Everything Samsung announced at Unpacked: Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3 and more
We also saw the new Tab S7 and Galaxy Z Fold 2, and heard from K-pop legends BTS.
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Watch this: Samsung Z Fold 2 features upgraded hinge
Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung trotted out BTS (very briefly) for the announcement. The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable phone includes a Qualcomm 865 Plus processor. Samsung shrank the gap between the screens and made it thinner overall than the Fold, but it still uses foldable glass. It's got a new hinge too, and improved dust elimination. More details are coming on Sept. 1, when preorders start.
Samsung says the Galaxy Note 20 has the best camera it's put in a phone thus far. It also claims the new S Pen is more precise, with a drop to 9ms latency. There's a 240Hz screen on the Ultra for less latency in screen updates for gaming, along with a partnership for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that includes Xbox Game Streaming (nee xCloud) for three months and a free controller. And that's just not for the new phones -- it's for all Galaxy devices. You'll be able to get the Notes in 5G models (or LTE in selected countries), with preorders starting tomorrow.