Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, analysis and user experience

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra front

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is one of the contenders for the best mobile of the year, a colossal terminal in size with great emphasis on multimedia and photography and that preserves the most differential elements that make it unique. We have spent two weeks using Samsung's largest terminal as the main mobile and we tell you our impressions. This is our review of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

During the analysis, we will compare the new Note 20 Ultra against the previous generation, the Galaxy Note 10+, a mobile that is still exceptional a year later, and even better after Samsung has confirmed that it will have one more year of support, which makes it in the only rival of this gigantic terminal.


Upper part

Samsung's most superlative designSeeing the mobile from the front makes us think of Samsung. The screen has all the characteristic touches of the South Korean firm, such as the hole in the screen located in the central part of the highly worked curves. It is also noted that we are facing a Note as there are less curved lines in the corners.

The back has a matt glass in Mystic Black or Mystic Bronze (our unit) that gives it a distinguished touch. It is very pleasant to the touch and we have a curvature similar to that of the screen at the back to increase ergonomics.

The metallic frames are shiny but in the same color tone. At the top are the SIM slot and a microphone.

At the bottom the SPen, speaker, USB C, and another microphone.

On the aesthetic level of the camera module, it has surprised us for good. When I began to see the terminal in photographs, it was ugly, exaggerated, and unnecessary, but the impression has varied since I have been able to see it and touch it in person. The feeling of disapproval has been disappearing and in contrast to the color of the glass, it has not stopped appearing to me.



Bottom and spen

All the friends and family who have been able to see the mobile in person have had a similar feeling, and that is that the common expression when seeing it has been "what a piece of camera. " You recognize it instantly and from the first moment, you discover that there is nothing like it, even if some details of its design are reminiscent of other mobiles.

Design improvements over the Galaxy Note 10 Plus:


  • The location of the power and volume buttons are now in the right place, on the right. It was what we liked about the Note 10+.
  • The chamber hole is much, much smaller. It is not a radical improvement because in the previous generation it was very good, but again it puts Samsung at the forefront in the small details.
  • The glass in a matte finish gives it a much more elegant touch. The tutti-frutti experiments are over.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review

Negative aspects of the new design
The bulge of the camera is gigantic and excessive. It is a direct consequence of incorporating such high-level cameras, but if the location of this module had been found where Samsung placed the cameras up to the S10, at least the mobile could have been kept stable on the table without needing a cover.


The bottom speaker is in the worst possible position, and when you hold the terminal horizontally, you accidentally cover it with your hand. It is the same design error that we already complained about with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and it is just as terrible.


The maximum performance in the Galaxy but is it enough?


On the performance, we don't have much detail to offer. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the Exynos 990 processor, 12 GB of LPDDR 5 RAM, and 256/512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. We have one of the best mobile processors and the best memories in the industry, and it shows that there will be no application that can resist us.


If there is controversy regarding Samsung's choice to add the Exynos 990 in Europe instead of the Snapdragon 865+ found in markets such as the United States. Although the choice of one processor or another will not change your perception on a day-to-day basis, it may be scary to spend more money than anyone knowing that most Android rivals that cost hundreds of euros less have a better processor. We consider it legitimate that if you spend more than 1,300 euros, you demand the maximum of the maximum in everything, even more so knowing that Samsung does sell that final version in other countries.



SPen

Some considerations to point outAs of August 18, 2020, we have a software version before the final release. We have had inconsistent battery performance, the battery draining abnormally when using the mobile at rest or heating up when it shouldn't. These errors have not affected the time to give the maximum of the terminal, but they have affected the hours of durability on a common day.

We will spend a few more weeks using mobile and will update the article when we can test whether with the final version of the software it is up to what it should or not.

Best screen (again) and great sound with a but

On screens, we are going to be brief, and it is that year after year Samsung surpasses itself. The screen of each new Galaxy S is the best at the time and later the Note arrives and surpasses it, six months later the new Galaxy S arrives again and back to the same story.

Beyond the details of the technical sheet, as Samsung is the largest manufacturer of AMOLED screens, it has the benefit and the responsibility of showing what it is capable of on its flagship terminals. The screen of the Note 20 Ultra leaps 120 Hertz maintaining the quality to which we are accustomed. The natural calibration mode is slightly better than the previous generation and displays vivid colors but does not offer a distorted version of reality.


The jump to 120 hertz brings a new technology called Variable Refresh Rate, a technology that for the first time on a mobile screen is capable of adapting the fluidity of the mobile continuously to the content we are viewing. If we have a video at 30 images per second, the screen will change to 30 hertz, if we see a static image it will go down to 10, and when the screen requires it will return to 120 hertz. All this results in lower battery consumption, in theory, because in practice we have not been able to enjoy it for the reasons we previously described.

A point to note is that again, Samsung forces us to choose between fluency or maximum resolution, the only negative aspect of the screen being.

Technical characteristics
  • Screen:
  1. 2X Dynamic AMOLED technology : WQHD + resolution (3088 x 1440 px, 496 pixels per inch), HDR10 + certification, 1300 nits of brightness, 120 Hz refresh rate (in FullHD + resolution).
  2. 6.9 inches in size in 19.3: 9 ratio. Curved sides "Edge".
  • Performance:
  1. Samsung Exynos 990 manufactured at 7 nm.
  2. CPU: 2 Mongoose M5 cores at 2.75 GHz, 2 Cortex-A76 cores at 2.5 GHz, and 4 Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0 GHz.
  3. GPU: Mali-G77 MP11
  4. Exynos S5123 modem with a 5G connection.
  5. 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
  6. 256 or 512 GB of internal UFS 3.1 storage.
  7. Support for storage expansion by microSD card.
  • Cameras:
  1. Front: 10 Mpx with f / 2.2 aperture, Dual Pixel Auto Focus, and 1.22 ㎛ sensor size.
  • Rear:
  1. Main camera ( panoramic, 120º) of 108 Mpx with aperture f / 1.8, sensor size 0.8 ㎛, optical stabilizer (OIS), laser autofocus. Recording in 8K resolution at 24 fps.
  2. Telescopic camera ( 5x optical zoom , 20º) 12 Mpx with f / 3.0 aperture, 1.0 ㎛ sensor size, optical stabilizer (OIS). 50x zoom with «Super resolution» mode.
  3. Wide-angle camera ( wide panoramic , 79º), 12 Mpx with f / 2.2 aperture and 1.22 ㎛ sensor size.
  • Charging and connections:
  1. Battery 4500 mAh.
  2. Charging port ( fast to 25 W ) and data ( USB 3.2 ) with USB-C connector.
  3. Qi wireless charging to charge at 15W and charge other devices at 4.5W.
  4. Ethernet support with a USB-C adapter and WiFi a / b / g / n / ac / ax (Wi-Fi 4/5/6). Wi-Fi Direct. ANT +. NFC. Bluetooth 5.1.
  • Others:
  1. IP68 water and dust resistance.
  2. 3 microphones.
  3. Stereo speakers.
  4. Ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen.
  • Dimensions:
  1. 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm.
  2. 208 g.

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