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Samsung Galaxy A52 Review : An Awesome Deal Indeed!

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review : An Awesome Deal Indeed!

We take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy A52, which promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

Find out what the Galaxy A52 offers, and why we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Awesome Is For Everyone!

Designed for the new normal, the Samsung Galaxy A52 promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

As Samsung’s official advertisement for the 2021 Galaxy A series says, Awesome Is For Everyone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the Galaxy A52 against the Galaxy A72 :

Specifications Galaxy A72 Galaxy A52
Display Type Super AMOLED
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.5-inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Display Refresh Up to 90 Hz
Display Brightness 800 nits maximum
Protection NA
IP Rating IP67
Operating System Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 2 x Kryo 570 Gold cores (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion microSD card : up to 1 TB
Front Camera 32 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Camera 64 MP (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 8 MP (f/2.4)
Macro Camera 5 MP (f/2.4)
Depth Sensor 5 MP (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 5 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
NFC Yes
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity
Audio AKG stereo speakers
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W fast charging
Dimensions 77.4 mm wide
165.0 mm tall
8
.4 mm thick
75.1 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 203 g 189 g

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will come in four colour options – Awesome Violet, Awesome White, Awesome Black and Awesome Blue.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : What’s Inside The Box?

We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy A52, and unboxed it in this video :

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy A52 documents
  • Samsung EP-TA200 15-watt USB fast charger
  • USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • SIM tray pin

Even though Samsung bundled it with a charger, they did not include a free bumper case.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Setting It Up!

Let’s show you just how easy it is to setup the Galaxy A52 for the first time!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Hands-On Experience!

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone…

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Key Features

6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

You may be delighted to learn that it not only supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, it also has 800 nits of maximum brightness!

The display is also Eye Care-certified, and automatically adjusts its colour temperature to reduce eye fatigue – what Samsung calls Eye Comfort Shield.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (SM7225) mobile platform, which consists of :

  • 2 x high-performance Kryo 570 Gold cores, running at up to 2.3 GHz
  • 6 x low-power Kryo 570 Silver cores, running at up to 1.8 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 694 NPU
  • Qualcomm Spectra 355L ISP

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, this mid-range mobile SoC promises to deliver 20% faster CPU, 20% faster AI and 10% faster graphics performance over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 730G.

RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. This is way more than what most users can ever expect to use.

But if you actually need more storage, it comes with a hybrid SIM tray, which allows you to add a microSD card for more storage!

1 + 4 Cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 boasts a 32 MP front camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture. The ultra-high resolution is, frankly, overkill for a selfie camera.

So if you don’t need the high resolution, switch to the 8 MP resolution for better low-light photos and videos.

In the back, it has a quad camera system that consists of :

  • 64 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth camera, with f/2.4 aperture

We should point out that the depth camera doesn’t take any photos.. It just obtains depth data to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

We really like how the matte colour scheme makes the slight camera bump appear even less conspicuous.

Connectivity

While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a 5G platform, 5G connectivity was turned off in our Galaxy A52. It may be offered as a 5G model in some countries, but not in Malaysia.

That’s just fine by us as we don’t see 5G connectivity becoming widespread for at least 3-4 more years! Turning off 5G will also help save power and extend battery life.

It also supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type C connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will allow you to be part of the Samsung ecosystem through these features :

  • SmartThings lets you connect to, and control, smart devices including wearables, tablets, PCs and TVs.
  • SmartThings Find lets you easily locate paired Galaxy devices, or using the Galaxy SmartTag.
  • Music Share lets you sync your phone with a friend’s device to share music, without speaker pairing.
  • Buds Together lets you pair your phone with two sets of Galaxy Buds, to listen together!
  • Quick Share lets you easily and quickly send pictures and videos of any size to nearby Galaxy devices.
  • Private Share lets you revoke photos and videos you shared with just a tap!

Security + Protection

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has Samsung Knox built-in, providing you with a defence-grade enclave to store your sensitive information and data.

is IP67-rated against dust- and water-resistance. This protects it against accidental water splashes, and immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

We should point out that Samsung warns against immersing it in seawater, the swimming pool or in soapy water.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Camera Performance + Photo Samples

The Samsung Galaxy A52’s 64 MP main camera takes 16 MP photos by default, with a resolution of 4624 x 3468 pixels.

