Samsung Galaxy Note20 - Maybe a Big Disappointment 11

Samsung Galaxy Note20 – Maybe a Big Disappointment

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is here, and it has two smartphones under its name, the Standard Samsung Galaxy Note20, and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.
The Note20 Ultra is truly Ultra in almost every aspect, but the standard Note 20 may be a big disappointment for many.
Well, in this post, we are talking about Standard Note20.

Here is a Detailed Specification Overview of the Samsung Galaxy Note20.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Specification Table

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Display6.7-Inch Super AMOLED Plus Display, ~89% Screen to Body Ratio.
1080X2400(FHD+) pixels Resolution, 20:9 Aspect Ratio.
393 PPI Pixel Density.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
HDR10+
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Octa-core  (1×3.1 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585){Global}
Samsung Exynos 990
Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 650
Mali-G77 MP11
Memory8GB LPDDR5
Storage128/256GB UFS3.1 Storage
Camera/Optics12 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens) Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.0, (Telephoto Lens) PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens)
Video Recording Options[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound rec
Front Camera10 MP, f/2.2,(Wide Lens) Dual Pixel PDAF
Battery4300mAh Battery
25-W Fast Charging
Reverse charging 9W
ConnectivityWiFi 6
Bluetooh 5.0
SecurityFace Unlock
Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Headphone JackNo.

Specification Details
https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-note20/

Design and Build Quality

The Design of the Note20 is pretty similar to the Note20 ultra, but with everything being a bit smaller like the camera module is smaller as it doesn’t have a periscope telephoto lens, on the front it has the same punch-hole display, but with a bigger punch-hole, the build quality is terrible for a $1000 smartphone, it has a plastic frame and plastic back, no one expects a plastic back or frame at $1000, the front is protected by Corning Gorilla 5.
It has 3 Color Options Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Grey.

Display

Note20 has a 6.7-Inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, a~89% Screen to Body Ratio, a 1080X2400(FHD+) pixels Resolution, a 20:9 Aspect Ratio, 393 PPI Pixel Density, it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and supports HDR10+.
Its 60Hz panel, not even a 90Hz one, at $1000 the display quality is good, but it should have a higher refresh rate I mean there are smartphones out there with half the price having 120Hz AMOLED display, but here we have the Note20 having a 60Hz display priced at $1000.

Performance

Snapdragon 865 Plus

Note20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, the flagship for the latter half of 2020, the Snapdragon 865+ is an overclocked version of the 865, its an Octa-Core SoC with 1×3.1 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585 cores and is coupled with Adreno 650 GPU, which is overclocked.
But That is only for the USA Region.

For the Global variant it is powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 SoC which is an Octa-Core SoC with 2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 Cores and is coupled with Mali-G77 MP11 GPU, and as seen in the S20 series, this is not a processor one would want in their smartphone

Memory and Storage

Note20 has only one memory option 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 2 storage options 128/256GB of UFS3.1 Storage.

Camera/Optics

The Note20 has a Triple Camera Setup
12 MP, f/1.8,(Wide Lens) Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.0, (Telephoto Lens) PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens)

Video Recording Options Include
[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound rec

For Selfies, it has 10 MP, f/2.2,(Wide Lens) Dual Pixel PDAF.

Battery

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
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Note20 has a pretty good 4300mAh battery with 25-W fast charging support and 9-W reverse charging support.
Also, it supports fast Qi wireless charging.

Audio

It has Stereo Speakers, and it should be one of the best around.

Security

It has an under-display fingerprint sensor and also has face unlock options.

User-Interface

Its running of One UI 2.1 on top of Android 10.0.

Extra

Note20 has the S-Pen and its one of the main reasons why people buy a Galaxy note device, also this time the latency is reduced to 26ms instead of the 42ms on the Note10 Series.
Also, it has IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Pricing

In India, you can buy the Note20 Ultra for ₹76,340 for the 256GB variant.

Conclusion

The Note20 is a huge disappointment in terms of build quality and display, like a plastic back, plastic frame and a 60Hz display at $1000, who would want to buy that, if you seriously want the S-pen experience then only it is a good buy, other than that it is a huge disappointment, its the first galaxy note smartphone which can be said to be overpriced.

Also, in India, it is powered by the Samsung Exynos 990, and seen in the S20 series its a big disappointment, so if they have fixed the issue then it’s a good buy, but if they haven’t fixed the problem, then I would suggest not to buy it.

Initial Verdict

  • One of The Best CPU/GPU(Best For Android){Snapdragon 865+_
  • Good Camera Setup
  • Great Selfie Camera
  • Bad Build Quality(for a $1000 Smartphone)
  • Excellent Design
  • Great Display(FHD+, but that 60Hz Display hurts.)
  • Great Battery life
  • UFS 3.1 Storage
  • LPDDR5 RAM
  • Stereo Speakers
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC Support, 5G
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • S-Pen
  • IP68 Rated

Visual Image Credits
https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-note20/

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