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.
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.
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.
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
S7 / S7+
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :
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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 :
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.
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.
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).
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 :
Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 5X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 50X Super Resolution Zoom
Galaxy Note20 : 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 30X Super Resolution Zoom
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 :
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.
Samsung will offer three colour options per model :
Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White