Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G review: Pretty powerhouse

The Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G provides a definite design and clean operate, full with a stylus expertise

In the early 2000s, we regularly laughed on the fits within the airport or at cafés who tapping away at their smartphones with little wand-like gadgets. It all seemed ostentatious, and we knew it could take some particular know-how to make the stylus even appear cool.

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Then the S Pen from Samsung — a stylus for the Note vary of gadgets — got here alongside and issues began trying up for the seemingly vestigial accent. In truth, for this vary of smartphones, it was not simply an adjunct, it was part of the gadget’s ecosystem.


  • Display: 6.9” edge Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X ; Infinity-O Display (3088×1440),496ppi, HDR10+ licensed ; 120Hz refresh charge
  • Dimensions & weight: 164.Eight x 77.2 x 8.1mm, 208g ; S-Pen: 5.8 × 4.35 × 105.08mm, 3.04g
  • S Pen: Bluetooth enabled, Lithium Titanate Battery: Up to 24 hours of battery standby time ; Pressure ranges: 4096, Pen tip diameter: 0.7 mm, IP68
  • Sensor: Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Front digital camera: 10MP selfie digital camera: Dual Pixel AF, Pixel measurement: 1.2 micrometres, FOV: 80˚, F.No (aperture): F2.2
  • Rear cameras: 12MP extremely large digital camera: Pixel measurement: 1.Four micrometres, FOV: 120˚, F.No (aperture): F2.2 ; 108MP wide-angle digital camera: PDAF, OIS, pixel measurement: 0.Eight micrometres, FOV: 79˚, F.No (aperture): F1.8, 1/1.33” picture sensor measurement; 12MP telephoto digital camera: Pixel measurement: 1.Zero micrometres, FOV: 20˚, F.No (aperture): F3.0; Laser AF Sensor ; Space Zoom: 5x Optical Zoom, as much as 50x Super Resolution Zoom, OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), Tracking AF
  • Audio: Stereo audio system and earphones sound by AKG; Surround sound with Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)
  • Battery & charging: 4500mAh ; Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, USB PD 3.0 (PPS) licensed Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.Zero suitable)

Having taken the Note20 Ultra 5G for a number of good spins over the previous couple of weeks, one of many largest gaze-pullers is the design. I had the Mystic Bronze mannequin and Samsung clearly had a definite objective right here: to ensure individuals who noticed somebody who had this gadget in-hand would know precisely what it was. Thanks to the chrome rose-gold curved sides and the smooth facet buttons with the flat high and backside edges, the Note20 Ultra 5G has an expensive really feel.

If you thought the S20 Ultra was speedy, the Note20 Ultra 5G is just a few ranges up. One can go for both the 90Hz or 120Hz body refresh charge. This gadget can also be geared up with intelligent adaptive behaviours in refresh charge relying in your exercise; streaming and gaming will occupy increased refresh charges whereas extra monotonous exercise akin to primary searching or texting will demand decrease ones.

The aforementioned is helped by the Exynos 990 processor, which is manufactured on Samsung’s new 7nm LPP EUV (excessive ultra-violet) course of. The Exynos 990 has a triple-cluster CPU core set-up bettering energy distribution and graphics enchancment. It prevents annoying display tearing and/or glitches for smoother animations. Thanks to this type of Machine Learning within the Note20 Ultra 5G, for a 4500mAh battery, the gadget is optimised to run all day and midway by way of the night time earlier than you hit the primary margins of a Battery Saver mode.

Newfound energy

The Note20 Ultra 5G comes with — lastly — Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The scratch resistance of this safety is as much as 4 instances higher than aggressive aluminosilicate (which generally fails at lower than 0.Eight metres) and I (by accident) put this to the check throughout a current tumble on some stairs which left me a little bit bruised however the smartphone nonetheless trying model new and unaffected by trauma. There doesn’t appear to be any weight distinction with the brand new Victus glass and even when there may be, it isn’t too noticeable.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is supplied with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
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Divya Kala Bhavani

The 0.7 millimetre-tipped S Pen is neatly tucked away on the proper facet backside of the gadget for straightforward entry. While I didn’t precisely find yourself like one of many aforementioned fits with their PDAs, I tailored to utilizing a stylus pretty shortly. There is a fast tutorial to grasp the newer quirks to the S Pen in addition to the prevailing fundamentals. I discovered the S Pen useful in getting exact shorthand carried out throughout interviews, and the Note 20 Ultra 5G shortly realized to maintain that readily available for me as a go-to note-making choice. The no-touch display instructions utilizing the stylus additionally added some whimsy to my expertise. The responsiveness of this gadget is strengthened by the Exynos 990, and has spectacular standby energy.

And the cameras: as normal, Samsung does properly with the digital camera setups, barring one main downside. With the climate modifications heading in direction of extra humid — even by Hyderabad requirements — I caught a little bit condensation within the gaps between the lenses and gadget physique. I usually needed to await the condensation to experience itself out, which was a little bit irritating.

However, as with our earlier evaluate of the S20 Ultra, the Telephoto and Portrait modes produce high quality outcomes, with little to no compromise. Do be warned, the Space Zoom’s 50x zoom requires stabilisation within the type of putting the telephone on a floor or utilizing a tripod. The Laser Autofocus does many of the give you the results you want, leaving you to determine what you wish to seize. And, in fact, the Single Take function is good for these left in indecision however brief on time to seize a given second. Video recording is a delight as is audio seize with the in-device Dolby Atmos tech.

Ultimately, the Note 20 Ultra 5G is costly at ₹1,04,999; you must be certain that is the telephone you need for the lengthy haul. For these wanting an analogous expertise however not able to commit, go for considered one of its much less expensive counterparts such because the Note9 or the Note10.

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