The new mobiles will have access to more than 100 Xbox games from the cloud.
The Covid-19 pandemic has not prevented Samsung from celebrating the launch of its new flagship, the Galaxy Note20, although it has forced it to do so for the first time through a virtual event broadcast today live from Korea. The company introduced five new devices: the Galaxy Note20 smartphones, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablets, the Galaxy Watch3 watch, the Galaxy Buds Live wireless headphones, and a new folding mobile phone, the Galaxy Z Fold2.
The South Korean firm wants to significantly boost its technological ecosystem against Apple, which closed a great second quarter in 2020 with strong sales growth in all its product ranges, compared to Huawei (which according to Canalys surpassed Samsung as the largest mobile manufacturer the world in June) and also against Xiaomi, another Chinese company that does not stop growing.
And all, in a complex context due to the coronavirus, although as TM Roh, president and director of the Mobile Communications area of Samsung Electronics, indicated, “never before have we trusted as much in technology as we do today because it allows us to stay connected as we grapple with the extraordinary challenges we face. “
The star of the event was, without a doubt, the new Galaxy Note20, it’s mobile designed for professional use and recognized for its S Pen pencil, which increases its power to work and that in this new version allows you to do more tasks and have more excellent synchronization with any Windows PC. However, this time Samsung highlighted how the new Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra would also be great allies for entertainment. “With confinement, these devices will allow you not only to carry out your day-to-day work; they will also allow you to play,” said company executives.
Samsung has taken its alliance with Microsoft until now linked to productivity issues, entertainment, which has allowed them, they said, “to design the most powerful gaming experience on a smartphone to date.” Users of the new Galaxy Note20 and Tab S7 will be able to access more than 100 Xbox games from their devices directly from the cloud with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, including Minecraft Dungeons and Gears.
According to the South Korean giant, the gaming experience on its new phones is further enhanced with its AI amplifier, Bluetooth audio response optimization and 240 Hz touch latency on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Also thanks to its immersive large screen and the processor it carries, the fastest in a Galaxy to date. The Note20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic Amoled 2x curved screen and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which automatically adjusts to the content being viewed to improve battery life. This option, which is incorporated for the first time in this range, does not have the Note20, which has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus flat screen. The battery of the first is 4,370 mAh, with super-fast charge, which offers 50% in just 30 minutes, and 4.
Samsung clarified that all variants of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra are 5G. In the case of the Note20, there are 5G and LTE models. The two mobiles are available from today for reservations and will go on sale on August 21. Their prices will vary, depending on configurations, but the Note20 LTE with 256 gigs will go for 959 euros and, if it is 5G, it will go up to 1,059. In the case of the Note20 Ultra, the model with 256 gigs costs 1,309 euros and the top of the range, with 512 gigs, costs 1,409 euros.
The company highlighted that in the new Note20 they had improved the precision of the pencil (with faster response times so that the user feels more natural), their cameras (“they can make film-quality recordings”) and their design; now they come in mint and rosy bronze, among others, with a new texture effect that reduces fingerprints and smudges. And, for the first time, with the Samsung DeX, new phones can be connected wirelessly to a Smart TV when a larger screen is required. The two screens can be managed simultaneously with the Galaxy Note20.
The ability to stream video to a compatible TV while still using the phone for other tasks is similar to the AirPlay feature on Apple’s iPhone.
Samsung also explained that files can now be transferred wirelessly by pointing one of the phones at another device, similar to how Apple’s AirDrop and Huawei’s Shar OneHop work.
More Screen For Your Folding
Samsung, which continues to strengthen its alliances with third parties to strengthen its service offering (it has closed agreements with Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify), has also strengthened its range of devices. The firm introduced the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 + tablets, the latter with 5G, and both have a 120 Hz refresh rate to take full advantage of cloud gaming and high-definition streaming with 5G. Likewise, it launched its Galaxy Watch3, which offers blood pressure and electrocardiogram measurements (only in countries where it is authorized) and the Galaxy Buds Live headphones, with three microphones and a voice capture unit.
Another of the highlights was the new version of its folding mobile, the Galaxy Z Fold2, which has resolved one of the main criticisms that the terminal received in its previous version by putting a much larger external screen. The deck screen was 4.6 inches, making it difficult to operate as a one-handed smartphone, according to Ben Wood of consultancy CCS Insight. In the new model, this screen is 6.2 inches. The central screen of the device also expands its size, which goes from 7.3 to 7.6 inches.
The company, which expects the sale of its smartphones to increase in the coming months’ thanks to the launch of these new models, has not specified the specific launch date of the new folding terminal or its price, although it is assumed that it will be high, so it will remain a niche product. According to IDC, Samsung was the company that fell the most in mobile sales during the second quarter of the year, 28.9%. The South Korean firm should take advantage of the fact that Apple has announced a delay of several weeks in the launch of its next iPhones.
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