Samsung Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely

“The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely is the most important, most feature-packed Android cellphone ever made.”

Huge 120Hz display seems nice

S Pen is exclusive and helpful

Versatile digital camera

Future-proofed and software program

Full-day battery even with heavy use

Massive and heavy

Safety features are finicky

Palm rejection issues

Go large or go house. That’s at all times been Samsung’s motto with the Galaxy Be aware collection, and the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely is its greatest effort but. The display is even bigger than final yr’s Galaxy Be aware 10 Plus, and there’s additionally extra energy, extra options, and extra know-how — all aimed toward bettering productiveness and growing its media capabilities.

Your pockets had higher be larger too, because the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely begins at $1,299. Samsung’s method to outdoing the competitors is easy: Beat them into submission by providing the whole lot a cellphone purchaser may presumably need, in a cellphone that may final for years.

Pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable when it comes to gadget measurement and value, the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely even outdoes the Galaxy Be aware 10 Plus — a cellphone we known as one of the best Android cellphone of 2019.


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If the design of the Galaxy Be aware 10 Plus was slightly atypical, the Be aware 20 Extremely is something however. That’s particularly evident within the new Mystic Bronze shade of the units within the pictures. The digital camera module is very large, protrudes by a number of millimeters, and dominates the again of the cellphone. It’s very totally different from the dainty module on the Be aware 10 Plus, and much more in your face than the Galaxy S20 Extremely’s module. The glass masking has a powerful, shiny sheen in several lighting circumstances.

The Mystic Bronze itself falls someplace between gold and pink, and is stylish moderately than gaudy. The matte end has loads of grip and resists fingerprints, however the glass over the digital camera module doesn’t, and it typically wanted a very good wipe earlier than taking pictures. Take away the monster digital camera module and the Be aware 20 Extremely shares the identical fundamental form because the Be aware 10 Plus, the place the curved sides taper down to some extent whereas remaining completely comfy to grip.

Samsung has swapped the buttons over to the right-hand aspect of the cellphone and, for me, as a right-handed individual, it’s way more pure than the Be aware 10 Plus, the place the buttons have been on the left. Within the new format, the S Pen stylus is saved on the left aspect of the cellphone, the highest and backside of the cellphone are flat, and there’s a single hole-punch selfie digital camera within the display.

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I’ve average-sized fingers, and the Be aware 20 Extremely is correct on the sting of being too large and too heavy at 77.2mm (three.04 inches) broad, eight.1mm (zero.32 inches) thick, and 208 grams (zero.46 kilos). It’s well-balanced however can really feel top-heavy whenever you’re utilizing it whereas laying down. It’s additionally irritating to juggle it with one hand whenever you simply need to examine a notification or take a selfie.

It’s these fast duties that may make utilizing the huge Be aware 20 Extremely a little bit of a chore, and generally I’d lengthy for a smaller, extra manageable gadget. I felt this much less with the 196-gram, 7.9mm-thick Be aware 10 Plus.

Be ready for a interval of adjustment as you get used to the scale.

The Be aware 20 Extremely is a whopper of a cellphone and requires dedication to hold and use each day. The reward is well worth the effort, however when you’re graduating from a smaller cellphone (which is nearly each different cellphone out there), be ready for a interval of adjustment as you get used to it.

This is applicable even when you’re coming from the Be aware 10 Plus, which feels surprisingly lithe and usable in contrast with the Be aware 20 Extremely. I at all times recognize an extr- massive display, however the huge chassis required to accommodate it might probably really feel like a step too far.

Display and audio

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A 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 1,440 x three,088 pixel decision, a variable 120Hz refresh charge, and even HDR10+ help catches your consideration. The Be aware 20 Extremely is the primary Samsung cellphone to make use of Samsung Show’s variable refresh charge know-how, which adapts relying on what you’re doing in your cellphone. For instance, it’ll use 120Hz when enjoying video games that help it, or change to 60Hz for films, and even 10Hz for nonetheless pictures. The purpose is to be extra energy environment friendly.

