Reaching the bar, however not setting it

by akoloy

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the corporate’s premier machine for the yr. This everything-and-the-kitchen-sink smartphone affords a high show, one of the best specs, and up to date software program meant to assist customers keep a step forward of the pack. It’s a beast of a telephone in additional methods than one. It’s additionally a little bit of a retreaded mish-mash of earlier Samsung hits, together with the Note 10 Plus and S20 Ultra. Was Samsung capable of finding the correct mix of options in its newest flagship or is the Note beginning to lose its id?

Find out within the Android Authority Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is offered now. The S21 Ultra is barely smaller than the Note 20 Ultra and affords higher specs due to the improved digicam and up to date processor. It additionally boasts a extra cohesive design and glorious battery life. It’s a great different to the Note 21 Ultra in the event you don’t want the S Pen stylus.

About this Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation: We examined the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation unit over a interval of 10 days, utilizing it as our main machine. It was operating Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.5. It acquired one minor software program replace in the course of the testing course of to easy over just a few bugs. Samsung equipped the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation unit to Android Authority.

Design: Slightly warmed over

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pen leaning against phone

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

  • Gorilla Glass Victus
  • IP68 licensed
  • 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm
  • 208g

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is basically a taller Note 10 Plus with the S20 Ultra’s beefy digicam module. In different phrases, we’ve seen it earlier than — and that’s a disgrace.

The Galaxy Note has all the time been a refined piece of {hardware}. The collection sometimes eschews splashy design in favor of muted class. The Note 8, 9, and 10 all had their very own design cues that have been easy and delicate on the similar time. Toss in interesting coloration mixes and the Note was the best-dressed telephone on the market.

Read extra: Here’s everything new in Samsung One UI 3.0

Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra carries over the essential form of the Note 10 Plus in that it has two curved items of glass sandwiching an aluminum body. If you examine the 2, the similarities are apparent. The body is almost an identical between them, although the general chassis of the Note 20 is barely thicker to accommodate the bigger battery and taller to accommodate the bigger show. It’s a huge telephone. With an almost seven-inch display screen, how may it not be? It’s about the identical dimensions because the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which was roundly chastised as being too giant. Moreover, the place the S20 has rounded corners, the Note 20 Ultra has pointy corners. It’s fairly a bundle to place in your pocket.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra side profile

Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The high quality of the manufacture is second to none. Samsung has all the time identified how one can slap glass and steel collectively, and that’s clearly evident as soon as once more within the Note 20 Ultra. The match and end is flawless. The tight seal between elements helps make sure the telephone meets the necessities for IP68 certification towards water and mud. The Gorilla Glass Victus ought to preserve the telephone from scratching and breaking when dropped gently.

The high quality of the manufacturing is second to none. Samsung has all the time identified how one can slap glass and steel collectively.

The mirror-like, reflective colorways of the Note 10 are gone, having been changed with Mystic Black, Mystic White, and Mystic Bronze, the latter of which seems to be strikingly like rose gold in the event you ask me. I actually just like the satin feel and look of the white and bronze fashions. The high-quality end wards off fingerprints and different markings with ease.

There are two main modifications to minor elements of the design: the ability and quantity buttons have been restored to the right facet of the telephone, and the S Pen has been relocated. In a design misstep final yr, Samsung put the ability/display screen lock button on the left fringe of the telephone. For anybody coming from a Note 8 or Note 9, the button was all of a sudden on the alternative facet of the telephone. Now each the quantity toggle and energy button are on the correct edge, the place most individuals can discover them simply. The suggestions of those keys is flawless. Oddly, Samsung moved the S Pen from its conventional location on the bottom-right nook to the bottom-left nook. We can solely surmise that Samsung made this alteration to accommodate the digicam module. Speaking of which…

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra top edge

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Samsung debuted the giganto-module with the S20 series again in February. It is giant in an effort to make room for the periscoping zoom digicam. That module has now discovered its approach to the Note collection. It’s a big, obtrusive factor that I don’t notably just like the look of. It is sufficiently big to get caught in your pockets when storing the telephone, and it will possibly get in the way in which of wi-fi charging on some charging mats.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bottom edge

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On the highest edge you’ll discover the SIM/microSD tray and a microphone, whereas on the underside you’ll find the S Pen, speaker grille, USB-C port, and one other microphone. The left edge is bereft of any design or useful parts.

