Samsung’s second major Unpacked event of 2020 has a different tone than the first one. Samsung announced the Galaxy S20 series in early 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic exploded across the globe. The latest edition featured a pre-recorded rundown of the company’s Note20 family, Tab S7 tablets, and more. Samsung even backed off slightly on prices but probably not enough to avoid criticism. These are all still very spendy electronics.
The Note20 and Note20 Ultra are the latest Snapdragon 865 flagship phones from Samsung. The smaller Note20 has a 6.7-inch 1080p OLED, which is limited to 60Hz. The Note20 Ultra is 6.9 inches 1440p with a 120Hz refresh rate. Both phones have 5G support and an upgraded S Pen stylus that supports more navigation gestures. The S Pen, which is what sets the Note apart from the Galaxy S family, also has much lower latency in this iteration.
The Ultra also sports the same 108MP primary camera as the S20 Ultra, paired with a 12MP ultra-wide and 12MP 5x telephoto lens. The regular Note20 has a 12MP primary, 12MP ultra-wide, and a 64MP zoom lens. However, the zoom is all digital (sensor crop) rather than optical. The high-end Note20 Ultra will cost $1,300, which is $100 less than the S20 Ultra. Samsung usually charges more for Note phones, but this is still a lot of money. The smaller phone is $1,000, which again, is quite expensive.
If you’re in the market for a tablet, Samsung has a pair of those coming, too. The Galaxy Tab S7 has an 11-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD, and the S7+ has a 2800 x 1752 120Hz OLED. Both devices have the Snapdragon 865+ inside with support for 45W fast charging. They come with the S Pen, too. These are the only premium Android tablets of note, and Samsung is going with a very… premium price. The Galaxy Tab S7 is $650 and the Tab S7+ is $850. That’s before add-ons like the keyboard cover.
You can even get the best of phones and tablets in one device with the Galaxy Z Fold 2. This follow-up to the Galaxy Fold was teased at the event, so we don’t have a price yet. It’s sure to be expensive with a larger display on the exterior and a higher-quality 120Hz flexible 7.6-inch display on the inside.
There are also new wearables coming to Samsung’s product offerings. The Galaxy Watch3 will start at an eye-watering $400, and that’s without LTE. The watch runs Samsung’s Tizen OS with a plethora of sensors for heart rate, ECG, and more. However, Samsung only has approval for the ECG in South Korea at this time. The Galaxy Buds Live are the company’s first noise-canceling true-wireless buds. These bean-shaped earbuds will run you just $170.
The Note20, Watch3, and Buds Live will be available for purchase on August 6, but the Tab S7 and Z Fold 2 will come later. The Note20 will ship from Samsung and carriers by August 21.
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