Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra First Look Review

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the first look review at the samsung galaxy note 20 ultra we don't have the note 20 not ultra yet so sorry that one's not going to happen for a little while but i've had this for about five six days right now and you'll have a full review from us around august 18th or so but for right now we're going to find out how good or not good this fancy pants phone is we're look at it now so undeniably i think other than the hump the bump the

Mega mega bump on the back this is the prettiest phone that samsung has made yet i mean the matte glass finish on the back it's kind of satin sheen very nice it's a little less slippery too but it doesn't show fingerprints and then you've got the highlights of the mystic bronze here it's like jewelry like this phone uh but there is the bump but the good thing about the bump is this is an ultra like the s20 ultra which means it has really good cameras inside including periscope zoo

I'm going to talk about those cameras because they're one of my favorite things about the note of course we have the s pen on board and reduced latency which means it's even more responsive than ever it's one of the nicest features of the note if you are a pen person so beyond that is there a reason to be interested in the note well yes there is assuming that you can stand the high price tags here the note 20 ultra is 12.99 for the 128 gig model with

12 gigs of ram and there's a 512 gig model which i believe is only available in mystic black whereas for the base model you have your choice of mystic bronze which is what we have mystic white and mystic black will vary by country keep that in mind the regular note 20 not ultra model has a neat green color and that one has a glass stick back instead so that means a kind of hybrid glass

Plastic whatever it's supposed to be durable so if you drop your phone a lot that might not be the worst thing even if it's a thousand dollars for that base note 20 and you feel like you should get more than plastic plastic whatever you want to call it speaking of durability though you probably want to put a case on this just to deal with the hump in fact you can see that what it looks like with it's the 20 best buy insignia brand case and it helps it lays flat on the table which is the annoyance there now

So you don't scratch your table or scratch the lens on it but this is covered in gorilla glass well fancy name right so they have their drop test videos and you can see it's not just about being scratch resistance which kind of several years ago reached the apex of what they could do with that but now adding in drop resistant shatter resistance so they claim two meters which is over six feet for those who speak imperial measurements instead without cracking and it's front and back

Got invictus on it so this is a phone you might not actually have to have a case on because of that um this is a review loaner from samsung we are not allowed to drop test it so i can't tell you inside we have the qualcomm snapdragon 865 plus with 5g both millimeter wave and sub 6 all the flavors thrown in there now if you're outside the united states and some other countries you get the samsung exynos 990 which is the same thing in the s20

And doesn't perform as well as a snapdragon my condolences but here in the united states we get this the 865 plus the latest and the greatest it's a fast processor these flagship phones are faster than anybody's business i don't know what you can do that is going to overtax these processors at this point 12 gigs of ram low power ddr5 that is plenty of ram for multitasking in android land 128 gigs of storage might sound a lot like a lot given the price of the phone

But then again it does have a micro sd card slot compatible with cards up to one terabyte so i'm not really too worried in these days honestly other than putting my apps on and having an sd card to put my photos in my videos i don't really need a lot of space anymore we all stream stuff right so if you compare this to the s20 ultra that's where this one starts to seem i won't say a bargain but a pretty good value you get the faster cpu on board you get the s pen you get a 6.9 inch display which

Is up a little bit from the note 10 plus that was 6.8 inches around the same resolution though but you get 120 hertz display that's better than the note 10 plus but compared to the s20 ultra besides a faster cpu the s pen gorilla glass invictus you have almost the same camera setup as the ultra for 150 dollars less with better autofocus and you can see some of the sample photos and some of the sample videos that i've taken apologies that these are not more exciting subjects but this is still

Pandemic times and we don't live in the most scenic place here in the dallas suburbs but you've got laser autofocus in addition to the phase detection autofocus at the ultra hat those of you who are following those ultra problems know that a lot of the problems around that phone were the auto focus not being fast enough to keep up there were updates but nothing really is going to help phase detection autofocus ever be that fast we have the same 108 megapixel main

Sensor onboard for the main wide camera it's hard to go wrong with that it's a good sensor and then we have the wide angle on this one and we have a telephoto lens which is not super high pixel rated like say the s20 plus was that one was 64 megapixels this one is not so high but it does 5x optical zoom and in most cases it does quite a good job and we have space zoom here so the s20 ultra did 100 x space zoom this one does 50x

