Galaxy Note Buyer's Guides October 2021

Our Samsung Galaxy Note buyer's guide helps answer the questions you need to know before buying.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE

Released in August 2020, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE is the larger version of the Galaxy Note 20. This particular model has a 6.9-inch edge Infinity-O display with a resolution of 3088 x 1440 and a 120Hz refresh rate when set at 1080p resolution. The Infinity-O display also means slim bezels and a hole-punch style front-facing camera. On the back, Samsung packed in a triple camera array that includes a 12MP (f/3.0) telephoto, 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide, and a 108MP (f/1.8) wide-angle lens. Along with the larger display, the Ultra branding also accounts for a larger battery, which in this case is a 4,500 mAh with 25W wired charging, Qi wireless charging, and support for Samsung’s PowerShare which lets you charge other devices, such as wireless headphones. Other features include a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, and colors of Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic White.

Galaxy Note 20 LTE

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 LTE was released in August 2020 alongside the larger Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But that isn’t to say the Note 10 LTE is small. In fact, the phone has a 6.7-inch Infinity-O FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The Note 10 LTE is powered by a Snapdragon 865+ processor with 8GB of RAM and has options for 128GB or 256GB of internal storage space. The phone also has support for the S Pen, and S Pen related features such as Air Gestures. Another highlight is the 4,300 mAh battery which supports 25W wired charging, and Qi wireless charging. You can also charge other devices wirelessly using Samsung PowerShare. The Note 20 LTE color options include Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, and Mystic Red.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is the 5G capable version of the Note 20 Ultra. This model was released in August 2020 with 5G support for sub6 and mmWave networks. The Ultra portion of the name refers to the size, which in this case means a 6.9-inch display. The display is an edge Infinity-O display, and this is evident due to the slim bezels and the use of the hole-punch style front-facing camera. Samsung has a 10MP (f/2.2) camera on the front and a triple camera array on the back with a 108MP (f/1.8) wide-angle, 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide, and a 12MP (f/3.0) telephoto. The Note 20 Ultra 5G also has an S Pen, which includes support for Air Gestures. Other highlight features include a Snapdragon 865+ processor with 12GB of RAM, a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W wired charging and Qi wireless charging, a microSD card slot, and internal storage options of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB.

Galaxy Note 20 5G

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 20 5G in August 2020. The Note 20 5G design closely matches the Galaxy Note 10 5G, though, the Note 20 5G is larger in size. The Galaxy Note 20 5G has a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, whereas the Note 10 5G has a 6.3-inch display. The similarity comes with the use of the Infinity-O style display, which means the phone has slim bezels around the display and uses a hole-punch style front-facing camera. The 5G connectivity includes sub6 and mmWave. The Note 10 5G front camera is 10MP with an f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera setup includes a 12MP (f/1.8) wide, a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide, and a 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto. Other features of the Note 10 5G include a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 8GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of internal storage, and a 4,300 mAh battery, which Samsung describes as being an intelligent all-day battery that anticipates your needs.

Galaxy Note 10 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G was released in August 2019 and served as the 5G capable version of the Galaxy Note 10. Along with the 5G connectivity, the Note 10 5G feature set includes a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080. The Note 10 5G also has Samsung’s Infinity-O display, which in this case brings a 91% screen to body ratio. The Note 10 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor and has 12GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, and support for the S Pen, which includes support for Samsung Air Actions. Other highlights include a 10MP selfie camera, a triple rear camera setup with 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle, and 12MP telephoto cameras, along with an array of colors to include Aura Glow, Black, Pink, Red, and White.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Released in August 2019, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the bigger brother to the Note10. The Note10+ features a massive 6.8-inch AMOLED that covers nearly its entire front face, delivering a 91% screen-to-body ratio. The Note10+ packs all the specs you’d expect from a 2019 flagship, such as an octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, and a gigantic 4300mAh battery to power it all. It also features a powerful camera array with a 12MP wide angle, a 12MP 2x telephoto, 16MP ultra wide angle, and 0.3MP depth sensor. More than just a big phone, the Note10+ comes with the revolutionary S Pen, which lets you annotate what you see on screen and perform Air Actions using the pen as a remote control. Finally, the Note10+ is available in 5 mesmerizing colors: Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Pink, and Aura Red.

Galaxy Note 10

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is Samsung’s medium-sized 2019 phablet. The Note10 represents a significant departure from its predecessor, thanks to a 6.3-inch AMOLED that delivers and outstanding 91% screen-to-body ratio. In addition, the Note10 received a spec bump to the octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage. In addition, the Note10 features a great triple-camera setup, with a 12MP wide angle, 12MP 2x telephoto, and 16MP ultra wide. And as always, the Note10 is more than just a big phone thanks to its fantastic S Pen, which now offers support for Air Actions that let you remotely control your Note. The Note10 5G is available in 5 unique colors: Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Pink, and Aura Red.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G is the 5G-enabled variant of the impressive Note10+. The Note10+ 5G packs all the features you’d expect from a 2019 flagship, such as a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, and a high capacity 4300mAh battery. The Note10+ 5G also features a nearly all-screen front face, with its 6.8-inch AMOLED delivering a 91% screen-to-body ratio. However, the Note10+ 5G is more than just a big phone. The S Pen lets you annotate what you screen and perform Air Actions. Shutterbugs will be happy to know that the Note10+ 5G has a great camera array thanks to the 12MP wide angle, 12MP 2x telephoto, 16MP ultra wide angle, and 0.3MP depth sensor.

Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled in August 2018. It features iterative upgrades over its predecessor such as a faster Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 512GB storage, and a larger 4000mAh battery. Camera performance was also improved thanks to a new 12MP wide angle module with dual aperture capability and a 12MP telephoto module with 2x optical zoom. The Note9 features IP68 water resistance and iris scanner user authentication. It is available in 6 colors: Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Pure White, and Alpine White.

Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was released in September 2017. It features a high resolution 6.3-inch Super AMOLED, an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, and a 3300mAh battery. The Note8 delivers a great camera experience thanks to its 12MP wide angle and 12MP telephoto modules, both with optical image stabilization. It also offers IP68 water resistance and a dedicated iris scanner for user authentication.

Galaxy Note 7

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 in August 2016. The Note 7 served as a follow up to the Galaxy Note 5 and ended up only being available for about a months time. Due to issues with the battery, the Galaxy Note 7 sales were stopped in September 2016, and the recalls began soon after. Samsung officially ended production for the Galaxy Note 7 in October 2016, though, a refurbished model, dubbed the Galaxy Note 7 FE (Fan Edition) was later released in July 2017.

Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was originally released in August 2015, four months after the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 lineup. Although the design is similar to the S6 line (with a metal frame and all-glass back), the Galaxy Note 5 features several hardware upgrades like a large 5.7-inch screen and S Pen digital stylus to write on the display. Although there’s no expandable storage, the Note 5 comes in 32/64/128GB internal storage configurations. Other specs include a Quad HD display, Exynos 7420 chipset, 4GB RAM, 16MP rear and 5MP selfie cameras, wireless charging, headphone jack, Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), micro USB port, fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000mAh battery.


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