Samsung’s recent global Unpacked 2020 ushered in a giant technological leap for the Galaxy ecosystem, including the Watch3, Buds Live, and Note20. On my desk today is the fingerprint- and smudge-resistant, satin feel, Mystic Bronze, 6.7” flat Infinity-O display Samsung Galaxy Note20 smartphone. It’s a love affair that I’m happy to share with you now.
In South Africa, Samsung already enjoys a customer base that is rapidly approaching a staggering 45% market share, and the new Galaxy Note20 flagship’s stunning features will, without a doubt, further munch into the Huawei and iPhone power cookies. The Galaxy Note series has been a favourite must-have for many people who love the S-Pen freedom and serious computing power offered by the Note devices and in this age of content creators, streamers and gamers, the Note20 will garner even more fans.
The Exynos 990 Chipset and Octa-core Snapdragon 865 Plus CPU powering the Galaxy Note20 effortlessly runs any game you throw at it and the stunning 120Hz display available on the Note20 Ultra will blow your mind. The 6.9-inch dynamic AMOLED screen looks truly glorious, and the 4300mAh battery that (almost) never seems to want to die is equally impressive. When it does require a charge, it’s up and running in no time thanks to the included 25W fast charger.
The Note20 takes full advantage of the new 5G rollout from SA’s leading networks and once you experience that, you’ll never want anything less. Off of 5G, whilst playing safely from home, the Wi-Fi 6 connection offers a low latency gaming experience and once you add in DeX wirelessly via a compatible TV (supporting Miracast), you’ll be fully locked into the ecosystem. Showing your phone’s home screen and then a game or Netflix via DeX onto a 55-inch TV is sick.
Samsung further ups the ante by providing users with a phone that will soon feel more like a gaming console because of a unique partnership between Samsung and Microsoft – first announced, coincidentally, at the very last in-person event I attended back in February, pre-COVID lockdown (phew… it feels like a lifetime ago now), for the launch of the Galaxy S20 and Z Flip. This gaming partnership features Microsoft’s xCloud support on Samsung devices, in line with a push to bridge the gap between Android and Windows, and is set to launch next month (not in South Africa, though – ed).
The Note20 and Note20 Ultra both have three rear cameras that range from 12 to a whopping 108 MP, and provide users with telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra-wide shot options, with hybrid optical zoom at 3x and AI enhanced 30x on the Note20, and 5x optical and 50x AI enhanced on the Note20 Ultra. The 10 MP selfie camera is nestled in a minute cut-out in the LCD, and switching between front and rear cams or zooming in and out via the S Pen gesture control is my new favourite party trick. The phone supports 8K video with full control over shutter speeds, ISO, visual focal points, and even microphone directional focus for a more immersive playback experience unlike anything I’ve experienced on a phone before. On a shoot and need a lapel mic for your interview with Michael James, aka RedTide about rAge 2020 Digital? No worries, the phone allows any Bluetooth microphone such as the Galaxy Buds Live be used as lapel mics. Futuristic.