The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is supposed to be the best of the best that Samsung has to offer in a smartphone – minus a bendable screen. It’s the most expensive conventional phone in Samsung’s lineup, and includes the top-of-the-line 108-megapixel camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra from earlier this year as well as the S-Pen stylus and all its associated functionality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – Camera: The camera on the S20 Ultra had some auto-focus issues at launch that has since been fixed with updates. The camera is different than previous Samsung devices and the large main sensor doesn’t support macro mode like Samsung phones of the past. It’s the best camera phone on the Android platform thanks to its 5x optical zoom, 50x digital zoom, fun portrait filters and easy-to-use camera app interface. Samsung’s S Pen stylus once again enables you to remotely snap photos, and the 960fps super slow-mo videos we took amaze friends even if it’s a Galaxy S9 Plus era feature. This fun factor helps compensate for the fact that this camera isn’t always pixel-perfect in stringent side-by-side comparisons with the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Google Pixel 4 XL. Samsung’s photo processing still aggressively smooths textures in low-light conditions if you look closely enough, although its Night Mode has gotten better. Our core issues with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have been addressed with the Note 20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – Hardware: The Samsung S20 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 6.7-inch AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate display, 12GB RAM, 128GB to 512GB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, three rear cameras, IP68 rating, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5. A 4,500mAh battery keeps you going for at least a day. The Note 20 Ultra is the complete package from Samsung: it has a 6.9-inch 120Hz display that moves fluidly under the finger, a fast new chipset, 12GB of RAM (more than some of the best laptops), 5G speeds, and all-day battery life. The S Pen also comes with brilliant new features, like syncing voice recordings with your scribbled-down notes (students and journalists in lectures will love that). Power users will have no complaints.