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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series goes official with big upgrades, improvements

Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 series is finally official, and the new phones come with 5G support, 120Hz display, Snapdragon 865+ chipset and more. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series launched.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series launched. (Bloomberg)

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note 20 series. Thanks to a recent spate of leaks and rumours, there was little left to know about the latest smartphone series. Nonetheless, the new series features Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Samsung’s new phones are an extension to the Galaxy S20 series but of course with the familiar ‘Note’ touch. The phablets have larger screens, new rectangular-shaped camera module on the back, and slightly flatter tone to it. And then, there is the stylus, S Pen. Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series gets the latest chipsets and a bunch of optimisations to cater to power users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20's base model is priced at $999.99 which translates to 74,900 approx. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299.99 ( 97,300 approx)for the base model with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. The 512GB variant has a price tag of $1,449.99 (1,12,300 approx). 

As for colour options, the Galaxy Note 20 comes in Mystic Green, Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze. The Note 20 Ultra also has three colour options of Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White.

The Galaxy Note 20 series also comes with support for Microsoft's Project xCloud. Starting September 15, users will get access to over 100 Xbox games with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, featuring titles like Minecraft Dungeons and Gears 5.

Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones with a S-Pen stylus 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 Ultra smartphones with a S-Pen stylus 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 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s also the first phone to feature the new Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ processor.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB and 256GB storage options for the 5G variant. The LTE model gets 8GB of RAM and storage options of 256GB and 512GB. 

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra sports a triple camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary sensor and 50x Space Zoom. The other two sensors are a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. It also comes with 8K video recording support. For selfies, it has a 10-megapixel punch-hole camera with dual-pixel autofocus.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra packs a 4,500mAh battery. On the software front, the Note 20 Ultra runs One UI 2.1 based on Android 10. More features on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra include IP68 rating, Wi-Fi 6 support and AKG-tuned stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs

The base model in the series, Galaxy Note 20 has a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED Plus FHD+ display. Samsung skipped the high refresh rate on this one as it supports only 60Hz. The Galaxy Note 20 also comes in 5G and LTE variants with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. 

On Note 20, you get a 64-megapixel primary sensor with 30x Space Zoom. The other two sensors, and the selfie camera are the same on the Note 20. The smartphone also packs a smaller 4,300mAh battery. It comes with the same Snapdragon 865+ chipset.