Samsung finally revealed its five-strong lineup of new devices at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, and after already sharing the details of the new Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the new colourways for the Galaxy Z Flip 4G, we were treated to a deep dive of the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Tab S7.
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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked live stream
Samsung scheduled its Unpacked event for Wednesday , August 5, at 7AM PT/ 10AM ET/ 3PM BST/ 4PM CEST. There were a number of ways to watch the show, including Samsung Global Newsroom, and Samsung website.
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Galaxy Note 20/ Note 20 Ultra
The Galaxy Note 20 sports a 6.7-inch display, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (which we called "a love letter to Samsung fans" in our early hands-on review) features a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, and a curved Edge display incorporating Gorilla Glass Victus (the official name for Gorilla Glass 7) and a 25% brighter display.
Combining a mix of flagship S20 features and an improved S-Pen with latency reduced to 9ms, the smartphone is sure to impress fans of the Galaxy Note brand. A new addition is the ability to record audio notes, which those who use it for work will love.
When it comes to the camera, both handsets will house a single front-facing camera, and triple camera set-up on the back, including a 108MP ultra wide main camera. The main difference between the two models is the 50x zoom offered by the Note 20 Ultra.
While not as zippy as other fast-charging options out there, the smartphones will juice up to 50% in half an hour.
As we've been hearing, the partnership between Microsoft and Samsung is continuing with a special gaming bundle that includes a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial and controller - no doubt one of the newly-announced Designed for Xbox mobile gaming accessories. It's not just the Note 20 you can enjoy your Xbox games on - you can play on the Tab S7 range too!
The Galaxy Note 20 will be available in Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Grey from £849 (4G) and £949 (5G), while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G will be available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White and start from £1179.
Both devices will release on August 21, and pre-orders open up on August 6, with either the Games Pack or Galaxy Buds+ in White as your free gift.
Galaxy Tab S7
As rumoured, the Tab S7 is going to be available in two models - the Tab S7 and the Tab S7 Plus coming in at 11-inches and 12.4-inches respectively. The tablets will boast a 120Hz display and will be compatible with the new S-Pen, that's included with the device, which is a pretty big deal. The Tab S7 Plus will also be available in a 5G variant.
The tablets can run three apps at the same time in three different windows, while the keyboard brings a "Windows PC experience" to a tablet, with handy shortcuts. The tabs come pre-loaded with three apps - Clip Studio Paint, Canva and Noteshelf -for taking notes, design, and for drawing.
Both models are available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, with prices for the Tab S7 starting at £619 for the Wi-Fi variant, or £719 for the 4G model. The Tab S7 starts from £799 for the Wi-Fi variant, and £999 for 5G. Pre-orders come with either a Book Cover or Games Pack and the device launches on August 21.
Galaxy Buds Live
The Galaxy Buds Live are Samsung's first ANC earbuds, offering six hours of playtime and an extra 21 hours from the charging case. They feature customisable controls so booting up your Spotify playlist is a click away, according to Samsung.
Housing a 12mm speaker and bass duct (bass boost), the sound quality is being lauded by Samsung as hugely improved over its previous offerings. For voice calls, it has three mics and a pick up unit to minimise ambient noise (by 97% apparently) and make the user's voice able to be heard more clearly.
One of the snazzier features is Buds Together, that lets you connect two pairs of Buds to one device, so you can watch or listen to content with friends, without having to split a single pair between you.
Galaxy Buds Live are available to pre-order in Mystic White, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, from £179, and release on August 6. Samsung is throwing in a free wireless charging pad worth £50 for pre-orders placed before August 20.
Galaxy Watch 3
The Galaxy Watch 3's fitness tracking features are the main thing being touted for the device. The smartwatch has been cleared for ECG and blood pressure monitoring for the US and worldwide, and it's already gotten the okay for launch in Korea.
One of the new features that we wont have to wait on is blood oxygen level detection, which has been rumoured for the Apple Watch 6 but not confirmed. As well as helping you keep track of fitness goals, the Galaxy Watch 3's sleep tracking will reportedly dive deeper into monitoring REM sleep, thanks to its collaboration with the US National Sleep Institute.
Design-wise, the Galaxy Watch 3 sports a slimmer rotating bezel, combined with "premium materials" to capture the look of a "luxury timepiece".
The 41mm model will be available in Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Silver, starting from £399. The 45mm model will come in Mystic Black, and Mystic Silver, staring from £419. Pre-orders will include a wireless Charger Duo Pad worth £89.99, and the device launches on August 6.
Galaxy Z Fold 2
The follow-up to the Galaxy Fold has had a redesign to nip any potential issues in the bud and take on board user feedback. The outer screen has been increased to 6.2-inches, while the inner screen is now a generous 7.6-inches, making it larger than original.
It boasts the "most advanced flexible display ever" with its ultra thin UTG glass that was previously utilised in the Galaxy Z Flip. A new feature is the smartphone's ability to remain open at multiple angles, like the Z Flip, thanks to the new hinge mechanism.
On that front, Samsung has explained that the hinge requires a gap, but has taken precautions to keep it clear of debris with a new sweeper mechanism that its inspiration from a vacuum cleaner brand.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 pre-orders open this September when the company will furnish us with more details.
How to buy EVERYTHING from Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020
- Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra 5G at EE and get 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with a free Xbox controller and wireless charging stand OR Samsung Galaxy Buds+ with the Galaxy Note20 or Galaxy Buds Live with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Pre-order at O2 and get the same deal
- Pre-order at Carphone Warehouse and get the same deals
- Pre-order Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range at Sky Mobile and get the same deals
- Pre-order on GiffGaff and get the same deals
- Pre-order Galaxy Note 20 range at Samsung and get the same deals
- Pre-order Galaxy Tab S7 or S7+ at Samsung and get a free Claim a Book Cover or a Games Pack
- Pre-order Galaxy Watch 3 at Samsung and get a Wireless Charger Duo Pad worth £89.99