The display is gorgeous to take a look at, identical to the vast majority of Samsung telephones.

This adaptive refresh charge is ready as customary, however it’s attainable to power it to completely use a 60Hz refresh charge. Equally, the decision by default is 2,316 x 1,080, and it should be manually modified to three,088 x 1,440 — to get pleasure from this, nevertheless, it’s a must to use a 60Hz refresh charge. It’s beautiful to take a look at, identical to the vast majority of Samsung telephones. I used it within the default setting more often than not and had no complaints concerning the high quality or sharpness.

Scrolling by some apps shouldn’t be as easy as I’d anticipated. I skilled some jerkiness in Twitter and in elements of Chrome too, which can have extra to do with Android than the display. There are minimal bezels on the high and the underside of the show, and it gently curves down the perimeters to present a big viewing space. Even the hole-punch for the selfie digital camera is tiny.

Watching Woyshnis Media’s YouTube video that includes the Lamborghini Huracán Perfomante and Mercedes Benz AMG GTS is a good demonstration of how implausible the display is, and in addition how a show tweak known as the Video Enhancer works. The inexperienced Lamborghini pops off the display with the mode energetic, whereas the darker AMG stays subdued till you get shut, and the colourful flake within the paint turns into noticeable. This neat steadiness isn’t widespread in display-enhancing modes, and meant I didn’t thoughts leaving the Video Enhancer on more often than not.

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I put the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely alongside the equally beautiful Sony Xperia 1 II to check video, and the outcomes are stunning. The Be aware 20 Extremely doesn’t play 4K YouTube video just like the Sony cellphone, however watching Carfection’s Porsche Taycan evaluate, it hardly exhibits. The Be aware 20 Extremely’s display is vibrant with shade, but nonetheless delivers crisp whites, and the big measurement actually does return a ravishing viewing expertise.

There are stereo audio system on the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely, one set on the high of the display for calls, and one other on the underside of the cellphone. The sound is full, with loads of midrange and clear highs. As you’d anticipate, there’s little low-end bass. It’s loud although, and whereas the sound will get fairly shiny, there’s no distortion at most quantity. The Be aware 20 Extremely additionally has Dolby Atmos help.

The display and media expertise on the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely is great, however it’s marred by problematic palm and finger rejection on the edges of the display. I’m utilizing a prerelease cellphone, so this can be cured in a software program replace forward of it happening sale. However because it stands now, it’s a ache. Due to it, miscellaneous apps open by chance whereas others get closed, I’ve despatched voice messages by chance in WhatsApp, and lots of buttons on the perimeters of the display received’t work till you modify your grip. It’s very irritating, however I’m hoping an replace will arrive to treatment it.


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The digital camera is likely one of the main upgrades the Be aware 20 Extremely boasts over the Be aware 10 Plus. Samsung’s 108-megapixel 1/1.33-inch sensor is on board, taken from the Galaxy S20 Extremely. It’s joined by a 12-megapixel periscope zoom with 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom, however with its most House Zoom stage decreased to 50x as an alternative of 100x.

Lastly, there’s a 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera, a brand new laser autofocus system, and optical picture stabilization on the primary and periscope lenses. It may well additionally document video at as much as 8K decision at 24 frames per second and 4K at 60fps, with each optical and digital stabilization, plus HDR10+ help.

Though the specs are clearly an enchancment over the Be aware 10 Plus, the 2 fundamental cameras take very related pictures, with solely slightly extra element coming from the Be aware 20 Extremely. This modifications whenever you go to 5x and 10x zoom although, the place the Be aware 20 Extremely surpasses the Be aware 10 Plus’ capability to take clear, detailed pictures.

The Be aware 10 Plus has a greater 2x optical zoom mode although, which in some circumstances might make it extra usable, as 5x will get you in very near a topic certainly.