Also take a look at: Galaxy Note 20 series vs Galaxy S20 series

In all, the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is ok. I want it have been extra distinctive, or at the least stood other than its Samsung brethren extra distinctly. I suppose there’s one thing to be stated, nevertheless, for that household resemblance.

Display: It varies

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen straight on close 2

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

  • 6.9-inch Super AMOLED 2
  • Infinity-O
  • 120Hz variable
  • WQHD+ decision
  • 19.3:9 side ratio

What’s to not love a couple of monster display screen with no bezels? The Note 20 Ultra’s display screen is critically spectacular. It depends on the most recent display screen tech from Samsung and ups the ante in some attention-grabbing methods.

Let’s discuss refresh charges. The massive change this yr is the soar from a 60Hz refresh price to a 120Hz refresh price. On many telephones, you’ll be able to solely activate the upper refresh price, whether or not it’s 90Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz, when the show is ready to Full HD decision. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, for instance, has this limitation and so too does the Note 20 Ultra.

What’s odd, nevertheless, is that reasonably than stay static at 120Hz, the Note 20 Ultra’s display screen refresh price is variable. It varies from as little as 11Hz if you’re viewing an internet web page to 24Hz if you’re watching a film, to 120Hz for gaming. You can not merely activate the 120Hz setting have it keep there. Samsung says it does this to preserve energy. The 120Hz price is most blatant to your eyes when scrolling via menus, because the movement is extremely easy.

Perhaps my greatest gripe with the display screen is out of doors visibility. Despite the plush distinction ratio and 412nit max brightness, the display screen generally regarded washed out underneath direct daylight. This isn’t an issue on the Note 10 Plus.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a positive show, however I used to be anticipating a bit extra visible punch from the display screen — the characteristic that sometimes defines the Note collection. As it’s, it falls a bit flat.

The telephone’s optical fingerprint scanner is buried underneath the show. It’s a breeze to arrange, although I discovered the positioning only a bit on the excessive facet. The sensor is identical as that of the Note 10 Plus, however I discovered it labored extra persistently at unlocking the machine. That’s excellent news.

Performance and battery

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • Adreno 680 GPU
  • 12GB RAM
  • 128/512GB storage
  • MicroSD as much as 2TB
  • 4,500mAh
  • 25W wired charging
  • 15W wi-fi charging
  • 4.5W reverse charging

Performance: Heated outcomes

The North American variant Note 20 Ultra is among the many first telephones to ship with the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. This hot-rodded variant of the 865 pushes clock speeds to the intense, with one core able to 3.06GHz. This is especially very important for gaming. For taking images and doomscrolling via Twitter? Not a lot.

The one factor I need to say concerning the processor, aside from that it’s quick as hell, is that it will get actually, actually scorching. The Note 20 Ultra warmed up on a regular basis. Using the digicam? The telephone will get scorching. Playing a recreation? The telephone will get scorching. This might be one thing to keep watch over over time. It will get hotter than common Snapdragon 865 telephones and the priority is effectivity and a battery life. It’s not too scorching to carry, however you’ll undoubtedly discover it. I anticipate gaming telephones to get scorching, however gaming telephones even have built-in cooling measures to maintain efficiency high notch.

We ran the standard benchmarks and located the outcomes to be superb. It didn’t essentially beat each telephone on the market, and I’ve to marvel if thermals performed a task. That stated, the Note 20 Ultra makes mincemeat of regular duties. It principally simply flies via all the pieces.

Check out: Best of Android – Best performance

The world model of the telephone ships with the Exynos 990 processor. We’re evaluating that device’s performance individually. Our staff discovered that the Exynos mannequin additionally developed important warmth throughout use, so one thing aside from the processor could also be taking part in a task right here. Moreover, Exynos-powered Samsung gadgets aren’t as highly effective or as environment friendly as their Snapdragon-powered friends. Bottom line, the Snapdragon mannequin is mostly superior. In this case, the Snapdragon mannequin is reserved for North America, whereas the Exynos mannequin might be offered most different markets.

Battery: Average at greatest

Given the massive show and thirsty processor, I used to be anticipating the Note 20 Ultra to have a ridonkulous battery. The S20 Ultra, for instance, has a 5,000mAh energy cell. Instead, Samsung caught with 4,500mAh. That is an enchancment over the Note 10 Plus’ 4,300mAh cell, to make certain, and but I hoped for extra.

