Samsung unveils its flagship Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra


At the Samsung virtual Unpacked, the South Korean manufacturer unveiled its most powerful Note series yet. The Galaxy Note20 series is a productivity powerhouse enabling you to connect with the Galaxy ecosystem in a seamless manner.

Your ideal work companion

With the latest Galaxy Note20 series, you get an advanced S-Pen offering lower latency and a more lifelike precision. You can use the S-Pen for making notes or give feedback on a PDF file. All of this is possible through the Samsung Notes application going as far as straightening your messy handwriting into legible penmanship.

On the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, latency via the S-Pen is reduced by 80 per cent

You can use the S-Pen for touch-less navigation of your device, by simply flicking your wrist. But the Note20 series enables an easy workflow across devices. With Link to Windows integration, you can access your mobile applications directly from your Windows 10 PC. This enhances productivity greatly and later this year, the Note20 series will be able to run multiple applications side-by-side on your Windows 10 PC.

Power to play

With the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, you find a 6.9-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED 2X QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate that can dynamically adjust. Its 240Hz touch latency enables for an enhanced gaming experience in combination with its AI game booster and Bluetooth audio response optimization. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note20 sports a 6.7-inch flat Super AMOLED FHD+ display but still supports the array of software gaming optimizations. Beginning September 15, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox games on your phone or tablet, directly from the cloud (beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Black, copper and white finishes on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The onboard cameras between both Galaxy Note20 variants also differ slightly. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with an OIS enabled wide 108MP main lens, alongside a 12MP ultra-wide one, a 12MP telephoto one and a laser auto-focus unit. The telephoto camera in particular allows for 5x optical and 50x Space Zoom. On the contrary, the Galaxy Note20 sports an OIS enabled wide 12MP lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 64MP telephoto sensor. Here, you will get support for 3x hybrid optic and 30x Space Zoom. Both smartphones bring upgrades to the video recording experience though, with a new 21:9 aspect ratio for 8K video recording. Users of Pro Video will also benefit from pro-grade zoom speed control, exposure and audio. Specific to audio, the Galaxy Note20 series can adjust gain between onboard and external microphones for clear audio.

Unrivaled performance

Inside, the Galaxy Note20 series sports the Exynos 990 octa-core processor. This brings support for 5G on both sub-6 and mmWave networks allowing you to enjoy hyper-fast speeds. A first for any Galaxy device is Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) support. This will enable you to share work effortlessly between Galaxy Devices or use Nearby Share to do the same. As for battery performance, the Galaxy Note20 series has you covered too. The Galaxy Note20 sports a 4,300mAh cell whereas the Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with a 4,500mAh one. Both smartphones support fast wired, wireless and reverse charging with a 25W power adapter bundled out of the box.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 is available in an 8GB RAM variant with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is available in 8/12GB RAM configurations with up to 512GB of storage. Pre-orders for the smartphones are now live, with the 4G version of the Galaxy Note20 starting at Dh3,549 whereas the 4G Galaxy Note20 Ultra starting at Dh4,499. With each Galaxy Note20 pre-order, you will also receive a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ while with each Galaxy Note20 Ultra pre-order, you will receive a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live. On top of that, either pre-order will give users 2 years of Samsung Care+ worth Dh499.