Samsung held its second Galaxy Unpacked event earlier today, and despite several leaks spoiling some of the surprises that the South Korean firm had initially planned, it was still able to impressed with its highly specced Galaxy Note 20 series.
The flagship device in the lineup is the Note 20 Ultra, as was the case when Samsung debuted the Galaxy S20 Ultra earlier in the year.
It too is a highly specced piece of mobile hardware, and while it is up for debate as to whether consumers will actually be able to utilise all the power it packs, we can certainly compare 2020’s two Galaxy Ultra smartphones.
For our comparison, featured in the table below, we’ll be focusing on the 5G flavour of Note 20 Ultra and the 4G/LTE version of the S20 Ultra. This as only the LTE variant on the former has been made available to purchase in SA.
|Galaxy S20 Ultra (4G/LTE)||Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (5G)|
|Display||6.9″ Dynamic AMOLED, 3200×1440||6.9″ Dynamic AMOLED, 3088×1440|
|Processor||Octa-core Exynos 990||Octa-core Exynos 990|
|Battery||5 000mAh with 45W fast charging||4 500mAh with fast charging|
|Front Camera||40MP wide-angle||10MP wide-angle|
|Rear Camera||108MP wide-angle, 48MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, ToF depth sensing||108MP wide-angle, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, Laser AF sensor|
|RAM and Storage||12GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage||12GB, 128GB onboard storage|
|Price||R26 999 at launch||R36 999 at launch|
Looking at the specifications above, there is very little to split the two. If we’re going off of numbers alone, it looks like the S20 Ultra is the better specced option when it comes to camera capabilities, display resolution and battery size, as well as being less expensive at launch.
As such, Samsung will likely be touting the S Pen as the key differentiator between the two. We have to agree that having a stylus on such a large amount of screen real estate makes sense, but given both Galaxy Ultra phones are 6.9″ in size, why not have a stylus for the S20 model?
The other other big consideration is 5G, which we’ve already seen as a technology that adds a premium on any smartphone it features on.
Whether South African consumers will be willing to pay more than R35k for a flagship phone that does not fold, remains to be seen.