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Samsung Reverts To Plastic For The Vanilla Galaxy Note 20

Serious downgrade from the top-end model

Today’s first-ever virtual Unpacked event saw the unveiling of two Galaxy Note 20s, though unlike before there are serious differences between the vanilla Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The regular Galaxy Note 20 is a little smaller than the ultra variant thanks to its smaller, and flatter, 6.7-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED panel, running at 60Hz.

The phone is the first flagship device from Samsung to run “glasstic”, basically plastic made to look like glass, since the Galaxy Note 4. As a small consolation, the phone does run a metal frame.

The vanilla Galaxy Note 20 also loses the new laser autofocus system of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and doesn’t come with the company’s insane 108-megapixel snapper. Instead, the phone gets a 12-megapixel main camera that’s near-identical to the one in the Galaxy S20, with an f/1.8 aperture lens and dual-pixel phase detection focus.

The 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera takes care of panoramic photos, while a 64-megapixel telephoto lens allows the phone to take 3x hybrid zoom shots, and up to 30x digital zoom. A 10-megapixel camera rounds out the imaging package.

Even the S-Pen hasn’t been spared, and unlike the Note 20 Ultra which has really low latency the one in the Note 20 has a slower 26ms latency.

The phone still packs an S-Pen for note-taking and uses the same Exynos 990 chipset for both the 5G and LTE variants of the phone. RAM and storage are at 8GB and 256GB, respectively.

The phone does have more color options, with Samsung adding Mystic Green to the color choices, alongside Mystic Bronze and Mystic Gray.

Battery tops out at 4300mAh.

Starting August 7, the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra will be available for pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, and select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores.

Samsung is throwing in a Galaxy Buds+ with every purchase of the Note 20. Alternatively, customers can get a Php 5,000 e-store voucher instead. Like the Note 20 Ultra, Samsung is also throwing in a UV Sterilizer with Wireless Charging worth Php 2,199 for qualified partners like telcos and stores as well.

Pricing starts at PHP 53,990 for the LTE variant of the Galaxy Note 20, with the 5G variant being an operator exclusive.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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