Our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Our first impressions of the samsung galaxy Note 20 Ultra

One more year Samsung attends its unpacked appointment to present us with the most advanced mobile: its Note. And we speak in the plural because there are again several models. On this occasion we have been able to get closer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But it is the latter, the older brother, who has caught our attention.

As you may already know, the Samsung Note family is the one that focuses on the professional field. Bring the most powerful and advanced Samsung. Although the most important thing is that it has accustomed us to the presence of S Pen. A pencil that can practically work magic when it comes to taking notes, editing documents, drawing or even operating the mobile from a distance. Well, now this mobile is also focused on leisure and can be used to play Xbox titles. But we better tell you step by step all its news. That they are not few.

Data sheet

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
screen 6.7 inches with Super AMOLED Plus technology, 20: 9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and FHD + / 2400 x 1080 pixels, 393 ppi resolution. Refresh rate of 60Hz. 6.9 inches with Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology, 19.5: 9 format, Corning Gorilla Glass 7 protection and WQHD / 3200 x 1440 pixels resolution, 508 ppi. Refresh rate of 120Hz. Lateral curves.
Main camera – 12 megapixel (2PD) main sensor with angular lens and f / 1.8 focal aperture and 1 / 1.72 inch size with OIS
– Secondary sensor with 12 megapixel ultra wide angle lens and f / 2.2 focal aperture with size 1 / 2.55 inches 1.4 microns
– Tertiary sensor with 64 megapixel telephoto lens and f / 2.0 focal aperture with 3X optical zoom and size 1 / 1.72 inches.
– Main sensor 108 megapixels with wide lens and focal aperture f / 1.8 with OIS and size 1 / 2.3 inches.
– Secondary sensor with 12 megapixel ultra wide angle lens and f / 2.2 focal aperture with size 1 / 2.55 inches 1.4 microns
– Tertiary sensor with 12 megapixel periscope telephoto lens and f / 3.0 focal aperture with 5x optical magnification (up to 50x digital)
– Depth sensor and laser focus.
Camera passes selfies 10 megapixel (2PD) main sensor and f / 2.2 focal aperture with angular lens 10 megapixel main sensor (2PD) and focal aperture f / 2.2 with wide lens
Internal memory 256 GB 256 or 512 GB
Extension Not Via micro SD cards up to 1TB
Processor and RAM Exynos 990
8 GB of RAM
Exynos 990
8 or 12 GB of RAM
Battery 4,300 mAh with 25 W fast charge 4,500 mAh with 25 W fast charge
Operating system Android 10 under TouchWiz Android 10 under TouchWiz
Connections 5G LTE, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and USB Type-C 5G LTE, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and USB Type-C
Design Colors: gray, green and copper with Gorilla Glass 6 protection and IP68 certification Colors: black, white and copper with Gorilla Glass 7 protection and IP68 certification
Dimensions 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 millimeters and weight of 198 gr 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 millimeters and weight of 208 gr
Featured Features More gestures with the S Pen, improved notes app, text straightening, wireless Dex, PDF import and editing, Xbox Game Pass support, professional video recording, Enhanced S Pen with 9ms latency, more S Pen gestures, improved notes app, text straightening, wireless Dex, PDF import and edit, Xbox Game Pass support, professional video recording
Release date
Price From 949 euros From 1299 euros

New design and new colors

The evolution of the Note family is palpable in this 20th edition compared to last year’s Note 10. For several reasons. One of them that may go unnoticed at first is the change of side of the stylus or S Pen. The pen is now in a cavity in the left part of the mobile, and not on the right. A change that also has to do with the arrangement of buttons on the terminal, which have changed sides to make the user experience comfortable.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Note 20 colors

Finishes, colors and protection also change. At least in some model. Although the gradient color of the Note 10 seemed particularly successful, Samsung has opted for a bronze tone as the key color for the Note 20. And it is simply univocal. They have found a colorful, attractive tone that maintains the elegant sense of this family and which makes it unmistakable before the rest of the terminals. This bronze tone will also be present in other devices presented together with the Note 20 such as the new Galaxy Buds Live, trying to create a very characteristic plot line of color. In the case of the Note 20 Ultra version, there are also black and white finishes. And in the Note 20 they are a little more risky with a gray tone and a very attractive green that breaks a bit with that formal image of this family.