The 46 MP sensor basically combines four pixels into one large “virtual pixel”, for better image quality and low-light performance.

The Galaxy A52 produces very good photos with really incredible detail at 16 MP, so stick with that unless you are planning to print really large format photos.

While the wide f/1.8 aperture creates a narrow depth-of-field, so there is the risk of ending up with an out-of-focus photo.

It is easy to “fix” that problem by tapping on the screen to make sure the camera focuses exactly where you want it to.

While this works with all smartphones, the Galaxy A52 does a much better job focusing than say, the Redmi 9T.

Here are ten unedited photo samples for you to check out.

Next Page > Battery Life + Recharging, Performance

 

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A52 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 with 60 Hz and 90 Hz refresh rates :

Work 2.0 Galaxy A52
(60 Hz)
Redmi 9T Galaxy A52
(90 Hz)
Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Note20
Ultra
Battery Capacity 4,500 mAh 6,000 mAh 4,500 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 15 hrs
33 mins
19 hrs
50 mins
12 hrs
30 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
3.86 mAh 4.03 mAh 4.80 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.91 mAh
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That’s excellent battery life! Over 15.5 hours with the display set to 60 Hz, and 12.5 hours with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Recharging Speed

Take a look at how fast it recharges its 4,500 mAh battery.

Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Galaxy A52
Redmi 9T
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh 6,000 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 15 watts 18 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 84.5 mins 184 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
69.6 mAh 54.6 mAh 54.1 mAh 42.4 mAh 26.1 mAh
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Very nice! Even though it only comes with a 15 watt fast charger, the Samsung Galaxy A52 recharged 62% faster than the Redmi 9T with its 18 watt fast charger!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Work Performance

We tested the Galaxy A52 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
A52
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Mobile Platform Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD 750G Exynos
9820
SD 662
Performance Score

(Average)

10523 8981 7874 7846 5986
Web Browsing 8865 8293 7021 8583 5844
Video Editing 6232 9166 5693 5524 3423
Writing 11112 9579 7454 9076 6657
Photo Editing 30789 19376 15812 10710 12031
Data Manipulation 6825 6155 6424 6450 4799

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a powerful mid-range mobile SoC. It is actually as powerful as the flagship Samsung Exynos 9820 in work applications!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Galaxy A52 using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Galaxy
A52
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 750G SD 662
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6642 5037 4470 2565 1174
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5722 4794 4314 2416 1098
Sling Shot 8128 4883 4343 3764 1844

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is definitely not as fast in games, as flagship mobile platforms. But it is just over twice as fast as mid-range smartphones like the Redmi 9T.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Overall Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Galaxy A52 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
A52
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD 750G Exynos
9820
SD
662
AnTuTu Score 522735 348397 341908 330549 173559
CPU 146783 101187 105098 100272 64505
GPU 215205 156700 88068 149930 31734
Memory 89376 72051 60642 68188 40377
UX 71371 18459 88100 12159 36943

Will you look at that? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is right between the Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825 – both flagship mobile SoCs from Samsung.

It is also notably twice as fast as the old Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 used in the Xiaomi Redmi 9T.

Next Page > A Quick Wrap, Verdict + Award

 

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : A Quick Wrap

The Galaxy A52 offers quite the awesome deal that Samsung promised. Let’s do a quick wrap of what we really liked about it.

Very Nice Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a very nice 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, and brightness of up to 800 nits!

Great Performance

We are very glad Samsung built the Galaxy A52 around the Snapdragon 750G, which proved to offer really good CPU and GPU performance. It feels like a flagship device, without the flagship price.

Nice Set Of Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a very nice set of cameras – both in front and in the back.

The 64 MP main camera and 12 MP ultra-wide camera are the main stars. The 5 MP macro camera will not see much use, but at least it is better than the 2 MP macro camera that comes in some mid-range devices!

The image quality of the 64 MP main camera, in particular, is superb in its default 16 MP mode.

Long Battery Life, Fast Recharging

You will really like how long the Galaxy A52 lasts, and how fast it recharges.

Small Niceties

There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are not available in other mid-range smartphones :

  • 3.5 mm audio port
  • AKG-tuned speakers
  • Triple card tray with microSD card slot

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Our Verdict + Award

The Samsung Galaxy A52 offers a lot of great features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.

There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large 90 Hz Super AMOLED display, a powerful processor and a 64 MP camera system, with a large battery.

