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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra | Digital Trends Spanish

There is no doubt that Samsung is betting on large and flashy devices. Just take a look at the Galaxy S21 Ultra launched earlier this year, a large phone that outperforms its predecessor in key ways: updated software, refined design, 5G as standard, and a Snapdragon 888 processor. However, this proposal does not. it is too far from that offered by last year’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which leads us to the obligatory doubt: when facing the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which Really the best?

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches) 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm (6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches)
Weight 229 grams (8.04 oz) 208 g (7.33 oz)
Screen size
6.8 inch AMOLED 2X dynamic 6..9 inch AMOLED 2X dynamic
Screen resolution
3200 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi) 3088 x 1440 pixels (496 ppi)
Operating system
Android 11, One UI 3.1 Android 11, One UI 3.1
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 256GB, 512GB
Micro SD Do not Yes
Wireless payment services Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Processor Exynos 2100 (global) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (US) Exynos 990 (global), Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus (US)
RAM 12 GB 12 GB
Camera 108 MP Quad Lens, 10 MP Telephoto, 12 MP Ultra Wide Lens

40 MP front lens

108 MP triple lens, 12 MP telephoto lens, 12 MP ultra-wide lens

10 MP front lens

Video 8K at 30 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps, HDR12 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps, HDR10 +
Bluetooth 5.0 5.1
Fingerprint reader Yes, on the screen (ultrasonic) Yes, on the screen (ultrasonic)
IP68 IP68
Battery 5,000mAh, fast charge (25W charger not included)

Qi wireless charging

4,500mAh, fast charge (25W charger included)

Qi wireless charging

App store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Colors Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Brown, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
starting price
$ 1,199 dollars $ 1,299 dollars

Design, display and durability

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The main difference between the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is their exterior design. The Note 20 has a very rectangular shape with very sharp corners, which makes it look more robust while being thinner. Instead, the S21 Ultra has the advantage of its brighter screen (up to 1,500 nits), so colors look very sharp even in bright sunlight.

Both devices have a screen with QHD resolution, but only the new S21 Ultra can reach 120 Hz of screen refreshment at full resolution. That said, both models have a 120 Hz screen that is activated at specific and necessary times, which serves to save energy consumption. On the other hand, the external design of the S21 Ultra camera is more sophisticated and elegant, thanks to the fact that the camera is now integrated into the structure of the phone in a more natural way. On the other hand, the camera module of the Note 20 is larger and more protruding, very noticeable compared to the body of the phone.

In this regard, the competition is tight and everything will depend on the tastes of each person. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is ahead, although not by much.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Performance, battery life and charging

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Newer phones almost always have the upper hand when it comes to performance and the S21, which is powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor, promises to be better than the Note 20 Ultra with its Snapdragon 865+. Also, the newer processor’s manufacturing process is 5nm, which means that its performance is higher without affecting power consumption.

Both phones have 128GB internal storage, but only the Note 20 Ultra has a MicroSD card slot. In return, the S21 Ultra comes in versions with 128, 256 or up to 521 GB of storage. Both Galaxy come 5G ready, but the S21’s modem is embedded in the processor, reducing battery consumption and increasing data transfer speeds.

The S21 Ultra also comes with a larger 5,000mAh battery, while the Note 20 Ultra has 4,500mAh. Both have support for 25W charging, but only the Note 20 Ultra is sold with a charger included. Wireless charging? It is available in both models (up to 15W) and they also come with reverse charging, which allows them to charge another device.

But if we take into account that the newer processor delivers better performance and that all the other specifications are similar except for the MicroSD slot, the advantage is taken by the Galaxy S21 Ultra (despite not including a charger).

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra


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Samsung made quite a few adjustments to the S21 Ultra’s camera. For starters, the 100x zoom is back, which had been reduced to 50x on the Note 20. A new periscope lens with 10X native zoom also debuts – unprecedented on a Galaxy – and uses it in combination with a smart digital zoom to reach 100x zoom. Additionally, a 3X zoom telephoto lens is included with both cameras, for better optical image stabilization. All of these features make the S21 Ultra’s camera superior; For its part, the main camera is wider thanks to the fact that the lens is 24mm and not 26mm, which allows a somewhat wider perspective.

There are also some improvements in video recording. The S21 Ultra includes support for a laser autofocus system, allows 8K video to be recorded at 30 frames per second and it is also possible to obtain high-quality images, captured directly from 8K video. None of this means that the Note 20 Ultra’s camera is of poor quality, but in the long run, the S21 Ultra’s camera is superior.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Software and updates

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Both the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy Note 20 work with Samsung’s One UI 3.0 interface for Android 11, so their features are practically identical. The safest thing is that the updates for both are the same and although it is possible that it will reach a newer version of Android to the S21 Ultra, for this to happen it takes a long time. Therefore, there is no clear winner here.

Winner: tie

Special features

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This is new: for the first time, a Samsung S line phone has support for the S Pen, although not as naturally as it happens with the Note 20 Ultra that not only includes the digital pen in the box, but also has its own groove in the case. The S Pen is a first for the S21 Ultra, but must be purchased separately; It is not very clear that the demand for this accessory is high, but it is not bad that the option exists. Instead, the best thing about the Note line is that each model comes with the same S Pen, making it easier to get used to its daily use.

There are other elements that the S21 does not include, such as the MicroSD slot or the charger; both accessories are included in the purchase of a Note 20. On the other hand, both the S21 Ultra and the Note 20 Ultra have support for 5G, while the S21 has some additions such as the Vlogger View, a feature that allows you to capture video from the rear and front camera at the same time. The S21 also includes something called Director View, to display thumbnails of the image each lens on the phone is receiving.

But in the end, it’s the Note 20 Ultra’s extra accessories like the S Pen, charger, and MicroSD slot that give it the edge over the newer model, which doesn’t include any of the three mentioned above.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Price and availability

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The global economic situation means that, particularly in the most expensive phones, the price differences are important. Thus, Samsung reduced the price of its main phone from 2021 by $ 200, in exchange, of course, for eliminating elements such as the charger. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G costs $ 1,200 for its 128GB model, $ 1,250 for the 256GB and $ 1,380 for the 521GB. Instead, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra sells for $ 1,300 in its 128GB model, although it is common to find discounts in some stores.

The prices of both phones are comparable: the S21 Ultra costs cheaper in its initial model and has more storage options, but at the same time you may have to spend extra money on a charger. Therefore, we will leave this category in a tie.

Winner: tie

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have a lot of functions and features in common, and since you could get the more expensive model at a price pretty close to the latest one, the verdict will be a matter of your personal preferences.

In saying that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best phone, we do so because the processor is newer and more powerful, the screen is slightly brighter, and the camera and battery are somewhat superior. The S21 Ultra is a rounder phone in terms of features, while the Note 20 Ultra, with its S Pen and external design, targets a somewhat more specific type of user.

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