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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : What’s The Difference?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have now been officially launched!

And here is a quick comparison of their key features and specifications!

 

Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : What’s The Difference?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G look very similar, but they are really quite different devices.

Here is a quick comparison of the key differences between the Galaxy Note20 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.

Different Displays

The two models come with different displays with different resolutions :

Display Features Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20
Ultra 5G
Display Type Super AMOLED+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.9-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz Up to 120 Hz
Peak Brightness 1050 nits 1500 nits
HDR Support HDR10+
Display Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass Victus

Performance

They are both powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States, South Korea and China.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, they are both kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

The Galaxy Note20 comes with 8 GB of memory, while the Note20 Ultra 5G comes with 12 GB of memory.

They both come with 256 GB of internal storage, but the Note20 Ultra 5G supports the addition of a microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage.

More importantly, this is the latest LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 1.5 times faster but also uses 20% less power, compared to LPDDR4X.

Recommended : Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 Performance Compared!

Different Cameras

They both come with a new triple camera system in the rear, but with different cameras.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G not only comes with a 108 MP main camera, it has a 5X optical zoom camera.

The Galaxy Note20, on the other hand, has a higher resolution 64 MP telephoto camera, with 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom.

Cameras Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20
Ultra 5G
Main Camera 12 MP camera (f/1.8) 108 MP camera (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP camera (f/2.2) 12 MP camera (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 64 MP camera (f/2.0)
3X hybrid zoom
12 MP camera (f/3.0)
5X optical zoom
Laser AF System NA Laser Autofocus

Super Resolution Zoom

Both devices feature zoom cameras, but here is how they differ :

  • Galaxy Note20 offers 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom, with up to 30X Super Resolution Zoom.
  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G gives you 5X Optical Zoom, with up to 50X Super Resolution Zoom.

Their advanced zoom capabilities also extend to video recording, albeit up to 20X zoom for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, and 12X zoom for the Galaxy Note20.

The New S Pen

Both devices come with the new S Pen, which supports Air Actions and comes with a new lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hours of standby time.

There is a difference that many people may not realise. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G’s S Pen has an ultra-low latency of just 9 ms, while the S Pen for the Galaxy Note20 has a 26 ms latency.

The almost-instantaneous response time will give you the feel of working with an actual pen or pencil – an experience that artists will greatly appreciate.

Battery Capacities

The Galaxy Note20 has a 4,300 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

They both support 25 watt fast charging, and come with a 25 watt fast charger in the box.

Colour Options

Samsung is offering both devices in the signature Mystic Bronze colour, as well as two different colour options :

  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze
  • Galaxy Note20 5G : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze
  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White

 

Galaxy Note20 vs Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Specifications

To help you decide which model best suits you, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy Note20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz, 1050 nits HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Display Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass Victus
IP Rating IP68
Operating System One UI 2.5 (Android 10)
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB
External Storage NA Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)
– 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom
– 30X Super Resolution Zoom
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/3.0)
– 5X Optical Zoom
– 50X Super Resolution Zoom
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi-6
USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen 26 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic Sensor
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Preview : Unboxing + Hands-On!

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone in both colour options!

Join us for the unboxing and hands-on experience of the latest Samsung foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, now protected by Ultra-Thin Glass; with a new dual-cam hinge mechanism.

In the front, it now sports a much larger 6.2-inch cover display, offering a smartphone experience without unfolding the device.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB of internal storage, as well as a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Unboxing

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in a large black box, roughly twice the size of a regular Samsung smartphone box. Here is the official unboxing video by Samsung :

Fully unboxed, you will find these items :

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Brand Story Leaflet
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Quick Start Guide
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Premier Service Leaflet
  • AKG Earphones (USB Type C)
  • USB data cable (Type C to Type C)
  • USB fast charger

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Hands-On In Both Colour Options!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has the same design language as the Galaxy Note 20 smartphones, with two colour options.

The signature Mystic Bronze colour has a satin matte finish, which they call a haze finish. The Mystic Black colour, on the other hand, has a highly-reflective mirror finish.

The Cover Screen is now much bigger at 6.2-inch, and encompasses almost the entirety of the front.

The Main Screen is slightly larger in size, but appears significantly larger because the large notch at the upper right corner has been replaced by a tiny punch hole for the front camera.

You can see the crease along the centerline, but it appears to be less noticeable than in the Galaxy Fold.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has two front cameras. The first is the 10 MP Cover Camera, with f/2.2 aperture. This is the “front camera” when the device is folded.

When it’s unfolded, the Display Camera becomes the front camera. It is also a 10 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it comes with three cameras, supported by an LED flash, but no laser autofocus system like the Note20 Ultra.

  • Main Camera : 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Camera : 12 MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor, f/2.4 aperture

The Power button (with an integrated fingerprint sensor) and Volume control buttons are located along the right edge.

The SIM tray is located on the left edge, right at the bottom.

The top is clean. You will only find a speaker and a microphone here.

At the bottom, you will only find the USB Type C port, with a second set of microphone and speaker ports.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is coming to Malaysia, and here are its official price and pre-order deal!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze in Malaysia.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 (about US$1,918 / £1,476 / A$2,636 / S$2,622).

It will be available for retail purchase starting 25 September 2020, with pre-orders beginning on 11 September 2020 at :

Every pre-order of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, from now until 24 September 2020, will come with these freebies :

  • one FREE pair of Galaxy Buds Live (worth RM699)
  • one FREE Montblanc Card Holder (worth RM655)

In addition, every Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with Galaxy Z Concierge, which gives you :

  • 24/7 one-on-one assistance from Samsung experts
  • One-time Inner Screen Crack Protection against accidental damage within one year of purchase.
    Note : The protection does not include the exterior screen.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Deal!

Find out what’s the difference between the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ tablets, and what are their prices and launch deal in Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : What’s Different?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a larger variant of the Galaxy Tab S7 premium tablet, but they are very similar in many ways :

  • powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
  • display supports 120 Hz refresh rate
  • 8 MP front camera, with 13 MP and 5 MP ultra-wide cameras at the back
  • quad speaker system, tuned by AKG
  • in-display fingerprint sensor

In addition to a larger and better display, the Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with an ultra-low latency S Pen, and a larger battery.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review : Powerful + Versatile!

