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Here at Android Authority, our readers love sầu Galaxy Note phones. In 20trăng tròn, AA readers voted the Samsung Galaxy Note đôi mươi Ultra as the best overall phone of the year. In fact, the 2019 readers’ choice was the Note 10 Plus, & the 2018 winner was the cảnh báo 9. The lưu ý love is strong here.

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We gave sầu the phone a ton of praise too baông chồng when it launched last August. However, that was six months ago. Since then, a lot has changed within the world of smartphones. Our readers are likely still in love with the cảnh báo đôi mươi Ultra, but how vì we think it’s held up?

Cheông xã it out: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 buyer’s guide: What you need to lớn know

That’s what this Note trăng tròn Ultra Review revisit is all about. Now that the dust has settled và the new điện thoại thông minh energy has worn down, is it still worth buying? Furthermore, how does it compare lớn the just-launched Samsung Galaxy S21 series?

To find out, I used a Galaxy cảnh báo 20 Ultra (the 12/512GB model) for a period of five days. It was running Android 11 with One UI 3.0 và the January 2021 security patch.

The good

In our original Samsung Galaxy chú ý đôi mươi Ultra Review, we praised the phone for being great but lamented that it wasn’t exceptional. The Galaxy lưu ý line has been renowned for being a gold standard for premium smartphones. Last year, though, Samsung seemed khổng lồ be OK with having the Galaxy Note trăng tròn Ultra meet the bar mix by other 20trăng tròn phones — but not exceed that bar.

See also: A complete history of the Galaxy lưu ý series

That being said, there are three things about this phone that are truly wonderful, và they still hold up today.



Samsung Galaxy Note đôi mươi Ultra

The các mục of smartphones with the Qualcomilimet Snapdragon 865 Plus processor is quite short. The Galaxy chú ý 20 Ultra is on it and would be the best overall phone you can get with the chip. Even six months later, this phone is a processing trùm cuối. During my time with the phone, I saw zero problems. Everything worked perfectly & looked great doing it.

Obviously, the Snaprồng 888 is out now & beats the 865 Plus in any benchmark thử nghiệm. However, the only ways you would notice the difference between the two chipsets would be through deliberate găng tay testing or through processor-heavy gaming emulation. For pretty much everything else — web browsing, truyền thông consumption, mobile gaming, videography, etc. — the Galaxy chú ý 20 Ultra’s SD865 Plus will work just as well for you as that SD888 would.

See also: History of the Qualcomilimet 800-series: World-class Android processors

Unlike the 2019 Galaxy lưu ý 10 Plus, the Note trăng tròn Ultra comes with 5G connectivity as a standard (at least here in the US). Those of you outside the US could have the option to lớn buy a non-5G version of the cảnh báo 20 Ultra. Additionally, non-US folks will also need to buy the Exynos 990 model of the Galaxy chú ý trăng tròn Ultra. That chipmix is weaker than the SD865 Plus by pretty much every metric, which is unfortunate. Even then, though, you could certainly vì chưng much worse.

The bottom line here is that if you can get your hands on a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note trăng tròn Ultra, you won’t have any complaints when it comes to lớn processing. It was a beast six months ago & is still a beast today.



One of the biggest features left out of the Galaxy chú ý 10 Plus was a high refresh rate display. Thankfully, Samsung made up for that omission by adding a 120Hz display to lớn the Galaxy cảnh báo 20 Ultra. When you combine that with an enormous 6.9-inch screen with a 1440p resolution, you have sầu all the necessary ingredients for one of the best điện thoại thông minh displays ever launched.

Granted, that 120Hz refresh rate isn’t active all the time. Samsung uses an “adaptive” refresh rate. That means the phone’s software will determine what refresh rate is appropriate for your situation và then switch the hertz in response. For example, if you’re reading an ebook on your phone, you don’t need lớn waste battery life refreshing that page 1trăng tròn times each second. One UI will drop down the refresh rate for those situations which creates a balance between screen fluidity và power conservation.

Related: What is display refresh rate? Everything you need lớn know here!

Honestly, in my five days with this phone, I felt that the adaptive refresh rate did a fine job. I’m sure there were times in which I was scrolling around feeling lượt thích I was getting a 120Hz refresh rate when I really wasn’t. If it did happen though, I couldn’t have pointed it out to lớn you. My fast-scrolling through Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, etc., all looked smooth as silk.

Outside of the refresh rate, this display is top-notch. Colors are vibrant, the screen gets astoundingly bright, and blacks get quite deep thanks khổng lồ Samsung’s state-of-the-art OLED panels. Any buyer who puts a heavy emphasis on display chất lượng when it comes khổng lồ their điện thoại thông minh purchase will walk away very, very happy with the Galaxy Note trăng tròn Ultra.



The camera in the Samsung Galaxy Străng tròn Ultra was supposed lớn be the best. It turned out, unfortunately, that it was really good but with some major flaws (read more in our revisit below). In the middle of 20đôi mươi, we were worried that the cảnh báo đôi mươi Ultra would face the same fate.

See also: Galaxy Sđôi mươi Ultra revisited: The good và the bad six months later

Thankfully, Samsung listened to the critics & made the Galaxy lưu ý đôi mươi Ultra’s camera better than the S20 Ultra’s. It added a laser autofocus system which fixed the most disappointing problem with the Galaxy Străng tròn Ultra. It also added a periscope zoom system that allowed for 5x zoom with no loss of image chất lượng. Samsung even made the whole module prettier.

