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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Release date, price, specs, screen size and leaks

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The Galaxy Note 20 will be one of the biggest phone launches to come in the back half of 2020. But while we’ve heard many things about the phone’s specs and features, an enigma we’ve yet to solve is if there is a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and if there is, what will it have that makes it unique?

Samsung debuted the ‘Ultra’ suffix with the Galaxy S20 Ultra earlier this year. It’s a big step up from the Galaxy S20 Plus below it, increasing the screen size and adding some much more sophisticated camera tech. However if there is indeed a Note 20 Ultra, it doesn’t look like there will be as big a gap between it and the Note 20 Plus. In fact, the Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 Plus could be the same phone by two different names. 

To try and disentangle the rumors, we’ve assembled all the evidence we’ve come across so far to see what we do and don’t know about the Note 20 Ultra.

Galaxy Note 20 UItra price and release date

Since Samsung usually reveals a new Galaxy Note phone every August, we’d expect the same thing to happen again this year, despite the logistical problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic. One leak puts the reveal date as August 5, at an online-only event that will promote the Galaxy Fold 2Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 as well.

While we don’t know any specifics for the Note 20 series’ pricing, we imagine an Ultra version would likely cost somewhere in the $1,200 – $1,400 range, but with the standard Note 20 costing around $1,000 as a slightly more affordable model.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 UITRA SPECS (PREDICTED)

Price: $1,200 – $1,400

Display: 6.87-inch AMOLED display (120Hz refresh rate)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

5G: Yes

RAM: 12GB

Storage: 256GB/512GB

Cameras: 108MP, 13MP, 12MP, laser autofocus

Battery: 4,500 – 5,000 mAh

Charging: 25W, 45W optional

Galaxy Note 20 UItra size and screen size

The Note 20 Ultra will likely be the largest Note 20 available, which would mean it could have a 6.9 inch display like the S20 Ultra, except with sharper corners to help differentiate it from Samsung’s other flagship line. The screen will likely have a 120Hz refresh rate like the Galaxy S20 series, and be capable of QHD resolution. 

More interestingly, the phone may introduce LTPO to the display. This allows for the phone to alter its refresh rate to any frequency between 1Hz and 120Hz, rather than the current system, which uses 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz presets. Changing the frequency on the fly would mean greater power efficiency, which should translate to longer battery life.

Galaxy Note 20 UItra colors

We have no specific information about the Note 20 Ultra’s colors. However previous leaks about the Note 20’s colors tell us that we could expect grey, copper, green or black. All of these options sound a lot less striking than the Aura Glow and other color options from last year, but hopefully they’ll also be less prone to fingerprint smudges ruining the look.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra cameras

The best information we have on the Note 20 Ultra’s cameras is based on what is rumored to be on the Note 20 Plus. Ice Universe on Weibo has revealed the cameras for what they claim will be the Plus model, which consists of a 108MP main camera (as seen on the Galaxy S20 Ultra), a 13MP telephoto camera with a periscope lens for optical zoom of unknown magnification, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a laser autofocus sensor to assist the other three.

Given that the 108MP camera is on the S20 Ultra, it would make sense if it also appeared on the Ultra version of the Note 20. However, if Ice Universe is correct in saying these specs relate to the Note 20 Plus, then perhaps we can expect some other upgrades to the Ultra, such as a larger telephoto sensor.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra processor

The Galaxy Note series uses the same chipset as the Galaxy S series phone that came before it as a rule, and the leaks appear to confirm this. All models of the Note 20 should use a Snapdragon 865 chip, which is not only the most powerful processor you can currently find in an Android, but also gives them 5G connectivity.

There are rumors that Qualcomm is working on a Snapdragon 865 Plus chip, which could offer a higher peak clock speed in the Note 20 Ultra to give it the range-topping power it deserves. And Samsung could decide to reserve this processor just for the Ultra.

There are some caveats to this. In international markets excluding the US, the Note 20 may use Samsung’s own Exynos 990 chipset, which should still offer plenty of power and the same 5G ability. 

