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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Great value for money
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Not as good as the Galaxy S20


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is a high-end smartphone with a 6.64-inch OLED screen that, on first glance, seems quite similar to the Note 20 Ultra's. It's only slightly narrower than the iPhone 11 and bigger than 2019's Note 10. As the number of genuinely small phones decreases, and more budget ones try to offer ‘value’ with ever-larger displays, the Note 20 feels like no more than a mid-size phone.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 follows in the dubious footsteps of the S20 in February. Samsung advertised the smartphone to come with a "30x spatial zoom"; with a 1x optical zoom - we would assume that the camera hardware should be identical to the S-Pen. Next to the recently announced Galaxy S20 FE, I can tell you without hesitation that the Note 20 has absolutely no place in Samsung's catalog.
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  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance
  • The S-Pen is too forgettable
  • No 120Hz display
  • No wireless charging


Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note20 features an Exynos 990 with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and an ARM Mali-G77 MP11 GPU. Supported biometric identification includes the in-display fingerprint reader and a 2D face detection feature. Out of the nominally 256 GB of storage 222 GB are accessible to the user.
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  • Large display
  • Good speakers
  • Long battery life
  • Good cameras
  • No IP certification
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating


Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 has all of the various forms of 5G used in the US right now. It has 8GB of RAM (as compared with the Note 20 Ultra's 12GB) and 128GB of non-expandable storage. The Note 20 supports wireless DeX connectivity to cast a PC-like mode to your TV.
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  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • S Pen included
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack


Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
The is the “cheaper” Note to buy this year, but it still has an MSRP of $999. If you can grab it with a $150 or $200 discount — sure, it can be worth it. The real disappointment is that the Note 20 does not have a high refresh rate screen.
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  • Big, immersive screen
  • Decent battery life
  • No high refresh rate screen
  • No wireless charging


Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 runs Android 10 with Samsung's One UI on top. It's a cute-but-tasteful interface, with pages replacing the vertical scroll used in most other 2020 takes on Android. The Note 20 may feel slightly slower than the Note 20 Ultra in places because of its 60Hz screen, but it's no less powerful a phone.
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  • Great battery life
  • Decent cameras
  • Long-lasting battery
  • No wireless charging
  • Not the best value for money


Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Windows integration is solid and easy to get up and running once you've accepted the flurry of notifications. The Note 20 can also cast its desktop-class DeX Mode wirelessly to Miracast-supported displays. Gamers will appreciate that the Note 20 is supported as part of Microsoft's $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Beta program.
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  • Gorgeous 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Lackluster cameras
  • No wireless DeX Mode


1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: lacking any real punch. nextpit. 2020-09-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note20 Review - Not always better than the Note10. notebookcheck. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Review. pcmag. 2020-09-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: plastic jewelry. phonearena. 2020-08-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review. techradar. 2020-09-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review. tomsguide. 2021-02-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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