Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event was a completely virtual affair in August 2020, and brought with it three brand-new Note20 handsets. These were the Samsung Galaxy Note20, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G both arrive with an outstanding 4,300 mAh battery, stunning 6.7-inch display and a triple-lens camera system.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G Design and Display
With an impressive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display gracing the front of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G, cinematic viewing has never been easier on your smartphone. AKG stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos sound help to bring whatever you're streaming to life, and thanks to a Full HD resolution and 60Hz refresh rate, you're guaranteed a vibrant picture with seamless transitions from both devices.
The sleek metal frame found on both phones effortlessly merges with the display, and on the back you'll notice Samsung's Glasstic build. Each device has been made from durable plastic, yet the glossy, glass-like finish gives the phones an eye-catching premium appearance.
When it comes to unlocking each phone, you'll have two options. There's an Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner hidden inside the display, or you can unlock with a glance thanks to the on-board facial recognition technology.
On the bottom of the handsets you'll also find the S Pen, which is a signature feature for all Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones. This can be found at the bottom left of the device, letting you make the most of all-new gestures. The S-Pen itself has had a few upgrades, with improvements in speed, sensitivity and accuracy. Note-taking has never been easier, and all Samsung Galaxy Note20 phones offer full Microsoft Office integration to help you stay productive while on the go.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G Camera
You'll find identical camera systems on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note 20 5G. There's a triple-lens camera with 8K video recording capabilities on the rear, and a 10MP selfie camera with dual-pixel auto focus on the front.
The triple-lens rear camera system consists of a 12MP main camera, a 64MP telephoto camera with a 30x super resolution zoom and a final 12MP ultra-wide camera. Detailed, refined photos with vivid colour payoff come naturally, and thanks to the 120-degree field of view on the ultra-wide lens, you can really expand your horizons when shooting.
The impressive telephoto camera specs ensure you'll be able to master bokeh images with ease, and you'll also be able to shoot close-up shots without having to worry about a loss in picture quality. Optical image stabilisation is on board to eliminate any unwanted blur from your photos too, and you'll also find a range of Samsung's best photography features available.
There's a dedicated Night Mode to help you enhance photos taken in darker conditions, alongside a unique scene optimiser, which will identify the environment around you and adjust the phone's camera setting accordingly to deliver the very best picture. If you need help with photo composition, simply activate shot suggestions, while Samsung's handy flaw detection will notify you whenever there's unwanted blur in your photo, if someone blinks as you take a picture or if there's a smudge on your camera lens.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G Power
Whether you're constantly multitasking, or you love to game online with friends, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G have been designed to handle the most demanding smartphone software. Built with an advanced Exynos 990 chipset, an octa-core CPU and 8GB RAM, you can expect a seamless, lag-free performance from both devices.
In fact, the handsets are so powerful they're among the first to support Xbox game streaming. With the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (available September 2020), you'll be able to play over 100 Xbox games directly from your smartphone - you can even link up a compatible controller (sold separately) for the very best experience.
The devices also run on Android 10, with Samsung's One UI 2.5 interface over the top. Existing users will be familiar with the easy-to-use navigation, and you'll find both Bixby and Google Assistant.
When it comes to specs, you've probably noticed that Galaxy Note20 and Note20 are pretty much identical - however there is one key difference to be aware of. If you're looking for a 5G-ready handset, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is a must. However, if 5G isn’t available in your area, or simply not a priority for you, consider the Samsung Galaxy Note20 instead. With a slightly lower price point, it's a great option for those who are happy with 4G and not wishing to upgrade to 5G speeds.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G Battery
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 5G have both been created with a massive 4,300 mAh battery - one of the biggest currently available on a smartphone. With one charge, you'll be comfortably able to go from day to night, and thanks to lightning-fast 25W charging, you can go from 0 to 100% in just over an hour.
Prefer to go wireless? With 15W wireless charging, you can power back up to 50% in 30 minutes, and if you're out and about with a friend who needs a power boost, simply use PowerShare. As long as you both have compatible phones, you'll be able to transfer power from your Note20 to their device, and vice versa. You can even charge Samsung's Galaxy Buds (sold separately) with PowerShare - ideal if you want to listen to music on your commute, but you've forgot to power them up the night before.