Many may have forgotten that Samsung started the plus-sized smartphone trend with its Galaxy Note series, but since those big displays are now pretty standard on mobile devices (you might notice that the word “phablet” has fallen out of favor in recent years), some have been left wondering why the Note series still exists. Samsung answered that question with the launch of the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra this year, proving that these large phones have more to offer today than just extra screen real estate.
We were actually more enthusiastic about the new Galaxy Note devices than we were about the flagship Galaxy S20 releases (with the exception of the excellent Galaxy S20 Plus), but that premium design comes with a hefty price tag. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for smartphone deals and these caught your eye, you’re in luck. Below, we’ve scooped up all the best Samsung Galaxy Note 20 deals you can score at the moment, and we’ve also put together a handy guide that lays out the differences between the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.
Today’s Best Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Deals
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (Unlocked) — $799, was $1,000
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Unlocked) — $1,100, was $1,300
As low as $350 with trade-in
Up to $700 off with trade-in and activation, or $300 with activation
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Whereas some flagship smartphone lines now include three or even four devices, Samsung typically releases two Note variants. This time is no different, and Note fans can pick between the standard Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The standard Galaxy Note 20 phones aren’t that expensive (although we can’t say the same of the Ultra), but they’re not exactly cheap, either. That said, you usually get what you pay for when it comes to smartphones, and the Galaxy Note 20 doesn’t disappoint based on what we’ve seen so far.
The Galaxy Note 20’s overall design has been nicely updated but remains recognizable with a near-bezel-less design and pinhole front camera much like its predecessor. On the back, though, you’ll instantly notice a beefed-up camera module (the main lens being capable of shooting 8K video) that is more in line with newer flagships like the iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20 series.
One thing that has always set Galaxy Note devices apart from the S series is the stylus, and Samsung didn’t forget this with the Note 20. The S Pen stows away neatly inside the body of the phone, which is entirely water-resistant — and that includes the stylus itself and its storage silo. Both models are naturally quite large (as you would expect) and there’s not much of a difference in size: The Galaxy Note 20 boasts a 6.7-inch 1080p/393 pixels per inch (ppi) display while the Note 20 Ultra packs a slightly bigger 6.9-inch 1440p/509 ppi touchscreen, the main difference there being resolution and pixel density. Both run on the same Snapdragon 865+ chipset.
The standard Galaxy Note 20 will set you back $1,000 (unless you find a deal, that is), which, while not as sticker shock-inducing as the Ultra’s price, is still not a cheap phone. The Galaxy Note smartphones have always represented a high-end Android experience and the new Galaxy Note 20 doesn’t shirk that pedigree. Nonetheless, whether you’re a dedicated Note fan or you’re just after a plus-sized 5G-capable Android flagship, the Galaxy Note 20 is absolutely worth a look.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The reviews are in — and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast. Our Note 20 Ultra review describes the new phone as the biggest, baddest, most hardcore flagship smartphone you can buy today. In line with previous releases, Samsung dropped two Note devices this year but has replaced the Plus moniker with “Ultra.” That was an attention-grabbing choice when it was announced, as Galaxy fans know that the Ultra name was most recently reserved for the premium member of the S20 flagship family, the Galaxy S20 Ultra — a phone that happens to retail for $1,400.
As stated above, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are very similar overall in terms of size and hardware. They run on the same Snapdragon chipset and the Ultra is only 0.2 inches larger measured diagonally. Yet whereas the Note 20’s 6.7-inch display is 1080p with a pixel density of 393 ppi, the Ultra’s OLED touchscreen features a Quad HD 1440p resolution with a pixel density of 509 ppi, resulting in a sharper, more vibrant image.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also offers a boosted 12GB RAM, an obvious upgrade over the Note 20’s 8GB of memory, along with a larger 512GB internal storage option. The Ultra’s rear camera module is also superior to that of the standard Note 20, with a 108-megapixel wide sensor, stronger zoom capabilities, and more advanced light-capturing and autofocus features. These enhancements, along with the improved display, account for its higher cost. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is clearly the higher-end choice between the two, launching with a price tag of $1,300.
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