Samsung launches Galaxy Note 20 series with five other devices


  • Samsung
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

The Galaxy Note 20 series comes in two versions: the Note 20 Ultra with 5G, and the Note 20, which comes with a 5G or LTE version. — SIA HONG KAU/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Samsung Electronics has launched its latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 20 series, along with a slew of new devices for both work and play.

The Galaxy Note 20 series comes in two versions: the Note 20 Ultra with 5G, and the Note 20, which comes with a 5G or LTE version. Both models run on Android 10 and are powered by 64-bit octa-core processors.

The star of the Galaxy range is the Note 20 Ultra, which packs an ultra-sized 6.9in Quad HD+ Dynamic Amoled Infinity-O Display (3,088 x 1,440 resolution) edge display like the recent Galaxy S20 Ultra, while its sibling the Note 20 has a 6.7in flat FHD+ Super Amoled Plus Infinity-O (2,400 x 1,080 resolution) display.

The flagship smartphone, best known for its built-in S Pen stylus for note-taking, now comes with even lower latency that Samsung says brings it close to the feel of writing on paper.

The S Pen, which is rated for 24-hours of battery standby time, also comes with five new Anywhere actions, which lets users remotely trigger phone actions with gestures, such as going to the home screen, multi tasking mode or the back button.

Both the Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 come with a triple camera array, though with different setups.

The Note 20 Ultra has a 108-megapixel main shooter, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 12-megapixel telephoto camera with up to 5x optical zoom, and can combine these for Samsung’s Space Zoom feature that enables up to 50x Super Resolution Zoom.

It also sports the brand new laser autofocus sensor, which promises to cut down on blurry photos.

The Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9in edge display while its sibling the Note 20 has a 6.7in flat display. — SIA HONG KAU/The StarThe Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9in edge display while its sibling the Note 20 has a 6.7in flat display. — SIA HONG KAU/The Star

Meanwhile, the Note 20 has a 12-megapixel main shooter and a 12-megapixel ultra wide camera, while its telephoto camera has a higher pixel count at 64-megapixels, which is able to perform 3x hybrid optic zoom and up to 30x Space Zoom.

The smartphones are able to film in 8K at 24 frames per second (fps) and 120fps video at FHD for cinematic-style videos.

The Note 20 Ultra has 12GB RAM and 256GB on board memory, while both the 5G and LTE versions of the Note 20 have 8GB RAM and 256GB on board memory.

Users can also expand the storage by up to 1TB with a MicroSD card, which shares a space in the dual SIM card slot. This means users can only use one nano SIM if they’re using a memory card too.

The Note 20 Ultra runs on a 4,500mAh battery, while the Note 20 has a 4,300mAh battery; which can be recharged with fast wired or wireless charging, which can fill up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.

Available in three colours, the Note 20 Ultra comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White and Mystic Black while the Note 20 comes with more colour options – a 5G version that comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green and Mystic Grey, while the LTE version comes in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Grey.

Samsung also drew the curtain back on five new devices alongside the flagship Note 20 series.

The updated Samsung ecosystem is made up of the foldable Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ tablets, Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch and Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbud.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 combines the portability and flexibility of a smartphone with the screen size of a tablet, with its 6.2in cover screen and 7.6in main screen.

It comes in two colours: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. Samsung is also partnering with New York fashion house Thom Browne for a limited Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne Edition.

The new Galaxy Watch 3 focuses on health features. — SIA HONG KAU/The StarThe new Galaxy Watch 3 focuses on health features. — SIA HONG KAU/The Star

Meanwhile, the new Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ tablets promise users the power of a PC, the flexibility of a tablet, and the connectivity of a smartphone, as well as an improved S Pen with similar capabilities as the Galaxy Note 20 series.

Powered by 64-bit octa-core processors, the Tab S7 comes with an 11in WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600 resolution) LTPS TFT display, while the Tab S7+ comes with a 12.4in WQXGA+ Super Amoled (2,800 x 1,752 resolution) display.

Both tablets have similar camera setups, with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel wide angle rear shooters and 8-megapixel selfie camera, and run on Android 10.

Other specs include 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard memory and a 8,000mAh battery for the Tab S7, while the Tab S7+ has 8GB RAM and 256GB memory and a 10,090mAh battery. Both are able to fast charge at 45W.

Boasting the same 120Hz refresh rate as the Note 20 series, the Android 10 tablets encourage collaboration with an Auto Hotspot that tethers other Galaxy devices to the tablet, while its Nearby Share feature allows for wireless file sharing.

Meanwhile, the new Galaxy Watch 3 focuses on health features with an expanded health suite, blood oxygen tracking and is also able to detect if its user has taken a hard tumble, automatically reaching out to pre-designated contacts.

The Galaxy Buds Live comes in matching metallic colours to complement the Note 20 series. — SIA HONG KAU/The StarThe Galaxy Buds Live comes in matching metallic colours to complement the Note 20 series. — SIA HONG KAU/The Star

Last but not least, t​​he Galaxy Buds Live provide a more immersive listening experience with its Active Noise Cancellation plus a 12mm speaker and bass duct for more well-rounded sound.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is priced at RM5,199 and comes with a complimentary unit of the Galaxy Buds Live worth RM699 for those who pre-order the smartphone, subject to availability.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 20 5G is priced at RM4,299 and the LTE version at RM3,899. Both come with a Galaxy Buds+ worth RM599 during the pre-order period, while stocks last.

The Galaxy Watch 3 is also on presale, at RM1,799 for the 45mm model and RM1,699 for the 41mm version. Both come with a complimentary wireless charger pad worth RM239, also while stocks last.

Pre-orders are available from now till Aug 20 from Samsung Experience Stores, authorised partners and the Samsung Malaysia online store.

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