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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra review: Live by the S Pen, die by the S Pen

By Liu Hongzuo - 22 Aug 2020
Launch SRP: S$1898

Imaging Performance

Imaging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra uses a triple-rear camera configuration with the following specs:


  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 1.4μm pixel size, 120 ̊ field-of-view (FOV), f/2.2 aperture
  • 108MP Wide-Angle Camera with PDAF and OIS, 1.4μm, 79 ̊ FOV, f/1.8
  • 12MP Telephoto Camera, 1.0μm, 20 ̊ FOV, f/3.0
  • Laser Autofocus Sensor


  • 10MP Selfie Camera with Dual Pixel AF, 1.22μm, 80 ̊ FOV, f/2.2

Seems familiar? That's because Samsung took the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 108MP shooter and plonked it on the Note20 Ultra. Where the two flagship Galaxy devices differ is its telephoto capabilities, with the Note20 Ultra offering 5x optical zoom and 50x' Super-Resolution Zoom', while the earlier S20 Ultra has 10x hybrid optical zoom and 100x Space Zoom. We're not expecting a massive difference in shooting quality or experience when compared to the S20 Ultra, so here are the sample images are taken from the phone itself. 

12MP Wide-Angle Camera (main), no zoom.

Actual pixel size of the above photo.

12MP Wide-Angle Camera (main), no zoom.

12MP Wide-Angle Camera (main), no zoom.

5x Optical Zoom (option selected from camera interface).

12MP Wide-Angle Camera (main), no zoom.

108MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera (option selected from camera interface).

10x zoom (option selected from camera interface).

50x Super Resolution Zoom (option selected from camera interface).

12MP Wide-Angle Camera (main), no zoom.

108MP Ultra Wide Angle camera.

In general, it's a little stiff at handling contrast. Still, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is just as capable as the Galaxy S20 Ultra when it comes to taking regular photos with great accuracy, sharpness, colour balancing, and extremely low noise. You can take a look at our vast number of sample images from the Galaxy S20 Ultra and decide if there is a massive difference in imaging quality if you're upgrading primarily because of the new camera module.

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  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Nice display
microSD card slot
Great set of productivity features (responsive S Pen, Microsoft integration)
Good imaging quality
The Bad
No 120Hz refresh rate at 1440p
Average audio quality
Subpar benchmarking performance (Exynos)
Phone design could be more forward looking
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