Samsung Unpacked 2020 – smartphones, tablets and accessories

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During the pandemic, the approach of companies to the presentation of new products has fundamentally changed, now these are virtual events that you can attend from anywhere. And in order not to split the announcements of individual products into several, Samsung decided to saturate the presentation as much as possible and show a whole scattering of new products. This has never happened before, there has always been a key product and some kind of accessory or several, but no one aspired to combine several smartphones, tablets and accessories in one launch. New times – new rules. Usually Galaxy Note launches took place in America, this year it’s only the Internet.

Before proceeding to the consideration of each of the products, I will make a reservation that this is a general material in which I briefly share my thoughts about certain possibilities, positioning of devices, and their features. A sort of squeeze. In order to read more about each device, go to separate pages, we will have texts for each of them (an exception is the new Fold, about it a little later and separately). Go!

Content

  1. Galaxy Note20 / 20 Ultra – so different, so different
  2. Updated Tablets – Galaxy Tab S7 / S7 +
  3. Smartwatch Galaxy Watch 3 – new design and more
  4. Noise Canceling Bone Conduction Headphones – Buds Live

Galaxy Note20 / 20 Ultra – so different, so different

In previous years, in the Galaxy lineup, flagships usually came in two sizes – smaller and larger. The diagonal of the screen became the key difference, in the older model they tried to give a little more options, but it was impossible to say that they were strikingly different. A similar design, the same body materials, but different price positioning. The race to increase the screen diagonal has practically exhausted itself, a 7-inch diagonal in a regular case becomes a kind of limit, since there are no frames anymore, it makes no sense to increase the size, the device will become inconvenient. And therefore, there was a rethinking of the positioning of future lines, now there is a flagship with an Ultra prefix, which takes the maximum possible, as well as a basic model, which lacks a number of characteristics. The basic version of the flagship remains the flagship, but it is impossible to say that all the characteristics are twisted to the maximum. Let’s add here the release of Lite versions in the future and get the finished positioning. From now on, the filling of the device plays a role, what you get with it is the difference in cameras and shooting, the size of the battery is also somewhat leveled, but the type of screen, materials used in the body of the smartphone play a role. And the devices will definitely differ from memory, since this is the simplest differentiator for someone.

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And if earlier, choosing Note +, you understood that you get plus or minus an improved version with a large screen, now the difference is much greater. Let’s start with the materials of the case – the Note20 Ultra used glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 7. This glass is much stronger than all previous generations, and more resistant to both impacts and scratches. But it hasn’t gotten rid of the key problem – glossy prints. In white and black versions it is very noticeable, the device with a bronze sheen has frosted glass (satin finish), which is much more interesting, no handprints remain on it. I like the bronze in the Note20 Ultra better than all the other colors.

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In a regular Note20, the back wall is made of glastic (a combination of plastic and glass), this is not ordinary plastic. Many people, hearing the word glastic, will immediately remember the A-series, where this material was first tested and worked well. It is scratch resistant, shock resistant, and retains its appearance. But the glastic version used in the Note20 is very different from the A-series, after all, there is a middle segment, and here is a device of the flagship category.

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No fingerprints on the surface, matte body, which plays very nicely in the light. Dirt and prints do not remain, this is a practical option, and for the first time we can say that a smartphone does not even need a cover (the camera unit does not protrude so much, you can put up with it).

I will say a seditious thought that the Note20 is more practical and more interesting in terms of body material than the glass in the Ultra. I have no prejudice that plastic is worse than glass, since each material can be different from the other, and here you need to go into details. The case becomes such a detail in the Note20, it is made in an interesting way. I highly recommend to twist both devices before buying, to evaluate how they are perceived in the hands. And if you liked the elder and the cost does not scare you, then choose the bronze one. On the other hand, the protruding camera block on the Note20 Ultra makes it necessary to use a case, otherwise you won’t be comfortable.

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The next difference is support for 5G, if in S20 the entire line has a built-in modem for a new generation of networks, then in Note they approached the issue much more sensibly, did not increase the cost, since there are many countries in the world, including Russia, where 5G is not yet available. Only one version of the Note5 Ultra, the 20/12 GB version, has 512G support.

