Apple iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Display

Size

6.5 inches
6.9 inches

Resolution

2688 x 1242 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio,
458 PPI
3088 x 1440 pixels, 19.3:9 ratio,
496 PPI

Technology

OLED
Dynamic AMOLED

Screen-to-body

84.29 %
91.63 %

Peak brightness

625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
120Hz refresh rate, HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250-AB

Processor

Hexa-core, 2490 MHz, Vortex and Tempest, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 3000 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm

GPU

Apple 4-core GPU
Adreno 650

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
12GB LPDDR5

Internal storage

64GB, not expandable
128GB, available to use: 107 GB

Storage expansion

 
microSDXC up to 1000 GB

Device type

Smartphone
Smartphone

OS

iOS (13.x, 12.x)
Android (10), Samsung One UI

Battery

Capacity

3179 mAh
4500 mAh

Type

Li - Ion, Not user replaceable
Li - Polymer, Not user replaceable

Battery life test results

Charging

USB Power Delivery, Qi wireless charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging, Qi and Powermat wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging

Max charge speed

Wired: 15.0W; Wireless: 7.5W
 

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Triple camera

Main camera

12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
108 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.33"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm

Second camera

12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Optical zoom: 5x; Aperture size: F3.0; Focal Length: 120 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm

Third camera

 
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (24 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)

Features

OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Object tracking, EIS

Front

7 MP (Wide Angle, HDR)
10 MP (PDAF, HDR)

Design

Dimensions

6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm)
6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches (164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm)

Weight

7.34 oz (208.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
7.34 oz (208.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Stainless steel
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus); Frame: Stainless steel

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

3D Face unlock
2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint

Features

 
Stylus

Keys

Left: Volume control, Other; Right: Lock/Unlock key
Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Colors

Gold, Silver, Space gray
Mystic black, Mystic bronze, Mystic white

Cellular

5G

 
n2, n5, n41, n66, n71, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 32(1500 L-band), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)

LTE (TDD)

Bands 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46
Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46, 48(3600)

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

Data Speed

LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE-A Pro Cat 20 (2000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

Dual SIM

Yes
 

SIM type

Nano SIM, eSIM
Nano SIM

HD Voice

Yes
Yes

VoLTE

Yes
 

Multimedia

Headphones

No 3.5mm jack
No 3.5mm jack

Speakers

Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Earpiece, Multiple speakers

Features

 
32-Bit DAC, Dolby Atmos, aptX, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Radio

 
FM

Additional microphone(s)

for Noise cancellation, Video recording
for Noise cancellation

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth

5.0
5.0

Wi-Fi

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6), dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

USB

Lightning
Type-C (reversible), USB 3.2

Features

Charging, Headphones port
Charging, Headphones port, OTG, Video out

Location

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers), Barometer

Other

NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling)
NFC, ANT+

Hearing aid compatible

M3, T4
M3, T3

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval

 
 

Date approved

Sep 12, 2018
Jul 06, 2020

FCC ID value: BCG-E3219A link
FCC ID value: A3LSMN986U link

Measured SAR

 
 

Head

1.00 W/kg
0.78 W/kg

Body

1.00 W/kg
1.04 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission

1.52 W/kg
1.59 W/kg

Wireless Router

1.00 W/kg
1.18 W/kg

Phablet

 
3.92 W/kg

Buyers information

Price

$ 1099
$ 1300

User Manual

 
Download the Samsu​ng Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Manual as a PDF file.

In The Box

EarPods with Lightning Connector, Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation
Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Ejection Pin, Quick Start Guide

Availability

Officially announced

Sep 12, 2018
Aug 05, 2020
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