Samsung has unveiled its five new gadgets in their first ever virtual Galaxy Unpacked event held in Korea. Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra from the Note series, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live earbuds and the next generation Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable smartphone along with Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ tablets.
Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Since the launch of the Galaxy Note series in 2011, the once called “Phablet” device has evolved a lot. But it remained a top tier device which packs powerful hardware and the best experience delivered to the users over the years. The Note lineup has created its own fan base in the last 9 years. The New Galaxy Note 20 series without any doubt packs powerful hardware, S-Pen improvements and a new design.
Galaxy Note 20 is equipped with a 6.7″ flat Full HD+ Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display with HDR10+ certification. Unfortunately, there is no higher refresh rate display. The display is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for resisting the scratch on the screen.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 6.9″ Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. For experiencing the 120Hz refresh rate, the resolution need to be set to 1080p resolution.
Samsung Note 20 Ultra has the latest Corning Gorilla Victus glass both in the front and back side of the phone. It can resist scratches up to 2 meters when dropped on the hard surface. Both devices support Always-On display as well.
The Note 20 has a bezel-less display with a hole-punch in the center for the front facing camera. At the rear, it has a plastic back panel and the corners are a bit rounded compared to the traditional sharp corners found in the Note line up. However, Note 20 Ultra has a squared back and curved edges.
Both the variants are IP68 certified, means it is dust/water resistant up to 1.5m or 30 mins. The Note 20 weighs around 192g, 16g lighter than the Note 20 Ultra with 208g. Samsung has used the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the display for security.
The rear camera of the Note 20 has a 12MP primary Dual Pixel camera with f/1.8 and the camera has a 26mm wide lens. A 64MP telephoto lens with 3x Optical Zoom that can record up to 8K videos at 24fps. The 12MP ultrawide lens with f/2.2 can able to take 120˚ wide angle shots.
The Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP primary camera with f/2.0 26mm wide lens with PDAF, Laser AF, OIS supported. The 12MP f/3.0 telephoto lens can deliver up to 50x hybrid zoom and 5x Optical Zoom and has a 12MP ultrawide lens as well.
Performance and OS
The Note 20 variants ship with Android 10 pre installed with Samsung’s skin OneUI 2.5 running on top of it. Both devices are powered by Exynos 990 octa-core processor clocked at 2.73Ghz with Mali G77 GPU for the Global market and Snapdragon 865+ octa-core processor running at 3.0Ghz with Adreno 650 for managing graphics tasks.
The Note 20 has 8GB LPDDR5 RAM with 256GB UFS 3.1 non-expandable storage. Also 5G variant has a 128GB storage version as well. Note 20 Ultra comes with multiple storage options like 256GB and 512GB with 4G and 5G connectivity options.
In the galaxy unpacked event, Samsung has announced that they will be providing 3 years software support for their devices. The best part is that it will be applicable for the devices from Galaxy S10, its flagship released in 2018.
The 5G variant of Note 20 Ultra comes with 12GB RAM. All the variants support MicroSDXC for storage expansion, which is shared with the SIM card slot.
Samsung has improved the much loved S-Pen features in both Note 20 and Ultra. In the Ultra, it has reduced the latency to 9ms by taking full advantage of the high refresh rate, making the stylus features experience to the next level and Note 20 has a latency rate of 26ms.
Audio & Connectivity
In the audio department, Samsung has included stereo speakers on both the devices with 32 bit rate for high resolution audio output which is tuned by AKG. Samsung has included 3 microphones for better call quality and filter out the background noise.
Note 20 and Ultra supports Wi-Fi 6 is supported and basic connectivity features like Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and USB Type-C 3.2 version. Both devices support ANT+, a protocol used for fitness monitoring devices such as heart rate sensors and cadence sensors.
Power & Battery
The Note 20 packs a 4300mAh Non-removable Lithium-Ion battery which is 800mAh larger than its predecessor. Whereas the Ultra comes with a 4500mAh battery.
Both the devices come with a 25W charger which supports USB-C PD 3.0 and it is capable of charging 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. It also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging at 9W.
Colours, Extra features & Pricing
Samsung has integrated its wireless Dex technology to have a desktop like experience once your smartphone is connected to a monitor or TV screen.
Note 20 comes in Mystic Green, Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze. The 4G version with 256GB storage will cost AED 3549/INR 77999 and 5G variant is priced at AED3949.
The 4G variant of Note 20 Ultra has priced at AED 4499 for the 256GB storage variant and AED 4849 for the 512GB. Note 20 Ultra 5G variants with 256GB storage costs AED 4899 and 512GB storage can be bought for AED 5249/$ 1449.99/INR 104,999.
Currently both devices are available for pre-order from the Samsung website.