This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the new ultimate flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

With a 6.8-inch display and support for the S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to maximise your productivity and creativity.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with curved edges, has a Quad HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture.

In the back, it has a new quad camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, you can now shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras. In addition, you can choose to take photos in a 12-bit RAW format!

And its dual telephoto cameras powers its phenomenal 100X Space Zoom capability, with Zoom Lock capability.

It also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

S Pen Support

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S Series smartphone to support the S Pen, with Wacom’s technology.

You can use an existing S Pen from the Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Tab, or purchase a separate S Pen, or with a compatible case.

Samsung is offering two cases that are bundled with the S Pen – Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen, and Silicone Cover with S Pen.

Recommended : S Pen Covers For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Showcase

Faster WiFi

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also one of the first smartphones to support the Wi-Fi 6E standard.

This opens up the 6 GHz spectrum, introducing 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels.

When used with a compatible Wi-Fi 6E router, it will allow for higher bandwidths and reduced congestion.

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Ultra does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Model SM-G998
Display Size 6.8-inch Edge
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 515 ppi
Display Features 10~120 Hz refresh rate
1500 nits
3,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 12 GB / 16 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 40 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Main
Camera
108 MP (f/1.8)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Telephoto
Camera #1
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.4)
3X optical zoom
Rear Telephoto
Camera #2
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/4.9)
10X optical zoom
Other Rear
Camera Features
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer,
Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
165.1 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 227 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in just two colour options – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra Compared!

In this article, we compared the differences between the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra, so you can decide which is the best model for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra Compared!

With a 6.2-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is designed for those who want a light, compact flagship smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, on the other hand, has a larger 6.7-inch display and a larger battery – great for marathon gamers and binge-watchers.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers the ultimate productivity and creativity possibilities with its 6.8-inch display and support for the S Pen.

All three Galaxy S21 models are powered by the same mobile SoC – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the Samsung Exynos 2100 in all other countries.

All three models feature Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, with a dynamic 120 Hz refresh rate. However, while the S21 and S21+ can only go down to 48 Hz, while the S21 Ultra can go as low as 10 Hz.

They are all protected by Gorilla Glass Victus in the front, with IP68 dust and water-resistance; and come with 18 watt wireless charging and 25 watt wired charging capability.

While the Galaxy S21+ appears to be a larger variant of the Galaxy S21 with a larger battery, the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with more memory and a completely different camera system.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the only model to support the S Pen stylus.

If Ultra-wideband support is important, you should note that it is only supported by Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

 

Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra : Specifications Compared!

To make it easier for you to decide, here is a comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S21 Ultra
Model SM-G991 SM-G996 SM-G998
Display Size 6.2-inch Flat 6.7-inch Flat 6.8-inch Edge
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 421 ppi 394 ppi 515 ppi
Display Features 48~120 Hz refresh rate
1300 nits
10~120 Hz refresh rate
1500 nits
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (US, Korea, China)
Samsung Exynos 2100 (Global)
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB / 16 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2) 40 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Main
Camera
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/1.8) 108 MP (f/1.8)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
12 MP (f/2.2) 12 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Telephoto
Camera #1
64 MP (f/2.0)
1.1X optical zoom,
3X hybrid zoom
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.4)
3X optical zoom
Rear Telephoto
Camera #2
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/4.9)
10X optical zoom
Other Rear
Camera Features
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband No Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,800 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired, 18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
71.2 mm
161.7 mm
7.9 mm
75.6 mm
161.5 mm
7.8 mm
75.6 mm
165.1 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 169 g 200 g 227 g

 

Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra : Colour Options Compared!

Samsung is also differentiating the models by the colour options they are available in.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is available in four colour options.

  • Phantom Violet
  • Phantom Gray
  • Phantom White
  • Phantom Pink

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, on the other hand, is available in three colour options.

  • Phantom Violet
  • Phantom Black
  • Phantom Silver

Their top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is only available in two colour options :

  • Phantom Black
  • Phantom Silver

 

Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra : RAM, Storage, Price Compared!

