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The next generation of Galaxy has arrived. From a fresh Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series to the brand’s third flip-phone, here’s every big announcement from #Unpacked2020.

Samsung’s Unpacked events are somewhat like an Android carnival that returns every year with delights for its users. This year, we see that each new product or update has a unique focus. They’ve not only upped the ante, but also taken a new direction. The new generation of Galaxy Note and the Tab S7 both focus on making the most of the stylus and have tried to match the organic experience of a pen and a paper.

The brand has also collaborated with American designer Thom Browne to give the Galaxy 2020 line-up an ultra-chic touch. If this wasn’t enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series is going revolutionise the entire Xbox experience and make it portable. Here are the 5 biggest announcements Samsung made for the year 2020.

Biggest launch: Samsung Galaxy Note20, Note20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note20

The Note series is responsible for never letting the stylus go out of style. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 makes it seem like the S pen is an unsung essential. Samsung has made a serious attempt at recreating the pen-and-paper notepad experience with digital precision and they got seriously close with this year’s line up. Under the hood, the Note20 and the Ultra are jacked with Snapdragon 865s and offer 5G support. The 6.9-inch screens are fully OLED with a stunning 120Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series also has two new exterior finishes that they like to call ‘Mystic’. Samsung stated that while one is created for a premium experience, the other is made with sustainability in mind. The camera department is always given utmost importance. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra comes with a 108-MP + 48-MP + 12-MP setup whereas the standard boasts a 12-MP +12-MP +64-MP camera. Wireless charging comes as a given.

Samsung’s third foldable phone, the Z Fold2 breaks cover

Samsung Galaxy z fold2

We knew there was a sparkle in the mix this year and we weren’t disappointed — the Galaxy Z Fold 2, their third flip phone features Ultra Thin Glass, which allows the screen fold. While you have a 6.2-inch screen to the front, there’s a generous 7.6-inch screen once you flip it open. Samsung is yet to disclose details about the Z Fold2.

The Galaxy Buds Live – Smarter tech, smarter sound

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Akin to copper jelly beans, the Galaxy Buds Live come packed with smarter audio tech, noise-cancelling, and speech detection. In a situation where you are listening to tunes and someone is talking to you, the Buds Live detects that audio and lowers the volume, allowing you to hear what is being said. Remember dual-port aux chords from the early 2000s? The Buds Live digitally mimics that now. You can also pair yours with a friend’s and listen to the same tune.

The Galaxy Watch3 – A giant leap for the Galaxy Watch

The focus this year with the Galaxy Watch was undeniably fitness and health. The Galaxy Watch3 is FDA-approved to run ECG tests, blood oxygen tests and  tests that you’d need to run to a cardiologist for. They come in two sizes, 41-mm and a 45-mm, both with the same 1.4-inch screen size. Samsung even stated that the Watch3 can change its watchface to match what one’s wearing.

And finally, the Galaxy Tab S7 – More than a tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

We think that the Tab S7 is actually trying to be more of a mini laptop than a tab. Samsung has worked very closely with Microsoft on this. The Tab S7 makes the most of the stylus and is a perfect digital notepad. If you’re running windows on your laptop, you can even use the Tab S7 as a second screen. You can choose from an 11-inch and a 12.4-inch lineup. Both run Android 10 with OneUI software and amped up by a Snapdragon 865 Plus. While the larger screen is OLED, the smaller is LCD.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 can turn into an Xbox screen

This is revolutionary. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 can be used as a portable screen for you Xbox. Thanks to the Game Pass App, you can sync your Xbox controller to your Note20. While being connected to the same network, the Xbox console will use the Note20s screen. Which means that you don’t need a full blown smart TV or a desktop control to have an Xbox gaming experience anymore.

You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series and the Galaxy 2020 series on the Samsung India website. The official launch on August 21.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.