Samsung's Galaxy Note20 Ultra packs in plenty of high-end specs like a Snapdragon 865+, big 120Hz display, one of the biggest camera sensors you can get, plus a periscope-style telephoto camera, laser autofocus, and the well-known S Pen. But before you go dropping $1,300 on a pre-order, you might want to consider what you're looking for in a phone, and the OnePlus 8 Pro might also be on your radar.
Samsung's Note20 Ultra is here, and as its name suggests, it shares quite a lot in common with the recent Galaxy S20 Ultra, and that includes a sky-high price tag. So, what did Samsung learn from the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and which should you get?
As with last year's Note10 and Note10+, Samsung has again released two Note-series phones, begging the usual question: Which should you buy? Of course, that always comes down to your wants and budget, but it should still be a surprisingly easy decision to make, given how different the two phones are.
Samsung's Galaxy Note20 series is new, with plenty of new features like an upgraded camera system, faster chipset, and 120Hz display (at least, in the Ultra), but the S Pen inside the two phones has picked up some new features as well. From reduced latency to new air gestures, Note20 owners have some changes to look forward to.
Samsung just unveiled the latest in the Galaxy Note line, among other things. These phones sport Samsung's latest displays, improved S Pens, and all the 5G you can handle. If you're dead-set on picking up the new Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra, you've got several options. Samsung has the unlocked phone, of course, but you can also buy the phone from your carrier of choice. Everyone has at least a few pre-order bonuses, trade-in deals, and more. We've got all the details right here.
After slapping a dizzying $1,400 price tag on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung would have been dismayed by its lukewarm critical reception and it’s no surprise that the company's recent sales figures have not been positive. Some of that is due to the pandemic and accompanying economic downturn, but it’s also true that Samsung asked way too much money for a phone whose cameras — the key selling point — simply weren’t up to scratch. There’s a lot riding on the Galaxy Note20 series, then, and at the very least they don’t quite cost as much.
The long-awaited Galaxy Note20 series of phones is now official. Both the new Note20 Ultra and Note20 pack the latest Snapdragon 865+ and the Note-required S Pen, but as much as the two new phones have in common, they're also pretty different. Prices start at an even thousand dollars for the smaller phone and $1,300 for the Ultra, with availability set for August 21st. Pre-orders open August 6th.
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We're now just a couple of hours away from Samsung's Note20 Unpacked livestream. It'll likely bring us many mentions of the word "innovation," a tour of the company's electronics headquarters, a bunch of celebrity cameos, and, oh yes, new smartphones, a new tablet, and a new smartwatch. You can watch the event as it happens right here, starting at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT).
Samsung has opened reservations for "the next Galaxy," a pretty clear euphemism for thenowmuch-leaked Galaxy Note20 series of phones. Pre-registering your interest today will snag you a $50 instant credit you can spend on Samsung's site for stuff like tablets, smartwatches PCs, and "select" accessories.