During their evolution, smartphone screens have come a long way and at different times competed with display resolution, brightness, or protective coating. They had useful features like Always on, when in the off state the screen displays the time, battery level and icons of applications that received notifications. Recently, manufacturers have been actively promoting screens with a refresh rate of 120 Hertz. But almost for the first time in my memory, we are faced with a smartphone screen that has collected all conceivable and advanced technologies. From a resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels and a 120 Hz display, to the first-ever Gorilla Victus coating announced this year, an incredible amount of settings that the competition does not have (which is only the Edge function – a separate screen on the screen with its own user preferences) and really useful features like the same Always on or white balance settings to the taste of the most picky user. No more “blue” or “yellow” – everything can be corrected as the customer likes. But before, the worn-out phrase “the display does not fade in the sun” was enough for delight.
- The world’s first smartphone with protective glass gorilla loser
- Two settings pages
- Controlling color temperature in three ways
- Edge virtual bar to make everyday smartphone use easier
- Always “always” On and gesture control instead of buttons
- K – calibration: measurements with a colorimeter
- Personal impressions of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen
- The most important thing to remember about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen
- For those who want to know more
The world’s first smartphone with protective glass gorilla loser
Corning, a manufacturer of protective glass for a wide variety of displays, needs no introduction. Its new glass, Gorilla Victus, was unveiled this summer and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was the first in a miter of smartphones to receive protection that can withstand a drop from a height of two meters onto a hard surface. This glass is so seriously different from previous generations that it received not another number in the name, but its own name. For those who are interested in the details, here is the manufacturer’s promo video:
Two settings pages
The screen settings take up two pages in the menu. In addition to the trendy night theme, there is also the traditional brightness control, automatic shutdown. You can adjust the screen sensitivity to work with gloves or through an additionally glued protective film (it is already glued at the factory). There is a separate button that turns on the blue filter and makes the screen colors lighter warmer (in the saturated colors mode, the blues are really overestimated – this is shown by the results of measurements with a colorimeter, about which below).
Controlling color temperature in three ways
User preferences for color temperature are controlled in three ways: simple, very simple and sophisticated for those who are not afraid of difficulties and like to experiment. Not surprisingly, given the target audience of the smartphone – as I already wrote, the Galaxy Note series has always been appreciated by geeks and techies. You can switch settings between natural or saturated colors, choose one of five white balance options, shifting the spectrum towards cool or warm colors. Or, by pressing the advanced settings button, you can get to the control of each of the RGB chrominance channels (the third screenshot in the first block of this text).
Edge virtual bar to make everyday smartphone use easier
For the first time the functionality of the Edge panel appeared in a special edition of the Galaxy Note 4 6 years ago. The smartphone was named Galaxy Note Edge and was distinguished by a curved screen on one edge (we have a separate text about it and a review Galaxy Note 4)… A year later, in 2015, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 Edge with a double-curved screen. The current Edge no longer requires such radically curved screens, although the Galaxy Note 20’s screen edges are curved in line with the latest technology trends. And it is a purely software solution. Technically, this is a resident application of the system, which is called by touching a special place on the screen, and this place is chosen by the user himself. Holding your finger on the panel allows you to move it to the other side of the display and move it vertically to the most convenient place. I tried moving the Edge panel around in different places, but in the end I got used to the upper left side of the panel (it seems that it is installed by default there).
Why do I need an Edge panel? This is just a godsend for forgetful people like me who, standing at the checkout, frantically leaf through a huge list of installed applications to find the one they need – I have this application for New Mail and applications for retail chains and gas stations. No, of course, you can make a separate desktop for all of them, but in practice (at least in my case) this does not help much in a situation when you are not relaxed, but stand and poke your finger at the screen in search of the desired desktop in front of a sympathetic from the cashier’s gaze, which further aggravates the situation (especially if there is a queue behind you). And so I always know that in any part of the menu or on any desktop, just slide the Edge panel with your finger and voila!
In addition to the custom set of apps (the top part contains the most recently launched apps, but you can turn them off), you can install other widget options for the Edge panel. Surely someone will be comfortable with a calendar or calculator, which is always at hand. Or here’s a dictaphone, for example.
