14 September 2020
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series has finally gone official at the company’s first-ever virtually held Galaxy Unpacked event. The new series includes Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones. As always, Samsung touts its new Note series is powerful and designed for the Note lovers.
The Galaxy Note has a polycarbonate back that feels like matte glass. It features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED flat display with a 60Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a larger display with glass and metal sandwich design. It features a 6.9-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung is touting Adaptive refresh rate capabilities on the Note 20 Ultra that allows the phone to adjust its refresh rate according to the content dynamically.
For instance, it can go down to 1Hz for the Always—ON Display, hover at 24Hz for movies, and vary between 30 to 120Hz for gaming as needed. However, you are restricted to choosing between 120Hz on FHD+ or 60Hz on QHD+.
Both the new Galaxy Note phones of 2020 are powered by Snapdragon 865 Plus processor in the US and for some other regions, they come with the in-house Exynos 990. They have LPDDR5 RAM, Galaxy Note 20 follows the UFS 3.0 storage standard whereas the Galaxy Note Ultra supports 3.1 storage. Also, the Galaxy Note 20 does not offer a microSD card slot facility, but Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with this facility with expansion up to 1TB.
Both the variants come with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor as well as IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Another difference between the two is the sizes of battery capacities. The vanilla Galaxy Note 20 has 4,300mAh capacity and the Note 20 Ultra has 4,500mAh, though both of them support 25W wired fast charging and 15W wireless fast charging tech, as well as reverse wireless charging support.
One more major differentiator is the camera configuration on the back, though the front camera is the same on both. The Galaxy Note 20 has 12MP primary sensor with OIS, 64MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP primary camera with OIS and laser autofocus, 12MP telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom, as well as a 12MP ultra-wide-angle cameras. Both the Note phablets have a 10MP single front camera that is housed inside a punch-hole.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also includes Ultra-Wide Band chip that enables faster device-to-device connections and faster file transfers.
Both the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra come with S Pen that aims to maximize your productivity. The new S Pen offers enhanced experience with some new features. In terms of looks, the S Pen looks no different than its predecessor but its latency has been brought down to just 9ms, which was 42ms on Note 10. It also has some new air action tricks called touchless navigation. It can return to the home screen or take a screenshot as a flick of the wrist. The S Pen promises 24 hours of battery life.
The S Pen also works as a mouse input for Wireless DeX. You can connect your device wirelessly with a Smart TV and manage both the TV and the phone simultaneously.
|Specifications||Galaxy Note 20||Galaxy Note 20 Ultra|
|Display||6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED with 400x1080 pixels resolution||6.9-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with 3088x1440 pixels resolution|
|Processor||Snapdragon 865+ or Exynos 990||Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR5 RAM||12GB LPDDR5 RAM|
|Storage||128GB UFS 3.0, non-expandable||128GB/512GB UFS 3.1, expandable via microSD card slot|
12MP, primary sensor f/1.8, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 12MP f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle, 120° FoV, and 64MP, f/2.0, telephoto, 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom
108MP primary sensor, f/1.8, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 12MP secondary f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle, 120-degree FoV, and 12MP, f/3.0, telephoto camera, 5x Optical zoom
|Front Camera||10MP f/2.2||10MP f/2.2|
|OS||One UI 2.5 based on Android 10||One UI 2.5 based on Android 10|
|Miscellaneous||in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, IP68 dust and water resistance, S Pen, Wireless DeX support.||in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, IP68 dust and water resistance, S Pen, Wireless DeX support, Ultra Wide Band (UWB) chip for device-to-device connections and fast file transfers|
|Connectivity options||Bluetooth 5.0, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4GHz + 5GHz, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, GNSS, GLONASS||Bluetooth 5.0, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4GHz + 5GHz, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, GNSS, GLONASS|
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes in Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Gray color options. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in Mystic Bronze (matte), Mystic Black (glossy), and Mystic White (glossy). The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is priced at $999, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with 256GB costs $1,299, and the 512GB model is priced at $1,399.
Samsung will begin pre-orders from August 6 for the US, while the open sales start from August 21, 2020. Both the phablets are going to be widely available via carriers and in Unlocked by Samsung versions from the official website and online retailers.
Consumers who will pre-order between August 6 and August 20 will get $100/$150 Samsung Credit on respective phones.
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