Does the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra battery get you thru a full day? Absolutely. With the display screen set to 120Hz, the Note 20 Ultra simply powered from morning to bedtime with only a little bit of spare cost left. The Note 10 Plus’ battery lasted a bit longer, although not by a lot. Suffice it to say, you’ll see about seven hours of screen-on time with the Note 20 Ultra, if no more. That places it in the midst of the battery pack.

It’s a unique story in the event you set the refresh price to 60Hz. Then you’re taking a look at near 1.5 days of battery life at the least, with screen-on time reaching eight hours.

These outcomes are removed from one of the best we have seen in our battery take a look at, and that offers us pause.

Our battery torture take a look at delivered some attention-grabbing outcomes. With the display screen set to the adaptive 120Hz, it lasted simply 3 hours 52 minutes. With the display screen set to 60Hz it lasted 4 hours and 1 minute. That’s a minuscule distinction primarily based on the display screen refresh price alone (~5%) and goes to indicate you that the variable price is definitely doing its job. However, these outcomes are removed from one of the best we’ve seen in our battery take a look at, and that offers us pause. These occasions are decrease by two hours, or about 33%, when in comparison with the S20 Ultra or LG V60. The Snapdragon 865 Plus might be burning a gap within the battery right here.

On the charging entrance, you’re taking a look at some simple choices. The Note 20 Ultra helps 25W charging and ships with a 25W charger. Charge occasions have been good. quarter-hour on the charger netted a 31% cost, whereas half-hour reached 58% and 60 minutes reached 92%. It took simply over 71 minutes to succeed in a full cost from lifeless.

See additionally: Portable battery chargers: Which battery pack is the best?

Wireless charging is capped at 15W, so anticipate to see slower top-up speeds, and reverse wi-fi charging, for equipment such because the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, is proscribed to 4.5W. That’s half the reverse charging price of the S20 collection. Samsung didn’t present a purpose for the drop in reverse charging price.

Camera: Improved

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back cameras semi macro

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

  • 108MP PD OIS wide-angle (ƒ/1.8, 0.8μm)
  • 12MP telephoto (ƒ/3.0, 1.0μm, optical 5x zoom)
  • 12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)
  • Laser AF
  • Front: 10MP 2PD AF (ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm)
  • Video: 8K at 24fps in 16×9 or 21:9

The Samsung Galaxy Note collection has lengthy stood on the forefront of the cellular images recreation, and but this yr it feels extra prefer it’s taking part in catch-up.

Samsung gave the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra a triple-camera system on the rear. The normal lens boasts a 108MP sensor, although by default it shoots binned 12MP pictures. It is joined by an extremely wide-angle 12MP digicam, and a 5x optical telephoto 12MP digicam. The S20 Ultra’s time-of-flight digicam has been deleted from the Note 20 Ultra. Some of the options Samsung talks up embrace 50x zoom and 8K video capture.

The pixel-rich major sensor joins a flotilla of different 108MP-capable shooters in the marketplace. The fundamental concept behind such a sensor is two-fold: First, to permit extra gentle and, second, to supply unimaginable element. This sensor is what powers the Note 20 Ultra’s good low-light efficiency.

More studying: 108MP camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Most normal daytime pictures look glorious, if barely oversaturated per the norm with Samsung. All the skyline and river pictures under are spot on of their accuracy. Zoom in on the skyscrapers and also you’ll see loads of element, although some noise too. If you decide to shot at 108MP reasonably than the binned 12MP, you’ll see much more element. White stability has been corrected when in comparison with the S20 Ultra; it’s now extra pure trying. Perhaps most significantly, focus has been improved. The S20 Ultra’s 108MP shooter lacked section detection and had a focusing challenge. When in use, focusing typically took time and outcomes weren’t all the time completely sharp. The Note 20 added a devoted laser focusing device to make sure sharp pictures. The addition labored. It’s sooner to focus and delivers clearer images.

The telephoto is loads of enjoyable. Thankfully, Samsung reigned within the horses a bit. Where the S20 Ultra had a 48MP, 4x optical telephoto digicam that might carry out hybrid zoom to 100x, the Note 20 Ultra retains it easier with a 12MP sensor and 5x optical zoom. Hybrid zoom is feasible to 50x. You can seize pictures at 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 20x, and 50x utilizing easy on-screen buttons. Alternately, you’ll be able to drag the slider up and down to seek out the correct amount of zoom for the shot. The outcomes are far superior to the S20 Ultra. I discovered pictures at numerous zoom lengths to be lots sharp, although the 50x is extra of a gimmick than a usable device.

