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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra — Best Samsung Phone Ever? 

  • About the New Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Tech Specs
  • Camera
  • Features
  • Durability
  • About the New Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 
  • Tech Specs
  • Camera
  • Features
  • Durability
  • How Is the Note 20 Different From Its Predecessors?
  • Is a Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Right for You?

 Compared to traditional devices, Samsung's Note phones are far larger and more productive, which places them somewhere in the middle of a smartphone and a small tablet. When Galaxy Note first hit the market back in 2011, it was referred to as a sort of "phablet," or "phone tablet," because its size made it more practical for professional applications. Eventually, the display size also made it a great device for avid streamers and mobile gamers as the tech industry expanded over the next decade.

Samsung recently released its Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — a slight deviation from their normal release patterns. Instead of offering the standard "Note 20" and then a slightly larger "Plus" version as they have in the past, the 20 and 20 Ultra are essentially two different devices meant for two different types of consumers. That's not to say they don't share plenty of similarities — they do. But which one is right for you depends on what you need out of your device, and just how powerful a smartphone you want.

Let's review the differences and similarities between these two devices and compare them to others in the Galaxy Note line to see what secures them a place among the top Samsung phones ever made.

Each shell is made out of polycarbonate, rather than only glass, which helps it retain its aesthetic appeal without sacrificing any durability.


About the New Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The first thing you'll notice about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the new selection of beautiful metallic colors you can choose from, including light Mystic Bronze, soft Mystic Green and chic Mystic Gray. Each shell is made out of polycarbonate, rather than only glass, which helps it retain its aesthetic appeal without sacrificing any durability. The result is a smooth device that fits comfortably in your hand but isn't so slick that you have to worry about dropping it.

Tech Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 operates with 8GB of RAM and includes one nano-SIM and 128GB of storage space. It has a large, vivid Always-On display that won't weigh you down when you're on the go. The screen is a flat Infinity-O display with Super AMOLED Plus with HDR10+.

The Galaxy Note 20 dimensions are as follows:

  •  Diagonal display: 6.7 inches  
  •  Height: 6.4 inches  
  •  Thickness: 0.33 inch  
  •  Weight: 0.43 pound  

Most notably, the Galaxy Note 20 offers 5G service, which will undoubtedly become the norm for top-tier cell phones within the next several years because of the increase in speed and power that comes along with it. 5G makes it easier than ever before to connect to wireless devices with seamless performance, with increased responsivity and faster data transfers. This level of performance also means streamers, gamers and augmented reality (AR) users can enjoy virtually interruption-free entertainment. You can even pair your Samsung Note 20 with a connectable Xbox controller and experience what it's like to play your favorite mobile games with superior control and the reliability of a 5G network.

When you pair this 5G power with the Snapdragon 865+ platform, you get a truly remarkable device. Snapdragon 865+ is the globally-supported, 5G-compatible platform from Qualcomm that provides an unbeatable mobile gaming experience, in addition to desktop-forward rendering and better artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities than we've seen in the past.

Worried about all of this power draining your device before you get the chance to enjoy it? Don't be. The Galaxy Note 20 has a 4,300mAh battery with super-fast 25W charging. This means your phone will last the entire day without needing a recharge. When it's time to plug it in, you only need to wait about an hour to reach full charge again.


  •  Single Take
  •  Pro 
  •  Panorama 
  •  Food  

  •  Night
  •  Live Focus 
  •  Slow motion 
  •  Hyperlapse  


Say hello to gorgeous smartphone photography with four different camera lenses, including a 12MP ultra-wide lens, 12MP wide-angle lens and 64MP telephoto lens in the back, and a 10MP selfie lens in the front. In addition to standard photo and video, you can get artistic with more than a dozen camera modes, including:

  •  Single Take: Single Take uses AI to suggest different editing options and post-production formatting so you can choose the best quality picture for your social media channels or professional use.   
  •  Pro: With Pro mode, the power is in your hands to choose your own photo and video ISO, shutter speed, exposure and brightness levels, white balance setting, lighting and filters. You can continue to experiment until you find the perfect look for your content.  
  •  Panorama: Capture a sweeping photo of the entire landscape or city skyline with the panorama feature.   
  •  Food: Food bloggers, social influencers and culinary enthusiasts rejoice — food mode lets you take a professional-grade photo of your latest creation while blurring out the radius surrounding your image.   
  •  Night: Night mode enables you to take colorful, clear images in low-light conditions by enlarging the pixel size. So whether you're taking late-night pictures with your friends, or capturing footage of an early morning sunrise, you can count on your Note to deliver a beautiful picture.   
  •  Live Focus: Live Focus photos and Live Focus videos let you adjust the level of blur in your frame to help your subject stand out clearly and create different effects. Afterward, you can alter your photo by mixing and matching different background blurred objects to create the setting you want. 
  •  Slow Motion: Choose between standard slow motion and Super Slow-Mo — which lets you slow clips down to 960 fps — to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments or create unique content for your social feeds.  
  •  Hyperlapse: Hyperlapse is a back-camera-only feature that lets you create a personalized time-lapse video with your own designated frame rates. You can adjust the speed and set timers to make capturing your subject simple and stress-free. 