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra battery and charging

We know that there will be 4,000 and 4,500 mAh batteries in the Note 20 and Note 20 Plus, according to recent leaks. If the Note 20 Ultra is a separate model, then it could have the same 5,000 mAh battery found in the S20 Ultra. Or the Note 20 Ultra may have a 4,500 mAh pack if the Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra are indeed the same phone.

As for charging, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll get at least 25W fast charging from the Note 20 Ultra. However, since Samsung does offer 45W on the S20 Ultra if you buy a compatible charging block, it would make sense for this to be the same with the Note 20 Ultra. If Samsung were feeling particularly generous, it might even include the 45W charger in the box by default.

Will there be a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer right now since there’s been a recent change in the consensus of industry analysts and leakers. In essence, there are two lines of thinking now that news is spreading of the existence of a Note 20 Ultra model – that the Ultra will replace the Note 20 Plus in a two-model series (the other being the basic Note 20), or that it will be a higher-specced version of the Note 20 Plus we’ve already seen, creating a three-tier series like we saw with the S20.

Ross Young, a display analyst, claimed in a tweet that there wouldn’t be a Note 20 Ultra, and that the Galaxy Fold 2 would act as the alternative for customers who really wanted to splurge on a new flagship phone.

However this claim has been challenged by more recent rumors. MySmartPrice has spotted a reference to the Note 20 Ultra within the filings with the Bluetooth SIG, the manufacturer group that makes sure devices comply with the universal Bluetooth standards. These filings contain a separate listing for the Note 20 Plus, which means we could end up seeing a Note 20 range with three models after all.

Adding weight to this is reliable leaker Ice Universe, who has been referring to the Note 20 Ultra in a recent post made on Chinese social network Weibo. However, this post only refers to two Note 20 models, rather than the three MySmartPrice’s findings point to.

Arguably Samsung offered an ‘Ultra’ version of the Galaxy Note 10 last year with the Note 10 Plus 5G. At this point we believe that a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is coming but our money is on just two models for Samsung’s Note 20 lineup and not three.

Source: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/samsung-galaxy-note-20-ultra-release-date-price-specs-screen-size-and-leaks

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LG Wing takes aim at Galaxy Z Fold 2 – shakes up the new status quo

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The LG Wing made its first appearance last week in a concept image, but has been officially announced since then, introducing a radical new form factor to the world of smartphones.

With a completely different approach to multitasking than the dual screens of the Surface Duo, and an innovative way to offer more screen real estate compared to the Galaxy Fold, the LG Wing is a statement smartphone optimised for the way people consume media today.

The device offers a 6.8-inch P-OLED display that swivels up, revealing a second, 3.9-inch screen. Swivel Mode, as it’s called, is designed to present a new way to “engage with certain apps and features,” which translates to scenarios like using the main screen for video content or navigation, and using the smaller screen for browsing comments, taking calls, or reading messages.

Swivel Mode also allows the second screen to act as a grip, and with Grip Lock turned on, it ignores accidental touches to the smaller screen, meaning that your activities on the main screen remain uninterrupted.

Inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 765G 5G processor for 5G connectivity, 8GB RAM, and options for either 128GB or 256GB storage.

On the camera-front, you’ll find a triple setup (64MP f/1.8 wide, 13MP f/1.9 ultra-wide, 12MP f/2.2) with a Gimbal Mode that content-makers will love. The selfie camera is a 32MP pop-up – leaving the display free of holes and notches – that can be used in tandem with one of the rear cameras for dual recording.

The LG Wing has taken a different design path to Samsung’s foldables to solve problems like the need for multitasking, and larger displays in a compact form factor, but with the Korean tech giant rumored to be making its foldable Z series its new flagship, LG may find it difficult to find an audience for its unique approach.

