The device is the latest in Samsung's range of so-called “phablet” phones, and comes with up to a 6.9-inch screen, a powerful camera and compatibility with Microsoft’s Xbox console.
On Wednesday, during a virtual event, the South Korean firm also released its Note 20 Ultra. Both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra come with optional 5G connectivity.
It also unveiled its new folding Galaxy Z Fold, a new smartwatch, a new tablet and ear buds.
Samsung's head of mobile TM Roh said: “These devices are powerful tools to help you maximize work and play.” The firm will be hoping the devices can boost its fortunes after losing the top spot as the world's largest smartphone supplier to Huawei, its Chinese rival.
The Note range has come a long way since the exploding Note 7. Samsung’s devices have remained popular with fans and heavy smartphone users. It has also carved out a niche as one of the only popular smartphones that still makes use of a stylus pen, filling the gap between tablet and smartphone.
Here is everything you need to know about the latest device:
Samsung Note 20: UK release date
Samsung will release the Note 20 in the UK on August 21.
Samsung Note 20 features
The Note 20 is described as Samsung’s “most powerful” yet. Its specs are testament to that. The Note 20 Ultra, the more powerful of the devices, comes with Samsung’s Exynos 990 chip and 12GB of RAM. It has a 6.9-inch screen, and also comes with up to 512GB of storage and an expandable storage slot.
The cheaper Note 20 comes with a 6.7-inch screen and 8GB of RAM, as well as a smaller 256GB of storage.
The devices come with an 8K camera and the ability to film at 120 frames per second for highly detailed videos. Inside, the phone also has a sizeable battery (4,500mAh on the Ultra and 4,300mAh on the regular Note 20) that should last all dayo. Both phones come with the option of 5G connectivity, which allows far faster download speeds.
The regular Note 20 comes in bronze, green and grey, and the larger Note 20 Ultra comes in bronze, black and white.
Windows PC integration
Something Samsung has pushed recently is how well its phones work with Windows PCs. This is even more evident on the new Note 20. Its Link to Windows service lets you turn on mobile phone apps from a Windows 10 PC without disrupting your work. Other tools let users sync photos, text messages and calls to their computer. This integration should make the experience of using a Samsung phone with Windows akin to using an iPhone with a MacBook.
In another link up with Microsoft, from September 15, Samsung Note users will be able to play 100 Xbox games on their phone and tablet. Samsung says that thanks to its large display and responsive screen, the phone should be able to keep up with power-intensive games such as Gears 5.
Writing with a stylus on smartphones is not always the smoothest experience. Samsung now claims its stylus is able to effectively correct your handwriting, creating a smoother note than previously available through its Notes app. It also lets you perform tasks like easily highlighting a PDF file.
Samsung Note 20 price
There is no word on a UK price yet, but we are expecting the phones to cost in the region of £900 to £1,000. We will update as we know more.