Samsung lifts the veil on its new Galaxy Note - geeko
During an online conference, Samsung unveiled its new premium smartphones; the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, like the Galaxy S20. With a diagonal of 6.7 inches, the Note 20 is intended for new followers of this premium range, as for the Note 20 Ultra, it is intended for long-time fans of the range and other technophiles.
Two almost separate smartphones
By offering two versions of the Note 20, Samsung reinforces the split between the affordable model and the more upscale one and this is strongly felt in the characteristics of the phones. Thus, the Galaxy Note 20 displays on a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD + definition and a refresh rate of only 60 Hz. The Ultra version features a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, with a definition Quad HD + and with a doubled refresh rate (120 Hz).
Internally, the two smartphones are more similar since they both embed a Snapdragon 865 + processor which should offer better performance than the Galaxy S20 which is satisfied with the 865 version of the chip. The Galaxy Note 20 will ship 8GB of RAM against 12GB for the Ultra version. And if the latter is automatically compatible with 5G, the entry level will be offered in 4G or 5G version, as desired.
A photo block inherited from the Galaxy S20
The proximity of the Note 20 with the Galaxy S20 is all the more noticeable in the photo unit which is identical. We thus find a triple photo sensor including an ultra wide-angle of 12MP, a standard wide-angle of 12Mp and a telephoto sensor of 64MP. The Note 20 offers 3X optical zoom, as well as 30x super resolution zoom. As for the front camera, it is 10 MP on both models.
The Ultra version does better with a 12 MP ultra wide-angle sensor, 108 MP wide-angle, and 12 MP telephoto lens. The main sensor is equipped with nona-binning technology which allows 9 pixels to be merged into one and therefore to have 12.4 Mp photos output. Optical zoom climbs to 5x, as does super-resolution zoom to 50x. Note that neither of the two devices benefits from a ToF Depth Vision sensor.
On the video side, the two smartphones are capable of recording videos up to 8K at 24 images per second, but also in 4K with 60 images per second. Optical stabilization is still there, as well as the super stabilized 1080p Action-Cam video mode.
Smartphones for productivity
The Galaxy Note would be nothing without its S Pen style. It is therefore inevitably found with the Note 20 and 20 Ultra. The latter still has 4,069 pressure levels. If the accessory has not undergone a major change, its latency has still been improved. It is now 26ms on the Note 20 and only 9ms on the Note 20 Ultra.
Note the little novelty that should please some; audio capture within the Notes application. This allows a vocal feedback of the entered notes.
The Note 20 and 20 Ultra are available in several colors.
Finally, the entry level has a battery with a capacity of 4,300 mAh against 4,500 mAh for the Ultra version. Both models are compatible with 25W fast and wireless charging, as well as wireless charging sharing via Wireless PowerShare technology.
The Galaxy Note 20 will be marketed on August 21. The Galaxy Note 20 will be sold for 959 euros in its 4G version and it will cost 100 euros more for the 5G version. For the Note 20 Ultra, it will cost 1,309 euros for the 256 GB version and 1,409 euros for the 512 GB version.
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