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In the absence of IFA, Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy Note, which will go on sale on August 21, at an online event. Like the Galaxy S20, they take a decade and arrive in a normal version with a superhero surname. Thus, Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy 20 Ultra complete the catalog of the Korean company in a 2020 in which its between 959 (Note 20 4G) and 1309 euros (20 Ultra, which costs 100 euros more with 512 GB of storage) will be its main - and perhaps only - problem.
Samsung wants the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 to rest on three pillars: 5G (in the case of the Ultra it is the only possible configuration), the ecosystem (with a Watch that has followers and some Buds that try to become its answer to AirPods) and their agreements. In this case, it comes in the form of one that they have reached with Microsoft that will allow the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate titles to be played in the cloud on the Note. It remains to be seen if the public of these terminals is interested in this type of entertainment.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is huge . In every sense. The size is noticeable in the hand, although the almost total absence of frames makes it lighter than expected and avoids the brick feeling. Everything is screen (and what screen).
As always, the 6.9 inches (6.7 in the basic model) and its tablet size that has not yet hit the lug are used to the maximum with the help of a pencil with a latency that is already close to that of its graphite namesakes. The function of converting what was written in plain text was able to recognize my handwriting and this is something that sometimes I cannot do myself.
The design moves away from the fashion of the gradient colors and opts for a metallic finish with a very subtle, almost matte shine. The mint colors (exclusive to the Note 20) and bronze (only in the Ultra) are accompanied by a much more sober black that, in comparison, is quite boring.
The high-end is noticeable to both in make-ups, components, and innards . Both models have an Exynos 990 processor; The 256 GB of storage (which can go up to 512 in the upper one), the RAM (8 GB in Note 20, up to 12 GB in Ultra) and the battery (4,300 and 4,500 mAh, respectively) do vary between devices.
For the arrangement of the rear cameras Samsung has chosen to leave subtleties and offers a space that seems almost a song to brutalism. Instead of doing like the competition (or like themselves in other models) and allowing the king to walk around naked while waiting for nobody to point out his buttocks, they have decreed nudism by law. Yes, we are in balls and it is time to assume it.
So in a rectangle the size of a Pentagon we find -from top to bottom- an ultra wide angle (12 megapixels), a main sensor of 108 megapixels and a telephoto lens (12 megapixels) that, in the absence of in-depth tests, should be between the best cameras on the market. Samsung has been doing homework on components and processing software for some time and this shows at the time of the exam.
In the video, the curious and rarely useful microphone zoom appears again with an image stabilization that left good feelings, something important when they exceed 16 centimeters (in, yes, a very tight 208 grams).
The dry version of the Galaxy Note 20, meanwhile, shares ultra-wide angle, but mounts a 12-megapixel main sensor and a 64-tele with 3x hybrid zoom.
The result is overwhelming, enormous and precious in its excesses. The materials, much thinner than concrete, soften the whole to give a touch of elegance that, surprisingly, works. Inside, outside and for price (1309 euros) is a device that borders on the obscene: hedonism made a phone.
Headphones, tablets, watches and second parts
Along with the two Samsung phones, it presented the Galaxy Watch 3 (from 469 euros), the Galaxy Buds Live and two new tablets, Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 +. They are all continuos products (if not broken, why fix it?) Without much change from their predecessors.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 deserves a separate comment, although more for its completely secondary role. The pioneer of folding phones had a catastrophic launch due to screen issues and will now try to fix the bugs with a new version.
However, it seems that the much more attractive Galaxy Z Flip has overtaken you on the right (not to mention competing terminals) and being little more than a footnote in the presentation of a high-end does not convey a sense of bet on it. In any case, there it is and it will try to become a beautiful story of redemption.
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