Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Review : focused on productivity experiance.

Clio Alaniz

Clio Alaniz

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August 18th 2020

On the evening of August 5, 2020 at the new product launch conference, Samsung officially released a new generation of flagship 5G Smart Phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series. The Samsung Galaxy Note series has always been called the "Android King", the Note20 series continue to maintain first-class performance in terms of configuration. At the same time, from the content of the conference, it is not difficult to see that the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series pays more attention to improving its productivity experience than other flagship models.

In this article Rocking Review will do a detail evaluation of new Samsung Note20 series. I hope after this article; you will have full information and understanding about the Samsung Galaxy Note20.

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Snapdragon 865 plus+12GB RAM High performance is the premise of productivity

For Smart Phone devices, high-performance configuration is not only a necessary foundation for guaranteeing its user experience, but also a necessary prerequisite for creating a productivity experience.

Let us first look at  the performance configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series.

Note20 and Note20 Ultra Specs

Samsung Galaxy Note20Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Size75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3 mm77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1 mm
Display6.7-inch flat 6.9-inch edge 
Screen ResolutionFHD+ Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display (2400x1080)edge Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display (3088x1440)
Pixer per inch(ppi)393496
Operating SystemAndroid 10 Android 10
Storage space256 GB256/512 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Refresh Rate60HZ120HZ, 240HZ touch sampling rate
RAM8GB8/12GB
Chipset7nm octa-core7nm octa-core
MicroSD slotNot AvailableAvailable
Camera RearTriple lens rear (12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide)Triple lens rear (108MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide)
Camera Front10MP 10MP
Battery 4,300mAh4,500mAh

From the information in the figure, we can see that the performance configuration level of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is in line with its flagship positioning. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra’s high Snapdragon 865 Plus and 12GB RAM can ensure its smooth operation during multitasking, and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch AMOLED screen can also display more information and provide sufficient operating space for document editing.

Features And Design

Now that we  understood the performance configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series, we will now focus on which features and designs this model is equipped with to enhance the productivity experience.

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The delay is less than 9 milliseconds S Pen upgrade

As the iconic accessory of Samsung Galaxy Note series, S Pen has been accompanying the development of this series. This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series one of the few smart phones equipped with a stylus on the market, and has achieved a unique advantage in terms of productivity.

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For example, a stylus is more accurate than a finger when performing touch operations, and the stylus can also realize handwriting input and drawing through pressure sensitivity. Of course, the Samsung S Pen's ability is not limited to writing on the screen. The S Pen can also sense the user's hand movements through its built-in motion sensor to realize the air operation function. For instance, we can use S Pen to turn pages when browsing PPT, and we can use S Pen to complete playback and pause operations when playing videos. In the Galaxy Note20 series, the S Pen also added 5 UX interface gestures, which allows us to use the S Pen to return to the home page and other actions.

This time, the S Pen built into the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series has undergone a new upgrade compared to the previous generation. The new version of the S Pen can achieve a low latency of only 9 milliseconds when used with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and it can achieve a more accurate and smooth writing experience with the Note20 Ultra's up to 120Hz refresh rate screen.

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In order to cooperate with S Pen to create a better productivity experience, Samsung has also carried out a comprehensive upgrade to Samsung Note, making it appear as the best partner of S Pen in the Galaxy Note20 series. The upgraded Samsung Note supports the cross-device cloud synchronization save function, which is essential for mobile office. With this function, we can automatically save and synchronize the documents in Samsung Note to the cloud, to realize the connection with PC, tablet and other devices. Making it easier to collaborative in the office or remote working.

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Samsung Note has also added support for Microsoft OneNote. As long as the Microsoft OneNote account is bound to Samsung Note, users can synchronize documents between the two.

For many users, the directory mode commonly used in note taking applications is too abstract, and the folder management mode similar to the PC platform is more familiar to users. Keeping that in mind a  key upgrade of Samsung Note is the addition of a folder document management system. This new system allows users to manage documents through familiar PC-like folder mode, and use S Pen to perform the familiar drag and click And so on.

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In addition, Samsung Note has upgraded the voice tag and PDF annotation functions. The note 20 can record audio while the user is taking notes, and the ultra allows users to directly use S Pen for handwritten annotations on PDF files.