Of course, price is also a differentiating factor, as well as the variants they come in. Here is how the three models compare :

Variant Galaxy
S21
Galaxy
S21+
Galaxy
S21 Ultra
8 GB +
128 GB
US$799.99
£769
A$1249
US$999.99
£949
A$1549
8 GB +
256 GB
US$849.99
£819
A$1349
S$1248
RM3699
US$1049.99
£999
A$1649
S$1498
RM4299
12 GB +
128 GB
US
$1199.99
£1149
A$1849
12 GB +
256 GB
US$1249.99
£1199
A$1949
S$1798
RM5299
16 GB +
512 GB
US$1379.99
£1329
A$2149
S$1998
RM5899

 

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2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked : Are You Ready?

The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event is almost here! Are you ready for the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones?

While we wait for the official launch on 14 January 2021, here is everything we know about the S21 series so far!

 

2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked : Are You Ready?

Samsung is kicking off 2021 with a big bang on January 14 – the first Galaxy Unpacked of the year!

Unlike previous years, they are going to announce their latest Galaxy S21 smartphones on the last day of CES 2021, instead of during Mobile World Congress in February or March.

Like the 2021 Samsung TV first look, this will be a global event that will be streamed online on the official Samsung website.

The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Unpacked will be broadcast globally on www.samsung.com (www.samsung.com/my here in Malaysia) at 11 PM (GMT+8) on 14 January 2021.

If you register your interest at https://www.samsung.com/my/unpacked/ by 14 January 2021, you will be entitled to redeem a FREE Samsung Galaxy Fit2 worth RM179 when you pre-order any Galaxy S21 smartphone!

 

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

Displays

All three models will come with a Dynamic AMOLED display, with dynamic refresh rates of up to 120 Hz.

  • Galaxy S21 : 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2220, 120 Hz)
  • Galaxy S21+ : 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2220, 120 Hz)
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra : 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1440 x 2960, 120 Hz)

Performance

All three Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone models will either use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, or the Samsung Exynos 2100.

Geekbench 5 Scores Single Core Multi Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 1,135 3,794
Samsung Exynos 2100
(Rumoured)
1,108 3,963

Samsung will offer memory options of 8 GB to 12 GB (Ultra), and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB (Ultra).

Unlike the S20 series, the S21 series is rumoured NOT to come with a microSD card slot at all. 🙁

Front Camera

We believe the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will both come with a 10 MP front camera, in a central punch hole.

Only the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a higher-resolution 40 MP front camera.

Front Cameras

Both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will come with a triple camera system :

  • 12 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 64 MP telephoto camera

Only the Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a significantly better quad-camera system, with a laser autofocus system :

  • 108 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 10 MP telephoto camera (3X zoom)
  • 10 MP telephoto camera (10X zoom)

S Pen Stylus

The Samsung Galaxy S21 will not have an integrated S Pen, like the Galaxy Note20 series.

However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support an external S Pen, with an optional case with a storage slot.

Battery

The three models will come with different battery sizes :

  • Galaxy S21 : 4,000 mAh
  • Galaxy S21+ : 4,800 mAh
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra : 5,000 mAh

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 120Hz Refresh Rate Explained!

One of the new features introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a 120 Hz refresh rate for its Super AMOLED display!

Find out what this 120 Hz refresh rate means, and how it allows for smoother scrolling and a more realistic gaming experience!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is now powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : 120 Hz Refresh Rate Explained

The display refresh rate is the frequency at which the display refreshes the image on screen every second. Hence, it is measured and described in Hz.

The usual refresh rate of 60 Hz means the image on the display gets refreshed 60 times a second.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a Super AMOLED display that can refresh at up to 120 Hz – 120 times per second.

The higher refresh rate offers smoother visuals, and less motion blur. This gives you a better visual experience, whether you are gaming or browsing the web.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Where To Buy?

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Cloud Termination : What You Need To Know!

The end is almost here – Samsung Cloud will soon be gone, replaced by Microsoft OneDrive!

Here is what you need to know about Samsung Cloud’s shutdown process, and what you need to do.

 

Samsung Cloud Termination : What You Need To Know!

It is official. Samsung Cloud will be replaced by Microsoft OneDrive, and it starts with the termination of its Gallery Sync and Drive services.

Samsung Cloud users have all been notified about this move, and if you haven’t seen the notice yet, check your email spam folder.

