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Samsung Announce Galaxy Note20 & Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live + More

Samsung Announce Galaxy Note20 & Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live + More
John Reilly
  • On August 5, 2020
  • https://www.theeffect.net

Samsung has just unveiled a slew of new devices at their Unpacked event in South Korea, spanning across smartphones, tablets, earbuds and smartwatches. In what is undoubtedly one of their biggest announcement events to date, we were introduced to 7 new devices in total. Below is a brief breakdown of each of the new products announced at today’s event:

Samsung Galaxy Note20 & Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 devices were the main event at Galaxy Unpacked 2020, and are shaping up to be some of best phones of the year, in particular, the Note20 Ultra variant.

As you can see, the handsets offer a somewhat similar design compared to last year’s Galaxy Note 10 squared-off appearance however, there’s an upgraded rectangular camera bump, bringing the overall design more in line with the rest of Samsung’s lineup including the Galaxy S20 range of handsets. The phone will also come in a new colour called Mystic Bronze, a colour that’s been part of the many of the teasers for the lead up to the event.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra in its four colour variations

 

The Galaxy Note20 comes with a ‘smaller’ 6.7-inch AMOLED display, while the larger Galaxy Note20 Ultra is packing a huge 6.9-inch QHD+ HDR10+ AMOLED display that is sure to be one of the best screens on any handset right now. The Note20 Ultra also comes with 120hz refresh rate while the normal Note20 will only be capable of 60hz. The Note20 Ultra is also the first handset in the world to use Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, or Gorilla Glass 7.

Like all previous Note handsets, the S Pen is still here but Samsung have moved its placement to the left hand side of the device so as to relocate the power and volume keys all to one side. The S Pen responsiveness has also been upgraded to offer only 9ms of latency when drawing on the screen, bringing it into line with the responsiveness of the Apple Pencil on the new iPad Pro models.

They’ve also improved handwriting detection so you should find it easier to change your handwritten notes on the phone to shareable text.

For the cameras, Samsung appear to have learned from the autofocus issues of the S20 range, in particular, the S20 Ultra handset, and have now included laser auto focus with phase detection to ensure your images are as pin sharp as possible and almost instant focus.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Camera Set Up

 

Gone is the 100x ‘Space Zoom’ which has now been limited to just 50x but the Note20 Ultra’s triple camera set up has been upgraded from the S20 Ultra’s with the optical zoom being bumped up to 5X so expect impressive optical zoom imagery that should hopefully compete with the likes of Huawei’s P40 Pro and Oppo’s Find X2 Pro.

Samsung ‘Desktop Experience’ software, DeX, will now also work wirelessly for those of you who like to use your Samsung device as your main PC. Under the hood, there’s the Exynos 990 processor found in the S20 range which, for consumers in Europe, might not be ideal as the American variant will be using the SnapDragon 865+ processor which many believe to be more capable.

Battery wise, the Note20 Ultra has a 4500mAh battery while the Note20 has a 4300mah battery. Both handsets are 5G enabled and are using the latest WiFi 6 technology to optimise streaming, of both video and gaming content.

Speaking of which, Samsung also doubled down on their partnership with Microsoft after teasing earlier in the year that their game streaming offering, Project xCloud, would be coming to Samsung’s devices. For anyone who’s been trialing the service so far, you’ll know it’s been compatible on Android devices from the very start and now, if you pre-order the Note20 or Note20 Ultra, you’ll get 3 months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription which includes access to Project xCloud game streaming and access to over 100 games.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung also revealed their brand new earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro. The Galaxy Buds Live come in a bean-shaped design that will ensure they can sit in your ear instead of protruding. Not only that, but they also offer built-in microphones for active noise cancellation and calls, which puts them in direct competition with the Apple AirPods Pro.

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in Mystic Bronze

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

Perhaps even more interesting than the announcement of the new Galaxy Note20 handsets was the announcement of the a new Galaxy Z Fold2.

From first impressions, it looks like the new device will be a whole lot better than the original Fold. The biggest change being that the device has swap out the tiny front screen for a full-size one with minimal bezels. On top of that, Samsung has also gotten rid of the inner display notch in favor of a punch-hole cutout as well, making the device look a whole lot more futuristic and well-finished.

 

Galaxy Z Fold 2 in Black

 

Under the hood, the Galaxy Z Fold2 will offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, coupled with either 256GB or 512GB or storage and also supports 5G. Availability is till TBC as is pricing but we don’t expect it to be cheap, going by the first generation model’s pricing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 & Tab S7+ 5G

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab devices will actually come in two variants – Galaxy Tab S7 and a Galaxy Tab S7+, the latter of which offers a larger 12.4″ 120hz AMOLED display and higher resolution. Both models use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM with the larger model offering 5G connectivity as well.

 

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S7-Plus-Color-Options

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch3

The Samsung Galaxy Watch2 is considered one of the best non-Apple Watch models, and Samsung has just revealed its successor. The new device offers physical rotating bezel and two buttons for controlling the software and it also come in two different sizes, 41mm and 45mm.

 

Galaxy Watch3 with Galaxy Note20 Ultra

 

Even more important than the overall design is that the device will offer fitness tracking features, like an IP68 water resistance, a heart rate monitor, ECG sensors, fall detection and a blood oxygen saturation monitor.

Pricing & Availability

In Ireland, the new Galaxy devices will be available to pre-order from 5th August and will be available to purchase in various colours via Samsung.com/ie and select partners from 21st August.

From 5th August – 20th August 2020, claim a complimentary Galaxy Gift when pre-ordering any of the Galaxy Note20 series, Galaxy Watch3, Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+ 5G. What’s more, enhanced trade-in is being offered through the Samsung online store – Users can claim an additional €100 when purchasing the Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra 5G and trading in an eligible smartphone.

Pricing for all new devices ranges from the below:

Galaxy Note20: 

Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G:

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ 5G:

  • Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black
  • From €719 (Tab S7 Wi-Fi), €919 (Tab S7+ Wi-Fi) €1149 (Tab S7+ 5G)
  • Pre-order a new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7+ 5G and claim a Galaxy Gaming bundle or Galaxy Book Case.
  • For more information on the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ 5G, please visit here

Galaxy Buds Live:

  • Mystic White, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black
  • From €199
  • Pre-order the Galaxy Buds Live and claim a free wireless charging pad
  • For more information on the Galaxy Buds Live, please visit here

Galaxy Watch3:

  • 41mm – Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver
  • From €449
  • 45mm – Mystic Black, Mystic Silver
  • From €479
  • Pre-order any of the Galaxy Watch3 variants and claim a wireless charger duo
  • For more information on the Galaxy Watch3, please visit here

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