After months of speculation, Samsung finally unveiled its latest gadgets at the much-anticipated annual hardware event, Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020. As expected, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 took center stage. Still, there were other honorable mentions, including the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Bud Live and Galaxy Tab S7. Here is a rundown of all the devices announced at Samsung’s Galaxy unpacked 2020.
Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra
Arguably the best android phone of 2020, Samsung finally launched its new flagship series, the Galaxy Note 20, after months of waiting. The phone comes in two models – the standard Galaxy Note 20 and its bigger sibling, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Like Samsung’s past flagship devices, the phone’s designs are very classy, with a punch-hole front-facing camera and a rectangular bump for the rear camera setup. They also come with Samsung’s S Pen out of the box, which improves the overall user experience, e.g., by making it more convenient to write Notes on the phone. The S Pen also received a major upgrade, lowering its latency to 9ms only.
Starting August 21, the Galaxy Note 20 will be available for purchase at $1000, while the Galaxy Note 20 will cost $1300. However, preorders start on August 6.
Galaxy Buds Live
Unpacked 2020 also showcased the Galaxy Buds Live, arguably the new unofficial contender to Apple’s Air Pods. These new true wireless earphones are bean-shaped to make them fit into a user’s ears without protruding. This design also makes them less noticeable when fitted into the ears.
Thanks to their 12mm drivers, the Galaxy Buds Live will probably sound great, not to mention their active noise cancellation feature for a better listening experience. Also, Samsung revealed how easily their new earbuds connect to several devices, a feature previously exclusive to AirPods users only.
Since the Galaxy Buds Plus are already one of the best wireless earbuds available, we have plenty of reasons to believe in the quality of the Galaxy Buds Live. These earbuds come in three colors for only $170, which is reasonable compared to the $250 AirPods Pro.
Galaxy Z Fold 2
This device represents Samsung’s new generation of foldable phones, by providing all the features of its predecessor, and much more – with a punch-hole front-facing camera and edge-to-edge display. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a massive leap in the foldable device technology, and perfectly embodies the statement “the future is now.”
The Fold 2 uses flexible glass thinner than a strand of human hair for its display in place of plastic for an even slicker look. Its hinges have bristles designed to eliminate dirt particles so that they do not accumulate behind the display. Overall, this device is slimmer, sitting at an impressive 6mm when unfolded, and a tiny gap between its screens for enhanced durability.
The Fold 2’s front display is 6.2 inches, while the inner display/main screen is 7.6 inches. While we do not have the full spec sheet, we know that the device will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and support 5G. Details regarding pricing and availability will be available on September 1.
Galaxy Watch 3
Featuring a larger 1.4-inch display, the Galaxy Watch 3 is Samsung’s latest and most expensive smartwatch yet. The watch is available in two sizes, i.e., 41 mm and 45 mm, and that it is 15% lighter and 14% thinner than the first Galaxy Watch.
Arguably, much of the hype surrounding the Galaxy Watch 3 has to do with its software. The watch comes with a rotating bezel that makes using the watch a lot easier than it would have otherwise been. Also, Samsung’s wearable software has received major upgrades, as evident in the Galaxy Watch 3’s new look.
While the displays on these watches are small, they are high-quality thanks to the Super AMOLED display and a slightly reduced bezel that increases its screen-to-body ratio. Like the Galaxy Note 20, preorders for the Galaxy Watch 3 start on August 6. The base model starts at $400, with prices ranging upwards depending on the model selected. The 41 mm model is available in silver or bronze, while the 45 mm model is available in black or silver.
Galaxy Tab S7
Lastly, Unpacked 2020 would be relatively incomplete without the announcement of the much-anticipated Galaxy Tab S7. This device comes in a modern, sleek design and has two variants, i.e., the standard Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. Besides offering S Pen support and having slim bezels, the Galaxy Tab S7 offers a redesigned detachable keyboard cover that supports keyboard shortcuts, a bigger touchpad with gesture support and a neatly hidden S Pen housing on the back.
Featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 512GB storage, this tablet is powerful enough to handle relatively heavy tasks. The 11-inch and 12.4-inch displays on the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ respectively both have 120 Hz refresh rates for an even smoother experience.
The Galaxy Tab S7 series comes with new smart features, including the ability to make it a secondary display for a Windows PC, and that it will run on the latest OneUI software. The base model of the Galaxy Tab S7 starts at $650.
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