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB 8 GB + 256 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 26 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 502 g 575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for both models, together with their colour options :

  • Galaxy Tab S7 : RM 3,299 (roughly US$790 | £600 | A$1090 | S$1080)
    Available in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver colour options
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ : RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508)
    Available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze colour options

They will be available for purchase from these online Samsung stores, starting 28 August 2020 :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Deal!

Samsung Malaysia will be offering free gifts worth up to RM 1,491 with every purchase of a Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+ from 28 August until 31 October 2020.

  • Samsung Keyboard Cover worth RM999
  • Samsung 128GB microSD card worth RM139
  • 1 Day Pass to Colony Sdn Bhd worth RM60
  • 6-Month subscription to Clip Studio Paint worth RM 221
  • 4-Month subscription to YouTube Premium worth RM72

Note : The 128GB MicroSD card must be redeemed through Samsung Redemption Portal, before or on 15th November 2020, failing which the redemption submission will be disqualified and considered as null and void.

 

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

Your fancy new flagship smartphone is probably powered by a Snapdragon, Exynos or Kirin mobile platform, but just how fast are they really?

Find out which is the fastest flagship mobile SoC in our little performance comparison!

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

So we managed to get our hands on the fastest mobile platforms available in the market today :

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
Process 7 nm N7P 7 nm EUV 7 nm EUV
CPU
Cores
1 x Kryo 585 Gold
(3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
(2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
(1.8 GHz)
2 x Exynos M5
(2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(2.0 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G76 MC16
Memory
Support
LPDDR5 LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage
Support
UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Snapdragon X55
(Separate)
Exynos 5123
(Separate)
Balong 5000
(Integrated)

Now you may be wondering – what about MediaTek? They get a pass because they cheat at benchmarks.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : TLDR Summary

For those who are too lazy to drill down into the results, here’s a quick and dirty summary.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is definitely the superior mobile platform.

In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than both the Samsung Exynos 990 and the HUAWEI Kirin 990.

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
PCMark Work 2.0 Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
3DMark Vulkan Winner -11.4% -33.7%
3DMark OpenGL Winner -4.5% -30.1%
Geekbench Multi-Core Winner -3.2% -3.7%
Geekbench Single-Core -21.1% -2.2% Winner
AnTuTu Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
Average Winner -6.1% -21.4%

You are unlikely to notice the small 6% performance difference between the Snapdragon 865+ and the Exynos 990.

However, the 21% performance deficit of the HUAWEI Kirin 990 versus the Snapdragon 865+ will be noticeable. So will its 14% performance deficit against the Exynos 990.

Even if TSMC was allowed to continue making Kirin 990 for HUAWEI, it is no longer a competitive flagship mobile platform.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Work 2.0

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Work 2.0 Score Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Web Browsing 2.0 Winner -27.2% -43.3%
Video Editing Winner -18.5% -26.2%
Writing 2.0 Winner -12.0% -13.4%
Photo Editing 2.0 -10.7% Winner -45.6%
Data Manipulation Winner -29.6% -26.9%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Computer Vision

This is a benchmark that tests the AI capabilities of these mobile platforms :

  • image recognition with TensorFLow
  • graphical barcode scanning with ZXing
  • optical character recognition with Tesseract

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
TensorFlow -44.2% -5.0% Winner
ZXing Winner -18.1% -3.6%
Tesseract -19.9% Winner -56.6%

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme

We tested them using the Sling Shot Extreme test in 3DMark, using both Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics API.

Vulkan is a newer graphics API, with much lower overhead, and can therefore deliver better performance than OpenGL ES which is supported by more games.

3DMark rendered the game at the 2560 x 1440 resolution, allowing for a fair comparison irrespective of the devices’ actual display resolution.

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Vulkan Overall Winner -11.4% -33.7%
Vulkan Graphics Winner -17.0% -48.8%
Vulkan Physics -6.3% -9.1% Winner
OpenGL Overall Winner -4.5% -30.1%
OpenGL Graphics Winner -6.2% -41.3%
OpenGL Physics -2.4% -4.0% Winner

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Geekbench

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Multi-Core (MC) Winner -3.2% -3.7%
MC Crypto -27.2% -23.9% Winner
MC Integer Winner -4.2% -6.0%
MC Floating Point Winner -2.9% -7.7%
Single-Core (1C) -21.1% -2.2% Winner
1C Crypto -33.2% -10.3% Winner
1C Integer -19.4% -3.7% Winner
1C Floating Point -23.8% Winner -3.1%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : AnTuTu

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
CPU Winner -9.0% -15.7%
GPU Winner -6.8% -37.6%
MEM -2.6% -11.5% Winner
UX Winner -18.3% -25.5%

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

We had the opportunity to try out the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for some time… and here is our in-depth review of Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone!

We will look at what’s new, and what it offers over the Galaxy Note10+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Find out if this is the Galaxy Note you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is available in three colour options – Mystic White, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra : All Colour Options Compared!

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (128 GB) : US$ 1,299 (about RM 5,450 / £992 / A$1,813)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (512 GB) : US$ 1,449 (about RM 6,080 / £1,107 / A$2,022)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (256 GB) : £1,179 (about RM 6,478 / US$1,544 / A$2,155)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (512 GB) : £1,279 (about RM 7,027 / US$1,675 / A$2,337)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing three models :

  • Note20 Ultra 4G (256 GB) : A$1,849 (about RM 5,560 / US$1,325 / £1,012)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (256 GB) : A$1,999 (about RM 6,011 / US$1,432 / £1,094)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (512 GB) : A$2,199 (about RM 6,612 / US$1,576 / £1,203)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Where To Buy?

Malaysia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Malaysia :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Malaysia Launch + Trade-Up Deals!

Singapore

Here are the direct online purchase links in Singapore :

United States

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United States :

United Kingdom

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United Kingdom :

Australia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Australia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Note20 Ultra
(US / Korea / China)
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
(Global)
Display 6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1440 x 3088 pixels, 496 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz) ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X optical zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser autofocus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen Yes, 9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery (24 hours standby)
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,500 mAh
Dimensions 77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Unboxed

Take a look at what’s inside the box of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone :

Here is a list of the items you will find inside the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra box :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Quick Start Guide
  • 25W Super Fast Charging adapter
  • USB Type C to USB Type C cable
  • AKG USB Type C earphones
  • SIM tray pin

We believe there are some minor differences between this unit and the actual retail unit, which should have these items too :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra TPU bumper case
  • Warranty and safety documents
  • IMEI stickers

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the larger version of the Galaxy Note 20, designed for “enthusiasts who want the most powerful Galaxy device” they can buy.

Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display, with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels and a pixel density of 496 ppi.

This display has a 120 Hz refresh rate, but the higher refresh rate can only be activated with the Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2316 pixels. The maximum WQHD+ resolution can only run at 60 Hz.

But even at the 60 Hz refresh rate, the display has a 240 Hz touch rate and a maximum brightness of 1500 nits (very bright!), and supports HDR10+ colour.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

Exynos 990 Snapdragon 865+
Process 7 nm EUV 7 nm N7P
CPU Cores 2 x Exynos M5 (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz)
1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.0 / 2.1 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Exynos 5123 (Separate)
– 7.35 Gbps
Snapdragon X55 (Separate)
– 7.5 Gbps

It is kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber, but while that may ensure great performance, the chassis will get pretty toasty while running at full load.

5G Connectivity

While Samsung offers a 4G variant for about $100 (RM 400) less, our unit came with 5G connectivity built-in, courtesy of the Samsung Exynos Modem 5123 multi-mode 5G modem.

This is a separate multi-mode 5G modem, which offers transfer rates of up to 7.35 Gbps in mmWave, and 5.1 Gbps in sub-6GHz.

The downside of using a separate chip (instead of an integrated modem) is its higher power consumption, and thermal output. But unless there is 5G connectivity where you live, it is really irrelevant.

Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 10 MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, in a centrally-located punch hole.

Even though it doesn’t come with the 40 MP sensor like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, its Samsung ISOCELL SAK3J1 sensor is capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps.

Triple Camera System

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a triple camera system that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera, with f/3.0 aperture

The 12MP telephoto camera supports 5X optical zoom, and up to 50X Space Zoom. And the 108MP main camera is paired with an Advanced Hybrid Laser Autofocus System.

It also supports up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz, and a new Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows it to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Hybrid SIM Tray

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a Hybrid SIM tray at the top. It allows you to either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage.

Although our unit came with 256 GB of storage – more than enough for most users – we still recommend using a fast microSD card to store photos and videos recorded by its camera.

This ensures that your photos and videos can be retrieved even if you accidentally roll over the Galaxy Note 20 with a tank…

Improved S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an improved S Pen with much lower latency (9 ms) than the Galaxy Note 20 (25 ms), and a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Bigger Battery, Faster Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 4,500 mAh battery, which is just a little larger than the Galaxy Note 10+‘s 4,300 mAh battery.

It supports 25W super fast charging, which lets it to recharge 50% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

Wireless Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Photo Samples

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Photo Samples

Like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra uses the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor, which is notable for its large 1/33-inch sensor size and ultra-high resolution of 108 MP.

But it defaults to 12 MP – combining nine pixels into one for better image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

At the default 12 MP resolution using the new HEIC file format, each 4000 x 3000 pixel picture has a file size of only about 2-3 MB.

Even using the HEIC file format, the full 108 MP resolution of 2000 x 9000 pixels has a much larger file size of 10-20 MB!

Here are 10 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The pictures look really good at the default 12 MP, with great detail even if you blow them up 100%. You really don’t need to go full 108 MP.

The main camera has a very narrow depth-of-field, which makes for great background bokeh but can be very difficult to focus on the subject – a problem we noted with the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera.

However, the new laser autofocus system seems to greatly reduce the risk of getting out-of-focus pictures.

It lets the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra accurately determine the distance of objects at short distances, letting it better decide which object to focus on.

Even so, we recommend that you tap on the subject to ensure that the camera knows what you really want to focus on.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Video Samples

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Video Samples

Like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is capable of recording 8K video from its 108 MP main camera.

But it no longer has the 5 minute limit, and even supports electronic image stabilisation, as well as optical image stabilisation provided by the lens.

It retains the ability to switch between cameras, and the Camera app now lets you smoothly zoom all the way to 20X at 30 fps, with six preset steps – 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 10x and 20x.

If you wish to record 60 fps videos (whether 1080p or 4K), then you are limited to a maximum zoom of 10x.

When you use the zoom presets, it no longer “jumps”, but transitions smoothly for a more professional effect.

However, the Camera app requires you to pinch to zoom before the zoom presets appear – a major hindrance that we hope they will soon correct.

Video Sample #1 : 20X Space Zoom

While you can zoom all the way to 50X for photos, Space Zoom is limited to 20X for videos.

The best image quality though is limited to 10X zoom. Beyond that, it starts to get blurry, and image stabilisation isn’t that good.

Video Sample #2 : 1080p vs 4K Space Zoom

In this video, we compare the 20X Space Zoom performance while recording at 1080p and 4K resolutions. At 8K, you are limited to just 6X zoom.

It seems to perform similarly well at both resolutions. Best image quality and stabilisation is seen at up to 10x zoom.

Video Sample #3 : Image Stabilisation At 1080p

Image stabilisation at 1080p is very good, with gimbal-like performance. When we stopped walking at the end, the hand shake is almost imperceptible.

Handheld video recording is excellent at 1080p, even without turning on Super Steady mode!

Video Sample #4 : Image Stabilisation At 4K

At 4K, vertical image stabilisation is very good, which almost eradicates the up and down movement of walking. However, panning appears rather jerkier than at 1080p.

Turning on Super Steady mode will smoothen things out, but drops the resolution to 1080p.

Video Sample #5 : Image Stabilisation At 8K

At 8K, there does not appear to be any electronic image stabilisation, but fortunately, most of the jerkiness is smoothened out by the optical image stabilisation provided by the lens.

While not as gimbal-like smooth as 1080p or 4K, the image stabilisation at 8K is decent enough.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery. To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained :

So there you have it – increasing the display refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra from 60Hz to 120Hz will reduce its battery life by about 25% or roughly 2.5 hours.

Work 2.0 B Shark
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Galaxy
S20 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Galaxy
S10+
Galaxy
S20 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Note20 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,100 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 12 hrs
25 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
10 hrs
17 mins
9 hrs
4 mins
7 hrs
34 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.91 mAh 5.32 mAh 7.35 mAh 7.93 mAh
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This is why Samsung does not allow you to lock the display at 120 Hz, but set it to Adaptive mode which switches to 120 Hz only when it helps to deliver a better experience.

