. In fact, our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review unit reached 56% capacity in under 30 minutes.

Wireless Power Share is featured on the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 10 Ultra, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices and accessories, like Galaxy Buds. Note 9 can’t do this.


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