In August, the South Korean smartphone brand Samsung announced that its Galaxy Note 20 series of smartphones had reached US retail stores. In a press release on Samsung’s website, the company hailed the series as “a productivity powerhouse that works like a computer”.
However, now that journalists and customers have had the time to have a good look at the Note 20 models, the question remains: do they live up to the marketing hype? Thankfully, the answer so far looks like a reassuring “yes” – for reasons including the following…
An improved S Pen
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the S Pen – Samsung’s stylus-like accessory – has long been one of the major selling points of the Galaxy Note line. Samsung claims that the new and improved S Pen packaged with the Note 20 models “offers more lifelike precision” compared to the Note 10’s S Pen.
As a result, “you can capture ideas whenever inspiration strikes”, Samsung claims – and T3 attests that the S Pen now “supports more remote shortcuts and gestures than ever before”.
Improvements to the Samsung Notes software
Samsung reports that this note-taking app on the Galaxy Note 20 handsets “offers auto-saving and syncing capabilities that let you capture, edit and share your ideas across your phone, tablet or Windows PC”. These all help to make for “the most advanced Samsung Notes experience yet”.
The app works especially well with the S Pen – as, even if the handwriting you create with this accessory is somewhat messy, your scribbles will automatically be straightened and made legible on the screen.
Easier synchronization between the phone and Windows 10
Given the ubiquity of both Samsung handsets and Windows 10 PCs, there’s a good chance that, if you indeed invest in one of the Galaxy Note 20 models, you will find yourself somewhat caught between the different ecosystems of Samsung and Microsoft.
However, using Microsoft’s Your Phone app and the Note 20’s Link to Windows feature, you can more easily paper over the cracks – and access a range of mobile apps, including messaging, calling and photography apps, through your Windows 10 PC.
An especially high-end “Ultra” model
The Note 20 is available in two models: the standard, 6.7-inch Note 20 and the more advanced, 6.9-inch Note 20 Ultra. In either case, though, you would get support for 5G cellular connectivity. Even if your workforce doesn’t need that just yet, you could opt for an enterprise-grade Internet package like Gamma Mobile to ensure your on-the-go workers always have high-speed online connectivity at their fingertips.
A super-impressive camera
There’s no doubt about it: the Ultra has been created for people who want the best and are willing to pay for it. That will explain why Samsung has packed a stunning triple-lens rear camera –including a 108-megapixel wide lens, 12-megapixel periscope telephoto lens and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens – in the Ultra.
The brilliantly bright and sharp photos created by this camera make the Ultra a no-brainer for many creative professionals working in the photography space.