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

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery. To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained :

So there you have it – increasing the display refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra from 60Hz to 120Hz will reduce its battery life by about 25% or roughly 2.5 hours.

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S20 Ultra
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Note10+
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S20 Ultra
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(120 Hz)
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,100 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 12 hrs
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11 hrs
32 mins
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9 mins
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17 mins
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Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.91 mAh 5.32 mAh 7.35 mAh 7.93 mAh
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This is why Samsung does not allow you to lock the display at 120 Hz, but set it to Adaptive mode which switches to 120 Hz only when it helps to deliver a better experience.

If battery life is important, you can set the display to Standard mode, which sets the display to 60 Hz, giving you 2.5 hours (34%) longer battery life!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 25 watt fast charger. Let’s find out just how fast it recharges its 4,500 mAh battery.

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Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,100 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 27 watts 15 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 67 mins 91.6 mins
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69.6 mAh 54.6 mAh 54.1 mAh 47.8 mAh 35.8 mAh
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With the display set to 60 Hz, it has a pretty good battery life : recharging ratio of 9:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 6.5 minutes.

But if you keep the display set to 120 Hz, its battery life : recharging ratio drops to just 7:1. That means for one of hour battery life, you will need to charge it for 9 minutes.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Memory + Storage

All Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones come with 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, of which 7 GB is free and available to use.

That’s really way more memory than you will ever need to use, since even high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

Our review sample came with 256 GB of fast UFS 3.0 internal storage, of which just under 222 GB is free and available to use.

That’s enough to store some 70,000 photos, or 12 hours of 4K videos, or 6 hours of 8K videos. But should you run out of space, you can always add a microSD card for additional storage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Work Performance : PC Mark

Note : We tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra against last year’s Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy S10+ devices, as well as the two fastest Qualcomm devices we have in the lab. We will update this article when we are able to get our hands on faster Qualcomm devices.

We tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Galaxy
Tab S7+
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Ultra
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Note10+
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S10+
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9825
SD
855+
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9820
Performance Score

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12348 10523 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 11864 8865 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 7664 6232 9166 5948 5524
Writing 12659 11112 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 26230 30789 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 6155 6339 6450

The Exynos 990 variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was 25% faster than the Black Shark 2 Pro, which is powered by Snapdragon 855+, and 17% faster than last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825).

That is quite a nice surprise, since Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

However, the Snapdragon 865+ variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be about 17.3% faster than the Exynos 990 variant, based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using 3DMark, with these results :

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Tab S7+
Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
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S10+
Device SD
865+
Exynos
990
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855+
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9825
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9820
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 4883 4343

Not bad! The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was as fast as the Black Shark 2 Pro (Snapdragon 855+) in Sling Shot, and 6% faster in Sling Shot Extreme.

It was 12% to 21% faster than the Xiaomi Mi 9 (Snapdragon 855), and impressively, 32% to 66% faster than last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825).

But if you can get the Snapdragon 865+ variant, that would be even faster, by about 5% in OpenGL, and 13% in Vulkan, based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

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Device SD
865+
Exynos
990
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855+
Exynos
9825
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9820
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 434168 348397 330549
CPU 161243 146783 126170 101187 100272
GPU 230859 215205 188158 156700 149930
Memory 98269 89376 65052 72051 68188
UX 87355 71371 54788 18459 12159

In AnTuTu, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was 20% faster than the Black Shark 2 Pro (Snapdragon 855+) and 40% faster than the Xiaomi Mi 9 (Snapdragon 855)!

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was even faster when we compared it to last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825) – 50% faster, and Galaxy S10+ (Exynos 9820) – 58% faster!

But yet again, if you can get the Snapdragon 865+ variant, it would be faster by 2% (OpenGL Physics) to 21% (Vulkan Graphics), based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Verdict + Award

 

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