Then there’s the ultra-wide. Ultra-wide cameras are a great time. Samsung did a positive job of holding the colour profile comparable between the lenses, and that’s abundantly clear right here. Some of the ultra-wide pictures I took of the river look almost an identical to the zoomed-in pictures. This makes it simpler to place collectively a collection of images that look the identical. Exposure within the final shot under was a bit off however I feel it was thrown by the solar behind the clouds.

See additionally: Best phones with wide-angle cameras

Low-light efficiency was superb. The giant sensor collects loads of gentle and manages to maintain element which may in any other case get misplaced. In the plant shot under, the backlit vegetation might be blown out, however as a substitute your complete scene is balanced effectively. The shiny white constructing within the second shot displays probably the most gentle and prevents the sky from being seen, however loads of element is seen within the foreground.

Last, the selfie digicam is an easy 10MP affair. You can see in these samples that it does a positive job. The selfie digicam loses the S20 Ultra’s ToF sensor, however you’ll be able to see how clearly I stand out from the background within the pattern under with out portrait mode.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Photo Sample Selfie

Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The digicam app itself carries over a lot of the modes we noticed on the Samsung Galaxy S20 household, together with Single Take, Night Mode, and extra. Single Take is one of the best of the lot. Press the shutter button to document three to 10 seconds of video. The mode then mixes up the footage to provide you as much as 9 totally different photograph varieties, together with video, AI greatest shot, boomerang, and such. It takes follow, and isn’t all the time excellent, however I like that it presents you with choices.

Then there’s 8K video seize. You can snag 8K video at 24fps in both 16:9 or 21:9. Normal video I shot with the telephone regarded glorious. All you want to do is ready it to 4K at 60fps and sit again and revel in. It’s sharp, colourful, correctly uncovered, and on-point in the case of white stability. You’ll be impressed. Video additionally helps reside focus mode, or bokeh. The video reside focus will not be excellent, however it will possibly add a cool look to your video outcomes.

You can view full-resolution photograph samples here.

Want extra Note 20 Ultra digicam motion? Here’s a head-to-head comparison of the Note 20 Ultra and the 20 Ultra’s cameras.

Software: Note for notice

Other than the software program related to the S Pen, which we’ll discuss under, One UI itself is an identical to what’s out there to the Galaxy S20 collection and different trendy Samsung telephones. One UI is a reasonably heavy-handed pores and skin in the case of the fonts, icons, and basic look of the desktop. Things you don’t like can most likely be modified with an icon pack or different setting management.

Importantly, Samsung has dedicated to three generations of Android updates for a lot of of its high telephones, together with the Note, S, and A collection. That’s actually excellent news for Note 20 Ultra house owners, who ought to see Android 11, 12, and 13. Moreover, Samsung has turn out to be constant about pushing month-to-month software program patches to its telephones.

The most vital software program characteristic on the Note 20 Ultra is its integration with Windows, which has been expanded and empowered. It’s now even simpler to attach your Note along with your Windows 10 PC due to an icon within the Quick Settings menu. Swipe down, faucet the hyperlink, and away you go. You’ll want each machines to be on the identical Wi-Fi community, in addition to the most recent patches on the Windows 10 machine. Last, you’ll have to sign up to your Microsoft account on each gadgets.

The device known as Your Phone. Your telephone’s homescreen runs as an emulated window on the PC display screen. This makes your telephone successfully simply one other window to handle in your PC desktop. In different phrases, you’ll be able to ignore your precise, bodily telephone in favor of the digital one. I discovered the interplay to be a bit laggy, however I don’t have probably the most trendy Windows laptop computer.

Still, there’s worth right here, in that it places all the pieces on the identical display screen. Moreover, Reminders that you simply set in your telephone are robotically synced to Outlook, To Do, and Teams in your PC.

S Pen, DeX, UWB: Handy

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra notes app open with pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Every yr Samsung tries to discover a new approach to make the S Pen stylus an important instrument. This yr the vitality comes from new Air Actions — gestures you draw within the air to provoke particular actions with the S Pen — and new options within the Samsung Notes software.