Shutdown Process Group 1 Group 2
– Gallery Sync + Drive stops working
– OneDrive migration available
– Data download available
5 October 2020 onwards 1 December 2020 onwards
– Gallery Sync and Drive no longer available
– OneDrive migration no longer available
– Premium storage subscription terminated
1 April – 29 June 2021 1 June – 30 August 2021
– Data download no longer available 30 June 2021 31 August 2021

Phase 1 : Limited Service

Depending on where you live, you will have until March 2021 (Group 1) or May 2021 (Group 2) to migrate your data to Microsoft OneDrive.

You can choose to download your data, or migrate to OneDrive.

  • If you choose to download your data, it will be completely deleted from Samsung Cloud 90 days after that.
  • If you select to migrate to OneDrive, your data stored in Samsung Cloud will be transferred to OneDrive, and deleted.

Phase 2 : Service Discontinued

From 1 April 2021 (Group 1) or 1 June 2021 (Group 2) onwards, Gallery Sync and Drive services will be disabled, and premium subscriptions automatically cancelled.

The OneDrive migration option will no longer be available, but you will still be allowed to download your data.

Phase 3 : Data Deleted

Samsung will give you until 29 June 2021 (Group 1) or 30 August 2021 (Group 2) to download your data, after which everything is deleted.

 

Samsung Cloud to Microsoft OneDrive Migration

You will receive a OneDrive integration notification in Gallery, My Files or the Samsung Cloud app, and opt to begin the process.

Alternatively, you can choose to begin the migration process through these apps :

  • Samsung Cloud app : More > Settings > Link with OneDrive
  • Gallery app : More > Settings > Cloud Sync or Switch to OneDrive
  • My Files app : More > Settings > Make the Switch to OneDrive

Once you start the process, follow these instructions :

  1. Tap Move to OneDrive
  2. Check “I agree to Samsung Cloud Service Changes”
  3. Tap Connect
  4. Tap Connect accounts and sign into your Microsoft OneDrive account
  5. Let the data sync finish and then tap Done

 

Download Data From Samsung Cloud

You can download your Samsung Cloud data through the Download my data menu :

  • Samsung Cloud app : Download my data
  • Gallery : More > Settings > Download content from cloud

Once you start the process, you will have 90 days before the data is deleted completely in Samsung Cloud :

  1. Tap Download my data
  2. Select the data you want to download
  3. Tap Download
  4. Let the download process complete

You can check the download process in the notification bar. But note that if you choose to cancel, it will cancel the entire download process, and you will have to start afresh.

 

Samsung Cloud Termination Process : Country Grouping

This is done automatically, based on your Samsung account information.

Group 1 : Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Group 2 : Afghanistan, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Isle of Man, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones come with a brand new camera system, with larger high-resolution sensors, and improved Space Zoom technology!

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Ultra-High Resolution

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series smartphones come with new ultra-high resolution cameras :

The ultra-high resolution photos they take allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

Camera Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
Note20
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra 5G
Main
(Wide Angle)
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/1.76-inch sensor
108 MP resolution
1/1.33-inch sensor
Ultra-Wide 16 MP resolution
1/3.1-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
Telephoto 12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor
64 MP resolution
1/1.72-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Camera : Nonacell Technology

The 108MP Samsung HM1 image sensor in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with Nonacell technology, which combines groups of nine pixels into much larger 2.4μm pixels.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of an 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

In addition, Nonacell uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus technology to dramatically reduce crosstalk, optical loss and light reflection that happens when pixels are combined.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their improved Hybrid Optic Zoom (Note20) or Optical Zoom (Note20 Ultra 5G), with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

In addition to their incredible zoom ranges, the improved Samsung Space Zoom features smooth transitions between presets, and a manual zoom mode.

They both allow for more professional videos, with greater creative options.

 

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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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.

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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 S20 FE 5G : Specifications, Price + Deals!

Samsung just revealed the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which offers the leading features of the Galaxy S20 at a more affordable price point, and here are its specifications, price and deals!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : What’s Different?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G has a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It also comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

It now comes with a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, but trades the 64 MP telephoto camera for an 8 MP telephoto camera. This telephoto camera has a 3X optical zoom, with 30X Space Zoom capability.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Specifications Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE 5G against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions 74.5 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Pre-Order Deals

United States

Samsung US is giving $70 instant credit towards accessories with every pre-order.

United Kingdom

Samsung UK is giving 4 months of YouTube Premium with every pre-order, as well as one of these two options :

  • either a Galaxy Games Pack and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,
  • or a Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 smartwatch

Australia

Samsung Australia is giving  a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live with every pre-order.

