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Samsung Note 20 Ultra - My initial thought's.

(Topic created on: 26/08/20 07:47)
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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No because I never have needed to max it out to be honest.

 

I choose around 50% and turn adaptive brightness off @Note20ultraissues 

 

 




Current Phone ~

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

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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When using it outside on a hot day  the phone does get hot easily with camera app open and in use. And worse part is this:  you know how hard it is to see the screen outside under the sun and have to max out the brightness level. I did exactly that and after a while you will notice the brighness level starts to reduce automatically. This is what the software is doing to prevent overheating. The brightness levrl bar is still at max level (and adaptive brightness is set to Off) but the brightness level is more like 40% reduction done by the software. There is nothing you can do to brighten the screen once the software does that. You have to wait abt 15 minutes or so then the brightness level starts to return to normal again. Today i found out something. I tested the phone again outside but today was not as hot. The phone doesnt get hot faster this time...but still when i use the phone with max brightness, after a while the brightness level starts to reduce automatically again. At first i thought it will do that if the phone gets hot. But turned out that the software does the same even when the phone is just a little warm.  Now i am really disappointed with how the software works. It just does that not only to prevent overheating but also this feature exists to also save battery. I mean Come On Samsung! NOT THE SCREEN BRIGHTNESS. Samsung you MUST GIVE A SOFTWARE UPDATE TO DISABLE THE AUTO BRIGHTNESS ADJUSTMENT! Screen display is the most important part of the phone. You cant do nothing if the screen brightness is low! You have to put it down stop your work until the brighness level returns to normal! 

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BandOfBrothers
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I'm sorry to read your encountering these issues @Note20ultraissues  

 

I'm in the UK so it's very rare to encounter either a hot or sunny day :winking-face:  !

 

That aside I'm happy with my version of N20 Ultra overall.

 

 




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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Update.

 

So after finally receiving the refund for the Samsung N20 Ultra 256Gb Exynos version and free Buds Live I decided to buy another Samsung N20 Ultra 256Gb SnapDragon 865+ version.

 

And purchased the Mystic Black Buds Live.

 

Everything is good with this version of the Samsung N20 Ultra version.

 

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I had 50% battery left so screen on time would have been more if I had not powered the phone down.

 

The phone was on from 5am to just before 9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Current Phone ~

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

Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.

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