Samsung unveils new premium phones, wearables at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has officially launched at the Unpacked 2020 event along with Note 20 Ultra, and Z Fold 2. Apart from new phones, new wireless earbuds and smartwatch have launched as well. Here are the highlights.
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    | Updated on: Oct 20 2020, 17:15 IST
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

    Samsung at its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event unveiled as many as five new products. The new offerings include premium Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Samsung has also unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable phone. Other top announcements include Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds and Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch.

    First up is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. The new smartphones come with upgraded design and specifications. The stylus has also been improved. Samsung has also teamed up with Microsoft to bundle Project xCloud streaming and for deeper integration between Galaxy Note phones and Windows.

    The top-end model Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with many firsts for the decade-old series. It has an AMOLED 2x display with 120Hz refresh rate. It has Wi-Fi 6 as well as 5G support.

    The latest foldable phone from Samsung comes with two edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less Infinity-O Displays. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a larger 6.2-inch cover screen and a larger 7.6-inch main display. Samsung has again partnered with iconic New York fashion house Thom Browne to introduce a limited Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne Edition.

    Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
    Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

    Samsung's new tablet series has Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+. The 5G-enabled tabs come with stylus support, 120Hz screen, support for Samsung Notes, S Pen, Book Cover Keyboard and Bluetooth accessories.

    For the wearable space, Samsung has introduced Galaxy Watch 3. As expected, the smartwatch comes with blood pressure monitoring, enhanced Samsung Health app, and rotating bezels.

    Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live wireless earphones are official
    Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live wireless earphones are official (Bloomberg)
    Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live wireless earphones are official
    Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live wireless earphones are official (Bloomberg)

    Another key announcement at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 was Galaxy Buds Live. Samsung's AirPods-rival has a bigger, 12mm speaker with AKG audio technology. The earbuds also support Active Noise Cancellation.

    Samsung's new products will be available in select markets starting August 21. The company has not disclosed the India price and availability yet.

    Here are the top highlights of the event.

    Xbox on Samsung Galaxy Note 20

    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be one of the first phones to support Project xCloud. The streaming service will be available be part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which is available for $14.99 ( 1,125 approximately). The service officially launched for Android on September 15.

    Xbox bundle for Samsung users
    Xbox bundle for Samsung users (Samsung)
    Xbox bundle for Samsung users
    Xbox bundle for Samsung users (Samsung)

    Galaxy Note 20 prices

    The Note 20 Ultra is priced at $1,299.99 for the 128GB storage / 12GB RAM model and $1,449.99 for the 512GB model. The base Galaxy Note 20 is priced at $999.99 for the 28GB of storage and 8GB of RAM model.

    Microsoft Teams on Samsung devices

    Microsoft has brought deeper integration between premium Samsung phones to Windows PCs. Going forward, notes and reminders will also be available on the PC. The Your Phone app has also been updated to better sync between Samsung phones and Windows. 

    Galaxy Tab S7 features

    Samsung has made some interesting additions to the tablets. The company has optimised several apps for the new tab. It also supports S Pen. The note app on the device can also support audio, language translation and lots more. The feature is also available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are priced at $649.99 and $849.99, respectively.

    Advanced S Pen

    Samsung has also continued to make improvements to the stylus on the Note series. The new S Pen is said to deliver lifelike precision as well as better accuracy and responsiveness. 

    “The S Pen's five new Anywhere actions makes touchless navigation of your device – like returning to the home screen or taking a screenshot – as simple as a flick of the wrist,” says the company.

    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone with a S-Pen stylus is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone with a S-Pen stylus is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone with a S-Pen stylus is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone with a S-Pen stylus is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Samsung Electronics Co. set out its premium Android device lineup for the rest of the year with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and a teaser for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable in its first virtual launch event. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

    Galaxy Tab S7 series

    Samsung has launched Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. The tabs come in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze colour variants. Both the models run on Android 10 and 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 3.0GHz. The Galaxy Tab S7 series is available with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage space. 

    This is the latest Samsung foldable phone

    Samsung is going ahead with the tradition of an annual upgrade of the foldable phones. The latest is Galaxy Z Fold 2 which comes with a range of improvements and upgrades. One of the biggest improvements is the screen design. The longer notch has been replaced by a punch-hole cut-out on the front.

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    Samsung Note 20 goes official

    Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note 20 series. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It's also the first phone to feature Corning Gorilla Glass 7. There's an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. The smartphone is powered by a 7nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor. Check full specifications, features of the Galaxy Note 20 here. The Galaxy Note20 series and Tab S7 series will be available in select markets starting August 21, 2020.

    The event begins

    Samsung's first-ever virtual Galaxy Unpacked event has started. The company will launch its latest premium phones as well as a new foldable phone. Also, expect the company to launch two new wearables. All set? 

    Samsung Brazil begins the live stream already

    The virtual Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event has already begun streaming in Brazil. If you cannot wait for the official announcements, here's the live stream link.

    Samsung trolls leaksters

    As you already know, Samsung's new devices have already been leaked multiple times. Samsung, however, still wants you to follow the event. After all, you have to hear it from the “source.”

    Pre-launch round-up

    Samsung will showcase at least five new devices today. This will include Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Watch 3.  You can check out our detailed round-up here.

    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is already listed! 

    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has already been listed on Staples' Canada website. It is priced at $249.99 ( 18,000 approximately). The listing also gives away the kidney-bean design for the new wireless earbuds.

    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live leaks
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live leaks (Staple)
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live leaks
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live leaks (Staple)

    What Microsoft is up to at Samsung's event?

    Samsung's events do not have the “one more thing” moments but do have some surprises. Microsoft is said to be the surprise package at the Galaxy Unpacked event 2020. This time around, the two companies are partnering to bring the Project xCloud cloud-based gaming service to the Note series. Watch out Asus ROG Phone 3, Samsung is stepping up its game (pun intended).

    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to steal the show

    If reports are to be believed, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the phone to watch out for. The phone borrows the Ultra moniker from Samsung's Galaxy S20 series. It is expected to come with top-of-the-line specifications such as 108-megapixel camera, highest ever on a Note phone. 

     

    ALSO READ: Here's why Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could be the flagship to watch out for

     

    How to watch Galaxy Unpacked 2020

    Samsung is livestreaming the event on its official website as well as YouTube channel. On YT, you can also set a reminder.

     

    For real-time updates, you can follow Samsung Mobile's official Twitter and Facebook handles. Or, you can simply stay here to stay up to date.

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