Samsung has just announced the latest Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, along with a host of additional wearable and tablet products, at its latest Galaxy Unpacked event. The new Galaxy Note 20 brings with it a number of enhancements and enhancements over the previous generation offering – including even the current flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 – such as a faster processing platform, camera and video recording updates, wireless support for Ultra Wide Band and deeper Microsoft integration application, among many other features.
The new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are built around Qualcomm’s most powerful Snapdragon 865+ 5G mobile platform, which should make them deadly performers. Basically, the Snapdragon 865+ 5G is similar to the existing “non +” Snapdragon 865 that powers almost all the leading Android smartphones in early 2020 that are currently available in the US. The basic architecture between 865 and 865+ is unchanged. However, the Snapdragon 865+ 5G is selectively taken from the best samples, and the chips are able to maintain higher CPU and GPU frequencies, which increases overall performance. The Snapdragon 865+ 5G Kyro 585 CPU complex can achieve a clock speed of up to 3.09 GHz, for approximately 10% performance improvement. Its integrated Adreno 650 GPU has also been customized to increase performance by around 10%.
5G, UWB and Wi-Fi 6, all on board These new notes
As the 5G in the Snapdragon 865 + brand suggests, both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will support 5G wireless connectivity on Sub-6 and mmWave networks thanks to the integrated X55 5G modem-RF system. It should also be mentioned that the Note 20 is the first device to have Qualcomm’s LPAMiD QPM5625 low-bandwidth 5G / 4G amplifier, which should result in superior global network connectivity compared to “older” 5G-enabled devices. The platform also supports the latest Bluetooth and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) standards as you would expect, in addition to UWB or Ultra Wideband technology. UWB support for the Note 20 is the first for Samsung and will allow high-speed file sharing by simply pointing compatible devices at each other, along with a range of locations and short-range communication technologies. Although new features will be added over time, Samsung officials have mentioned support for UWB that provides new features for smart home and digital keys.
Along with the Snapdragon 865+ 5G there will be either 8GB (Note 20) or 12GB (Note 20 Ultra) fast LPDDR5 RAM and at least 128GB of internal storage — a premium 512GB Note 20 Ultra variant will be offered and we should mention that the Ultra can be expanded via a microSD card, while the standard Note 20 cannot. The larger Galaxy Note 20 Ultra uses a 4,500 mAh battery, while the smaller Note 20 has a respectable 4,300 mAh battery. Both phones also support high-speed fast charging technology, which will allow phones to charge up to 50% of capacity in just 30 minutes.
Big, nice screens, but 120Hz is the ultra only thing
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9 inch screen (original resolution 3088×1440, 496ppi, HDR10 + certified). The Galaxy Note 20 has a slightly smaller 6.7-inch screen (original resolution 2400×1080, 393 ppi, also HDR10 + certified). However, while the Note 20’s screen is perfectly flat, the Note 20 Ultra offers such a slightly curved waterfall design as the previous Note, even though both have one circular opening at the top for the front selfie camera. The panels use Dynamic OLED technology and are reportedly 25% brighter than the Note 10 screen. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also supports refresh rates up to 120Hz, with a dynamic refresh option with detection of applications to optimize battery life and / or animation fluidity. However, the Note 20 (standard) unfortunately does not have support for 120Hz refresh. So while the Note 20’s screen is almost undoubtedly beautiful, if you want such a silky smooth response time, you’ll want to switch to the Note 20 Ultra.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (L) with curved glass, Galaxy Note 20 (P)
In terms of their overall physical dimensions, just a few millimeters separate the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. The larger Note 20 Ultra weighs 208 g and measures 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm. The Note 20 comes with 192 g and 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm. Both devices have a similar industrial design, with a triple row of cameras on the back and a single breakthrough on the front screen. Both devices have IP68 dust and water resistance ratings. The position of the connectors and the position of the buttons are the same on both devices.
The faster, more accurate S-Pen arrives on the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
Of course, this wouldn’t have been the launch of the Galaxy Note if we hadn’t commented on the S-Pen. Although the size and shape of the Note 20 S-pen are similar to the Note 10, Samsung has moved the dock to the opposite side of the device (compared to the Note 10) and significantly optimized performance to reduce latency and improve the overall experience. Samsung claims that the delay has been reduced by 40%, which reduces the response time to about 9 ms with the latest S-pen. Samsung will also include additional Air Actions, which will give the new Galaxy Note 20 a new trick when used for presentations and the like.
Samsung is restarting the camera game
Numerous improvements to the camera system have been made in the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra cameras. A feature-rich Pro Video mode is available that gives users manual control over all aspects of video recording (ISO, shutter speed, white balance, aperture, zoom, etc.), and a range of resolutions and frame rates is available in 16: 9 aspect ratio and 21: 9, including 8K recording up to 24 FPS. Users can even create quick “featured rolls” from multiple video clips with just a few taps. The direction of the microphone can also be changed during one-touch video recording if users want to record sound from subjects in front of or behind the device. Samsung will also offer the option of using Bluetooth-connected buds as a wireless microphone input, which is a great new feature for recording in a noisy environment (hear it in the section in the video above).
As for photography, there is a lot of news to share. Both devices have the same 10 MP Selfie Camera with an aperture of f2.2 and 80 ° FOV. The arrays of triple rear cameras on the devices are quite different. The Note 20 Ultra features a 12 MP ultra-wide camera (f2.2, FOV: 120 °), a 12 MP telephoto camera (f3.0, FOV: 20 °) and a 108 MP wide-angle camera (f1.8, FOV: 79 °). ) with 1 / 1.33 “image sensor size, phase detection AF, OIS and a new laser AF sensor for faster and more accurate autofocus in a variety of lighting conditions. The Note 20 has an ultra-wide 12 MP camera (f2 .2 , FOV: 120 °), 64MP telephoto camera f2.0, FOV: 76 °) and 12MP wide angle camera (f1.8, FOV: 79 °) with 1 / 1.76 “image sensor, Super Speed Dual Pixel AF and OIS. Space Zoom capabilities also vary between devices. The Note 20 Ultra has a 5x optical zoom with zooming up to 50x super resolution, while the Note 20 offers 3x hybrid optical zoom and zoom up to 30x super resolution.
Samsung Dex and optimized Microsoft Office integration
The Note 20 comes with a host of software updates. Samsung’s DeX desktop user experience can now be used wirelessly on any Miracast-compatible TV or screen. Samsung Notes can now sync live and save all notes straight to the cloud so they can be accessed on any device, once the user is logged into their Samsung account. The Note 20 will also offer new PDF notes, automatic correction of handwritten notes, new customizable folder and page structures, and better handwriting recognition. Samsung actually uses AI on the device as well to learn handwriting better over time.
Samsung also mentioned that it is deepening its partnership with Microsoft. Microsoft Office’s experience with DeX is constantly being optimized, and Samsung Notes can now automatically save and sync with Outoook and OneNote, or export notes to Word or Powerpoint. Outlook reminders can be synced across devices, and drag-and-drop has been improved for easier sharing between smartphones and Windows devices. Galaxy Note 20 owners will also get access to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Galaxy Note 20 Family prices, color options and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will be available on August 21, with prices of $ 999 for the 6.7 ”Note 20 and $ 1,200 for the larger, 6.9” Note 20 Ultra. The Note 20 will be available in three colors – Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze. Mystic Bronze will also be an option for the Note 20 Ultra, but Mystic Black and White replaces green and gray.
We should have the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra tested soon. Based on our previous experience with previous-generation Galaxy Note devices and some newer devices based on the Snapdragon 865+ 5G, we look forward to the Note 20 being able to.
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