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How The Note20 and Note20 Ultra Redefine The Phablet

smartphonesshop.com.au - Samsung love to spoil us. We thought that the Galaxy S20 Ultra was Samsung at its pinnacle and wondered how they would outdo themselves. With the Note20 and Note20 Ultra, let’s just say that we’ve already forgotten about the S20 range. Perhaps not completely, as we can definitely see its DNA in the Note20 range, but that can’t be a bad thing. The Note20 and Note20 Ultra are what phablets should be while redefining what we've come to expect from these handy devices. Read on to see why you’re in for quite a ride but before we get into why these phablets will rock your world, let’s take another look at the specs, with a handy list compiled by Digital Trends:

 

Model Samsung Galaxy Note20 Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Size

75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3 mm

77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1 mm

Weight

192g

208g

Screen size

6.7-inch

6.9-inch

Screen resolution

Full HD+

WQHD+

Operating system

Android 10

Android 10

Storage space

256GB

256GB / 512GB

MicroSD card slot

No

Yes

NFC

Yes

Yes

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus

RAM

8GB

12GB

Camera

Triple lens rear (12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide), 10MP front

Triple lens rear (108MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide), 10MP front

Video

Up to 8K at 24 fps

Up to 8K at 24 fps

Bluetooth version

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 5.0

Ports

USB-C

USB-C

Fingerprint sensor

Yes, in-display

Yes, in-display

Water resistance

IP68

IP68

Battery

4,300mAh

4,500mAh

App marketplace

Google Play

Google Play

Network support

LTE / 5G

LTE / 5G

 


Take Notes

While not being in the same league as it’s beefier Ultra sibling, the Note20 is still a solid phablet. Going for a cheaper price than its Ultra version, it is the definitive phablet to own in 2020 for those looking at an affordable yet powerful device. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with a beautiful Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display at a resolution of 2400 x 1080P, it’s still a great choice for those who may not be too enticed by the Note20 Ultra’s upgrades. Sure, Samsung fanboys may snoff at the idea of a budget version of their beloved Note range, but you can’t deny that the Note20 is a fantastic introduction to the Note series for those who think that Galaxy phones are all that Samsung manufactures.

 

The three cameras with their 64MP telephoto alongside the 12MP main and ultrawide lens will truly make you appreciate the power of the Note20, with their ability to capture nearly every detail. Let’s not forget the Super AMOLED we mentioned earlier which will bring your pictures to life with eye-popping detail, topped off with an S Pen for the ultimate in convenience and precision. The plastic finish has been scrutinised by many, especially compared to the Note20 Ultra’s glass finish, but we know to trust Samsung. They recently told Android Authority that the Note 20’s plastic design actually helps the Note 20 to deliver more power and performance at a reduced price. There's also a powerful 4300mAh battery which should help you power through the day and IP68 rated water resistance for those inevitable spills, alongside a generous 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage being part of the overall package. So yes, while the Note20 may miss out on features such as a 120HZ refresh rate and even expandable storage, for those looking for a simple phablet at a decent price, you can’t go wrong with the Galaxy Note20.

 


Super Ultra Plus Extended Edition

This is the game-changer, the phablet we’ve dreamed of for years. We’ve had a great run with our Note10 Plus and would love to stay loyal to it, but after seeing the Note 20 Ultra, that isn’t going to be easy. We’re at a loss for words to describe how beautiful the Note20 Ultra is. The S Pen, sleek glass and metal finish feel make the Note 20 Ultra unlike any phone or phablet you’ve ever held. The jaw-droppingly mesmerising Quad HD resolution at 3088 x 1440P with a 6.9 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X edge display is a feast for the eyes, especially combined with the 108MP main camera and 8K video resolution. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 12GB of Ram and buttery smooth 120HZ refresh rate will make even the most rudimentary tasks look as stylish as ever, alongside lightning-fast speeds for more demanding applications.

 

With an option for 256GB or 512GB and expandable storage, you’re unlikely to run out of space anytime soon. We’re also treated to a whopping 4500mAh battery which will ensure that your Note 20 Ultra will make it to the end of the day with even some juice leftover for your social media binge when you should be sleeping. The tough Gorilla Glass & and IP68 rated water resistance will make drops, spills and bumps no match at all. The Note20 Ultra is smart, sexy and strong so what more could you want? It’s almost like Samsung has been reading our minds, which we’d say is a little concerning, but if it means that they’ll come up with devices this good, they can read ours all they like.

 


Notes Taken So Far

This year hasn’t been the kindest to us, but with the Galaxy S20 range and now the Note20 range, we’ve almost forgotten about how bad this pandemic has been so far. Those who appreciate simplicity yet need power will find plenty to love about the Note 20, and if you’re a fanboy, there’s not much more convincing you’ll need to get the Note20 Ultra. It truly is a redefinition of what a phablet can be!


Enter The Matrix

Looking to make 2020 a better year? Pre-order the fastest phablet ever with a plan from Vodafone and to further sweeten the deal, you’ll get a bonus pair of Galaxy Live Buds worth $319 when you pre-order the Note20 Ultra or a pair of Galaxy Plus Buds+ valued at $299 with the Note20! Check out our plans below:

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G 256GB 

  • 50GB total data at your max speed
  • $88.02 per month for your first 12 months
(On a $45 Red Plus Plan. $98.02/mth after 12 months. Over 36 months. $10/mth discount included. Ends 14/09. Total min cost $1953.72. T&C apply.)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G 256GB

  • 50GB total data at your Max Speed
  • $78.30 per month for your first 12 months
(On a $45 Red Plus Plan. $88.30/mth after 12 months. Over 36 months. $10/mth discount included. Ends 14/09. Total min cost $1603.80. T&C apply.)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 4G 256GB

  • 50GB total data at your max speed
  • $74.13 per month for your first 12 months
(On a $45 Red Plus Plan. $84.13/mth after 12 months. Over 36 months. $10/mth discount included. Ends 14/09. Total min cost $1453.68. T&C apply.)

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