Work and Play with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – Samsung Unpacked 2020

The annual Samsung Unpacked event went ahead as planned today despite the global pandemic. Gone were the luxurious surroundings and swelling world’s media, and all that was left were demos, product reveals, and detailed information – perhaps the Samsung Unpacked 2020 sets a standard for all announcement events going forward? Time will tell. What we do know however is their new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Tab S7 series, and Galaxy Watch 3 all look set to bring significant improvements. Read the press release below.

Streamed live from Korea, five devices were revealed during the Samsung Unpacked 2020 virtual event; Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, the most powerful Note line yet; Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, versatile tablets for productivity and creativity; Galaxy Watch3, a premium smartwatch along with advanced health features; Galaxy Buds Live, stylish and ergonomic earbuds with superior sound quality; and Galaxy Z Fold2, the next-generation foldable smartphone with enhanced refinements.

Galaxy Note20 Series

Galaxy Note20 series—the most powerful Note series yet—is a productivity powerhouse that works like a computer and lets you game like a pro. The series comes in two versions: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, designed for Note fans who demand the ultimate in power and productivity, and Galaxy Note20, for broader Note users looking to maximise their time for work and play. Both are built for efficiency, so you have more time to stay connected with the people you love.

Power to Work

Galaxy Note20 series transforms the way you work—empowering you to do more anytime from anywhere so you can take your productivity to the next level. Since 2011, Galaxy Note’s signature S Pen and Samsung Notes have been evolved to provide a natural pen-to-paper writing experience that is digitally supercharged. These core Note features are expanded even more on Galaxy Note20 series, and are also implemented onto Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ for more powerful experiences. Plus, a deeper relationship with Samsung’s long-standing partner, Microsoft, makes Galaxy Note20 and your Windows PC seamlessly work together.

  • An Advanced S Pen: A favourite among Note loyalists and multitaskers, the Galaxy Note20 series’ enhanced S Pen offers the ultimate writing experience so you can capture your ideas, whenever inspiration strikes. Galaxy Note20 series has more lifelike precision than ever that gives you unparalleled accuracy and responsiveness. The S Pen’s new Anywhere actions feature makes navigating easier no matter which app you’re using. For example, if you want to return to the home screen, simply press the upper button on your S Pen.
  • More Flexible and Useful Samsung Notes Experience: We need tools designed to let us work from anywhere, anytime, on any device. To help you capture, edit and share your ideas across your phone, tablet or PC, Samsung Notes features auto-save and syncing capabilities, reducing the risk of lost work. Samsung Notes automatically converts your messy handwriting into legible penmanship. Giving feedback on the go is also easy now that you can edit, annotate and highlight PDFs or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in Samsung Notes. Use the new option to record audio as you jot down notes, and just tap a word in your notes to go to that moment in the recording. And keep it all organised with a new, intuitive folder management that makes everything easier to find.
  • Work Smarter Across Devices: With upgraded Link to Windows, you can now easily access your mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC without disrupting your flow. Later in the year, you will have the ability to run multiple apps side by side on your PC. Create shortcuts on your Windows 10 PC so you never have to search your phone for favourite SNS apps and Gallery. And all your productivity ecosystems are aligned across devices when Samsung Notes syncs to Microsoft OneNote and Outlook and your Reminders sync with Microsoft Outlook, To Do and Teams so everything you need is at your fingertips, no matter where you are.

 Power to Play

Samsung is also bringing its Microsoft partnership to the entertainment side of Galaxy Note20 series, taking virtual play to the next level. Fully immerse yourself in the most powerful mobile gaming experience Samsung has ever engineered into a smartphone, so you can game like a pro from your couch, backyard, or around the house. Galaxy Note20 series comes packed with next-level performance, connectivity and our best display yet. Plus, Galaxy Note20 series packs pro-grade tools to capture stunning photos and create cinematic videos and offers advanced multitasking experiences.

  • Your favourite Xbox games on Galaxy Note20 series: Play your favourite PC and console games with Game Pass Ultimate, which offers instant access to a curated library of more than 100 popular games from the cloud including Minecraft Dungeons, Forza Horizon 4, and Gears of War 5: Ultimate Edition later this year. Every level and battle is powered by hyper-fast, ultra-low latency 5G and Wi-Fi 6 with optimised gaming latency. Plus, with a large and immersive display with smooth gaming experience thanks to the fastest processor in a Galaxy yet, Galaxy Note20 series is a pro-gaming set-up that fits in your pocket.
  • Cinematic Filmmaking in the Palm of Your Hand: With 21:9 aspect ratio and 24fps recording, Galaxy Note20 series’ 8K camera now gives you access ultra-high resolution and a professional quality video experience. Use powerful Pro Video mode with pro-grade focus, audio, exposure, lighting, zoom tools, and 120fps shooting at FHD options for cinematic-style videos. New Laser Auto-Focus Sensor on Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G has fast and accurate focusing, plus Live Focus Video gives your shots real world depth. Pro lenses and advanced Space Zoom allow you to photograph scenes in gorgeous detail. You can also control and adjust the Galaxy Note20 mic directions where you want sound to come through clearly. Paired with Galaxy Buds Live, you can record crystal-clear audio no matter how much noise is in the background.
  • Master Multitasking with Advanced Samsung DeX: For the first time with Samsung DeX, wirelessly connect Galaxy Note20 series to a Smart TV when you need a bigger screen. Manage two screens simultaneously with Galaxy Note20 and a TV screen, so you can text with your friends while gaming or get their feedback in real-time while sharing your latest video masterpiece.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ are two versatile tablets that combine the capability of a PC, the flexibility of a tablet, and the connectivity of a smartphone. With the latest processor and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, both tablets come with two large displays with up to 120Hz refresh rate, 11-inch and 12.4-inch, respectively. The Tab S7+ is also available in a 5G compatible variant, ensuring you are always connected.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ come with an upgraded S Pen and Samsung Notes featured on Galaxy Note20 series to provide PC-like experience — all empowering you to get more done in less time. The S Pen is also your optimal companion bringing the best drawing and note-taking apps such as Clip Studio Paint, Canva and Noteshelf to Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ users.

