What’s new then? The Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 are boxier phones like the Note 10 from 2019, have matte glass backs (the bronze color is especially nice), and surprisingly, smaller battery capacities (4,500 mAh and 4,300 mAh, respectively) than the S20 range. They’re a little more powerful, though, because of a newer Snapdragon 865+ processor inside, but you likely won’t notice much of a difference. There’s a more robust Pro Video mode in the camera app that offers finer control when filming, even allowing you to choose which microphone on the phone you want to use for recording. One thing that’s a little strange is that only the Note 20 Ultra has a 120-Hz screen, a feature Samsung debuted on the S20 line. With the Note 20, you’re stuck with a traditional 60-Hz screen. The Ultra also has a curved screen, whereas the regular model has a flat panel.
The S Pen is what’s special about these phones, and Samsung says the precision and responsiveness of its bundled stylus has improved. The new pen-specific feature this year is called “Anywhere” actions: You can make five specific gestures with the S Pen to trigger customizable functions on the phone. For example, a swipe to the left in mid-air with the S Pen could launch an app.
Samsung also updated its Notes app, which now can auto-save notes and sync them across all of your devices. It can also convert your handwriting into text, and you can annotate and highlight PDFs in the app. Later this year, these notes will be able to sync to your Microsoft OneDrive and Outlook accounts. Speaking of Microsoft, the Note range now has tighter integration with Windows. With the Link to Windows app, you can create shortcuts on Windows to access your mobile apps quickly, and in the fall, you’ll be able to run multiple apps side by side on your PC. Microsoft’s Game Pass will also be available on Note 20 devices, so you can stream Xbox titles wherever you are on the phones (you’ll need a very good internet connection).
More surprisingly, Samsung announced it’s promising Android version upgrades on all its devices for three years, matching Google’s Pixel phones. That’s up from the two years of support Samsung usually provides. The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are available for preorder starting August 6, and they’ll officially be available on August 21.
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