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TechRap: Samsung unveils new Note 20 phones

Gelo Gonzales
TechRap: Samsung unveils new Note 20 phones

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Samsung's Note 20 phones come with a more responsive S-Pen stylus, and 5G capabilities for both base and Ultra models
TechRap: Samsung unveils new Note 20 phones

Samsung’s second flagship of the year, the Note 20, becomes official at the online-only Samsung Unpacked event, Wednesday, August 5, Philippine time.

The star attraction in an event that welcomes several other Samsung devices, the Note 20 comes in 2 variants: the base and the Ultra variant, which replaces 2019’s Plus variant.

This year’s Notes are bigger. Last year’s Note 10 and Note 10 Plus had 6.3-inch and 6.8-inch screens, respectively, while the Note 20 and 20 Ultra have 6.7- and 6.9-inch ones. The difference in screen size between the regular and the bigger variant is also smaller for this year’s Notes.

This is the first Note to have a 120Hz screen. However, only the Note 20 Ultra variant carries the feature, unlike the 3 February-launched Samsung S20 phones, which had 120Hz displays for all models.

The Note 20 Ultra also has a laser autofocus sensor, which Samsung says makes for more accurate autofocusing, and the same 108MP wide camera found in the S20 Ultra. While Ultra and the base Note 20 have a similar wide-tele-ultra-wide 3-camera setup, the base Note 20 has a higher resolution 64MP tele shooter.

Neither of the two have the S20 Ultra’s 100x “Space Zoom,” with the Note 20 Ultra topping out with a 50x zoom, and the base Note 20 with 30x.

The base Note 20 also loses the signature curved “edge” display, going instead with a flat one.

The two variants have a 5G and 4G/LTE version, and an improved S-Pen stylus that has less input lag thanks to latency cut from a declared 42 milliseconds to 9 milliseconds.

Here’s a spec list:

Note 20 Ultra
  • Display: 6.9-inch 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 curved display
  • Rear camera: 108MP wide + 12MP tele + 12MP ultra-wide + laser autofocus sensor
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Memory: 5G – 12GBRAM + 256GB storage/LTE – 8GB RAM + 256GB storage
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 990
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh
  • Others: S-Pen, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos, wireless charging
Note 20
  • Display: 6.7-inch 1080p Dynamic AMOLED flat display
  • Rear camera: 12MP wide + 64MP tele + 12MP ultra-wide
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Memory: 5G/LTE – 12GBRAM + 256GB storage
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 990
  • Battery: 4,300 mAh
  • Others: S-Pen, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos, wireless charging

We will update this story with pricing and availability details once we have them. – Rappler.com

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.