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Samsung also upgraded the SAMSUNG Dex function this time. First, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series upgraded the screen projection function from a wired connection solution to a wireless connection solution. With the help of the stable and low-latency WiFi technology of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series, it can transfer the screen projection to various display devices that support WiFi connection. Samsung Galaxy Note20 series also supports split-screen projection function.

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This design greatly improves the application of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series in a variety of productivity scenarios. For example, in a conference scene, users using Samsung Galaxy Note20 series models can directly project the PPT from the phone to the large screen in the conference room, and use the S Pen as a "remote control" to assist in the speech. During study and work, users can also project the video they need to watch on the display device for viewing, and then use the S Pen to record notes in the Samsung Note APP.

 The S Pen can be regarded as the core element of the productivity experience of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series. The physical operation experience based on the S Pen is also gave advantage to the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series compare to other models in terms of productivity.

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In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is also equipped with the Samsung Knox security system and supports IP68 dust and water resistance, which can fully protect the mobile phone from software to hardware. These two points are also for users who use mobile phones as their main office equipment. It is indeed a Very critical configuration.

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’Equipped with ultra-wideband technology to solve the pain points of precise sharing

How to quickly and accurately share a file to other mobile phones can be said to be a major problem in the offices. In order to solve this problem, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series has added support for ultra-wideband technology (UWB). Using this technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series has obtained the "Point to Share" function that can transfer files. Through this function, users of Samsung Galaxy Note20 series will be able to complete accurate close file sharing.

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Samsung said that in the future, it would also provide the Google “Nearby Share" function and the "Digital Key" function based on UWB technology on its Note 20 series. By simply pointing Galaxy Note20 Ultra to other UWB equipped Galaxy devices, Nearby Share will automatically list the people you are facing on to the top of your sharing panel. In future, Samsung declared that UWB feature would also facilitate you finding things more accurately with AR technology and unlock your home as a digital key. Samsung is working with ASSA ABLOY, a leading supplier of access control products including electromagnetic locks, for its digital key feature.

Furthermore, a high-speed and low-latency network experience is naturally essential for any office. Both models of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series support 5G and WiFi 6. Combined with ultra-wideband technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series can accurately Share files, and receive data through high-speed network.

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Both Galaxy Note20 and Ultra has triple camera configuration in the back. However, Note20 Ultra has better specs.

lets compare both phones specs.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is, as you would expect, the star of the show as far as imaging capabilities are concerned. It has a 108MP main camera assisted by a laser autofocus sensor for improved focusing compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra. For zoom, it features a 12MP periscope lens that is capable of 50x zoom – that’s half of what the S20 Ultra is capable of, but the Note 20 Ultra’s zoom lens does have the benefit of a wider aperture (F3.0) that should let in more light.

The Galaxy Note 20 has the same camera setup as the Galaxy S20: A 12MP F1.8 main camera, a 12MP F2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 64MP telephoto camera capable of 30x hybrid zoom. The ultra-wide camera is the same on the Note 20 Ultra as well, and this time around, the selfie cameras on both models are also the same: A 10MP sensor that supports Dual Pixel auto focus.

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21:9 ratio professional 8K video shooting

With more and more users choosing to use mobile phones for taking photos and making videos, people are naturally begin to pay attention to the productivity experience of mobile phones in terms of camera. In this context, the shooting function of Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has been greatly improved compared to the previous generation models.

The 12-megapixel periscope telephoto lens brings super-visual spatial zoom shooting capabilities to the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. With a super-visual spatial zoom capability of up to 50x, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra can easily capture distant scenes. And this function also gives professional users more room for composition. The addition of the hybrid laser focusing system also greatly improves the focusing experience of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series under various conditions.

In addition to shooting still photos, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series also has a professional video shooting mode. This model has been further upgraded on the basis of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. In particular, it has expanded its 8K video shooting capabilities. Today, when 4K video has been fully popularized, 8K video has begun to be regarded as a new ultra-high-definition video format. After Samsung took the lead in supporting 8K video shooting in the Galaxy S20 series, more and more flagship models begin to support 8K video shooting capabilities.

