Samsung reveals new Galaxy products
A global pandemic doesn't seem to be slowing Samsung down. The Korean company has weathered 2020 very well, with the exceptionally timed launch of their flagship phone at the start of the year.
Now with some consumer confidence in the market, they're at it again, with a whole range of new products announced during a livestream from their headquarters.
Galaxy Note 20
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the standout product. With a strong loyal following, it's one of the most advanced smartphones on the market.
With its signature "S Pen" stylus, users can draw, take notes and use gestures to control the device. For 2020 the Note 20 has had a huge improvement in latency – the time it takes for your tap on the screen to appear as a pen stroke.
On the standard Note 20 there's a 40 per cent improvement in latency; on the Note 20 Ultra it's 80 per cent better. That gives the Note 20 a much more "pen on paper"-like feeling in use.
The Note 20 features a 6.7 inch screen, while the larger Note 20 Ultra packs a 6.9 inch screen. Both can now be mirrored wirelessly to a TV with ease, and new features in the integration with Windows computers will allow the dragging and dropping of multiple files, and the use of six apps at a time in desktop mode.
For those taking a break from work, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is capable of running Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass – meaning over 100 Xbox games can be run on the mobile device – without even needing to own an Xbox.
Cameras again get an upgrade, and Video on the Note 20 is key – featuring the ability to record video in 8K resolution at 24fps in a 21:9 ratio, as well as packing pro video modes for those wanting to get even deeper into the settings.
Note 20 features a 4300mAh battery (23 per cent bigger year-on-year) and starts at $1499, the Note 20 Ultra features a 4500mAh battery and starts at $1849.
"Mystic Bronze" is the hero colour you'll see in all the ads, the Ultra is also available in a Black or White colour, while the Standard Note 20 comes in Bronze, Grey and Green in a less mirrored more "matt" or "hazed" finish.
Galaxy Tab S7
In addition to the Note 20, Samsung announced a new pro version of their tablet product, the Tab S7.
This will be the first 5G tablet in Australia. It features a squared edge design, not dissimilar to Apple's iPad Pro, and like Apple, and comes in two sizes: 11 inch and 12.4 inch.
Prices start at $1149 and go up to $2049.
Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung's smartwatch gets an upgrade too. The device is smaller, 14 per cent thinner, 15 per cent lighter, and 8 per cent smaller overall, but the screen itself is bigger.
In two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, you can control your camera, music and even powerpoint as well as having full app integration.
But it's health that's the real smartwatch battleground. The new Galaxy Watch 3 will measure Blood Oxygen Levels, Vo2 Max, Sleep Score, has a fall protection alert and is capable of measuring Blood Pressure and running an ECG – those both are still awaiting approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Galaxy Watch 3 starts at $649.
Galaxy Buds Live
For the walkers, the music lovers or the hands-free callers, Samsung also announced the Galaxy Buds Live.
These tiny earbuds, shaped like kidney beans, don't go into your ear canal – they sit in your ear and snugly along the edge of your ear canal.
With a six-hour battery life, up to 24 hours when recharged in the case, they feature active noise cancelling and come in three colours priced at $319.
Pre-orders for the Note 20 will likely receive a set of Galaxy Buds+ as a bonus offer, while pre-orders for the Note 20 Ultra will get a set of these new Galaxy Buds Live.