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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a phone with a larger screen and an included stylus for productivity, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 would be a good fit as it also boasts better peak brightness for its display and a slightly longer battery life. On the other hand, if you prefer a newer device with a slightly higher quality camera and overall performance, the Google Pixel 6a may be more appealing. Both phones have plastic backs, the same amount of internal storage, and lack a headphone jack, but the Pixel 6a's smaller and lighter form factor could make it more comfortable for everyday use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6a
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Note20
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.6
Pixel 6a
Galaxy Note20
6.6
The Google Pixel 6a has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.4
Pixel 6a
Galaxy Note20
6.4
The Google Pixel 6a takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

7.2
Pixel 6a
Galaxy Note20
5.9
The Google Pixel 6a takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes poor videos.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6a has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 is 6.7 inches.

Cost

$400
Pixel 6a
Galaxy Note20
$286
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The Google Pixel 6a has a price of $400 and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 costs $286.
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Key similarities

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Battery

7.6 Hours
Pixel 6a
Galaxy Note20
8.2 Hours
The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has 8.2 hours of battery life.

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How the Google Pixel 6a and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6aSamsung Galaxy Note20
Google Pixel 6aSamsung Galaxy Note20

GENERAL

Price
$400
$286
Brand
GoogleSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
July 21, 2022August 21, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.7"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
429393
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD865+
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.6/106.6/10
Photos Score
7.5/106.4/10
Videos Score
7.3/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12.2 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.6 Hours8.2 Hours
Battery Capacity
4410 mAh4300 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.99" x 2.83"6.36" x 2.96"
Weight
6.28 oz6.77 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Chalk, Sage, CharcoalMystic Gray, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Red, Mystic Green
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoNo

Shopping

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Google Pixel 6a

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Ars Technica

Ron Amadeo | July 2022
"it's very hard to find fault with the Pixel 6a. It has a processor that, in the US at least, blows away other Android phones in this price range. The design is great, the camera is fine, and the price is right. What's not to like?"

Samsung Galaxy Note20

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Pocket-lint

Mike Lowe | October 2020
"We think pretty much anyone picking up the Note 20 to take photos will be very happy with the sharpness and appearance of the shots. If you're looking for a phone with an integrated stylus then there's little better than the note-taking potential of this phone. Sure, its 'glasstic' rear and lack of higher refrsh-rate screen are little red marks against its specification, but you can buy the step-up Ultra model if you see that as a problem - although we prefer the smaller price and smaller camera lump of this 'entry' Note model."

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About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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