The phone is set for an initial launch in South Korea, followed by North America and Europe, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Source: https://www.t3.com/news/lg-wing-takes-aim-at-galaxy-z-fold-2-shakes-up-the-new-status-quo

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Honor MagicBook Pro (2020) 16-inch laptop review

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OUR VERDICT

The Honor MagicBook Pro is a great laptop that doubles as an exceptional mobile workstation thanks to an outstanding price-performance ratio. Shame about the placement of the webcam though.

FOR

  • Affordable
  • Excellent performance
  • Great build quality
  • Speakers firing up
  • Fingerprint sensor built into power button
  • Magiclink feature holds some interesting promises

AGAINST

  • The pop up webcam
  • No card reader
  • No numeric keypad
  • Smaller than expected battery
  • Memory is soldered

Honor has quietly found its place alongside its parent company, Huawei, as the up-and-coming challenger brand. Of the three laptops released by the brand at IFA 2020 in Berlin, the MagicBook Pro is the one which garners the most interest partly because of its very affordable price tag and its main target, the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro. Could this be the best-value and most balanced mobile workstation on the market yet?

Price

At the time of writing, the Honor Magic Book Pro is on sale direct from the manufacturer in the UK, France and Germany with other territories likely to follow. Only one model is available, one with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD and a price tag of £850, which includes a free Honor watch worth £120. That translates to a VAT-free price of about $940.

Laptop Shut

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Design

The design language of the MagicBook Pro shares common features with the Xiaomi Mi laptop brand, the Dell XPS 15 and, of course, the Apple MacBook Pro. Note the Space Gray colour scheme paired with an aluminum chassis rather than a magnesium alloy one (lighter but also displaying more flex) and a frosted matte finish.

Lid Closed

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With dimensions of 369 x 234 x 16.9mm and a weight of 1.7Kg, it doesn’t aspire to be the lightest or the thinnest although a screen-to-body ratio of 90% means that it is not much bigger than a 15.6-inch laptop when it comes to footprint.

Screen Side View

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A long hinge connects the display, a 16.1-inch full HD IPS one, to the base. One thing that is immediately noticeable is the lack of holes on the bezel which means that the camera sensor and the microphones are located elsewhere.

Pop-up Webcam

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The HD webcam – based on the Omnivision OV9734 – is a pop-up type that resides inside a key between F6 and F7 and don’t worry, it won’t damage your screen if you happen to close the display without remembering to push down the webcam.

There’s no numeric keypad and two speakers are hidden behind grills located on each side of the keyboard. A fingerprint reader (Goodix branded) is also located in the power button.

Keyboard and Trackpad

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The keyboard keys are almost apple-sque, almost nearly flush with the surface and backlit while the touchpad is generously proportioned but without any physical buttons. Shame about the stickers next to them though.

Ports Right Side

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An audio connector and two full size USB ports are located on one side and a type-C USB, a full size HDMI 2.0 and a full size USB on the other. The Type-C connector doubles up as a universal power port that is paired with the bundled Huawei-branded switching power adaptor. The latter delivers between 5V and 20V and between 2A and 3.25A, making it ideal for charging other devices as well.

Underside

(Image credit: Future)

The base of the laptop contains two parallel rubber strips that act as raisers to allow air to cool the components inside via a perforated grill. There’s no card reader or Thunderbolt 3 connector.

Fingerprint Reader

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Hardware

SPEC SHEET

Here are the full specs of the Honor MagicBook Pro configuration sent to TechRadar Pro for review:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H

Graphics: Radeon RX Vega 6

RAM: 16GB

Screen: 16.1-inch FHD resolution

Storage: 512GB WD SN730 PCIe NVMe SSD

Ports: 1 x USB 3.1, 3 x USB 3.2, 1 x USB-C, audio jack, 1 x HDMI

Connectivity: Realtek 8822CE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0

Weight: 1.7kg

Size: 369 x 234 x 16.9mm  (H x W x D)

Battery: 56Whr

The highlight of the MagicBook Pro is the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H that powers it. It is a six-core processor with a base CPU speed of 3GHz, 11MB cache, 12 threads, six graphics cores running at 1.5GHz. Now there’s a good reason why a hexa-core model was chosen and that has to do with the fact that the base MacBook Pro model has a 6-core CPU, the Intel Core i7-9750HF, a CPU launched last year with a comparable 45W TDP.

