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2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked : What We Know So Far!
The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked will be the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series of smartphones. Here is what we know so far… based on what’s been leaked.
Three Galaxy Galaxy S21 Models
Samsung will offer three models :
6.2-inch Galaxy S21
6.7-inch Galaxy S21+ (Galaxy S21 Plus)
6.8-inch Galaxy S21 Ultra
All three models will come with a Dynamic AMOLED display, with dynamic refresh rates of up to 120 Hz.
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.
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