If battery life is important, you can set the display to Standard mode, which sets the display to 60 Hz, giving you 2.5 hours (34%) longer battery life!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 25 watt fast charger. Let’s find out just how fast it recharges its 4,500 mAh battery.

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Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,100 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 27 watts 15 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 67 mins 91.6 mins
Recharging Speed
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69.6 mAh 54.6 mAh 54.1 mAh 47.8 mAh 35.8 mAh
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With the display set to 60 Hz, it has a pretty good battery life : recharging ratio of 9:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 6.5 minutes.

But if you keep the display set to 120 Hz, its battery life : recharging ratio drops to just 7:1. That means for one of hour battery life, you will need to charge it for 9 minutes.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Memory + Storage

All Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones come with 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, of which 7 GB is free and available to use.

That’s really way more memory than you will ever need to use, since even high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

Our review sample came with 256 GB of fast UFS 3.0 internal storage, of which just under 222 GB is free and available to use.

That’s enough to store some 70,000 photos, or 12 hours of 4K videos, or 6 hours of 8K videos. But should you run out of space, you can always add a microSD card for additional storage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Work Performance : PC Mark

Note : We tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra against last year’s Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy S10+ devices, as well as the two fastest Qualcomm devices we have in the lab. We will update this article when we are able to get our hands on faster Qualcomm devices.

We tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Galaxy
Tab S7+
Note20
Ultra
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Note10+
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S10+
Mobile Platform SD
865+
Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD
855+
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9820
Performance Score

(Average)

12348 10523 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 11864 8865 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 7664 6232 9166 5948 5524
Writing 12659 11112 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 26230 30789 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 6155 6339 6450

The Exynos 990 variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was 25% faster than the Black Shark 2 Pro, which is powered by Snapdragon 855+, and 17% faster than last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825).

That is quite a nice surprise, since Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

However, the Snapdragon 865+ variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be about 17.3% faster than the Exynos 990 variant, based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Galaxy
Tab S7+
Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Device SD
865+
Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
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9820
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 4883 4343

Not bad! The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was as fast as the Black Shark 2 Pro (Snapdragon 855+) in Sling Shot, and 6% faster in Sling Shot Extreme.

It was 12% to 21% faster than the Xiaomi Mi 9 (Snapdragon 855), and impressively, 32% to 66% faster than last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825).

But if you can get the Snapdragon 865+ variant, that would be even faster, by about 5% in OpenGL, and 13% in Vulkan, based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

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Tab S7+
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Ultra
B Shark
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Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Device SD
865+
Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 434168 348397 330549
CPU 161243 146783 126170 101187 100272
GPU 230859 215205 188158 156700 149930
Memory 98269 89376 65052 72051 68188
UX 87355 71371 54788 18459 12159

In AnTuTu, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was 20% faster than the Black Shark 2 Pro (Snapdragon 855+) and 40% faster than the Xiaomi Mi 9 (Snapdragon 855)!

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was even faster when we compared it to last year’s Galaxy Note10+ (Exynos 9825) – 50% faster, and Galaxy S10+ (Exynos 9820) – 58% faster!

But yet again, if you can get the Snapdragon 865+ variant, it would be faster by 2% (OpenGL Physics) to 21% (Vulkan Graphics), based on our tests using the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Verdict + Award

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Our Verdict

After trying out both the Exynos 990 variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ which is powered by Snapdragon 865+, here is our verdict.

Processor variant aside, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is an impressive, if evolutionary upgrade, to last year’s Galaxy Note10+.

It comes with a better Dynamic AMOLED 2X display which boasts an incredibly bright 1500 nits panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

In addition to a faster and more power-efficient processor, it comes with faster and more power-efficient LPDDR5 memory.

It also comes with a refined triple camera system using the same 108MP sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but with a better 5X optical zoom lens, and a laser autofocus system.

However, most of the improvements are not easily discerned from its spec sheet. Things like :

  • Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology
  • Wireless Samsung DeX projection
  • Improved S Pen with much lower latency and Anywhere actions
  • Adjustable camera zoom speed and audio source

Hence, Samsung has been trying to shift the focus away from the hardware differences from the Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, to what the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can help users do.

That is true, of course – we use our smartphones to perform tasks, not run benchmarks. In that regard, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers capabilities that are simply not available in smartphones from other brands.

  • If you want a mini tablet-like work experience with a stylus, do you really have a better option than a Galaxy Note?
  • If you don’t need a stylus, but want a desktop-like work experience, your other choice is really the Galaxy S20 series.

But hardware still matters when we talk about its value proposition. As our Snapdragon 865+ vs Exynos 990 performance comparison shows, the Snapdragon 865+ is definitely a much faster mobile platform than the Exynos 990.

  • PCMark : +19.4% faster
  • Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) : +4.8% faster
  • Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) : +12.8% faster
  • Sling Shot : +8.2% faster
  • AnTuTu : +10.5% faster

Samsung appears to acknowledge this deficit by doubling the internal storage capacity of the Exynos 990 models.

Some have pointed out that while you can add storage via an microSD card, you can’t “add performance”.

But should this 10% average performance deficit really put you off the Exynos 990 variant of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

Frankly, the average user is unlikely to notice the performance difference between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865+ variants, even if you compare them side-by-side.

Even the most strenuous games and apps are designed to run well on mid-range platforms. So the performance advantage of flagship platforms is really more about future-proofing these days.

Arguably, the faster Snapdragon variant will let you hold onto the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra a little longer than the Exynos 990 variant. Maybe one cycle longer?

That’s why we are giving the Exynos 990 variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

We would love to give the Snapdragon 865+ variant our Editor’s Choice Award, but sadly, it’s not available here in Malaysia… 🙁

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Where To Buy?

Malaysia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Malaysia :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Malaysia Launch + Trade-Up Deals!

Singapore

Here are the direct online purchase links in Singapore :

United States

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United States :

United Kingdom

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United Kingdom :

Australia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Australia :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review : Powerful + Versatile!

We had some time with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and here is our in-depth review!

Find out why we love Samsung’s latest premium tablet so much that we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Ultra-Premium Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is not really just a larger variant of the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet. It is a larger, ultra-premium model.

While many of their key features are similar, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus offers a large and better display, with a larger battery, and an ultra-low latency S Pen.

