Samsung has finally taken the lid off its 2020 line of Galaxy Note devices. There’s spec behemoth Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and then there’s the slightly more cost effective Galaxy Note 20. Sorry for the wording, but there’s a lot to unpack here.
These are the first phones with support for Xbox cloud games and they have received some serious security upgrades. But of course there is much more to them than the headlining features, so let’s take a closer look at all the wonderful details.
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Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will retain all the upgrades Samsung gave the Galaxy S20, including the 120 Hz screen and a larger battery. But they refined them, improved the autofocus on the 108 MP camera, the screen to the body ratio and several others. It is one of the first phones to support Xbox cloud games, so you can play over 100 Xbox games on your phone.
- Announcement date: 5 August 2020
- Pre-order: August 6, 2020
- Release Date: 21 August 2020
Only the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a microSD slot. Both will use the UFS 3.1 storage standard and F2FS file system.
- Storage available: 128 GB / 256 GB (Galaxy Note 20) or 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Expandable storage: no (Galaxy Note 20) or yes (up to 2 TB microSD) (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Standard: UFS 3.1
Price for everything
- Starting at $ 999 (Galaxy Note 20) or $ 1,299 (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
The speaker and S Pen are in new places, on opposite sides of where they were on the note 10. The S Pen is the same size as its predecessor, but depending on the model you get, you will have a very different experience. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra reduces the input latency from 42 ms to 9 ms. Galaxy Note 20 only reduces it to 28 ms, which is still better than last year.
- Frame: aluminum
- End: mysterious gray, mysterious bronze, mysterious green (Galaxy Note 20), mysterious black, mysterious bronze, mysterious white (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
The Galaxy Note 20 is about the same size as the Galaxy S20 +, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is actually smaller than the S20 Ultra.
- Height: 6.36 inches (Galaxy Note 20), 6.49 inches (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Width: 2.96 inches (Galaxy Note 20), 3.04 inches (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Depth: 0.33 inches (Galaxy Note 20), 0.32 inches (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Weight: 6.84 oz (Galaxy Note 20), 7.34 oz (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Dust / water resistance: IP68 according to IEC standard 60529 (1.5 m up to 30 min)
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile
- Infrared blaster: No
Galaxy Note 20 has the latest version of Samsung’s One UI, 2.5. In this you get some features including the new movie image mode of 24 fps for video, audio source control, wireless DeX and much more. The biggest change compared to One UI 2.0 is the ability to use Android 10’s gestures from third-party launches, apply the official fix instead of using the solution.
Like the Galaxy S20 series, the Note 20 Ultra’s 120 Hz refresh rate is limited to 1080p resolution. This is also a customizable refresh rate, which means that it will be dynamically adjusted between 60 Hz and 120 Hz depending on the app’s running, current battery life and heat.
The screen-to-body ratio is slightly better than the Galaxy S20 Ultra while maintaining the same screen. The maximum brightness is also 20% higher at 1,500 nits. For those who dislike the curved screen, the Galaxy Note 20 uses a flat screen.
- Screen size: 6.7 inches (Galaxy Note 20), 6.9 inches (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Screen resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels (Galaxy Note 20), 3088 x 1440 pixels (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Total pixels: 2,592,000 pixels (Galaxy Note 20), 4,446,720 pixels (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Pixel density: 393 ppi (Galaxy Note 20), 496 ppi (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Display Type: Dynamic AMOLED 2X
- Bend: yes, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Notch: No
- HDR: yes, HDR10 +
- The screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect Ratio: 20: 9 (Galaxy Note 20), 19.3: 9 (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: 1500 nits (Note 20 Ultra)
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch sensing) (Galaxy Note 20), 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch sensing) (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Color Temperature: Unknown
- Color Spectrum: Unknown
All variants of the Galaxy Note 20 have 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, while the Galaxy 20 Ultra upgrades it to 12 GB. Both phones will use the latest chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 865+. This is the same SoC as the Galaxy S20 but with 11% clock speed increases on the highest core.
