The latest models in Samsung's Galaxy Note series have arrived on schedule: two sizes of phones have come out as expected, but while the company's top-of-the-line Note-series top-of-the-line phones have made only minor differences this year. the scissors between the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra phones open up more spectacularly. In addition to the new Notes, it also flashed Samsung's latest foldable top model.
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The differences between the two Notes are already evident in design, while the Note20 has rounded corners and a flat display, while the Ultra variant looks it is much more angular, and the edges of its display tend to bend into known curves. In both cases, the front-facing camera was struck by the manufacturer at the top, in the middle of the panel, and the back of the devices is watched by three-dimensional lenses in a rectangular camera block. Both housings have been rated IP68, so you don't have to worry about dropping in the bathtub.
The smaller model has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED panel, while the larger version has a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED panel, the latter 1440×3088 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 393 and 496 PPI, respectively. Both panels received the HDR10 + plecsnit, however, while the smaller screen works with a field refresh rate of 60 hertz, the value was rolled to 120 hertz by the premium model, more specifically the ultrap premium model. The Note20’s 60-hertz refresh rate is a surprising choice on the part of the manufacturer, as although it positions the latter of the two models lower, it’s still a premium pepper-priced device, and today 90-hertz panels have also begun to slip into more friendly price ranges. The good news, however, is that the devices are covered by Corning's latest Gorilla Glass, which promises significantly better durability and scratch resistance than its predecessors.
Under the hood, both models are known in European versions, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 in Hungary. Exynos 990 chips work with two 2.73 GHz Mongoose M5, two 2.5 Giga Cortex-A76 and four 2 Giga Cortex-A55 cores – the standard is marketed in the United States as usual with a Qualcomm chip, where the manufacturer it features its well-known peak tile this year, Snapdragon 865. The smaller version has 8 gigabytes of RAM, while the larger version has 12 gigabytes of RAM, the former with up to 256 gigabytes of maximum storage. The Galaxy Note20 will be available in Hungary in 4G and 5G versions, and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra will be available in 5G.
It comes as no surprise that the Note20 Ultra is also the stronger camera on the back, the camera block has been inherited, at least in part, from the Galaxy S20. At the top of the block is the well-known 108-megapixel sensor monster, augmented with optical image stabilization, now complemented by laser autofocus. Capable of 5x optical zoom (also equipped with optical stabilization), the telephoto camera here has a 12-megapixel layout, also with a periscope layout. The third member of the trio is a 12-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle sensor.
back. The main sensor here is 12 megapixels, and optical image stabilization is not left out here, as is the 64 megapixel telephoto camera, which promises 3x optical zoom. The ultra-wide-angle sensor also received a resolution of 12 megapixels.
The battery capacity in the Galaxy Note20 is 4300 mAh, in the Note20 Ultra it is 4500 mAh – although neither battery is small, we have seen significantly larger batteries in similarly sized devices, of course they do not need to be make room for a stylus that can be stored in the case. The battery in both phones supports 25-watt fast charging and 15-watt wireless charging. As is increasingly the case with top-of-the-line models, reverse wireless charging is also in the bag of new Notes.
And when it’s already mentioned, the most important in the Note series brand, the S-Pen stylus is of course there on both phones: the stylus is already producing 9 milliseconds of response time this year, just like the Apple Pencil on the Cupertino giant tablets – promising a much better input experience, the drawn lines will keep the pace much more lifelike.
The Note20 models come with Android 10 on board, and it's interesting that they already support Samsung's desktop interface known as Samsung DeX wirelessly via Miracaston. The manufacturer's virtual assistant, Bixby, is also there on the devices, although it is a question of how long Google is making a serious effort to convince Samsung to switch to Google Assistant.
Pricing, as it used to be, is not can be said to be wallet-friendly: the Galaxy Note20 will go to the stores at a gross price of 355 thousand forints, and the Note20 5G at a gross price of 390 thousand forints. The gross recommended end-user price of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is HUF 485 thousand. The devices are now pre-orderable and will even be available on store shelves in August. also flashed it, although it hasn’t revealed too many details about the device yet. At the same time, it can be seen from the pictures that one of the biggest shortcomings of the design, the tiny front panel display that can be used in the closed state, has been remedied, the panel in the new model already fills essentially the entire front panel, as we are used to in the field. The manufacturer also slammed a center-mounted self-contained camera into the outer panel, sacrificing a sizable notch in the upper right corner of the first-generation bendable display.
In addition, according to the manufacturer, the hinge mechanism has been refined to provide much better protection against ingress of dust, as well as to cover the bendable panel. plastic has also become more durable. The hinge can also stop in three positions, so the phone can be supported in “tent” mode. Samsung reserves more details for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 for the September announcement.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.