At present, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series supports 8K 24 frame video shooting capabilities, and on the basis of being able to shoot 8K 16:9 format videos, it has added 8K 21:9 widescreen video shooting capabilities, so that users can create similar Cinematic movie wide-screen style video works. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series also supports capturing high-resolution high-definition photos while shooting 8K video, to meet the needs of users for recording wonderful moments.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series has enhanced various functions in the professional video mode, which can achieve professional effect adjustments in focusing, tuning, exposure, and lighting. For example, when we use the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series for video shooting, we can set a fixed zoom speed for it, to obtain a smooth zoom effect when zooming.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series can select and switch multiple audio sources through the Sound recording function, and perform professional video shooting through multi-audio source switching. At the same time, in the "Bluetooth" sound source mode, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series supports the use of the Galaxy Buds Live headset as the phone's microphone for recording, so that the user can achieve excellent noise reduction even in a noisy environment or a long distance.The professional video shooting capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series allow users to create professional-level video works simply and quickly without using professional video shooting equipment.

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With advance AI Function, Note 20 can take care of your post production work. It delivers several different formats and even suggests the best one. In addition, for portraits, it gives you studio-level photos with a pop of color in the background. Another important thing is Galaxy Note has Advanced AI stabilization, which smooths out the shot and no shaky recording.

6.9-inch large screen provides space for more productivity.

For mobile phones, the size of the screen has always been one of the main factors that limit its productivity applications. So in this regard, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series has also been upgraded. Thanks to Samsung's advanced own OLED screen technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is naturally equipped with the current super-class AMOLED screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra uses a 6.9-inch second-generation dynamic AMOLED screen with a screen refresh rate of 120Hz, a touch-sampling rate of 240Hz, and a high brightness of up to 1500 nits. Thanks to the increase in peak brightness, the outdoor visibility of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has also increased by 25% compared to the previous model.

From the perspective of improving the productivity experience, the 120Hz high-swipe screen gives the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra the graduation hardware foundation for watching 120-frame video works. The higher peak brightness also helps to ensure the screen when shooting outdoors or viewing information. Look and feel.

At the same time, the front-centered front camera design of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series can minimize the visual interference caused by the screen hole. This screen design combines the excellent sound effects of the stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos, which can provide the Samsung Galaxy Note20 the series brings immersive visual effects experience. Such an experience can not only help video makers watch video works better, but also avoid the interference caused by the special-shaped screen design for viewing document information.

4500mAh large battery charge to 50% in 30 minutes.

In terms of battery life experience, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series continues the consistent standard of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 released this time is equipped with a 4300mAh battery, and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is equipped with a 4500mAh battery. Both models support accelerated charging technology and fast wireless charging 2.0. Use the included 25W charger to charge the battery to 50% in 30 minutes under accelerated charging.

Iconic Color of Note20 Series: Fog Gold

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series inherits the classic design style of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Compared with other full-screen smart phones, the design of the Note20 series looks more square in appearance, which is also in line with the consistent business positioning of the Note series. This design also improves the recognition of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series, allowing it to be recognized at a glance among many models. The front of Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra adopts a full-screen design with an ultra-narrow bezel, and the front camera is a centered hole design; the back of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra uses a new generation of glass material with a matte gloss effect; It has a metal frame; the design of the rear camera module adopts the popular matrix design.

In terms of color matching, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 has three colors: fog gold, ice mint, cold mountain ash. Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has three colors: fog gold, early white and obsidian black. The mist gold is the iconic color of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series this year. Compared with previous products, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series pay more attention to comfort and subtle luxury, so it adopts elegant neutral colors.

Our Verdict

On the whole, Samsung Galaxy Note20 series models represented by Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra have the performance that can meet the needs of a office. Compared with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is more focused on further creating productivity experience. Therefore, the Galaxy Note20 series has been deeply optimized for productivity applications in video shooting, mobile office, etc. At the same time, the design of the Galaxy Note20 series also pays more attention to creating stable and comfortable features than other models.

For the current flagship smart phones, when the performance can already meet the needs of users, the advantages of differentiation and the good experience are the key factors that attract consumers' attention and affect their purchasing decisions.

The productivity attributes of the unique S Pen stylus hardware of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series and the visual experience brought by the large Samsung AMOLED screen can be said to be the differentiated competitive advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series compared to other flagship models. The classic high-end design of the Samsung Galaxy Note series is also an important factor in its "stable" high-end model positioning. It can be seen that the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is suitable for high-end business people or professionals who need mobile phone quality and mobile office experience.

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