Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review It is big, it’s also pretty,it has a great screen, there is a huge camera above. It has a 6.9-inch quad HD plus display that supports HDR 10 plus, it is of course OLED and has 120 Hertz refresh rate, and a first for Samsung, it is a variable refresh rate.
Samsung says that it can go all the way down to 10 Hertz if nothing is moving on the screen, and that is supposed to save battery life. Besides refresh rate, the screen is great. I love the colors, Ilove the pixel density. I don’t even mind how it curves around on the sides, but I’m gonna talk about the refresh rate again. It really matters on a phone of this class and it really does look great. You can feel it just allover the operating system.
Now, one thing you should know is you can’t have the max refresh rate at 120 and get the maximum resolution on the screen, but I don’t care. Give me the refresh rate.It has 12 gigs of RAM, which, to me, is enough for an Android phone to do a bunch of multitasking. And the $1,300 version of this phone has 128 gigs of storage,which, really Samsung? I know that it’s expandable with micro SD, but it can’t spring for 256 at this price point? Come on. Anyway, the 512-gig version costs an extra 150 bucks on top of that.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Features
The processor in this is the Snapdragon 865 Plus, and of course it supports both milli meter-wave and sub-6 versions of 5G. Because Samsung wants U.S. carriers to actually care about this phone. U.S. carriers only care about 5G, so it’s got 5G. Ah, 5G rent over. It’s got a 4500-milli ampere battery, and I’m getting five, sometimes six hours of screen time with pretty heavy use of this thing. Overnight on standby, it’s draining like maybe 10%. So I think battery life is great. I mean, it should be, this is, as I’ve said, a big phone. It’s got in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, wireless charging,reverse wireless charging, stereo speakers iP 16, water resistance, Bluetooth 5, this S pen here, this huge camera bump here.
Actually, we’re gonna save the camera on the S Pen for later ’cause there was a lot going on there, but anyway, you get the point. The specs on this phone are great. This phone is fast and the design of this phone, well, it’s very noting and it’s very ultra heat, but I mean, this Galaxy Notes are big, but they’re also like properly squared off at the corners here. They make you think of a slab, and I think that’s actually good for what a note is that it feels like a slab. There’s this new matte finish on the back that I think looks better than glossy, but it’s also just a little bit more slippery actually, at least it feels that way to me. Now for this thing being ultra E, what does ultra E mean? Well, here’s what I think that means.
This thing right here, this camera bump, it’s a mesa. It is a huge flat outcropping rising spontaneous layout of the vast desert, that is the back of this phone. It’s big and it’s squared off. In fact, it’s even bigger than the gigantic camera bump on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. So what do you get out of this bump? (upbeat music) We’re gonna go from easy to talk about to complicated when we talk about the many cameras on the Note 20 Ultra. First is the ultra wide angle camera and that one’s simple, it’s got a 12 megapixel sensor and the photos that come out of it are okay but not stunning, which is kind of par for the course for ultra wide cameras. Then there’s the selfie camera,which is just 10 megapixels. And what is happening here, Samsung? I have turned off every face filter option that I could find, and it is still painting bad makeup all over my face. I literally looked like a ham in this photo. I know that there’s good camera inside this phone here somewhere, could be so try hard about doing all this face smoothing with it. Telephoto. There’s good news for the telephoto lens. It has a 12 megapixel sensor and it uses a periscope to extend the range so it can do 5x optical zoom and up to 50x space zoom digitally. Now it’s interesting is that is a smaller megapixel count and a smaller zoom than what it is on the galaxy S20 Ultra. And you know what? Good, even at 50x on this thing, things don’t look great, but they still look better than they did at 100x on other phone. It’s still kind of a party trick once you get over 10x or 15x. But you know what’s great? Having a photo that zoomed in 10 or 15 times that I would actually be willing to post somewhere. I like the zoom on this camera. Okay, so the main camera on here is your standard wide angle lens, but it has Samsung’s 108 megapixel sensor behind it. Now, usually those pixels get combined or binned into just a 12 megapixel image, but you can take 108 mega pixel sensor image full-size thing if you want. And you know what, this is the juice right here. Samsung’s whole deal with the ultra phones is it wants to take this big 108 megapixel sensor and do cool stuff with it. It is how Samsung wants to separate itself out from Google and Apple in the photography department. Now, what it tried to do before with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that didn’t go so hot because this sensor just couldn’t focus fast enough. And I am happy to say that on the Note 20 Ultra, that problem has been fixed with a laser. It’s using lasers for auto focusing, and I haven’t had a problem with focusing speed at all.