Aug 09, 2020 Reviews
The Note 20 Ultra from Korean giant Samsung saw a lot of hype received in its production days, as everyone was excited to see how Samsung would overcome the slight mistakes it made with the Note 10 Plus and its marketing and pricing strategies. The Note 20 Ultra certainly is a top, top device, but it also comes with an expensive price tag of its own - just $1299 dollars - just. However, it does mean that it’s the undisputed best phone of 2020 for now. Let’s get into the full review of the device.
Samsung has stuck with the glass sandwich that it usually opts for its premium devices, and the result is a premium looking device from the front and back. There’s Gorilla Glass on the front and back, both gracefully curving towards the side frame, which is then built with aluminium, a usual choice for flagship devices. The only unsightly part of the device may be the massive camera module, which does become an eyesore at first, but you’ll get used to it in some time, and it’s definitely an improvement over the S20 Ultra’s camera module.
The display quality is very much an expression that the phone is from Samsung, as it has an excellent and bright Super AMOLED 2 display panel, with the refresh rate going from 60Hz on the Note 10 Plus, to 120Hz in here - a solid improvement. The visuals on the screen look great, gaming feels amazing thanks to the smooth screen (for games that support 90fps), and just overall UI navigation feels buttery smooth. The panel is also humoungus, at 6.9 inches of real estate - as it will be a thing of preference, with it being a gamer’s dream, but a nightmare for people with small hands who just use social media all day long.
Samsung has really gone all out with the camera setup - even though they didn’t need to. They have introduced the ability to record videos in 8K from the phone, which is surely impressive for a phone, but it’s mostly unnecessary as barely anyone has an 8K or even 4K screens at this point. You also get a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide sensor - all of which seem like the perfect camera array, without any useless macro lens involved whatsoever. Photos come out great, with plenty of detail thanks to the 108MP sensor, and the addition of telephoto is welcomed as well, since many phone manufacturers ditch it for the macro lens which doesn’t make any sense.
The Note 20 Ultra obviously comes with all the top drawer specs that you’d expect from a 1,300 dollar device, as you get a Snapdragon 865 Plus paired with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, along with the option of either 256 or 512GB of storage - which you can upgrade up to 2TB with an SD card. The performance is going to be blazing fast, as you’ll be able to play all the heavy duty games on the device at maxed out settings with ease.
Battery seems good as well, as Samsung has included a 4,500mAh battery unit inside the device, with the support of 25W fast charging, and 15W wireless charging. You can even reverse charge someone else’s device wirelessly with the Note 20 Ultra.
All in all, the Samsung Note 20 Ultra is a phone of the highest order in the market as of now, and will serve as the device to beat for other manufacturers looking to release flagships of their own. You get the best specs in all the departments, a decent software and an elegant design (apart from the camera module) - all at a price of just 1,299 dollars. If you can afford that, you won’t find a better phone.