The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s latest super phone for 2020, and it’s packed with tech, but it lands at a time of skyrocketing budgets, and asking for more than £ 1,000 for a smartphone seems out of reach.
This gargantuan beast costs £ 1,179 and is the South Korean company’s tallest smartphone lineup for 2020, packed in everything besides the kitchen sink.
In terms of design, it is very similar to the previous Note 10+. The entire front is a screen, while the back is glass with curved sides that end with a thin metal strip and a flat top and bottom. It is an attractive and simple design. The 6.9-inch QHD + Amoled display is amazing and has a 120Hz refresh rate, equal to or better than competitors like the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Most notable is the huge camera housing on the back of the phone. It houses three cameras, including a standard 108MP (wide) camera and a 12MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom, and it recovers about half the thickness of the main body of the phone again. It is big, bold and surprisingly attractive in bronze.
The glass back cover is also Samsung’s best. It hides fingerprints and provides incredible grip, given the size of the phone. I found it easier to maintain compared to my similarly sized Galaxy S20 Ultra. But the Note 20 Ultra is a huge phone and you will need two hands to use it. Checking notifications and answering calls was all I could safely handle with one hand; anything else would require holding the phone.
The Note 20 Ultra ships to Europe with Samsung’s latest Exynos 990 processor, the same one used for the S20 Ultra. In the US, Qualcomm has Snapdragon 865+ instead. Both variants come with 12GB of RAM.
The Note 20 Ultra performed basically the same as the S20 Ultra, which means it feels snappy and fast all the time, handling games and other intense tasks without breaking a sweat.
Battery life was disappointing compared to the S20 Ultra’s 38 hours, or competitors like the OnePlus 8 Pro’s 32 hours. The Note 20 Ultra ran for just under 30 hours between charges with the screen for just over four. hours at that time.
While testing the phone, it spent about three hours on 5G, the rest on Wi-Fi, the screen was set to the default dynamic refresh rate of 120Hz and the FHD + resolution. On days of extremely heavy use, spending most of the day 5G outside and around and using the camera a lot, the Note 20 Ultra still ends the day with at least 15% remaining. Although the battery life is not leading in its class, it will last a day without problems.
Charging the Note 20 Ultra with the included power adapter was extremely quick, reaching 100% in under 70 minutes, identical to the S20 Ultra and faster than the OnePlus 8 Pro. Fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are also available. .