But not only does the color change, the capsule for the cameras seems to have prevailed in the Note family too. Instead of displaying the lenses individually on the rear, they are all mounted on a plate that protrudes well from the body. In true iPhone 11 Pro style, repeating what was seen in the S20, but with a more aesthetic, simple and elegant style. This plate plays with the color of the model but in a darker tone. It is elegant and very Premium both in terms of finish and color. In addition, the finish tries to end the traces of the glass, and it seems that it succeeds quite successfully. But it will have to be tested for several days.

samsung galaxy note 20

By the way, both models have IP68 protection, but only the Note 20 Ultra is protected with the version Gorilla Glass 7 by Corning. A standard that ensures protection against scratches and breaks above what is already common.

On the front, the selfie camera remains perforated on the screen. And the lines are straight but with rounded corners. The sensations in the hand are of Premium mobile, something that Samsung has already accustomed us to. And although the weight of the ultra version goes up to more than 200 gramsIt does not feel heavy in the hand, but balanced.

What happened to the Note 20 screen

A theme that will raise blisters related to design is that of screen. Here Samsung has decided that its most advanced mobile is not so advanced. Or at least it has made the Note 20 Ultra stand out a lot more than the standard Note 20. Firstly, because the Note 20 Ultra has a larger screen, 6.9 inches, but with better technology, Dynamic AMOLED and rounded finishes on the sides. And not only that, its resolution is 2K with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It also has almost non-existent edges and a more quadrangular design, with less rounded corners.

The funny thing is that the Note 20 is far behind its older brother. Its resolution is FullHD + and its maximum refresh rate is 60Hz. It is a smaller and completely flat Super AMOLED panel. Elements that, together with frames much thicker than those of his brother, they subtract quality and premium touch to a terminal that costs almost 1,000 euros. A degradation that will make more than one user have doubts whether to opt for the cheapest and highest quality model of the S20 family or this Note 20.

The S Pen: the star of this model

But the protagonist of the Galaxy Note family cannot be other than the S Pen. A pencil or optical pointer that accompanies these mobiles from the first edition and that is the basis of the sense of productivity of this mobile. Because it allows you to take notes, draw, write, and also control your mobile. But now it gains new functionalities. And what is better: finally it has an application of notes to match packed with really useful functions for meetings, classes, notes, and work in general.

S Pen

Of course, we must speak of an important technical differentiation. Although Samsung has reduced the latency or response time of the screen to contact with the S Pen in the entire Note 20 family compared to the Note 10, it is the Ultra version that takes the cake. And it is that here they have gone from a latency of 42 ms to one of only 9 ms, 80% less. In Note 20 the reduction is 40%. In both cases, writing is agile and practically instantaneous, which makes the experience more natural and agile. It thus approaches the same experience of pencil and paper, except with other materials.

Samsung Note 20 phones

By the way, this pencil acts as a magic wand to control the mobile from the Note 10, but now it gains in possibilities. There are five new gestures to simple controls that already existed. Just press the pencil button and curve up, down, left, or right. Or zigzag to open applications of your choice. All this configurable so that you can not only move around the mobile without touching it, but even perform actions within applications. A more extended control that can be practical in certain situations when you do not have your hand available to touch the screen, for example.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Notes, documents, writing and more very useful things

However, the interesting thing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra is what can now be done with the S Pen thanks to its notes application. And now there is a function capable of straightening all your texts so that they are framed on the screen. If you write a note diagonally because it is more comfortable you will not have to rotate it manually not read it crookedly. At the touch of a button, the application recognizes the text and turns it to fit the screen format. It seems like a work of magic, but it is especially useful if you want to organize your notes to read them comfortably or not to lose space on the screen.


Audio and note recording function

Even more surprising is being able to record an audio of a meeting in the notes application and pointing to any key. So when we review these notes and we click on some of these keys the reproduction of the recording also travels to that point. That is, you can review the notes and when they were heard at the same time without wasting time going through the recording over and over again.

