Everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 & Note20 Ultra Review

by Jade Moscrop |

The long-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra have been on every Android enthusiast’s calendar for a while, and after many days ticked off, it’s finally launching this Friday (21 August). But what exactly is so special about the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra?

Here’s our guide to all the features these models offer

Battery intelligence

There’s a never-ending list of exciting features that are included on both models. The Intelligent Battery Power learns how and when you tend to use your mobile - whether it's for business, pleasure or socially - and optimises your battery life. The Super Fast Charging boosts your battery in a matter of minutes, removing the inconvenience of putting your phone on charge before you’re scheduled to be somewhere. And that’s just the changes to the battery technology...

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Review
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Super-fast processing

These phones have the fastest Note processor yet, which makes multitasking, gaming, streaming, or any other activities that require power, much easier to run without the interruption of buffering.

S Pen improvements

The S Pen has significantly improved with the new 120Ghz refresh rate; Samsung claims the efficiency of writing is under nine milliseconds. With the handy assistance of handwriting auto-straighten, you can clearly envision your notes or sketches.

Windows connectivity

You can connect to Windows computers, as you would a computer to a monitor, to pull your apps onto the big screen, improve your work efficiency on projects, or just enjoy the pleasures of watching a movie on a bigger screen.

What do these models offer individually? Let’s find out

Samsung Galaxy Note20

Samsung Galaxy Note20

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Samsung

u2022 Storage and Processor: Qualcomm SD865 Plus or Exynos 990 (depending on location), 8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage, 4300mAh u2022 4G or 5G u2022 Available colours: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green or Mystic Grey u2022 Display: 6.7" 2400 x 1080 pixels (393ppi), 60Hz u2022 Battery: 4300mAh (typical) - All-day Intelligent Battery, Superfast charge (25W), Fast wireless charge 2.0, Wireless powershare u2022 Back camera: 12MP Wide / 12MP Ultra-wide / 64MP Telephoto with 30x space zoom u2022 Front camera: 10MP Selfie camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 is available with either 126GB or 256GB of storage. Commonly found on Android phones, both use 8GB of Random Access Memory (RAM), paired with the Qualcomm SD865 Plus or Exynos 990, you’ll have all the power you need to run demanding gaming applications without interruptions.

There are three cameras mounted on the back: 12MP Wide, 12MP Ultra-wide, 64MP Telephoto, which features a 30x zoom. The functionalities of the camera are that of carrying a lens kit in your backpack, making this the perfect companion to take with you to capture excellent landscape photographs. The front-facing camera is mounted on the top of the impressive 6.7" 2400 x 1080 pixels, 60Hz display, a 10MP selfie camera which snaps crisp selfies to share with your friends on Instagram.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note20:

EE:

£67 a month

100GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

£50 phone cost

Claim three months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with controller or Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (T&Cs apply)

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SKY:

£36 a month

£12 phone cost

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Argos:

SIM Free Samsung Note20 256GB 5G

£949

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John Lewis:

Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G 256GB

£949

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

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Samsung

u2022 Storage and processor: Qualcomm SD865 Plus or Exynos 990, 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB storage, 4500mAh u2022 5G u2022 Colours: Mystic Bronze, Mystic White or Mystic Black u2022 Display screen: 6.9" 3088 x 1440 pixel (496ppi), 120Hz with adaptive refresh rate, Quad HD+Dynamic AMOLED 2x u2022 Battery: 4500mAh (typical) - All-day intelligent Battery, Superfast charge (25W), Fast wireless charge 2.0, Wireless powershare u2022 Camera: 108MP Wide / 12MP Ultra-wide / 12MP Telephoto with 50x Space Zoom u2022 Front: 10MP Selfie Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra features its most impressive and realistic display that offers smooth motion, fluid scrolling, and low blue light emission to prevent headaches after staring at your screen for hours on end. Most importantly, let’s not forget that this 6.9” infinity-O Display is120Hz with Quad HD+Dynamic AMOLED 2x, which offers the most compelling imagery.

The cinematic quality 8K video captures memories from travelling, celebrations or special occasions that you will look back on for years to come. Change the frame rate to save storage, slowing the footage down and giving you the reins to get creative. And to share those videos with your family, you can wirelessly connect your phone to the TV.

Undoubtedly, one of the most impressive attributes of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is the cameras on the back of the phone. Android fans have been looking forward to the 108MP camera since it was announced.

The main lens is 108MP which competes with DSLR cameras that are twice or three times its price. The 12MP ultra-wide and front-facing camera are the same as the standard Note20, however, the 12MP Telephoto zooms in 20x more.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra:

EE:

£77 a month

100GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

£50 phone cost

Get three months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with controller or Galaxy Buds Live earbuds (T&Cs apply)

Shop here

SKY:

£46 a month

£12 phone cost

Shop here

Argos:

SIM Free Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G 256GB

£1179

Shop here

John Lewis:

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, 5G, SIM Free, 256GB

£1,179

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Jade Moscrop is a Content Writer and Reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.

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