The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is one of the android phones under “Note line” from (our) best android phones manufacturer, Samsung. The “Note” series are known for the best specs but expensive smartphones. But just recently, Samsung started releasing a smaller and less expensive variant of the Note series, starting with the Note 10.
How well does the Samsung Note 20 perform for a device as expensive as this? This, and many more I’ll be answering in our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Review. Let’s get started!
Full Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Viewing the Samsung Note 20 from a distance gives an impression of a flagship phone. But a closer look and feel snaps you back to reality and that this isn’t entirely flagship. We can call this mid-range even though the price doesn’t suggest that.
That said, this is a good looking device in terms of all-round build. The front sees a 6.7 inches Super AMOLED Plus display with a full-HD resolution. One thing you’ve got to love Samsung for is that immersive AMOLED display panel, and on the Note 20, it’s a joy to see.
The front of the Note 20 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. And just at the top, we have a 10MP selfie camera. There’s no fingerprint scanner at the back of this device. Instead, you get an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner which lies under the display.
There’s isn’t much to see on the rear of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 which is made of plastic. It’s just a triple camera array with a flash that protrudes a little making this device unstable when placed on a flat surface. On the right, you’ve got the power button and volume rocker while the left houses the SIM card tray.
There’s no SD card slot (more on this later) and no headphone jack. The phone has a USB Type-C connector, single stereo speaker, and the S-pen at the bottom of this device.
Among the many features on the Galaxy Note 20, the camera has to be the most impressive of all. Samsung does make some of the best smartphone cameras and yes, they did justice to that here. On the Galaxy Note 20, you have a triple camera setup at the rear with LED flash and a hole-punch style 10MP shooter on the front.
The camera array at the back houses the 12MP main lens which has an aperture of f/1.8, a 64MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.0, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture. You also get 30X space zoom, optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS & EIS), HDR10+, and stereo sound recording.
There are 8K and 4K video capability that lets you shoot at 24FPS and 30/60FPS respectively. You also get the same shooting mode on the 10MP selfie camera but this time, no 8K.
Photos from the rear and front-facing camera come out looking great and more detailed. There isn’t much over-exposure. There’s just the right amount of saturation which makes colors pop. Low-light shots also come out looking good on the rear cameras. The auto-focus on the Note 20 is pretty fast as well.
Certainly one of the best smartphone cameras in the market right now.
Samsung Note series beat other flagship series in terms of overall specs, and this includes battery. And in the last couple of years, we’ve seen tremendous changes in the battery life of all Samsung product lines. The trend continues on the Note 20 series and we should expect a much bigger battery on the next Note.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a battery capacity of 4300mAh Li-ion cell. Although, the battery capacity should be more than that, but it should last you the whole day without having to recharge. Quite fortunately, there is no high refresh rate or 5G on this iteration of the Note 20 series as those would take up much of the juice.
The Note series is made for heavy and power-intensive users. And yes, on heavy use, this should give you at least 9 hours of on-screen time. Standby time is great here as well. There are some interesting additions to complement the battery on this device.
There is fast charging support up to 25W out of the box. We also get Qi wireless charging which is capped at 15W (but this is a plastic back 🤔). And to charge other accessories like the Galaxy Buds, you also get reverse wireless charging at 4.5-watts.
To be honest, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 UI is bloated and falls short in many areas. But I’ll still comment on it anyway. By the way, if you’re like me and dislike the One UI but still want to rock the Note 20, feel free to slam a launcher like Nova to get that stock Android look. Enough of the rant!
One UI, a much better improvement from TouchWiz has come a long way and some do love it. The One UI 2.5 is paired alongside the Android 10 on the Galaxy Note 20. If you’re a fan of Samsung’s custom skin, then you’ll love this much improved version which packs in lots of amazing features.
For sure, you get the occasional bloatware apps that can be uninstalled, but not all of them. The fact that Samsung is creating its own version of default apps makes it more disturbing. You get double of everything from gallery to file manager, music and video player, virtual assistant, and even the calendar.
These apps take up valuable space from the internal storage on this device which, unfortunately, can’t be expanded. A look on the bright side as Samsung has promised 3 major Android updates on all its flagships.
