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$608Refurbished
$257Refurbished
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prefer a more recent device with a higher refresh rate screen for smoother visuals, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is a better option, and it also offers slightly better camera quality. On the other hand, if having a stylus is important to you for productivity tasks or creative work, then the Galaxy Note20 with its included S Pen could be the right choice. Both phones have similar battery life, screen size, and they lack a headphone jack and SD card slot. They are both made by Samsung, run on Android, and have similar storage options. The Galaxy Note20 is generally less expensive than the Galaxy S21+. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.6
Galaxy Note20
Galaxy S21+
7.2
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.4
Galaxy Note20
Galaxy S21+
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

5.9
Galaxy Note20
Galaxy S21+
6.6
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ takes only fair videos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes poor videos.

Cost

$608
Galaxy Note20
Galaxy S21+
$257
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The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a price of $608 and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ costs $257.
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Key similarities

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Battery

8.2 Hours
Galaxy Note20
Galaxy S21+
8.0 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has 8.2 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is 6.7 inches.

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How the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Note20Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Galaxy Note20Samsung Galaxy S21+

GENERAL

Price
$608
$257
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
August 21, 2020January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.7"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
393394
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD865+SD888
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
8 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.6/107.2/10
Photos Score
6.4/107/10
Videos Score
6/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.2 hours8 hours
Battery Capacity
4300 mah4800 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w15 w
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.36" x 2.96"6.36" x 2.98"
Weight
6.77 oz7.05 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Red, Mystic GreenPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gold, Phantom Red
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraSamsung Galaxy S21+
Better Battery Roughly equal
Better ScreenSamsung Galaxy S21+

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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."

Samsung Galaxy S21+

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"All told, Samsung nailed it with the Galaxy S21 Plus. It has most of the strengths of the smaller S21 in a bigger package. It’s got a lot going for it. If you’re coming from an older device, like the Galaxy S10 series, this is a solid upgrade."

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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