The next difference is the screen – 6.7 inches with FullHD-resolution in Note20 and WQHD + in Ultra, but in the first case it is SuperAMOLED Plus, in the second – Dynamic AMOLED 2x. The screen in the older model is better in a whole set of characteristics, but comparing them with each other in a regular store or room, you will not see these differences, they appear in the sun, in extreme conditions. And of course 120Hz is only available on Ultra. Of the disadvantages of OneUI 2.5, I note that for smartphones now the choice of 120 Hz cannot be forced, the device itself determines where such a screen refresh rate is needed. That is, it selects the frequency for the content, which has a positive effect on the operating time. But I would like it to be possible, as before, to enable this option by default forever and be sure that the phone tries to give out this frequency even where the application does not support it.

It is interesting that in the new tablets everything remains the same as in the S20s, that is, you can forcefully set the frequency, but there is simply no adaptive version of the work.

In both models, the S Pen has changed, outwardly it is exactly the same, in the color of the smartphone body.

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The speed of recording and response is now such that it seems that in front of you is paper, not a smartphone screen. The Note10 had 42ms, the Note20 was 26ms, and the Note20 Ultra was 9ms! In numbers, it looks, of course, overwhelming, but in life you need to be an adherent of the pentail sect to see a significant difference. On the other hand, I’m used to a screen frequency of 120 Hz, although I still can’t feel the difference and distinguish at what frequency the screen works. But it’s more pleasant when it’s 120 Hz, maybe it’s a psychological kunshtuk, I don’t know. The S Pen in the Note20 Ultra is a little nicer, but it’s impossible to say that the differences are striking. Therefore, this is definitely not worth focusing on when choosing.

There are no improvements in the S Pen, besides this, as such, there are no, as before, you can use the pen to remotely control your smartphone (camera, video or screen recording), gestures in the air are supported, you can assign your own. But the biggest change is the updated Samsung Notes app. Now there are folders with categories where you can insert notes. Synchronization of notes with OneNote from Microsoft, as well as with a to-do list (you need a Microsoft account, as you know, this is the “Link to Windows” function).

The toolkit itself in notes has become much prettier, the application has turned into an advanced text editor with handwriting recognition. You can correct crooked text, you can change its size and color. But one of the functions pleasantly surprised me, this is the recording of audio in notes. For example, you are listening to a lecture, court session or meeting, come up with something important for you yourself. And you record audio, at the same time make notes in important places. Now a note with such audio shows you the comments made, you can quickly jump to the places where you noted something important. The thing is simple, but in life it will be useful to many people.

Recognition of geometric shapes, when an uneven circle turns into a perfect one, as well as other shapes. And there is also the ability to edit PDF, and do it with any of the available tools.

I’m not talking about the already standard features of the S Pen: handwriting recognition in any language, translation anywhere on the smartphone of words, recognition of texts in pictures and their translation into files. All this is familiar.

Another feature, which at first glance seemed to me nonsense, but then I liked it, is the ability to draw in a regular calendar on top of the schedule. That is, you can circle dates, add something by hand. No need to enter notes or events, you can just draw what you need. For example, a mug or highlight some days.

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It’s fantastic to work with the S Pen, and no other company has implemented similar capabilities over the years. It’s good that Apple consistently copies what Samsung does in the S Pen, however, they do it in almost everything, just look at their watches and smartphones.

I won’t say anything about cameras, both devices shoot with dignity, but it is in the reviews that we will take a closer look at this moment, for now I will only say that the Note20 Ultra received laser autofocus, the focusing speed has also increased compared to the S20 Ultra. Despite the same 108-megapixel module, the operating speed has increased.

An improvement in the cameras touched on the work with sound, I liked the fact that in both models you can choose which microphone to record sound in the video (professional mode). You can also connect the USB Type C connectors on the phone case. But the most chic is that with Buds Live you can record sound on them, that is, you can move 10 meters away from your smartphone and record video. And if you also take the S Pen, you can do without the operator.

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One of the pleasant opportunities for me is the further development of DeX, now you can connect your smartphone to the TV via Wi-Fi, no wires are required. The screen can turn into a touchpad. You can also connect a keyboard and mouse to the TV, then your smartphone will become a full-fledged computer. I love this mode, it allows you not to carry your computer with you. And most importantly, it was slightly updated, it became a little more comfortable, although there was nothing to complain about before.

