Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, analysis and opinion

We are at the end of August and, as is a tradition in recent years, we already have the new Samsung flagship for the Note family. The South Korean company is the one that opens the curtain on the launch of premium mobiles in the second half of the year, and it has done it again by launching a huge device in every way.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra 5G are here, two phones that are more focused on a user who needs large screens and is going to take advantage of the S-Pen, but two terminals that at the same time this year are quite different. The Note range, until the arrival of the Note 10, had been characterized by having an annual model. Three versions of the Note 10 arrived (the two of August 2019 and the subsequent launch of the Note 10 Lite), and now we have two versions of the Note 20. The one that we have tested is the highest-end, the Note 20 Ultra 5G.

The "normal" one costs 949 euros and, if we pay attention to the characteristics, it seems like a fairly high price for what is inside. The other is the Note 20 Ultra 5G that we have to analyze, a mobile that starts at about 1,299 euros, which is still a lot but is more justified.

A design that draws attention to both the screen and the camera moduleAs soon as you open the box, you realize that you are looking at a special mobile. The huge black front is the first thing you see and as soon as you remove the protective plastic and feel the feel of the back, you appreciate that at least this "Mystic Bronze" model has a matte back.

There are three colors for these Note 20 Ultra, the Mystic White and the Mystic Black, which are elegant, but the finish is shiny glass without texture (which, as you know, is a magnet for fingerprints) and the Mystic Bronze which is In my opinion, much more elegant and especially more pleasant thanks to the matte finish of the glass.

This touch is very premium, the fingerprints are not noticeable and we already loved it on mobile phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro, the OnePlus 8 Pro or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. Also, although this is subjective, the color palette and finishes give the feeling of being more premium than that of the Galaxy S20.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 analysis



In the box, we have the 25 W charger, a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, and some AKG helmets that we will talk about later and that have a USB Type-C connector. Of course, the Note 20 Ultra does not have space for a 3.5 mm jack ... and it is not sarcasm, since with what the S-Pen occupies we understand that a 3.5 mm jack does not fit in this model.

As we are, the S-Pen and the sound buttons have changed positions. Now, the reservoir of the S-Pen that protects and charges the stylus is in the lower left, and the volume up buttons go to the right, just above the lock button. No, we do not have a button for Bixby as yes they had the S20.

At the bottom, we have the speaker next to the S-Pen in a position that we can easily cover when playing or watching content with the mobile horizontally, a USB Type-C port in a symmetrical position, and a microphone.

In the upper frame, we have the slot for the SIM and support for microSD, as well as another microphone. Both the upper and lower parts are flat and we could put the mobile upright with some patience (and with the mobile balancing) and the corners are finished at angles that can be annoying in larger hands, but in my case not I have not had problems nor have they stuck in the palm of my hand.



Samsung Galaxy Note 20 analysis

The edge is made of glossy aluminum and there is a frame on the sides that divides the screen (with a slight curvature) and the rear part of textured glass. On the front, there is not much to tell, since almost everything is a screen (91.7% to be exact) and the edges are four millimeters at the bottom counting the aluminum frame, three millimeters at the top in which we have sensors and a call receiver that works as a stereo speaker and frames of just a millimeter and a half on the sides.

The hole for the front camera is in a central position and the radius is only 3 millimeters (learn, Google ...), It is a front that is pleasant to look at because the feeling of having a mobile in which everything is the screen is closer than ever.

Samsung's latest display technology for productivity and funOff, the Note 20 Ultra already draws glances in coffee shops when you leave it on the table, but when you turn on the screens you notice that some extra eyes are watching. It is something that has happened to me a couple of times these days and that does not surprise me when we consider that I, after two weeks, continue to surprise me when I activate the screen.


SoC Exynos 990 and 12 GB of RAM that can with everything, although we still miss the Snapdragon in EuropeAnd to the power that spectacular panel, we have the Samsung SoC. We are not going to regret, again, that we did not have the Snapdragon 865+ in the Note 20 Ultra because it is a story that does not make sense. In power, the Exynos does not have much to envy the Qualcomm chip, but in consumption, it is another story and that is why we prefer Qualcomm chips in the Samsung range tops, but hey, millions have been spent on R&D to create their SoC ... and it is what it touches.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 analysis

We have the Exynos 990, an SoC made up of an eight-core processor (two at 2.73 GHz, two at 2.50 GHz and four at 2.0 GHz), and the Mali G77 MP11 GPU. This is accompanied by 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, 12 GB in the analyzed model.

It is a real pleasure to use the Note 20 Ultra and with DeX, which we will now talk about, it behaves wonderfully, allowing us to have a "laptop ", among many quotes, Android inside the mobile.

Part of the credit for fluency at all times goes to UFS 3.1 memory. Samsung has put the latest technologies in this terminal and this memory is not faster than 3.0, but it does have less latency and consumes slightly less.

Android 10 and OneUI 2.0 that makes sense of the S-Pen and multitaskingIn the system, as in the SoC, there are no surprises either. We have Android 10, which means we have the latest security updates from Google, with the OneUI 2.0 layer on top.

It is the Samsung layer that the South Koreans introduced at the beginning of last year to simplify the experience ... and the truth is that little by little it looks more like what they wanted to leave behind, but hey, it works very smoothly and Honestly, as an Android user I feel very comfortable in one.



Samsung Galaxy Note 20 analysis

The options are where they should, there are quite a few submenus, but all those that have to do with performance or the screen are where they should ... and although I have recently tried layers such as MIUI, EMUI, Oppo or OnePlus, go back to OneUI 2.0 is not complicated for me.

We are facing a very customizable layer that allows us to fiddle with many parameters of the screen (we have already commented on this part) as well as the system design and the truth is that the performance is exceptional. The multitasking management is good, it may seem silly, but I like being able to change the color of the folders, I like notifications that can be put as windows and not full screen and we have application drawer.

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