Samsung comes out with many new phones, and they quickly try the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5g is their most expensive top of the line flagship yet for 2020. It’s one of those phones where we all pay extra for the five g, but only five people get to use it. Inside the box, we get a protective rubber case, cool. This is the mystic black version, and it comes with the regular USBC headphone cord and a 25-watt wall charger. The thing that stands out to me the most, though, is this camera bump the cameras kind of own this phone like a full-fledged Domino glued to the back. And it’s just about as thick as a Lego, rather incredible. Anyway, here, Samsung is using new glass this time around. Gorilla Glass victus be interesting. Let’s get started.
One of the reasons I’m interested in this galaxy note 20 Ultra is because it’s the newer version of the phone that I’m currently using, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and with their nearly identical footprint and specs, it’s time to decide if it’s worth the upgrade for me or not. For reference, apparently, my older note ten plus can be found on eBay in the $700 range, and the new note 20 Ultra is a wallet breaking 1300 dollars. So if you ever want to save oodles of cash, buying last year’s model is always an option. Let’s talk about the glass.
So Corning just came out, glass, and they’ve switched from using numbers to calling this glass, victus, meaning to live.
Samsung was nice enough to protect the victus glass with a free screen protector.But once we get that removed, we can start with a real scratch test.
Most mineral picks can differentiate between different materials.
You know, if the screen were plastic, he would start scratching in the two or three range.If it were glass, it would start scratching in the five or six range.
And the screen was made from Sapphire, which we haven’t seen in awhile now.
The screen started scratching at level eight or nine. Corning Gorilla Glass victus is still glass, and it scratches at a level six with deeper grooves at a level seven. You might be thinking, but Jerry. What in the world is Corning mean when I say victus is four times more scratch-resistant than regular glass? And that’s a great question. When Corning uses these talking points, they aren’t comparing victus to previous versions of a gorilla. They’re comparing victus to regular glass, and it isn’t much more robust than regular glass, but it’s still glass, you know, we have the plastic, glass, and Sapphire realms of hardness, the glass realm is here in the middle at five-six or seven. All of the incremental improvements that Gorilla Glass has made have been inside this glass realm, which my most hardness picks are to generalize to differentiate between those mineral test is a rough scale designed to find the difference between lots of materials like plastic to Sapphire ., but not to check the minute subtle differences between different types of glass, a machine capable of specifically analyzing that section of information would cost in the hundred thousand dollar range. Maybe someday I can get my hands on one. But while there is an improvement in the glass realm, glass is still glass, and I’m still always just in case the S Pen does still have removable tips, so you can switch between the soft and hard, depending on your writing style. Even though I don’t use mine all that often, the S Pen is still one of my favorite pieces of technology, pulling out the back. Pin we can see the brains of the operation, along with the capacitor at the end that can charge up in a matter of seconds and provide enough power for the pin to last 30 minutes outside of the phone capacitors are way cooler the batteries above the capacitor is just a quickie bit of the pin.
But the writing tip of the yes pen is where things start to get fun. There are a lot of copper wires around the tip. This generates magnetic fields that the phone knows where the pin’s tip is, even without actually touching the capacitive display. There is a pressure sensor inside the tip, of course, for touching, but apparently, it needs to be in like a piece or something to keep functioning, but you get the point. It gets even more relaxed when we look on the inside of the phone, there’s a super-tiny wireless charger resting on top of the S Pen slot that you can see here on my tear down the skin, and that tiny wireless pad is what charges up the S Pen through the coils in the tip. At the same time, it’s inside the phone dry awesome.
The note 20 Ultra does have a circular 10-megapixel front-facing camera with about the same placement from last year’s model, as well as the almost nonexistent earpiece grille. Just a tiny slit up here at the top. The phone body is made from aluminum.
You can see this silver peeking out from underneath the mystic black, and the buttons are also made for metal. And for some reason still totally removable. The top of the phone has some clear protective plastic.
Along with the microSD expansion and SIM card tray and no headphone jack, the phone’s left side is still a very dry, dedicated Bixby button again. Glad that changes are lasting.
The bottom of the phone has more temporary, clear protective plastic and metal.
Next to the USBC port, the note 20 Ultra back is made from glass, but Rumor has it that Samsung’s regular note 20 is made from plastic this year. Let me know down in the comments if you want me to test that for now. I do start to get a little bit tempted is the cameras. The note 20 Ultra has a built-in 12 megapixel five times periscope camera, where mine only has two times. Then there’s the 108-megapixel primary camera, where mine’s only 12 megapixels in 4k. Then we have the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, where minds are 16. There are some pretty significant changes this year camera wise but still probably not worth my 1300 dollars, especially since my phone is still working pretty great. Plus, maybe if I wait a bit, they’ll find a way to minimize that camera bump—the only way to make this camera bump cool by showing what’s inside of it.
I’ll lay the teardown scan over the camera plateau and get the rest of the phone covered up. We can now see exactly how big the sensors are and how much real estate that periscope zoom camera takes up underneath the hump. It’s similar to last year’s design except for the S Pen is on the other side. I’ll leave a link for my teardown skin down in the description. It’s already available for most of the popular phones, tablets, and even laptops. The screen has improved a bit this time around. Even though it’s the same resolution, it has grown point one inches and can refresh at 120 hertz. Also, a tiny bit tempting. But avoiding 1300 hertz on my wallet is more important than needing hertz for my eyes. After about 23 seconds, the screen started to go black, usually something I see on LCD screens. This guy doesn’t recover and stays burned rather interesting for an amulet—just another prime example of why we have no idea why the burn test exists. The fingerprint scanner test is useful though, Samsung is once again using the ultrasonic fingerprint reader. You can see that it’s not using the light from the screen to illuminate my digit. It’s just using those ultrasonic waves through the glass to capture my fingerprint rich .. I’ll let some level seven deeper grooves to damage things up and try again. And it still works every single time.
Not too shabby. Okay, this structurally enhancing magic skin kind of kidding on the structural part, but it is magic. The note 20 Ultra weighs four grams more than my note ten plus. And just like last year, it’s as solid as a rock—no flex in the frame, no damage to the glass or to the phone itself. I would say I’m impressed, but it does cost 1300 dollars. So, it better to be durable. Try No one should be surprised that it is. Instead of buying an ultra phone and having an ultra-thin wallet, I’m going to stick with my regular phone and keep my wallet where it’s at—speaking of keeping your wallet where it’s at. I’m going to be giving away Jerry rigged everything stickers for free. All you have to do to get one is send me a regular old snail mail letter to the address you see on screen, and I’ll send you one of these large stickers back for free. Just make sure your return address is readable, so I know where to send it. And feel free to send me a sticker of your own if you’d like.
I’ll add it to the sticker wall in my garage, with Trump into joy, working their hardest to stop the mail. It might take a bit longer for you to get your sticker, but we can stick it to them by being pen pals. The address is up on the screen, and I’ll even be sending these internationally for free, so feel free to write me a letter, no matter where you’re from. It feels good to keep my phone around a while longer—no need to replace something that isn’t broken. I will be taking apart the note 20 Ultra to see how the insides compare with the outside.