Introduction & selling price
Galaxy Note20 is Samsung’s high-end smartphone line in the second half of 2020 and is considered a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone 12 series. Galaxy Note20 comes in three versions with the following listed prices:
– Galaxy Note20: 23,990,000 VND
– Galaxy Note20 Ultra: VND 29,990,000
– Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G: 32,990,000 VND
In this article, we will focus on two models Galaxy Note20 Ultra and Note20 Ultra 5G, because these will be the two main Samsung models in Vietnam.
– CPU: Exynos 990
– RAM: 8GB (Note20 Ultra) / 12GB (Note20 Ultra 5G)
– Internal memory: 256GB, support memory card expansion
Screen: 6.9 inch, Super AMOLED, 120Hz (FHD) / 60Hz (WQHD), Infinity-O, Gorilla Glass Victus
– Main camera:
+ Normal angle: 108 MP, f / 1.8, OIS, laser focus
+ Super wide angle: 12MP, f / 2.2
Tele: 12MP, f / 3.0, 5X optical zoom, 50X digital zoom, OIS, periscope
– Battery: 4500mAh, fast charging 25W
Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi 6, 5G (optional), no headphone jack
Advantages of Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Galaxy Note20 Ultra is a device with a flashy, luxurious and premium design.
Not only beautiful on the outside, the finishing quality of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is also among the best today. From the curved glass, the buttons to the small details such as speaker slots, mic slots … are meticulously made.
Among the color versions of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the bronze color version (Mystic Bronze) is worth the attention of users, not only because of the noble color but also the matte glass back, giving a feeling of holding. comfortable grip and no fingerprints. The remaining black and white color versions still use glossy glass, so there is no inheritance of the above advantage.
The screen of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is one of the biggest strengths of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. All factors of size, technology, resolution, scanning frequency … are ranked top in the market. The Infinity-O design is also appreciated by us for aesthetics, especially when compared to the “rabbit ears” or “pills” of rival iPhone and Huawei.
Talking more about the 120Hz refresh rate of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, this is the first smartphone in the world with the ability to automatically adjust the scanning frequency based on the content displayed on the screen. This technology will help improve the battery life of the device.
Not only the screen, the dual speaker system of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is also the top quality today. When combined with the screen above, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers a great entertainment experience.
Another important upgrade of this year’s Galaxy Note20 Ultra compared to last year’s Galaxy Note10 is the camera. Inheriting technology from the S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 has a camera resolution of up to 108MP, accompanied by the ability to zoom up to 50X.
Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is the first Samsung smartphone in Vietnam to support 5G. Currently, because Vietnam has not deployed this technology, so users will not see the benefits of owning the 5G version. Going forward, 5G will be a technology that every high-end smartphone must have.
The in-screen fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is ultrasonic, giving a higher level of security than other in-screen fingerprint sensors in optical form.
The S-Pen, which separates the Galaxy Note from other models, has received a valuable upgrade on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. With the latency reduced to 9ms (compared to the previous 45ms), the write / draw / note experience is greatly improved.
One UI of Galaxy Note20 Ultra in particular and Samsung devices in general is one of the most complete software suites on Android today. Not only has the interface designed harmoniously and modernly, but One UI is also packed with many useful features for both casual and advanced users.
Not only smartphones, Samsung also has a very rich product ecosystem from accessories (watches, wireless headphones) to other consumer products such as TVs, laptops, tablets … created for people. use a consistent experience. This is something that very few firms can do.
The downside of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra
The 6.9-inch screen of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra gives a very “good” user experience, but creates a nuisance in holding and carrying. Compared to competitors like last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max or Galaxy Note10 + (which is already very large in size), the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is even larger.
The most critical point on the design of the Note20 Ultra is the camera cluster: it convex a lot and is beveled very sharply. This is also one of the reasons why the Galaxy Note20 Ultra feels uncomfortable in the pocket.
Although Galaxy Note20 Ultra gives a relatively smooth experience, but compared to other products in the same segment using Apple A13 chip (iPhone 11 series) or Snapdragon 865 (OnePlus 8, Oppo Find X2, Xiaomi Mi 10 .. .), the Exynos 990 chip proved to be inferior in terms of performance; it’s not just the performance, the power management of the Exynos 990 chip isn’t really good either. Although only using basic tasks (surfing the web, chatting, surfing social media), the Galaxy Note20 Ultra we tested often heated up confusingly.
Not only the CPU, the 4G version of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is also reduced to 8GB of RAM (compared to 12GB of Note10 +). Users who want 12GB of RAM are required to purchase the 5G version.
Another technology that’s cut down is fast charging. If Note10 + supports fast charging with a capacity of 45W, on Galaxy Note20 Ultra, this number is only 25W.
Who is the rival of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra?
The OnePlus 8 Pro is a machine that has many advantages over the Galaxy Note20 Ultra in terms of smoothness (Snapdragon 865 chip, OxygenOS), 120Hz WQHD screen and Warp Charge support. However, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera is pretty much inferior to the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the design is not equal.
The Huawei P40 Pro + is somewhat superior to the Galaxy Note20 Ultra in terms of camera, battery life and ceramic case. However, the lack of Google services makes the P40 Pro / Pro + not worth buying no matter how much better it is.
The Mi 10 Ultra is quite comprehensive in terms of performance, camera and battery life. However, the design of this device is quite grotesque, in addition to the fact that Xiaomi only distributes this device in China, it gives users some problems with software and after-sales mode.
Pixel 4 / 4XL is superior to Galaxy Note20 Ultra in software, namely smooth, smart stock Android and AI camera with some features like HDR +, Night Sight or taking photos to remove fonts. However, the Pixel 4’s hardware is too much behind the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, from design, configuration, screen, camera to battery. In addition, Pixel 4 is not sold genuine in Vietnam.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the only device that can truly compete with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Despite the lack of many cult technologies, 120Hz screen, super fast charging or super zoom camera, but iPhone 11 Pro Max is still appreciated for its smooth, stable and easy to use. However, the real rival of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra for 2020-2021 will be the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and we will need to wait for the launch of the iPhone 12 to reach a final conclusion.
Summary: Not perfect, but still the best high-end Android smartphone
With prices ranging from 20-30 million VND, Galaxy Note20 Ultra is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market today. Despite this high price, users still face some disadvantages in the performance of the Exynos 990 chip, or reduced RAM capacity and fast charging technology compared to its predecessor.
However, when considering the general context of the whole market, Galaxy Note20 Ultra is still the only possible choice in the high-end segment. As mentioned above, the products of OnePlus, Huawei, Google or Xiaomi all have critical weaknesses and make them unable to keep up with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra as a whole.
Maybe the performance of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is slightly worse than the competition, but on the market there is no other high-end Android smartphone that fully converges elements of design, screen, camera, ecosystem, mode. Aftermarket and distribution network … like Galaxy Note20 Ultra.
Therefore, Galaxy Note20 Ultra is still the most high-end Android smartphone worth buying at the moment. However, users should consider waiting for the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, also the main rival of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, to get the most accurate judgment.