Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra 5G; an essential review

Samsung speaks of style and technology and brings out innovative devices that have masterpiece features in them. While this brand launches devices in all price ranges, the high-end smartphones and flagship devices that cost a fortune, need to be thoroughly seen through before being bought. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note series gave the world an enigmatic duo: the phone-pen integration. You can write and draw and take notes and do a whole lot of normal phone things a better way. Photo and Audio editing can be done with ease, while gaming on it is an amazing experience. But the focus group of this series are the business class users. 

Find below a brief review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra smartphones. Before you purchase, be sure to know the differences between both and buy the one that suits you best. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series; an overview

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are everything a modern smartphone needs to have. Efficient processors, super good cameras, huge storage, and lavish design crafted well into a complete unit. The major highlight- the Stylus Pen comes with Bluetooth connectivity and Gesture control. Both models come with a metal body and are protected by the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The large displays are apt for work, play, and binge-watching! 


The features are the usuals you would expect of a high-end phone. Face recognition, Fingerprint sensors, IP68 water and dust resistance and much more. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
1. PriceRs. 77,999Rs. 1,04,999
2.ProcessorExynos 990 Octa CoreExynos 990 Octa Core
3. OSAndroid v10.0Android v10.0
4. RAM8 GB12GB
5. Storage256 GB256GB
6. Battery4300mAh4500mAh
7. Display6.7 inch FHD+6.9 inch WQHD+
8. Resolution2400 x 10803088 x 1440
9. Rear Camera64 + 12 + 12 MP108 + 12 + 12 MP
10. Front Camera10 MP10 MP
11. SPen Latency26ms9ms

Plus Points

A major question to think of before buying a smartphone from Note series is, why buy a phone with a pen? As mentioned in the paragraphs above, the pen brings with it the ease of editing and making notes. You can draw, design, and do a lot more. Your pen-written handwriting can be converted to text and further used to make documents and presentations in the click of a finger. The SPen makes everything easier. 

  • Note 20 series comes with the best version of SPens equipped with air gestures and more. 
  • The quick and convenient sync and link with PC/Tab features are a boon to those who need two devices to finish a single piece of work. Designers for instance. 
  • The Powershare feature is definitely a plus point. Note 20 Ultra also has reverse charging and wireless charging. 
  • Superfast charging, long battery life on working days and the speedy performance are worth a mention. 

Design and Display

With flat infinity display and edge display in the two models, the technology-style integration is quite striking. The positioning of the camera, colours of the phone and well crafted functional aspects make them a beauty indeed. The Note 20 Ultra display and AMOLED 2X infinity-0 Display with glare-free viewing features. The Plastic back of Note 20 is safer as there will be no shattering during drops. Both of them are well-gripped and convenient to use. 


The revolutionary 108 MP rear camera of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is designed to capture images with great resolution and detail. Pro mode that gives greater control over recordings, while the Telephoto camera with the Space Zoom makes zooming smooth. The slow-motion video feature makes every recording dramatic with the focus on each detail. The night camera captures features that the eye might miss, making each shot clear. 


These top-notch models without a doubt are quite quite pricey. And perhaps, that’s one drawback because critics argue that the costs could have been lower. Nevertheless, let us take a look at the actual drawbacks of this series. 

  • In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a plastic back and not a glass one, thereby lowering the premium feel. (The plastic back is both a boon and bane)
  • No SD card slot, meaning no scope for expandable storage in Note 20 (Note 20 carried forth the drawback of Note 10).
  • No 3.5 mm audio jack.
  • The low refresh rate of Note 20 is unacceptable given its high price. 
  • The smartphones are considered bulky by users, and so is the camera patch on the Note 20 Ultra. 

Comparison and the final say

The core concept is similar for both Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, but there are notable differences in the display, RAM and other features. 20 has 6.7-inch flat infinity display, whereas Note 20 Ultra has 6.9-inch edge infinity display. Note 20 has a refresh rate of 60 Hz while Note 20 Ultra has it 120 HZ. Refresh rates are basically the count of image refresh in one second and are used as the determiner of screen response speed and fluidity. Moreover, in terms of design, Ultra comes with a glass back unlike Note 20. Also, Ultra provides an option for expandable memory. 

Considering these details, it would be quite obvious to choose Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra over Samsung Galaxy Note 20. In terms of price Note 20 has a starting price of 77k, while Note 20 Ultra exceeds a Lakh rupees. This difference is massive, which brings down to thinking that Note 20 is a better option if you are not willing to spend more. But if you are willing, then Note 20 Ultra is your cup of tea any day. 

Pick phones not just by price, but by specifications and features that are needed for your utility. Since these models were recently launched, refurbished versions are yet to hit the market. But when they do, they will be smarter options to save money.