Essentially, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be getting the next three versions of Android (Android 11 – 13). Pretty sweet!
All-round performance on the Galaxy Note 20 is pretty solid. Nothing here to worry about as you’ve got an 8GB RAM which is powered by the Exynos 990 chipset at 7nm+. This is what you get for the global version but the American market gets the Snapdragon 865+ chipset and the Adreno 650 GPU while the global market will ship with the Mali-G77 GPU.
Both versions of the Note 20 are great in their own way but expect a slight performance difference in both. But whatever you get, you are assured of a flagship performance on the Note 20 even though we won’t entirely call this a flagship. They are both Octa-core CPUs so gaming should be top-notch here.
The day-to-day running of this device is quite smooth as there’s no noticeable form of lags or stutters. For gamers, you can play your games here on high settings. The 7nm+ process here means more speed across the board. I will, and you as well should have no problems with this device in terms of day-to-day performance.
Depending on what model you are getting, the Galaxy Note 20 comes in either a 128GB or 256GB (UFS 3.0) base storage option. It’s capped at 8GB of RAM for all models. There’s no expandable storage here especially if you’d be getting the 128GB variant. For a smartphone that supports 8K and 4K videos, this should quickly fill up the storage.
If you can, the 256GB variant will be a good deal as you’ll have to worry less about memory getting filled up. There are two options if you choose to expand. First, you’ll have to utilize cloud storage options like Google Drive or Dropbox. Or, you could get a flash drive which can be used as an external storage option since the Note 20 supports USB-OTG.
If you’d be getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, then you’ll enjoy these features. You get the usual suspects: NFC, IP68 water and dust proofing, and Always-ON display.
Samsung DEX is present on the Note 20. This gives you an exciting desktop experience when combined with Bixby. You get a much better S-pen experience as new features have been included here. The new S-pen has a reduced latency of 26ms which is a boost from the previous 42ms.
Finally, you get to transfer files wirelessly just by pointing the Note 20 to another device. This should save you some time. And if you choose to finally purchase the Note 20, you have up to five mystical colors to pick from. These are mystic blue, mystic red, mystic green, mystic bronze, and mystic gray.
Key Specs of Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Main camera: 12MP (wide angle), 64MP main (telephoto), 12MP (ultra-wide)
- Front camera: 10MP (wide angle)
- Display: 6.7″ Super AMOLED Plus, 1080×2400P, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+
- Network: LTE / EDVO / HSPA / GSM
- Memory: 8GB RAM (no card slot)
- Storage: 128GB/256GB ROM
- Software: Android™ 10, One UI 2.5
- CPU/GPU: Exynos 990 7nm+ (Octa-core Cortex A55 & A76), Mali-G77 GPU
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi 6, USB-C, OTG
- Battery: 4300mAh (25W fast charging), Qi wireless (15W), reverse wireless charging (4.5W)
- Sensors: proximity, gyroscope, barometer, compass
- Color: Mystic Blue, Mystic Red, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze
- Weight: 192g
- Misc: Ultrasonic fingerprint, Samsung Dex, Bixby, IP68 rating (water and dust)
Price of Samsung Galaxy Note 20
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was launched at just over a thousand USD, but we’ve since seen a drop in price. Right now, the Samsung Note 20 cost around the $700 dollar mark.
The $700 mark might vary depending on your location and where you’re getting it from.
The price of Samsung Note 20 is around N380,000 Naira in Nigeria.
The Price of Samsung Note 20 is 90,000 KSh in Kenya and it cost about 5,700 GHC in Ghana.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price in India starts from ₹ 77,999.
Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Here are places and prices you can get this Samsung Galaxy Note 20;
- SLOT Nigeria: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) ~ N359,000
- FlipKart India: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) – ₹ 77,999
- Konga: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) ~ N425,000
- Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) ~ N322,000
- eBay: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) ~ $714/N272,000
- Jumia: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (8GB + 256GB) ~ N359,000
PS: Prices are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change depending on when you’re reading this post.
We draw the curtains here on our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review. Over to you, will you be getting this device, or does it sound like a good deal for you? Perhaps you already own one or prefer to go for other devices? Either way, do let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more!