Samsung Announces Its Biggest Smartphone yet, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra | IGN

Last year, Samsung upsized its biggest flagship phone with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and now it’s introducing an even larger phablet with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.  Featuring a bigger 6.9-inch screen, faster Snapdragon processor, and the lowest latency pen yet, the Note 20 Ultra aims to be the most powerful smartphone you can buy for a hearty sum.

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What Are the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra’s Specifications?

As with last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes in two sizes. The regular Note 20 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) display while the larger Note 20 Ultra integrates a 6.9-inch Quad HD+ (3,088 x 1,440) screen. The larger phone not only has a bigger display, but it also hits a higher refresh rate of 120Hz.

The biggest improvement to the Note 20 series is how much faster the S-Pen will feel as you’re scribbling on the display. According to Samsung, the latency on the integrated stylus has been reduced to as little as 26ms on the Note 20 and 9ms on the Note 20 Ultra.

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Internally both phones come running with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor that’s a step above the regular Snapdragon 865 found in all of this year’s flagships including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro. This new chip offers a higher clock speed of 3.1GHz over the normal Snapdragon 865 that runs at 2.84GHz.

You’re also looking at a minimum of 8GB of LPDDR5 memory in the Note 20 and 12GB of RAM in the Note 20 Ultra. Storage meanwhile starts at 128GB for both versions, but only the Ultra model offers a larger 512GB capacity that users can further expand with a Micro SD card.

The Note 20 Ultra also has a larger 4.500mAh battery whereas the Note 20 has a 4,300mAh battery.

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What Cameras Do You Get on the Samsung Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra?

Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S20, Samsung has shaken up the cameras on the Note 20-series by including high-resolution cameras and optical zoom lenses for combined hybrid Space Zoom features.

One change we find a little disappointing is the 16MP Ultrawide camera has been cut down to only 12MP in resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera: FOV: 120-degrees, Aperture: f2.2
  • 12MP Wide-angle Camera: FOV: 79-degrees, Aperture: f1.8, Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS
  • 64MP Telephoto Camera: FOV: 76-degrees, Aperture: f2.0
  • 10MP Selife Camera: Aperture: f2.2
  • 3x Optical Zoom
  • 30x Super Resolution Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera: FOV: 120-degrees, Aperture: f2.2
  • 108MP Wide-angle Camera: FOV: 79-degrees, Aperture: f1.8, PDAF, OIS
  • 12MP Telephoto Camera: FOV: 20-degrees, Aperture: f3.0
  • 10MP Selife Camera: Aperture: f2.2
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 50x Super Resolution Zoom

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How Much Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra Cost?

The Galaxy Note 20 starts at $999 and will be available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299 and will be available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White.

When Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Release Date?

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra release on August 21st. Preorders for the Note 20 series open up on August 6 at 12:01 am ET.

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What Else Did Samsung Announce at Its Unpacked 2020 Event?

Of course, no Unpacked event would be complete without a few other announcements to go with Samsung’s smartphones. The most exciting side announcements of the event were Samsung first 120Hz tablets and a new pair of wireless earbuds with active noise-canceling.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus

Samsung’s flagship tablet is getting even bigger for 2020. Whereas the previous Galaxy Tab S6 had a 10.5-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab S7 has moved up to an 11-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) display. Samsung has also introduced a new Galaxy Tab S7 Plus model featuring its largest 12.4-inch Super AMOLED screen WQXGA+ (2,800 x 1,752). Both tablets also feature 120Hz display, four Dolby Atmos certified AKG speakers, and an octa-core processor. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 will release later this Fall for $649 and $849, respectively.Galaxy-Tab-S7+-and-Buds-Live_Lifestyle-720x450 Samsung Announces Its Biggest Smartphone yet, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra | IGN

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Meet Samsung’s first pair of noise-cancelling truly wireless earbuds. These fully wireless earbuds feature 12mm drivers paired with three microphones. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live will be available starting on August 6th for $169.
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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
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