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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra Officially Announced


Yesterday Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 20 flagship phones. The Note range has two devices – a standard Galaxy Note 20 and the high-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. One thing about the two is, they’re both spec-rich and very expensive.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series Price

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 retails at $1,000(approx. Ksh 107,000) and the Note 20 Ultra needs you to cough up $300 more (goes for $1300, or about Ksh 140,000). These prices don’t include tax duties, so there’s that too.

Specifications

Compared to the Galaxy S20 series launched earlier this year, there’s no much of a difference, however. But there are few notable changes that do matter to power users.

First, the two have considerable large screens; 6.7-inches for the Note 20 at FHD+ resolution and 6.9-inches(curved) for the Ultra at WQHD+ resolution and with 120Hz refresh rate. Despite the difference, both displays have HDR 10+ support.

The regular Note 20 sports 128GB of internal storage – without microSD card support – and 8GB of memory. More power has been given to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with 12GB of memory and base 128GB of storage with microSD card support up to 2TB.

Dig deeper into the pockets and you’ll be awarded a variant with 512GB of internal storage.

However, both support 5G – which may be disabled locally as they did with the S20 range –, ship with an S Pen with incremental updates, have stereo speakers – from audio masters AKG –, USB Type C ports, in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and almost stock up the same camera lineup.

The duo has no headphone jack, but Samsung also announced new wireless earbuds – the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live – that can be coupled with them at an additional cost of $170 – around Ksh 18,000.

The Galaxy Note 20’s build might irk some with its polycarbonate(fancy name for plastic) body. The Ultra doesn’t disappoint and is crafted with a metal and glass body.

Galaxy Note range duo is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor in North America but the rest of the world will be receiving models running Samsung’s Exynos 990 chip.

Battery

Battery which is another important aspect has been slightly reduced as compared to the Galaxy S20 series – 4300mAh for Note 20 and 4500mAh for Note 20 Ultra.

Both can charge fast at 25W when wired – not the fastest out there – and at 15W wirelessly. Reverse charging is also supported but that’s only at 4.5W.

Camera

Now to the camera front, here’s how the two stack up against each other.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20:

Rear Camera:

  • 12MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.8): Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 64MP telephoto (ƒ/2.0): PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom
  • 12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.4μm)

Front Camera:

  • 10MP (ƒ/2.2): Dual Pixel PDAF

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

Rear Camera

  • 108MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.8), PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • 12MP periscope telephoto (ƒ/3.0), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom
  • 12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2)

Front Camera

  • 10MP (ƒ/2.2): Dual Pixel PDAF

The duo comes in three colors. Galaxy Note 20 ships in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, or Mystic White while the Ultra is available in Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Gray.

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