Note 20 and Note 20 ultra full specifications in 2020

Note 20 and Note 20 ultra full specifications 

Samsung note 20 series is finally out. Samsung came out with two models Note 20 ultra and Note 20. Similarly, Note series came out with exclusive hardware but only on ultra-model. This time Note 20 came with less pixel and refresh rate than its brother S series which came out in spring.


The Galaxy Note20 Ultra retains exclusivity on some of the camera bits too. The periscope telephoto is something you won't be able to get on the Note20, though it's a different module than the one on the S20 Ultra. For zooming in, the Note20 has the same 64MP non-telephoto telephoto that stirred some controversy on the S20 and S20+ for the way it was marketed.


The 108MP Nona cell primary cam is also an Ultra-only feature and this appears to have been carried over from the S20 Ultra. Same thing with the smaller Note's 12MP main shooter that you can find on the S20 and S20+. In this article, we will discuss Note 20 and Note 20 ultra full specifications.


Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G specs 

  • Body:

  1. 164.8x77.2x8.1mm, 208g. 
  2. Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), stainless steel frame.
  3. IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins). 
  • Colors: 

  1. Mystic Bronze,
  2. Mystic Black, 
  3. Mystic White. 
  • Display:

  1. 6.90" Dynamic AMOLED. 
  2. 1440x3088px resolution. 
  3. 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 496ppi. 
  4. HDR10+. 
  5. Always-on display. 
  6. [email protected]/[email protected] refresh rate. 
  • Chipset:

  1. Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global. 
  2. Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) - USA.
  3. Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) - Global. 
  4. Octa-core (1x3.00 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585) - USA. 
  5. Mali-G77 MP11 - Global. 
  6. Adreno 650 - USA. 
  • Memory:

  1. 128GB 12GB RAM. 
  2. 256GB 12GB RAM. 
  3. 512GB 12GB RAM.
  4. UFS 3.1.
  5. microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot). 
  1. Android 10.
  2. One UI 2.1. 
  • Rear camera:

  • Wide (main): 

  • 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; 

  • Telephoto: 

  • 12 MP, f/3.0, 120mm periscope, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom;

  • Ultra wide-angle: 

  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm; LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama. 

  • Front camera:

  • 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF; Dual video call, Auto-HDR.


  • Video capture:

  • Rear camera: 

  • [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS;

  • Front camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected] 

  • Battery:

  1. 4500mAh. 
  2. Fast charging 25W. 
  3. USB Power Delivery 3.0. 
  4. Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging. 
  5. Reverse wireless charging 9W. 
  • Misc:

  1. Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; 
  2. NFC; 
  3. FM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent); 
  4. Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation; 
  5. Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); 
  6. S Pen Stylus, 9ms latency (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro). 


The Ultra is protected by the brand new Gorilla Glass Victus front and back and both phones get a stainless steel frame - that's a first on a Samsung smartphone. Oddly enough, the Note20 comes with a plastic back - that one we hadn't seen in a while on a high-end Samsung handset. 

Both the note got the S Pen too. At least they didn’t downgrade on it. S pen now moves on to the left side, a major change from the last time. It comes with added gestures and improved latency for better feel but only on ultra. The lower model doesn’t get that either. 


The Note 20 and Note 20 ultra sit at top of the Galaxy lineup and as such offer premium build quality and design. Having said that even we see some lower build quality on lower phone Note 20


Both the phone shares a stainless steel frame, a new development for high-end phones after sticking with aluminum for a long time. Apple is using it since the iPhone x. 

Both models differ in the front and back build. Note 20 ultra comes with corning gorilla glass victus which offers much better resistance in the event of an impact than gorilla glass 6. Front and black both are covered with Victus while the camera is protected by corning gorilla 5. 

Gorilla Glass 5 is what your Note20's display is covered by, but that's not what's raising eyebrows quite as much as the choice of material for the back - the Note20's rear panel is plastic. Reinforced polycarbonate, like Samsung, calls it, and while we're not entirely opposed to plastic-backed phones, it does sound out of place on a $1000 phone. 

Both phones have this satin matte finish so they ward off fingerprints nicely. We welcome that decision, glossy Galaxies are practically impossible to keep clean. Thankfully, the IP68 rating for dust and water protection is a common feature too as plastic is able to keep the elements out just as well as glass. 

Both the phone’s available in 3 different colors, Mystic bronze is a common color between them. The Note20 also gets Gray and Green, while the Ultra will be available in Black and White.


The camera assembly of the Note20 Ultra is quite the bulky one, though having seen the S20 Ultra, we knew it was coming. It feels like this one sticks out even more and that would make sense - after all, the Note20 Ultra is a good 0.7mm thinner than the S20 Ultra at 8.1mm vs. 8.8mm so the camera island gets more prominence. 

The Note20 proper has a sizeable camera cluster too, but it's simply not of the same scale. Both phones wobble on a flat surface, for what that's worth.


Looking at the front, Galaxy Note20 Ultra follows in the footsteps of the Note10 Plus from last year - a large rectangular slab of a phone with sharp corners and a very technical, no-nonsense look. It's, in fact, precisely as wide as the Note10 Plus, though a couple of millimeters taller. The S20 Ultra, in contrast, is two further millimeters taller, but a millimeter narrower - so the Note20 Ultra is more squarish.


