Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra: All You Need to Know

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Samsung held one of its more anticipated product launch events in recent times, – Galaxy Unpacked – yesterday August 5. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was held virtually and Samsung unveiled a number of new products. key among them, new devices from the Galaxy Note series

True to the company’s precedence set with the Note 10 last year, this year we get not one, but two new Samsung Galaxy Note devices – a base model Galaxy Note 20 and a beefy, and somewhat overkill, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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So what do these two devices bring to the market? Well, in this post we shall quickly run through the key specifications and highlighting features of these two devices. Since the Note 20 looks like a watered-down version of the Note 20 Ultra, let’s begin with the beefy one.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra packs the latest bells and whistles that Samsung has to offer. It sports a massive 6.9-inch 1440p OLED display with curved edges and minimal bezels. The display maxes out at a battery-smooth 120Hz and has a small hole punch that houses the selfie shooter.

On the camera front, it packs a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP Ultra-wide sensor, and a 12MP periscope telephoto lens with a dedicated Laser Autofocus sensor. Here are more specs.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Dimensions & Weight164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm
213g
Display6.9-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
3088 x 1440
Curved display
120Hz refresh rate
Adaptive refresh rate support
HDR10+ support
Gorilla Glass 7/Victus
Infinity-O Display
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, or
Exynos 990
RAM & Storage12GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
12GB + 512GB
Dedicated microSD card slot for expansion up to 1TB
Battery & Charging4,500mAh
25W wired fast charging support
15W wireless charging support
Reverse wireless charging support
Rear CameraPrimary: 108MP, f/1.8, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 1/33″ sensor
Secondary: 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle, 120° FoV
Tertiary: 12MP, f/3.0, telephoto camera, 5x Optical zoom
Front Camera10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm
Connectivity5G: NSA, SA, Sub6/mmWave
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LTE Cat.20 – Up to 2Gbps Download / Up to 200Mbps Upload
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4GHz + 5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
NFC
MST
GNSS: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, Beidou
Other FeaturesS Pen:
5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08 mm
3.04g
Bluetooth enabled
Up to 24 hrs of battery standby
4096 pressure levels
0.7mm pen tip diameter
IP68
IP68 dust and water resistance
In-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
Wireless DeX support
Ultra Wide Band (UWB) chip for device-to-device connections and fast file transfers
Android VersionOneUI 2.5 based on Android 10
ColorsMystic Bronze (matte)
Mystic Black (glossy)
Mystic White (glossy)

This device and Note 20 both run on Samsung’s new One UI 2.5 skin on top of Android 10.

The S-Pen stylus has also been improved to take advantage of the 120Hz display. The latency of the pen has also been drastically reduced from 56ms on the previous generation Note, down to 9ms for a more realistic writing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

So the Note 20 is, for the most part, a slightly simmered down version of the Note 20 Ultra.

The Note 20 bumps down the resolution on the display to 1080p and the refresh-rate down to a more traditional 60Hz. The hole-punch for the selfie shooter is also a little bit bigger than the one on the Note 20 Ultra.

The display also gets rid of the curved sides in favor of the traditional flat display. The bezels around the display are also a little more pronounced compared to the Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Color Variants

Around back, the device keeps the general camera layout from the Note 20 Ultra but loses the periscope lens. Here are the device’s specs.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Note 20
Dimensions & Weight161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm
194g
Display6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2400 x 1080
Flat display
60Hz refresh rate
HDR10+ support
Gorilla Glass 5
Infinity-O Display
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, or
Exynos 990
RAM & Storage8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.0
No microSD card expansion slot
Battery & Charging4,300mAh
25W wired fast charging support
15W wireless charging support
Reverse wireless charging support
Rear CameraPrimary: 12MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 1/1.76″ sensor
Secondary: 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle, 120° FoV
Tertiary: 64MP, f/2.0, telephoto, 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom
Front Camera10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm
Connectivity5G: NSA, SA, Sub6/mmWave
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LTE Cat.20 – Up to 2Gbps Download / Up to 200Mbps Upload
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4GHz + 5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
NFC
MST
GNSS: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, Beidou
Other FeaturesS Pen:
5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08 mm
3.04g
Bluetooth enabled
Up to 24 hrs of battery standby
4096 pressure levels
0.7mm pen tip diameter
IP68
IP68 dust and water resistance
In-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
Wireless DeX support
Android VersionOne UI 2.5 based on Android 10
ColorsMystic Green
Mystic Bronze
Mystic Gray

The Galaxy Note 20 also gets the new and improved S-Pen for a more enjoyable and realistic writing experience. All in all, Samsung has managed to push out devices that stay true to the roots of the Galaxy Note lineup, overkill specs on a device that is made for the power users.

Price and Availability

At launch, Samsung says that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will start from an eye-watering $1,300 while the Note 20 will start from $1,000.

Pre-orders in various markets, including Kenya should be announced pretty soon with prices ranging from KES 105,000 for the Note 20 and around KES 140,000 for the Note 20 Ultra. We shall continue to keep an eye on this and provide updates as and when we get more info. Stay tuned.