Samsung unveils Galaxy Note20, Watch3, Z Fold2, Buds Live

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Samsung's Unpacked event has seen the launch of a number of new devices, including the Galaxy Fold 2, the Galaxy Note 20 Series, Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Watch 3.

Samsung's Galaxy Buds, Note 20, and Tab S7
Samsung's Galaxy Buds, Note 20, and Tab S7


Launched on Wednesday during its regular Samsung Unpacked event, the South Korean electronics giant took the opportunity to launch multiple mobile devices and related products at the same time.

Galaxy Note 20 family

The main attraction for the launch was the Galaxy Note 20 Series, consisting of the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. The phablet family continues to offer a large screen and a built-in stylus, with the Note 20 having a 6.7-inch 2,400 by 1,080 display while the Note 20 Ultra sports a curved 6.9-inch version, complete with a higher 3,200 by 1,440 resolution.

The Ultra will also have a higher maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, whereas the Note 20 can go up to 60Hz. These devices will also support 5G on the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands, and include WiFi-6 support.

Samsung's Galaxy Note20
Samsung's Galaxy Note20


The accompanying S-Pen stylus gains a new mode for 2020, with the "pointer" mode enabling users to make simple gestures and control an on-screen cursor rather than to write or draw. Five new Anywhere actions enable more options for touchless navigation.

Powering the two is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 System-on-Chip, with integration with Qualcomm's X55 5G modem. Samsung claims the SoC will allow for a more powerful entertainment experience that will provide console quality gaming in your pocket.

The cameras on the back of the Note 20 Ultra include a return of Samsung's periscope zoom lens, which will provide up to a 50x zoom. In terms of sensors, it will have a 108-megapixel main sensor similar to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, along with a 13-megapixel sensor for the zoom lens, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

The Note 20 has a 64-megapixel zoom lens with up to 30x magnification, with 12-megapixel main ultra-wide cameras.

The new devices will have Ultra-Wideband chipsets capable of hyper-local device finding. UWB will be used for sharing between devices by pointing the phone at the recipient, and Samsung says in the future it will be used to find objects in AR and unlock the home.

The Galaxy Note 20 will be available in select markets starting on August 21, 2020, although Samsung is offering pre-order deals for shoppers who want to secure their spot in line today.

The Note 20 retails for $999 and is available with 128GB only. It has three color options: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Gray.

The Note 20 Ultra retails for $1,299 for 128GB of storage, and comes in three colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. The 512GB model retails for $1,449 and comes in only Mystic Black.

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung's second attempt at a folding phablet after the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 follows the same core design as the original, in having a large flexible display that can be folded in half vertically.

This time, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a larger 6.23-inch display on the front of the device, while the internal screen has grown to a 7.7-inch version, versus the original's 7.3 inches.

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2


Powered by the Snapdragon 865, it packs a trio of cameras on the back consisting of two 12-megapixel sensors and one 64-megapixel version for the zoom lens.

The battery is significantly large for this model, consisting of a 4,356mAh unit. More importantly, its 15W wireless charging will help to speed up its recharging without needing to be directly plugged in to an outlet via a cable.

Those who buy the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be able to customize the color of the device's hinge, with the ability to select between red, blue, silver, or gold.

No availability date has been announced. Pricing is similarly not available yet.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus

A pair of tablets in the Galaxy Tab line, the S7 and S7 Plus measure 11 inches and 12.4 inches respectively, with the smaller screen using LCD at a resolution of 2,560x1,600 while the larger model is equipped with a 2,800x1,752 OLED panel. Each use a 120Hz display, enabling for a relatively low latency for the accompanying S Pen.

Using a Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, the devices are equipped with 6GB or 8GB of memory, with options for 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The different sizes of tablets also equates to different battery capacities, with the bigger model having a 10,090mAh battery versus 7,040mAh in the 11-inch model.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7


For biometric security, the pair have fingerprint sensors that are built into the display. They have 13MP wide and 5MP ultra-wide cameras on the rear, and a center-mounted 8MP front-facing camera.

The Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Black. The 5G variants are only available in Mystic Black.

The Galaxy Note20 series and Tab S7 series will be available in select markets starting on August 21, 2020.

Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation. Capacitive touches enable users to control the earbuds by gestures, including taps to play and pause music, touching and holding to turn ANC on and off, and swipes to switch tracks and adjust volume.

Supplied with a carry case that recharges the personal audio accessories, the buds offer over four hours of play time per charge. The battery case, which can be recharged using Qi wireless charging and USB-C, offers a fast-charging facility where it provides over half an hour of usage when the buds are charged for three minutes.

Using 12-millimeter drives and a combination of two external and one internal microphone per earbud, the Galaxy Buds Live will offer an always-on microphone system that will be usable with digital assistants.

Galaxy Buds Live are available in select countries starting on August 6.

Galaxy Watch 3

Consisting of a round-faced smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3 is offered in a pair of sizes, consisting of a larger 45mm model alongside a smaller 41mm version, though both will offer a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels. There is one other difference between the two, where the 45mm has a 340mAh battery versus the 41mm has a 247mAh power source.

Powered by Samsung's Exynos chip, the wearable devices will receive an updated interface using a new version of Samsung's Tizen operating system, complete with new watch faces that allow for complications around the edge of the display, such as step counts.

Samsung Galaxy Watch3
Samsung Galaxy Watch3


Fitness tracking continues to be a major element of the Galaxy Watch line, with it including heart rate and blood pressure monitors, as well as an ECG sensor.

This year, there's new gesture controls that the Galaxy Watch 3 responds to, where the user moves the wrist or performs an action, without touching the watch face. Clenching and unclenching the fist can dismiss alarms and calls, and to take photographs or start video using the Camera Controller app.

The Galaxy Watch 3 is available in select countries starting on August 6. Prices start at $399.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    KITAKITA Posts: 368member


    Samsungs Galaxy Z Fold2
    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2

    It's not for me, but this year's model actually looks like a real product compared to last year's "protoype" model.



    CloudTalkinmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 2 of 21
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,718member
    KITA said:


    Samsungs Galaxy Z Fold2
    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2

    It's not for me, but this year's model actually looks like a real product compared to last year's "protoype" model.



    Agreed, but I don't think there's any way in **** the screen looks that perfect and flat at the fold.
    ronntmayjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 21
    KITAKITA Posts: 368member
    DAalseth said:
    KITA said:


    Samsungs Galaxy Z Fold2
    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2

    It's not for me, but this year's model actually looks like a real product compared to last year's "protoype" model.



    Agreed, but I don't think there's any way in **** the screen looks that perfect and flat at the fold.
    Definitely not. Those images were based on mock-ups someone used to place them side by side.

    The new one uses glass, not the plastic used in the display on last year's model. So while it might be better, it still has a visual fold between the two sides that will be apparent depending on how the light hits it and the content on the display.
    Beats
  • Reply 4 of 21
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    williamlondonflyingdpBeatsavon b7muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 5 of 21
    I think we are still a few years away from this being practical, but new Fold does seem like an actual product this year.  I am hoping that down the line, Apple will have a device that works as my iPhone, iPad, and Mac all in one.  With the move to arm chips for Mac, I could see a device that could work as iOS when mobile, but when docked worked as Mac os(assuming they aren't eventually merged as iOS apps are introduced to Mac os).  Most of the software I use at work is either hosted on a local server or cloud based, with more transitioning to cloud based, so my workflow doesn't require a "Pro" Mac model, just enough power to run Office, some hosted apps and multitask.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 21
    KITA said:
    DAalseth said:
    KITA said:

    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2

    It's not for me, but this year's model actually looks like a real product compared to last year's "protoype" model.

    Agreed, but I don't think there's any way in **** the screen looks that perfect and flat at the fold.
    Definitely not. Those images were based on mock-ups someone used to place them side by side.