Take a look at the specifications of these models:

Note20 Note20 Ultra
Dimensions and weight 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm, 195 grams 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm, 208 grams
Body materials Stainless steel, Glastic Stainless steel, Corning Gorilla Glass 7 
Display 6.7-inch, FHD + (20: 9), SuperAMOLED Plus, auto-dimming, AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR10 + 6.9 inches, 1440×3200 pixels (20: 9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 511 ppi, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 7, HDR10 +, 120 Hz refresh rate for FullHD + resolution 
Operating system Google Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5 Google Android 10.0, OneUI 2.5
Platform Exynos 990 chipset, 8 cores (2 Exynos M5 cores up to 2.73 GHz, 2 ARM Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.6 GHz, 4 ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 2 GHz), Mali-G77 MP11, 64 bit, 7 nm

Snapdragon 865 for US market

Exynos 990 chipset, 8 cores (2 Exynos M5 cores up to 2.73 GHz, 2 ARM Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.6 GHz, 4 ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 2 GHz), Mali-G77 MP11, 64 bit, 7 nm

Snapdragon 865 for US market

Memory 8/256 GB (224 GB available to the user)
No memory cards
UFS 3.0
RAM LPDDR5
8/256 GB (224 GB available to the user), memory cards up to 1 TB (combined slot)
There are 12/512 GB options (5G version)
UFS 3.0
RAM LPDDR5
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac / ax, dual-band (WiFi 6 is not officially allowed in Russia by the state), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT +
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speeds up to 2.0 Gb / s, downloads up to 150 Mb / s
LTE Bands: B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 ( 700), B18 (800), B19 (800), B20 (800), B25 (1900), B26 (850), B28 (700), B32 (1500), B66 (AWS-3)
B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)
Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac / ax, dual-band (WiFi 6 is not officially allowed in Russia by the state), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT +
5G: NSA, 5G sub-6
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speeds up to 2.0 Gb / s, downloads up to 150 Mb / s
LTE Bands: B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 ( 700), B18 (800), B19 (800), B20 (800), B25 (1900), B26 (850), B28 (700), B32 (1500), B66 (AWS-3)
B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

5G Bands: N1 (2100), N3 (1800), N5 (850), N7 (2600), N8 (900), N28 (700)
N40(2300),N77(3700),N78(3500)

Сеть Dual SIM, nanoSIM
eSIM
Dual SIM, nanoSIM (combo slot)
eSIM
Navigation GPS / Beidou / Galileo – Dual Band GPS GPS / Beidou / Galileo – Dual Band GPS
Sensors and connectors USB Type C (USB 3.2), USB OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor
In-screen fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic)
Face unlock
USB Type C (USB 3.2), USB OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor
In-screen fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic)
Face unlock
Main camera Main: camera with three modules
– Primary: 12 MP, 1.8 μm, F1.8, 2PD, OIS
– Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, 1.4 μm, F2.2, OIS
– Telephoto: 64 MP, 0.8 μm, F2.0, OIS, PDAF, 1/1.72 inch, x3 optical zoom, x10 hybrid

Space Zoom
– Hybrid Optic Zoom 3X
– Super Resolution Zoom up to 30X

8K video recording

Main: camera with three modules
– Primary: 108 MP, 0.8 μm, F1.8, PDAF, OIS
– Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, 1.4 μm, F2.2, OIS
– Telephoto: 12 MP, 1.0 μm, F3.0, OIS, PDAF, 1 / 3.6 inches, x4 optical zoom x5, x10 hybrid

Space Zoom
– Hybrid Optic Zoom 5X
– Super Resolution Zoom up to 50X

8K video recording

Front-camera 10 MP (f / 2.2), 2PD, 1 / 3.4 inches, 1.22 μm
bokeh effect, various additional effects, autofocus
10 MP (f / 2.2), 2PD, 1 / 3.4 inches, 1.22 μm
bokeh effect, various additional effects, autofocus
Battery Li-Ion 4300 mAh
Quick charge 25W included, 100% in 65 minutes 
Fast wireless charging (15W), reversible wireless charging (up to 9W)
PD 3.0
Li-Ion 4500 mAh
Quick charge 25W included, 100% in 65 minutes 
Fast wireless charging (15W), reversible wireless charging (up to 9W)
PD 3.0
Degree of protection IP68 IP68
Colours mint, bronze, black white, black, bronze
Sound Dolby Atmos, two speakers Dolby Atmos, two speakers
Payment System Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Features Samsung DeX
S Pen 
Samsung DeX
S Pen

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One of the thoughts that passed me by, or rather, was not framed as a postulate. How the use of the device depends on its class and capabilities. It turns out that Note users are trying to get more done during the day than ordinary people, and the company even calculated the average productivity (it is clear that this number is an average and simply takes into account the time spent with the device), it is 60% higher. The metric is indirect, but says a lot about who the people with the Galaxy Note are.

