(This is a paid review with Samsung.)
Now that most of the offices are in KL and Selangor in MCO, we would all have to stay home again to work, play, and train for some from home.
But I've been missing new games lately, and the itch of trying a new game got a little overwhelming.
Luckily I got a unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G So I decided to check out the phone from a mobile gamer's perspective.
Coincidentally, Genshin Impact wasn't released until not that long ago, and from the reviews I've seen, it had Zelda: Breath of The Wild-esque gameplay. So I was definitely intrigued.
Exynos VS Snapdragon
One of the most hotly debated aspects of the phone, the Galaxy Note20 5G comes with an Exynos 990 processor. Yes, it's different from the Snapdragon 865+ variant that the US or Korea got, and it's still a powerful processor.
According to Antutu, a popular benchmarking software, the Snapdragon variant only offers a 6% increase in CPU performance.
I tested it myself and you can see the benchmarks that I achieved below.
Some of the benchmarks I got on the phone
I've used the phone as my daily driver and I've encountered 0 problems when it comes to playing games or browsing the internet. The Samsung One UI is still one of my favorite Android UIs aside from the pixels. So far there have been no delays when switching between games and replying to messages.
It's still a nifty phone.
- Diluc still avoids me from my gacha drawings on Genshin Impact
- Playing with our colleagues among us was a godsend (I only managed to be a cheat once in our 10-round game).
- Another game I played is called Bistro Heroes
The display is still beautiful
Gamers should keep one thing in mind: the Galaxy Note20 5G only has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. However, this does not mean that it is unusable.
The phone still comes with a gorgeous 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus with an HDR10 + display. The color rendering is still just right. Personally, I'm a little biased when it comes to Samsung colors.
Watching my favorite shows on YouTube and Netflix wasn't a problem, even under the bright sun, as the display gets pretty bright, if not as bright as the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.
In contrast to the Ultra, the Galaxy Note20 5G has a flat display. This is great as I didn't use a curved edge phone.
And if you're a mobile gamer, curved edges often get annoying and can lead to false clicks. Therefore, a flat display is an advantage for me.
In terms of gaming, I tested the phone with Genshin Impact at only 30 FPS and it performed pretty well with no hiccups. I tried the 60FPS version of the game and it worked without a hitch.
- The flat display of the Galaxy Note20 5G and the metal railings
- You can toggle Genshin Impact to 60 FPS, but it will take the phone to its maximum performance
Sufficient battery life
The phone comes with a 4,300 mAh battery that will last at least a day. However, if you are a heavy mobile gamer, the phone needs refilling from time to time.
To put the battery to the test, I left the phone 88% on before going to bed with Masketeers. When I woke up the battery was at 43% and the screen was on for about 7 hours.
So if you keep your idle game playing on the screen overnight, you will still have enough juice to keep it running for at least half a day.
Went to bed at 10:16 pm with the battery almost full and woke up at 43% after leaving the game while idling
You don't have to be a gamer
Unlike most other gaming phones, when you choose this phone, you not only get a good mobile phone to play with, but also the S-pen which can also be helpful in many cases.
I recently moved my bedroom to see if I could sleep better and if I could fit my desk in the room. I could take a photo in panorama, then make a blueprint for the room and see if there is a better way to accommodate my table.
- This was my room after the beds were pulled out (please ignore the clutter)
- Draw the blueprint with Samsung Notes
- In the end, we decided to use a different layout and decided against adding a table
If necessary, the S Pen can also be used for taking notes. You can even correct the handwriting with the Samsung Notes app if you have Cakar Ayam (bad handwriting) like me.
The camera isn't bad either. While I have to say that the camera's notch is slightly raised, it can be used on the table without any problem. I even managed to get some sample shots during the MCO to demonstrate the capabilities of the camera.
- I'm still a huge fan of the camera's color rendering
- Recorded in normal mode
- An example of a close-up with the Galaxy Note20 5G
- A bearable camera notch
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My experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G has been a pleasant one and I believe this phone will still grab attention, especially for those who love the S Pen but don't want a big phone like the Ultra variant.
It's a good everyday driver and I personally like the feel of the back of the phone. It has a much better grip than its metal and glass counterparts.
- Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G Here.
- Read our previous reviews Here.