Air Actions

Samsung calls the brand new Air Actions “Anywhere Actions.” Why? Because you don’t have to carry out the S Pen actions on or simply above the display screen, you’ll be able to carry out them anyplace. What are they? Basically, you draw a “V” within the up, down, left, and proper instructions, or draw a squiggle. Each of those gestures conjures a response on the telephone as in the event you have been waving a wand. Draw an upside-down “V” to go to the house display screen, or a left-facing “V” to return a display screen. Drawing a squiggle can take a screenshot. You may customise the actions if you want. I had hassle with a few of them, however they labored in follow.

It’s onerous to see the utility in these actions, because the Android 10 swiping gestures accomplish a lot the identical issues sooner and extra persistently. I do just like the screenshot gesture Air Action, although, as drawing that squiggle within the air is commonly sooner than urgent the 2 facet buttons.

Samsung Notes

Samsung actually beefed up the Notes software and I discover it way more highly effective than it’s ever been. First, there’s auto save and sync. Samsung Notes will save your work throughout a number of gadgets (telephone, pill, PC) robotically. Syncing wasn’t all the time instantaneous, nevertheless it was usually fairly fast. Moreover, a brand new folder construction makes discovering your notes a speedier expertise.

Other new options embrace the flexibility to annotate PDFs, set templates, export to PowerLevel information, add audio bookmarks, and robotically straighten your textual content. Let’s discuss these final two actually shortly.

With audio bookmarks, you’ll be able to connect and sync voice recordings to your written notes. This makes it simpler to discover a phrase or textual content notice within the file after which immediately hear the audio from the corresponding spot. This device labored pretty effectively, however you must have clear audio for it to work. Auto straighten is fairly neat. Let’s say you scribble out some notes at an angle. Samsung Notes can now acknowledge the route, sample, and features of your handwriting, straighten the textual content out, after which apply printed textual content to make sure that they’re legible. This is perhaps a lifesaver for me, as I’m horrible at taking notes.


DeX, Samsung’s desktop-like surroundings when utilizing the Note 20 Ultra, has a brand new characteristic that’s price getting at the least a bit enthusiastic about: it will possibly stream the desktop wirelessly to a TV. There are some caveats.

Samsung says all sensible TVs that help Miracast ought to be capable of deal with DeX streaming, however that wasn’t my expertise. My Samsung sensible TV couldn’t make the reference to the telephone. Samsung recommends TVs newer than 2019 for one of the best outcomes. I assume my 2012-era set simply doesn’t minimize it. If you’re in a position to get it to work you’ll be able to solid films or images whereas multitasking in your telephone, checking e-mail and such. Moreover, when linked to a second display screen, the Note 20 Ultra turns right into a touchpad for navigating the display screen.

These power-user options take a bit of labor to kind out, however will be fairly helpful.


Last, there’s ultra-wideband (UWB) for device-to-device sharing. As lengthy as you might have two Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultras, you’ll be able to extra simply share information seamlessly. The device works extra like Apple’s AirDrop than anything, permitting you to push massive information resembling images or video clips from one telephone to a different. We don’t have two Note 20 Ultra’s readily available for side-by-side testing. Bummer that that is restricted to the Note 20 Ultra. Not even the finances Note 20 makes the minimize.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation: Specs

  Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Display 6.7-inch AMOLED Infinity-O
FHD+ decision
20:9 side ratio
60Hz refresh price
6.9-inch AMOLED Infinity-O
WQHD+ decision
19.3:9 side ratio
120Hz refresh price
Construction Plastic (aka Glasstic) physique
Flat show
Gorilla Glass 5 show cowl
Metal and glass physique
Curved (Edge) show
Gorilla Glass 7 show cowl
CPU NA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Global: Samsung Exynos 990
NA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Global: Samsung Exynos 990
Storage NA: 128GB inner
No microSD card help

Global: 256GB inner
No microSD card help

NA: 128GB or 512GB inner
microSD card help as much as 2TB

Global: 256GB or 512GB inner
microSD card help as much as 2TB

Power 4,300mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wi-fi charging
4.5W reverse wi-fi charging
4,500mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wi-fi charging
4.5W reverse wi-fi charging
Cameras Rear:
12MP 2PD OIS wide-angle (ƒ/1.8, 1.8μm)
64MP telephoto (ƒ/2.0, 0.8μm, hybrid 3x zoom)
12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)

10MP 2PD AF (ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm)

108MP PD OIS wide-angle (ƒ/1.8, 0.8μm)
12MP telephoto (ƒ/3.0, 1.0μm, optical 5x zoom)
12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)
Laser AF

10MP 2PD AF (ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm)

