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Samsung conducted its second Unpacked event online on Wednesday, where the company announced five brand new products: the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, a Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus, a Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Buds Live. After the event, I understood that, for my personal taste, I don’t like the digital format of all these events and I hope 2021 will not be the next stop in the wheel of life. Also, Samsung had a lot more secret advantages to wonder their fans and consumers. The physical look of the new devices that had been leaked recently was only a minor part of what Samsung demonstrated during the showcase.

We’ve prepared a brief review of the new gadgets and their top features. Let’s go.

The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Samsung has officially announced their Galaxy Note lineup, and to tell you the truth, it is so strange to say the word “officially”. There’ll be two models this year: the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. The first one comes with rather weaker specs, which is logical, and the second model has got an unbelievably huge screen – 6.9-inch. Samsung feels the sensation of nostalgia because they both include an S Pen stylus. 

The Galaxy Note 20 has got curiously common specs. A 6.7-inch display has got the usual 60Hz refresh rate. Plus, there’s no microSD expansion slot so you should settle for what is available – 128GB storage. This move is awkward as hell, because when we compare the cheapest model from the S lineup: the Galaxy S20, we can see that you can adjust a refresh rate and boost the internal storage. 

The camera won’t have any expressive upgrades, we’ve seen it before in the same S20. It has a main 12-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and then 64 megapixels for the telephoto and 30x zoom without a Space Zoom.

Performance features are still cutting-edge. The Note 20 is powered with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and the battery storage is 4,300mAh. 

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a huge contrast to its little bro. It’s the top premium phone form Samsung – plus even more luxury words. It’s got the highest specs and the best stuff inside that the company can afford according 2020 trends. It’s got a very, very, very big 6.9-inch 1440p OLED screen, and you can change the refresh rate in the settings up to 120Hz. The hardware is the same as the Note 20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and has 12GB of RAM, but unlike the weaker model, you can use a microSD card to expand the storage. Behind the phone, there is a large camera bump with three cameras. And the 108-megapixel sensor is also there.

The telephone has got a feature I like a lot: the dynamically adjusting refresh rate to save battery life. Also, the company has added Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio, well, because the iPhone 11 Pro has it, and also this seems to be becoming a new premium feature for coming flagship phones. This feature will help you to unlock the car or to send files via two phones by pointing them at each other. 

The Galaxy Note 20 costs $999.99 for the model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, whilst the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs $1,299.99 for the 128GB storage and 12GB RAM model, or $1,449.99 to bump that storage up to 512GB. Preorders for both begin at 12:01AM ET on August 6. 

Galaxy Tab 7 and 7 Plus

Tablets are less popular than smartphones, and people don’t wait for them with trembling in their voices, but Samsung and Apple have achieved such pleasing results. Yeah, it is not an easy task to boost its sale rates, but it’s more simple than suddenly stopping producing them. The Galaxy Tab 7 and 7 Plus are high-end Android tablets and will be available in silver, black, or bronze this fall for $649.99 and $849.99. Both come with Samsung’s S Pen stylus in the box, and they both can transform into a regular laptop if you purchase the additional keyboard case for $199.99 for the S7 or $229.99 for the S7 Plus.

The difference that will catch your eyes first will be a noticeable contrast in sizes:  the S7 has an 11-inch display, while the S7 Plus has a 12.4-inch model. I was pretty upset that the Tab 7 has got an LCD screen, while the more expensive version has got an OLED display (why have you done that, Brut?). 

The Galaxy Tab 7 and 7 Plus have both got very attractive features. Both tablets have got a 120Hz refresh rate, so you’ll feel an amazing sense of satisfaction after the first touch. The 7 Plus has got an in-screen fingerprint scanner whilst the cheaper model has got an in-button built scanner.

Both models have got Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, come with 6 or 8GB of RAM, and have up to 256GB of internal storage. There’s also a microSD expansion support and both models have sub-6 5G connectivity.

Galaxy Buds Live 

Well, I don’t see the point to expand the production of wireless headphones and release two models in 2020: Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Live. I’ll concentrate on the fresher model, which are the Galaxy Buds Live. They’ll be a little bit higher in price, with a tag of $169.99, but with a lot more software specs and active noise cancellation. They’ll be available starting August 6, in black, bronze, and white.

I like their funny, bean-shaped design, but I definitely don’t appreciate the lack of in-ear tips. The battery life will correlate between six or eight hours depending if the ANC is enabled or not The charging case will give 21-29 additional hours. The IP rate is also not an impressive one: IPX2 stands for “I don’t like water AT ALL”, so if you want to use your new Galaxy Buds Live under the rain for the first time – God nless you and your choice. 

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the third attempt from Samsung to prove to society that the folding phone is a nice idea and we shouldn’t underestimate it. It’s got a better camera, better display, and a well-thought through look. 

The Z Fold 2, luckily, hasn’t got a tiny display which is weird to use. Instead, it has a 6.2-inch screen, and when the phone is unfolded it’s 7.6 inches. The screen also has a higher refresh rate at 120Hz and the performance is better too, with a Snapdragon 965 Plus processor. Samsung has chosen the route with flexible glass instead of fragile plastic. You can also make it half open and use it in a normal way – this feature was borrowed from the earlier announced Galaxy Z Flip

Well, it’ll better to write a review of this phone when the first messages about the broken screen will appear. Samsung is famous for a total failure of durability when the original Fold met its users with an unpleasant fragility of the plastic display. 

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available in both “mystic black” and “mystic bronze” colors. There’s no release date right now, but according to The Verge, “the company is promising more information on the Z Fold 2 in a second event on September 1, when preorders will also begin.”

Galaxy Watch 3

Galaxy Watch 3 is the last brand gadget from the recent Unpacked event. Samsung continues to produce smartwatches and fills up the existing collection where the company has got the Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active 2. Galaxy Watch 3 will be available on August 6 for $399.99.

The Galaxy Watch 3 is thinner and lighter, has acquired a more classical look, has two buttons on the right side, and has got the rotating circle around the screen. Samsung says that, due to the lighter weight and thinner size, it’s more comfortable to wear and so it’ll not rub smaller wrists.

There are two options to choose between: 41mm and 45mm. Both variants have Bluetooth or LTE variations. The Verge notices that the 41mm version will be available in bronze or silver and the 45mm watch will be in silver or black. You can be confident about your glass protection since both models have Gorilla Glass OLED displays.

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