You can find additional third-party panels on the Samsung App Store. And by the way, not all of them require money, some are free. I personally like the idea of making a widget with a list of calls. Calls are a real trouble with modern smartphones, in the days of push-button telephones, you had to unlock the phone without looking at it, literally by touch and double-press the call button to dial a missed or last dialed call. It’s not that easy with smartphones, so someone will probably be delighted with the idea of such a widget. Or here’s the same metronome – it’s clear that not all of us are musicians (or who else needs a metronome there today), but it’s great that there are such things.
Always “always” On and gesture control instead of buttons
The world is moving to frameless displays, where the functional buttons “go back” and call the list of running applications – the legacy of the first versions of Android – are no longer needed, but for conservatives, you can leave the virtual buttons (at the same time choosing how it is more convenient for you to place the return button in the previous menu – left or right ) or disable them altogether, freeing up space on the screen for useful information, and mastering simple gesture controls. Well, do not forget about the Always On function, which really changes the user experience and delights everyone who encounters it for the first time (even if our readers are not like that).
K – calibration: measurements with a colorimeter
For those who are more deeply interested in the capabilities of smartphone screens, the editors gg makes their measurements with a colorimeter. We have special instructions that make it easier to interpret these technical wisdom in a relatively simple way for such a difficult question. We take measurements in two main modes of operation: with natural and saturated colors. In both cases, the screen has a higher color temperature and colder (blue) colors – just for those who are annoyed, you can turn on the blue filter. But all the graphs demonstrate the stability of indicators in both dark and light areas. That is, the overestimated brightness (according to my personal feelings, the picture really looks better on the screen, I suppose that Samsung’s studies in this area show that most users are the same as me) is always uniformly overestimated. And these are rather the results of such a factory (and deliberate) calibration than a technological flaw.
In rich color mode, the screen goes even further into a wider color gamut than the frames defined by the sRGB color space. But I, as a user, again like this picture more. And for those who are worried about the question (for example, it is important that the photo on the screen looks natural, and not brighter than it actually is in the picture – therefore our photos on smartphones often look prettier than on computer screens) there is a block of manual settings screen up to each of the three RGB channels.
Personal impressions of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen
Of course, the resolution of 3088×1440 pixels, unthinkable for smartphones, can rather be attributed to a marketing ploy. But everyone who has ever used a smartphone with a screen refresh rate of 120 Hertz will never be able to refuse it. By the way, 120 Hertz is only available in 2316×1080 and below – it’s not for nothing that it is set to FullHD + by default. At the same time, some sediment is left by the fact that it is impossible to fix the frequency of 120 Hertz, it is adaptive, that is, it is controlled by the smartphone itself, depending on the application used. The refresh rate has a great effect on power consumption, so adaptability here seems to be a reasonable decision, because the frequency of 120 hertz consumes additional energy for its work. Frequency adaptability is what sets the Note 20 Ultra’s screen apart from the flagship Galaxy S20. But all this does not negate the smoothness of the picture on the screen – it is there and is visible to the naked eye. In terms of the color palette, as I already said, I personally like the scheme with bright colors, even corny white looks whiter due to the increased brightness. In the bright sun, the readability of the screen is preserved, but reading small text will probably be tiring for a long time, although it is not necessary to instinctively cover the screen with your hand, creating an artificial shadow. One time I had a case where the screen was powerless against the sun, when the battery level dropped to 5%. The smartphone automatically went into a hard power saving mode, and in the bright sun it looked like a complete shutdown of the smartphone precisely because of the minimum allowable brightness level. Well, speaking about this display, it is worth recalling that a fingerprint sensor is built into it. This is no longer an innovation for flagship smartphones, but one cannot fail to mention it.
The most important thing to remember about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen
- adaptive refresh rate from 10 to 120 hertz
- resolution up to 3088×1440 pixels
- the world’s first Gorilla Victus safety glass
- anytime virtual Edge bar with custom settings
- advanced brightness and color temperature control
To be continued. If you have questions about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone – leave them in the comments, I will try to answer.