Samsung Galaxy Note20: The Display makes a Difference
When simply comparing tech specs side by side the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is better than the Note20 in every way, particularly in regard to its display. Its larger 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel supports an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and can get incredibly bright with up to 1,350 nits in the APL10 test. If you don’t mind a 60 Hz refresh rate you can even run it at a higher resolution of up to QHD+ (3088 x 1440).
In return, the Note20 features a smaller 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a maxium resolution of 2400 x 1080 (FHD+) and is limited to just 60 Hz. It is also noticeably dimmer at just 833 nits in the APL50 test. Nevertheless, this level of brightness remains high enough for most lighting situations and, more importantly, for properly displaying HDR contents. If you are interested in a more natural representation of colors the cheaper smartphone is the better choice as it showed almost no deviations in our test.
In addition, the Note20 comes with a feature that has gone almost completely out of style: it is completely flat and not curved anywhere around its case. The result: an undistorted image up to and including at its edges. This can be particularly beneficial when taking notes with the S-Pen.