The new smartphones will be on sale from August 21, with pre-orders starting today.

The cost of the Galaxy Note20 is 79990 rubles (in pre-order Buds + headphones until August 20, sales start on August 21). This is an adequate cost in terms of price / quality ratio, while those who wanted to save have already bought Note10 + at a discount, it was sold the whole previous month in various promotions, and today it is much more difficult to find this model.

The Note20 Ultra model in the basic version starts at 99990 rubles, the older model with 512 GB costs 119990 rubles. As expected, this is the price of the S20 Ultra, but with a different memory size. The prices are quite competitive, especially since these devices do not yet have direct competitors, and given the presence of the S Pen, they will not. For a loyal audience, this is a good value, while the older model in sales will take 10% of the volume, this is a niche offer.

You can see separate articles for each model:

Updated Tablets – Galaxy Tab S7 / S7 +

The tablet market is going through hard times, nevertheless, new models come out, and they are becoming more and more complex technically. The positioning of these tablets is plus or minus comparable, the screen size and type differ. It seems that the difference between 11 and 12.4-inch screens is small, in real life they are very different models.

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At first glance, it is impossible to notice big differences in the quality of the screens, but the basic Tab S7 has a TFT matrix, while the older model is SuperAMOLED (both there and there the frequency is 120 Hz). The capacity of the built-in batteries differs slightly, but not the operating time.

Look at the technical specifications of the models.

Tab S7 Tab S7 +
Dimensions, weight  253.8×165.3×6.3 mm, weight 498 grams (Wi-Fi), 500 grams (LTE), 502 grams (5G) 285x185x5.7 mm, 575 grams (Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G)
Body materials Metal glass Metal glass
Screen 11 inches, 2560×1600, LPTS TFT, 120 Hz 12.4 inches, 2800×1752, SuperAMOLED, 120 Hz
Operating system Android 10, OneUI 2.5  Android 10, OneUI 2.5 
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 + Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 +
Memory  6/128 GB, memory cards up to 1 GB  6/128 GB, memory cards up to 1 GB 
Communications WiFi 6 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth 5.0 
LTE version
5G-version 
WiFi 6 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Bluetooth 5.0 
LTE version
5G-version 
Sensors and Connectors USB Type C (USB 3.1, DP Out), USB OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensor (side)
Face unlock
USB Type C (USB 3.1, DP Out), USB OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensor (built into the screen)
Face unlock
Camera Front 8 MP
Main 13 + 5 MP, flash
Front 8 MP
Main 13 + 5 MP, flash
Sound Four AKG speakers, Dolby Atmos Four AKG speakers, Dolby Atmos
Battery 8000mAh (includes 15W charging, supports 45W charging) 10090mAh (includes 15W charging, supports 45W charging)

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First and foremost, the DeX mode has become noticeably more convenient in OneUI 2.5, and these tablets have turned into full-fledged two-in-one devices, albeit on Android as read by Samsung. In a detailed review that will be released tomorrow evening, I’ll tell you how DeX has changed and prettier.

The pre-order with the tablets comes with keyboard covers, they have a number of changes. The touchpad is larger and more comfortable. In addition, OneUI 2.5 supports touchpad gestures, which is already a good thing. The older model is very comfortable in terms of the keyboard, the size of the device affects.

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The S Pen and all the standard features of this generation give you the freedom to create, and work. I will not dwell here, describing the Note20, I partially touched on these points. But about the future Sidekick function I need to say. In the fall, with a software update, these tablets will be able to act as an additional screen for Windows-PCs, or they can duplicate the computer screen and work with all applications. Cool? Not that word. Working with Microsoft is paying off and expanding device capabilities is impressive.

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The pre-installed applications include Clip Studio Paint (registration is free until 20.11.2020/6/XNUMX, access for XNUMX months), as well as Canva (creating pictures for social networks, a professional application), Noteshelf (a good notebook).

There is no particular point in writing a cursory first glance, come back tomorrow and read my impressions of the older model. I like this device, especially the large screen and the ability to split it into three parts.

