Samsung has officially unveiled its Galaxy Note 20 smartphones, which have massive screens and the ability to stream Xbox games over the cloud.
The Standard-Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra were developed for "Note Loyalists" and both support 5G. They are optimized for streaming games through Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's video game subscription service, which allows users to access a catalog of games.
At the start, more than 90 games should be available on the smartphone via the cloud, which makes the Galaxy Note 20 a "portable game console".
The Note 20, with a 6.7-inch screen, will retail from £ 849 for the 4G version and £ 949 for a 5G version, while the slightly larger 6.9-inch Note Ultra will come with full 5G support will retail for £ 1,179.
Both phones are larger than the corresponding Note 10 models released last year, which measure 6.3 inches and 6.8 inches, respectively.
The new phones run Android 10, are equipped with a triple camera system and have a new, more powerful S Pen, a characteristic feature of the Samsung Note series that responds to gesture commands.
The smartphones, dubbed "the most powerful Note line to date" by the Korean company, can be pre-ordered from today (August 5th) on the Samsung website and will go on sale on August 21st.
The company also presented the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus tablets, the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live smartwatch, and gave a first glimpse of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the next-generation foldable smartphone.
From the left, the devices Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Tab S7
The new devices were unveiled at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, which was held online today due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 20 series is a "productivity powerhouse" that "works like a computer and lets you play like a pro".
"Technology has played an important role in keeping us connected in these unprecedented times," said Conor Pierce, Samsung Electronics corporate vice president for the UK and Ireland.
The Note 20 Ultra. The series is available in two versions: this Note 20 Ultra 5G is designed for users who demand the highest levels of performance and productivity, and the Galaxy Note 20 for users with a wider touch who want to maximize their time for work and leisure.
Samsung is also bringing its Microsoft partnership to the Galaxy Note 20 series entertainment page to take virtual gaming to the next level
& # 39; More than ever, our customers are looking for products that counteract this and work together seamlessly.
"Whether through work or leisure, the ecosystem we introduced today is designed to help you get the most out of your life."
"With our Note 20 range and Tab S7 Plus, now powered by 5G, we're not only recharging the connected experience, we're also strengthening Samsung's 5G leadership in the UK."
A Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on display in New York. Samsung is working closely with Microsoft to offer automatic synchronization with OneNote, Microsoft's note-taking software, and gesture commands
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 on the display. The Note 20, with a 6.7-inch screen, will retail from £ 849 for the 4G version and £ 949 for the 5G version, while the slightly larger 6.9-inch Note Ultra will come with full 5G support will retail for £ 1,179
The new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G smartphones were developed for Note fans who demand the highest level of performance and productivity.
Samsung said it was using its partnership with Microsoft to "take virtual gaming to the next level".
The Note 20 series allows users to play their favorite PC and console games with Game Pass, which provides instant access to a curated library of 100+ popular games from the cloud.
"Every level and fight is powered by hyper-fast 5G with extremely low latency and Wi-Fi 6 with optimized game latency," said Samsung.
"With a large and impressive display with a smooth gaming experience thanks to the fastest processor in a Galaxy, the Galaxy Note 20 series is a pro gaming setup that fits in your pocket."
Samsung Galaxy has unpacked the 2020 event, which will take place exclusively online due to the coronavirus pandemic
Both devices are optimized for streaming games through Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's video game subscription service that allows users to access a catalog of games
The Note 20 smartphones have an updated S Pen pen, which Samsung says is more lifelike and gives the user the ultimate writing experience.
The S Pen scale creates a feeling of resistance to mimic the experience of writing on paper.
The response time of the pen is just nine milliseconds on the Ultra and 26 milliseconds on the Standard Note 20.
With the new Everywhere Actions feature, users can also control the phone by simply moving the stylus in front of the device.
For example, when users want to return to the home screen, they can simply press the top button on the S-Pen or move the pen in front of the phone's screen to control apps.
For both devices, Samsung is working closely with Microsoft to offer automatic synchronization with OneNote, Microsoft's note-taking software, as well as gesture commands.
The Standard Note 20 is available in three colors: "Mystic Gray", "Mystic Bronze" and "Mystic Green", while the Ultra is only available in Mystic White, Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze
As for the cameras, both Note smartphones have three rear cameras and one front camera.
The Note 20's rear camera consists of a 64-megapixel main camera and a 3x hybrid zoom, while the Ultra has a 108-megapixel lens and an optical 5x zoom for a further 12-megapixel camera.
