Alongside Asus ROG Phone 3 and Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro as best gaming phones also ranks Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra best gaming phone for more than just gaming.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the most versatile big-screen phone yet, making it best for power users who are willing to pay a premium. He is the ultimate Android phone for the ultimate price (starting at $1,299).
Display: 6.9-inch AMOLED (3088×1440) | CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus | RAM: 12GB | Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / Yes | Rear camera: 108MP wide (ƒ/1.8); 12MP telephoto with 5x optical zoom (ƒ/3.0); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2) | Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2) | Weight: 7.33 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:15
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may not look much like a gaming phone, but rest assured — this is one of the most powerful phones on the market, with the most advanced display you’ll find that can scale all the way up to a maximum of 120Hz or down to 30Hz or 60Hz to match the frame rate of on-screen content.
But the Note 20 Ultra is more than just a powerful flagship; it’s optimized to stream Xbox titles, via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and can even cast games to external displays via Samsung’s DeX interface and Miracast. Whatever you play or however you play it, the Note 20 Plus’ Snapdragon 865 Plus and 12GB RAM will ensure a smooth experience — so long as you have a stable internet connection for streaming, of course.
You won’t find the same extent of gamer-focused features in the latest high-end Note as you’d expect from the ROG Phone 3, like clip-on external cooling fans and customizable air triggers. Then again, if you need a powerful phablet for work as well as play, there’s no choice more versatile than the Note 20 Ultra.
The massive 6.9-inch OLED quad HD+ display on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is big, bold and colorful. More important, this is the first Samsung phone to offer a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate.
The Galaxy S20 lineup introduced a faster refresh rate to Samsung phones, delivering smoother scrolling as well as better visuals, especially for games and movies. But it was a feature you had to manually adjust. With the Note 20 Ultra, the refresh rate automatically adjusts based on what content is on screen, which should save on battery life.
When using the display I found scrolling to be super smooth and fast in Chrome with Adaptive mode turned on. You can always choose 60Hz manually if you want to save every last drop of juice.