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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which Fits Your Needs?

author Luis Silva (September 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn't that affordable, but it's the best of the two.

It gives you a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 11 Pro will deliver better performance (+34%).

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+1.1") display, a telephoto lens (+68 mm), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 Pro also brings a cleaner user interface.

But how much more will I have to pay for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

If you're going off-contract, it'll cost you around $245 more.

Is the iPhone 11 Pro still worth getting in 2022?

The iPhone 11 Pro is still a great phone, even in 2022, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still worth buying in 2022?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra wasn't released that long ago, so it's obviously, a top recommended device for 2022. I like its good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and optical zoom. But keep an eye on the iPhone 12 Pro too.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they rival their competition, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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So, you do like the iPhone 11 Pro, but want to know how well it fares against Samsung's giant?

You're in the right place.

Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in August 2020, while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro arrived at stores in September 2019.

We are looking at how the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

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Device iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Release Date 2019, September 2020, August 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 4 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android), which measures overall performance, the iPhone 11 Pro was, on average, 34% quicker while finishing its tests. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games. Since iPhones run on their own operating system, apps do run quicker because the OS is tailored for its hardware.

You should know that performance-wise, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is below the norm for its price range. While the average sits at 3437, this one is 34% below them.

We can classify the iPhone 11 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra more like a lower high-end.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent.

There's a considerable performance increase of about 20% on the 865+ for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 990
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
OS iOS 13 Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the winner here, and the difference is considerable.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, stop searching, and just pick the iPhone 11 Pro. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

If you feel the iPhone 11 Pro's notch is too large for you, check out the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and its minimal punch hole notch.

Bearing in mind the iPhone 11 Pro, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I should say that 96% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 83% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 78% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 811 nits
1024 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Apple iPhone 11 Pro has a better shooter.

About the iPhone 11 Pro: Seems like DXOMARK will never review this shooter, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 134*. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 145** points.

To put things in perspective: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also known for its impressive 50x hybrid Space Zoom. In theory, that's a step down from the S20 Ultra 100x, but since it's an "AI-powered" zoom, it shouldn't matter much.

About the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 122 points. By adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that score goes up to 136. You can click here to check it out.

Winding it up, just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 87% feature a telephoto lens. Moreover, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. You should give it a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**This score still needs improvement, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 145

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
120mm (5x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 11 14 3
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs.

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 11 Pro does stand out because of its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't mean the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is that bad.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 20 g. (0.79 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 188 g. (6.63 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone 11 Pro got 3.0, showing it's kind of weighty for its screen size. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, has 4.4, so nothing to state here.

The iPhone 11 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, much like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That shouldn't last over half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Body iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
164 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
208 g. (7.34 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 4.4 1.4
Looks 8.5/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro does have a smaller battery, with 3046 mAh, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 4500 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the latter is the winner here.

You may actually be considering it for this reason, but Samsung didn't care that much about it. Its "battery to device size" rate is 2.1.

The Snapdragon 865+ variant also has better battery efficiency, about 7% of additional screen-on-time.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Capacity (mAh) 3046 4500 1454
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
69% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
72% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.0 2.1 -3.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 18w
Wireless Charging 5w
Reverse Charging No 4.5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The iPhone 11 Pro has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. I should also mention that most rivals offer more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 146Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Again, you'll most likely get the majority of its rivals with less RAM and less storage. 9Gb of RAM and 167Gb of storage: that's the average, not the best you can find, as you can see here.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, you'll soon figure out that 64 GB is too short for you.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

You can only get 5G with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

There isn't much to say about the 3.5mm headphone jack, except that it simply isn't here. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with either the Galaxy A72 or the Oppo Find X3 Lite.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is LTE or (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Network LTE 5G (also available in LTE)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Reference: $995

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra VS
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Best Buy - 0.67 -
Walmart - - -

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Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 6.9 for the iPhone 11 Pro and 7.5 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Stand Out?

You're probably here just out of curiosity because most people I know do say that the display size is a deciding factor. Still, let's just suppose that you'll be happy with either a 5.8-inch or a 6.9-inch display.

Performance-wise, they're worlds apart, but you can blame Samsung's decision to stick with the Exynos chipset outside of the US.

The Note 20 Ultra also has a fantastic display, that's a step up in every way you can think of: resolution, refresh rate, Always-On, notch, DPI, brightness, HDR, and most likely, glass protection.

Cameras should be pretty much the same, except the longer telephoto lens of the Note 20 Ultra.

Battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro also is way worse. Not only that, but it also charges way slower.

Then there's storage: 64 vs. 128, and RAM: 4 vs. 12! If that wasn't enough, Samsung also adds expandable storage to the mix.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Battery Life
#6 Glass Protection Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 MicroSD Slot
#9 Storage
#10 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Gaming Score
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.


"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.



As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
  • VivorivalX60 Pro Plus
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X3 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro Max

Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.


About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.

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