Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- 120 Hz display
- 108-megapixel main camera
- Periscope camera
- Long battery life
- Fast charging support could be better
- Slightly high price
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, new Galaxy Note, one of the most ambitious smartphones of this year, draws attention with its powerful features.
Samsung entered the market with two models, Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Undoubtedly, one of the most notable Android smartphones this year will be the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
While the model we like with its powerful features has many pros, there are also disadvantages.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Ultra Design
First of all, we would like to point out that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a huge phone. The phone, which is 6.9 inches in size, is almost the size of a small screen tablet. Although this is not a problem for those who want to own a large screen smartphone, let’s say that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is not a suitable choice for those looking for a small screen phone.
We were also pleased with the size of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra because we liked the big-screen phones.
If we go back to the design of the phone, the material called Gorilla Glass Victus is used on the back and front of the phone. This material is stated to be much more durable than other materials Corning has released to the market.
When looking at the left side of the phone, there is no key or input, while there is a SIM card / microSD card slot on the top.
At the bottom of the phone where the power and volume keys are located on the right side, there is the S-Pen, USB-C, and speaker. The stereo speaker offers experience to the users. We found the speakers used in the phone successful in terms of both sound quality and sound intensity.
While the S-Pen was located on the lower right of the device in previous models, it has been moved to the lower left in this model.
Looking at the back of the device, we see large cameras located on the left. The most important reason for the large size of the cameras is that more light enters the cameras and thus a much better quality photo can be taken.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 20, this model has a 108-megapixel main camera and a telephoto camera that can zoom 5 times.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance
One of the highlights of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is performance. In this model, Samsung has given Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. One of the most powerful Android phones on the market, this eight-core processor is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 5G supported version of the phone has 12 GB of RAM
The phone, which scored 916 points from the single-core performance of Geekbench 5, which is one of the popular benchmark applications, and 2,779 points in multi-core performance, gets 5,919 points from 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme- OpenGL ES 3.1 test.
We played Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile games at the highest level without any problems. We also enjoyed playing these games on the 6.9-inch screen.
Speaking of the ready screen, the phone pushes the limits with screen performance. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which has the most successful display on the market, uses a dynamic AMOLED screen technology of 120 Hz.
Let’s say that Galaxy Note 20 has Super AMOLED screen technology and this model does not support 120 Hz. The phone provides a fluent screen experience in interface transitions and applications with its support of 120 Hz. Unfortunately, this feature does not work at the highest image resolution. Obviously, we expected this feature to be in this model.
When the top screen resolution is selected, the screen refresh rate drops to 60 Hz. In the videos we watched on Netflix and YouTube, the screen of the phone performed wonderfully. The screen with HDR10 + Plus support also performs well under sunlight. The screen can reach 1,500 nit brightness.
We are pleased with the face recognition and fingerprint sensor integrated on the screen, and the phone is also successful with its battery life. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers an experience of up to 1.5 days when the screen brightness is not at the highest level.
Although the phone promises a fast charging experience of up to 25 watts, it would be much better if a faster-charging technology was used on the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Ultra Camera
One of the most attractive features offered to users with the phone is on the camera side.
Samsung, which includes a 108-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, offers some improvements in the camera in this model. The laser-focused 108-megapixel camera helps users take detailed photos. Such a high resolution allows avoiding grain when zooming into the photo. In addition, when a certain part of a photograph is cut, the image is not lost.
Autofocus does not work quickly when 108-megapixel resolution is selected. For a fast focusing experience, a 12-megapixel camera must be selected.
The main camera generally performs well in both good light and low light.
Galaxy Note 20 has 3x hybrid optical zoom feature, while this model has a periscope camera, so the phone can zoom 5 times. In addition, this model supports up to 50x digital zoom, while its brother allows 30x digital zoom. The phone, which performs at a sufficient level at zooming up to 10 times in good light conditions, unfortunately, does not perform very well at 50 times zoom. But the way the model zooms in is really impressive.
We also recorded videos in 8K resolution with the phone. While the image stabilization did not work with this resolution selected, we shot sharp and detailed videos. Image stabilization in 4K and Full HD resolution can work actively and the stabilization system does a really good job. The phone that we took photos with the front camera did not upset us in this regard.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is one of the most powerful Android phones on the market.
The model, which offers much more than what a smartphone should have, is distinguished from its competitors with its advanced S Pen features, successful 120 Hz display, and camera performance.
If the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s $999 price is right for you, we highly recommend this phone.