Samsung launched a series of Galaxy devices with the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, two tablets with the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, and wearables with a refreshed Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. Samsung also teased the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and promised more details in September.
At its Unpacked virtual event, Samsung outlined devices led by the Note 20 designed for “doers and achievers” with the aim of capturing as much of the 5G upgrade cycle as possible. The Galaxy S20 launch was largely focused on consumers, but the Note 20 and Tab 7 franchises are designed more for business and productivity as well as remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phones are the highlight announcements. Like last year, there’s a more affordable Galaxy Note 20 that starts at $999 USD and a higher-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with a slightly larger and sharper screen, a bigger battery and smoother performance that starts at $1,299.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has an ultra-wide lens for capturing more of a landscape in each shot, a high resolution 108-megapixel camera for increased detail and a zoom lens that provides up to 50x zoom. The Galaxy Note 20 has a 64-megapixel camera in place of the 108-megapixel on the Ultra and supports up to 30x zoom.
Samsung also announced a 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and an 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7. Both pack 5G connectivity, the Android operating system, sharp screens, and ship with an included stylus that sticks to the back to recharge. The 11-inch model will start at $649 USD, while the larger Tab S7 Plus will start at $849.
The new Galaxy Watch is similar to past models with a rotating bezel that you can use to select apps. Like the Apple Watch, it can detect when you’re working out and automatically log your exercise for you, in case you forget to start it on the device. It can detect blood pressure, too, but only in Samsung’s home country of South Korea since it hasn’t received FDA approval in the U.S.
Samsung announced new earbuds as well. The Galaxy Buds Live charge in their case, but look like little beans that fit right into your ears. They feature noise cancellation, and will cost $169 USD, which is a big discount from the $249 Apple charges for AirPods Pro.
Finally, Samsung teased the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to the original Galaxy Fold, which has screen issues just before launch and was delayed months before it finally came to market. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a large 6.2-inch screen on the front. When open, it has a large 7.6-inch foldable display that looks a bit more like a tablet. Samsung didn’t discuss pricing but said it will launch in September.