This note app is now really useful for this and other functions. Some so basic that it is surprising they weren’t already there. For example the ability to sort everything by folders. As if it were a computer. You can open as many folders as you like. And others within them. So you can save the notes in an orderly way in each place, without having a hodgepodge or notebooks full of notes. By the way, just as basic but much more useful is that now the notes do not have an infinite format, but are separated by sheets, as in Word documents, for example. In this way they can be ordered and exported to print or create PDF documents without the texts and notes being cut off in the page breaks. You will know at all times where a note-page begins and where it ends so as not to suffer from this problem.

Samsung Microsoft

By the way, you can also edit PDF files without limitation. If you want to mark, point, add a text or another element to a PDF that has been mailed to you, for example, you can. Once you have retouched the document you just have to save the edition and that’s it. Nothing to use third party applications.

In addition there is a system to keep all your notes synchronized through your computer, tablet and mobile thanks to Outlook. A work that they are carrying out in collaboration with Microsoft and that will still take a few months to reach users.

Improved writing

Along with these productivity tools associated with the S Pen there are other very useful functions in the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. One of them is the new version of Samsung dex, the desktop tool that allows us to use our mobile phones as a computer by connecting it to a monitor or television. And it is now completely wireless. Just press the notification menu button and link the mobile to the screen. It is fast, practical and you can continue using the mobile as a pointer to move through documents and work in a computer format but without carrying your computer.

Samsung dex

Samsung dex

Updated power to work and play

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra come with the same Exynos 990 processor from the house itself. A brain with a speed of 2.7 GHz in which the capabilities of 5G connectivity, which is what sets the standard. The funny thing is that the Note 20 model only includes 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity. We have to go to the Note 20 Ultra version to find models of 12GB or up to 512GB of storage. By the way, in this older brother you can have even more memory thanks to cards up to 1TB capacity. Of course, to have the highest figures we have to go to the most expensive model. And this can lose interest in the Note 20 base version, which faces the same processor but with 12GB of RAM from the Samsung Galaxy S20, but for less money. Although without 5G and without S Pen, of course.


New standards like the WiFi 6 or Bluetooth 5. Elements that can not be left out since Samsung has approached positions with Microsoft in more than productivity. There is also the possibility of using this Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra to play Xbox Game Pass. That is, the video game service on demand, in true Netflix style, but with the titles developed for different versions of the Microsoft console. With the purchase of this mobile you will have three months of free service, and you can play without latency and in full resolution thanks to WiFi 6 or even 5G, if your operator offers this service, of course.

Cameras, lots of zoom, and great video recording mode

We cannot make an analysis of our brief encounter with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. What we can tell you is that here there are also differences between the cameras that carry one and the other model. The most notable is in the change of sensor of the main camera. In the Note 20 series it comes with a 12 megapixel sensor and aperture f / 1.8. But if we make the jump to the Note 20 Ultra we find the already rumored 108 megapixel sensor, with the same aperture and optical stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra cameras

Note 20 Ultra sensors

Nor do they coincide on the telephoto lens. The Note 20 is left with a 64 megapixel sensor capable of offering a 3x optical zoom. But if you want to spy on your mobile, you have to go to the Note 20 Ultra with its periscope technology and its 12 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom. But that is capable of increasing up to 50x digitally.

What they do agree on is the second 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens to capture more space. Also in the camera for selfies, which stays at 10 megapixels with f / 2.2 aperture.

Now, the news that we liked the most have to do with the professional video recording mode. Here the possibilities have been expanded so that these Note 20 are also tools to record all kinds of content. On the one hand, the image allows recording of up to 120 frames per second. In addition, tools such as progressive zoom have been implemented to control this option with different speeds and thus achieve more professional results. On the other hand there is the issue of sound. Now Samsung allows us to choose if we want to save the sound in front of the camera (in case we record a vlog), the one behind (if it is an interview), or all around. Issues that can help content creators. Although for them the most satisfactory will be to be able to connect their microphone via USB type C to record the audio with all quality.

Professional video options

Prepare your pocket if you want to buy this mobile

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 are around and exceed 1,000 euros. A trend that does not seem to end. As we said at the beginning of these prints, there are different colors for the Note 20 (green, gray and bronze) and the Note 20 Ultra (white, black and bronze). The base model of Note 20 reaches the market for 950 euros, Meanwhile he Note 20 Ultra rises to 1,300 euros in its model of 12 GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

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