- Memory: 8 GB (Galaxy Note 20), 12 GB RAM (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
- Chip Size: 7 nanometers
- CPU frequency: 3.1 GHz + 2.42 GHz + 1.80 GHz)
- CPU cores: 4 gold + 4 silver
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 656 MHz
Both phones support Super Fast Charging with a 25 W charger in the box. Both phones support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wireless PowerShare for 5 W reverse wireless charging.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
- Capacity: 4,300 mAh, 3.85 volts (16.56 watt hours) (Galaxy Note 20), 4500 mAh, 3.86 volts (17.37 watt hours) (Galaxy Note 20)
- Wired charging: yes, Super Fast Charge (25 W)
- Wireless charging: yes, fast wireless charging 2.0 (15 W)
- Reverse wireless charging: yes, PowerShare
- Resolution: 10 MP
- Opening: ƒ / 2.2
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, the screen flash
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- RAW support: yes
- Object Detection: yes
- format: JPEG, RAW
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra replaces the ToF sensor on the Galaxy S20 Ultra for a laser autofocus, and virtually eliminates all focusing problems that plague the other Ultra phone. There is also no ToF sensor in the Galaxy Note 20. In addition, the space zoom on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is limited to 50x, instead of the 100x found in the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
- Resolution: 12 MP, 64 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultrawide) (Galaxy Note 20), 108 MP (12 MP when using pixel binding), 12 MP (ultra wide), 12 MP (telephoto), (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra) )
- Sensor size: 1.8 um, 0.8 um (telephoto), 1.4 um (ultra-wide) (Galaxy Note 20), 0.8 / 2.4 um (primary), 1.4 um (ultra-wide), 1.0 um (telephoto) (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Image size: 1 / 1.76 “(note 20 – primary), 1 / 1,33” (note 20 ultra-primary)
- Opening: f / 1.8, f / 2.0 (telephoto), f / 2.2 (ultrawide) (Galaxy Note 20), f / 1.8 (primary), f / 2.2 (ultra wide), f / 3.0 (telephoto) (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra) )
- Zoom: 3x optical, 30x digital (Galaxy Note 20), 10x optical, 50x digital (Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
- Flash: High CRI LED
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS (primary)
- RAW support: yes
- Lens Cap: sapphire crystal
- Object Detection: yes, food, faces
- format: JPEG, RAW
Video recording is the same as the Galaxy S20 series and includes the new Video Pro mode and 8K 24 fps maximum video recording. They have also added a 24 fps video recording to 4K and 1080p for more cinematic video. Video Pro mode adds microphone controls, so you can adjust the direction of audio recording.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K and 8K
- Max frame rate: 720p at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 8K at 24 fps
- Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 4K at 120 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- photos: yes, 33 MP still images during 8K recording
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash Access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS
- Object Detection: Unknown
- autofocus: tracking
- Audio: stereo
- format: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
Dual Audio is available on both devices, so you can stream audio to wireless speakers or headphones at the same time. The speakers are calibrated by AKG, as are the USB-C headphones. High quality audio playback is available, up to 32-bit PCM and DSD64 / 128.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: No
- Stereo speakers: yes, top firing and bottom firing
- Mics: Unknown
- Maximum speaker volume: Unknown
- sensors: Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Galaxy Note 20 once again supports dual-frequency GNSS.
- GPS: yes, L1 + L5
- aGPS: yes
- GLONASS: yes, L1
- Beidou: yes, B1
- Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
- QZSS: No
Both Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra support 5G in both Sub 6 GHz and mmWave ranges. We currently do not know exactly which bands they will be working with, but we expect the same wide coverage as the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Note 20 Ultra adds ultra-broadband (UWB) to improve the proportion of nearby. By pointing your phone in the direction of another UWB-equipped Galaxy device, the phone lists that person higher on the stock sheet.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (Wi-Fi 6)
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- NFC: yes
- Mobile: nano-SIM, eSIM
- Port: USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
In an interview with GregglesTV, Ross Young confirmed that both phones are expected to use the second-generation ultrasound fingerprint scanner called 3D Sonic Max. The sensor is 17 times larger than the previous version and can read two fingerprints at the same time. It can also determine the material of the object with which it interacts, which should improve accuracy. This reduces the risk of false positives at the same level as Apple’s Face ID.
The other possible significant upgrade is to the dedicated security chip, Secure Element (S3K250AF), which Samsung debuted in the Galaxy S20 series. The Notes 20 and 20 Ultra are rumored to be equipped with the second generation, the S3FV9RR, although we have not confirmed this yet. This chip received the highest security certification of a mobile component, contains twice the storage space and supports device authorization. Samsung Knox comes on board with all its protection.
- Fingerprint reader: yes, in the display (3D Sonic Max)
- Face Scanner: yes
- Iris Scanner: No
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
- Dedicated security chip: yes, Secure Element (S3FV9RR)
Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra should come with the same accessories and paperwork as the Galaxy S20, including 25 W Super Fast Charging adapter, USB-C cable and AKG-tuned earbuds with USB-C connector. Both devices will probably have a screen protector previously applied.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra
- Data Cable
- Travel adapter
- Ejection Pin
- Headphones sound by AKG
- Quick Start guide
- Clear protective film
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