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Samsung Note 20 Ultra - My initial thought's.

(Topic created on: 01-07-2021 05:55 PM)
Samsung Maker ★★
Galaxy Note20 Series

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.  🌈 





Daily Driver > Samsung Galaxy s²² Ultra 256Gb in Phantom Black.

The advice I offer is my own and does not represent Samsung’s position.
I have no affiliation with Samsung.

Samsung Maker ★
Galaxy Note20 Series

I have not purchased imported devices, think I would prefer Samsung for the warranty though  realise Snapdragon Devices can be more attractive .

However notice WondaMobile cover 12 months warranty themselves.

"Please note that some of our products are imported goods and may not come with manufacturer's warranty; instead we will cover the warranty through our own company"

What is covered:

  • 12 months and labour costs for the repair of a manufacture defect or fault in production, which leads to product malfunctioning.
  • 12 months and labour costs for the repair of a fault in the material of the product, which leads to product malfunctioning.
  • 1 month parts and labour costs for the replacement of a fault in the material of detachable rechargeable batteries.

 * Physical damage on display screen is considered as accidental damage by most manufacturers. Labour and parts incurred will always be charged under warranty, while we will cover return shipping. 


I do not work for Samsung or make Samsung Products but provide independent advice and valuable contributions.

My Device- S21 Ultra 5G ( SM-998B/DS ) CSC= BTU , 12GB/256GB
One Ui 4.0,Android 12 Official Version.

Samsung Maker ★★
Galaxy Note20 Series

This is true @JAMES4578 that WondaMobile provide 12 months warranty themselves which is good because Samsung won't cover phones bought from Samsung in another country, however that's a different discussion.

I do have my phone's also covered under my Home Contents Insurance too.

Daily Driver > Samsung Galaxy s²² Ultra 256Gb in Phantom Black.

The advice I offer is my own and does not represent Samsung’s position.
I have no affiliation with Samsung.