iPhone 12 vs Galaxy Note 20; Which one is the best? | Cell phone

Looking for a premium smartphone? O iPhone 12 it’s the Galaxy Note 20 are Apple and Samsung options for those who want high performance and cutting edge features, such as support for 5G networks. But which one is the most suitable for your day to day? Before deciding, see the comparison of technical data and price that we set up below.

iPhone 12 vs Galaxy Note 20 (Image: Vitor Pádua / Tecnoblog)

Price of iPhone 12 and Galaxy Note 20 in Brazil

The prices of cell phones in this comparison are not at all friendly. The conventional iPhone 12 landed in the country for R $ 7,999 in its simplest version, with 64 GB. There are also versions for R $ 8,499 (128 GB) and for R $ 9,499 (256 GB).

On the other side of the ring, we have the Note 20, launched in September for R $ 6,499. The Samsung smartphone has already suffered price reduction in the national market. On the official website of the South Korean manufacturer it already has a suggested price of R $ 5,999.

* Prices collected on 12/17/2020

** In both cases, it is possible to find better offers in e-retail.

Galaxy Note 20 has cuts in screen and design

In this regard, we speak of a 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display (iPhone 12) against a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus (Galaxy Note 20). Both are flat, have a refresh rate of 60 Hz (traditional) and deliver a good experience to watch your favorite movies and series anywhere.

iPhone 12 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

iPhone 12 (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

But the iPhone 12 technically wins with a higher pixel density – which results in greater image detail. The phone also features Dolby Vision for greater color fidelity and contrast, while the Note 20 features HDR10 +.

Moving on to the design, Apple still adopts the rectangular notch that ends up taking up more space on the screen than Samsung’s minimalist solution (just a small hole for the front camera).

The iPhone 12 resumes the flat metallic edges of old models, such as the iPhone 5, has a glass back and an aluminum structure. The Galaxy Note 20 suffers cuts compared to the Note 20 Ultra and has a plastic back – something not expected for smartphones in this price range.

Galaxy Note 20

Galaxy Note 20 (Image: Press Release / Samsung)

Both models are water resistant (IP68). Samsung guarantees submersion of up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. Apple says that the iPhone 12 is resistant to a depth of up to 6 meters for the same period of time.

Dimensions Weight Colors
iPhone 12 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 164 g Black, white, red, green and blue
Galaxy Note 20 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm 192 g Bronze, green and gray

A14 Bionic is champion in performance

One more point for the iPhone 12: its processor, A14 Bionic, is a chip manufactured in 5 nanometers and delivers greater energy efficiency and greater speed than the Exynos 990 (7 nm) of the Galaxy Note 20.

According to Apple, the A14 Bionic is 50% faster than competitors. All this gain with the processor is reflected in the improvement of resources for photo and video – a topic that we will address in a few lines.

Apple A14 Bionic

iPhone 12 Mini comes with A14 Bionic chip. (Image: Playback / Apple)

Before, however, it is worth mentioning that the Galaxy Note 20 has good overall performance and is a valid option for those who want to run demanding applications in the Android ecosystem. His processor in Brazil is the Exynos 990, which in benchmark tests proved to be inferior to the Snapdragon 865+ used in the USA, especially when running photo and video editing apps.

5G guaranteed, even if it takes…

The late arrival of 5G is a reality for Brazilians. Even so, both models of this comparison are already prepared to operate in sub-6 bands and for the 5G DSS, which is already used by some operators in the country.

Considering that Apple usually provides iOS updates to their phones for at least 5 years, it is possible that you will still be able to enjoy the fifth generation of mobile networks in the future using the iPhone 12. With the shorter update time of the Android system offered by Samsung, the scenario may not be as favorable with the Note 20.


The Galaxy Note 20 has a more modest set of cameras compared to its “big brother”, the Note 20 Ultra. Here, the main sensor is 12 MP and is accompanied by an ultrawide (12 MP) and telephoto (64 MP) lens for 3x hybrid zoom. For selfies, there is a 10 MP (f / 2.2) sensor.

The Samsung smartphone is capable of shooting at 8K at 24 frames per second and has a professional mode that allows you to control image parameters and set different audio capture options (you can use the front or rear microphones, or a headset). Bluetooth earphone).

The iPhone 12 has a dual rear camera (the triple set was only with the more expensive models, Pro and Pro Max). The extra lens is ultrawide, a good choice for not cutting any part of the subject of the photo. The telephoto lens and the LiDAR scanner of the most advanced versions are excluded. Video recording can be up to 4K @ 60 fps.

Overall, Apple does well in post-processing, as I mentioned above, in the section on the A14 Bionic. In the tests of Tecnoblog, the iPhone 12 did well even in complex situations, delivering photographs with great definition and vivid colors. A novelty is the Night Mode on the front camera, for good selfies even in low light.

Photo taken with the iPhone 12 main camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the iPhone 12 main camera (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Battery and chargers

With a 4,300 mAh battery, the Note 20 promises autonomy for an entire day. Something that was common before, here is an asset: the smartphone still comes with a charger in the box, unlike the Apple cell phone.

The iPhone 12 has a battery of 2,815 mAh, and in our practical tests it did well and should be able to handle a working day for most users, but the capacity has suffered a setback compared to the previous generation.

Apple rescued MagSafe and implemented the iPhone 12 line to, among other possibilities, allow faster induction charging (15 W). Wired charging reaches 20 W.

MagSafe Charger on iPhone 12 (Image: Press Release / Apple)

MagSafe Charger on iPhone 12 (Image: Press Release / Apple)

Samsung also offers fast charging with and without wires (25 W and 15 W, respectively). There is also the battery sharing that allows the smartphone to become a kind of power bank to power accessories, with headphones, or even another phone.

S Pen and digital reader are Samsung’s assets

Finally, let’s go to the South Korean’s strengths: the S Pen, a striking feature of the Galaxy Note line, is an ally for productivity, allowing you to manipulate spreadsheets, make illustrations and annotations, and even shoot photos from a distance, like a Bluetooth remote control. .

Another feature in favor of the Note 20 is the ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen, for quick and secure unlocking – on the iPhone 12 there is no fingerprint sensor, the biometrics used for authentication is Face ID, but it does not work with masks (and , well … Currently, we can’t leave without them).

Galaxy Note 20

Galaxy Note 20 and S Pen (Image: Disclosure / Samsung)

Conclusion: iPhone 12 vs Galaxy Note 20, which is better?

The iPhone 12 is the winner in basically every aspect, delivering completely premium construction, excellent cameras and the best overall performance. However, the price factor can be decisive here.

If you’re looking for an advanced smartphone to last a long time and budget isn’t exactly an issue, Apple’s model tends to offer the best conditions.

The Note 20 is the option for those who do not give up the Android ecosystem and for lovers of Samsung’s pen, even so, there are caveats. The manufacturer itself offers more interesting models, such as the Note 20 Ultra, which has better cameras, a premium design and a 120 Hz screen with curved edges (see his full review here). The Galaxy S line should also be considered if you don’t care for the S Pen so much.

In general, the Note 20 is a very good smartphone, but its cuts in technical data do not reduce the price so much, which ends up leaving the phone in a kind of clean, pending for a cost-benefit below expectations.

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