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  • - So this week I spent an hour and a half with the Note 20

  • and the Note 20 Ultra,

  • which we usually think of as Samsung's

  • most souped up, powerful devices.

  • But what became very clear to me

  • wasn't the differences between this year's models

  • and last year's models.

  • It was the differences between the two models this year,

  • and how in my mind, only one of these devices

  • really earns that, oh gee,

  • this is the most powerful phone, Note title.

  • Let's get into it.

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  • First, these phones do share some common features.

  • So let's get those out of the way.

  • The Note 20's both have S pens, of course,

  • they both have a power button

  • and volume markers on one side,

  • they both have USBC ports on the bottom,

  • and Samsung claims that both now have 25%

  • brighter screens at peak brightness.

  • And both devices come with Snapdragon 865 Plus processors,

  • and they both support full 5G with both sub six

  • and millimeter wave.

  • But when it comes to pretty much every other hardware spec,

  • their differences start to show.

  • So the Note 20 comes in mystic bronze,

  • mystic gray, and mystic green,

  • while the Note 20 Ultra comes in mystic bronze,

  • mystic black, and mystic white, that's right.

  • I only saw the mystic bronze color of both of these phones,

  • which is the only color they share.

  • Now they have this great matte finish on them,

  • and Samsung says that's, you know,

  • gonna take away from all those fingerprints

  • that we usually get on these phones.

  • But I mean, for me, I film a lot of these phones,

  • so I'm just happy that it's not like a straight mirror

  • looking back at me for once.

  • Now, let's talk displays.

  • The Note 20 has a 6.7 inch FHD plus flat screen

  • with a slight bezel and center hole punch camera,

  • while the Ultra rocks a 6.9 inch WQHD plus edge screen

  • with almost no bezels and a smaller camera hole punch.

  • The Ultra also supports an adaptive 120 Hertz refresh rate,

  • but only at HD plus resolution.

  • Now personally, I'll take the 120 Hertz,

  • even if it means a lower resolution, because well,

  • a higher refresh rate is way more noticeable to me

  • than a screen resolution.

  • Am I the only one that's like disappointed

  • by the 60 Hertz screen on the S 20?

  • I mean like, 2020, this one's a thousand dollars.

  • Should probably have 120 Hertz refresh rate.

  • Maybe it's just me.

  • Now looking at the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra,

  • they look different.

  • I mean, aside from the Ultra being physically bigger

  • than the Note 20, the Note 20 is a bit more rounded

  • on its top and bottom corners,

  • and the rounded corners of the screen really drive

  • that whole more rounded design home.

  • And for the first time in this line,

  • that design really differentiates the two models.

  • But I mean, let me know what you think,

  • but I always really dug the squared off look

  • of the Note line.

  • I mean, for starters, it looked more like a notebook.

  • Gotcha.

  • But also that edge display really hides the

  • rails of the phone in such a nice way.

  • It was kind of weird to see a Note looking like it belonged

  • in the S line, but more on that later.

  • Anyhow, both devices certainly still feel bulky

  • with the Note 20 weighing in at 193 grams,

  • and the Ultra coming in at 208 grams.

  • Couple that weight with the size and well,

  • with my small hands,

  • it was almost impossible to do anything with just one hand,

  • but that's standard for the Note line and me.

  • Both devices, of course, support DeX,

  • and this year they're getting the wireless glow up.

  • So you'll be able to use DeX wirelessly

  • with anything that supports Miracast.

  • also Samsung Notes will sync with Outlook's One Note,

  • and the S pen in these devices has the same

  • accelerometer and gyroscope for motion controls,

  • but with some new gestures.

  • I didn't have a whole lot of time to test these out,

  • so you'll have to tune into our full review

  • in the coming weeks for more on that.

  • But by far the most noticeable change in the Note line

  • this year is it's camera array,

  • and dudes like, staring at that camera array staring at you

  • is intense, like camping.

  • I can't help myself!

  • Get it, like in tents, like camping, like tent.

  • Let's run this down.

