The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is finally here.
So let us simply take it for a spin.
When you first take the note 20 Ultra out of the box there is no doubt that this is Samsung’s flagship phone for a reason.
It just looks and feels incredibly premium.
A head of our full review I wanted to talk about some thoughts and first impressions after having used the note 20 Ultra everything from the S Pen.
To the camera tricks and the display, so let’s dive in
The note 20 Ultra, shouldn’t provide too many surprises if you’re originating from an earlier note device.
A couple of things that I did so notice when compared with last year’s note 10 plus Which incidentally is one of the best phones of them all.
So this phone absolutely has a lot to live around in my eyes.
The configuration of the buttons was the first thing I noticed.
So instead of being on the left hand side while they were on the Note 10 Plus, they are now on the best hand side so they fall really easily on the thumb.
If you are right handed, I favor them on the right hand side.
The next thing you will most probably notice is where the S Pen is situated.
It’s no further On the best hand side, as it was not all of the previous Notes, now it is on the left hand side underneath the screen.
It’s actually advantageous I believe for left hand users.
Because I’m actually right handed so when I’m maybe not using the S Pen, the telephone is usually within my right hand.
But when I need to make use of the S Pen Take it out using my left hand, swap the phone up to my left hand therefore i can have the S Pen in my right hand.
Just a little bit of extra muscle memory that I understand I’m likely to have to get used to considering the fact that the pen has changed locations.
The other thing you will Really gonna notice is the camera bump on the back which can be significantly bigger than any other note phone that we’ve noticed in the past.
It’s more on par with the Galaxy S20 Ultra from early in the day this year, which also had a A much larger camera bump and there’s a reason behind that it is housing, a lot more camera, it is got a 5 times optical zoom, which in turn goes out to 50 times digital that i will discuss in a bit in the camera section.
Overall, the bump it self is does not really make the phone feel too heavy one of the ways or another.
I missed that it had been like counterbalanced.
Oddly when I was holding it at all, the only thing that I did notice about the camera bump was that if I was lying the device on a flat surface, it did cause the phone to be a little uneven easily was utilizing it while it was lying flat or utilizing the S pen to write without holding these devices.
To circumvent that demonstrably you can put a case on and I did so find a case provided a small amount of a better balance on an appartment surface.
But if you put a case about it, you are gonna lose the nice effectation of whatever color you choose either the mystic bronze or the black.
The mystic bronze actually looks really, really nice in person, and I found that it was notably less of a fingerprint magnet than last year’s Note 10 Plus.
Which really look like a crime scene each time I used it.
So, I’m really grateful to see that’s there is less finger print residue left on the Note 20 ultra.
The other reason why you will possibly not want to put a case with this is because it’s covered in Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back.
Now, this is the first phone to utilize the brand new Gorilla Glass Which promises drop resistance from heights around 6.6 feet, that’s 2 meters.
So, we have been yet to complete our durability and drop tests with this phone.
Stay tuned because it’s going to be really interesting to see how this new glass performs and whether or not that camera bump is gonna be affected at all.
Let’s talk display because that flagship feature of the 6.9 inch dynamic analyt is the 120 hertz refresh rate.
And it looks great on the NERC 20 Ultra.
If you’ve used a higher refresh rate phone before you’ll understand what I’m referring to.
Unfortunately, I cannot really show it for your requirements on camera.
But you will see incredibly seamless scrolling, going right on through menus, reading articles, social networking, and specially gaming.
It all looks great with this phone and the screen is bright and dynamic.
It’s set by default to be 120 hertz or Adaptive screen which is in the settings, you can actually switch it back again to 60 hertz if you want.
And it is interesting that Samsung clearly said in that menu item that using 120 hertz will detract from battery life.
Now this really is just a preview.
This just isn’t our full review.
So do stay tuned in.
We will undoubtedly be doing full battery tests and performance analysis for you personally really soon.
All right, time for the S Pen because that is the big reason why you’ll need a Galaxy Note.
So first off the particular S Pen itself isn’t any different to the S Pen that we saw on the note 10 plus from last year it really is pretty much a similar What is significantly diffent is obviously with a higher refresh rate, there’s slightly more accuracy and much more realism in terms of using the S Pen.
Now what I mean by that is that after you’re utilizing it to say take down notes, it is so like this so little latency It feels as though you’re actually almost riding on a genuine piece of paper.
Air actions are also a fresh feature of the S Pen now.
So what that means is you’ll be able to press and contain the button and move the pen in a certain direction to do such things as Navigate right back forward, produce a scribble to be able to take a screenshot and then it is possible to annotate over it.