I'm fine with that let's face it 100x pretty much it was a party trick and unless you're going for the i'm the top of the perv king meter for how far you can spy on little things anyway and what it comes down to is 5x is good it's optical zoom it's very nice looking in most cases occasionally with flowers it has a little issue looking a little watercoloring but other than that really good stuff and 10x is still very usable so this is kind of the camera that i

Always hope the s20 ultra would have been great range from your ultrawide to your very high resolution main to your very usable telephoto which is great if you're doing portraits if you're doing your pets kids on the go wildlife where you don't want to get too close and scare them away or have them bite you depending on the kind of wildlife good stuff so in the pro video mode is pretty cool you've got a lot of settings you can actually use the new galaxy buds live as the microphone input

For your video you can choose which mic to use front omni back you get the idea that's pretty nice too and yes there is 8k video recording at 24 frames per second the only caveat there is pretty much no stabilization so use a tripod other things to note on ours which looks like a example certainly of a shipping model there is no factory installed screen protector for those of you who care the fingerprint scanner on this i had nothing but

A world of hurt with the s20 family of phones i had to press the glass so hard i don't know what it is cold fingers skinny fingers this one works just fine it's nice and fast for those who are on a t in the united states voice over lte does work yay and also if you're coming from an older note phone the s pen has moved to the left side which is great for me and the other 10 of the world that are left-handed but the rest of you right-handed people will probably grumble about that until you

Get used to it phone has stereo speakers bottom firing an earpiece and oh my god it's loud it sounds pretty good for once i think the iphone's finally getting a little bit of competition here the display on this is bright max brightness is 1500 nits which is the brightest yet for a phone that's only in auto mode when you go on someplace super bright like outdoors like we're in dallas texas where it does get super bright and i had no trouble seeing the screen under any lighting conditions outdoors yeah

That so you have your vivid mode on the display and you have the natural mode i do tend to use the natural mode because well when i take photographs i want to get better representation of how the colors actually look on this and also i watch painting videos and colors actually matter to be accurate but there's vivid mode i think it's a bit less over the top vivid than some older samsung phones and maybe even in the regular note 20 not ultra but i suspect that it's because it's tuned to be more accurate

Phone has a curved display like many of you i'm kind of over the curb display i like the flat display which the regular note 20 has but that said the curve's not that steep i really didn't have accidental edge presses on this mostly i had excellent presses on the bottom go figure the phone is ip68 water resistant it has the usual nfc wi-fi six bluetooth 5.0 and facial recognition also not the super secure kind so you know if you work for the cia it won't be for you you'll have to use a

Fingerprint scanner there's a 4500 milliamp battery inside that's a big battery yay and it's also a very high resolution phone with hertz display but and speaking of the 120 hertz display there's either adaptive modes so it's not going to waste your frame rate and your refresh basically if it's 30 frames per second content or something like that you can only use that in the low and middle resolution settings if you want to run at max resolution you still suck

At 60 hertz which samsung did with the s20 line y1 plus will happily let you go for broke on this and you know kill your battery life but whatever you can't do that here anyway back to the battery 4 500 milliamp and so far i've been testing this five six days and it's pretty much a five and a half hours a six hour screen on time phone which is pretty good now i've been using it very heavily and i'm going to use it for several more weeks so in my final review i'll give

You the final judgment on that but so far it's looking pretty good i've been using this on t-mobile's 5g network on att's 5g and 4g lte networks as well to test that supports fast charging you get a 25 watt fast charger it does not support 45 watt charging even faster fast charger but that's okay it does support g wireless charging at fast charging rate which is 15 watts so that certainly helps so that's the samsung galaxy note 20 ultra i'm feeling

Very good about this phone last year's note 10 release was kind of like um meet your s10 plus and s pen and not much else but there's enough improvements here the camera the more durable gorilla glass design the faster cpu 120 hertz display these things are very nice of course the price tag is insanely high and these are difficult times but then as a mind-boggling contrast there is the pixel 4a that i just reviewed which is only 349 which by the way i think takes maybe even slightly better night

Mode pictures than this one but otherwise this one wins camera-wise but anyway i'm lisa from mobile tech view be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel so you can see the full review of this later this month and thumbs up if you like this vid

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