Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Review: Samsung's Most Powerful Phone Yet
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Battery Life And The Verdict
During real-world use, we have absolutely no complaints regarding the Note 20 Ultra's battery life. It may not offer the longest uptime relative to some competing flagships, but considering the device's strong performance and large display, battery life is very good and should be a non-issue for the overwhelming majority of users.
Although we don't put much stock in the mediocre results seen here, we figured you'd like to see some 5G bandwidth testing nonetheless. Throughout our time with the Note 20 Ultra, it maintained a 5G connection to T-Mobile's low-band, sub-6 network in our Southern Connecticut location. Whether we tested inside, outside, or different parts of town, upload and download speeds remained essentially constant (in-line with the results above), which likely points to an artificial bandwidth limitation while T-Mo continues to build out its 5G network. Regardless, with speeds like this, browsing the web, answering email, etc. is plenty fast on the Note 20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review Summary
The Samsung Galaxy Note series has been at the forefront of the larger form factor smartphones market since its inception. Over the years, Samsung has tweaked, tuned, and refined the Galaxy Note to be one of the most capable and feature-rich Android phone offerings around, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra carries on that tradition. From its build quality, to its display, to its camera and expansive array of proprietary features -- like DeX, Knox, and the S-Pen -- the Note 20 Ultra delivers. This device feels premium throughout and offers leading edge features on multiple fronts.
Though its overall performance wasn’t quite as high as some other devices featuring the same Snapdragon 865+ processing platform, it is still excellent, especially when it comes to gaming and graphics. The Note 20 Ultra’s camera performance isn’t perfect at the far ends of its wide-angle and Super Zoom ranges, but overall image quality is in the upper echelon with the best smartphones currently available and the number of modes and pro-photo an video options available are second to none. Battery life is also quite good and the overall user experience is top-notch.
The camera bump-out on the back of the Note 20 Ultra is relatively large, but that can be mitigated by using a bumper or case, which is what we expect most users would do to protect a premium device like this one anyway. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will be available from numerous carriers in a couple of days (August 21), with prices starting at $999 for the 6.7” Note 20 and $1,200 for the larger, 6.9” Note 20 Ultra. The Note 20 will be available in three colors -- Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze. The Note 20 Ultra featured will also be available in three color options -- Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White.
Whichever option you may choose, we suspect you’ll be happy with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It’s not perfect, but overall it is one of our favorites, and should please any user looking for high-performance, leading-edge, large-format Android device.