WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020
If you've spent any time looking for a new Android phone, you've certainly come across two of the flagship devices offered by Samsung®. As primary competitors to the iPhone®, Samsung's Galaxy® S20 and Note® 10 are two incredibly popular phones — and for good reason.
They're both powerful and sleek, with great cameras and all the latest features. But of course, they have their differences and appeal to separate crowds. Let's take a closer look at these two phones and see what exactly those differences are, so you can choose which one is right for you.
The Samsung Note 10 came out in July 2019 and comes with a host of excellent features and the power to back it up.
• Samsung Note 10
Samsung Note 10
The Samsung Note 10 came out in July 2019 and comes with a host of excellent features and the power to back it up. Notably, it comes with S-pen functionality and is available in a 5G-supported configuration. Plus, it is available in some stunning colors.
With the Note 10 comes a few different options:
The most obvious difference is in size, with the Note10+ having a larger screen and heavier weight.
The Note 10+ nets you a few added features, including:
That AMOLED screen has great touch-responsiveness due to its design, along with an incredibly high contrast ratio, rich colors and clarity.
Your color options will also vary between models. Through Samsung, the Note 10 is available in five colors:
The Note 10+ is available in aura black, aura white and aura glow. It's also available in aura blue, except the 5G model. There's even a special edition "Star Wars"-themed 10+, if you can get your hands on it.
Look and Feel
As you pick up the phone, you might notice that it is a bit sharper, with tightly rounded corners and a more square design.
If you like the sturdiness and screen size of a larger phone, the Note 10+ comes in with a 6.8-inch screen, 0.5 inches more than the Note 10, which is 6.3 inches across. While width remains the same, the weight of the Note 10+ jumps from 168 grams to 196 grams and 198 grams for the 5G model.
Both phones have a 10MP camera for selfies, a 16MP ultra-wide, a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto lens.
The camera on the Note 10 and 10+ is pretty good, with a triple- or quadruple-lens design. Both phones have a 10MP camera for selfies, a 16MP ultra-wide, a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto lens. The 10+ adds on Samsung's DepthVision camera, to help with certain features, editing and focusing. The phones also share their 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and optical image stabilization on the rear cameras.
As for video, they both offer the same 4K capabilities at 60 fps and slow-motion footage at 960 fps for HD and 240 fps for FHD. You can even take still photos of 9.1MP during 4K video recording.
While the Note 10 features last year's 855 model of the Snapdragon processor, you won't be falling behind any time soon. It's an octa-core processor with a few different configuration options that vary by country and carrier. Clock speed can range from 1.7 to 2.8GHz.
The Note 10+ offers an additional 4GB of RAM, up to 12GB, but even the 10's 8GB of RAM should be plenty for most users. The additional memory could help if you plan on hanging onto the phone for the while, as it can make it last longer, but in the meantime, it isn't a substantial difference.
Keep in mind that if you want to expand the storage, you'll have to go with the Note 10+, which is the only configuration with a MicroSD slot. With a MicroSD card, you can increase the storage by a terabyte.
Battery life jumps from 3500mAh in the 10 to 4300mAh in the 10+. You can expect different ranges of battery life depending on usage. Video playback provides 19 or 21 hours, audio provides 60 or 74 hours and talk provides 38 or 44 hours in the 10 and 10+ respectively.
As of this post being written, the pricing on the Note 10 is about on par with many flagship phones, and considering the bang you get for your buck, it's not a bad deal. If you don't care for 5G compatibility, you can save an extra couple hundred dollars and go for a regular 10+. The most noticeable differences between the 10 and the 10+ include the higher screen resolution, DepthVision camera and microSD card slot. The additions are more modern and common in other flagships, like the Galaxy S20, even in the base models.
• Samsung Galaxy S20
About six months after the Note 10, Samsung dropped the S20 in February 2020 as its primary flagship phone and successor to the S10.
Samsung Galaxy S20
About six months after the Note 10, Samsung dropped the S20 in February 2020 as its primary flagship phone and successor to the S10. It features similarly powerful specs with an unmatched camera setup. This phone is designed to appeal to the amateur photographer, and Samsung did an excellent job with it.
Like the Note 10, the S20 comes in three different varieties, but the difference between the highest tier and the base model is much more pronounced. In addition to the standard S20, you can also snag the S20+ and the S20 Ultra.
With each model, you can find the following colors, though some retailers offer exclusive options:
With each model, you get a larger screen, a bit more weight and some new features. Going from the S20 to the S20+ will add:
The move to the S20 Ultra nets you the following features:
All models have a microSD slot, dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Displays, 120Hz refresh rate support and similar intelligent camera features and resolutions. Unlike the Note 10, all models of the S20 can now have 5G with mmWave and Sub6 support, though LTE versions are available.
The S20 has more rounded corners than the Note 10, giving it a softer look. As you might expect, each version of the phone goes up in screen size and weight.
Look and Feel
The S20 has more rounded corners than the Note 10, giving it a softer look. As you might expect, each version of the phone goes up in screen size and weight. The S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra are 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9 inches across, respectively, and range in weight from 163 to 222g.
The base models are comparable in size to the Note 10, with the S20 Ultra being closer in size to the Note 10+. Overall, the S20 is just slightly smaller than the Note 10, so it's a touch more pocketable and may be easier to hold. Within that smaller screen is a Quad HD resolution at 2560x1440 pixels.
The camera is where the S20 really shines. While the base model offers a respectable camera setup, the S20+ adds DepthVision and the S20 Ultra changes it up completely.
