Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra two very different phones So this week I spent an hour and a half with the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra, which we usually think of as Samsung’s most souped-up, powerful devices. But what became very clear to me wasn’t the difference between this year’s models and last year’s models.
It was the differences betweenthe two models this year, and how in my mind, onlyone of these devices really earns that, oh gee, this is the most powerfulphone, Note title. Let’s get into it. (upbeat music) First, these phones doshare some common features. So let’s get those out of the way. The Note 20’s both have S pens, of course, they both have a power button and volume
markers on one side, they both have USBC ports on the bottom, and Samsung claims that both now have 25% brighter screens at peak brightness. And both devices come withSnapdragon 865 Plus processors, and they both supportfull 5G with both sub six and millimeter wave. But when it comes to prettymuch every other hardware spec, their differences start to show. So the Note 20 comes in mystic bronze, mystic gray, and mystic green, while the Note 20 Ultracomes in mystic bronze, mystic black, and mysticwhite,
that’s right. I only saw the mystic bronzecolor of both of these phones, which is the only color they share. Now they have this greatmatte finish on them, and Samsung says that’s, you know, gonna take away fromall those fingerprints that we usually get on these phones. But I mean, for me, I filma lot of these phones, so I’m just happy that it’snot like a straight mirror looking back at me for once. Now, let’s talk displays. The Note 20 has a 6.7inch
FHD plus flat screen with a slight bezel andcenter hole punch camera, while the Ultra rocks a 6.9inch WQHD plus edge screen with almost no bezels and asmaller camera hole punch. The Ultra also supports anadaptive 120 Hertz refresh rate, but only at HD plus resolution. Now personally, I’ll take the 120 Hertz, even if it means a lowerresolution, because well, a higher refresh rate isway more noticeable to me than a screen resolution. Am I the only one that’s like
disappointed by the 60 Hertz screen on the S 20? I mean like, 2020, thisone’s a thousand dollars. Should probably have120 Hertz refresh rate. Maybe it’s just me. Now looking at the Note20 and the Note 20 Ultra, they look different. I mean, aside from the Ultrabeing physically bigger than the Note 20, the Note20 is a bit more rounded on its top and bottom corners, and the rounded cornersof the screen really drive that whole more rounded design home. And for the first time in this line, that design reallydifferentiates the two models.
But I mean, let me know what you think, but I always really dugthe squared off look of the Note line. I mean, for starters, itlooked more like a notebook. Gotcha. But also that edgedisplay really hides the rails of the phone in such a nice way. It was kind of weird to see aNote looking like it belonged in the S line, but more on that later. Anyhow, both devicescertainly still feel bulky with the Note 20 weighing in at 193 grams, and the Ultra coming in at 208 grams. Couple that weight with the size and well, with my small hands, it was almost impossible to
doanything with just one hand, but that’s standard forthe Note line and me. Both devices, of course, support DeX, and this year they’regetting the wireless glow up. So you’ll be able to use DeX wirelessly with anything that supports Miracast. also Samsung Notes will syncwith Outlook’s One Note, and the S pen in thesedevices has the same accelerometer and gyroscopefor motion controls, but with some new gestures. I didn’t have a whole lotof time to test these out, so you’ll have to tuneinto our full review in the coming weeks for more on that.
But by far the most noticeablechange in the Note line this year is it’s camera array, and dudes like, staring at thatcamera array staring at you is intense, like camping. I can’t help myself! Get it, like in tents,like camping, like tent. Let’s run this down. Both phones have a 10 megapixelF 2.2 front facing camera. So the Note 20, you’ve gota 12 megapixel F 1.8 wide, a 64 megapixel F two telewith a hybrid 30 X zoom, and a 12 megapixel F 2.2 ultra wide. That’s all fairly standard stuff. Now on the Note 20 Ultra, you’ve got an 108 megapixel F 1.8 wide, a 12 megapixel F three telewith five X optical zoom using this like sick Periscope design,
and the Samsung space zoom going 50 X, and finally a 12 megapixelF 2.2 ultra wide. There’s also a new laser auto focus sensor that comes as a welcomed improvement to the slow focus issues that totally plagued the S 20 Ultra’s cameras. I can’t wait to test that50 X zoom out though, like, I couldn’t really test it in the first look environment I was in because I simply wasn’t faraway enough from anything to see if it actually holds up. But overall, these camerasoffer a wide variety of lens options that at this point we’ve come to expect from flagship phones. On the video side, both phones support four K 60 on the front facing camera,
and around back they do eight K 24. And if you’re a monster,they’ll do eight K 30, but remember, you’re a monster. I’m just so excited to putthis camera to the test. I mean, every time a newphone comes out, I’m like, let’s shoot a movie on this thing. And I have this series calledFull-Frame where we talk anything and everything cameras. And I legitimately built acamera in the last episode. So if you didn’t see thatgo watch me struggle. But also when I’m shooting Verge videos, I have totally taken tousing phone footage in them. So eight K is a welcomed resolution for all the punching in I do. Pow, pow. Battery should hopefully not be a problem
with these devices. Both have 45 watt fast chargingthat can charge up to 50% (Correction: The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra support 25w charging) in a half hour, with the Note 20 using a 4,300 milliamp hour battery, and the Ultra coming inat 4,500 milliamp hours. The Note 20 Ultra comes with128 gigabytes of storage with 12 gigabytes of ram for 1,299.99, or 512 gigabytes of storage and 12 gigabytes of ram for 1,449.99. The Note 20 is availablewith 128 gigabytes of storage and eight gigabytes of ram for 999.99, 999.99, 999.99, nine, nine,nine, nine, nine, nine, nine. (laughs) With pre-orders for bothdevices starting on August 6th, Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra two very different phones
and shipping beginning on August 21st. So the Note 20 line, do you remember when the Note line was legitimately so souped up, it was fire? – And out of that stunningrecall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note seven. – [Announcer] Some ofthem were overheating and even catching fire. – I’m sorry, I justcan’t talk about a Note without thinking about the Note seven, but it also had decent specs, and well, that’s the Note 20 Ultra,minus the fire, I hope. Now it just seems likeSamsung uses this line to make minor fixes to theS line and add an S pen. I mean the Note 20 is almostspec for spec an S 20 plus, with actually a bitsmaller
battery and fair, the S 20 only has a Snapdragon 865, and not 865 Plus processor,but the Note 20 Ultra, that feels like a Note to me. I mean, those are the spec funds I expect to see in this line. So it seems like to me, if you’re looking forthe most specced out, bad-ass Samsung phone, the word to look for nowis not Note, it’s Ultra. Thanks so much for watching buds. I appreciate you, also, we’re going to have a full review of the Note line coming hella soon, and we’ve got tons ofcoverage over on the site of everything Galaxy unpacks. So be sure to check that out. Anyway, be well, I hope thateveryone around you is well, and that you are well, and that the world getswell real soon, and okay, that’s it for me, bye buds.
Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra two very different phones