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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra!

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Excellence Score
85.8
95.5
Value for Money Score
54.1
57.9
Price ₹ 75,999 onwards ₹ 104,998 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1440x3088 pixels (~ 494 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 8 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 12MP + 12MP 108MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.76" Sensor Size; 1.8um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto Camera; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide Lens; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], HDR10+, Stereo sound rec., EIS, OIS 108MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.33" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Laser AF; OIS, 12MP: f/3.0 Aperture; 103mm Focal Length; Periscope Telephoto; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 5x Optical Zoom; 50x Hybrid Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide Lens; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], HDR10+, Stereo sound rec., EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 10MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 192 gmHeavy 208 gmHeavy
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); 15W Fast Wireless Charging; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; UFS 3.1 Storage; 9W Reverse wireless charging; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay In-display Fingerprint Sensor; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); 15W Fast Wireless Charging; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; UFS 3.1 Storage; 9W Reverse wireless charging; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks iconic and stunning - not only is this the most premium smartphone design ever by Samsung but is also one of the most cohesive implementations around - the Mystic Bronze colour exudes class
  • The front looks striking as well with a center punch hole front camera and nearly bezel-less display
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Gorgeous 6.64-inch Dynamic AMOLED display - the OLED panel offers great color and contrast, and images really pop on the screen
  • Running the Galaxy Note Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.5 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well-thought-out experiences
  • The Note 20 houses the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ - apps open quickly, scavenging through files is swift and multi-tasking is a breeze, it is a top-tier experience
  • The Note 20 boasts an very good triple camera system at the back - the standard lens is a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra-wide-angle 12MP camera, and an optical telephoto 64MP camera
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - Samsung's mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the Note 20)
  • The Galaxy Note 20's 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the Note 20 is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode
  • The Galaxy Note 20 has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - it captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • One of the biggest reasons to consider dropping so much cash on a phone has to be the S-Pen experience - the main upgrade is the new reduced input latency of just 18ms, sketching, annotating, signing documents, or taking down notes feels more responsive - apart from the usual slew of features new additions include gestures to navigate through the interface (back, home, recents, screenshot) without having to be near the phone
  • Looks iconic and stunning - not only is this the most premium smartphone design ever by Samsung but is also one of the most cohesive implementations around - it feels like a solid, reassuring block of glass and metal with ample heft, the Mystic Bronze colour exudes class
  • The front looks striking as well with a center punch hole front camera and nearly bezel-less display
  • Incredible build quality - the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the front and back is the most advanced scratch protection component available on any phone currently
  • The S-Pen can be inserted facing up or down, and won't damage the phone if unlike in other models
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Amazingly gorgeous 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with curved edges - the colours, dynamic range, max brightness, and contrast are best in class
  • The 120Hz refresh rate is impressively smooth which gives the content on the screen amazing fluidity (though, you still can't max out the refresh rate and resolution at the same time)
  • Running the Galaxy Note Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.5 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well-thought-out experiences
  • The Note 20 Ultra houses the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ - apps open quickly, scavenging through files is swift and multi-tasking is a breeze, it is a top-tier experience
  • The Note 20 Ultra boasts an impressive quad-camera system at the back - the standard lens boasts a 108MP sensor, joined by an ultra-wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical periscope telephoto 12MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The images from the main module are amazing, with ample detail, dynamic range, and colour accuracy - almost universally appealing, with a bit of warmth and saturation, added to the not so enthusiastic real world's rendition - you can opt to shoot the full 108MP at any time, the full resolution shots are indeed impressive in their detail and the noise levels are class-leading
