Samsung Galaxy Note20 review
Triple camera and the new and improved S Pen
In our Samsung Galaxy Note20 review, we take a look at this latest Android phone. With one of the best displays on the market, an impressive triple camera, and the popular S Pen, this Samsung phone will instantly make you fall in love.
Super AMOLED screen
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 gives you an incredible 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display. The high-resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and true-to-life colour make this a great phone for entertainment. A fast refresh rate takes gaming to a whole new level too. Adaptive technology senses the ambient light and will adjust the display brightness, so you get the best view.
This new Galaxy Note is sleek with a slim chassis measuring just 8.3mm thick. The phone is water and dust-resistant and can even survive a drop in water up to 1.5m deep for up to 30 minutes You can choose from Mystic Black, Mystic Green and Mystic Bronze for your Galaxy Note20 colour.
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With the Exynos 990 (7nm+) processor under the hood, the Note20 delivers impressive power. You have 8GB RAM too, so you have all the power of a personal computer in a compact and sleek smartphone.
Phone Set Up
In-screen fingerprint sensor
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 uses the latest fingerprint sensor technology and places it under the screen. The ultrasonic sensor uses light pulses to accurately measure the unique features of your fingerprint. More accurate and much faster than other types of sensors, the Note20 unlocks instantly.
There is no memory card slot, so you will have to choose which memory option is best for you. With the option of either a 128GB or 256GB, you will have a superb amount of storage straight out of the box. If you need more space you can sync your videos and photos to OneDrive.
S Pen features
The S Pen is one of the favourite features of Galaxy Note fans. Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to successfully give us a phone with a stylus that worked well. The new S Pen has been upgraded to be the best yet. You can interact with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 in whole new ways. Top features of the S Pen include:
Screen Write - doodle on images or add notes to articles you are reading online
Screen off memo- you can also take notes when the phone screen is locked, create to-do lists, and add them to lists when you unlock the phone
Notes - make notes on the screen and transform them into text which you can use in messages, lists, and more
Notes sync - any notes you make can be synced to Microsoft OneNote or your Samsung Notes
Audio bookmark - if you take notes when listening to the audio, the Note20 will automatically bookmark the notes at the spot in the audio you made them
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Xbox Game Pass
The incredible display and high refresh rate make this phone an instant gamers dream. It gets even better with the Xbox Games Pass Ultimate. With this feature you can play over 100 Xbox games whenever and wherever you want. The phone can link to a wireless controller to give you ultimate control of the gaming action.
Camera & Video
Triple lens camera
The rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 is an impressive triple-lens setup. The camera is made up of:
64MP main camera
12MP wide lens
With a high-resolution of 64MP, you can capture photo and video images that are incredibly detailed. Pro Video gives you so many levels of control that you can let your inner movie director flow. Zoom in slowly to closeup, change the shutter speed or use manual focus for a vintage cinema-style. The Note20 gives you 8K video recording so you can watch it on a screen as big as a cinema one and not lose a bit of detail.
Video editing is better than ever and you can browse the footage to see if there are any good photo moments. You can take out 33MP photos from the video, it's great for getting candid and unexpected moments you may not have noticed while recording video.
AI assists with getting the very best shot and you can use One Take to capture multiple shots. The feature will give you different formats and sized photos, all you have to do is press and hold the shutter button and you get a few seconds of shots. Photos are optimised with more light thanks to advanced pixel technology and you can even zoom in 30x to pick out tiny details without losing clarity.
Snap your best selfies
Using the same advanced pixel technology as the rear camera, the front 10MP camera lets you take incredible photos. You can add filters, tweak your features using the AI Beauty filters, and add flourishes with the S Pen before sharing your favourite selfie online. The S Pen can also activate the camera shutter, so you can place the phone in the best spot and press the button at the perfect moment.
You get an impressive power pack with this phone as the Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 4,300mAh battery onboard. Intelligent power management gives you all the power you could need when you need it. You can keep using the phone all day and into the night. When you do need to plug in and recharge, Super Fast Charging will give you up to 50% of battery power in just 30 minutes. If you have a wireless charging mat, you can also enjoy Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 for quick charging wirelessly.
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The handset also includes wireless charging for other devices. If you have another wireless charging device, such as Samsung earbuds, you can place them on the back cover of the phone and it will recharge them for you.
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Written by: Carmel Brown