Samsung launched its Galaxy S20 series of phones and a plethora of others in 2020. During its August Unpacked event, the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This is the company’s second attempt in bringing out two Note phones at once. Unlike the first one though, only one of them actually makes sense. Read on to find out more.
What’s New with These Galaxy Note 20 Phones?
Let me get the common stuff out first. Both have punch hole displays, triple rear cameras, and even the same 10MP front-facing camera. They also have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (US) OR Exynos 990 processor (Philippines). Both have 5G support and the signature feature of the Note line: the S Pen. Lastly, both come in Samsung’s latest flavor-of-the-month color in Mystic Bronze.
That’s where the similarities end and the curious decisions made for these two begin.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is The True Note
Last year, the Note 10+ was the de facto Galaxy Note. Despite some flaws, it had a lot going for it. Now, we have the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. To me, it feels like the true Galaxy Note successor. This phone packs a lot of punch inside that premium glass and metal design. That includes a big 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, a 4500 mAh battery, and a 108MP main camera!
That main camera gets partnered with a 12MP ultrawide camera and a 12MP periscope telephoto camera. Besides Mystic Bronze, it comes in two other colors: Mystic Black and Mystic White. With the Ultra, the S Pen’s latency is now at an insane 9ms! (That’s down from 42ms on the Note 10 / Note 10+.)
Notice how I’ve been saying a lot of powerful specs up there? That’s what the Galaxy Note stands for. Despite its higher price tag, I feel like Samsung has maintained the image of what the Galaxy Note should be. The same can’t be said for its little brother.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in two colors in the Philippines: Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Black. It is available in two configurations in the Philippines:
- 8GB/256GB/LTE – P67,990
- 12GB/256GB/5G – P72,990 (telco-exclusive)
Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Still a Galaxy Note?
Samsung did it again. After making the Galaxy Note 10 feel like a Galaxy S10 with an S Pen, they made it even more so this time around. The Galaxy Note 20 may have the specs and the same S Pen, but it feels more overpriced than even the Note 10 starting at $999 / P53,990 (PH)!
I understand that having a plastic back makes it more durable. But even the Note 10 had Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back! This Note 20 has Gorilla Glass 5 in the front and a plastic back. If this move was to accommodate the updated S Pen and that Snapdragon 865 processor, then I’d rather just have the Note 20 Ultra. If you want a smaller phone, I’d just leave that S Pen be and go for the Galaxy S20 or S20+.
The Galaxy Note 20 comes in three colors here in PH: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Gray. It only comes with an 8GB RAM/256GB storage model with either LTE or 5G (telco-exclusive) for P53,990.
Galaxy Note 20 aside, I’m in LOVE with the coherent design language that Samsung’s going for here. The Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3 are really promising devices that are more worthy to check out! For details on pre-orders and availability of the newest Samsung devices, head over to YugaTech and JamOnline.PH!
What do you think of the Note 20 Ultra and its little brother? Have I gone mad with my thoughts on it? Sound off in the comments!