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It’s simple to like the Be aware 20 Extremely’s digital camera. The pictures it takes are stuffed with shade, popping off the display in a satisfying means with out showing too synthetic or oversaturated. At nighttime, the low-light efficiency is nice too, with the digital camera injecting actual environment after nightfall. Zoom in to 5x and 10x and photographs nonetheless have quite a lot of element, however 50x is identical pointless endeavor as 100x on the Galaxy S20 Extremely.

The cellphone contains the wonderful Single Take mode with some delicate modifications. With this mode, you shoot a brief video as an alternative of a single nonetheless, and the digital camera creates a number of totally different edits together with stills, filtered photographs, GIFs, and extra for you. You’ll by no means remorse taking a photograph moderately than a video.

Within the new mode, you may choose the period of time you shoot a video for — between 5 and 15 second –, and it returns extra choices from even essentially the most fundamental captures than it did earlier than. Not all are gold, however I’d moderately have an excessive amount of selection than not sufficient.

The 108-megapixel mode and the 8K video mode are gimmicks. The 8K video seems nice when you personal an 8K TV, however when you don’t, the footage simply takes up plenty of space for storing in your cellphone.

Take a 108-megapixel nonetheless and also you’ll wrestle to select it out within the gallery. As soon as you discover it, you may crop it down with out shedding a lot element, however it is a area of interest characteristic, particularly since you could possibly additionally use one of many Be aware 20 Extremely’s very succesful zoom settings. These modes work as meant, and 8K video could also be extra useful sooner or later, however proper now they’re not a purpose to purchase this cellphone.

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How about selfies? Some might think about them washed out — and in comparison with the iPhone 11 Professional, they’re positively on the sunshine aspect — however I appreciated the outcomes.

The enhancing suite contained in the Gallery app can be value mentioning, because it’s full-featured and really simple to make use of, and the auto-enhance setting is often suitably efficient in emphasizing the colours in selfies. Samsung has added a professional mode to the video, and whereas I like the way in which you may zoom out and in manually for a cinematic look, professional modes are difficult and require a level of knowledgeable data. Most individuals will simply use the auto mode, I think, however when you’re a reliable photographer, will probably be very welcome.

The core options of the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely’s digital camera — the primary sensor, periscope zoom, wide-angle, Night time mode, and selfies — are all wonderful, and also you’ll take pictures which are immediately able to share in nearly any surroundings or scenario. Discover extra, and the Be aware 20 Extremely’s digital camera actually stands out.

S Pen

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Now housed on the decrease left of the cellphone, the S Pen is an identical in measurement and form to the final one, however it’s simpler to take away and exchange thanon the Be aware 10 Plus. Samsung made a giant factor concerning the latency discount to 9 milliseconds, so is that this noticeable? Probably not, no, and maybe it’s as a result of I’m used to the Be aware 10 Plus, however I discovered my scribbled notes have been a lot neater on that cellphone. I feel the sensitivity wants some adjustment, and the palm rejection issues don’t assist issues right here both.

The brand new convert-to-text characteristic could be very correct. An simply edited field seems on display whenever you convert, and whereas I by no means needed to change any phrases, the formatting was at all times off and wanted neatening up. The S Pen’s Air Gestures work nicely. For instance, a reverse swipe goes again a step, and a scribble motion opens a window to put in writing on the display. The button nonetheless works as a distant shutter key for the digital camera too.

Sure, the S Pen is a purpose to purchase the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely — if for no different purpose than if you’d like a stylus, you don’t have quite a lot of different decisions.

Residing with the Be aware 10 Plus on varied events over the previous yr taught me it may be helpful, however you’ve bought to essentially have a use for it in thoughts. Whereas there are particular options, they aren’t compelling sufficient to make you need to use it when you’re not already planning to take notes or draw. The Be aware 20 Extremely’s palm rejection actually wants to enhance although, as I do suppose it affected the way in which the pen reacted on the display.

