Samsung held its first virtual Galaxy Unpacked on August 5th 2020. It was quite a decent first virtual event, just that it made MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) cringe. This article details everything that was revealed in the event. Wearing face masks, shields and use of hand sanitizer is the new normal, And Samsung decided it was time for the “Next Normal”.
At the unpacked event, Samsung officially introduced five new devices with the aim to empower its users in such a time like this. The event was hosted in Korea and kicked off with the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. This was closely followed by the unveiling of the Galaxy Tab S7 series, the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch3.
Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra (Specs and everything in between)
Two models were announced on the Galaxy 2020 line up: the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Both devices come with an included S pen that is peculiar to the Samsung Note device series. Nonetheless, these phones are very much different as you might have suspected.
What both devices share in common
The feature they possess are quite different and that’s what makes each phone stand out. However they both share some specifications. Both phones support the latest 5g network as expected. There is also an improvement on the latency of the S pen enabling you to remotely control your phone. Both phones support fast charging, wireless charging and a mind blowing reverse wireless charging. The gorilla glass was used on both devices creating a great resistance to breaks or scratches.
You can also enjoy swimming and taking selfies as both devices come with IP68 water resistance. The Dolby technology was utilized for both speakers. Both devices come preinstalled with Android 10 and have some added new Microsoft software. Samsung DeX now works wirelessly through Miracast. They both have supported external microphones and can record videos at 8k, top notch right? To assist you get around your phone easily, both devices come with Bixby, Google, Alexa, and Siri inclusive.
The Galaxy Note 20 (Hardware and Specs)
The appearance of the Galaxy Note 20 comes in a new kind of finish called “mystic”. This is a sort of textured finish that hopefully doesn’t expose fingerprints. The device comes in bronze, grey, and green colours. The Note 20 is smaller and comes in a 6.7-inch 1080p display. This makes it easier to handle compared to the ultra version. The device has a curved screen to the corners that reveals more bezel. The back cameras are moderately positioned and not too huge, giving it a sleek design.
Deplorably, the Note 20 lacks a few specs you wouldn’t have expected as this life no just balance. There was no improvement on the Hz refresh rate. It sadly still remains 60Hz refresh rate. Also the storage slot for micro SD cards cannot be expanded although the model has a 128GB storage capacity.
The Note 20’s camera has a main 12-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel ultra wide, and then 64 megapixels for the telephoto and its non-periscope-enabled version of Space Zoom — which goes up to 30x. As touching the battery life, the Note 20 has a 4,300mAh battery. Its processor remains the same Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, the same processor as the Ultra version.
As Samsung strengthens its relationship with Microsoft, certain features come handy with the Note 20 series. What users of this device will get to enjoy is the direct sync with Microsoft OneNote that will be happening towards the end of the year. The Notes comes with the ability to annotate PDFs, match up audio recordings, and folder management. As Microsoft plans to hit us big in the gaming space, it is also expected that it will be possible to stream Xbox games on Samsung android from next month.
Despite the features missing on the Galaxy Note 20, it comes at a price that matches the value it offers. This device costs $999.99 (NGN380,000) for a model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Hardware and Specs)
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in bronze, black, and white colours. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is quite a large device as expected. Two major functions are expected of the Note 20 Ultra. The first is to correct the residual defects of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and to also take the seat of Samsung’s highest mobile device at the moment. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra stands as the Samsung phone with the highest specs and second to no other Android device.
The device has a very much pleasing appearance. It comes as a square with screen slightly curved around the sides to minimize the visibility of bezels. However, the camera bump is quite massive to contain the crisp camera experience it offers.
The Note 20 Ultra supports an adaptive high-refresh rate screen, the regular Note 20 does not. The device has a massive 6.9-inch 1440p OLED display capable of refreshing at 120Hz. Speak of aweamazing! Its back camera compartment houses 3 cameras, one of which is a 108 megapixels including a periscope. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and 12GB of RAM, plus the ability to expand its base storage with an SD card. The battery is 4,500mAh and it supports 5G.
Another interesting feature of the ultra version is the addition of an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio. This makes it easier for phones to transfer files by simply pointing them at each other. This feature support the unlocking of cars as well.
The Note 20 Ultra as it stands holds the best Samsung has to offer at the moment except for a foldable screen. The price for this device with a 128GB and 12GB RAM is $1,299.99 (NGN494,600) while the version that comes with a 512GB RAM goes for $1,449.99 (NGN551,700)
Pre-orders for both devices begin at 12:01AM ET on August 6th while shipping and availability in retail outlets on August 21st.
GALAXY TAB S7 SERIES
The Galaxy Tab S7 series was announced alongside the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. This device is very much new to hosting 5G on Galaxy Tab series. Samsung portrays this device as the first tablets that support 5G in the United States.
These tabs boast of unrivalled productivity features such as an improved S Pen, Samsung DeX, and a versatile Book Cover Keyboard to create a PC-like experience, allowing you to get more work done in less time. Both tablets also feature immersive displays combined with quad speakers sound by AKG, providing a cinematic experience from the comfort of your bed.
The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+’s are powered by the latest next-generation processor CPU, GPU and NPU for delivery of enhanced performance and multi tasking. In addition, the tabs come with a display refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
Empowered with an enhanced Multi-Active Window, you can open and run up to three apps simultaneously. With App pair, you can tie up to three apps together for simultaneous launch to save time when necessary. The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ also come with the edge screen which is a similar feature on Galaxy smartphones for providing quick access to frequently used apps.
Galaxy Tab S7 features an 11” LTPS TFT display and Tab S7+ features a one-of-a-kind 12.4” Super AMOLED display – both supporting a 16:10 aspect ratio picture.
Taking these galaxy tabs away from a retail store is possible with $650 (NGN247,700) for the S7 and $850 (NGN343,800) for the S7+ version. Information on the prices for the 5G versions are unknown at the moment.
The GALAXY BUDS LIVE
Samsung also brought to the board a new pair of earbuds. No doubts, Samsung has made consistently, solid wireless earbuds, and this latest version finally comes with active noise cancellation. This is very much suitable for work or reading activities that requires zero noise or for the purpose of “escaping the world for a moment.” These buds also has the ability to double as a mic for an adaptable Note device. The bean Buds are available for $170, (NGN65000).
This model of the Samsung watch series as announced, comes with an interesting addition of improved sleep and fitness tracking features. Samsung also announced its attained clearance by FDA to add an ECG monitor. The Galaxy Watch 3 is priced at $400 (NGN152,000) and $430 (NGN163,600) for the 41mm and 45mm, respectively. LTE models will also be available for an additional amount of $50 (NGN22,500) more.
As the event came to a close, TM Roh, the Mobile Head made Samsung users and admirers understand that going forward, 5G and foldable devices will be major parts of Samsung products. Samsung as a company is definitely making progress and great efforts towards standardizing the next generation of wireless technology.