The 4600H is therefore faster, much faster than its Intel rival. The difference is even more marked once you include the integrated GPU, a Radeon RX Vega 6, one of the beefiest on the block.

The rest of the configuration includes two 8GB memory modules (a total of 16GB, soldered), a 512GB WD SN730 PCIe NVMe SSD and a Realtek 8822CE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) Wi-Fi card with Bluetooth 5.0. The battery – which is charged by a relatively compact 65W fast charger – is a 56WHr model, 40% smaller than Apple’s or the LG Gram 17; this has obviously a direct negative impact on battery life.

Performance

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Performance and in use

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the fastest non-workstation laptop we have tested to date, conceding defeat on compute benchmarks to the almighty and undisputed king of the hill, the 16-core XMG Apex 15. The combination of a very fast processor, a capable graphics subsystem, ample system memory and a nippy SSD means that this is a supremely capable laptop that will easily take on the mantle of a mobile workstation.

BENCHMARKS

Here’s how the Honor MagicBook Pro performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

Passmark: 4815

Passmark CPU: 15866

CPU-Z: 487.6 (single-thread); 4050.2 (multi-thread)

Geekbench: 1090 (single-core); 6140 (multi-core); 10705 (compute)

CrystalDiskMark: 3412MBps (read); 2716MBps (write)

Cinebench CPU: 3208

Novabench: 2493

Atto: 3180MBps (read, 256mb); 2530MBps (write, 256mb)

AJA: 2730MBps (read); 2416MBps (write)

Windows Experience Index: 8

The fans kicked in only under load during the most intense parts of our benchmarks. Honor says that six temperature sensors and a cooling-fan motor with higher spin rates helps cool the laptop more effectively.

The pleasant experience continues on to the screen: the display is a 300nits model with a 1000:1 rated contrast ratio and a 100% sRGB color gamut. While it is not bright enough when working in direct sunlight, the fact that it is matte reduces the glare that usually makes glossy screens almost unusable whenever it’s sunny. Out of the box, the image quality is, pun intended, clearly visible. Hardly any bleed, colours that pop out, just enough vibrancy, an all-round (subjective) success.

The keyboard is likely to divide opinions as always; it has a much shorter travel which in turn impacts on the feedback, which feels sharper and less noisy. Again, that’s in line with the whole Apple experience. It is not distracting but those who like copious feedback when touch typing could be disappointed. As for the touchpad, it was a bit meh. We are fans of physical buttons and this one didn’t have any; sure it was responsive and of good size, but beyond that, it did lack character.

Webcam Angle

(Image credit: Future)

The webcam is probably the only glaring weak spot of an overall very good product. While the picture quality is good, its fixed location means that interlocutors on your video conference calls will see you from a downward angle (see picture) when the laptop is on one’s lap. The problem is different on a table where its inflexibility becomes a clear flaw.

At just over seven hours, the battery life is decent without being exceptional. Our best time was reached by the LG Gram 14 with well over 10 hours, a 50% difference. That said, the MBP achieved this with a 56WHr battery (8WHr per hour), making it less frugal than the Gram 14’s 73WHr (7WHr per hour). Note that you should be able to charge the device to 50% capacity in 30 minutes.

The competition

As mentioned before, the obvious rival to the MagicBook Pro is the MacBook Pro 16-inch. The latter costs almost three times as much but comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a much bigger battery, a higher-resolution display, six speakers and a discrete GPU. Whether or not the 200% premium is worth it is debatable but one thing that cannot be argued is that the MacBook Pro 16-inch is an exceptional workhorse.

There are very few 16-inch Windows laptops at the time of writing, a slightly odd category that fits between the usual 15.6-inch models and the awkwardly bigger 17.3-inch ones.

