Samsung’s Galaxy Note series started out as business-focused devices, promising tools for productivity including the instantly familiar S Pen stylus. The series has been recognized, and often derided, for pushing screen sizes though what seemed impractical a few years ago is now quite mainstream. Of late though, Samsung has turned the Galaxy Note series into a premium flagship lineup, with a roughly six-month gap between Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series launches.
This year’s Galaxy Note 20 series is being billed as “the best of the best”, with all the latest features and specifications, plus of course the S Pen. There are two different models like last year.
This is, first of all, a very large phone. It has a 6.9-inch screen, and narrow borders don’t help a lot when it comes to reducing bulk. At 208g, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a bit heavier than average but it’s the bulk and overall shape that make this phone difficult to use. The top and bottom are completely flat, while the sides are rounded. I found the lower corners digging into my palms when holding this phone.
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2018, September
Status Available. Released 2018, October
BODY Dimensions 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight 194 g (6.84 oz)
Build Front/back glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China
IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Wide color gamut
120 Hz touch-sensing
PLATFORM OS iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.4
Chipset Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
CPU Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
The A51 is equipped with a quad-camera system, so you can shoot with more perspective. Get ultrahigh resolution photos with its 48MP main camera for crisp and clear pictures day or night. Its 12MP ultrawide camera captures much more in the frame, so nothing is cut out while its 5MP macro camera takes high-res close-up photos. Its 5MP depth camera brings your subject into focus and reduces unwanted background noise from your images for a more professional look. Moreover, the A51’s 32MP front-facing camera takes your selfies to a whole new level and gives you more clear and in-depth face pics.
GSM / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
This phone is designed to work on select GSM networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband Internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection.