Alas, rumours finally birthed reality. After a long while of anticipation, a few hours ago Samsung drew a line to the suspense. At the Galaxy Unpacked on August 5th 2020, Samsung declared the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is ready to be one of the best devices to hit the smartphone sphere this year.
However, Samsung made two variants of the Galaxy Note 20. The Galaxy Note 20 and a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with a $300 price gap. You guessed right, the Samsung Galaxy Note ultra is more expensive than the standard Samsung Galaxy Note 20. This comes as a result of several advanced features and faster components in the Ultra. Both devices are almost of the same size, with just a few millimetres here and there making the difference. The screen on both devices is almost the same size. With a 6.7 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and 6.9 inches for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Their batteries also have a slight difference in 4,300 and 4,500mAh. Anyways, here’s everything you need to know about these devices and which you should go for.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20||Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra|
|Size||75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3 mm||77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1 mm|
|Screen resolution||Full HD+||WQHD+|
|Operating system||Android 10||Android 10|
|Storage space||256GB||256GB / 512GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||Yes|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus|
|Camera||Triple lens rear (12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide), 10MP front||Triple lens rear (108MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide), 10MP front|
|Video||Up to 8K at 24 fps||Up to 8K at 24 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, in-display||Yes, in-display|
|App marketplace||Google Play||Google Play|
|Network support||LTE / 5G||LTE / 5G|
There is absolutely no much contrast on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series design. However, there one or two differences compared to other generations of Galaxy Note devices. The Galaxy Note 20 devices offer an edge-to-edge display with a hole-punch camera cut-out at the centre of the top of the display.
Both devices have a volume rocker around their edges, a power button, and a USB port Type-C. However, there’s no Bixby button on either device as used to appear in other generations. Both the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra have a port for the S Pen at the bottom of the phone. Behind both devices, there’s a rectangular camera bump, protruding slightly from the back of the phone. This bump is more prominent on the Note 20 Ultra, however, it is still pronounced on both.
Looking at both devices, the biggest significant difference is their size. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 offers a 6.7-inch display, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra poses with a 6.9-inch display. It doesn’t just stop with the appearance either as the Note 20 device has a Full HD+ resolution (the “+” references the 20:9 aspect ratio) and a 60Hz refresh rate. However the larger Galaxy Note 20 Ultra boasts of a WQHD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. Which would be awesome for those who play games on their mobile devices. Additionally, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a solid display, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra takes it up a notch. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
Both devices appear stunningly good, and both have great displays. However, the display on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is better therefore, it bags the award here.
Since both devices are largely built from glass, it’ll be amazing you doing your best to ensure you don’t drop them. Feeling wet? Hey, both devices indeed have an IP68 rating, so they should easily survive an accidental dunk in pool or puddle. However, they’re not necessarily built to withstand swimming. At this point, we’ll declare a tie on both devices.
Although the performance of the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra might seem similar, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is likely to be better. While both phones run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor for the U.S. and an Exynos 990 processor elsewhere, the Note 20 comes with 8GB of RAM while the Note 20 Ultra steps its game up to 12GB. This should make the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra little better at handling some multitasking.
However, both devices sit amongst the most powerful Android devices in the market at the moment. So whether you’re going for the Galaxy Note 20 or the Note 20 Ultra, the RAM difference doesn’t mean that the Galaxy Note 20 would be unable to handle certain tasks but the Ultra still wins this spot.
Although I don’t think I’ll be able to exhaust the massive storage built into the Samsung Note 20 Series, I understand different people consume different services differently. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 come with an 8GB/ 256GB memory which has a contrast with the Note 20 Ultra which comes in two variants of 12GB/256 GB or 12GB/512GB memory. However, the Note 20 Ultra still took no chill pill at upping its game. The Note 20 doesn’t have a Micro SD card slot while the Note 20 Ultra has a Micro SD card slot and is expected to support up to 512GB SD card.
Battery life and Charging
Both devices are packaged with amazing batteries, although the Note 20 Ultra steps things up slightly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a 4,300mAh battery, while the Note 20 Ultra stepped its game up by 200mAh giving it a 4,500mAh battery. Thankfully, both devices charge in a myriad of ways, including an up to 25W fast charging. Both devices equally have a 15W wireless charging supported, and supports device-to-device charging of up to 4.5 watts.
While the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s battery is bigger, we can’t necessarily say it’ll have a longer battery life, because the Note 20 Ultra has a higher-resolution display and a load of other added features. We might have to wait out and see how the batteries of both devices compete. From experience, I believe the Galaxy Note 20 would have a longer uptime compared to the Note 20 Ultra.
Apart from size, I guess this accounts for the $300 difference in both devices because the camera is one of the major differences between the two phones. Let’s look into these cameras sensor by sensor.
On the Galaxy Note 20, the main sensor comes in 12 megapixels, while that on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra sits in at 108 megapixels. Although they both offer optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 aperture, the 108-megapixel resolution on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra enables features like Samsung’s Space Zoom, which supports up to 50x zoom on this device.
Additionally, the telephoto lens on the Galaxy Note 20 comes in at 64 megapixels, with an f/2.0 aperture and hybrid zoom at up to 3x. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Although the later supports up to 5x optical zoom, despite the f/3.0 aperture. The ultra-wide lens on both of these devices comes in at 10 megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture, while the front-facing camera is 10 megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture.
Although we’re yet to fully test the cameras of these two phones, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a more feature-rich camera array, so it’s the winner here.
Software and Device Updates
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with Samsung’s One UI, and its latest version is built on Android 10. The One UI design is suited to the Samsung interface, with colourful logos and a ton of customization options. However, not tech users believe that it’s a little harder to use than most stock Android approaches. Additionally, there should be some apps that come preinstalled with the device that you may not need.
Also, Samsung doesn’t have such an amazing record when it comes to Android updates. However, since this is a flagship device, we hope it gets updated for at least a few years. If you’re interested in quick updates, you should consider looking into a Pixel device instead.
Normally, the Samsung Galaxy Note series has always offered features most mobile devices just can’t compete with. One of these is the S Pen, which slides into the bottom of the phone when you’re not using it, and comes in handy for things like note-taking. In the Note 20 series, Samsung has made serious improvements here as its latency is down to 9ms. A contextual menu also shows up if you take the S Pen out of the phone, helping you to quickly access features that you might want to use with the S Pen.
Both Devices offer compatibility with Samsung DeX, allowing you to use your phone in desktop mode, by connecting it to a monitor. Additionally, you can also use it in wireless mode with a compatible smart TV.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20, as well as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, would be available from 21st August 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pricing goes for $1,000 while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would cost $1,300.
Which should you buy?
Hey, although we can’t make a choice of which device you should buy, you should always remember to go for whichever variant you feel comfortable with. As usual, the first thing to consider in a moment like this is cost. As stated above, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra retails for $1,300 which happens to be $300 more than the Galaxy Note 20. That’s a big difference though. However, if it’s not a big deal to you then you should consider going for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It has a nicer design, a much better display, improved camera, better memory and other higher-end specs.