  • The ultra-wide cam offers similar colour performance to the main module - it also does admirably at fitting the inevitably wide scenes into a single shot, details are decent too
  • The periscope telephoto is the star of the show - 5x zoom setting the Note20 Ultra takes sharp pictures, sharper than the S20 Ultra's at 5x - surprisingly the 12MP images are almost always sharper at any zoom level than the S20 Ultra's 48MP sensor
  • The Note20 Ultra builds on the S20 Ultra's already great low-light performance and delivers even better image quality at night with improvements across the board - dynamic range is wider, colour saturation is even better preserved, and there's finer detail - Fire up Night mode and it will deliver improved development in the dark areas and better-contained highlights with less haloing around light sources - the usual stuff, done right
  • The Note20 Ultra's portrait mode (Live Focus) delivers spectacular subject isolation even with complex subjects, easily better than the S20 Ultra, possibly the best in the market - bokeh rendition is also very nice
  • The front camera is truly a treat as pictures taken any time is simply amazing - Live focus mode on the selfie cam is very good (though, isn't quite as capable as it is on the main one)
  • Apart from being able to record videos up to 8K, the Super Steady toggle and the Slo-mo features are fun to play with
  • Overall, these are the best of best cameras available in the market competing with the likes of Pixels and iPhones in their own way
  • One of the biggest reasons to consider dropping so much cash on a phone has to be the S-Pen experience - the main upgrade is the new reduced input latency of just 9ms, sketching, annotating, signing documents, or taking down notes feels more responsive - apart from the usual slew of features new additions include gestures to navigate through the interface (back, home, recents, screenshot) without having to be near the phone
  • Decent battery life from the 4500mAh cell - with the regular use the Note20 Ultra can last a day, but you'd need to refuel it by the evening
  • The Note20 Ultra is the most complete Galaxy and very likely the most complete smartphone you can buy right now - if your latest bank statement signs off on it, so do we
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The "Glasstic" back for a phone at this price feels cheap
  • The 208g weight is mostly on the higher side and one-handed usage isn't easy at all
  • The Note 20 has a ‘standard’ 60Hz refresh rate and for a phone at this price, it is unacceptable to not have higher refresh rate
  • The Note 20 also misses out on the Higher resolution screen, which is common for this price
  • For its price, the Exynos 990 isn't the best of the best, the Qualcomm's flagship chips are a step ahead and you see the performance lag when running intensive games or apps
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • Average battery life from the 4300mAh cell - with the regular use the Note20 would last till evening and you might need to recharge it between the day
  • The 25W Fast charging is a downgrade from last year's Note 10 Plus' 45W fast charging - it takes the bundled 25W charger about 80 minutes to fill up the phone completely, a lot behind the competition as other players are offering up to 65W fast charging which is much faster
  • The Galaxy Note 20 is not a bad phone, but it does lack almost all of the wow factor features you might expect from a premium phone in 2020 - there's no high refresh rate or high resolution display, battery doesn't last a whole day, fast charging isn't the fastest
  • The 208g weight is mostly on the higher side and one-handed usage isn't easy at all
  • The camera bump feels huge, it is smaller than the S20 Ultra but the slimmer frame makes it stand out more on the Note 20 Ultra
  • The Note 20 Ultra takes the crown for the worst palm-rejection on any curved display due to its huge size
  • For its price, the Exynos 990 isn't the best of the best, the Qualcomm's flagship chips are a step ahead and you see the performance lag when running intensive games or apps
  • The 25W Fast charging is a downgrade from last year's Note 10 Plus' 45W fast charging - it takes the bundled 25W charger about 80 minutes to fill up the phone completely, a lot behind the competition as other players are offering up to 65W fast charging which is much faster
  • The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is not twice as good a smartphone as the competition that you can find for half its price - there are phones like OnePlus 8 Pro that gives you 90% of the experience at 60% of the price
Expert Reviews
  1. Plastic jewellery
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung has made more compromises here than it did with the drop down from the Galaxy S20 Ultra to the Galaxy S20, which makes the Note 20 overpriced
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy Note 20 is infused with just enough Samsung pedigree to be worth consideration but is ultimately dragged down by a laundry list of compromises and an indefensibly high price tag
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Despite a number of hardware compromises compared to the Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 20 is a surprisingly great phone with versatile cameras
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The Note20 Ultra is the most complete Galaxy and very likely the most complete smartphone you can buy right now
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 20 Ultra is the finest phone that Samsung has ever made, it scores high with its class-leading display, craftsmanship and audio immersion - the functionality enabled by the S-Pen and the entire suite of productivity apps put it in a league of its
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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