Today, Samsung formally launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. Each year, the Note family represents the best-of-the-best when it comes to Samsung flagships. To know that, all you need to do is check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs.

Just like last year, the two devices in the Note 20 line are designed to act as foils to one another. The vanilla Note 20 represents a cheaper way to enter the Note ecosystem while the Note 20 Ultra is the “true” Note device of the year.

However, this year, some of the specs you’ll find on the Note 20 might be ones you wished came with the Note 20 Ultra, and vice versa. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs below to see for yourself!

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra specs

Samsung Galaxy Note 20Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Display
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
6.7-inch AMOLED Infinity-O
FHD+ resolution
20:9 aspect ratio
60Hz refresh rate
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
6.9-inch AMOLED Infinity-O
WQHD+ resolution
19.3:9 aspect ratio
120Hz refresh rate
Construction
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
Plastic (aka Glasstic) body
Flat display
Gorilla Glass 5 display cover
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
Metal and glass body
Curved (Edge) display
Gorilla Glass 7 display cover
CPU
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
NA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Global: Samsung Exynos 990
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
NA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Global: Samsung Exynos 990
Storage
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
NA: 128GB internal
No microSD card support
Global: 256GB internal
No microSD card support
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
NA: 128GB or 512GB internal
microSD card support up to 2TB
Global: 256GB or 512GB internal
microSD card support up to 2TB
RAM
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
8GB
LPDDR5
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
12GB
LPDDR5
Power
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
4,300mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
4.5W reverse wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
4,500mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
4.5W reverse wireless charging
Cameras
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
Rear:
12MP 2PD OIS wide-angle (ƒ/1.8, 1.8μm)
64MP telephoto (ƒ/2.0, 0.8μm, hybrid 3x zoom)
12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)
Front:
10MP 2PD AF (ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm)
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
Rear:
108MP PD OIS wide-angle (ƒ/1.8, 0.8μm)
12MP telephoto (ƒ/3.0, 1.0μm, optical 5x zoom)
12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)
Laser AF
Front:
10MP 2PD AF (ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm)
Video
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
8K at 24fps in 16x9 or 21:9
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
8K at 24fps in 16x9 or 21:9
Security
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
In-display fingerprint sensor
Ultrasonic technology
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
In-display fingerprint sensor
Ultrasonic technology
Durability
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
IP68 certified
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
IP68 certified
Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
5G (separate sub-6GHz and mmWave models)
Wi-Fi 6
4G only model available in selected markets
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave)
Wi-Fi 6
Colors
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
Mystic Gray
Mystic Green
Mystic Bronze
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
Mystic Black
Mystic White
Mystic Bronze
Dimensions & weight
Samsung Galaxy Note 20:
75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3mm
192g (sub-6GHz only)
194g (mmWave supported)
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:
77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1mm
208g

The most notable differences between the two phones are the display, construction, and cameras. There are some other differences, clearly (such as the slightly smaller battery in the Galaxy Note 20), but otherwise the devices are pretty similar.

For the display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs seem to be the superior choice. It’s larger, has a higher resolution, a higher refresh rate, and a stronger glass covering (in fact, the Note 20 Ultra is the very first commercial smartphone with Gorilla Glass 7).

Related: The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is here: Everything you need to know

However, the differences in overall construction for the two phones are not as clear cut. The Note 20 is made of plastic instead of the metal/glass hybrid of the Note 20 Ultra. For many folks, plastic is a better, more practical material for smartphones, so they might actually prefer the vanilla Note 20 here. Similarly, the Note 20 has a flat display, something which many of our readers clamor for in flagships. The Note 20 Ultra sticks with the usual curved display trend.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra together
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs boast some incredible numbers in the camera department. The 108MP main sensor is the same we saw in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the 5x optical zoom will be a nice feature for many. However, we’ve seen mixed results from the S20 Ultra camera, so the 64MP shooter on the vanilla Note 20, ironically, might deliver overall better photos. We’ll need to pit the two systems against one another to be sure.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will start at $999 while the Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299. Both phones will be available on August 21, but pre-orders open at 12:01 AM tomorrow. For all the latest on the Note 20 series, check out our other content below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 display
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
A "cheaper" Note
The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Bigger, better, and pricier
Samsung's Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year's models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung's most refined device yet.