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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G means business

by on02 December 2020

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The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes in a neat looking black box and it is available in three color choices, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White. Our sample came in Mystic Black, which looks nice, but it is a fingerprint magnet.

Packaging includes the smartphone, a 25W charger, USB-C cable, in-ear USB-C headphones by AKG, and several earbud tips, all neatly arranged in the box.

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When it comes to design, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is exceptional, as it does not follow certain smartphone design trends with rounded corners, and that is a good thing in our book. It looks more like a Note10+ and does not follow the design trend seen with the Galaxy S20 series. Both the front and the back glass panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and it is built with a metal mid-frame.

You’ll get the curved screen design with flat edges on the top and the bottom of the phone. It also got a big camera hump at the back, featuring three main sensors. The front is clean with a single center-placed punch-hole for the front camera, and this time around, the bezels are much slimmer, at least compared to older Note series smartphones.

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There is not much to see, the sides are clean, with small power and volume buttons, and you get the card tray at the top and USB-C port, loudspeaker, microphone, and the S Pen at the bottom. The S Pen is now located on the right side, which might sound a bit weird to those that used earlier Note smartphones.

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Bear in mind, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is a big smartphone, and one might argue that it is a bit too big, measuring at 164.8x77.2x8.1mm and weighing in at 208g. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is incredibly thin, thinner than some other smartphones on the market in the similar market segment, as well as very light, which is an impressive feat considering its sheer size and battery capacity.

On the other hand, you get a lot of screen real-estate with a gorgeous 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with 3088x1400 resolution. As noted, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and it supports Always-On, HDR10+, and 120Hz. Bear in mind that 120Hz, or the so-called Adaptive Mode, will drop the resolution down to 1080p, while at 1440p, you’ll only get 60Hz.

The screen is one of the best we have seen so far, and 120Hz refresh rate, paired up with 240Hz touch sampling adds up to an incredible experience. It is also one of the brightest screens we have seen so far, and while we do not have the necessary equipment to do any serious testing, we believe it would score quite well in those tests. Samsung rates the screen at 1500nits,  which we doubt, but both colors, contrast, and brightness are impressive, which is what we would expect from an AMOLED panel.

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