The Galaxy Note 20 series also offers high quality tools for capturing stunning photos and creating movie videos.
Both main cameras of the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra support video recording of up to 8 KB – which means that they have an ultra-fine screen resolution with a width of around 8,000 pixels.
Note 20 Ultra. Samsung is working closely with Microsoft to offer automatic synchronization with OneNote, Microsoft's note-taking software, and gesture commands
The slightly larger Ultra is 6.4 x 3 x 0.3 inches compared to the standard's 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches.
The display of the smaller Galaxy Note 20 is "generously dimensioned", but has a much lower resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels compared to 3200 x 1440 pixels on the Ultra.
Both models supposedly offer Dual SIM support and are IP68certified, which means that they can survive for up to 30 minutes in almost 1.5 m deep water.
The Note 20 standard comes with a 4300 mAh battery, and the Ultra comes with a 4500 mAh battery. Both can be charged wirelessly and charged to 50 percent of their capacity in 30 minutes.
The Standard Note 20 is available in three colors: "Mystic Gray", "Mystic Bronze" and "Mystic Green", while the Ultra is available in Mystic White, Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze.
With prices starting at £ 1,179 for the Note 20 Ultra 5G, today's launch is one of the most expensive handsets in recent times, an expert said.
"Our research shows that the price of top-end phones is five times what it was in 2000," said Ru Bhikha, mobile phone expert at Uswitch.com.
& # 39; Our data suggests that high-end smartphones could cost £ 1,800 within five years.
"The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have all of the features and benefits that premium cell phone users have come to expect, but the technology isn't cheap."
Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are described as two versatile tablets that combine the functions of a PC
Samsung also introduced the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus at its Unpacked event.
The two tablets are described as "versatile" and combine the performance of a PC with the flexibility of a tablet and the connectivity of a smartphone.
With the latest processor and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, both tablets have two large displays – 11 "and 12.4" respectively.
The Tab S7 Plus is also available in a 5G-compatible variant to ensure you are always connected.
The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus have an updated S Pen and access to Samsung Notes, the company's notes app, for annotating documents on a larger PC-like display.
The Tab S7 starts at £ 619 and the S7 Plus starts at £ 799.
In addition to Microsoft applications such as Outlook and OneNote, Note devices support drawing and note-taking apps such as Clip Studio Paint, Canva and Noteshelf10.
You will also come with Wireless DeX – a wireless version of DeX software originally introduced in 2017 that extends the phone's display to a desktop.
Samsung has also announced a new set of earbuds – the £ 179 Galaxy Buds Live – with a larger 12mm speaker and bass channel, and "audio sounds deep and rich so you can enjoy music the way the artist intended" .
Samsung's kidney bean-like Galaxy Buds Live delivers "deep and rich audio so you can enjoy music the way the artist intended".
"Galaxy Buds Live comes with three microphones and a voice recording unit, so you feel like you're in the same room with loved ones even when you're apart," said Samsung.
"These earbuds feature open-type active noise cancellation that offers the best of live, spacious sound quality and the ability to turn the world around you on or off."
The Galaxy Watch 3 is a premium smartwatch with a slimmed-down version of the popular rotating bezel. It provides support for the company's extensive suite of health apps.
Samsung said it "has the craftsmanship of a luxury watch, yet is comfortable enough to be worn all day and all night".
"Galaxy Watch 3 is a next-generation companion that lets you manage your routines, meet your fitness goals, and keep track of your health," said Samsung.
Galaxy Watch 3 is a premium smartwatch with advanced health features and support for the company's extensive suite of health apps
The watch is available in 41mm in mystical bronze and mystical silver from £ 399, while the 45mm version in mystical black and mystical silver starts at £ 419.
Pre-orders for the two smartphones, tablets, earphones and smartwatch start today and can be purchased on the Samsung website and its retail partners from August 21st.
Samsung has also announced the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which folds through its center along a horizontal fold, although the price is not yet known.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is equipped with two borderless Infinity-O displays without a frame. Seen here in mystical bronze
Samsung has already released two foldable devices – the Galaxy Z Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip, which fold through the screen like a retro phone from the 90s thanks to a hinge.
The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 has been redesigned, according to Samsung and based on customer feedback comes with two borderless Infinity-O displays without a frame.
The outer cover screen, which acts as a display when the phone is folded, is 6.2 inches, while the massive main screen is 7.6 inches when it is unfolded, making both of them larger than the original Galaxy Fold.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available in two colors: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze.
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