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Regardless of the scale and weight of the cellphone, it’s an excellent gaming machine, largely as a result of the display is so massive and the S Pen is an fascinating various to utilizing your finger. I performed DariusBurst SP, one in every of my favourite cellular video games, and I used to be way more exact when dodging bullets within the tougher later ranges utilizing the S Pen moderately than my finger.

It labored equally nicely enjoying 1945 and different shooters. The S Pen’s new low latency nearly definitely helps, though I wouldn’t say Scribble Racer 2 felt any extra exact than earlier than.

Efficiency and software program

Purchase the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely within the U.S. and it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, however purchase the identical cellphone within the U.Okay. or elsewhere in Europe and it’ll include Samsung’s personal Exynos 990 processor. That is the mannequin examined right here, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of space for storing. There’s a MicroSD card slot to spice up this when you want extra space. No matter the place you purchase the cellphone, it comes with 5G connectivity. Listed here are the benchmark outcomes:

Geekbench 5: 919 Single Core/2708 Multi Core

3DMark Sling Shot Excessive: 5179 (Vulkan)

These figures are significantly decrease than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 contained in the OnePlus eight Professional and the Snapdragon 865 Plus within the Asus ROG Telephone three. I didn’t discover any efficiency issues and benchmark outcomes don’t at all times mirror real-world pace, however it’s laborious to disregard the distinction between Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus in these benchmark outcomes.

Use the Exynos-powered Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely pretty laborious, and it’ll get slightly sizzling — by no means to the purpose the place it’s uncomfortable to carry, however you positively get sweaty palm. I seen this enjoying Asphalt 9 Legends, however not Hill Climb Racer, so when you by no means play high-end video games or make lengthy calls, chances are you’ll not discover.

Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI 2.5 is put in, together with the July 2020 Android Safety Patch, and it operates in the identical means because the software program discovered on the Galaxy S20 collection units. It’s daring and colourful, with loads of methods to customise the look, proper all the way down to an efficient Darkish Mode and a useful always-on display. It’s quick and dependable, and the gesture controls are fluid. I had no points with the software program in any respect.

Battery and safety

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The Be aware 20 Extremely’s four,500mAh battery has loads to deal with, so don’t anticipate it to last more than a day in case your display time is 5 hours or extra. Use it reasonably for much less time and it’ll nearly creep by a second working day. Throughout my time with the cellphone, it has not lasted two full days on a single cost, and with a median of three to 4 hours display time every day, it’s at round 30% by midnight.

Contemplating the tech the battery has to energy, I don’t think about this too unhealthy, and the cellphone hasn’t left me involved I’ll want an emergency top-up to final the day. Nevertheless, it’s not going to please the hardcore power-users Samsung needs to draw with the Be aware collection, and when you’re going to make use of 5G, anticipate much more battery drain. I don’t have 5G in my native space, so have I not examined this characteristic. The 4G LTE alerts are good, and Wi-Fi calling on supported networks is useful, though I did discover Wi-Fi vary was slightly brief. The 25-watt wired charger takes the battery to 50% in 30 minutes, and you need to use wi-fi charging too.

An in-display fingerprint sensor secures the Be aware 20 Extremely and, sadly, it’s as finicky because the one on the Be aware 10 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Extremely. It’s not as quick to acknowledge your print because the OnePlus eight Professional, or as fast to unlock the cellphone. There’s a face unlock system, however it’s equally ponderous and has an ungainly means of activating. In consequence, I by chance turned the display on and off once more whereas I waited for it to work. Unlocking Samsung telephones typically is irritating in comparison with nearly all different telephones I exploit.

A lot extra

I’ve been utilizing the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely as my fundamental cellphone for practically two weeks, and there are nonetheless many options to discover, or that I’ve not used for any considerable size of time. That is uncommon, and highlights simply how a lot effort Samsung has put into making the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely its strongest and feature-packed smartphone out there.

