Samsung has today unveiled its latest premium devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, pick up from where the Galaxy Note 10 family left last year.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung is introducing the biggest display, yet, in the Galaxy Note series.
The 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel is one of the outstanding differentiators between it and the “standard” Galaxy Note 20 which features a 6.7-inch flat Super AMOLED Plus display panel.
Whereas the Note 20 Ultra’s panel has a high 120Hz refresh rate, the Note 20’s display maxes out at the standard 60Hz. There are differences in the resolution of the two displays as well with the superior device packing a Quad HD+ panel and the other one going with a Full HD+ panel.
By every measure, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the superior device even though both devices feature upgrades to the series over the last generation’s feature set.
Being Note devices, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 feature an improved S Pen, which also changes its placement direction. Whereas the S Pen gained Bluetooth support with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 9 back in 2018 to allow it to support remote device operations like starting and stopping media playback and taking photos and then became a magic wand of sorts last year with the arrival of the Note 10, this year, the S Pen features expanded gesture controls and even faster response times.
“The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s latency (when using the S Pen) has been reduced by nearly 80 percent compared to the Note10,” the company says in a statement.
“A gesture resembling a clamp pointing to the right (>) pulls up recently used apps; an upward clamp (^) brings you back to the home screen; a clamp pointing to the left (<) signifies a backward action; and a downward clamp (∨) runs Smart select. Lightly shaking the S Pen automatically activates Screen Write, which instantly captures a screenshot of your screen and displays the S Pen’s annotation tools.”
As with every smartphones worth their weight in gold, the Galaxy Note 20 series hopes to take the photography experience to the next level with a triple camera setup at the back that maintains the same 108-megapixel wide-angle sensor that we’ve seen on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, at least on the Note 20 Ultra since the standard variant makes do with a 12-megapixel one.
Being a power device, emphasis on the Note 20 series is placed on the much the devices are able to do to make their users more productive. As such, the Note 20 series takes advantage of Samsung’s continued partnership with Microsoft to bring with it even deeper integration with Microsoft’s productivity tools. Samsung Notes, for instance, sync across users’ Microsoft 365 accounts making them accessible anywhere anytime.
Where some will rejoice will be in the ability to access hundreds of Xbox games as long as they have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Thanks to the addition of new three-finger Touch Pad controls, users of Samsung’s mobile-desktop integration system DeX will no longer need extra accessories when they’ve blown up their mobile displays on even bigger displays such as monitors or even television sets (now possible wirelessly).
Samsung will be making the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 available in Kenya via pre-order starting on August 14th, a day earlier than the Galaxy Note 10 last year. The pre-order period will run through to August 28th after which, between August 30th and September 4th, the devices will become available for purchase locally.
Those who pre-order the Galaxy Note 20 will get a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ from Samsung Mobile Kenya while those that pre-order the hero device, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, will be getting the newly-unveiled Galaxy Buds Live for free.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be going for Kshs 107,000 while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will cost Kshs 137,000.