The S20 base model offers the following lenses:
The S20 Ultra model beefs up some of those numbers:
The larger sensors in the entire lineup offer higher-quality images and impressive low-light performance. The S20 and S20+ have 1/1.76-inch sensors while the Ultra has a 1/1.33-inch sensor.
The Ultra also offers a much larger level of optical zoom at 10x, while the S20 and S20+ only have 3x optical zoom. It's worth noting that this is a hybrid optical zoom, so it uses some digital assistance, but still provides a clear result. As for digital zoom, Samsung's Super Resolution Zoom goes up to 30x on the S20 and S20+ and jumps to 100x on the Ultra.
All models offer optical image stabilization and tracking autofocus. They also have scene optimization and several video recording options, including:
Another notable feature of the Galaxy's camera is the ability to take still photos at 33MP from 8K video.
For RAM, the 5G versions all support 12GB. In the S20 and S20+, LTE versions can only have 8GB of RAM. For the S20 Ultra, you can have 12GB or 16GB configurations.
Being a new model, the S20 line features the Snapdragon 865 processor, which will be a bit faster than its predecessor but not by too much. It's still an octa-core processor and clock speeds range from 1.8GHz to 2.7GHz.
As for RAM, the 5G versions all support 12GB. In the S20 and S20+, LTE versions can only have 8GB of RAM. For the S20 Ultra, you can have 12GB or 16GB configurations.
Though the S20 Ultra boasts a larger battery — 5,000 mAh compared to the 4,500mAh and 4,000mAh of the S20 and S20+ — it does have a bit more hardware to power. The time of use you can expect to get out of each phone rises subtly with each model.
Below is the change in estimated times for different tasks, from the S20 to the Ultra.
The Ultra also offers 45W charging support.
One big bonus of the S20 is that it offers a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling over the 60Hz that the Note 10 and many other phones have.
You can switch between the two options, but it will drop your screen resolution in half. You can use either the 120Hz rate or the higher Quad HD resolution. Keep in mind, though, that both of these options can drain the battery more quickly.
As of writing this piece, the MSRPs of the S20 models are about $50-$100 more expensive than the Note 10 configurations.
The majority of the jump between the S20 and S20 Ultra costs go into that beefy camera design, but you also get more options for storage, though those will cost you. If you don't care much about the advanced photography features, you can save by getting one of the S20 or S20+ models. They'll also be smaller and easier to fit into your pocket.
Samsung Galaxy S20
vs. the Note 10
• Screen sizes
• 5G offerings
Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S20 vs. the Note 10
So what is it that sets these two flagship phones apart, and which is better, the S20 or the Note 10? Well, that depends on what you're looking for.
Both phones have a similar price point and share a lot of features, like:
Of course, the phones will also come with all the features you'd expect from a modern-day Samsung device, like Bluetooth connectivity, screen mirroring, compatibility with Galaxy devices, Bixby support, the Knox security platform, face recognition and Samsung Pay.
However, the similarities must end somewhere.
The Note 10, aside from the mesmerizing aura glow color that's available, offers support for the S-Pen and a well-rounded suite of features and power. The S20, on the other hand, boasts a new processor and that slick 120GHz refresh rate. All models offer 5G versions and the camera setup is simply unmatched.
Here's where the two differ.
Of course, it all comes down to personal preference. If you're looking for robust photography features or the latest and greatest internal power structures, the S20 Ultra is a clear winner. If, on the other hand, you need the S-pen or want to save a little by foregoing 5G, the Note 10 might be your best bet.
S20 and Note 10 vs. Other Popular Phones
The S20 and the Note 10 likely aren't the only two phones on your radar. Some other popular models include the Galaxy Z Flip and the iPhone 11. So how do the S20 and Note 10 compare?
The Galaxy Z Flip was introduced at about the same time as the S20, and it is snappy. This phone is meant to harken back to the flip phones of the 2000s, with a design that folds in half and can fit easily into your pocket, making it light and portable.
Galaxy Z Flip
The Galaxy Z Flip was introduced at about the same time as the S20, and it is snappy. This phone is meant to harken back to the flip phones of the 2000s, with a design that folds in half and can fit easily into your pocket, making it light and portable. It still has a small display on the front for essentials and opens up the size of a typical smartphone.
The downside to the Z Flip is you pay for the novelty. It still has decent specs, but you won't find 5G options, 8K video, the latest processor or as much battery life as you would in something like the S20 or Note 10. If you love the idea of a modern, cutting-edge design, that factor might outweigh the shortcomings in performance, but for many, you'll get more bang for your buck with the other two options.
• iPhone 11
Like the S20 and the Note 10, the line of iPhone 11 devices has a few different options, including the 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max.
Like the S20 and the Note 10, the line of iPhone 11 devices has a few different options, including the 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max. The base model iPhone 11 comes in several bright colors and sizes range from a 5.8-inch screen to a 6.5-inch — quite a bit smaller than either the S20 or the Note 10. The cameras are also very impressive on the iPhones, especially on the Pro Max.
One of the most significant differences with an iPhone is that they run on Apple's iOS, which is a very different operating system than Android. The S20 costs a little more than the base iPhone 11.
The Bottom Line
Both phones have their advantages and disadvantages. If you're looking for impressive overall specs, a powerful camera or a slightly lighter-weight device, the S20 is a great choice. On the other hand, the Note 10 lets you use the S-pen and still has great specs. You'll have to weigh your priorities to figure out which one is best for you.
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