An instance is the brand new Wi-fi DeX system. Samsung DeX takes your cellphone show and places it on a monitor or tv, then modifications the software program right into a desktop-style system the place you may run apps, view pictures, watch video, and even play video games. Beforehand, DeX required an HDMI cable or particular dock to function, however the Be aware 20 Extremely introduces wi-fi help. The characteristic doubtless works greatest with Samsung televisions, however refused to hyperlink with Display Mirroring on my Sony Android TV.

The checklist goes on. The Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely has a power-sharing mode to wirelessly cost the Galaxy Watch three, Galaxy Buds Plus, or the Galaxy Buds Stay, it gives entry to Microsoft’s Xbox Recreation Go to stream console video games onto your cellphone, and later this yr a software program replace will add the flexibility to run your cellphone apps on a Home windows 10 PC. Proper now, Samsung Notes sync with OneNote. There actually is a ton to find on the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely, and that helps enhance the longevity.

Worth and availability

The 128GB Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely prices $1,299, or $1,449 for the 512GB mannequin. Within the U.Okay. the 128GB cellphone is 1,179 British kilos and the 512GB cellphone is 1,279 kilos. It’s offered by Samsung’s personal on-line retailer and on contract with the overwhelming majority of carriers. It’s out there for pre-order now and will likely be launched on August 21.

Our take

The Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely is the most important, baddest, most hardcore flagship smartphone you should purchase right this moment. It has the whole lot you could possibly need from a cellphone right this moment — and just about the whole lot for tomorrow too, together with 5G, making it a protected buy for somebody who needs a cellphone that may final for years. Samsung does want to repair the palm rejection and edge recognition issues although, as this blights an in any other case excellent follow-up to the wonderful Galaxy Be aware 10 Plus. On that notice, when Samsung fixes this situation, the cellphone will obtain a brand new rating.

A phrase on the worth. It’s costly, however when you think about how highly effective and succesful it’s, and what number of options it presents, there’s extra longevity within the Be aware 20 Extremely than many different flagship telephones that value a number of hundred dollars much less. Samsung says it designed it this manner, and it exhibits. Purchase it, and chances are you’ll even start to think about altering your cellphone for a number of years.

Is there a greater various?

In order for you one of the best technical specs, a stylus, and a superb digital camera, the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely stands alone. When you aren’t that frightened concerning the S Pen stylus, the Galaxy S20 Extremely is an honest various, though I favor the Be aware 20 Extremely’s design and digital camera. At this value, you must also be trying on the Apple iPhone 11 Professional Max, which has a standout digital camera and display.

When you don’t need to spend a lot cash, and once more aren’t frightened concerning the stylus, the OnePlus eight Professional is a good purchase with its fairly design, respectable digital camera, and beautiful display. When you’re actually eager on gaming ,the Asus ROG Telephone three is one other high-spec, targeted cellphone that’s value contemplating.

Do you have to improve when you’ve got the Galaxy Be aware 10 Plus? I don’t suppose so. The digital camera is a particular enchancment, however with it comes further bulk and, in the intervening time, much less refined software program — there aren’t any such palm rejection points on the Be aware 10 Plus. In order for you a Be aware cellphone however not on the Be aware 20 Extremely’s value, purchasing round for a Be aware 10 Plus can be a shrewd transfer.

How lengthy will it final?

Ages and ages. The Be aware 20 Extremely’s energy and skill imply that even in two years time, it ought to nonetheless really feel contemporary. It has an IP68 water-resistance score, however isn’t rugged, so that you’ll nonetheless need to put it in a case. There’s 5G for the long run too, and you may document 8K video prepared for whenever you purchase an 8K TV.

Samsung guarantees three generations of software program updates for its most up-to-date smartphones. This implies the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely ought to obtain Android updates past a two-year contract, extending its helpful life additional than most will anticipate. Nevertheless, Samsung has not dedicated to any time frames, so though Android 11 and past will arrive on the cellphone, you might have to be affected person.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. You’ll be spending loads, however you’ll be getting a cellphone you received’t have to consider changing for years.

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