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM 6 GB / 8 GB
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 26 ms response time
4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time
4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 498 g (Wi-Fi)
500 g (LTE)
502 g (5G)
575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in three colour options – Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze, with these prices :

Malaysia

Singapore

  • 8 GB + 256 GB, 5G : S$1,798 | S$1,798 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB, WiFi : S$1,598 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Unboxed!

Take a look at what the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus ships with :

Here is a list of the items you will find inside the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus box :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 S Pen
  • Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card
  • 15 Watt Fast Charging adapter
  • USB Type A to USB Type C cable
  • SIM tray pin

We believe there are some minor differences between this unit and the actual retail unit, which should have these items too :

  • AKG USB Type C earphones
  • Set of four spare earbuds

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Unboxing

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with a free Book Cover Keyboard, which is a separate item that usually retails for RM999, S$238, £189.99.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is designed for those who want the ultra-low latency S Pen, in addition to its bigger and better display.

120 Hz Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1752 x 2800 pixels and a pixel density of 266 ppi.

This is a HDR10+ display with an NTSC colour range. It supports a dynamic refresh rate, which automatically adjusts the refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz.

This helps it deliver silky-smooth graphics when needed, and save power when a higher refresh rate isn’t necessary.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ mobile platform – currently the fastest mobile platform money can buy.

It offers a faster 3.09 GHz prime core as well as a 10% faster Adreno 650 GPU over the “regular” Snapdragon 865, and is approximately 10% faster than Samsung’s flagship Exynos 990.

Recommended : Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 Performance Compared!

RAM + Storage

The base model comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with the 8 GB + 512 GB option in certain countries. Our mid-range model came with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

On a clean boot, you have 4.2 GB of free memory – 52.5% of total memory capacity. That’s more than enough memory to run multiple apps at the same time.

For perspective, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM.

Fresh out of the box, you have just under 221 GB of free internal storage – more than enough to store some 63,000 photos!

256 GB of internal storage is definitely more than sufficient for most users. But in case you run out of internal storage, you can add a microSD card for additional storage (up to 1 TB).

Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with an 8 MP front camera that is capable of recording up to 1080p video at 30 fps.

It’s hidden in the right bezel, to ensure it is at the top when you mount the Tab S7 Plus onto its optional Book Cover Keyboard.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

Rear Cameras

At the back, it has a dual camera system, supported by a single LED flash :

  • a 13 MP main camera, with f/2.0 aperture, and
  • a 5 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture

It can record videos with up to 4K resolution at 30 fps.

Quad AKG Speakers

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with four AKG speakers – two at the top, and two at the bottom.

These speakers support Dolby Atmos, for a cinematic experience, whether you are gaming or watching movies

Hit The Road, Jack

Like the Galaxy Tab S6, it doesn’t have a 3.5 mm audio jack, which allows it to be less than 6 mm thin.

Samsung does not include a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor. Instead, their retail box includes a pair of USB Type C earphones (not in our box).

Ultra-Low Latency S Pen

What people may not realise is that only Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with the new ultra-low latency S Pen, with a 9 ms response time.

This is literally the larger version of the ultra-low latency S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone.

The ultra-low response time gives you the same instantaneous feel of putting pen or pencil to paper, which will be especially important for artists.

Book Cover Keyboard

Samsung is bundling the Book Cover Keyboard at least here in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean it’s part of the bundle in your country.

But it’s a great big bonus if it’s part of the package. The Book Cover Keyboard turns your Galaxy Tab S7 Plus into a virtual laptop, thanks to its integrated keyboard and touchpad.

On top of that, it comes with a magnetically-locked compartment for the S Pen, ensuring that it is properly secured while charging.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has a massive 10,090 mAh battery, which promises to deliver up to 14 hours of video playback time.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the room brightness changed.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20%, repeating several times.

These are the best results we obtained at the standard 60 Hz refresh rate, and the dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

Just under 8 hours. Well, that’s far from the rated 14 hours… even with a 60 Hz refresh rate.

That suggests some serious power burn by the display and/or Snapdragon 865+, because the HUAWEI MatePad Pro hit 14 hours on a much smaller 7250 mAh battery.

It gets worse if you turn on the dynamic refresh rate that automatically adjusts the refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz – it lasted just over 6 hours!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus supports the phenomenally-fast 45 watt super fast charging. Unfortunately, Samsung only bundles an anaemic 15 watt fast charger in the box…

Take a look at how fast its bundled 15 watt fast charger topped up its massive 10,090 mAh battery…

Not bad. The bundled 15 watt charger took just 2 hours 26 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That gives it a recharging speed of about 55 mAh per minute, which is actually faster than some 25W or 27W fast chargers.

Even so, it cannot make up for the poor battery life, with a poor battery life : recharging ratio of 2.5:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 23 minutes.

Just to give you an idea of how bad that is – the HUAWEI MatePad Pro has a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1, and only needs 7 minutes of charging for each hour of battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Work Performance : PCMark

Work 2.0 Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855 Kirin 990 SD 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
12348 10523 9471 8575 8384
Web Browsing 11864 8865 7792 6723 6768
Video Editing 7664 6232 6038 5656 5948
Writing 12659 11112 10919 10969 9226
Photo Editing 26230 30789 20161 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 7356 6952 6339

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :

It only lost out to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the Photo Editing test – by 15%.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Gaming Performance : 3DMark

3DMark Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855+ SD 855 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5487 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4808 4283
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 7241 4323

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also delivered the best gaming performance in the 3DMark test. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Overall Performance : AnTuTu

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
MatePad
Pro
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990 SD 855+ SD 855
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 446098 434168 371473
CPU 161243 146783 135977 126170 126011
GPU 230859 215205 144098 188158 156318
Memory 98269 89376 100944 65052 77763
UX 87355 71371 65079 54788 11381

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also delivered the best performance in AnTuTu. On average, it was :

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Our Verdict + Award

It should come to no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the most powerful Android tablet money can buy. It has the price tag to back that up.

Powered by the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. It also has a large 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

More than enough to handle any content creation work or gaming you throw at it. But the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is more than just a powerful tablet.

It comes with a new ultra-low latency S Pen, with a 9 ms response time – a larger version of the ultra-low latency S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone.

The ultra-low response time gives you the same instantaneous feel of putting pen or pencil to paper, which will be especially important for artists.

