When I finally got this new flagship in my hands, I realized it felt almost identical to the experience I had with the S20 Ultra. Both phones feature 6. 9-inch displays, 108-megapixel camera sensors, Space Zoom functionality, a 120Hz refresh rate, large batteries (4,500mAh on the Note 20 Ultra and 5,000mAh on the S20 Ultra), and a high price tag to match that spec list.
Upon receiving the Note 20 Ultra, I used the phone for a full day without taking the S-Pen out for any reason other than to test the different features.
When I originally took the Note 20 Ultra for a spin to test its cameras, I found that photos taken on the device didn’t appear as saturated as those on the S20 Ultra. And that remains true. See?
I actually didn’t have this issue with the Note 20 Ultra, but it helped that I turned off the Edge panels feature, which pulls up your app drawer using a dedicated button on the side of the display.
Instead, we’re forced to choose between two extremes: the large, expensive, and shiny Note 20 Ultra with its more impressive features or the smaller, cheaper, subtler Note 20 that might make you feel like you’re settling.
Instead, it felt as though the company assigned an intern to lazily copy and paste the same features from its S20 Ultra onto its latest phone — the Note 20 Ultra.
Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra proves the company can, yet again, pack powerful specs into a stunning build, but it’s unlikely you’ll get your money’s worth unless you’re already locked into to the Note family.
Flip the Note 20 Ultra over and you’ll find the rectangular triple-camera module that looks way nicer than the pill-shaped camera array on the Note 10.
Of course, the Note 20 does come with its signature S-Pen stylus, which I hoped would make up for the lack of originality between both of these "Ultra" devices.
In addition to digital zoom, the Note 20 Ultra comes with a telephoto lens capable of 0. 5x optical zoom.
The only feature that sets the Note 20 Ultra apart here is the S-Pen, which feels obsolete and forced.
Overall, I’m fairly impressed with the Note 20 Ultra and didn’t find myself complaining about its color processing or saturation levels as much as I did with both the S20 Ultra and the standard Galaxy S20.
Rather than release this "ultra" device with all its high-end specs, I would’ve preferred Samsung had offered a "plus" version of the Note 20 instead.
The Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, read my print on the first try each time, unlocking the phone within milliseconds.
Here’s a comparison of both the Note 20 Ultra and the S20 Ultra using the Live Focus feature.
Night mode on the Note 20 Ultra produces a lot brighter of an image, with more depth on both the navy blue lettering on the sign and the baby blue on the ice machine.
This combines optic zoom technology with software-based, AI-powered digital zoom to allow you to zoom in as much as 50x on a subject on the Note 20 Ultra.
The Note 20 Ultra features a 108-megapixel sensor, while the Note 20 has a smaller 64-megapixel camera.
It’s a bit hard to tell the difference between the photo taken on the Note 20 Ultra and the S20 Ultra, aside from the Note 20 Ultra’s tighter cropping of the image.
There’s no denying the Note 20 Ultra is a stunning device that feels super premium to the touch, with its soft back and shiny edges.
Below are examples of some ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle shots that I took using the Note 20 Ultra, S20 Ultra, and iPhone 11 Pro.
When it comes to battery life, the Note 20 Ultra packs a very large 4,500mAh battery that I can confirm is very tough to drain.
The bottom of the Note 20 Ultra is where you’ll find the S-Pen.
The photo taken with the Note 20 Ultra above is also a lot sharper and more eye-catching, and I’d confidently upload it without making any edits.
Compared to the Note 10, Samsung claims it’s lowered latency by 80 percent on the Note 20 Ultra.
In comparison, both shots taken with the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra appear to have a yellow-ish tint.
Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra checks off all the right boxes.
Unlike the "plain" Note 20, which is made of reinforced polycarbonate (read: plastic) and metal, the Ultra is made up of metal and glass with a matte-like finish on the back.
Don’t get me wrong, the Note 20 Ultra is an excellent phone.
Not only did I have to do this because of the Note 20 Ultra’s large build, but because my fingers can’t stretch across such a large screen.
On the Note 20 Ultra, I appear more pale and my hair looks a bit lighter.
But, having reviewed both the S20 Ultra and the S20, which share similar specs to the Note 20 Ultra and Note 20, I can assure you the standard Note 20 is more than enough to use as your daily driver if the Ultra is a little too over your budget.
As for storage configurations, the Note 20 Ultra comes with 12GB of RAM and the option to pair that with either 128GB or 512GB of storage.
Even the lettering looks a lot brighter than on the Note 20 Ultra.
As expected, the Note 20 Ultra has a 120Hz refresh rate.
You can immediately tell that the way the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra handle color processing is completely opposite.
I’ll take the Note 20 Ultra’s camera instead.
As for video, the Note 20 Ultra offers the option to record in 8K (24fps) with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
It might not seem like it at first glance, but there are actually a lot of notable differences between the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.
The Note 20 Ultra is a bit too large for my hands.
I was really hoping it would once again become a reason to want to switch to the Note 20 Ultra.
Without fail, I was able to get through an entire day and also through parts of the following morning before having to charge the Note 20 Ultra back up again.
The bricks on the buildings look a lot sharper and more defined on the Note 20 Ultra and so do the textures on both the tiles and the ice machine.
Under the hood of the Note 20 Ultra is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 875+ processor, the latest from the chipset manufacturer.
Back to the drawing board, Samsunghttps://t.co/1E5v02YxwY— Mashable (@mashable) August 18, 2020