With additional features, like automatic flaw detection, shot suggestions and scene optimization, you'll get the perfect picture every time. Shoot impressive, Super Steady 8K videos at 24 fps, 4K UHD videos at 60 fps, 1080p FHD videos at 60 or 120 fps and 720p video at 30 fps. Possibilities are endless with advanced zooming options, including Hybrid Optic Zoom and Super Resolution Zoom, high-resolution zooms that use AI and image sensors to bring you 30x closer to your subject. You also get the Zoom-In Mic, which lets you use the pinching gesture to zoom in and out while recording video, but instead of the audio staying the same, the volume will increase as you get closer to your subject.


The Galaxy Note 20 also gives you access to Bixby, Samsung's version of the digital assistant that has become commonplace in modern phones.


One of the features that distinguishes a Galaxy Note from a standard Galaxy S phone is the addition of the stylus, or S Pen. The stylus enables you to write, sketch, doodle and take quick notes on your device. You can also use it for additional things like navigating applications and using your camera. The Note 20's S Pen is thin, lightweight and Bluetooth-enabled for even better control.

The Galaxy Note 20 also gives you access to Bixby, Samsung's version of the digital assistant that has become commonplace in modern phones. Bixby can help you take control of your device in all the typical assistant ways, like set reminders and schedule calendar events for you, but you can also use additional features for maximum efficiency. Bixby Routines enables your Note to learn your patterns and make recommendations based on your existing routines. For example, if you typically go to bed around 11 p.m., Bixby can learn to automatically lower your blue light and screen brightness around that time each night. Bixby can help you take photos and enable accessibility features. You can even sync your mobile assistant with your other Samsung devices, including Samsung televisions and lights, for a fully integrated home.

The Galaxy Note 20 is ahead of the game, with IP68 water and dust resistance, biometric authentication and Gorilla Glass Victus, the strongest type of Corning Gorilla Glass available for cell phones.

  •  Durability


Most top-quality smartphones loaded with such powerful specs are going to be a significant financial investment. That's why it's important to look for built-in safety and durability features that will protect your phone from spills, drops and falls and keep you safe from online threats and unwanted access.

The Galaxy Note 20 is ahead of the game, with IP68 water and dust resistance, biometric authentication and Gorilla Glass Victus, the strongest type of Corning Gorilla Glass available for cell phones. In one strength test, the screen withstood 11 separate 5-foot, face-down drops and escaped without a scratch. The new Galaxy Notes also come equipped with Samsung Knox, a built-in layered security system that can protect against tampering, data exposure and other dangers.

About the New Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the same smooth, strong polycarbonate body but is available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White. 


Users can expect a bit more storage on the Note 20 Ultra, thanks to its nano-SIM and its MicroSD slot, which holds up to 1TB.

Tech Specs 

Users can expect a bit more storage on the Note 20 Ultra, thanks to its nano-SIM and its MicroSD slot, which holds up to 1TB. Internal storage includes either 512GB or 128GB, each with 12GB of RAM. Instead of a flat display, the 20 Ultra includes an edge Infinity-O display with HDR10+, this time with Dynamic AMOLED 2X, which provides crisp color and theater-like viewing experience.

The Note 20 Ultra is slightly bigger than its base-level counterpart, with these specs:

  • Diagonal display: 6.9 inches 
  • Height: 6.5 inches 
  • Thickness: 0.32 inch 
  • Weight: 0.46 pound 

The Ultra is also 5G compatible and runs on the same Snapdragon 865+ processor, but with more battery capacity at 4,500mAh. Ultra users will also benefit from the same lightning fast, 25W charge as the standard model. 


Note 20 Ultra devices also have four camera lenses, but these ones are slightly more powerful than the set on the Galaxy Note 20. The three lenses on the back are a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 108MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto camera, while the selfie lens in the front is 10MP. Record flawless 8K videos at 24 fps, 4K UHD videos at 60 fps, 1080p videos at 60 and 120 fps and 720p videos at 30 fps. In addition to all the same camera modes, Zoom-In Mic and Super Resolution Zoom, the Note 20 Ultra has higher zooming power — bringing you between five and 50x closer to your subject while remaining stationary. The Note 20 Ultra also comes with an externally located 4Laser AF Sensor for better focus.


The S Pen is slightly thinner at the top than the one that comes with the Note 20 but lets you complete all the same actions, including smart selecting, screen writing, magnifying, AR doodling and live messaging. It will even tidy up your handwriting if it's a little sloppy or hard to read.

