Here's how to get the new Samsung Galaxy devices
Lock down Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20, Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live and more
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Samsung's heavily-leaked suite of Galaxy mobile devices, new for 2020, were finally (officially) unveiled yesterday after being teased as far back as February. From the powerful Note 20 to the innovative new earbuds and folding phone, the new lineup looks impressive. And now, Galaxy fam, all five new devices are finally up for grabs!
You may have already spotted the new debuts ahead of yesterday's Unpacked event due to the massive leaks surrounding it, but if not, you'll be happy to know Samsung is delivering some impressive looking new products within the Galaxy ecosystem: the Galaxy Note 20 and Z Fold2 smartphones; the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet; the Galaxy Watch 3; and the Galaxy Buds Live, the company's fanciest (and strangest looking) true wireless earbuds yet.
Here's a breakdown of each device and how you can lock in purchases and pre-orders.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
Perhaps the most desirable part of Samsung's lineup, the new Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra flagship phones are the latest and greatest in mobile devices from Samsung. The 6.7-inch Note 20 and 6.9-inch Note 20 Ultra start at $1,000 and $1,300 respectively, and chiefly alter course from the older Galaxy S20 by way of a better Snapdragon processor.
You're also getting a 120 Hz screen on the Note 20 Ultra, but the most intriguing thing about the new Notes may be their improved S Pen. Naturally, both Notes come bundled with the S Pen, which has gotten a lot of love this year to improve its utility. Samsung claims the new accessory will work as a kind of magic wand for the Notes, with customizable gesture mapping to five gestures in total, such as launching a pre-selected app with a swipe. They've also added AI prediction for less latency which, according to Samsung, makes writing and drawing silky smooth.
The phones come in the highly tauted Mystic Bronze color, as well as Mystic Grey, and Mystic Green. Both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra release on August 21 in the U.S. and are available for pre-order now:
Those who pre-order between now and August 20 can also get $100 Samsung Credit when ordering a Galaxy Note 20 5G and $150 in credit for the Note 20 Ultra 5G to use toward purchases at Samsung.com.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus
There are still plenty of people out there who crave powerful tablets for productivity, creativity, and fun—I'm one of them. While the new Tab S7 and S7 Plus don't come cheap (it's $650 for the 11-inch S7 and $850 for the 12.4-inch S7 Plus), they've been souped up and reworked with better keyboards and, of course, improved S Pens.
The new Tabs include the same Snapdragon 865+ processor as the Notes, and will be among the first tablets to include 5G data coverage (whenever it rolls out). You're also getting 120 Hz screens and Dolby Atmos compatible speakers, to boot.
Unfortunately, there's currently no pre-order available for the Tab S7 and S7 Plus, which are set to be available in fall 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The latest Galaxy Watch, numero 3, is actually the first non-Active Galaxy Watch to debut since 2018. Compared to the original, the Watch 3 is thinner and lighter, but sports a slightly larger screen than its forebear. Samsung has claimed 48 hours of battery life for both the 41mm and 45mm sizes.
However, most of the big, flashy changes for the Watch 3 come in the form of personal health improvements. Samsung made a big deal of the Watch 3's biometric abilities, such as the ability to measure VO2 max (a measure of a user's oxygen surplus for exercising), SpO2 (blood-oxygen saturation), and, of course, you've still get sleep tracking.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Samsung already knocked it out of the park this year—in our estimation—with the new Galaxy Buds+ true wireless earbuds. However, the Galaxy Buds Live appear to fulfill a wholly different role.
The Buds Live are bringing a more fashion-forward and sleek design which is designed not only to stand out but, according to Samsung, provide all-day comfort thanks to their "open type" fit.
As far as features go, the biggest improvement over the Buds+ is the addition of noise canceling, a highly sought-after feature in tiny true wireless headphones. The Galaxy Beans—er, Galaxy Buds Live—utilize a feature that Samsung is calling "open type" noise canceling, wherein the headphones block out low sub-bass and bass frequencies while allowing for an Ambient-mode like openness, allowing you to hear what's going on around you (such as conversations, or flight announcements at the airport, for instance).
Back to the design, the Buds Live have one of the most intriguing and ergonomic looking form factors we've seen, a shape that Samsung claims stays put in your ear while still being very lightweight. The downside, though we'll have to test them to see for sure, is that the battery life doesn't sound world-beating: you're only getting six hours of playtime, for a total of 21 hours including recharges from the carrying case.
In addition, their very modest IPX2 water resistance means they may not be the best for workouts or inclement weather. Still, we can't wait to put these in to find out just how good they sound (and how well they fit). Their price point also puts them well below what you'll pay for a pair of AirPods Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
Last but not least, the new Z Fold2 is Samsung's latest take on the folding smartphone phenomenon (if you can call it that). Technically called the "Galaxy Z Fold2 5G," the biggest change from the original Galaxy Fold is that you're now getting a full 6.2-inch screen while folded, which opens up into a larger 7.6-inch screen (which is bigger than the Notes, we'd add).
Samsung also addressed some of the manufacturing issues that plagued the original Galaxy Fold: namely an improved folding hinge (which is also customizable) and an ultra thin glass display to usurp the previous model's plastic fare.
The new Fold2 won't be available until September 1st, and for a whopping $1,980. As of yet there's no indication as to when they'll be available for pre-order, so stay tuned.