31 July 2020
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is turning out to be a worthy successor but if a new report is to be believed, it will have one feature that will make it stand apart from all the phones out there. It is special optimizations for supporting Microsoft's game streaming service Project xCloud meant for Xbox games.
The report is coming from WinFuture's Roland Quandt who has a reliable track record in leaking information about upcoming products. He claims that Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be the first smartphone to support Project xCloud. It will be capable of streaming over 90 Xbox games available to Xbox Game Pass users. Samsung is further said to be working with Microsoft on delivering automatic OneNote syncing functionality with the phablet.
It is a well-known fact that S Pen stylus is what makes Galaxy Note devices stand apart from the competition as well as the Galaxy S series of flagships. Samsung brings some kind of improvements to the stylus every year and this time is no different. Quandt is referring to the new S Pen as "Real Feel". This is because the stylus is said to offer a latency of just 9ms that will make the writing experience with S Pen feel closer to writing with an actual pen/pencil and thus more realistic.
As for technical specifications, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is tipped to sport a 6.9-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels) dynamic OLED display with curved edges. It will have a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120Hz which means it will be auto-adjusted depending on the content. There is a 19.3:9 aspect ratio and 508ppi pixel density along with Corning Gorilla Glass 7. The last one is said to be a first for any smartphone in the world.
Samsung is said to offer Exynos 990 processor in Europe which corroborates previous reports. The phablet will have multiple configuration options including up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The rear panel houses three cameras featuring a 108-megapixel primary sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus and laser autofocus. The other two sensors are 12-megapixels including a Perisopic sensor. The Galaxy S20 Ultra arrived with a whopping 100x zoom but there will only be 5x optical zoom and 50x hybrid zoom on the phablet. The main camera is also capable of shooting 8K videos.
The front panel has a centered punch-hole that featuring a 10-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture. It also has dual-pixel autofocus that should help users click stable selfies. The whole package is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging support that will see it getting 50% recharged within 30 minutes. It will run OneUI's newest version based on Android 10 out of the box. Other key features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C 3.2 port, Bluetooth 5.0 or higher, NFC, WiFi 6, IP68 certification, dual-GPS, and stereo speakers optimized by AKG.
Samsung is said to unveil Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in at least two colors: Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black. The report does not mention information about the pricing but it is safe to assume that the next-gen phablet will cross the $1,000 mark for sure.