Vulcan Post had the opportunity to attend a rather exclusive NDA briefing before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event. Our main concern was that the two versions of the Galaxy Note20 phone will be the stars of the show.
There is always a lot of speculation ahead of the event about exactly what will be revealed, and we have to say that many websites pretty much matched their predictions.
In addition to the new cell phones, some software updates and completely new functions for various devices have also been announced. But first we focus on the stars of the event.
What is remarkable about the Galaxy Note20?
The Galaxy Note20 comes with a normal 6.7-inch display, while the Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch display, Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED 2X and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
The S-pen for the Note series is now faster with only 9 milliseconds of latency. This means that as you write, you see the movement of the pen on the screen in real time with almost no delay.
Both phones run on a similar 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor.
Look at the cameras
In terms of front cameras, the ultra and regular versions with a 10 megapixel selfie camera are on the same floor.
The differences are in the rear, apart from the 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, which is the same for both versions.
- The rear-view camera of a Note20
- The rear camera of a Note20 Ultra
The rear view camera of the Note20 Ultra has the following main features:
- 108MP wide angle camera,
- 12MP telephoto camera,
- Laser AF sensor,
- Room zoom with 5x optical zoom and up to 50x super resolution zoom.
The rear view camera of the Note20 has the following main specifications:
- 12MP wide angle camera,
- 64MP telephoto camera,
- Space zoom with 3x hybrid optic zoom and up to 30x super resolution zoom.
With the above specifications, users can film in 8K on both Note20 phones.
Although they sound pretty impressive, we personally found that the bulges of the rear view cameras on the Note20 phones are a bit ridiculous as they are almost as thick as the S Pen. This time we are not sure if the phones fall flat on one Surface holds.
If you want to cover up the pretty Note20 backsides, here are a few cases that were issued at the NDA briefing
The other different specifications
|memory||5G with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage||5G and LTE, both with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage|
|battery||4,500 mAh||4,300 mAh|
|Colours||– Mystical bronze
– Mystic Black
– Mystic White
|– Mystical bronze
– Mystical green
– Mystic Gray
- A Mystic Green Note20 and a Mystic White Note20 Ultra
- A mystical bronze Note20 Ultra
- The mystical green note20
Note the new Samsung notes
Another update for Samsung Notes includes a feature that allows you to record audio while taking notes. If you review your notes while audio is playing, you can click the note and view the audio that was playing at the time of the recording.
This is useful if you write more slowly than someone speaks (e.g. in lectures or meetings) because the written notes can serve as an audio note so that you can jump to a relevant part of the recording.
Samsung Notes also corrects the scribbled notes you made so that you no longer have shaky notes.
We randomly wrote "This is a test" in chicken scratch script, and Samsung Notes corrected it for us, bless it, it did its best
With the new version of Samsung Notes, you can also sign electronically via the app itself, so you don't have to download a separate app to open and sign PDFs.
Like AirDrop, but not really
You can also expect Samsung to finally introduce something similar to Apple's AirDrop function for the Note20 Ultra using Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology.
Here you can point your Note20 Ultra at another UWB-equipped device to share files using the nearby share.
Unfortunately, it still seems like you need to physically close it to make it work so the cover isn't large.
Editor's note (updated 8 May 2020 at 10:29 pm): At the time of writing, the details of this feature and the devices on which it would be available were not fully explained to us at the NDA briefing. Since then we have updated the paragraphs above as soon as we have received more information.
Note20 phones aside …
You no longer need a cable to use Samsung DeX. This allows users to expand their device (usually phones) by connecting a keyboard, mouse and monitor to a desktop-like experience.
Our previous experiences with Samsung DeX have been a bit more complicated than we would have liked. So it would be great if the new wireless version could solve our problems.
Samsung is also releasing new wireless earbuds called Samsung Buds Live. In short, they look like gummy bears because they don't have earplugs – they just have small speakers.
- The forbidden gummy bears – we mean Samsung Buds Live in their cases
- We didn't try this during the NDA briefing for security reasons, so we're scratching our heads as they stay in our ears
Due to the current climate, we did not try them out at the NDA briefing, so we cannot judge whether they are loud or the audio is leaking.
We were told that they would also have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), although we are wondering how this can be done without earplugs.
If you're a fan of Samsung tablets, be sure to look for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 +, both of which offer similar Samsung Notes features to the Note20.
They come with an S-pen and keyboard, which are included in the package. A 6-month free version of Clip Studio Paint, a professional drawing program, is preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7.
We also learned that there will be a Samsung Galaxy Watch3 in 45mm and 41mm versions.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch3, coming to your wrists soon
- The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 next to the Samsung Buds Live cases
After two foldable phones and subsequent user feedback, Samsung also released the Galaxy Z Fold2 with a 7.6-inch main screen, making it larger than the Galaxy Fold.
This will come in 2 colors: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze.
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Overall, what we saw at the NDA briefing was pretty exciting. While there don't seem to be too many major upgrades, it's clear that Samsung is looking out for its devices and is striving to achieve a better and more enjoyable user experience.
The upgrades also appear to be productivity-oriented, which makes sense given the new normality of remote work, WFH and work on the go.
If you are reading this and have not yet adjusted to Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (which would have started on August 5, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.), you can watch it live here or find other viewing options here.
Publisher's Note: At the time of writing, no prices for these devices were known as they were not mentioned in the NDA briefing. Once the prices are properly announced, we will update this piece with the new information.
Editor's note (updated 08/05/2020 at 10:30 p.m.): Information has been added in several parts of this article to ensure greater accuracy or provide more detail.
- More information about Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 and the Samsung Galaxy Note series can be found here.
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