LikeBrilliant screenSolid digicam with 3x optical zoomPowerful, high-end efficiency featuresAll-day battery life

Do not LikeLacks premium look and feelPlastic backing can really feel sharp and poorly constructedToo costly at full retail value

Samsung has a knack for turning out highly effective telephones, particularly in its Galaxy Notice line. This yr, it has two, the usual Galaxy Notice 20 5G at $1,000 (£849, AU$1,499, each 4G) and the Notice 20 Extremely at $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,849, once more each 4G). Each have sharp shows, wonderful cameras, all-day battery life and spectacular inner efficiency, together with an S Pen stylus that makes the Notice distinctive. However you may solely purchase one, so which is able to or not it’s?This Galaxy Notice 20 overview focuses on the variations between 2020’s Notice telephones within the hopes it’s going to assist reply your questions whereas making a decision — or simply drool over Samsung’s large-screen units. On the entire, I can advocate each Notes, simply not at their retail costs.  

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I counsel maintaining an eye fixed out for offers, bundled provides, reductions and trade-in values that carry the costs down by $300 or extra. Samsung costs are inclined to fall because the months go on, so your probability of snagging a deal are excessive. Plus, a shock suggestion on the finish when you’re not offered on utilizing the S Pen stylus every day.

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Galaxy Notice 20 vs. Extremely: Which do you have to purchase?


Design variations matter: Display, plastic vs. glassThe Galaxy Notice 20 and Notice 20 Extremely clearly seem like totally different units, however not simply due to the Notice 20’s barely smaller 6.7-inch display to the Notice 20 Extremely’s 6.9-inch show. It is obvious that the Extremely has a glass backing (Gorilla Glass Victus, in reality,) whereas the Notice 20 makes use of polycarbonate (that is plastic). For those who use a case, it may not make a distinction to you, however in any case these years of being conditioned to equate a premium, $1,000 system with glass building, plastic makes it really feel cheaper than its price ticket, although the specs are sturdy. I additionally observed a pointy edge the place the Notice 20’s plastic backing joins the steel body, assembly in a niche large enough to run my fingernail all the way in which round. If you are going to use a case, it may not trouble you, however Samsung can and may do higher.Samsung’s Galaxy Notice 20 in mystic inexperienced.
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There is no curved display on the Notice 20 the way in which there’s on the Extremely. That does not trouble me, however the edge-to-edge show on each telephones means there are nonetheless loads of unintentional display presses if you’re merely holding the telephone. For instance, when you’re passively watching a video and shift your finger to discover a extra comfy grip, it’s possible you’ll wind up inadvertently triggering a button.The ultimate design distinction value noting is the 120Hz display refresh price on Extremely, in comparison with the usual 60Hz price on the Notice 20. It will not make a distinction when you’re switching from a 60Hz telephone, however it will possibly really feel comparatively “gradual” when you’re switching from a telephone with a 90Hz or 120Hz show.The Galaxy Notice 20, left, has a plastic again, in comparison with the Notice 20 Extremely, proper, which has a glass again.
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The Notice 20 Extremely is the clear digicam winnerThe Extremely’s has an enormous and protruding digicam array on its again to accommodate bigger sensors and maybe assist it stand out. In the meantime, the Notice 20’s digicam bump makes the telephone much less top-heavy and susceptible to rocking if you write on it whereas it is on a flat floor.However the Notice 20 Extremely took higher pictures general. You are going to get nice nice photographs irrespective of which telephone you utilize, if you’re taking pictures in brightly lit circumstances: saturated shade, crisp edges, the works. However when you’re in any respect excited by zoom pictures, the Extremely’s 5x optical zoom takes the crown. Not solely does it get you superb telephoto photos as much as 5x, it will possibly additionally go as much as 50x. This cute harbor seal was photographed at 30x on the usual Notice 20.
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Similar seal, shot on Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely at 50x zoom.
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The Notice 20’s 3x optical to 30x AI-assisted zoom remains to be good as effectively, and higher than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 (which has 2x optical zoom), however picture high quality at 30x was higher on the Extremely than on the common Notice 20. More often than not the Notice 20 will fulfill your photographic wants. However once I took them each to the moody Northern California coast, a lot of my nature photographs have been merely higher on the Extremely and I finished reaching for the observe 20 altogether.The Extremely has a 108-megapixel digicam you need to use to crop into photographs for extra element, a characteristic I’ve discovered to have uneven outcomes.