    The new one uses glass, not the plastic used in the display on last year's model. So while it might be better, it still has a visual fold between the two sides that will be apparent depending on how the light hits it and the content on the display.
    I will get next year's version. This year's version will not support the S-Pen because the under-screen stylus sensors were only able to meet the 100,000 bend threshold (Samsung requires 200,000) before cracking. The next version will have that fixed, support the S-Pen and be a legit productivity device. I was going to get the Note Ultra when I heard that the Fold 2 doesn't support the S-Pen but I will wait until next year to get the device that I really want. My current S8+ is finally starting to slow down, and if it gets any worse I will just get a cheap Samsung or Motorola 5G device for about $200 to tide me over till then.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 21
    tmaytmay Posts: 5,426member
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    BeatsRayz2016Gabybestkeptsecretwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 21
    qwerty52qwerty52 Posts: 311member
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    Nice AirPods knockoffs, iPhone knockoff and another product crapped out because they saw an Apple patent. (Galaxy Gear turd, Galaxy Edge turd and now the foldable turd) I'm starting to think their first wireless buds were crapped out for the same reason too. Unfortunately I do not have enough knowledge on AirPods patents and leaks.

    They KNOW their moronic fanbase will believe "fold" was some Samsung invention. Jony Ive said it best and was 100% correct(hmmm I wonder WHY?) when he said "that's not gonna work". Hahaha.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    qwerty52 said:
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG


    After Apple acquired Beats, Sammy suddenly cared about audio and in a copycat-reflex-move acquired AKG. So basically AKG is Samsung as Beats is Apple.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    I think we are still a few years away from this being practical, but new Fold does seem like an actual product this year.  I am hoping that down the line, Apple will have a device that works as my iPhone, iPad, and Mac all in one.  With the move to arm chips for Mac, I could see a device that could work as iOS when mobile, but when docked worked as Mac os(assuming they aren't eventually merged as iOS apps are introduced to Mac os).  Most of the software I use at work is either hosted on a local server or cloud based, with more transitioning to cloud based, so my workflow doesn't require a "Pro" Mac model, just enough power to run Office, some hosted apps and multitask.  

    When Apple patented a foldable product they had a VISION. I'm thinking it won't even be an iPhone but a new revolutionary product. IF, Apple gets it right and WHEN it's ready it will be amazing. They won't release an unfinished product.


    KITA said:
    DAalseth said:
    KITA said:

    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2

    It's not for me, but this year's model actually looks like a real product compared to last year's "protoype" model.

    Agreed, but I don't think there's any way in **** the screen looks that perfect and flat at the fold.
    Definitely not. Those images were based on mock-ups someone used to place them side by side.

    The new one uses glass, not the plastic used in the display on last year's model. So while it might be better, it still has a visual fold between the two sides that will be apparent depending on how the light hits it and the content on the display.
    I will get next year's version. This year's version will not support the S-Pen because the under-screen stylus sensors were only able to meet the 100,000 bend threshold (Samsung requires 200,000) before cracking. The next version will have that fixed, support the S-Pen and be a legit productivity device. I was going to get the Note Ultra when I heard that the Fold 2 doesn't support the S-Pen but I will wait until next year to get the device that I really want.


    In other words they crapped out a product. Typical Samsung.

    "But they're innovative because they tried"
    -iKnockoff fanboys
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 21
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 307member
    I think we are still a few years away from this being practical, but new Fold does seem like an actual product this year.  I am hoping that down the line, Apple will have a device that works as my iPhone, iPad, and Mac all in one.  With the move to arm chips for Mac, I could see a device that could work as iOS when mobile, but when docked worked as Mac os(assuming they aren't eventually merged as iOS apps are introduced to Mac os).  Most of the software I use at work is either hosted on a local server or cloud based, with more transitioning to cloud based, so my workflow doesn't require a "Pro" Mac model, just enough power to run Office, some hosted apps and multitask.  
    Did you not notice that Apple forked iOS and we now have iPadOS as well?  Just last year?  And now you thing they're going to merge MacOS and iOS?  Not bloody likely.
    edited August 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 21
    KITAKITA Posts: 368member
    Beats said:
    qwerty52 said:
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG


    After Apple acquired Beats, Sammy suddenly cared about audio and in a copycat-reflex-move acquired AKG. So basically AKG is Samsung as Beats is Apple.
    Samsung acquired HARMAN primarily for their technologies in the automotive industry, which made up the majority of their revenue. AKG was just one of the brands under them.
    BeatsCloudTalkin
  • Reply 14 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    KITA said:
    Beats said:
    qwerty52 said:
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG


    After Apple acquired Beats, Sammy suddenly cared about audio and in a copycat-reflex-move acquired AKG. So basically AKG is Samsung as Beats is Apple.
    Samsung acquired HARMAN primarily for their technologies in the automotive industry, which made up the majority of their revenue. AKG was just one of the brands under them.

    Right Samsung isn't using AKG at all....
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 21
    KITAKITA Posts: 368member
    Beats said:
    KITA said:
    Beats said:
    qwerty52 said:
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG


    After Apple acquired Beats, Sammy suddenly cared about audio and in a copycat-reflex-move acquired AKG. So basically AKG is Samsung as Beats is Apple.
    Samsung acquired HARMAN primarily for their technologies in the automotive industry, which made up the majority of their revenue. AKG was just one of the brands under them.

    Right Samsung isn't using AKG at all....
    Why would you think that? It clearly says "sound by AKG" right on the product.

    To assert that Samsung's purchase of HARMAN was to acquire AKG in a "copycat-reflex-move" against Apple, well that's just untrue.
    avon b7CloudTalkinmuthuk_vanalingamBeats
  • Reply 16 of 21
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member

    I have written this in the past. 

    Next time, consider leaving it there. 

    BeatshammeroftruthDogpersonbestkeptsecretjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    KITA said:
    Beats said:
    KITA said:
    Beats said:
    qwerty52 said:
    tmay said:
    "Samsung's latest attempt to take on Apple's AirPods Pro, the Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earphones, that this time includes active noise cancellation."

    I have written this in the past. 

    1) Samsung was the first to come out with an AirPods type product, preceding the AirPods to market by 6 months.
    2) Samsung's AirPods type product have features that AirPods lack.
    3) Samsung's AirPods type products do not emulate the AirPods in any way but instead have their own design language.

    Seriously, Samsung has been making audio products - from analog headphones to home theater systems that cost nearly $2000 - for decades. They shouldn't be considered a copycat in this area at all.
    I suspect that they are referring to marketshare where AirPods dominate in the >$100 market worldwide.

    https://wccftech.com/apple-to-sell-more-than-100-million-airpods-in-2020-counterpoint-research/

    You sure get bent easy.

    Might be bad for your heart, a cost of defending your realm, I suppose.


    I don’t know how seriously is Samsung about audio products, but the buds pictured here are AKG


    After Apple acquired Beats, Sammy suddenly cared about audio and in a copycat-reflex-move acquired AKG. So basically AKG is Samsung as Beats is Apple.
    Samsung acquired HARMAN primarily for their technologies in the automotive industry, which made up the majority of their revenue. AKG was just one of the brands under them.

    Right Samsung isn't using AKG at all....
    Why would you think that? It clearly says "sound by AKG" right on the product.

    To assert that Samsung's purchase of HARMAN was to acquire AKG in a "copycat-reflex-move" against Apple, well that's just untrue.

    You just proved my point by baiting into my sarcasm.

    "Why would you think that? It clearly says "sound by AKG" right on the product."

    Thank you.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 21
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 946member
    I don’t much care for Samsung, but the cameras sound nice. Hopefully we get something like that next round. 
  • Reply 19 of 21
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    Oh goodness I watched part of the event and it looked like those long educational videos they forced you to watch in school.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 21
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,833member
    I have to admit... that Watch 3 is slick.

    Tech has evolved to the point of bringing back some traditional design elements and merging them with tech so invisibly, it's impressive.
    KITAavon b7
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