And we should not forget the new Samsung Notes and Samsung Flow capabilities.

Leveraging on Samsung Cloud, Samsung Notes now automatically saves and syncs your notes and drawings, so you can access them on your PC and Samsung smartphones too.

Samsung Flow, on the other hand, lets you directly transfer files between your phone and tablet without the hassle of uploading them to the cloud.

We also like that Samsung is bundling it (at least here in Malaysia) with the Book Cover Keyboard. That makes it extremely versatile, while protecting its stylus in a special compartment.

We cannot emphasise enough just how useful the Book Cover Keyboard is. It not only protects the tablet and S Pen, it gives you a keyboard and touchpad, turning your Tab S7 Plus into a laptop.

It also comes with a nice set of cameras. A decent 8 MP front camera, when most laptops are still stuck with 720p cameras. That said, Samsung limited its video recording to just 1080p, instead of 4K.

And at the back, a combination of a 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP ultra-wide camera. Far better than what many tablets offer. Of course, most laptops don’t even have a rear camera!

All this makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus an extremely powerful and versatile tablet.

Priced at RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508), it’s not cheap. But it is definitely much cheaper than the comparable 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, especially when you factor the bundled S Pen and Book Cover Keyboard.

It does have some downsides though. A rather poor battery life for one thing. At the standard 60 Hz refresh rate, it lasted just under 8 hours, and you get just over 6 hours if you turn on the Dynamic Refresh Rate.

And while it supports up to 45 watts of super fast charging, Samsung only shipped it with their standard 15 watt charger. Disappointing decision for such an ultra-premium device.

Finally, it is also pretty heavy, especially when used with the Book Cover Keyboard which weighs 502 grams. The tablet itself weighs 575 grams, so the total package comes up to about 1.1 kg.

Overall though, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a killer tablet that’s well-positioned as a more affordable alternative to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

We like it so much, we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Nice job, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in three colour options – Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze, with these prices :

Malaysia

Singapore

  • 8 GB + 256 GB, 5G : S$1,798 | S$1,798 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB, WiFi : S$1,598 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Comparison!

Samsung just unveiled their next-generation foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with two colour options!

Take a look at both the signature Mystic Bronze and the classic Mystic Black colour options for the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Comparison

We had the opportunity to get up close with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and here is our quick video comparison of both colour options!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available globally in September 2020, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled their next-generation foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with larger cover and main displays!

Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

It naturally comes with a bevy of improvements, which should hopefully correct many of the criticisms of their first effort.

Larger Cover + Main Screens

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but comes with a slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen and much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen.

The Main Screen looks much larger, because of the narrow bezels and the removal of the large notch. On top of that, it now adaptively changes its refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz.

Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) now protects the Main Screen, making it more durable and giving it a more refined feel (so they say!).

Hideaway Hinge + Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 utilises the Hideaway Hinge with a dual-cam design, first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip. This enables its free standing capabilities, including its new Flex mode.

The Hideaway Hinge also features sweeper technology from the Galaxy Z Flip – protecting the hinge by repelling dust and dirt. It uses a third-generation design to deliver the same protection in a smaller space.

Finally, Samsung is letting you customise your Galaxy Z Fold 2 with four Hideaway Hinge colours – Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red and Metallic Blue.

Flagship Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a bevy of cameras :

  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4

The main camera features a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger than that used in the Galaxy Z Flip, which allows for better low-light performance.

It also comes with the same flagship camera features introduced in the Galaxy Note 20 smartphones – Pro Video, Single Take, Bright Night and Night Mode.

Multitasking Galore

The large Main Screen allows for significant multitasking capabilities :

  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

Galaxy Z Premier Service

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 users will have access to Galaxy Z Premier Service, with on-demand concierge support from a dedicated team of product experts.

You can make appointments, to connect one-on-one with Samsung experts. On top of that, you will have one-time device protection against accidental display damage for one year.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Performance Comparison!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ are both high-performance tablets, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

Let’s take a look at their performance, and see how they compare against other tablets and smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7  vs Galaxy Tab S7+ : A Quick Primer

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ are Samsung’s latest premium tablets, both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

The Galaxy Tab S7+ basically offers a large and better display with a larger battery and a better S Pen, over the Galaxy Tab S7.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Hands-On Preview!

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (Victus?)
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 498 g (Wi-Fi)
500 g (LTE)
502 g (5G)
575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : PCMark

Work 2.0 Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855 Kirin 990 SD 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
12348 10523 9471 8575 8384
Web Browsing 11864 8865 7792 6723 6768
Video Editing 7664 6232 6038 5656 5948
Writing 12659 11112 10919 10969 9226
Photo Editing 26230 30789 20161 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 7356 6952 6339

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :

It only lost out to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the Photo Editing test – by 15%.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : 3DMark

3DMark Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855+ SD 855 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5487 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4808 4283
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 7241 4323

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ also delivered the best gaming performance in the 3DMark test. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : AnTuTu

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
MatePad
Pro
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990 SD 855+ SD 855
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 446098 434168 371473
CPU 161243 146783 135977 126170 126011
GPU 230859 215205 144098 188158 156318
Memory 98269 89376 100944 65052 77763
UX 87355 71371 65079 54788 11381

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ also delivered the best performance in AnTuTu. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ : Price + Availability

The smaller Galaxy Tab S7 will be available in Fall 2020, with a lower starting price of $649.99 in the US, and its optional keyboard at $199.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is also available in Fall 2020 with a starting price of $849.99 in the US, with its optional keyboard at $229.99.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Hands-On Preview!

Here in Malaysia, both models are available for purchase, with these colour options :

  • Galaxy Tab S7 : RM 3,299 (roughly US$790 | £600 | A$1090 | S$1080)
    Available in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver colour options
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ : RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508)
    Available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze colour options

They will be available for purchase from these online Samsung stores in Malaysia, starting 28 August 2020 :

 

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Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 Performance Compared!

Just how fast is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus compared to the Samsung Exynos 990?

Let’s find out in our very own performance comparison!

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : What’s The Deal?

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones, they were criticised for using the Exynos 990 in the global edition, instead of the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Samsung only chose to use the Snapdragon 865 Plus for Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones sold in South Korea, China, Japan and the United States.