Malaysia

Pre-order kicks off from 10 AM on 24 September 2020 until 8 October 2020, with freebies worth RM586 :

  • UV Steriliser with Wireless Charging worth RM299
  • One-Time Screen Crack Protection worth RM168
  • Clear Standing Cover worth RM119

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

Samsung just revealed the Galaxy S20 FE 5G which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and here are its price and pre-order deal for Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : What’s Different?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE has a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It also comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 256 GB of storage capacity.

It now comes with a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, but trades the 64 MP telephoto camera for an 8 MP telephoto camera. This telephoto camera has a 3X optical zoom, with 30X Space Zoom capability.

The Galaxy S20 FE is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Specifications In Malaysia

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE 5G against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions 74.5 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Pre-Order Deal In Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here in Malaysia, it is priced at RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122).

Pre-order kicks off from 10 AM on 24 September 2020 until 8 October 2020, with freebies worth RM586 :

  • UV Steriliser with Wireless Charging worth RM299
  • One-Time Screen Crack Protection worth RM168
  • Clear Standing Cover worth RM119

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition Details Leaked!

Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) – a refreshed version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone!

Here is EVERYTHING leaked so far about the upcoming Galaxy S20 FE smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition

Scheduled for an official launch on 23 September 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is an upcoming Lite version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone.

It’s not just a cheaper mid-range version though, with some improvements over the Galaxy S20, like a large display with 120 Hz refresh rate and a larger battery.

The term Fan Edition, you may recall, was originally introduced for the revamped Galaxy Note 7.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : What Leaked So Far!

Ahead of its official launch, here is what we know so far about the Galaxy S20 FE :

  • It was originally called the Galaxy S20 Lite.
  • It will be available in 4G (SM-G780) and 5G (SM-G781) models
  • The 5G variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 865, and available in Europe as well as the US, Korea and China.
  • The 4G variant will be powered by the Exynos 990, and available in all the other countries.
  • It will come with a larger 6.5-inch display with 120 Hz refresh rate, but a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • It will use Gorilla Glass 3 protection to save on costs
  • It will come with 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage
  • The front camera will be upgraded with a 32 MP sensor
  • The 3X telephoto rear camera will have an 8 MP sensor, instead of 64 MP
  • It will come with a large 4,500 battery – 500 mAh (12.5%) more than Galaxy S20

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will be CHEAPER than the Galaxy S20, with reports saying that it will have a starting price of US$750 (about £579 / A$1,026 / S$1019 / RM3099).

Samsung will offer it in six colour options – Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Red, White and Orange – which they revealed in their promotional images above. This confirmed Evan Blass’ leaked photo below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : 5G vs 4G

Here is a specification comparison of the 5G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20 FE 4G
Model SM-G781 SM-G780
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI 2.5
System Platform Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
2 x Exynos M5
2 x Cortex-A76
4 x Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP Sony IMX555, f/1.8
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
3X Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 190 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
– 60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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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.

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Galaxy
Note10+
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
S10+
Mobile Platform SD
865+
Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD
855+
Exynos
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
Exynos
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 :

AnTuTu Galaxy
Tab S7+
Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
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

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United States

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

United Kingdom

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Australia

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series : Exynos 990 Performance!

Take a look at the work and gaming performance of the Exynos 990 version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series : Powered By Exynos 990

Globally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones are powered by the Samsung Exynos 990, the same mobile SoC used by the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones.

Faster Processor + GPU

Its custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 that powered last year’s Galaxy Note 10 smartphones.

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, which promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 is the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 : Everything You Need To Know!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series : Exynos 990 Performance!

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, including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

However, please note that the Snapdragon 865+ results are from the Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet, not a smartphone.

Work Performance : PCMark

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+
Galaxy
Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
S10+
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 Exynos 9825 SD 855+ Exynos 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

Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance. But the Exynos 990 was significantly faster than the last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820.

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

However, the Snapdragon 865+ is 17% faster than the Exynos 990 in this test, losing out only in the Photo Editing test (by 15%).

Gaming Performance : 3DMark

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

3DMark Galaxy
Tab
S7+
Galaxy
Note20
Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855+ Exynos 9825 Exynos 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

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.

