Samsung Galaxy Note20: The Display makes a Difference

Samsung's Galaxy Note20 comes with a Super AMOLED Plus panel
Samsung's Galaxy Note20 comes with a Super AMOLED Plus panel
The most prominent difference between the Galaxy Note20 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is the display with differences that exceed their mere size or refresh rate. Find out in our review what other differences we found, and what may make the cheaper Samsung smartphone the better choice.
Daniel Schmidt (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪

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.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim - 360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-10- 2 (Update: 2020-10- 2)