Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: powerful cameras and a...

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: powerful cameras and a...
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: powerful cameras and a...

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G arrived in our country a little less than two months ago and is Samsung’s bet for the high-end. It is a phone that offers everything, with great potential to be exploited in the field of productivity and photography. However, we could not expect less from it, considering its price: more than 4,000 soles in the Peruvian market. Does it justify it? You decide that.

Design

Without a doubt, this is one of the most attractive sections of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Retaining a sleek aesthetic, the phone sports square corners, minimal bezels, and a matte-finish glass back cover, which not only provides a fascinating look, but makes fingerprints and dirt less visible.

Mystic Bronze color design. Photo: Carol Larrain

My review unit was in color Mystic Bronze, which is the iconic shade of this series and, incidentally, the most captivating. Its metal body offers IP68 water resistance, and both the front and back are protected by the new Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which promises to withstand drops of up to 2 meters and be more resistant to scratches.

Something that strongly characterizes the line Galaxy Note It is its size and this model is the largest created by Samsung. In length, the phone measures more than 16 centimeters (164.8 mm); however, in my experience of use, it was light and comfortable to use. I got used to its large dimensions quite quickly, so it was not a problem to handle it on a day-to-day basis.

The volume controls and the power button are well positioned and easy to use. What can cause some inconveniences, depending on which hand you write with, is the position of the compartment where the S Pen, which is located on the left side. Also, when using the cell phone horizontally, you also have to be careful to cover the lower speakers.

Headphones with AKG technology. Photo: Carol Larrain

screen

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has an Edge screen Dynamic AMOLED 6.9-inch and Quad HD + resolution (3,088 x 1,440 pixels). Its size and image quality make it ideal for enjoying multimedia content. Both indoors and outdoors, it was clear and sharp, with a good level of maximum brightness. However, it is not one of the brightest on the market.

6.9-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED screen and Quad HD + resolution. Photo: Carol Larrain

It’s compatible with HDR10+ and offers a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, although this mode does not remain fixed, but it adapts automatically according to what is displayed on the screen, allowing you to take advantage of it only when necessary and help save battery. There is also the option to choose a standard 60Hz refresh rate.

Adaptive screen options (up to 120Hz) and Standard screen (60Hz). Photo: Carol Larrain

Being an OLED panel, we can access the function of Always On Display, which allows various items to be displayed on the idle screen, such as the clock, date, calendar events, images from the gallery, emojis, GIFs or the music player. On the other hand, to take advantage of its curved design, the mobile has the option to customize notifications with ‘Edge Lighting’.

Although the ‘Edge’ style of the screen is distinctive of the Galaxy Note and gives it an interesting appearance, it is not functional. The curvature causes false touches, especially when lying down, as supporting or rubbing the palm of the hand with which you are holding the phone can cause you to press enter and send a message in advance or activate applications and functions inadvertently.

performance

The internal power of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is driven by the processor Exynos 990, along with 12 GB of RAM, enough to provide very fast and agile performance. From the execution of operations multitask up in video game, its performance is outstanding. In addition, it has 256 GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card.

As an operating system, it runs Android 10 under the One UI 2.5 user interface, which provides a variety of customization options. With respect to sound, the smartphone includes earphones tuned by AKG and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, which were powerful and with good audio quality.

In the section of the biometric authentication, the phone has facial recognition and an under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader, although the latter is not as fast as you might expect and sometimes has scan errors. In terms of connectivity, the equipment comes with support for 5G technology, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.

The performance of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is backed by the Exynos 990 processor. Photo: Carol Larrain

Battery

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra integrates a battery of 4.500 mAh, which supports 25W wired fast charging and 10W wireless charging. In addition, it has support for reverse wireless charging (Wireless PowerShare), so you can provide power to other devices, such as headphones or phones, just by placing them on the back cover.

On autonomyIn normal conditions of use and without demanding much, the smartphone’s battery can last until the end of the day. However, I expected a longer duration for Samsung’s flagship. In high-demand situations, such as spending several hours playing games or watching videos, power runs out relatively quickly.

Cameras

This is one of the highlights of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. On the front, it has a selfie camera 10 MP (ƒ / 2.2) housed in a hole in the center of the screen. At the rear, it includes a triple camera Consisting of a 108 MP (ƒ / 1.8) main lens, a 12 MP (ƒ / 2.2) ultra-wide annular lens and a 12 MP (ƒ / 3.0) telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and up to 50x digital zoom.

Triple rear camera system of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Photo: Carol Larrain

This entire set is assisted by an autofocus laser sensor and an LED flash. Apart from the excellent resolution of the photographs and their good performance in different scenarios, the feature that surprised me the most was their optical image stabilization (OIS) when recording videos, since the movement reflected in the shots was smooth, with almost no annoying vibrations.

It has a Pro video mode, which is unique to this model, and it’s packed with pro-level settings. It also has support for recording video in 8K resolution at 24 fps and in 4K UHD at 60 fps, HDR10 + technology, directional microphone, slow motion, super slow motion, hyperlapse, macro and panoramas. In the following video, I explain in detail all the camera options.

S Pen

In this new generation, Samsung has reduced the latency of the stylus to less than 9 milliseconds. The result? The S Pen writes on the screen noticeably faster, giving the same feeling as on paper. This experience is raised to the next level when complemented with the tools offered by the application Samsung Notes.

It is a fairly complete app, it has several styles of pencil and markers, an option to straighten what we have written, an easy writing panel, the possibility of converting handwriting into text and a function that transforms each into perfect geometric figures element to be drawn. And, as a novelty this year, Samsung Notes allows you to write directly to PDF files.

Menu dedicated to S Pen functions. Photo: Carol Larrain

If it is removed the stylus with the screen off, the option to take quick notes without unlocking the phone is activated. On the other hand, if you leave with the screen on, your own utility menu automatically opens, including the options to create notes, make a smart selection, design animated messages, draw with AR, and translate text.

Notes can be taken with the screen off. Photo: Carol Larrain

Among other features offered by the S Pen are the famous aerial gestures, which allows you to perform different actions on your smartphone without touching the screen. In total, there are five customizable options. Also, it serves as a remote control to control the camera app. Finally, it comes in Mystic Bronze color, provides up to 24 hours of autonomy and has IP68 resistance.

The S Pen connects to the phone via Bluetooth. Photo: Carol Larrain

Extra features

Samsung DeX

With this new tool from Samsung, we can connect the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to the computer or smart TV for a “desktop view” of the phone interface. Both devices are linked through the same Wi-Fi network and allows you to run all system applications, transfer files and even open games.

Samsung DeX support. Photo: Carol Larrain

Your Phone App

This application, owned by Microsoft, is also used to synchronize the phone with the PC, but it has the particularity that it allows you to make / receive calls, messages and notifications. In addition, it provides direct access to the photos, videos and files stored on the cell phone, as well as the option to mirror the screen to control the applications and the entire interface.

Native compatibility with the Microsoft Your Phone application. Photo: Carol Larrain

Augmented Reality Zone

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is full of functions powered by Augmented Reality, but highlights the Augmented Reality Zone section, which can be accessed from the main menu or from the camera. From here we can create custom emojis of ourselves or other people and use them in videos, photos, stickers and more.

Verdict

The good The bad
– Elegant design.
– Screen size.
– Performance and quality of the photographic system.
– Software performance.
– Versatility of the S Pen.
– Support for wireless charging and reverse charging.
– IP68 water resistance.
– Edge screen causes false touches.
– Slowness of the fingerprint sensor.
– Price.

Unboxing del Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

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