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8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Note20 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was released right before its “big brother,” the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UItra. While specs remain the same for the most part, there are some differences, including:

  • A smaller 6.7-inch display
  • No 120Hz refresh rate support
  • ‘Glasstic’ backplate
  • No MicroSD expansion option
  • 64MP rear-facing camera
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 4,300mAh battery

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a more robust frame and larger size, but the standard Note 20 has its merits. Performance is near identical, the display is outstanding in terms of color and clarity, and the design is top-notch as always. 

For someone who isn’t into all the bells and whistles -- or the big price tag -- that comes with the higher Ultra version, the standard Note 20 has everything that makes a Note phone good and is also less expensive. 

You can find out more about what to expect from the Note 20, in our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
3 GHz
Screen Size
6.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechENT

In our books then, the most important things for a Samsung Galaxy Note device is covered within the Samsung Galaxy Note20. In that case, we struggle to see the point of paying more for the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, if you do not have the extra MYR 1,000 to spend. If value is what you are looking...

- Darwin Sucipto, TechENT
DxOMark

The North American version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note20, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, has noticeably lower imaging performance than its global twin that uses Samsung’s own silicon. In good light it is capable enough, has a nice ultra-wide camera and a strong portrait mode, and could be of...

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark
Tom's Guide

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 offers all the utility of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra without some bells and whistles to come in at a more acceptable price, making it a more practical choice for buyers primarily concerned with productivity.

- Adam Ismail, Tom's Guide
DxOMark

The Note20 is a very reliable performer for both stills and video, without any serious weaknesses. The ultra-wide and close-range zoom shots are excellent, with nice bokeh images and a fairly reliable preview feed to boot. Better performance for medium- and long-range zoom shots would help the Note2...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
TechNave

We really liked the low-key design, S Pen, Samsung Notes app, the battery longevity, and camera performance. It's too bad the display doesn't have a 120Hz refresh rate though, and some of you may have wished it wasn't made mostly out of plastic, but we can't have everything. Overall, this phone is p...

- Abel Wong, TechNave


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy Note20 on August 21, 2020.


The Galaxy Note20 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy Note20 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy Note20 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy Note20 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Note20's screen size is 6.7 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1380 minutes, 960 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Note20 Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
600/700/850/1700 /1900/2500/28000/39000 MHz
LTE:
700/750/850/1500 /1700/1900/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1260 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 960 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 900 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.16 x 7.52 x 0.83 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 192 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED Plus
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 393 pixels
Size 6.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR10+ certified, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (64 MP, F2.0, Telephoto), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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