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Samsung Just Unpacked the Galaxy Note 20. What’s So Great About It? 

Samsung unveils the Note20 and Note20 Ultra, the most powerful phone the company has ever made.
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Don’t you just get tired of all the techie platitudes that come out of the CEO’s mouth whenever there’s a launch of a new product? Meaningful innovations. Intelligent connections. Maximized efficiency. New possibilities. Creative solutions. 

Year after year, it’s always about being bigger, faster, and better. What’s always missing is the groundbreaking feature that will render the smartphone you’re using to read this article obsolete.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra on August 5. Here’s what we think about the new gadgets. 

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The S Pen 

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Steve Jobs once said that the finger is the most efficient input tool ever created, but Samsung proved him wrong with the S Pen. 

The S Pen on the Galaxy Note20 series has more lifelike precision, giving you more accuracy and responsiveness. 

The S Pen’s new Anywhere feature makes the touchless navigation of your device, like returning to the home screen or taking a screenshot, as simple as a flick of a wand.

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In the past, you had to put up with the slow feedback when using the S Pen on a Samsung device. There was a delay of half a second when you scribble something on your screen. Now, the Galaxy Note 20 solves this problem by creating an AI that predicts where your stroke will go so that you get a more lifelike response when you write or draw using the S Pen. The Note 20’s S Pen feedback now has a latency of 9 ms, an impressive leap from the 29 ms in previous years. This gives you the feeling of drawing on real paper. 

 

Performance and Display

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The Galaxy Note20 is the most powerful Note series yet. It has the fastest processor of all Galaxy devices, allowing you to play games and open multiple apps at the same time without experiencing device lag. 

For the first time in the Note series, Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers a vivid and bright Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 display and 120Hz refresh rate, which delivers buttery smooth visuals on Samsung's best screen yet. It also automatically adjusts to the content you are viewing to optimize battery life.  

Samsung’s Galaxy 5G leadership delivers next-level power for what you love to do. This means you can stream seamlessly and experience very little buffering when you watch Netflix or YouTube.

The Galaxy Note20 series also provides stable Wi-Fi 6 networks with optimized latency for various streaming services. You can be confident your Galaxy Note20 series hardware and software are proactively secured end-to-end, thanks to Samsung Knox, Samsung’s mobile security platform.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Camera

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The Galaxy Note20 series’ 8K camera, 21:9 aspect ratio, and 24fps recording give you an ultra-high resolution and professional-quality video experience. 

The powerful Pro Video mode with pro-grade focus, audio, exposure, zoom speed control, and 120 fps video at FHD is for cinematic-style videos. You can also control audio sources on the Galaxy Note20 series, adjusting and selecting between onboard mics or external sources so the sound you want comes through clearly. 

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Pre-order and Availability 

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For the first time ever, Samsung opened a midnight exclusive pre-order offer to customers who wanted to be first to own the Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra while watching Unpacked. The promo ran from August 5 at 10 p.m. to August 6 at 6 a.m. through Samsung online partners.

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Starting August 7, the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra will be available for pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores and select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores. Customers who want to avail of the 5G variants can get them from Globe and Smart. Those who will pre-order the devices will be entitled to freebies worth up to P16,995.

The Galaxy Note20 Series will be available at authorized Samsung stores and online partner merchants beginning August 21. Pricing starts at P53,990 for the Galaxy Note20, P67,990 for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and P72,990 for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, the pre-order-exclusive model.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Specs

Here are the full specs of the Note20 Ultra and the Note 20

Note20 Ultra Specs

Processor: Snapdragon 865+

Display: 6.9" WQHD+ 120Hz OLED (19.3:9)

RAM: 12GB LPDDR5

Storage: 128/512GB microSD expandable

Battery: 4,500mAh, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless

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Rear cameras Primary - 108MP f/1.8 (OIS), Wide angle - 12MP f/2.2, Telephoto - 12MP f/3 (5x optical zoom, up to 50x "Space Zoom")

Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 Software: OneUI 2.5

Connectivity: 5G Others: In-display fingerprint sensor, Ultra Wideband, IP68 rating

Dimensions: 77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1mm, 208g

Note20 Specs

Processor: Snapdragon 865+ Display: 6.7" FHD+ 60Hz OLED (20:9)

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128GB

Battery: 4,300mAh, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless

Rear cameras: Primary - 12MP f/1.8 (OIS), wide angle - 12MP f/2.2, Telephoto - 64 MP f/2.2 ("Hybrid 3x Zoom," up to 30X "Space Zoom")

Front camera: 10MP f/2.2

Connectivity: 5G Others: In-display fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating

Dimensions: 75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3mm, 192g

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