Samsung unpacks a bigger Galaxy

Published August 5, 2020, 11:59 PM

by Jonathan Castillo

Straight from your screens, Samsung has unpacked a ton of new devices set to roll out soon. Chief among them are the new Galaxy Note 20 and the bigger Note 20 Ultra.

The Note 20 sports a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. Three rear cameras: 12MP, 64MP, and 12MP, and a 10MP front camera. Eight gigs of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Battery is set at 4300mAh.
The Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2.0, and an edged Infinity-O display. Camera setup is similar to the standard Note 20 but with the inclusion of a laser autofocus sensor. x50 space zoom, first introduced in the S20 Ultra from earlier this year, also makes an appearance here. Battery is set at 4500mAh. RAM varies: 8GB for the LTE variant and 12GB for the 5G one.

Both devices are IP68 and use Samsung’s own Exynos 990, a new processor that they say offers 19% more speed than last year’s flagship.

The S Pen that comes with the Note 20 has received some upgrades as well, sporting 9ms latency for more accuracy. New features include air actions, using the S Pen, users will be able to go back, home, recent app, smart select, and screen capture, all without touching the screen.

Also new for the Note 20 is “Note Sync” where users’ notes are saved straight to the Samsung cloud. More interesting is “Audio Bookmark,” a feature that will let users use a single word to jump to a specific portion of a voice recording, which sounds pretty handy for a lengthy audio file.
Samsung also enhanced folder management by making it act like desktop folders for easier sorting. Auto Straighten, as the name implies, is a small solution that straightens up any written words on screen.

In a partnership with Microsoft, Note 20 devices can link up to Windows. Users will be able to drag and drop files, making transfers more convenient. In line with this, DeX has gone wireless, and supports any smart TV with smart mirroring.

Exclusive, using an ultra wideband technology, Samsung said the Note 20 Ultra has spatial awareness. Users can point the Note 20 Ultra at another device to share files or act as a digital key. Right now, Samsung is working with partners to expand this feature.

Aside from 5G, the Note 20 phones support Wi-Fi 6, the new standard for Wi-Fi technology. Basically, it’s faster, more stable, and allows multiple devices connected to a router without internet speed hitting a snag.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will come in two colors, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black. The standard Note 20 will get Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, and Mystic Green.

Samsung unfolds a big surprise
During the Unpack event, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Unlike the predecessor that had a small front screen, the Fold 2 has a 6.2-inch screen, which almost covers most of the phone’s front. Unfold it and you get a wider 7.6-inch screen.

Samsung has spent most of the presentation talking about how the improved user experience and a re-engineered hinge. We’ll learn more about the Fold 2, such as processor, RAM, battery, etc. though we’re speculating that it probably isn’t too far from what a Note 20 has).

Galaxy Watch3

Besides the new Notes, Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch3. Made with stainless steel or titanium, leather, and a rotating bezel, the Watch3 is made to look like a classy timepiece.

Health features include measuring blood oxygen and fall detection, which sends SOS messages about the incident. It’s designed to let people know if something happened to their elders.

The Watch3 will also provide running analysis and smart replies, so users won’t have to pull out their phones while they have their hands tied.

Galaxy Buds Live
The Galaxy Buds Live isn’t a replacement of the Buds+. Just a more fashionable option. It features Live Active Noise Canceling, which filters out background noise but still be able to catch certain sounds like in-flight announcements or when someone is talking to you.

Playtime for the Buds is six hours and with constant recharging from the case will offer up to 21 hours. According to Samsung, a five minute charge will provide one hour playtime. Users will be able to quick charge from the Note 20.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+
Samsung hasn’t given up on tablets. The new Tab S7 and S7+ feature 11-inch 12.4-inch screen sizes with 120Hz. Both use SDM 865 Plus processors, which Samsung promises can provide 138fps for gaming. For battery, the Tab S7 has 8000mAh, while the Tab S7+ has 10,090mAh. And of course, it has its own S Pen with screen-off memo, notes, and Live Messages, essentially features seen in a Galaxy Note.

Samsung has partnered with Clip Studio, Noteshelf, and Canva, to optimize the use of the S Pen on their respective apps.

To sweeten the pot, Samsung is adding some pre-order freebies. The 5G version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will come with a Samsung 34SQM air purifier. A free Galaxy Buds Live will tag along with the LTE version of Note 20 Ultra, or an e-store voucher worth P7,500. The standard Note 20 can either get a free Galaxy Buds+ or an e-store voucher worth P5,000.

If you want to check out the Unpack event, you can find it here.