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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G means business

by on02 December 2020

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Our review sample, of course, came from Europe so it was based on the Exynos 990 SoC, so you get an octa-core CPU part with two Mongoose M5 cores at 2.73GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores at 2.5GHz, and two Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. It also features Mali-G77 MP11 GPU. The Exynos 990 is a great SoC, based on the 7nm+ manufacturing process and holds its ground against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ quite well.

As noted, the performance of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G with Exynos 990 should be similar to the Snapdragon 865+, just slightly slower, which is something that you might not notice in any normal usage.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with 12GB of RAM and either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal UFS 3.0 storage.

In GeekBench 5.1, you’ll get around 880 points for single-core and around 2600 points in multi-core benchmark. In Antutu 8, the score hits 508654 points.

The Mali-G77 MP11 GPU does well also as in the GFX 3.1 Manhattan test, you are looking at around 80 in 1080p offscreen test and 75 in the onscreen test. The 3DMark SSE churns out a score of 6532 in OpenGL ES 3.1 test at 1440p and 6223 points in Vulkan 1440p test.

When pushed too hard, the Note20 Ultra 5G does heat up a lot and we observed a significant thermal throttling as well, so you might get a lower score eventually, but these are average scores that you’ll get in normal benchmarking.

The  Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with a 4,500mAh battery, which, although a bit smaller than on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, still has enough power to keep the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G alive for almost two days, on normal usage at least, which is a good thing in our book.

Bear in mind that the 120Hz Adaptive Refresh could lower the battery life, although Samsung’s take is that it would extend it as it adapts to the usage. We tried it out and got a bit shorter battery life with 120Hz.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G does not come with 45W charging support, but the 25W adapter is pretty good as well, charging it from zero to full in about 1:30h. It can give you around 40-ish percent charge in a half an hour.

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The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G also supports Fast Wireless Charging, with up to 15W, and can charge other phones (reverse charging) with 4.5W, which should be enough.

It is worth noting that the Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader or facial recognition as two security options. While some note that the reader is not that precise, we had no trouble with it, whatsoever. Everything worked flawlessly, both the fingerprint reader and facial recognition. 

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