Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Overview
The regular Note 20 left a lot to be desired and thankfully, that’s not the case in terms of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It features a full-fledged glass body with metal frames, so you need not worry about an inexpensive feel at all. As always, it is IP68 dust/water resistant too. But what’s exciting is that this phone also marks the debut of the all-new Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The successor to the Gorilla Glass 6, this new technology ensures more fall safety and scratch resistance than ever.
Precisely, it can survive a 2-meter drop while simultaneously also being impervious to various kinds of scratches. Moving on, the back of the phone has a matte finish and is available in three color options: Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. Similarly, there’s a huge rectangular camera bump housing the triple rear lenses. And the cutouts, yeah they’re more pronounced than ever with the backplate colored in a matching aesthetics of the rear panel itself.
Here, the new IP68-certified S Pen is now positioned to the left, which brings a couple of exciting features with it. Samsung has managed to reduce the input latency by nearly five times from 42ms to just 9ms on this stylus. With this, the writing experience should be near paper-like. It also supports new “Air Actions” using which you can navigate the phone, take screenshots, etc. without physically connecting the phone’s screen with the S Pen.
Coming to the front, you get a giant 6.9-inches WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display. Unlike the Note 20, it is curved a bit though not excessively like we’ve seen in phones from companies like Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and Vivo with their “Waterfall Display”. In fact, its curvature is the same as in the Galaxy S20 series.
More importantly, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. It also utilizes LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) technology using which the display can dynamically change its refresh rate. This should definitely help in maintaining good battery health. Just like the back of the phone, the display is also protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
The Infinity-O display houses a front-facing camera inside a small punch-hole cutout. Its diameter is noticeably smaller than the one on Note 20. Moreover, it is also HDR10+ certified and has a terrific 496 PPI of sharpness. All in all, the Note 20 Ultra is well on its way to bag the “best smartphone display” award for the year.
Performance & Memory
Note fanatics on North America and a couple of Asian markets like China and South Korea will definitely be delighted to know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is powered by the new & mighty Snapdragon 865+. On the contrary, the rest of the market will have to make do with the objectively inferior Exynos 990.
Memory-wise, you’re getting 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM with either 128, 256, or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage in the 5G variant. Similarly, the LTE models will pack in 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM with 256 or 512GB of storage. But unlike Note 20, you do get an SD card support which can take in up to 1TB of external storage. Note 20 Ultra also brings UWB (Ultra WideBand) technology that we first saw in Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro. Using this, this phone can be used as a digital key. Google’s latest Nearby Share data transfer feature also becomes much faster between UWB-enabled Galaxy devices.
Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft has become more intimate than ever. You can run your Samsung phone’s app in a Windows PC, pin them to the taskbar, and more. Your documents inside the “Samsung Notes” will also sync to OneNote feed on Outlook; but not the other way around. The company is also offering 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free with the Note 20 series. Here, you can also opt for a bundle that offers a game controller and a clip with it.
Moving to the cameras, Note 20 Ultra comes with a better triple-lens system compared to the standard Note 20. It has a massive 108MP main sensor with a small 0.8μm pixel size with PDAF and OIS, a 12MP ultrawide camera with 120˚ FOV, and finally a 12MP telephoto camera that is capable of 5x lossless optical zoom and 50X digital Space Zoom. The rear camera arrangement is also aided by a dedicated Laser AF (AutoFocus) sensor. On the front, it has a 10MP selfie camera with Dual Pixel AF.
Seeing how the 108MP sensor on the S20 Ultra had focusing issues, it’s nice to see Samsung double-down on its performance by pairing in a Laser AF sensor. Toning down the unuseable 100X zoom to its half is also something to note. Since the new 12MP telephoto lens has a larger pixel size and a tighter focal length, it should theoretically give out good-looking telephoto images. As always, you can also record 8K videos at 24fps and Samsung has also worked on improving Live focus video.
Finally, the battery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a sizeable 4500mAh unit that supports 25W fast wired, 15W wireless, and reverse wireless charging. At a time when triple-digit charging is getting more common, it is quite surprising to see Samsung shy away from its own 45W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Specifications:
- Body: 6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32-inches; 208gm; IP68 certification
- Display: 6.9-inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X “Infinity-O” panel; HDR10+; Always-on Display; 496 PPI; 120Hz Refresh Rate; 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate; Corning Gorilla Glass Victus; Curved
- Resolution: WQHD+ (3088 x 1440 pixels); 19.3:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Exynos 990 (Global) / Snapdragon 865+ (USA, China, South Korea); 7nm+ Mobile Platform
- Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global including Nepal
- Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA, China, South Korea
- GPU: Mali-G77 MP11 (Global) / Adreno 650 (USA, China, South Korea)
- RAM: 12GB (5G) / 8GB (LTE); LPDDR5
- Storage: 128/256/512GB (5G) / 256/512GB (LTE); UFS 3.1 (expandable up to 1TB using micro SD card)
- Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
- Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
– 108MP, f/1.8 primary shooter; 0.8µm; PDAF, OIS
– 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens; 1.4µm; 120˚ FOV
– 12MP, f/3.0 telephoto lens; 5x optical zoom; 50X Space Zoom
– Laser AF sensor
– LED flash
- Front Camera: 10MP, f/2.2 lens; 1.22µm; Dual Pixel PDAF
- Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (Ultrasonic)
- Audio: Stereo Speakers (Tuned by AKG); aptX codec
- Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/BDS, USB 3.2 Type-C, UWB, Samsung Wireless DeX, sub-6GHz/mmWave 5G, 4G LTE
- Battery: 4500mAh with 25W fast charging; 15W wireless charging
- Colors: Mystic White, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray