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Samsung Note 20 Ultra - My initial thought's.

(Topic created on: 28/09/20 08:41)
BandOfBrothers
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Hi Everyone,

 

Very early days for me just yet.

Received the phone Monday 24th direct from Samsung UK.

 

I have the Exynos  N20 Ultra 256gb in the Uk. I now have the SnapDragon 865+ Samsung N20 Ultra 256Gb model. 

August Update.
120Hz adaptive refresh rate is On.
Dark Mode.
Brightness around half way.

Bluetooth On.
Battery on Optomise setting but not adaptive.
Screen time out 2 minutes.
I don't have lots of apps as I only use a select few to be honest.

Any google apps / services I remove or disable especially Google Chrome as I use Samsung Internet. 

5G turned Off as I can't use it anyway with my Carrier.
Installed back up from Samsung Cloud and Apps from Playstore My Library to give a clean install as possible.

I'm not keen on Smartswitch.

Some who have used Smartswitch and are experiencing issues have said they are contemplating factory resetting and using a clean install.

 

I have put some apps to sleep and some to deep sleep which is what i did also on my N10+ 5G. Habit really !!

I use a burner sim card at first when setting up my new phone's and keep my previous phone as my daily driver while I'm taking my time tweaking my new phone's settings and preferences.

I've read a few posts from people who said they could see the battery % drop even when not doing anything on the phone. Although background activity and processess still happen, network signal and mobile data or WiFi will be On, and the phone is in learning mode and any backups downloaded into the phone will be indexing so battery consumption will happen.

So after my Samsung Cloud restore finished and my apps were put on via the Playstore and everything was updated and fully synced I then cleared my System Cache file's.

 

I then charged the phone to 100% and left it sat there all day with mobile data , Bluetooth, Nfc all On , and WiFi Off.

From 05:30 to 18:00 it went from 100% to 96% battery which I think is reasonable as notifications and background activity is still happening.

I give my phones around 10 days to fully learn and optimise. Then and only then will i give my thoughts on battery usage.

 

I understand and appreciate some owners are experiencing their own issues with usage / battery usage and I in no way play down any of this. I urge people to make use of the Samsung Members App to send feedback. The more the better as Samsung then react via updates.

Charging and discharging the battery will help the battery reach optimum output.

 

I also keep a close eye on the Google Play Services in my battery stats.

 

This should be around 2% to 3%.

High usage for this can cause high battery drain.

This can mean Google apps and Services are communicating too frequently and sync issues maybe happening.

 

After a few more days of setting the phone up and tweaking my settings and preferences I'll start to use it more for surfing , use the apps and social media And see how it goes.

 

As long as I get a day with a little juice left over which is what i achieve from my N10+ 5G I'll be happy.

 

I use Spotify Music for commuting so I'll be also hooking up my Samsung Buds Live and also my Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

 

I don't game on my phone's so I won't be able to comment on that particular usage.

 

Early Initial Thoughts on the phone itself.

 

As per usual the quality of workmanship and materials use by Samsung is exemplary.

 

I think it's time Samsung went with flat panels however.

 

Coming from the N10+ 5G the 120hz adaptive refresh rate on the N20 Ultra is amazing to see.

I like that this is adaptive so will save battery too.

 

I was a bit wary of the camera module at first but I needn't have been concerned. It actually makes it easier to hold as my finger slides up to it.

But as I use a case the module is hidden now anyway.

 

I know the specifications say the N20 Ultra is heavier than my N10+ 5G but for some reason it feels lighter ! Go figure.

 

Some people have remarked that the colours on the N20 Ultra display are not as vivid i.e popping as other Samsung Phone's and I agree it isn't.

 

I personally do not use the vivid setting on my phone's. I quite like what the N20 Ultra provides in this department but it's a personal opinion and submit we all like different things visually.

 

My N20 Ultra came with a factory fitted Tpu plastic screen protector.

 

This i will eventually remove and fit the Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector as I prefer these to the plastic feel, and they are the better option when it comes to glass screen protectors than most currently available imo.

They are nit cheap however. 

 

The fps works well with them too.

 

On the subject of the Finger Print Scanner this works way better than the one on my N10+ 5G.

 

Face Recognition works as well too.

 

I use the Samsung Official Black Leather back case. I like a minimalist look.

 

I also have a dbrand Black Dragon Back Skin and this time also a camera module skin on order.

 

Sorry this was a long post.

 

If anyone has any questions or want's any clarity then feel free to ask.  :smiling-face:

 

I'll update / edit my thread as and when I come across anything new.

 

Until then 🌈 Stay Safe & Stay Alert.  🌈 

 

 

 

 




Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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BandOfBrothers
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OK so this was my first day of using the phone as I would typically.

 

Booted up at around 5am and screen shot at 20:45.

 

Battery started at 100%

 

Battery at 48% when screenshot.

 

Screen On Time 3h 09 minutes.

 

Obviously I could have got quite a bit more screen on time if I hadn't stopped at 20:45.

 

Screenshot 2 to show shortened info.

 

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Screenshot 1 to show full screen.

 

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Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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alal
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Is the battery life in line with your previous Note 10? I am curious.

BandOfBrothers
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@alal wrote:

Is the battery life in line with your previous Note 10? I am curious.


Hi @alal 

 

I can't really answer that fully yet as my N10+ 5G phone and battery are well optimised but the N20 Ultra is not yet.

 

I've only charged the N20 Ultra up two times and I'm still adjusting and tweaking it to suit my wants and needs.

 

What I can say is that both the N10+ 5G and N20 Ultra both easily last me a full day with both having spare battery % left over. This hits my personal bench mark.

 

Please take into account battery stats  / screen on time and standby times is a very subjective topic as we all use and set up our phone's differently.

 

Hope that helps.

 

 




Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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kradcliffe
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I smell BS with this settling in *****. All the other handsets I've had (and there have been a lot) have never had to adjust over a 7 day period. My previous P30 Pro just worked out of the box and the battery life was amazing from minute 1.

 

Can't help thinking it's just Samsung trying to put people off returning straight away otherways they'd have most of the handsets returned.

 

Bottom line is that for a flagship and very expensive phone the battery life just doesn't cut it. And no, we shouldn't need to dim this, turn off that, block this just to get a day's use out of the battery, as ironically Samsung say we will in their marketing material.

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update for this thread.

 

With great sadness I have had to arrange for the return my Samsung Note 20 Ultra back to Samsung UK, and now have returned to using my Samsung Note10+ 5G for the time being.


After initial very good experiences with the N20 Ultra phone's battery and screen on time my phone's Network Connection was dropping in places where signal has always been good on my N10+ 5G and other phone's.


My Mobile Network confirmed there was no known issues with local or surrounding masts.


People on the same Network as myself have reported good signal connectivity.


Testing with another same Mobile Network Sim Card returned the same result in the N20 Ultra unfortunately. 


Refreshing the Connection in Network Settings in the phone didn't improve Connection.


My Network Sim works fine in my N10+ 5G by providing good signal.


A Factory Reset didn't help.

 

As I'm not a phone engineer in any sense I'm not sure if the phone is at fault or it just cannot maintain a good signal for some reason.  😞

 

The phone is being collected and I'll have to await a refund before starting again.



 

 




Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

kradcliffe
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I noticed this at day one. I'm away on business just now and when calling home it keeps dropping calls as in they just cut off. Also as I stated before there are places at my work where I get data on other devices but not on the Note 20 ultra. 

 

If there's no patch for this or the battery life before 28 days I may return too. Shame as its a lovely handset. 

 

Keith 

BandOfBrothers
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I agree @kradcliffe 

 

It almost ticked every wants and needs box for me but obviously I need a stable signal too.

 

😞

 

 




Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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JAMES4578
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@BandOfBrothers  Pity the Note 20 Ultra did not work out for you , even if impressive in many ways.  However the signal is of crucial importance.

BandOfBrothers
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Thank you @JAMES4578 

 

Yes the phone ticked all my want's any needs boxes and overall was very happy with the N20 Ultra however signal is kinda crucial  :winking-face:

 

 




Current Phone ~

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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Have you noticed that if you max out the brightness, and after few minutes, the screen dims? And it wont get brighter even if you adjust the brightness bar.