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Samsung Releases Two New Versions of Its Stylus-Toting Galaxy Note 20

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Global South Korean tech giant Samsung will release two new versions of its stylus-toting smartphone powerhouse the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Note 20 models for the market in its first ever virtual launch, live screened from its base in South Korea last night.

The global launch featured five new Samsung offerings however only the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones will be available locally in Australia.

Both the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra will be available in both 4G and 5G options, combined with several storage configurations.

Here are some of the deeper tech details for each model:

The Galaxy Note 20 comes with 8MB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, an Exynos 990 Octa-core processor, a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 393 ppi and HDR+ certified.

It also includes a beefed-up camera featuring 12MP Ultra-Wide, 12Mp wide angle, 64 MP Telephoto and a 30x zoom capability powered by a fast charging, wireless charging 4300AH battery.

By contrast the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is slightly larger, and slightly heavier, with a 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O display (3088×1440), 496ppi, HRD10+ certified and a 120 hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

It is controlled by the same Exynos 990 processor but the camera in the Ultra model gives you bang for your buck with a whopping 108 MP wide-angle as well as four lenses in the rear,  a laser auto focus sensor and a 50x optical zoom powered by a 4500AH fast charge, wireless charge battery.

The front facing cameras on both models are 10MP.

Samsung president Dr TM Roh told his global audience that the new models were designed with our increasing reliance on technology in mind.

“Never before have we relied on technology like we are today,” Dr Roh said. “It’s how we are staying connected as we navigate the extraordinary challenges face around the world. Technology must make life easier, not more complex. These devices are powerful tools to help you maximize work and play…they work seamlessly so you can spend your time focussed on what matters most.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

However, as Australia rushes towards a 5G future, only one Australian carrier will provide the 4G version of the Note 20.

That said, the popular S Pen feature has been retained along with enhanced note taking capabilities.

Samsung Australia Vice President Garry McGregor says: “As the Australian smartphone landscape continues to evolve, people are expecting their devices to play numerous roles with a seamless experience and connectivity – a device for professional pursuits, that also powers hobbies and passions. “In Note20 we are giving Australian customers a device that is truly so powerful it works like a computer and plays like a gaming console.

“The Note range has an extremely loyal fanbase – from business professionals to creative artists – all united by their love of the S Pen. Note20 brings with it Samsung’s most innovative and intuitive S Pen to date, for the first-time featuring AI annotation, remote control functionality and presenter mode.

“Loyal Note customers have come to view the range as the pinnacle of Samsung’s latest innovations. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in Note20 – a future- proofed device with ultra-wide band width, intelligent S Pen, 5G gaming experience and our best ever display, 8K cinema grade video and a 108 mega-pixel camera.

“Samsung isn’t about a walled garden, we encourage collaboration with our partners – Google, Microsoft, Spotify and Netflix – to create meaningful and seamless experience that give our customers the power to work and to play.”

So, how much will all this cost you? Well, the Galaxy Note 20 starts at $1499 for the 4G version running up to $1649 for the 5G model.

The Note 20 Ultra starts at $1899 for the 4G model sliding up to $1999 for the 5G with 256 GB of storage. For those wanting or needing more storage, a 512 GB option is available at $2199.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 is available for pre-order now and will go on sale nationally on August 21.

Michael Sheather

Written by Michael Sheather

Michael Sheather has extensive experience in magazine journalism having fulfilled the roles of both associate editor and news editor at The Australian Women's Weekly during the past 21 years. At the same time Michael has crafted an impressive reputuation as a reporter and writer, winning multiple awards including five Journalist of the Year awards, two Story the year awards as well as being a regular finalist or runner-up in both categories. He has reported for The Weekly from the US, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Europe, New Zealand and India and has an extraordinary list of interviewees including Thredbo survivor Stuart Diver, Prime Ministers John Howard, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam, actresses Kim Bassinger, Nicole Kidman and actor Michael J Fox, among many others.

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