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Recap: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020

If you've missed out on Samsung's major event, here are the top 5 things you'll need to know to get yourself updated.

Samsung's yearly event reveals much of Samsung's future plans on technology, as well as product reveals that are sometimes busts, but most of the time industry-shattering technology available in the public. That doesn't change in 2020, as we take a look at the top 5 reveals during the session.

Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Samsung's flagship Note series was the highlight of the day, with the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra being officially revealed to be coming to a Samsung store near you. Retailing at US$999 (~RM4,183) and US$1,299 (~RM5,440) respectively, both phones feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, but the Ultra inches ahead of its brother with a 120Hz refresh rate 6.9" Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (the Note 20 Ultra has only 60Hz at 2400x1080). The cameras on the Note 20 Ultra are also superior, so if you have the depth in your wallet, you will definitely want to go bigger.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus will be the first tablets to support 5G in America. Coming with a 11" LCD and 12.4" AMOLED display respectively, you will be able to replace your dusty old desktop with the Tab S7, which also runs on the Snapdragon 865+. The tablets will also feature Android 10, coming with an upgraded S Pen which has enhanced functionalities and even lower latency!

Galaxy Watch 3

The age of smart watches has been around for some time, but Samsung has been lagging slightly behind their competitors. That changes during the Unpacked 2020 event as they unveil their first watch in a couple of years - the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. The return of the rotating bezel also comes with new features such as sleep tracking, electrocardiogram, trip detection, and blood oxygen monitoring, most of which the Apple Watch 4 and other smart bands already have, but it's great to see Samsung catching up in this regard. Buying the Watch 3 will set you back US$400 (~RM1,675) for the 41mm option, and US$430 (~RM1,800) for the 45mm option.

Galaxy Buds Live

The jellybean design has been leaked multiple times leading up to the event, but Samsung has finally made it official. New features such as active noise cancellation is a welcome need (it can selectively filter out background noises so alarms, car honks, and other important noises will still be heard!) but there is plenty of skepticism on how well the earbuds will work due to the lack of a complete seal in ear. With a battery life of up to 25 hours, it is a worthy competitor to the Apple Airpod 2 - if it works as advertised.

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Another widely-leaked device enters the spotlight, as Samsung tries to rejuvenate the failed project that was the flagship Z Fold. With a much bigger screen (7.6" as compared to 6.2") and a larger capacity battery, nothing else was revealed during the session, as Samsung is planning to make a big bang during the Z Fold 2's own reveal event planned for 1 September.

Other new features such as Notes and Reminders syncing to Microsoft, UWB and collaboration with Xbox Game Pass was also detailed during the event, but you'll have to watch the whole event to find out more.


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