The price for tablets of the seventh series will be as follows (pre-order until August 20, on sale from the 21st, in pre-order as a gift a keyboard cover):

  • Tab S7 WiFi – 57990 rubles
  • Tab S7 LTE – 64990 rubles
  • Tab S7 + WiFi – 69990 rubles
  • Tab S7 + LTE – 79990 rubles

Competitors for these models are the Apple iPad Pro, a model with an 11-inch screen costs from 69990 rubles (WiFi version), 12.9 inches from 86990 rubles. Apple tablets are popular, but the price difference is too great, and Apple devices do not do much, and the lack of an Apple Pen in the package is also a fat minus.

Smartwatch Galaxy Watch 3 – new design and more

The watch comes in several colors, a bronze color for girls, but why it is in the 45 mm model is not clear (at 41 mm it is clear).

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The titanium version of the 45 mm watch will appear in Russia later, while nothing is known about the timing. The choice of this watch is due to the fact that you love smartwatches, similar to watches, the model is clearly masculine and is in dissonance with last year’s Watch Active2.

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I like the design, but all the possible functions in this watch were already there. But there is good news – in the coming weeks, the function of measuring pressure and ECG on the watch should appear in Russia. Hurrah! The information is unofficial, but deserves the most careful consideration.

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Runners now have an offline running analysis feature including VO2 Max. Of course, there is the standard SP02 measurement, it is back in the watch again.

A rare case when there is something to borrow in Apple Watch, they took the notification of falls and the ability to notify automatically recorded numbers (up to 4).

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A successful design, which many people like, since the watch in this case looks like a watch, and not something else. But from the point of view of capabilities, smartwatches from Samsung do not change very much year to year, since they have already acquired the maximum capabilities several generations ago. In fact, such a watch has everything that you can think of and that users might like. It has become customary that new pre-installed dials appear.

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There is a control with gestures, you squeeze your hand to answer a call, or wave to her to reject it.

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The watch is good, the design is good for the target audience, so it will be in demand.

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The cost of a 45 mm watch is 34990 rubles, for a 41 mm one is 29990 rubles. Here you need to compare this watch with the previous generation, for example, Watch Active 2, they are available at a cost of 26990 rubles (steel, 40 mm) or 31990 rubles (steel, 44 mm). But the Galaxy Watch can be found for 27 thousand rubles in federal retail, although the model de facto left the market before the release of the new item. Prices remain, plus or minus, at the same level, nothing has changed (even taking into account the fact that the dollar has changed again).

Noise Canceling Bone Conduction Headphones – Buds Live

I was afraid in absentia that the headphones would not be very comfortable, I was embarrassed by their shape, which the company called anatomical. And they did not lie, they sit in the ear like a glove, although there are no silicone inserts. Even if you turn your head strongly, they do not fly out.

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Touch control has not changed, it is on every earphone. The first thing I checked was how noise cancellation works, and I must admit that it is excellent. Not on par with big earbuds, but better than AirPods Pro, yet soft enough. You hear people’s voices, but all the noises go away. Samsung did not try to create headphones with suppression of all external sounds, but focused only on low-frequency noise – cars, trains, transport in the city (below 700 Hz). At the same time, the design has a hole for ventilation, it is convenient to wear them for a long time. Passive isolation is good enough. There is no sound leakage even at maximum volume, but I will clarify this point separately when I can use them for a long time.

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Each earphone is equipped with three microphones (two internal, one external). The touch control remains exactly the same as in the Galaxy Buds of all versions, it is convenient. In noise canceling mode, the earbuds will work from one charge to 5.5 hours (which is typical for TWS noise canceling headphones) or 7.5 hours. The charging case will give you a runtime of up to 28 hours (four charges, but excluding noise cancellation).

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The built-in accelerometer detects the movement of the mouth and the position of the head, in noisy conditions the headphones switch to the built-in vibration bone conduction sensor, you can speak on them in any conditions.

The cost of the new Galaxy Buds Live is 13990 rubles (in pre-order with the Note20 Ultra for free). Compared to the cost of AirPods Pro at 20990 rubles, this is not just an adequate cost, but very close to reality, in contrast to the price of Apple headphones. This is not just an alternative, but headphones that are made better and they also have an image component, you will see how often you will see bronze headphones in the ears of fashionable girls.

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You can read more about headphones at a glance.

This Galaxy Unpacked is unusual in that it shows many products at once, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to grasp the immensity in one overview material. Therefore, for the details, I invite you to separate articles. Tomorrow there will be the first review, and then they will begin to appear more or less regularly, until we describe all the devices from this announcement.

What did you like and what did you dislike about Samsung’s announcement? Devices, functions, something else?

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