The all new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones are finally here. Over the years, Samsung’s flagship Note series has pioneered high end mobile computing on large display phones and been the leader in stylus operated phones. Following the success of the Galaxy S20, Samsung have unveiled their new highly awaited Samsung Note 20 models.
Build & Design
Right out of the box, both phones look absolutely stunning. Immediately noticeable is the elegant design and a thin sleek form factor contrasted with the large screen size. The screen takes up the entire front side real-estate of the phone with a front camera hole cut out in the middle that is slightly smaller on the Note 20 Ultra model. The rectangular camera housing on the back is remarkably raised and quite bulky, which adds character and flare to this phone’s otherwise seamless and flowing design. The Note 20 has more pronounced boxy edges which some users might actually prefer for ergonomic support. While the Note 20 Ultra has an almost bezel-less screen with smoothly curved edges.
The Note 20 Ultra also has a Gorilla Victus scratch resistant glass build with a stainless steel frame, which adds to its high end premium feel and is a noticeable upgrade from the Note 20‘s Gorilla Glass 5 front and plastic back. However, if you’re a case person that’s just going to keep the phone in its protective case anyway, it won’t really matter.
Display & Performance
Both the Samsung Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have the stunning meticulous displays that we have come to expect from a 2020 Samsung flagship. At 6.9″, the Note 20 Ultra provides 1440P Quad HD resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, you can choose to downgrade the resolution to 1080P Full HD for a bump up to 120 Hz refresh rate. The Note 20 provides a 6.7″ screen with a fixed 1080P Full HD resolution at 60 Hz, which is still a great display with great visual detail that can rival any other flagship’s screen.
The Note series is know as Samsung’s highest performing line. Given how versatile and high functioning the Note phones are marketed to be, they come with killer specs that can support the most demanding tasks that you could do on a phone. The Note 20 provides 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 4300 mAh battery. The Note 20 Ultra goes above and beyond with 12GB RAM. up to 512GB storage with additional MicroSD capacity and 4,500 mAh battery.
The standards for camera specs and functions on a flagship phone have been considerably raised over the past couple of few years. With the Note 20, Samsung meets those standards and raises them up another notch. On the Note 20 we have a 64MP telephoto lens, 12MP wide lens and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with 3x optical zoom. The Note 20 Ultra boasts a 108MP main lens, a 12 MP ultra-wide lens and a 12 MP periscope telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and 50x hybrid zoom.
With the periscope telephoto lens, the Note 20 Ultra has really perfected its 5x optical zoom to produce a stable frame and a saturated image with beautiful color depth. Although previous Samsung flagship iterations have come with 8K video recording, the Note 20 high resolution video recording is noticeably more stable with more responsive autofocus.
The S-Pen is what truly sets the Note 20 apart from the competition. Sure, some other phone have stylus pens but the S-Pen is unrivaled in its performance, intuitiveness and effectiveness. The new Note 20 phone S-Pens got an upgrade in response time with 26 m/s response time for the Note 20 and an impressive 9 m/s for the Note 20 Ultra. The improved response time with the added gesture functionality and new shortcuts provide a new seamless stylus experience on the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.
Following in the footsteps of their predecessors the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Note 20 Ultra phones are tailor made to provide a premium experience for heavy users that expect high performance capabilities with a dazzling futuristic look.