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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prefer a larger screen and a stylus for productivity, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers a 6.9-inch display with stylus support, and it's more budget-friendly. However, the Galaxy S21 FE, despite being costlier, offers a more recent processor and might have better performance and support in the long run. For photography, both have solid cameras, but if you prioritize a higher-resolution selfie camera, the S21 FE boasts a 32-megapixel front camera compared to the Note20 Ultra's 10-megapixel. In terms of build, the Note20 Ultra has a glass back which may feel more premium, whereas the S21 FE has a plastic back. The choice depends on whether you value screen size and stylus functionality or a newer processor and potentially better support. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
  • Good for taking photos
  • Poor for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

Key differences

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a screen size of 6.9 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is 6.4 inches.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S21 FE both have good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.3
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE
6.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra to have good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

5.9
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE
5.9
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S21 FE both have poor videos.

Battery

6.4 Hours
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE
6.7 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has 6.4 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has 6.7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$582
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE
$600
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The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a price of $582 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE costs $600.

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How the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 UltraSamsung Galaxy S21 FE
Samsung Galaxy Note20 UltraSamsung Galaxy S21 FE

GENERAL

Price
$582
$600
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
August 21, 2020January 29, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.9"6.4"
Resolution
3088 x 14402400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
496401
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD865+SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/107.1/10
Photos Score
7.3/106.9/10
Videos Score
6/105.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Super TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
108 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.4 Hours6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.49" x 3.04"6.13" x 2.93"
Weight
7.34 oz6.24 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
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)41, 66, 71, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Mystic Black, White, Mystic BronzeGraphite, Lavender, Olive, White, Navy Blue
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
YesNo

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

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TechRadar

Matt Swider | July 2021
"The Note 20 Ultra has it all – almost: a big screen, superb camera, high refresh rate, the S Pen, in-screen fingerprint sensor, super-fast specs, 5G speeds, a fancy curved display. This phone is built for power users who want everything but the fastest charging speeds."

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | March 2022
"The Galaxy S21 FE is a fine addition to Samsung's S21 lineup, retaining the very best features of those flagship phones for a more modest price. This is a solid phone, matching the performance of the top Android flagships from a year ago and delivering photos that hold their own against some of the best camera phones we've tested."

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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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