Today, Samsung held an online Galaxy Unpacked event, and in keeping with its tradition of annual summer events, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy Note series of devices. The Galaxy Note 20 is available in both standard and Ultra models. As usual, the biggest improvement came from the S Pen. Samsung says it has “more detailed precision” and has five new Anywhere actions for easier touchless navigation on the Note 20.
A key part of the S Pen feature is handwritten notes. Samsung says it has improved its Samsung Noteapp app to have handwriting recognition so it can straighten out messy handwriting, while notes can be synced between phones, tablets and Windows 10 PCs. The app also lets users record and highlight PDF files, as well as record audio. This is part of a partnership with Microsoft and part of integration with Project xCloud game streaming.
The Samsung Notes app can be easily synced with OneNote and Outlook, and reminders can be synced with Outlook, To Do and Teams. And, as always, the Note20 series also integrates the “your phone” feature.
On the hardware side, the Note20 comes with a 6.7-inch FHD-Infinity-O display, while the Note20 Ultra comes with a 6.9-inch QHD plus 120Hz Infinity-O display, with a high refresh rate limited to large models.
The camera is similar to what we saw in the S20 series. The Ultra model features a familiar 108-megapixel f/1.8 main sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. The standard model has a 12-megapixel f/1.8 sensor, a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. They also function, with 8K video recording and so on.
The processor is different, this time samsung is using the SnapSnapdragon 865 Plus, a slightly overclocked version of the SnapSnapdragon 865 in the S20 series. But outside the U.S., you’ll see Exynos chips in most markets. Ultra is equipped with 12GB of memory, compared with 8GB of standard, while the battery capacity is 4500mAh and 4300mAh, respectively.
Another change is that both devices support sub6 and mmWave 5G. In the S20 series, sub6 is only supported as a standard model. In fact, to this day, the S20 plus and S20 Ultra are the only phones that don’t support the Sub6 and mmWave 5G while being sold by Verizon, so it’s nice to see Samsung do it again on the Note20 series.
The Galaxy Note20 starts at $999.99 for 128GB of storage, while the Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299, with 128GB of same storage, but also has 512GB. Eligible trade-in, up to $650 discount, obviously, operators will offer a variety of concessions. Pre-orders start at 12:01 PM EST tonight.