Video 8K at 24fps in 16×9 or 21:9 8K at 24fps in 16×9 or 21:9
Security In-display fingerprint sensor
Ultrasonic expertise
In-display fingerprint sensor
Ultrasonic expertise
Durability IP68 licensed IP68 licensed
Connectivity 5G (separate sub-6GHz and mmWave fashions)
Wi-Fi 6

4G solely mannequin out there in chosen markets

5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave)
Wi-Fi 6
Colors Mystic Gray
Mystic Green
Mystic Bronze
Mystic Black
Mystic White
Mystic Bronze
Dimensions & weight 75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3mm
192g (sub-6GHz solely)
194g (mmWave supported)
77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1mm

Value for cash and competitors

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with accessories

Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: 12GB/128GB — $1,299.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: 12GB/512GB — $1,449.99

At $1,299, the Note 20 Ultra is without doubt one of the most costly telephones in the marketplace. Surprisingly, it is available in at $200 greater than final yr’s mannequin, but just below the $1,399 S20 Ultra. The price lands at about $54 monthly on a provider cost plan. That’s a whole lot of scratch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Putting the Ultra in Note 20 Ultra

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra packs loads of bells and whistles, starting from water resistance and wi-fi charging to the anticipated S-Pen and QHD+ 120Hz OLED display screen. The fundamental specs are additionally top-notch right here, that includes an Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 108MP digicam setup.

Where’s the worth to be discovered? Surely the S Pen delivers some. Few telephones have a built-in stylus, and fewer nonetheless have one as highly effective because the Samsung S Pen. There’s worth within the display screen, which is gorgeous although not excellent. There’s worth within the battery life, which might final effectively right into a second day given the right settings. Are these definitely worth the value premium charged by Samsung? It’s onerous to say.

The Note stands other than a lot of the sphere, however that is solely as a result of it would not have too many direct rivals.

The Note stands other than a lot of the sphere, which means it doesn’t have too many direct rivals. You may think about the LG V60 a competitor, with its large show, large battery, and optionally available Second Display accent. At $899, the V60 is virtually a steal compared. Same goes for the OnePlus 8 Pro, which can be extra reasonably priced whereas nonetheless providing a big-screened design. Honestly, probably the most related rivals are in Samsung’s personal steady, with final yr’s Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The S20 Ultra is a positive telephone, although the smaller S20 Plus is the higher purchase.

What concerning the $999 Note 20? It’s $300 cheaper, certain, however you’re lacking out on quite a bit, such because the 120Hz display screen, 108MP digicam, bigger battery, and a glass physique. We haven’t reviewed the Note 20 but, however we’re not enthused concerning the plastic back panel.

Whether or not the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is price $1,299.99 is an equation left to Note takers to kind out for themselves.

Samsung is, nevertheless, providing some new math for that equation. Depending in your present telephone, you’ll be able to rating as much as $400 on a trade-in, which successfully cuts the value of the Note 20 Ultra by as a lot as one-third. That is dependent upon you ordering from If you might have a telephone to commerce, I extremely recommend you take a look at what you may get for it. At $899 (with commerce), the Note 20 Ultra is a positive possibility.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation: Should you purchase it?

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back side from angle

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra doesn’t set a brand new bar for high-end telephones. That’s a bit disappointing, because the Note collection has up to now very often leapt forward of the pack with breakthrough applied sciences. Instead, the Note 20 Ultra meets the bar set by different telephones.

Samsung nailed the {hardware}. The telephone is a wonderful piece of producing, if a bit giant and heavy. The 120Hz AMOLED 2 display screen is lush all over the place however underneath direct daylight. The digicam is way improved over the S20 collection, although it doesn’t fairly match Google’s Pixel 4 XL. Battery life is simply common, which undoubtedly disappoints us. All the additional options are nice to have, however are finally reserved for a small share of energy customers.

If you’re coming from a Note 8 or 9, you’ll be delighted with the brand new options and energy of the Note 20 Ultra. If you have already got a Note 10 Plus, there’s little reason to upgrade. If you need to avoid wasting money, we expect you’ll be higher off with the S20 Plus reasonably than the downgraded Note 20. Moreover, Samsung’s personal line of Galaxy S21 phones are glorious and value much less.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a strong effort. It’s good at just about all the pieces. The drawback is that it doesn’t stand out as one of the best in anyone class. That doesn’t make it a nasty telephone, that simply makes it a median one.

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