Galaxy Watch3

 

Galaxy Watch3 is a next-generation companion for managing your routines, smashing your fitness goals, and keeping track of your health. Built with premium materials and a slimmed-down version of the popular rotating bezel, Galaxy Watch3 features the craftsmanship of a luxury timepiece, while still being comfortable enough to wear all day and all night.

But this smartwatch isn’t just appealing to the eye—it’s also the centre of your wellness experience, sporting Samsung’s most expansive health suite yet. If you take a hard fall outdoors or in your home, its fall detection feature enables you to send a SOS message to emergency contacts.

Galaxy Buds Live

Meet the newest shape of true wireless earbuds – Galaxy Buds Live. With a truly iconic design and comfortable fit– they’re like nothing you’ve seen or worn before. Combining AKG’s sound expertise with a bigger, 12mm speaker and bass duct, audio sounds deep and rich so you can enjoy music the way the artist intended. Galaxy Buds Live come with three microphones and Voice Pickup Unit so you can feel like you’re in the same room as your loved ones, even when you’re apart. These earbuds feature Active Noise Cancellation for open type bringing the best of both: live and spacious sound quality, with the ability for you to tune in (or out) of the world around you.Get lost in an audiobook without missing the train conductor’s announcement.

Reshape What’s Possible with Galaxy Z Fold2

Samsung continues to pioneer an entirely new category of mobile devices by introducing the next generation of foldables— Galaxy Z Fold2. After releasing two foldable devices and listening to user feedback on the most requested upgrades and new features, Samsung delivers the Galaxy Z Fold2 with meaningful innovations that offer users an enhanced refinements and foldable user experience. The Galaxy Z Fold2 comes packed with two edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less Infinity-O Displays. The Cover Screen is 6.2-inch and a massive Main Screen is 7.6-inch, making them both larger than the Galaxy Fold.  With its sleek design and refined engineering, Galaxy Z Fold2 comes in two equally stunning colours: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. As we continue to learn from user feedback, Samsung is building on our longstanding partnerships with Google and Microsoft to design an unrivalled foldable experience. For users who seek a unique premium design, Samsung is again partnering with iconic New York fashion house Thom Browne to deliver a limited Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne Edition. With Galaxy Z Fold2, Samsung continues to inspire all new possibilities for the entire foldable category.

Pricing and Availability

In the UK, the new Galaxy devices will be available to pre-order from 5th August and will be available to purchase in various, stunning colours via Samsung.com/uk and select partners from 21st August.

Galaxy Note20: 

Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G:

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+:

  • Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic Silver
  • From £619 (Tab S7 Wi-Fi), £719 (Tab S7 4G)
  • From £799 (Tab S7+ Wi-Fi), £999 (Tab S7+ 5G)
  • Pre-order a new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7+ and claim a Galaxy Gaming bundle or Galaxy Book Case[14]
  • For more information on the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, please visit here

 Galaxy Buds Live:

Galaxy Watch3:

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

6 comments

  1. Craig, big question for me is whether the UK Note 20 Ultra will have the new ultrasonic fingerprint reader or will it be the same useless one I have on my Note 10+ ? Do you know?

  2. Yep, they’d have made a noise about it if they had the new 3D one (which may only exist for Qualcomm devices anyways)

  3. Battery was fine for me on Note10+… I’ve just ordered a bronze ultra from EE… I will have 10 days to send it back if it is not floating my boat. My note 10 had some annoying issues, other than the fingerprint reader being useless for me, It drove me nuts that it never seemed to accept my home was a place to be “smart unlocked”. No matter how many GPS positions I set in and around my house. I also seemed to have poor pushed notifications, even Gmail or Whatsapp or Photos not syncing in the background and occasional camera freezes. Most of these seem a bit better of late. We’ll see if note20 sorts those out completely… otherwise I have to find another non-apple alternative.

    • I think if you have a use for some of the Note features (S-Pen, etc) then I reckon most can look past a few of it’s idiosyncrasies. Let’s see what you make of the Ultra! 🙂

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.