Posted Oct 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G's 6.9-inch AMOLED display makes any phone look dull. The image accuracy, clarity and richness of colors are impressive, thanks to the resolution of 496 ppi and the refresh rate of 120 Hz.
By comparison, this phone has more pixels than the 27-inch Dell screen we write these lines on. Its 12GB of RAM exceeds what the average consumer uses on a computer, all powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, Qualcomm's latest innovation designed for gaming and artificial intelligence.
It is without a doubt fast. We did not find any mobile games that were not supported smoothly. We edited a 1:20 minute video by changing the colors, cutting segments and changing the resolution. It took 22 seconds for the Note 20 Ultra 5G to process the video and save the result.
As usual with the Note range, the latest version comes with a stylus, the S Pen, which plugs into the bottom of the phone. It can be used to take notes directly on the screen or in the Samsung Notes app. The handwritten text can then be converted into a digital document, and it works quite well even in French. You can even control the phone remotely by pressing a small button on the S Pen, which then becomes a tiny remote. Handy especially if you connect the Note 20 Ultra 5G to a larger screen for a presentation with the DeX function.
As far as the cameras are concerned, we have clearly equipped this device with the ultimate, with three lenses on the back: a wide-angle lens that can go up to 108 MP, an optical telephoto lens x5, x50 in hybrid mode from 12 MP and a very wide angle of 12 MP. We took on two other stars, the Huawei P40 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
See for yourself. However, the photos are heavily compressed for La Presse +, making the differences less noticeable.
Note 20 Ultra 5G vs P40 and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The quality of contrast management, richness of colors and precision of detail are remarkable . Close win for the Note 20 Ultra 5G, in our opinion. Only complaint, the use of digital processing sometimes seems too obvious and can give artificial colors. Some will prefer the fidelity of the iPhone's photos, others the warmer colors of the P40.
In terms of hardware, the battery is 4500 mAh, more than enough for a day. It accepts 25W fast charging, magnetic charging and can charge any phone that sticks to its back. Unlocking the phone is done with the fingerprint reader hidden under the bottom of the screen or with facial recognition. Both work flawlessly. It is compatible with 5G, which is now offered by various carriers in major Canadian cities.
We like less
The set of three lenses, sensors and flash forms a large bump on the back of the phone, making it ugly and unstable when placed flat on a table.
Samsung wants to encourage its users to use its own voice assistant, Bixby. While it does basic functions like weather forecasts and alarms well, it is far, but far behind, the Google Assistant's capabilities for more complex things. Find the distance between Montreal and Quebec or the name of the singer of Half Moon Run, find an Italian restaurant? & # 39; I didn't understand your request & # 39 ;, the beautiful French voice of France from Bixby keeps repeating. Needless to say, Siri and especially Google had all the answers to the same questions.
Finally, and it's his biggest mistake that made him miss the perfect score, this is a very expensive phone: $ 1,819.99 without a contract.
Are people buying?
In today's economy, we are reluctant to recommend such an expensive phone, especially as cheaper, more powerful models have hit the shelves in recent months. One thing is certain: the user who wants the best and wants to pay for the best is blessed with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.
Blade: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
Price: $ 1,819.99 (Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5