Digicam: Notice 20 vs. Notice 20 Extremely

Galaxy Notice 20

Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely

Principal digicam

12-megapixel (f1.8, Twin Pixel AF, OIS, 1.8μm, 79-degree FOV, 1/1.76-inch picture sensor)

108-megapixel (f1.8, OIS, 0.8μm, 79-degree FOV, 1/1.33-inch picture sensor)

Extremely-wide angle

12-megapixel (f2.2, 1.4μm, 120-degree FOV)

12-megapixel (f2.2, 1.4μm, 120-degree FOV)


64-megapixel (f2.0, 0.8μm, 76-degree FOV)

12-megapixel (f3.0, 1.0μm, 20-degree FOV)

Entrance-facing digicam

10-megapixel (f2.2, 1.22μm, 80-degree FOV)

10-megapixel (f2.2, 1.22μm, 80-degree FOV)


3x hybrid

5x optical

Tremendous Zoom



Laser auto-focus sensor



Video seize



Options the Notice 20 and Extremely share5G information speeds (some areas have 4G fashions)Signature Notice S Pen stylusAndroid 10 out of the boxSnapdragon 865+ processor (different markets use a Samsung Exynos chip)Extras like quick wi-fi chargingOther notable differencesScreen dimension, battery (4,300 vs. 4,500)MicroSD card512GB possibility with Ultra8GB RAM versus 12GB RAM on Extremely
Samsung’s Notice 20 Extremely 5G is putting from each angle

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Must you purchase the Notice 20, Notice 20 Extremely, or a distinct telephone?The Notice 20 Extremely is just too huge, too heavy and too costly. However I would nonetheless personally purchase it over the Notice 20 as a result of I do discover myself utilizing the additional digicam options. Nonetheless, I do not truly suppose it is value $300 greater than the Notice 20 simply to have a 120Hz display, 5x optical zoom as a substitute of 3x, a glass backing and a microSD card storage possibility — plus all the opposite extras.Most individuals will likely be happier with the cheaper Notice 20 over the Extremely, however once more, I believe Samsung has overcharged for each telephones at their full retail value, and I discover the Notice 20’s $1,000 price ticket for what is actually a plastic telephone cheeky at finest and insulting at worst. For both telephone, search for a deal. I would be happier to pay $1,000 for the Extremely and $700 for the usual Notice 20, if we’re maintaining Samsung’s $300 value delta intact.The Galaxy S20 FE is available in a variety of colours.
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This is one other various throughout the Samsung cosmos. The newer Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Version) is a center means. It merges among the Extremely’s finest options with the Notice 20’s cost-cutting trade-offs, bringing you a 6.5-inch show with a quick 120Hz refresh price, a giant $4,500-mAh battery, 3x optical zoom and a rear plastic backing. There’s expandable storage, too, and naturally, help for 5G information speeds. Whereas the cameras will not be fairly nearly as good, and there is no S Pen stylus, the Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best purchase when it comes to worth, if not a standing image — although it does are available enjoyable colours.Greatest but, it begins at $700 full retail and was already on sale for $600 in some shops by the point it hit the market. With trade-in values and seasonal offers, I anticipate that value to fall.

Galaxy Notice 20 vs Notice 20 Extremely vs S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy Notice 20

Samsung Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Show dimension, decision

6.7-inch; 2,400×1,080 pixels

6.9-inch; 3,088×1,440 pixels

6.5-inch tremendous AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels

Pixel density




Dimensions (Inches)

6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 in

6.49 x 3.04 x 0.31 in

6.29 x 2.97 x 0.33 inches

Dimensions (Millimeters)

161.6 x 75.2 x 8.Three mm

164.Eight x 77.2 x 8.1mm

159.Eight x 75.5 x 8.4mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.84 oz, 194g

7.33 oz, 208g


Cell software program

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10


12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (commonplace), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)

Entrance-facing digicam




Video seize





Snapdragon 865+

Snapdragon 865+

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)



128GB, 512GB






Expandable storage


As much as 1TB






Fingerprint sensor








Headphone jack




Particular options

S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wi-fi PowerShare; water-proof (IP68)

120Hz display refresh price, 5x optical zoom, UWB sharing, S Pen stylus; 5G connectivity; Wi-fi PowerShare; water-proof (IP68)

120Hz display refresh price, help for 30W quick charging and 15W quick wi-fi charging

Value off-contract (USD)


$1,300 (128GB), $1,450 (512GB)


Value (GBP)

£849 (4G), £949 (5G)


£599 (4G), £699 (5G)

Value (AUD)

AU$1,499 (4G), AU$1,649 (5G)

AU$1,849 (4G), $AU$1,999 (5G)

AU$999 (4G), AU$1,149 (5G)

First printed Oct. 10