8.6/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 65 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 120Hz refresh screen
  • Camera with 5x optical zoom and up to 50x digital zoom
  • All-day battery life
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Outstanding performance

What's bad

  • Very expensive
  • Heavy and awkward to hold
  • Protruding camera hub

The Samsung Note has been around for a decade. As such, enthusiasts were thrilled to hear about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. With its reputation, it’s obviously going to be a chart topper. But does the phone offer enough performance and value to justify its price point?

Design

The Galaxy Note Ultra is quite large, so one-handed users beware. Color choices include mystic bronze, mystic black, and mystic white. The stylus holster is located on the left side of the phone versus the right on previous versions. Otherwise, it’s the solid slab of a phone people have come to expect of the Note series.

The camera hub is the only thing reviewers were not so happy with. It sticks out, making the phone wobble when sat on a flat surface.

Display

The upgrade to a 120Hz refresh rate display is the most notable thing about the new Samsung Note 20 Ultra. But it comes with some caveats.

If you want to enjoy QuadHD you will need to settle for 60Hz. To keep that silky-smooth refresh rate, you’ll need to lower the resolution to 1080p.

Otherwise, the 6.9-inch curved screen has reviewers saying its great in some ways and not so much in others. Accidental taps, for one, have reviewers hesitant to sing its praises even if it is beautiful for media consumption.

Performance

There’s no denying the phone is super fast and capable, even when streaming games. It has one of the most powerful processors available on an Android phone right now.

Add on the 120Hz refresh rate display and it feels that much faster. Better still the phone’s software can adjust the frame rate on the fly, depending on what you’re doing. This means you won’t waste precious battery life when doing basic tasks such as checking text messages or emails.

Software & Storage

As with most top-tier phone these days, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra runs Android 10. But Samsung has customized the software to take full advantage of the S Pen. Reviewers said that the new air gestures were addictive and useful. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with 128GB onboard storage and a MicroSD space for further expansion.

Cameras

As expected of Samsung, the cameras tout some insane specs -- like their 50x AI assisted digital zoom. There is also a 5x optical zoom -- a rare feature on phones today.

If that wasn’t enough the rear-facing lens is 108MP an astounding amount among newer smartphones.

In ideal lighting, the cameras pleased reviewers. However, low light situations were left some reviewers wanting.

Tech Radar says, “Then... the sun started to set. This is where Samsung’s phones tend to compensate for noise with aggressive texture smoothing, and the Note 20 Ultra is no different.”

Battery Life

Being such a large device, you wouldn’t think the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would hold a charge well, but reviews indicate otherwise.

You’ll want to leave it to charge every night.

Reviewers noted that the phone lasted all day but ended the day with about 20% battery left. Still if you find yourself low during the day, fast charging and wireless charging options allow you to pick between convenience and speed when topping up your charge.

Audio

The phone features stereo speakers. Reviewers had no issues with the sound. But you will need wireless headphones or earbuds for private listening -- or a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter -- as the Note 20 Ultra does not include a headphone jack.

Specs at a Glance

  • Gorilla Glass "Victus" chassis
  • 6.9-inch OLED, Quad HD display
  • Octa-core, 3GHz Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 8 or 12GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of storage with MicroSD option
  • 108MP rear-facing camera with 12MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto lenses
  • 10MP front-facing lens
  • 4500mAh battery
  • S-Pen stylus

Bottom Line

The Samsung Note 20 Ultra seems to check all of the boxes for an amazing smartphone in 2020. But it comes with some trade offs. It’s very big, so those with small hands might struggle to use it. That said, the massive screen is great for games and movies. The cameras are awesome but the way they stick out on the back of the phone is not.

Still, overall complaints are few and most reviewers seem pretty impressed.

The Verge says, “The Note 20 Ultra is a very ostentatious, flashy phone. But this year, it didn’t get a flashy update. It got what amounts to a spec bump (and a camera bump to match). But that’s enough to make it perhaps the best flagship Android phone you can buy right now. Even for a phone as big as this, that is no small thing.”

Forbes remarks, “Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is out. I’ve been testing it for three weeks and it’s a pricey but powerful phone that is the highest point Samsung phones have yet reached. The design is classy, the performance is strong and in Samsung Notes it has the best app the company has built.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3 GHz
Screen Size
6.9"
Camera
108+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers a pretty complete package, and the three-year update promise guarantees a long life. For Note lovers, there's no way around the Galaxy Note20 Ultra anyway, but owners of last year's version in particular will find little incentive to upgrade, since Samsung simp...

- Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger, Notebookcheck
Android Community

Although we see that Samsung really has maximized optimization with the Note 20 Ultra, we don’t see anything groundbreaking with this latest release. Don’t get me wrong, almost every aspect that could be improved had been in many ways. Right from a smoother-inking S Pen, a convenient DeX Wireless, t...

- Radhika Seth, Android Community
Android Police

It's very fast, it has pretty good cameras (and a very cool telephoto system I really do enjoy), the 120Hz display will look amazing to anyone coming from a 60Hz panel, and the more responsive S Pen is a great upgrade. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is a great Galaxy Note, and a great phone.

- David Ruddock, Android Police
Gadgetbyte

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the embodiment of the company's most powerful and productive smartphone for 2020. And for the most part, it delivers. Its design, display, cameras are probably some of the best you could find in the current smartphone market. The redeeming factor of any Note device - the...

- Yural Maskey, Gadgetbyte
Ausdroid

This is genuinely an impressive piece of engineering that deserves recognition as a leader in the premium phone market. The reality for many potential buyers is that the cost will be a big deterrent, particularly in the current era where COVID-19 has affected people so heavily. But don’t despair, wa...

- Phil Tann, Ausdroid


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Screen Size
6.9"

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra's screen size is 6.9 inches with 1440 x 3088 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
108+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 108+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery.

Galaxy Note20 Ultra Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
600/700/850/1700 /1900/2500/28000/39000 MHz
LTE:
700/750/850/1500 /1700/1900/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/512 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.48 x 7.72 x 0.81 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 208 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3088 pixels
Pixel density 496 pixels
Size 6.9 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR10+ certified, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
108+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F3.0, Periscope telephoto, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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