The South Korean tech giant, Samsung in its first virtual launch event, introduces the company’s 2020 generation Samsung’s Note lineup, it is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with all-around improvement.
Samsung 2020’s latest Galaxy Note lineup is available in two models – the original Galaxy Note 20 and the premium high-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Smartphone. There is an included Stylus Pen, Snapdragon 865+ 7nm, and 10MP front-facing camera.
Inside the notch display of the Galaxy Note’s is a 10-megapixels front-facing camera, support for both types of 5G networks, and they now come with an improved latency on the S Pen, fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging support.
They have got the stereo speakers with some Dolby technology, Bixby digital assistant, IP68 water resistance, and run with Android 10 OS. Both support DeX connection wirelessly (via Miracast) and new Microsoft software tie-ins.
Samsung ensured that the company’s latest Galaxy Note can record video at 8K and support external microphone options. These phones are Qi-compatible devices on the back of the phones.
Both Note are powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 7nm Mobile Platform, 10% faster than the original Snapdragon 865 chipset on the Galaxy S20 series, with Adreno 650 GPU, and Samsung Exynos 990 7nm EUV processor with ARM Mali-G77MP11 GPU.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
On the other hand, we have got the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with a larger 6.9-inch Quad HD+ (3088 × 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display, HDR10+, 496PPI and it comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 1500 nits brightness.
Samsung is using the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the Ultra version, which is supposedly more resistant to scratches. The Note 20 Ultra will come in bronze, black, and white color option. It sports a Glass back panel design.
The company did not leave any room for compromise. The screen is much larger and features a curved screen that’s around the sides to minimize the bezels. Well, there is a little bezel at the bottom and hole-punch camera cut-out.
You are not wrong to assume that Samsung used flagship specs on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, 8GB RAM with 256GB/512GB storage for the LTE version, and 12GB RAM with 128GB/256GB/512GB storage for the 5G model. Samsung used LPDDR5 RAM and (UFS 3.1) storage.
Both models are expandable up to 1TB with microSD. It comes with connectivity support for dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz), HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM, Bluetooth 5, GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C (Gen 3.2), NFC, and MST.
Samsung did a smart one on the S-pen improvement on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as it now comes with a latency improvement of 9ms for more natural, fluid writing and the built-in remote controls have also received a major update.
It also comes with a Gesture control with Anywhere actions has five new customizable gestures that expand on the capabilities offered by Air Actions. The new remote controls let you customize new actions for Back, Home, Recent App, Smart Select, and Screen Write, and make navigating and presenting easier.
It now features a triple camera sensor on the back panel, the main 108 megapixels with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, Laser AF Sensor. Another is the 12-megapixels Periscope lens with f/3.0 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 5X optical zoom, Super-Resolution Zoom up to 50X.
Lastly, there is a 12-megapixels 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture. While Samsung’s Space Zoom now offers a 100x zoom. As expected, there is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader embedded in the display.
Similar to the iPhone 11 Pro with UWB, and to make it fully premium and top best, Samsung offers an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio, that allows you to transfer files by pointing them at each other.
In order to preserve battery life, Note 20 Ultra adds dynamically adjusting refresh rates for the screen. Which is definitely take good care of the 4500mAh battery with 45W fast charging, and support wireless (WPC and PMA) charging, and Wireless PowerShare.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
On the other hand, we have the slightly disappointing Galaxy Note 20, which comes with a smaller 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED Plus Infinity-O HDR10+, 393 PPI display, and to reduce the costs, Samsung used the standard 60hz refresh rate.
Samsung also used the standard Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, the screen is a little bit curved to the sides. But not more like a well-curved screen, as the bezels are still visible, and somewhat flat panel.
It is quite clear that Samsung is trying to paint the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as the best among its Note lineup. The Galaxy Note 20 will come in bronze, gray, and green. Instead of glass black, it sports a plastic back panel design.
Aside from the selfie shooter, they are some major changes, it is a 12-megapixels rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 64-megapixels telephoto lens with f/2.0, PDAF, OIS, 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom, Super-Resolution Zoom up to 30X, and another 12-megapixels 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2.
Similar to the Ultra, it also uses LPDDR5 RAM and (UFS 3.1) storage, where the LTE comes in 8GB RAM with 256GB storage, and the 5G in 8GB RAM with either 128GB / 256GB storage. You also can’t expand its storage with microSD cards.
With the standard 60Hz refresh rate available on the Galaxy Note 20, it is safe to say that it’ll also be missing out on the S-Pen low latency upgrade. It now comes with a latency of 26ms, and every other feature is still intact.
The vanilla Note 10 had a 3500mAh battery anyways, but the Galaxy Note 20 now comes with a 4300mAh battery with support for wired 25W fast charging, Fast Wireless Charging, and Wireless PowerShare feature.
You can now run Galaxy Note 20 apps on your Windows 10 PC
With Microsoft partnership intact, you can now run Note 20 apps on your Windows 10 PC. In an illustration, Microsoft shows a Windows 10 PC running WhatsApp and Instagram side by side from a Galaxy Note 20.
From your phone app, you can now Link to Windows integration on select Samsung phones, users can sync their Galaxy smartphone to their Windows 10 PC to share messages, photos, notifications and calendar reminders in almost real-time.
At the time being, you can only use one app at a time on your PC, but around November, Microsoft says that you’ll be able to run multiple apps. Still, later on, you can then pin apps to your Windows taskbar or Start menu for quick access.
With the partnership, users can easily sync information between your Galaxy Note 20 and the Microsoft 365 suite of apps. Your Notes from your Samsung Notes app will be able to sync with the OneNote app and with your OneNote feed in Outlook on the web.
Still, in collaboration, both companies also announced a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app that allows players to make in-app purchases, it will soon make its way to Samsung’s Galaxy Store.
Both Galaxy Note’s will be available in select markets starting August 21, 2020, while pre-orders starting, August 6th. Where the Galaxy Note 20 starts at $999.99 for a 5G model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and the Galaxy Note 20 4G (8GB + 256GB) for £849.
Samsung is asking $1,299.99 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 12GB + 256GB storage / $1,449.99 for the 5G 12GB RAM with 512GB storage model. Lastly, €1,299 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 12GB RAM + 256GB internal storage model.