But just how much faster is the Snapdragon 865 Plus, compared to the Exynos 990? Let’s find out…

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : A Quick Primer

The Samsung Exynos 990 isn’t a particularly old platform, powering the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones. But it lagged behind the Snapdragon 865, which received a performance boost in the 865+ variant.

They are both 7 nm mobile SoCs that support LPDDR5 memory, and UFS 3.0 storage, but lack an integrated 5G modem.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is essentially an overclocked variant, with its single Prime core clocked at 3.1 GHz (instead of 2.84 GHz), and a 10% faster Adreno 650 GPU.

It has three sustained performance Kryo 585 Gold (A77) cores at 2.4 GHz, and four low-power Kryo 585 Silver (A55) cores at 1.8 GHz.

The Samsung Exynos 990 has two high-speed Mongoose 5 cores, clocked at a more sedate 2.7 GHz, two sustained performance A76 cores at 2.5 GHz, and four low-power A55 cores at 2.0 GHz.

Snapdragon 865 Plus Exynos 990
Process 7 nm N7P 7 nm EUV
CPU Cores 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
2 x Exynos M5 (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0 / 2.1
5G Modem Snapdragon X55 (Separate)
– 7.5 Gbps
Exynos 5123 (Separate)
– 7.35 Gbps

Now, we could not get our hands on an actual Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra powered by the Snapdragon 865+, so we used the next best thing – the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus!

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : TLDR Summary

For those who are too lazy to drill down into the results, here’s a quick and dirty summary.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is definitely the superior platform. In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than the Samsung Exynos 990.

  • PCMark : +19.4% faster
  • Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) : +4.8% faster
  • Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) : +12.8% faster
  • Sling Shot : +8.2% faster
  • Geekbench (Single Core) : +2.2% faster
  • AnTuTu : +10.5% faster

The Samsung Exynos 990 was only slightly faster in a single benchmark :

  • Geekbench (Multi Core) : +0.5% faster

That said, these are benchmark results. You are unlikely to actually notice the performance difference in real world usage, even in high-end games.

Samsung appears to acknowledge this performance difference, and compensate for it by giving Exynos models double the storage – 256 GB instead of 128 GB.

So if you have the option to choose between the Snapdragon and Exynos versions of the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it’s really a choice between the faster Snapdragon 865+ platform, or the slower Exynos 990 with double the storage.

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : PCMark

The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in these tests :

  • Data Manipulation : +42%
  • Web Browsing 2.0 : +37.4%
  • Overall Work 2.0 : +19.4%
  • Writing 2.0 : +13.6%

The Exynos 990 was faster than the Snapdragon 865+ in one test :

  • Photo Editing 2.0 : +12%

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : 3DMark

The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in all three benchmarks :

  • Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) : +4.8%
  • Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) : +12.8%
  • Sling Shot : +8.2%

The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in all six tests :

  • Vulkan Graphics : +20.5%
  • Vulkan Overall : +12.8%
  • OpenGL Graphics : +6.6%
  • OpenGL Overall : +4.8%
  • Vulkan Physics : +3.0%
  • OpenGL Physics : +1.6%

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Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : Geekbench

The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in half of the tests :

  • Multi Core Crypto : +31.4%
  • Single Core Crypto : +11.5%
  • Single Core Integer : +3.8%
  • Single Core Overall : +2.2%

The Exynos 990 was faster than the Snapdragon 865+ in these other half of the tests :

  • Multi Core Floating Point : +5.2%
  • Single Core Floating Point : +3.2%
  • Multi Core Integer : +1.9%
  • Multi Core Overall : +0.5%

 

Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : AnTuTu

The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in all four tests, and the overall score :

  • UX : +22.4%
  • Overall : +10.5%
  • MEM : +10.0%
  • CPU : +9.9%
  • GPU : +7.3%

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra Comparison!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones have now been officially launched!

And here is a quick comparison of their key features and specifications!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Virtual Launch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones were unveiled on Wednesday, 5 August 2020!

But instead of a grand live show, it will be a virtual launch, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : A Summary!

Here is a quick summary of the key features of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note devices!

Different Displays

The two models will come with different displays with different resolutions :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, curved edges
  • Galaxy Note20 : 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ (FHD+), flat

But both displays will support 120 Hz refresh rates, with HDR10+ colour.

Performance

They will both be powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, they are both kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

The Galaxy Note20 will come with 8 GB of memory, while the Note20 Ultra will have 12 GB of memory.

More importantly, these will be the latest LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 50% faster but also uses 20% less power.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

Improved Cameras

They both have a triple camera system, but with different cameras :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 108MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, laser AF
  • Galaxy Note20 : 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 64MP telephoto

Improved Video Recording

Both devices will support up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz.

But a key new feature is the Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

Samsung is not going to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s folded lens design, replacing 100X Space Zoom with :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 5X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 50X Super Resolution Zoom
  • Galaxy Note20 : 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 30X Super Resolution Zoom

Mobile Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 devices will come with a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription in select countries, giving you access to 100+ specially selected games.

On top of that, Samsung is giving it serious gaming chops, with an AI Game Booster feature, a high-resolution display with 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch rate.

In addition, they also reduced the Bluetooth audio response time, to reduce audio lag.

Improved S Pen

They will both come with a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time. However, the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 20 has a 25 ms response time, while the S Pen for the Note 20 Ultra has a 9 ms response time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Battery Capacities

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will come with a slightly larger battery than the “regular” Note 20 :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 4,500 mAh
  • Galaxy Note20 : 4,300 mAh

They will both support wireless charging with reverse charging capability, of course.

New Colours

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze

Rumours have it that Samsung will also introduce Mint and Purple colour options, even a BTS Limited Edition… eventually.

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

Both devices will support Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows the Galaxy Note20 devices to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Galaxy Note20 devices support Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Specifications

To help you decide which model best suits you, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 3X Hybrid Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X Optical Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 25 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 1,299 (about RM 5,450 / £992 / A$1,813)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : US$ 1,449 (about RM 6,080 / £1,107 / A$2,022)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : £1,179 (about RM 6,478 / US$1,544 / A$2,155)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : £1,279 (about RM 7,027 / US$1,675 / A$2,337)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing three models :

  • Note20 Ultra 4G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,849 (about RM 5,560 / US$1,325 / £1,012)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,999 (about RM 6,011 / US$1,432 / £1,094)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : A$2,199 (about RM 6,612 / US$1,576 / £1,203)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will bring in these models with these specifications :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899 | S$1,398 (about US$929 / £708 / A$1,295)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299 | S$1,548 (about US$1,205 / £780 / A$1,427)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing one model :

  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 999 (about RM 4,189 / £763 / A$1,398)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £849 (about RM 4,665 / US$1,112 / A$1,556)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £949 (about RM 5,214 / US$1,243 / A$1,740)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,499 (about RM 4,492 / US$1,071 / £818)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,649 (about RM 4,942 / US$1,178 / £899)

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Hands-On Preview!

