The biggest announcements from Samsung’s 2020 Unpacked event

The biggest announcements from Samsung’s 2020 Unpacked event

Samsung’s anticipated Unpacked 2020 event is all packed up. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are now real things, as are the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, the Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Buds Live (FKA “Beans”). Also, it announced the new Galaxy Z Fold 2. In case you missed out on the presentation or just want to see the main highlights of the show without having to watch through the show yourself, we’ve distilled them all into bite-size bits below.

The smaller Note 20 is on the left, Note 20 Ultra on the right. Becca Farsace / The Verge

Samsung launches the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, available August 21st

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are loaded with powerful specs, starting at $1,000 for the Note 20 and $1,300 for the Note 20 Ultra. Each have the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor with 5G support, as well as an IP68 rating for waterproofing and support for wireless charging, but they differ in a few major ways.

Samsung put a 64MP telephoto lens in the Note 20 (versus the Ultra’s 12MP telephoto lens), but the Ultra has a 108MP wide-angle lens (compared to the Note 20’s 12MP offering) along with 5x optical zoom. The pricier Note 20 Ultra has a 120Hz refresh rate OLED screen, along with more RAM and microSD support.

Surprise: Samsung announced the Z Fold 2

Of course, Samsung had to have something else up its sleeves. As a final announcement, it showed off the successor to the original Galaxy Fold foldable phone. When it’s closed, the outside display that’s visible is much bigger than before. It’s 6.2 inches, whereas the main screen that comes unfolded when you open the device stretches to 7.6 inches. Samsung said that it reinforced the overall structure of the phone to make it stronger and improved the hinge, so hopefully it’s more durable than the first-generation model. Samsung says we’ll get more info on September 1st regarding availability and pricing.

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The Galaxy Buds Live are discreet, wireless, noise-canceling earbuds

Another product that leaked extensively ahead of its official unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are the company’s latest wireless earbuds. They look like little jelly beans and they’re smaller in size compared to the Galaxy Buds Plus, but they pack in even more advanced tech, like active noise cancellation. We already think the Buds Plus are the best overall wireless earbuds, so these could improve on the formula even more. Samsung showed off how easily it is to connect to multiple devices, which is something that Apple’s AirPods are known for, so we’ll have to see how well that turns out in the finished product.

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 3, a thinner, more expensive smartwatch

The Galaxy Watch 3 is a thinner smartwatch than Samsung’s previous models, and it features a bigger 1.4-inch display. It’s also more expensive that the last iteration Galaxy Watch, bumping up the price by $70. It will be available in 41mm and 45mm sizes.

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

The Galaxy Tab S7 tablet features a 120Hz display and 5G support

Samsung announced two sizes of the Tab S7 tablet, consisting of an 11-inch and a 12.4-inch lineup. Both run Android 10 with OneUI software, feature the powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, and their displays have a fast 120Hz refresh rate, though only the larger of the two has an OLED screen. The smaller device has an LCD screen.

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