The Ultra's display is curved to the sides - ever so slightly, and only at the absolute edges, but it's curved nonetheless. It's got almost nonexistent bezels too and the tiniest of punch holes and that's certainly the closest Samsung has come to a 'full-screen display'.


The Note20 non-Ultra, meanwhile, has more ordinary appeal, to put it this way. Its display is flat, so there's that, and it's got a somewhat thicker black border all around. The punch hole in the display is also that extra bit bigger. It's not bad-looking by any stretch, but it's no Ultra.


We were particularly vocal last year when the Note10 and Note10 Plus arrived with the power button on the left side, as opposed to the right where it had always been. It was a one-off type of thing, never to be seen on other Galaxies since.


Starting with late 2019 models and continuing into 2020, the volume rocker got relocated to the right, joining the power button on those non-Note10 models - a decision much easier to live with. All of this is to serve as a context for us to say that the Note20s have the power button on the right, where it should be, and we're happy. Of course, our outrage last year was a bit overdramatic as you get used to where a button is in no time, but it's nice that you won't need to this time around. 

The S Pen has always been on the right, and it's a natural position for pulling the stylus out with the right hand, which you'll then use for writing or drawing, or camera remote, or Air actions.


The S Pen itself is virtually identical to the one we got last year. It's got the clicky top, the button on the side, and the capacitor, gyro, and accelerometer within to enable the remote actions.


Circling back to the Ultra vs. non-ultra differences, only the ultimate S Pen-wielding Galaxy supports storage expansion via microSD, while the vanilla Note20 has to make do with what it has from the box. It's one of the easier downgrades to swallow given that it was the case with the smaller Note10 last year too - so, in the way, it was expected.


One difference on last year's models that was also seen on the S20 family but is now gone is fast charging support. The Note10+ and the S20 Ultra could be charged faster with optional 45W bricks, while the plainer models only went as high as 25W. Well, the Note20 Ultra and the Note20 both only go as high as 25 watts.



The Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with what looks like the S20 Ultra's camera system at first glance - it's got the 108MP main shooter, the big-pixel fixed-focus ultra-wide, and the periscope telephoto. It's got the same big hump and all too. For the most part, it is the same, but there are differences too.


The main shooter on the Note20 Ultra does come from the S20 Ultra. It uses the 108MP Nonacell sensor - a big 1/1.33" imager that outputs 12MP shots by binning 9 0.8µm pixels into 1, with some proprietary processing magic happening in the process. It's paired with a stabilized, 26mm-equivalent focal length lens that has an f/1.8 aperture.


Then there's the ultra-wide-angle cam, and that too is lifted from the S20s. It's a 12MP unit with big 1.4µm pixels behind an f/2.2 aperture lens and a 120-degree field of view - before the software distortion correction steps in, that is. Sadly, there's no autofocus on this module.


The ToF camera from the Galaxy S20 Ultra is nowhere to be found on the Note20 Ultra. Instead, Samsung's added Laser AF to assist with nearby focusing. The S20 Ultra had poor focusing at close range so the change is welcome and in our experience, it really changes things for the better.


That's the Ultra's set up that we just detailed, while the vanilla Note20 has a different configuration. Things are easier here - it's the same as on the Galaxy S20 and S20+, minus the ToF. 

There's no actual telephoto module on the Note20, just as there isn't one on the S20 and S20+. Instead, the 64MP 29mm 'telephoto' module is used for zooming in, achieving what Samsung calls 3x hybrid zoom. It does work, as we saw on the S20s, it's just not technically telephoto.


The ultra-wide-angle cam is the same between all Samsung flagships this year, Note20 included. 

The directional audio recording that leverages the three available mics is the other extra feature, letting you select whether to focus on sound coming from your subject in front of the camera, or you as the one recording it, or instead opt for omnidirectional capture. 


Displays have always been among the key selling points of Samsung phones - after all, it is a leading manufacturer of OLED panels in these sizes. The Galaxy Note20 pair is no different in this respect. Well, sort of.


Both panels boast a crazy high peak brightness of 1,500nits, a 25% increase over the S20s from just six months ago. That's useful for displaying HDR10+ content, which they support, but will also be helpful for outdoor visibility - not that the previous ones weren't great at that, it's just that the Note20s will be better.


And that's where the common traits of the two Notes' displays end. You see, it's only the Ultra that supports the 120Hz rate, and it's only the Ultra that has a QHD resolution. Meanwhile, the Note20's spec sheet reads 60Hz and Full HD, and that's... disappointing.


The Note20 doesn't match that number, however - its latency stands at 26ms. It's still an improvement over the outgoing model, but in what we feel is becoming a theme, it's no Ultra. Samsung talked about 'AI-based point prediction' which aims to anticipate the trajectory in which you'll be moving the S Pen, and that could be more at play here.



The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have finally arrived after much anticipation and the usual months-long stream of leaks. The S Pen flagships don't bring massive surprises and will remain high on shortlists for Samsung fans, there's no doubt about that 

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