  • Both phones have a 10 megapixel F 2.2 front facing camera.

  • So the Note 20, you've got a 12 megapixel F 1.8 wide,

  • a 64 megapixel F two tele with a hybrid 30 X zoom,

  • and a 12 megapixel F 2.2 ultra wide.

  • That's all fairly standard stuff.

  • Now on the Note 20 Ultra,

  • you've got an 108 megapixel F 1.8 wide,

  • a 12 megapixel F three tele with five X optical zoom

  • using this like sick Periscope design,

  • and the Samsung space zoom going 50 X,

  • and finally a 12 megapixel F 2.2 ultra wide.

  • There's also a new laser auto focus sensor

  • that comes as a welcomed improvement

  • to the slow focus issues that totally

  • plagued the S 20 Ultra's cameras.

  • I can't wait to test that 50 X zoom out though,

  • like, I couldn't really test it

  • in the first look environment I was in

  • because I simply wasn't far away enough from anything

  • to see if it actually holds up.

  • But overall, these cameras offer a wide variety

  • of lens options that at this point

  • we've come to expect from flagship phones.

  • On the video side, both phones support

  • four K 60 on the front facing camera,

  • and around back they do eight K 24.

  • And if you're a monster, they'll do eight K 30,

  • but remember, you're a monster.

  • I'm just so excited to put this camera to the test.

  • I mean, every time a new phone comes out, I'm like,

  • let's shoot a movie on this thing.

  • And I have this series called Full-Frame where we talk

  • anything and everything cameras.

  • And I legitimately built a camera in the last episode.

  • So if you didn't see that go watch me struggle.

  • But also when I'm shooting Verge videos,

  • I have totally taken to using phone footage in them.

  • So eight K is a welcomed resolution

  • for all the punching in I do.

  • Pow, pow.

  • Battery should hopefully not be

  • a problem with these devices.

  • Both have 45 watt fast charging that can charge up to 50% (Correction: The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra support 25w charging)

  • in a half hour, with the Note 20 using

  • a 4,300 milliamp hour battery,

  • and the Ultra coming in at 4,500 milliamp hours.

  • The Note 20 Ultra comes with 128 gigabytes of storage

  • with 12 gigabytes of ram for 1,299.99,

  • or 512 gigabytes of storage and

  • 12 gigabytes of ram for 1,449.99.

  • The Note 20 is available with 128 gigabytes of storage

  • and eight gigabytes of ram for 999.99,

  • 999.99, 999.99, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine.

  • (laughs)

  • With pre-orders for both devices starting on August 6th,

  • and shipping beginning on August 21st.

  • So the Note 20 line,

  • do you remember when the Note line was

  • legitimately so souped up, it was fire?

  • - And out of that stunning recall of Samsung's

  • Galaxy Note seven.

  • - [Announcer] Some of them were overheating

  • and even catching fire.

  • - I'm sorry, I just can't talk about a Note

  • without thinking about the Note seven,

  • but it also had decent specs, and well,

  • that's the Note 20 Ultra, minus the fire, I hope.

  • Now it just seems like Samsung uses this line

  • to make minor fixes to the S line and add an S pen.

  • I mean the Note 20 is almost spec for spec an S 20 plus,

  • with actually a bit smaller battery and fair,

  • the S 20 only has a Snapdragon 865,

  • and not 865 Plus processor, but the Note 20 Ultra,

  • that feels like a Note to me.

  • I mean, those are the spec funds

  • I expect to see in this line.

  • So it seems like to me,

  • if you're looking for the most specced out,

  • bad-ass Samsung phone,

  • the word to look for now is not Note, it's Ultra.

  • Thanks so much for watching buds.

  • I appreciate you, also,

  • we're going to have a full review

  • of the Note line coming hella soon,

  • and we've got tons of coverage over on the site

  • of everything Galaxy unpacks.

  • So be sure to check that out.

  • Anyway, be well, I hope that everyone around you is well,

  • and that you are well,

  • and that the world gets well real soon, and okay,

  • that's it for me, bye buds.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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