Device reviews
    21 September 2020

    Nafisa Akabor

    Review: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

    The Samsung Galaxy Note flagship devices have landed on our shores, featuring two different models for 2020.

    The Samsung Galaxy Note flagship devices have landed on our shores, featuring two different models for 2020. This unique phablet with stylus comes in the premium Galaxy Note20 Ultra variant available in classic black, white and bronze, and the more affordable Note20 in green, grey and bronze.

    Look and feel

    The 6.9-inch Note20 Ultra has curved edges on both sides with a quad HD+ dynamic display, whereas the 6.7-inch Note 20 has a flat display with curved corners and an FHD+ display. The smaller handset now has a plastic back that Samsung refers to as ‘glasstic’, which offers a better feel than regular plastic. The Note20 Ultra’s dimensions are 164.8mm x 77.2mm x 8.1mm and it weighs 208g, while the Note20 is slightly smaller at 161.6mm x 75.2mm x 8.3mm and comes in at a lighter 194g. The S Pen stylus is 5.8mm x 4.35mm x 105.08mm and weighs just 3.04g.

    What's on screen?

    The Note20 Ultra has a quad HD+ dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O display (hole-punch notch) and a 120Hz screen refresh rate that makes a huge difference for gaming or smoother scrolling. It’s also HDR10+ certified. Screen resolution is 3 088 x 1 440 with 496ppi. Important to note is that the 120Hz refresh rate cannot be used with the maximum screen resolution, but it works with the 2 316 x 1 080 setting, which is a much better experience.

    The Note20 has an FHD+ super AMOLED plus Infinity-O display with a 2 400 x 1 080 screen resolution and 393ppi. It’s HDR10+ certified and the screen refresh rate is 60Hz.

    Under the hood

    Locally, both handsets are powered by the Exynos 990 chipset; a 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.4GHz + 1.8GHz). However, the Note20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM with 128/512GB storage (expandable), and the Note20 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. They have a 4 500mAh and 4 300mAh battery capacity, respectively, and both support fast wireless charging. The Note20 Ultra 5G will be the only variant available locally, but the Note 20 has LTE and 5G options.

    Camera and S-Pen

    The Note20 Ultra has a triple rear camera with the addition of a laser auto-focus sensor. Its trio of lenses comprise of a 12MP ultra-wide, 108MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto. It has 5x optical zoom and 50x super-resolution zoom. The Note20 has a slightly different triple lens setup: a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle and 64MP telephoto. It has 3x hybrid optical zoom and 30x super-resolution zoom.

    Both main cameras have tracking auto-focus; optical image stabilisation and shoot 8K videos. It also features the same selfie-cam: a 10MP dual-pixel lens with an 80˚ field-of-view for group selfies.

    The location of the S-Pen stylus is now at the bottom left, with improved latency of 9ms on the Ultra, and 26ms on the Note20. It lets you jot notes before unlocking the phone, acts as a wireless controller, and you can annotate and sketch plus turn handwritten notes into a Word document.

    Order online today

    As we face a new normal, life demands a new kind of device. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is not a smartphone as you know it. This is a computer suite in your pocket. This is next-level gaming on mobile. This is a pro-grade 8K camera and editing suite.

    This is the power phone that forever changes how you work and play.


    Nafisa Akabor