We had known they were coming and today Samsung officially unveiled them. These are its new flagship devices and are two out of five devices the company announced today.
These two devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, are not that different from the Note devices from last year. They are both very big devices with the Note 20 Ultra having a slightly bigger display.
The Galaxy Note phones have always been geared towards power users and the Note 20 series is not any different. Both the standard Note 20 and the Note 10 Ultra have a premium look with the Note 20 Ultra having a glass back while the Note 20 has a polycarbonate back.
Both devices have very thin bezels giving them a modern look. Available colours include black, white and bronze while the standard Note 20 is available in green, gray and bronze.
Since these are flagship devices, they both have AMOLED displays. The Note 20 Ultra has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels with the standard Note 20 having a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The Note 20 Ultra has a 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate while the Note 20 tops at 60 Hz.
Above the display is the selfie camera that is housed in a punch hole. It is centred at the top which gives it a very clean look if you combine that with the thin bezels.
Powering the Galaxy Note 20 series is either the Snapdragon 865+ processor or the Exynos 990 which may not be ideal for some people. The Exynos 990 is not necessarily the fastest processor out there especially compared to the Snapdragon 865+. The Exynos version is the one coming to Kenya so we are out of luck.
The Note 20 Ultra is available in 8GB or 12GB RAM configurations with 128, 256 or 512 GB of storage with microSD card support. The Note 20 on the other hand is available in 8GB configuration with 128 or 256GB of storage.
Samsung did not take any chances with the cameras on these new Note devices. The Note 20 Ultra comes with a 108MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 12MP telephoto camera. The Note 20 Ultra can achieve 5x optical zoom which can be extended to 50x zoom with software enhancements.
The Galaxy Note 20 on the other hands has a 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 64MP telephoto camera. This version has 3x hybrid zoom and 30x super res software zoom. Both devices have optical image stabilization for improved video recording. For selfies, we get the same 10MP shooter on both devices.
For the battery, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 4,500 one while the Note 20 has a 4,300 one. Both these batteries support wireless fast charging and reverse wireless charging.
Local pricing is yet to be revealed but internationally the standard Note 20 starts at $999 (approximately Ksh 108,000) while the Note 20 Ultra starts at $1299 (approximately Ksh 140,000).
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