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Samsung Note 20 Ultra Review: Big, Bold, and Luxurious

The much-anticipated Note 20 Ultra has now finally been launched by Samsung, and it is quite something. Samsung is known for its best in the class displays and amazing cameras, the new Note certainly doesn’t disappoint. Unlike the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Note 20 Ultra is not a camera-centric phone. The phone looks more balanced in terms of overall specs and is made of super high-quality material for giving it the ultra-premium vibe. Let’s have a look at some of the detailed aspects of the phone.

Look and Feel

Design is probably the most significant upgrade that you’ll notice about the Note 20 Ultra. It seems like Samsung has worked meticulously to perfect the design for its new Note; the result is an absolute gem of a phone. The design is eye-catchy with golden matte finishing on the back glass, a gorgeous curved edge display paired with slim body design. Samsung has always gone with a more edgy and boxy design for the Note series to differentiate them from their S series. The camera bump is noticeably huge, maybe because the same camera module has been used here as the S20 Ultra but in a much slimmer body that measures only 8.1mm. The Note looks sleek, classy, and modern.

Screen and Battery

It is a gorgeous 6.9-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz high refresh rate. And the screen is an upgrade from the S20 Ultra for two major reasons; one, the peak brightness is now tweaked to go up to 1500nits against the S20 Ultra’s max capacity of 1200nits, and two, the screen-to-body ratio has now improved and is now about 92%. The hole-punch for the front camera is now even smaller, making the display furthermore seamless.

A bigger screen generally equates to higher battery consumption. The battery on paper is a 4,500mAh which sure sounds like a downgrade from S20’s massive 5,000mAh battery. Still, Samsung has promised a good battery life on the ground that the refresh rate of the screen is now adaptive. It will limit the refresh rate when apps don’t support higher rates that work towards savings resources and give an overall better battery life. The super-efficient Snapdragon 865+ chipset and Samsung’s latest software optimization is also in the play when it comes to battery life improvement.

Camera and Performance

Despite not being advertised as a camera oriented smartphone, the camera here is fantastic. The quality and dynamic range of the shots are far more superior to that of the previous flagship. The main sensor is a 108-megapixel Samsung flagship paired with 12-megapixel telephoto and 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lenses. But the front camera here is just 10-megapixels, which may be deceiving as the quality of the shots and selfies clicked by it are at least on par with the S20’s, if not better. One of the major downsides of the S20’s camera module was that it struggled to focus on shots sometimes. This has been taken care of in the new Note with the help of a dedicated laser sensor for autofocusing.

The device’s price was expected to increase, but somehow Samsung has managed to keep the price competitive at $1299, making it even cheaper than the S20 Ultra. It looks like Samsung has finally addressed the customer’s needs and built a more affordable and balanced structure. Keep in mind that this phone is designed to go head to head against the upcoming Apple flagships, the iPhone 12 lineup.

Source:-   Samsung Note 20 Ultra

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