However, the Exynos 990 was no match for the Snapdragon 865+, which was 5% faster (OpenGL) to 13% faster (Vulkan) in Sling Shot Extreme.

Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

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

AnTuTu Galaxy
Tab
S7+
Galaxy
Note20
Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
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 the Exynos 990 was, yet again, slower than the Snapdragon 865+ in this test. The Snapdragon 856+ was faster by 10.5%.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series : Specifications (Exynos Version)

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 256 GB 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 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 Yes, 9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery (24 hours standby)
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 Series : Where To Buy?

Malaysia (Exynos 990)

Singapore (Exynos 990)

United States (Snapdragon 865+)

United Kingdom (Exynos 990)

Australia (Exynos 990)

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 5G : Awesome Deals In Malaysia!

Find out what are the awesome deals available for the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones in Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra 5G : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G are the next-generation phablets featuring new features, new colours and an improved S Pen!

Samsung Galaxy Note20

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

It comes with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, and a 4,300 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will support 8K video recording :

  • a 12 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera with 30X Space Zoom

It also comes with an S Pen with a 26 ms response time!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels.

It comes with 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, and a 4,500 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will come with laser focusing and support 8K video recording :

  • a 108 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 5X optical zoom and 50X Space Zoom

On top of that, it comes with an enhanced S Pen with a much faster 9 ms response time!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : An Early Review!

 

Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra 5G : Price + Availability In Malaysia!

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is available in three colour options – Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray and Mystic Green.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 is available in two colour options – Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Gray.

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

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 :

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 :

Now, let’s take a look at the awesome deals for both the Galaxy Note20 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra 5G : Awesome Deals In Malaysia!

Samsung Malaysia lined up these awesome deals for every purchase of a Galaxy Note20 or Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone.

Deal #1 : Freebies With Every Purchase!

From 21 August onwards, you will receive these freebies worth RM 508 with every purchase, on a first-come, first-served basis, while stocks last :

  • Samsung UV Sterilizer with Wireless Charging (worth RM 299)
  • Samsung Wireless Charger (worth RM209)

Deal #2 : Discounts On Official Covers!

You will also get 20% off Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra 5G covers from 6 August until 13 September 2020.

Deal #3 : Trade In And Save Up To RM4,005!

Samsung is offering up to RM4,005 off the Galaxy Note20 series smartphones by trading in your old device, from 17 August until 31 October 2020!

Deal #4 : Easy Instalment Plan

Samsung is offering an 0% Easy Instalment Plan (EIP) which can save you up to RM433.25, from now until 25 October 2020.

0% Easy Instalment Plan (12 Months)
Model Galaxy Note20
Ultra 5G
Galaxy Note20
5G
Galaxy Note20
RRP RM5,199 RM4,299 RM3,899
Instalment RM397.15 / month RM328.40 / month RM297.84 / month
Savings Save RM433.25! Save RM358.25! Save RM324.92!

Deal #5 : Free Protection Plus Worth Up To RM387

If you opt to purchase your Galaxy Note20 series smartphone from a Samsung Experience Store, you will receive FREE Samsung Protection Plus worth RM387.

It will extend your warranty for the Galaxy Note20 series smartphone by 1 year, and give you a 1 time screen protection warranty.

 

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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 Z Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 boasts a slew of improved technologies, including Ultra-Thin Glass and a new hideaway hinge with sweeper technology.

Join Samsung mobile experts who will help to explain the key technologies of the new Galaxy Z Fold2 foldable smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 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.

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; and a much larger 6.2-inch cover display.

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 Fold2 : Key Technologies Explained!

Samsung arranged for their experts to help explain what’s new in the Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone in these videos.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Cameras + Flex Mode

The foldable design will give you greater flexibility in using the Galaxy Z Fold2’s cameras :

  • the Flex mode lets you take group selfies or long exposure photos without a tripod,
  • Capture View mode lets you preview what you are recording live,
  • Dual Preview lets you use both main display and cover display simultaneously, and
  • Rear Cam Selfie lets you use the rear camera for high-resolution selfies,

The new rear camera also comes with a Bright Night sensor, which is 1.65X larger, allowing for better low-light performance.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Design

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is about the same size as the Galaxy Fold, but has a larger 7.6-inch Infinity Edge display, thanks to smaller bezels.

On top of that, the team also removed the large display notch, replacing it with a tiny punch hole for the front camera.