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphone.

Join us for our hands-on experience, and find out what the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is the larger version of the Galaxy Note 20, designed for “enthusiasts who want the most powerful Galaxy device” they can buy.

Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display, with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels and a pixel density of 496 ppi.

This display has a 120 Hz refresh rate, with 240 Hz touch rate, and support for HDR10+ colour.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, it is kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

It comes with 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 50% faster but also uses 20% less power.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

Triple Camera System

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with a triple camera system that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera, with f/3.0 aperture

The 12MP telephoto camera supports 5X Hybrid Optic Zoom, and up to 50X Super Resolution Zoom. And they are supported by an Advanced Hybrid Laser Autofocus System.

It also supports up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz, and a new Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows it to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

Improved S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an improved S Pen with much lower latency (9 ms), and a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Bigger Battery, Faster Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 4,500 mAh battery, which is just a little larger than the Galaxy Note 10+‘s 4,300 mAh battery.

It supports super fast charging, which lets it to recharge 50% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Note20 Ultra
(US / Korea / China)
Galaxy Note20 Ultra
(Global)
Display 6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1440 x 3088 pixels, 496 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz) ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X optical zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser autofocus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen Yes, 9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery (24 hours standby)
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,500 mAh
Dimensions 77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra will be available in three colour options – Mystic White, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : Colour Comparison!

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 1,299 (about RM 5,450 / £992 / A$1,813)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : US$ 1,449 (about RM 6,080 / £1,107 / A$2,022)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : £1,179 (about RM 6,478 / US$1,544 / A$2,155)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : £1,279 (about RM 7,027 / US$1,675 / A$2,337)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing three models :

  • Note20 Ultra 4G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,849 (about RM 5,560 / US$1,325 / £1,012)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,999 (about RM 6,011 / US$1,432 / £1,094)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : A$2,199 (about RM 6,612 / US$1,576 / £1,203)

Malaysia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Malaysia :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Malaysia Launch + Trade-Up Deals!

Singapore

Here are the direct online purchase links in Singapore :

United States

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United States :

United Kingdom

Here are the direct online purchase links in the United Kingdom :

Australia

Here are the direct online purchase links in Australia :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Hands-On Preview!

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphone.

Join us for our hands-on experience, and find out what the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 offers!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is a smaller version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, designed for “those who are ready to make a switch“.

Super AMOLED+ Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ flat display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a pixel density of 393 ppi.

Its display has a 120 Hz refresh rate, with 240 Hz touch rate, and support for HDR10+ colour.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, it is kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

It comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 50% faster but also uses 20% less power.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

Triple Camera System

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a triple camera system that consists of :

  • a 12 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.0 aperture

The 64MP telephoto camera supports 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom, and up to 30X Super Resolution Zoom.

It also supports up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz, and a new Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 supports Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows it to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 supports Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

Improved S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with an improved S Pen with much lower latency (9 ms), and a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Bigger Battery, Faster Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 4,300 mAh battery, which is the same as the Galaxy Note 10+, and much bigger than the Galaxy Note 10‘s 3,500 mAh battery.

It also supports super fast charging, allowing it to recharge 50% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Note20 (US) Galaxy Note20 (Global)
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz refresh rate
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 393 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz) ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 256 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom camera (f/2.0)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen Yes, 9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery (24 hours standby)
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight 192 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price List + Pre-Order Deals

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be available in three colour options – Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray and Mystic Green.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : Colour Comparison!

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will bring in these models with these specifications :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899 | S$1,398 (about US$929 / £708 / A$1,295)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299 | S$1,548 (about US$1,205 / £780 / A$1,427)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing one model :

  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 999 (about RM 4,189 / £763 / A$1,398)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £849 (about RM 4,665 / US$1,112 / A$1,556)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £949 (about RM 5,214 / US$1,243 / A$1,740)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,499 (about RM 4,492 / US$1,071 / £818)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,649 (about RM 4,942 / US$1,178 / £899)

Malaysia

Here are the direct online pre-order links in Malaysia :

You will be able to pre-order starting 10 AM, 6 August until 20 August 2020, with these freebies :

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (worth 599)
  • Samsung N3300 Wireless Charger (worth RM209)
  • Samsung UV Sanitiser (worth RM299)

Singapore

Here are the direct online pre-order links in Singapore :

You will be able to pre-order starting 10 AM, 6 August until 16 August 2020, with these freebies :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

Just before the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 smartphones, an AT&T video leaked…

Take a look at the leaked video… and check out the key features and specifications of the Note20 and Note20 Ultra smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

This AT&T video of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphones leaked ahead of the official launch, confirming earlier leaked information.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+

The US market will receive the super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in their Galaxy Note20 / Note20 Ultra devices.

The Plus version offers a faster Prime core (3.1 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz), and a 10% faster Adreno 650 GPU.

The Snapdragon 865+ also adds Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 capability, although it’s likely that Samsung may lock it at regular Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for “consistency”.

Globally, we expect Samsung to use the Exynos 990 mobile SoC that powers the Galaxy S20 series.

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50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

Samsung is not going to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s folded lens design, replacing 100X Space Zoom with :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 50X Space Zoom
  • Galaxy Note20 : 30X Space Zoom

Different Displays

The two models will come with different displays with different resolutions :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2K), curved edges
  • Galaxy Note20 : 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ (FHD+), flat

But both displays will support 120 Hz refresh rates, and HDR10+ colour.

Colour Options

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White

  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze

Battery Capacities

The video also confirmed earlier leaked information that they will have different battery capacities :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 4,500 mAh
  • Galaxy Note20 : 4,300 mAh

They will both support wireless charging with reverse charging capability, of course.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 5G Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED + Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED (LPTO) Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 7, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ / Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 40 MP camera
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 30X Space Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 50X Space Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 W 45 W
Dimensions NA NA
Weight NA NA

 

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