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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
  • 5G-ready camera
  • Great performance
  • 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[*] 85%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has an even better screen with a variable 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a much more refined design, speedier performance, enhanced productivity, and an upgraded S-Pen. Unlike the S20 Ultra which always felt sorta clunky, between its signature Mystic Bronze finish and new matte glass back, it feels like the first-class device.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Long battery life
  • 5G connectivity
  • Improved S-Pen
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the S20 Ultra

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra claims the top Android option among the best smartphones this year. The screen is even larger than last year's Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and there's also more power, more features, and more technology. Samsung has swapped the buttons over to the right-hand side of the phone and, for me, as a right-handed person, it's far more natural.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Long battery life
  • S Pen stylus is a nice addition
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the Galaxy S20 Plus

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the largest-ever screen on a Note handset. It's also the first Note with a buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The regular Note 20, which costs £330 less, only uses a simple 60Hz panel. Both phones will be the first to support Microsoft's Project xCloud game-streaming service.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the largest-ever screen on a Note handset. It's also the first Note with a buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The S Pen has a speedy 9ms latency, which is a 40% improvement over last year's model. Both phones are among the first to support Microsoft's Project xCloud game-streaming service.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • S Pen is a bit expensive

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a gorgeous smartphone that sets itself apart from most traditional devices. The 6.9-inch, Super AMOLED display is easily among the best on the market with its WQHD+ (3088 x 1440 pixels) resolution and the new dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. Listening to Future Islands' “Moonlight” the Note 20Ultra's speakers were well suited to the subtle bass and mellow instrumentation.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance

nextpit[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299 and has all the technology you could possibly need in a trouser pocket. Samsung has carried over the 120Hz refresh rate from the S20 series phones and, new for this year, is the latest Gorilla Glass Victus. In addition to the main camera, Samsung has an ultra-wide-angle lens, which brings more of the view of the subject into the picture than most competitors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Great camera setup
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as last year's Galaxy Note

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the most flexible, powerful Android productivity tool available. It has spectacular connectivity, long battery life, a fantastic stylus, and a gigantic screen. It's the first phone we've seen with Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus, a new form of strengthened glass. The Note 20's screen modes come into play here.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-zoom camera
  • Long battery life
  • Gorgeous design
  • Long-lasting stylus
Cons[**]
  • Lane autofocus is slow and unreliable

pcworld[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the biggest, fastest, and most powerful Android phone you can buy. Samsung's new colors are dubbed “Mystic,” and they give the Note a refinement and dignity. The Note has a luscious matte finish that's nicer than what I've seen on any Galaxy phone.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
  • S Pen on board
  • Great performance
Cons[**]
  • Uncomfortable to carry and carry
  • Thick bezels

phonearena[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The is the new super-premium S Pen-wielding smartphone by. It's an extra large phone with a huge camera bump, plus it's heavier than before and it barely fits in a pocket. If you like a big phone, though, this one is among the best: it has a luxurious feel.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-premium S Pen-wielding phone
  • Long battery life
  • New toughened glass design
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Note 20 Ultra is Samsung's first 'flagship' phone ever. It's one of the toughest entries in the Note series, with IP68 dust and water resistance. The AMOLED screen is a sight to behold, with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio. The S20 Ultra tried to integrate its camera module into its design with some subtly - which was the wrong move for a phone with 'Ultra' in its name.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Impressive performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the best camera phone on the Android platform. It has a 5x optical zoom, 50x digital zoom, fun portrait filters and easy-to-use camera app interface. It also has a 6.9-inch 120Hz display that moves fluidly under the finger, 12GB of RAM (more than some of the best laptops), 5G speeds, and all-day battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Great camera performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera bump on the back

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra boasts a huge 6.9-inch display with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a sharp 108MP camera with laser auto focus and a more responsive S Pen. Overall, we prefer the newer Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which offers even better cameras and a faster Snapdragon 888 chip.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.9-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Sharp 108MP camera with laser auto focus
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as bright as the Galaxy S20 Ultra

trustedreviews[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a phone with so much going on – some of it works, other parts don't. It's the first phone I have used that packs a variable refresh rate screen, speeding things up to 120Hz when scrolling or playing compatible games. The camera system here is very capable and if you're a fan of Samsung's rich colours, detailed images and social-friendly look then you'll feel right at home.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
  • S Pen is great
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung's flagship phone for 2020. It has a bigger, higher resolution screen, a glass back as opposed to plastic, a better camera, an SD card slot, more RAM and a larger storage option. The Note range gets a processor upgrade, but it's the same Exynos 990 chip as on the S20 in the UK and Asia. The S Pen has had an upgrade, however, proving faster and coming with new Air Gesture features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • S Pen stylus is a game-changer
  • Bright 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Is a Super Phone Finally Worthy of Its Name. Gizmodo. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: The conqueror. Digitaltrends. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on review: A noteworthy upgrade?. Expertreviews. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: A noteworthy upgrade. Expertreviews. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. Laptopmag. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the premium productivity powerhouse. Nextpit. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review. Pcmag. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: A love note to Note lovers. Pcworld. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review. Phonearena. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. Techadvisor. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. Techradar. 01 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. 12. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: The pros and cons. Tomsguide. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  13. 13. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review. Trustedreviews. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  14. 14. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review. Whathifi. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  15. *. 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.
  16. **. 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.
  17. ***. 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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