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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series Debut – One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series had to be Samsung’s next big thing. Earlier this week, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 20 family of devices, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series continues to represent Samsung’s latest and greatest innovations. Beginning with what’s new on both, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, both devices come with mmWave as well as sub-6GHz 5G improvements and 25% brighter displays as well as the newer Snapdragon 865+ SoC to keep up with the competition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – This Beast Continues To Get Better

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s new holy-grail, featuring the best of the best Samsung could offer, it doesn’t get better than this.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 6.9-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with the usual buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate paired with Corning’s latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus that promises to offer much better shatter and scratch resistance. Furthermore, like its predecessor, comes with a selfie camera cutout which has become a signature design in Samsung’s Galaxy Note line.

In the specifications department, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the all-new Snapdragon 865+ SoC / Exynos 990 SoC, upto 12GB of memory on its 5G variants, a 4500mAh battery and more.

Regarding cameras, it seems like Samsung’s relying on the incremental software improvements on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra that came before it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a triple camera setup on its rear, consisting of a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, as well as a 108MP main camera accompanied by the usual OIS and a 10MP selfie camera upfront. Furthermore, The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also comes with a Laser AF sensor and seems to have ditched the Space Zoom buzz on the device.

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Contrary to the strict 5G releases earlier this year, it seems like Samsung would launch 4G and 5G variants of the device for different regions across the globe, pushing the 4G variants of the device in areas where 5G has its ways to go.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – The Disappointing One

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the second device carrying the Note 20 tag sharing what seems to be most of the spec sheet from the Note 20 Ultra, which a few major exceptions which may likely be a deal breaker for most.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 60Hz 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. Furthermore, like the Note 20 and S20 series, the Note 20 comes with the usual seflie camera cutout within the display as well as the much brighter display Samsung touted at the release of the Note 20.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 though, the Samsung Note 20 carries a much toned down design. Not only does it not feature the Samsung aggressive styling and corners of the Note 20 Ultra, but Samsung also seems to be opting for a plastic back on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rather than the glass on the Note 20 Ultra.

In the hardware department, the Note 20 comes with the new Snapdragon 865+ SoC / Exynos 990 SoC, 8GB RAM as standard on all variations of the device as well a 4300mAh battery powering the device under the hood.

Like its S20 cousins from earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 shares a 12MP ultra-wide and telephoto camera sensor along with a 64MP telephoto shooter under the hood. Moving over to the front of the device, and it seems like Samsung Galaxy Note 20 continues to share the same 10MP selfie camera like the Note 20 Ultra does.

Like the Note 20 Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would also come in 4G and 5G variants. However, regardless of what variant you opt for, the Note 20 would come with 8GB of memory across the board.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series – Variants, Extra Features, Pricing and Release Dates

Now the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra seem to be destined for two radically different consumers. Despite the major differences in hardware, Samsung’s pricing strategy seems to be unaffected.

In addition to that, if you’re a gamer, Samsung has teamed up with Microsoft to bring Xbox’s Game Pass to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, allowing you to stream Xbox titles to your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are currently up for preorder, with the former of the two starting at $999 and the latter starting at $1299. With the pre-orders underway, Samsung continues to entice consumers with a generous trade-in program for folks who are looking to move to the Note 20.

There’s no telling whether Samsung would be retailing the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series with a smaller price tag given that these 4G variants are going to arrive on shores where 5G might take a while just like how OnePlus had done with the launch of the OnePlus 8 series.

Regardless of pricing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series do bring some fresh colors to the table. Beginning with the Note 20 Ultra, the Note 20 Ultra would come in Mystic Bronze, Black, and White. On the Note 20, you’re looking at Mystic Bronze, Green, and Grey.

Usman Abdul Jabbar

21, Tech Enthusiast, Founder/Managing Editor at GeeksULTD and a stduent at the Holberton School. Passionate about UI Design and competitive Counter-Strike Global Offensive gaming. To contact me, follow me, or even constructively criticize me, contact me however you feel is right!
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