Finally, the Mystic Bronze colour option comes with the haze finish – an advanced surface treatment, with a satin matte finish.

Users will be allowed to personalise their devices using customisable hideaway hinges, with five colour options – Metallic Red, Metallic Silver, Mystic Bronze, Metallic Gold and Metallic Blue.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Hinge + Sweeper Mechanism

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 now uses a dual cam mechanism, which was first introduced in the Galaxy Z Flip.

It is also now built with a stronger retention force to maintain the 180 degree angle, and prevent the device from accidentally folding.

The built-in sweeper mechanism protects the dual cam hinge by repelling dirt and dust, while being sturdy and reliable enough to last more than 200,000 folds and unfolds.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 Multitasking Capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 also comes with improved software to support its larger, dual displays.

  • Multi-Window Tray and Edge Panel were integrated, letting you run an application in full screen / split / pop-up screens, as you prefer
  • The Multi-Active Screen capability lets you perform actions like drag and drop.
  • The Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of a window, instead of the entire display
  • New Pop-Up Window design minimises finger movements while using the large display.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Battery Life Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery, but how long does it really last at 120 Hz, or at full display resolution?

We put the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra through the paces, and compared it to a few other devices in our lab. Check out the results!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Battery Life Considerations

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.

On paper, this should give it a little more battery life than the Galaxy Note 10+. But the Note 20 Ultra is also the first Note to feature a 120 Hz display.

120 Hz Refresh Rate

A higher refresh rate will give you a smoother display, at the expense of higher power consumption and consequently, lower battery life.

That’s why Samsung doesn’t keep the display running at 120 Hz all the time. Instead, they offer an Adaptive option, doubling the refresh rate to 120 Hz only when it’s “necessary”.

WQHD+ Resolution

The other “trick” that Samsung uses to keep power consumption lower is to use a lower display resolution by default – FHD+ (1080 x 2316 pixels).

You can switch to the full WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels, but that will increase power consumption and reduce battery life, because the GPU has to process more pixels.

Note : The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra only supports 120 Hz at the FHD+ or HD+ resolutions. Switching to WQHD+ limits you to just 60 Hz.

Let’s find out exactly how much both display options affect the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra‘s battery life!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Battery Life Comparison

To test the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra‘s 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 picked the best result.

Resolution + Refresh Rate Comparison

First, we started with a resolution and refresh rate comparison. The

Work 2.0 FHD+ (60 Hz) WQHD+ (60 Hz) FHD+ (120 Hz)
Battery Capacity 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 10 hrs 9 mins 9 hrs 17 mins 7 hrs 34 mins
Battery Utilisation 5.91 mAh / min. 6.46 mAh / min. 7.93 mAh / min.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has pretty good battery life of just over 10 hours, but only if you keep it at the default FHD+ resolution and use the standard 60 Hz refresh rate.

Increasing the display resolution to WQHD+ reduced battery life by 52 minutes, or about 8.5%. Not too bad, since you still get 9+ hours.

Switching to Adaptive mode though will drastically reduce battery life by a whopping 155 minutes, which is a full quarter less than its maximum battery life!

Full HD+ Resolution @ 60 Hz

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Performance
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S10+
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(FHD 60Hz)
Capacity 7,250 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,100 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 14 hrs 1 min 12 hrs 25 mins 11 hrs 32 mins 10 hrs 32 mins 10 hrs 17 mins 10 hrs 9 mins
Utilisation
Per Min.
6.90 mAh 4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.32 mAh 5.91 mAh
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Even with its slightly larger battery, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a slightly shorter battery life than the Galaxy Note 10+.

It even has a shorter battery life than the Galaxy S10+, which has a 10% smaller battery.

WQHD+ Resolution @ 60 Hz

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When we increased the resolution to WQHD+, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra had a full hour shorter battery life than the Galaxy S10+, which has a 10% smaller battery.

FHD+ Resolution @ 120 Hz

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Battery Life 14 hrs 1 min 12 hrs 25 mins 10 hrs 32 mins 10 hrs 17 mins 9 hrs 4 mins 7 hrs 34 mins
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra used significantly more power than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Thanks to its 11% larger battery, and lower power consumption, the Galaxy S20 Ultra lasts 1.5 hours longer than the Note 20 Ultra.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Where To Buy?

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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
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– 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%

 

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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.

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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)