Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has been presented, comparisons with last year’s model are inevitable. Generally, the changes generation after generation are not usually excessively large, but it is true that we find substantial differences between the 2019 Note 10 and its new brother. That is why we wanted to buy the benefits of both terminals and always taking the price into account, see which of the two may be more worthwhile.
It goes without saying that the logical passage of time and generational change make the Galaxy Note 20 a more complete and advanced terminal in many of its technologies. However, for the user who is thinking between buying the new model, or save good money to get last year’s version, It is possible that doubts arise and that is why we will try to solve them.
Screen and dimensions
The first thing that stands out is that the Galaxy Note 20 does look more like what this family always was. That is, it shows a size of 6.7 inches, far from the standard sizes of smartphones today, while the Note 10 stayed at 6.3 inches. Both have FullHD + resolution but the aspect ratio changes, being 20: 9 (more stretched) in the Note 20 and 19: 9 in the Note 10. However and surprisingly, we see how the panel of the Note 20 is protected with Gorilla Glass 5While last year’s Note 10 already featured Gorilla Glass 6.
If we take into account the dimensions and weight, the logical increase in screen and battery, makes the Galaxy Note 20 reach 192 grams in weight and has 8.3 millimeters thick. The Note 10 for its part, weighs 168 grams and is only 7.9 millimeters thick. Luckily, both terminals are IP68 certified, which provide good protection against water and dust. Similarly, the two panels SuperAMOLED are compatible with HDR10 + and Always On Display
Processor and memory
By lifting the hood, we see that the new Note 20 integrates the Exynos 990, while the Note 10 does the same with the Exynos 9825 chip. Both can be accompanied by 256 GB of storage that is not expandable, and 8GB of RAM. In addition, both have the UFS 3.1 read / write standard.
If we look at it in terms of performance, the Note 20 offers a plus more power, but it is not something significant since the two are more than enough to move any game or multitasking, however aggressive it may be. In the famous AnTuTu performance program, the Galaxy Note 20 has passed the 515,000 points, compared to 438,000 points of the Note 10.
Difference in cameras
There is an important difference in the cameras of both devices. Although both have three rear sensors, we see that the Note 20 has a 64 megapixel main telephoto sensor, a 12 megapixel wide angle and a 12 megapixel ultra wide angle. The Galaxy Note 10 for its part has wide-angle and ultra-wide angle sensors of 12 + 16 megapixels, and a 12 megapixel telephoto lens. They both feature an LED flash and a 10-megapixel selfie sensor.
More options thanks to 8K
If we look at some functional differences, in addition to the megapixel numbers, we see that the Note 20 achieves a 3x optical zoom, while the Note 10 offers 2x zoom. Likewise, the maximum recording capacity in the Note 10 is 4K, while the new Note 20 can already record in 8K resolution.
Among the main novelties of having a camera of such capacity, compared to the possibilities of the Note 10, is the option of the Note 20 to record images in 24 fps and choose between 16: 9 or 21: 9 ratios. Additionally, each frame of 8K video can be converted into a 33 megapixel photo.
Connections and battery
The two terminals have the main connections, but only the Note 20 offers a variant compatible with 5G networks. Neither has a 3.5 headphone jack, but they do have stereo speakers. Bluetooth 5.0, NFC or the fingerprint sensor on the screen is common in both devices.
However, there is a big difference in battery life. The Galaxy Note 20 integrates 4,300 mAh, while the Note 10 stayed at 3,500 mAh. However, both offer 30W fast charging, 12W wireless charging, and 9W reverse charging. At the moment only the Note 20 moves with the OneUI 2.5 layer based on Android 10, while Note 10 will be updated later, since it operates with OneUI 2.1, also based on Android 10.
And the prices?
We can praise that Samsung has not increased prices over the previous year. Remember that the Galaxy Note 10 has an official price of 959 euros, although at the moment it is easy to find it on portals such as Amazon for about 700 euros. The price of this year’s Note 20 is precisely 959 euros, since we also have a 5G variant that is priced at 1,059 euros. It’s a notable difference right now between the new model and the previous generation. We have seen that in terms of performance, excessive differences should not be noticed, however, those who have always loved the Note series for the size of its screen, will find in the 6.7 inches of the Note 20, something more in line with what they are looking for. In addition, the cameras have been significantly improved on the new model, in addition to having a larger battery (which also has to power a larger screen).