And you can also navigate between music and media apps.
And also make use of the pen in the camera to do such things as take selfies or start the remote shot of when you got the phone sitting on a bench and you also wanna start shooting remotely using the S Pen.
So I really like those extra items of functionality even though whether or not they really are a little bit gimmicky only time will tell.
I have to date found that I need to be very deliberate with the air actions.
So by that, I mean I cannot just furiously press and hold the button down and just like conduct an orchestra virtually.
I actually needed to be very deliberate and slow with the action to be able to get it to join up.
There will also be some tweaks to the notes app, so you can actually attach and time sync recordings, making use of your voice and playing right back and seeing them play back in realtime with the notes that you have written.
You’ll also manage to change the style of the writing.
After you’ve written it with the S Pen, just tap the A icon and you can do such things as change along with and the stroke width as well.
And you’ll also manage to straighten your handwriting to just tap the icon with the arrow and the lines and it should straighten your very crooked handwriting.
All right, camera time one of the best things to discuss when it comes to new phones.
Now the camera bump, as you’ve probably mentioned means that there’s lots of new camera functionality available.
But truly the thing that you are interested in probably is the 108 megapixel wide angle camera.
Now that’s very similar to what we saw on the S 20 Ultra from earlier in the year.
Essentially what this means is yes, you can simply take 108 megapixel shots, but really the key is the pixel binning in order to get probably the most detailed and less noise in the image if you are shooting at the 12 megapixels automatically on that main rear camera.
The other thing about the still images may be the Zoom functionality.
So we did say the es 20 Ultra have that hundred times- Space soon.
I think Samsung realized that it was a bit too available.
And it wasn’t specially good quality at 100 times either, as you would are expecting.
Now on the note 20 Ultra, it is now a 50 times maximum zoom, that’s digital and 5 times optical zoom Really for me personally the sweet spot within my limited testing that I’ve done just lately with the knight 20 Ultra is that 10 times zoom that is just seems to be just like a really nice compromise among the hybrid of optical and digital zoom.
Now, you might also keep in mind that the S 20 Ultra use a phase detection autofocus system and that had some dilemmas when it first rolled out, namely.
It just wasn’t having the focus right in plenty of situations, there is a lot of hunting.
The Note 20 Ultra is hopefully gonna fix this with it’s laser auto focus system.
I’ve done a small amount of testing with the S20 Ultra, I believe it has been improved significantly.
So more testing to be performed obviously, but I think it really is off to a really good start.
There’s also a professional video mode on the trunk camera that provides you plenty of extra get a grip on over your video recording.
I’m actually shooting this right now, 4k 30 frames a second using pro video mode, you receive Full Exposure Control.
There’s also a live histogram and live level monitoring.
You can also change the direction of where the audio is originating from from the built in microphones.
So it’s either omnidirectional Coming from the front or the rear of the camera, I have it set to coming from the rear cameras to take a listen and see what it sounds like.
Apart from those controls, it is also about resolution and frame rates.
So the note 20 Ultra also provides you with the ability to shoot in 8k if you want to at 24 frames a second.
I cannot show you what that seems like right now because This has been rented out to 4k, however, you can also shoot an 8k and I’ll show you plenty of samples of that later on, the frame rates and aspect ratios additionally you get a quite exhaustive,there’s 21 by 9,16 by 9, lots of different frame rates within that.
Whether you’re shooting 4k or 1080.
I like the fact that there’s The 1080 at 120 frames another, it’s gonna open up much more possibilities for many cool slo-mo effects.
So looking forward to diving into that more.
Now let us touch on the things that you can’t see but continue to be incredibly essential.
The first is Android updates.
Samsung has promised that the Note 20 Ultra will receive three generations of updates.
The next is Android 11.
We realize that the Note 20 Ultra is gonna receive the update once it’s rolled out.
The phone also is all set to go with Android nearby share straight out from the box so you’ll be able to use that.
And also it has got the ultra wideband or UW v chip.
It’s the first Samsung phone to possess this.
Basically it’s going to make transfers wirelessly to other EU web devices quite simple, except the caveat is that there’s only 1 Samsung phone with you web right now.
That may be the note 20 Ultra, so Unless you send it to another friend that also offers an AR 20 Ultra, you’re really not gonna be able to maximize that at this time.
There’s also a lot of other features that I have not even touched on including decks, Microsoft support and thus much more.
But don’t worry because every thing like that including battery life and performance we are going to cover off inside our full review.
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