Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Key Features

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the larger version of the Galaxy Note 20, designed for “enthusiasts who want the most powerful Galaxy device” they can buy.

Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display, with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels and a pixel density of 496 ppi.

This display has a 120 Hz refresh rate, but the higher refresh rate can only be activated with the Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2316 pixels. The maximum WQHD+ resolution can only run at 60 Hz.

But even at the 60 Hz refresh rate, the display has a 240 Hz touch rate and a maximum brightness of 1500 nits (very bright!), and supports HDR10+ colour.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

Exynos 990 Snapdragon 865+
Process 7 nm EUV 7 nm N7P
CPU Cores 2 x Exynos M5 (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz)
1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.0 / 2.1 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Exynos 5123 (Separate)
– 7.35 Gbps
Snapdragon X55 (Separate)
– 7.5 Gbps

It is kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber, but while that may ensure great performance, the chassis will get pretty toasty while running at full load.

5G Connectivity

While Samsung offers a 4G variant for about $100 (RM 400) less, our unit came with 5G connectivity built-in, courtesy of the Samsung Exynos Modem 5123 multi-mode 5G modem.

This is a separate multi-mode 5G modem, which offers transfer rates of up to 7.35 Gbps in mmWave, and 5.1 Gbps in sub-6GHz.

The downside of using a separate chip (instead of an integrated modem) is its higher power consumption, and thermal output. But unless there is 5G connectivity where you live, it is really irrelevant.

Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 10 MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, in a centrally-located punch hole.

Even though it doesn’t come with the 40 MP sensor like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, its Samsung ISOCELL SAK3J1 sensor is capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps.

Triple Camera System

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a triple camera system that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera, with f/3.0 aperture

The 12MP telephoto camera supports 5X optical zoom, and up to 50X Space Zoom. And the 108MP main camera is paired with an Advanced Hybrid Laser Autofocus System.

It also supports up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz, and a new Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows it to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Hybrid SIM Tray

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a Hybrid SIM tray at the top. It allows you to either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage.

Although our unit came with 256 GB of storage – more than enough for most users – we still recommend using a fast microSD card to store photos and videos recorded by its camera.

This ensures that your photos and videos can be retrieved even if you accidentally roll over the Galaxy Note 20 with a tank…

Improved S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an improved S Pen with much lower latency (9 ms) than the Galaxy Note 20 (25 ms), and a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Bigger Battery, Faster Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 4,500 mAh battery, which is just a little larger than the Galaxy Note 10+‘s 4,300 mAh battery.

It supports 25W super fast charging, which lets it to recharge 50% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

Wireless Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Photo Samples


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