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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 88%
Pros**
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
  • 5G-ready camera
  • Great performance
Cons**
  • Not as powerful as the Galaxy S20 Ultra

Summary

Samsung's latest do-everything hyperphone features polished design, strong battery life, 5x zoom camera, 5G-ready, enhanced S Pen features, and the best screen in the industry. On the downside, it is very expensive and misses the headphone jack. Unlike the S20 Ultra which always felt clunky, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra feels like the first-class device that Samsung has been trying to deliver.
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.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 96%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
Samsung has lowered its touch input latency down to just 9 milliseconds, just like what you get on the Tab S7+ or an iPad Pro. This makes note taking, sketching, or whatever else you use the S-Pen for feel incredibly smooth. With five new Anywhere Actions for going Back, going Home, summon Recent Apps, and turning on Screen Write, you could easily use a Note 20 Ultra to host a full Powerpoint presentation without ever needing to hook up a real computer.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous screen
  • S-Pen is a huge improvement over the S20 Ultra
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was priced at a rather eye-watering $1,300 at launch. Samsung's late 2020 phone has since seen a discount to around the $950 mark. Features like water resistance, wireless charging, a periscope camera, a high refresh rate OLED screen, and three years of OS updates round out a great phone.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fingerprint sensor is still great
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • No microSD card slot
  • In-display fingerprint sensor isn’t the best
  • No wireless charging

androidauthority[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a terrific phone. It offers most of the features Note fans care about and delivers them in a huge, well-crafted package. The Galaxy S21 Ultra offers better specs, a better camera, and a subjectively better design. Is it worth it to pay more for the Note 20? Take our poll.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • S Pen support
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No microSD card slot
  • Camera bump is too big

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the biggest, baddest, most hardcore flagship smartphone you can buy today. It has everything you could want from a phone today — and pretty much everything for tomorrow too, including 5G. It's expensive, but when you consider how powerful and capable it is, and how many features it offers, there's more longevity in it than many other flagship phones that cost a few hundred dollars less.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • S Pen stylus is a great addition
  • Great battery life
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • No IP68 rating
  • No wireless charging

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a wide-angle primary lens with a 5x optical zoom. You can easily crop and zoom after the fact with all of those pixels. The bokeh produced in Samsung's portrait shots are quite good. Video is one area where Samsung has really upped its game this year.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 120Hz display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No 5x optical zoom
  • No headphone jack

nextpit[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a promising camera setup. The protruding camera hump, however, can hardly be described as such due to its sheer size. Samsung uses an ultra-wide-angle lens, which brings more of the subject into the picture. There is a 4,500 mAh battery which supports wireless charging.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good battery life
  • Very good cameras
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • Only one-hundredth of the original 12 megapixels

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Note 20's native 5x zoom delivers much sharper, clearer shots at 5x than the S20's 3x-plus-digital zoom. At a 1:1 pixel view, it's noisy and definitely susceptible to artifacting. The Note 20 Ultra is what the Galaxy S20 Ultra should have been, with a working camera, a slightly lower price, and a ton of productivity and creativity features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Excellent performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • No microSD card slot
  • No 5x optical zoom

techadvisor[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
In the UK, the Note 20 Ultra starts at £1179 for 256GB model or £1279 for the 512GB model. It was available for pre-order until 20 August from Samsung's UK site (as well as the likes of Amazon UK) and has been on sale since 21 August. Those that pre-ordered direct from Samsung and live within a 30-mile radius of Samsung KX - the company's King's Cross experience space - are able to collect their device in-person.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G by default

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
There's a tighter field of view on this camera (20 degrees instead of the S20 Ultra's 24 degrees) It's 12MP instead of 64MP, but we don't see issues, only improvements. Samsung seems to have improved its Night Mode over the last year. The Note 20 Ultra consistently lasted us a full day on a single charge with normal use.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic all-day battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G

theverge[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 95%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Note 20 Ultra is a refinement of the same Note design that Samsung has been refining for half a decade. It got what amounts to a spec bump (and a camera bump to match) But that's enough to make it perhaps the best flagship Android phone you can buy right now.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • The best camera in the Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Superb battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • No Bixby digital assistant
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is nearly the pinnacle of Android phablets. It offers a best-in-class display, a better S Pen experience and a boatload of features for work and play. It delivers a faster processor, better cameras and optional S Pen. But if you really want the stylus, go with the Galaxy Note 21.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Best-in-class display
  • Bright 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 95%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Samsung’s software has improved immeasurably over the past few iterations. The camera system here is very capable. Images are so colourful, with punchy blues and saturated hues that pop off the ridiculously bright display. The video recording features are excellent on the Note 20 Ultra, with ‘cinematic’ 8K 24fps showing just how good these phones have become at capturing footage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons[**]
  • Haloing is annoying
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9in AMOLED Edge screen. It has a 3088 x 1440 resolution, “WQHD+” screen. Samsung has introduced a whole host of swipes and gestures for easy access to the camera. It's easy to use and the quality holds up well, with anything up to 30x zoom remaining sharp, while even the maximum zoom is still functional.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, colourful screen
  • Superb audio performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No aptX HD
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

wired[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
Gone are the autofocus issues that plagued the S20 model. The main camera shoots at 27 megapixels, merging four adjacent pixels into one to absorb more light. Samsung is one of the few Android manufacturers that makes phones with video capabilities as good as the iPhone.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Great battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • No water resistance
  • No IP rating

References

2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra one year later: Is it still worth buying?. androidauthority. 2021-09-04 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra revisited: The good and bad six months later. androidauthority. 2021-02-06 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: The conqueror. digitaltrends. 2020-09-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. laptopmag. 2020-09-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review. pcmag. 2020-08-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. techadvisor. 2020-08-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. techradar. 2020-09-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: big phone, small updates. theverge. 2020-08-18 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
11. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: The pros and cons. tomsguide. 2021-02-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
13. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. whathifi. 2020-11-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
14. ^ Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. wired. 2020-08-18 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. 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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