5G and foldables might have been Samsung’s key messages from yesterday’s Galaxy Unpacked event but it was the Note 20 duo in Samsung’s new Mystic Bronze that hogged the limelight. It was this brilliant shade where copper meets bronze in a refined matte finish that was the common thread across a bunch of devices that Samsung unleashed. The August 2020 reveal also included a duo of ultra-thin tabs, a bold new set of earbuds with a futuristic design, a smartwatch loaded with health features and a brilliant new foldable device, a segment where Samsung seems clearly ahead of the pack.
Take note: The first Note was unveiled in 2011. Back then many critics dubbed it as too large and unwieldy. Samsung had the last laugh. Large devices are a thing now and this year’s top-end Note 20 Ultra pushes the screen size to 6.9-inches. Not long ago, the Note series represented the pinnacle of Samsung’s hardware prowess. Now the suffix to look for is ‘Ultra’. The premium Note Ultra crosses the Rs 1 lakh threshold with a Rs 1,04,999 sticker price while the entry-level Note 20 will set you back by Rs 77,999.
Both devices are powered by the same ultra-fast (Exynos 990 Processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor depending on the market) and are kitted with the same 10MP selfie shooter and the trademark S-Pen that incorporates a whole new bunch of tricks including a new annotate PDF option. The similarities end there. The Note 20 Ultra boasts of a brilliant 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (3088 x 1440 pixels / 496 PPI) with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Ultra display comes with the more squarish form like the one we saw in last year’s top-end Note 10+ and is finished in premium glass with a matte finish that should repel fingerprints. The rear cams are quite different with the Ultra offering up to 50X space zoom on its triple rear cam driven by a 108MP sensor with a f/1.8 lens.
Work meets play: Samsung kept stressing on the Next normal, at a time when how we work and play has been altered. The new Tab S7 is part of Samsung’s solution for a time when WFH is the new norm and blend work and play seamlessly. This year, there are two premium tabs – the 11-inch Tab S7 and the 12.4-inch Tab S7+. The 12.4-inch tab is remarkably thin – just 6.3 mm and boasts of a gorgeous Super AMOLED display (2800×1752 pixels/WQXGA+) with a 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung’s partnership with Windows adds more productivity while the new improved book cover keyboard (sold separately) offers a more comfortable typing experience augmenting it’s productivity creds.
Immersive audio: Samsung has reimagined its Bluetooth earbuds – a category that has seen a lot of action in 2020, with a clever design idea. The new Galaxy Buds Live come with Active Noise cancellation and are tuned by AKG with a bigger 12mm speaker and a bass duct for a more immersive audio experience.
Wellness companion: The emphasis on immunity and wellness has acquired a new meaning in 2020. The new Galaxy Watch 3 comes with three key wellness features – an ECG monitoring option, the ability to measure Blood pressure and a vital VO2 max feature that follows your cardio progress to provide insight into oxygen consumption. Samsung sticks to its trademark circular dial that’s built with premium materials and a slimmed-down version of the popular rotating bezel. This one seeks design inspiration from the craftsmanship of a luxury timepiece.
The future is foldable: The Galaxy Z Fold2 is the follow up to Samsung’s first two foldable devices – the Fold and the Z Flip. It is a refined version of the first Fold with significant improvements. The device features two bezel-less Infinity-O displays – the covers screen is 6.2-icnhes while the massive main screen stretches to 7.6-inches once you unfold the device. The Fold will be available in September.