Samsung’s Latest Additions

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020
Tech Talk Samsung’s Latest Additions

By Shafiya Nawzer

World-renowned brand Samsung has been setting the margins high for all other phone brands. Recently the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra were unveiled at The Galle Face Hotel Colombo, at an exclusive media event. 

We at Ceylon Today were invited to the preview and experience the features of the phone. Samsung has unleashed many new features to the Note line. 

The Note 20 Ultra has an impressive 6.9-inch display with a faster refresh rate, a bigger battery, and a microSD card slot. The smartphones are suitable for work and play and are both 5G supported devices. 

The design is quite different compared to the other Samsung phones. The Note 20 Ultra has flattened ends and squared corners, while the Note 20 has softer curved corners. Both are stylish, light, and attractive.

The Ultra comes in a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Quad HD+ resolution. This means when your phone detects you’re doing something like scrolling through a long email or website, it uses the faster refresh rate, making the scrolling experience smooth.

  The Note 20 has a 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ at 60Hz refresh rate.  The latest Note series changes the way you work, allowing you to do more 

anytime with the help of the S Pen and Samsung Notes feature. The series is available in new mystic colours-soft neutral tones that transcend changing trends with a brand new timeless design that has a textured haze effect that cuts down on fingerprints and smudges.

Kevin You, Managing Director of Samsung Sri Lanka commented, “In Sri Lanka, we have a huge base of Note loyalists, who upgrade their Galaxy Note every year because it offers what no other smartphone does – ultimate power and productivity. 

Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra 5G takes power and productivity to the next level and, help consumers maximise work and play, while they stay connected. This year, we are also launching Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G and Note 20 5G, our first 5G ready smartphones in Sri Lanka.”

Both phones are packed with top-notch tech, as well as boasting a striking bronze finish, both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have similar core specs, including a cutting-edge Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 10-megapixel selfie camera, new S Pen gestures, and 5G capabilities. 

The Note 20 has a plastic back instead of the new Gorilla Glass Victus shielding used in the Note 20 Ultra. The pricier Note 20 Ultra includes a higher-powered camera with a 108-megapixel lens, faster refresh rate. 

One thing that’s changed in the newer Note phones is the Space Zoom feature. Samsung’s decided to backpedal on the S20 Ultra’s hyped-up 100x zoom. The Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra instead have reduced Space Zoom capabilities of 30x and 50x, respectively.

The Note’s S Pen is one of its flagship features when you leave your S Pen sitting on your desk, or it falls between your couch cushions and you start to walk away, your phone will beep as you get out of range.  When it comes to batteries, the Note 20 Ultra has a 4500mAh capacity while the Note 20 has a 4300mAh capacity, so the smaller Note 20 gets better stamina than the Ultra, because of lower hardware demands on the battery.

The regular Note 20 also gets a respectable camera load-out. It has a system very similar to the Galaxy S20, with a 12-megapixel main sensor with big pixels. It also offers zoom, but only 30X digital - which is 3X optical. It uses the 64-megapixel sensor here to enable the 8K video capture (as it did on the S20), while the Ultra uses the 108-megapixel sensor for 8K.  Both phones also offer an ultra-wide camera, which is the same. They also both have the same front 10-megapixel selfie camera.

Pix by J. Weerasekara

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020

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