You can see our original Samsung Galaxy chú ý trăng tròn Ultra Reviews for a ton of example images. You can also check out a whole article we wrote on the two 20đôi mươi Ultra cameras. Below, though, you’ll find a handful of shots I grabbed during my time with the lưu ý 20 Ultra. Honestly, they look great:


Even over the past six months, there have only been a handful of phones launched that could best the Galaxy Note trăng tròn Ultra when it comes lớn photos và videos. If photography is your biggest concern with a điện thoại thông minh, this phone will be a powerhouse today and probably well into the end of 2021.

The not so good

As mentioned earlier, this phone was our readers’ favorite phone of 20đôi mươi. It wasn’t our favorite phone of the year, but our original Samsung Galaxy Note đôi mươi Ultra Reviews shows that we did really enjoy it. Unfortunately, we mentioned a few problems with the phone in that reviews, and none of them have sầu aged well. In fact, now that we have the Galaxy S21 series, the problems could be big enough to lớn avoid grabbing this phone in 2021.

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This phone is huge. Massive sầu. Granted, there is an audience for phones this big, và I’m not really in that audience, so take my size comments with a grain of salternative text.

That being said, there are quite a few aspects of the kiến thiết of this phone that make it objectively bad. For example, the giant camera bump creates an off-balance tilt that hurt my wrist during long usage periods. The squared-off edges seem to lớn be more jagged than the similar ones on the chú ý 10 Plus, causing my palms to get fatigued. The super-curved display caused me lớn make typing errors constantly, and I even opened a few apps by mistake.

Related: Why are điện thoại thông minh camera bumps becoming so huge?

Going back lớn the camera bump, there were a few times in which I struggled to lớn get the phone out of my pocket because the bump got caught on my pants. It’s also tricky to wirelessly charge the phone because the bump is actually thiông chồng enough khổng lồ prevent liên hệ with the internal coil on some charging mats.

Look, I will be the first to lớn admit that the phone looks great. I love the Mystic Bronze colorway và I even enjoy the overall kiến thiết aesthetic of the rear camera. But from a usability standpoint, this phone will only work for people who don’t mind using it with two hands most of the time. It also will only work for people who keep it in a case that prevents the camera bump from protruding so far out. These limitations are detrimental lớn the enjoyment of the phone. That’s disappointing to say considering how much you’ll pay for it.

Incidentally, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra proves you can have sầu a huge phone with a smaller bump & more subtle display curves. Samsung just missed the ball here.



During my time with the cảnh báo 20 Ultra, I saw good battery life. At home on Wi-Fi most of the time, I got about a day-and-half of power. That’s perfectly adequate.

However, this is a lưu ý. An “Ultra” Note. “Perfectly adequate” shouldn’t be said about any of its features. Yet, with a 4,500mAh battery và a wired charging limit rate of just 25W, that’s the best way lớn describe the power elements of this phone.

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The week before using the Note đôi mươi Ultra, I used the Galaxy S21 for the Android Authority review. That phone — which costs $799, or a little more than half of a Galaxy chú ý 20 Ultra — has a 4,000mAh battery & 25W wired charging. I got more battery life from the Galaxy S21 than I did from the cảnh báo đôi mươi Ultra, which isn’t a great look.

Granted, the Galaxy S21 has a much smaller, lower-resolution display. It also has a more power-efficient processor. It makes sense that that phone should see great battery longevity. Still, that doesn’t negate the fact that if a long-lasting battery & fast-charging capabilities are important lớn you, there are much better (và cheaper) options out there than this.



Samsung hasn’t dropped the pricing for the cảnh báo trăng tròn series yet. As such, to get the lowest-priced variant of the cảnh báo đôi mươi Ultra today, you’ll pay the same price you would have on launch day: $1,300. Even without a pandemic happening, that’s a lot of money.

Now, six months later, that price seems even more outlandish. The Galaxy S21 Ultra — which offers better specs, a better camera, và a subjectively better design — is $100 cheaper. It even has S Pen support, making it even more of a head-scratcher that Samsung hasn’t dropped the price of the cảnh báo trăng tròn line yet.

Related: Galaxy S21 prices make this Samsung’s most inclusive sầu lineup in years

Granted, it’s pretty easy lớn get the chú ý trăng tròn Ultra for less than its danh sách price. Samsung’s trade-in offers are very generous, and carrier activation đơn hàng can slash hundreds more from the cost. Once again, though, you could apply those same discounts khổng lồ a Galaxy S21 Ultra và get more phone for less cash.

However, we can’t forget that Notes have sầu always been expensive sầu. lưu ý die-hards are used khổng lồ spending a ton on these devices, so price might not be that big of a factor. For the average person, though, it’s a big khuyến mãi. It’s probably an even bigger giảm giá khuyến mãi for the average person looking for discounts on a six-month-old flagship.

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However, now that the Galaxy S21 Ultra exists, it’s hard lớn recommkết thúc the chú ý trăng tròn Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra bests the Note đôi mươi Ultra in nearly every way: thiết kế, specs, camera features, battery life, and even price. The chú ý 20 Ultra can’t even clayên superiority with S Pen support, because the Galaxy S21 has that option, too.

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Really, the only thing the chú ý 20 Ultra has that the S21 Ultra doesn’t is a microSD thẻ slot. If that’s a make-or-break feature for you, then the chú ý đôi mươi Ultra is worth considering. Otherwise, you’re better off with the latest Ultra phone from Samsung.

Chuyên mục: Samsung