Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Review: A PC in Your Hand


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Review |

This is the absolute best smartphone available in the market today

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is priced at INR 1,04,999 in India

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is sold in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black in India

Big Highlights

You can capture high-quality shots in the dark using Night Mode

Samsung has launched the Exynos-powered version of this phone in India

The enhanced S-Pen with this device can now trigger actions when you make gestures in the air

Samsung has always kept a little bit of extra space for innovation when it comes to its flagship Note series and with the launch of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G – Samsung is delivering only the best to its customers.

This can surely be called the ultimate Android smartphone today and it includes the top-of-the-line 108-megapixel camera as well as the S-Pen stylus and all the innovative associated functionalities that come with it.

And being a Note series device, it carries an enormous screen presence plus all the latest hardware. This is a luxury phone for those who want the absolute best in hardware and software capabilities. But this Note series is a bit different in the way it addresses to your productivity needs. With refreshed S Pen capabilities and DeX going wireless – Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is practically a PC in your hand.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Design Elements

Galaxy Note series devices have always carried a unique signature in their form factor, design and this device is no different. With Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Samsung has pushed the boundaries of innovation further ahead. It has a 6.9-inch screen, the curved sides and narrow borders all around. It’s still more than a handful – but still quite easy to carry.

It carries 208g weight and Samsung has used Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus to strengthen the screen and the back of this phone, however, the camera lenses are protected by a panel of Gorilla Glass 6 layer.

The rear side of this device carries a frosted matte finish. This is delivering a unique shiny touch to the frame and helps the device completely stand out and look sharp. Samsung has also decided to deliver an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance to this device.

The power and volume buttons are on the left side, and there is no Bixby button on this device. The S-Pen silo has been moved to the left side of the bottom. A light press pops it out partially, and then you have to pull it out.

Extraordinary Camera Setup

Samsung has used the Exynos 990 in this device. This is an octa-core chipset that comes with two high-performance custom 2.7GHz cores, two more 2.5GHz Cortex-A76 cores, and four more power-efficient 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores. It features an integrated Mali G77MP11 GPU as well.

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. This is a hybrid dual-SIM phone, which means that you can use an eSIM instead of a second physical SIM, which frees the second physical slot for a microSD card.

The 6.9-inch QHD+ screen has curved sides and carries a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz. With the help of variable refresh rate feature – this device can help you select between 60Hz and ‘Adaptive’, which dynamically scales up to 120Hz but can also scale down to 30Hz or 10Hz refresh rate. This feature helps in considerably improving the battery efficiency of the device and hence greatly enhancing the user experience.

With this device Samsung is delivering a powerful 4500mAh battery and USB-PD fast charging, which means you can share the same charger with a laptop. Samsung is giving a 25W charger in the box. There’s also Qi wireless charging and reverse charging capability available in this device.

With this device, Samsung has considerably improved the S-Pen capabilities. And it has its own tiny Lithium Titanate battery and uses Bluetooth for remote control functions. The S Pen with this device delivers up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and reduced 9ms latency.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – a PC in Your Hand

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes running Android 10. While reviewing this device, we used it as our PC for about a week and the experience was quite astonishing. Everything I do on my PC was shifted on to this device and it is quite safe to say that it enhanced the productivity levels. Two of its software capabilities in the form of Samsung Notes App and the DeX desktop experience play an important role here.

The S-Pen has also been enhanced to incorporate “air gestures” that you perform while holding its button down. Samsung has designed these functionalities in order to help you work quickly without having to switch between the pen and your finger to navigate through apps and the Android UI.

The innovative feature-rich Notes app is pretty smooth and can allow you to mark up screenshots, pictures and PDFs. It can also timestamp notes to an audio recording. While reviewing this device, we realized that it delivers amazing handwriting recognition, even if you scribble something on notes – the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra manages to make sense of it, pretty easily.

DeX capability requires a Microsoft account and leverages the Your Phone app that comes with Windows 10. It also provides an interesting feature of wireless mirroring to a compatible smart TV. With the help of this feature you can mirror your phone’s screen or use the TV as a secondary display and run content on it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance, Gaming and Battery Life

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a very powerful device. It is extremely fast and while reviewing this device, we never faced even a slightest delay in response time or any kind of lag even while using the device as a PC. The screen of this device is quite crisp and delivers perfect brightness mixed with vibrant colors. It handled all the complex functionalities quite smoothly. Samsung’s OneUI is quite smooth and runs fine. The S-Pen is extremely responsive and it just feels natural to hold and use it.

When it comes to gaming, Fortnite and PUBG Mobile ran smoothly on this device. It was able to handle graphics and animation in a perfectly smooth manner. As this device carries a large screen, gaming control packs in more fun and becomes a very special experience.

Battery life on this device is quite good for normal usage. While reviewing this device, we used it frequently with S-Pen, and gaming, photography and using maps as well – and I was easily able to get more than 1.5 day with this device. Charging your Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is pretty quick too. On an average, I was able to get from zero to 75 percent in about an hour.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Camera Performance

This device carries special significance in the camera department. The 108-megapixel primary rear camera is quite noteworthy and delivers amazing results. This comes with PDAF and optical stabilisation with an f/1.8 aperture. This is complimented by a 12-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel f/3.0 5x optical zoom camera, and a laser autofocus sensor. All put together, this camera system delivers great results for normal as well as night-mode photography.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra takes astonishingly crisp and detailed pictures during the daytime and when it is in action mode, the results are simply amazing. Focusing with this device is quite quick and exposures are smooth with fittingly driven colors and details.

While taking pictures during daytime, you can select up to 4x zoom with this device primary sensor. And as you touch the 5x zone, the phone switches to its optical zoom camera and there is considerable improvement in image quality.

Samsung is delivering this “Space Zoom” feature which combines the telephoto camera with digital zoom and allows you to go up to 50x in increments using a series of buttons that will appear to the side of the shutter button.

Night photography in low light and even extreme low light conditions is simply mind-blowing with this device. This phone can able to pick up great amount of details and even bring out vibrant colors in low light conditions.

This device gives you option to record video at up to 8K, though that will consume huge amount of space in your device. Slow Motion and Super Slow-Mo modes are extremely handy features given with this device and you can manually select which section of a recorded clip to slow down in the video editor after recording the video.

Final Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is an ultimate smartphone today. No smartphone comes near to what this device is offering. With its enhanced S-Pen capabilities and amazing camera functionalities, this is much more than just a smartphone.

There is no doubt that this is an extremely luxurious device that is designed to keep you perfectly happy with its features and capabilities – and hence, it is perfectly designed for those who can afford this price.