That said, we’d like to commend the LG Gram 17 which received our recommendation in July 2020 and a comment from our fellow reviewer, Bill Thomas, that this is a laptop that “can’t actually be real”. Why? For a start it is the lightest 17.3-inch laptop ever built, it is even lighter than the smaller Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch albeit with a much larger footprint. While it does cost more than the Honor MBP, the Gram 17 has a bigger battery capacity, a higher screen resolution, Thunderbolt 3 ports and a numeric keypad. Some models also come with a dedicated Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU.

The only other model worth mentioning is the HP Pavilion 16.1-inch notebook, a gaming laptop with an Intel Core i5-10300H and a dedicated Geforce GTX1660Ti GPU. It is far heavier than the MagicBook Pro, has a smaller battery and its quad-core CPU won’t stand a chance against the Ryzen’s hexa-core processor.

Final verdict

We understand Honor’s desire to have a faceoff with Apple’s MacBook Pro but we have to question the wisdom of adding yet another screen size, one which is after all only half an-inch diagonally bigger than most of its peers.

On the whole though, the MagicBook Pro is a great laptop to use, very well built and with a solid pedigree as it is essentially a Huawei device. It is mightily quick, has a good battery life and overall provides a very rounded and polished computing experience.

Other than the questionable choice of having the webcam hidden in the keyboard, there’s a number of changes we’d advocate for the next iteration. Use a 16:10 panel – just like Apple’s – which will allow for more room above and below the keyboard.

Doing so means you can get a proper numeric keypad – surely a must at this size – in and move the speakers above the keyboard. Next, try to fit a bigger battery even if it means bumping the price up; matching the 100WHr battery on the Apple MBP would be ideal. A memory card reader would also be appreciated as well as the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 as a universal connector.

Last but not least, we’d love to see a “Pro^2” version of the MagicBook Pro, one with an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor, a discrete GPU, 32GB of RAM, a pair of 512GB SSD in RAID-0 and Windows 10 Pro. That would be a landmark, flagship halo product that could propel Honor from the ranks of challenger to that of head turner.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/honor-magicbook-pro-2020-16-inch-laptop

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MSI unveils one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops – Stealth 15M based on Intel Tiger Lake

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MSI unveils one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops – Stealth 15M based on Intel Tiger Lake

MSI has expanded its range of Stealth gaming notebooks with the new Stealth 15M model. The basis for a portable gaming system, you can choose the Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake processor up to the older model Core i7.

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MSI gaming laptop

An equally interesting feature of the novelty is its claim to be one of the thinnest and lightest 15-inch gaming laptops on the market. The laptop is only 15.95 mm thick and weighs up to 1.69 kg.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not fully indicate the technical characteristics of the  Stealth 15M. So, a portable gaming system is ready to offer the installation of two DDR4-3200 RAM sticks, but the supported amount is not indicated. It also claims support for M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 drives. But again, the manufacturer does not indicate the available volume options.

The 15.6-inch display of the MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop is built using an IPS matrix. It offers support for Full HD resolution with refresh rates up to 240Hz. The discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6 GB of GDDR6 video memory is responsible for the graphics capabilities.

The equipment also includes an RGB-backlit keyboard, one Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4.0 Type-C with DisplayPort alternate mode), two USB 3.2, Type-A, one HDMI output, as well as a slot with support for microSD memory cards and a combo audio jack. High-quality mobile sound is provided by NAHIMIC 3 technology.

The included 150W power supply is ready to replenish the 52Wh battery. With this power, the battery will charge very quickly. The dimensions of the laptop are 358 × 248 × 15.95 mm. The novelty supports wireless data transmission standards Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop will be available in an all-white or gray finish. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not yet announced anything about the price of the laptop and its availability.

Source: https://phonemantra.com/msi-unveils-one-of-the-thinnest-and-lightest-gaming-laptops-stealth-15m-based-on-intel-tiger-lake/

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