You'll also enjoy the same Xbox Game Pass compatibility and connectable controller, which will be extra entertaining when you consider the larger edge display on the Ultra. 

This includes water and dust resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus, biometric authentication and Samsung Knox security.


Because it offers higher-powered specs and a few more features than the standard variation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a higher investment, backed by the same built-in durability features for long-lasting performance. This includes water and dust resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus, biometric authentication and Samsung Knox security. You can also choose from several protective cases, including clear, wallet, LED, S-view flip, Kvadrat and leather variations. 

How Is the Note 20 Different From Its Predecessors? 

Older model Galaxy Notes, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, are still great devices with impressive specs. If you're running on an older model or have never tried a Note before, you don't necessarily need to jump straight into Note 20 ownership — unless you want to. If, on the other hand, you've been waiting to see what else Samsung is capable of and what their new line up could mean for you, these two new releases are excellent additions to an already outstanding collection.

Compared to its predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have: 

  •  Bigger Display: Samsung's newest devices offer larger displays — especially the Note 20 Ultra — that have flatter metal edges and are less curved on the sides than the Note 10 device. This extra screen real estate means you can stream shows, play games and get more work done without constantly zooming or squinting to see. Thanks to the ultra-fine S Pen, you can also write smaller and neater, transforming the screen into a must-have for taking notes and tackling projects.  
  •  New Home for the S Pen: If you're working with an older Note device, expect a slight adjustment period. Instead of being on the bottom right, the S Pen is now located on the left side. Though Samsung hasn't released a statement regarding why the sudden change, some speculate it's due to the increased size and number of the camera lenses on the back. Either way, it shouldn't take you long to relearn — and if this is your first Galaxy Note device, you'll never know the difference.  
  •  Automatic 5G: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was 5G capable, but users had the option between a 5G and a standard LTE plan. With the Galaxy Note 20, you are limited to the 5G variation. This way, you know you can expect unbeatable performance from whichever device you choose, regardless of your servicer or plan.  
  •  No Headphone Jack: Samsung enthusiasts and smartphone users across the board are getting familiar with the lack of a headphone jack in new devices, and the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are no exception. One thing that some may find surprising, however, is that Samsung does not include a set of earbuds or a headphone adapter box with these two new releases. In an age where most smartphone users already have a set of wireless headphones, this is a great way to minimize waste and keep costs as low as possible.   

You can pair the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra with several accessories to enhance your experience, including the Galaxy Watch3, Galaxy Buds Live, the Moega XP5-X controller for the Xbox and wireless chargers. 

Is a Galaxy Note 20
or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Right for You?

Rely on smartphone photography
Do a lot of mobile gaming
Need a reliable battery
Want the latest technology
Are seeking maximum productivity

This includes water and dust resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus, biometric authentication and Samsung Knox security.

Is a Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Right for You? 

These devices are the perfect smartphone solution for students, professionals, social media gurus, content creators and families who want an easier way to stay connected across long distances. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are a great fit for you if you: 

  •  Relay on Smartphone Photography: With four powerful lenses that offer four different types of photography capabilities — not to mention the variety of fun modes and remarkable 8K video function — the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are undeniably some of the best photographic choices on the market.
  •  Do A Lot Of Mobile Gaming: Experience mobile gaming like never before with Xbox integration, an attachable console controller and the optimization of the Snapdragon 865+ platform. If you're seeking total immersion, the 5G connectivity, larger display screens and unbeatable picture quality will get you there.
  •  Need A Reliable Battery: If you're tired of sacrificing battery life for top-notch performance, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have a battery life that will last you through the day and into the night, with super-fast charging. You can also pair it with a wireless charger for cord-free convenience.   
  •  Want The Latest Technology: When you combine the 5G connectivity, the latest Snapdragon processor and the brand new Gorilla Glass Victus for smartphones, you get a device that is a testament to modern innovation. If you want the latest, greatest and best performing tech available, invest in one of these devices — you won't be disappointed. Because it's so durable, you can also expect to enjoy these features long-term, or until you're ready for your next upgrade without any physical or performance deterioration.    
  •  Are Seeking Maximum Productivity: In addition to portability and easy viewing thanks to the display screen, you also get the S Pen and Bixby assistance to help you power through work, school or side projects.    

When it comes to choosing between the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, both are top-of-the-line selections, with long-lasting batteries, unique entertainment features and sleek designs. Each is available in stunning colors, including the new Mystic Bronze, which is an option for either model. The Ultra is better suited for those who want as much power and performance as possible, including more capable camera lenses. If you're fine without the added bells and whistles, the Note 20 is still a superior device with impressive specs and a slightly smaller profile for easier handling. 

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