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Samsung announces new Galaxy Note 20 phones

On Wednesday, August 5th, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20, as expected in early July of this year. For its annual Unpacked event, they promised at least five new devices, and they delivered. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Tab S7, and the Galaxy Watch 3 have been added to their range as well as several versions of the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

What’s new in the Galaxy Note 20 series?

Two new smartphones are added to the Galaxy Note-series; the top-range Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the regular Note 20. Here is a quick overview:

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

  • AMOLED screen, 6.9 inches
  • 120 fps (frames per second)
  • Snapdragon 865 Plus processor
  • 108MP camera with a standard lens
  • 12MP wide-angle lens
  • 12MP digital zoom lens with 50 x zoom (up to 5 times optic zoom)
  • 12MP selfie camera up front (f/2.2) has a 120-degree field
  • 8K video resolution at 24 fps
  • New aspect ration of 21:9
  • Better sound recorder (front and back, adjustable)
  • 4500 mAh-battery
  • Micro SD slot (512GB)
  • 25W wired; 15W wireless charging
  • OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.0
  • Size: 6.48 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches
  • Weight: 7.33 ounces

Galaxy Note 20

  • Full HD OLED screen, 6.7 inches
  • 60 fps (frames per second)
  • Snapdragon 865 Plus processor
  • 12MP ultrawide lens (f/2.2)
  • 12MP wide-angle lens (f/1.8)
  • 64MP telephoto lens with 30 x zoom (up to 3 times hybrid, lossless zoom)
  • 10MP front-facing camera (f/2.2)
  • 8K video resolution at 24 fps
  • New aspect ration of 21:9
  • Better sound recorder (front and back, adjustable)
  • 4300 mAh-battery
  • No Micro SD slot
  • 25W wired; 15W wireless charging
  • OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.0
  • Size: 6.36 x 2.96 x 0.32 inches
  • Weight: 6.84 ounces
  • IP68 water-resistant

Samsung is selling one configuration of the Galaxy Note 20 in the United States. It will have 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM but does not come with a micro SD slot. 

Order your Galaxy Note 20 or 20 Ultra now

The cameras of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The Galaxy Note 20’s camera system has identical specs and hardware to the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus. It means you will get a primary 12MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture alongside a 64MP telephoto lens, which relies on sensor cropping to deliver 3x lossless magnification. An ultrawide 12MP lens completes the camera array on the back of the Note 20. On the front, you will find the same 10MP selfie camera as in the Note 20 Ultra.

You can take sharp photos with the 12-megapixel standard lens of the Note 20, although they are less detailed than the Note 20 Ultra images. Just like its bigger brother, the Note 20 has a 12MP wide-angle lens. The 64MP telephoto lens on this device has three times optical zoom. Unfortunately, Note 20 does not come with a Time-of-Flight sensor.

Note 20 Ultra Camera setup

With the 108 megapixels standard lens, the smallest details in your photos are visible. Thanks to the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens, you will have the right camera at hand for all kinds of situations. With the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, large buildings or groups of people, for example, fit entirely into your photo. You use the 12-megapixel telephoto lens with five times optical zoom to zoom in far without your photo becoming blurry. The Time-of-Flight sensor measures depth accurately. It allows you to create an artistic depth of field effect in, for example, portrait photos.

Camera Galaxy Note 20

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: pro’s and cons

You can take crystal clear images with the camera setup of the Note 20 Ultra. The Zoom camera is very impressive and does not get shaky until you reach 50x zoom. The battery will go a long way with 4500mAh, and the very crips quad HD screen will refresh 120 times a second.

Although the massive screen of 6.9 inches is excellent for watching videos and playing games, it won’t fit your pants’ regular-sized pockets. The camera bulge on the back is a bit out of control. When you put the smartphone on a table, it props up at an angle.

You will have to bring some extra cash to buy this new flagship model of Samsung. Prices start from $1299. It costs $300 more than the regular Note 20, and almost $1300 is a lot of money to spend on any phone. That said, it is a fantastic smartphone with a top-notch camera array.

Samsung Galaxy note 20 and note 20 Ultra

When will the Galaxy Note 20 be available for the public?

Both new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones will release on Friday, August 21st, but pre-orders can be made now. If you pre-order either the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra before August 20th, you can get some free goodies

You will receive a $100 Samsung gift card when you purchase the Galaxy Note 20. It can be redeemed on Samsungs website, in the Samsung app store, or toward curated bundles and Samsung TVs, Galaxy Buds Live, tablets, and more. 

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a $150 credit. To redeem the credit, you’ll need to give proof of your purchase. It does not matter in which shop you pre-ordered the device. 

Everybody who placed a pre-order before lats Fridays unpacked event will receive an additional $50 credit

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