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Marc Levoy, the researcher who used software to turn Google’s Pixel camera into a powerhouse, has joined Adobe to build a universal camera app, Adobe announced today.

Levoy headed up the team that developed the impressive computational photography technology used in Google’s Pixel smartphones, including features like Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and HDR+. His work also helped Pixels take great photos without requiring as much hardware as competing phones — the Pixel line famously only needed a single camera to stay competitive with Apple’s iPhones, until a desire for sharper zoom images pushed Google to add a second, telephoto lens with last year’s Pixel 4. (The first iPhone with a second lens, the iPhone 7 Plus, came out in 2016.)

At Adobe, it sounds like Levoy could be planning to make a great camera not just for Pixel users, but for anyone with a smartphone. Levoy will be working on computational photography initiatives across Adobe, and intriguingly, his efforts will be “centered on the concept of a universal camera app,” the company said in an email. That said, Adobe wasn’t immediately able to define “universal camera app” for us — we’ve also heard that phrase refer to an app platform that companies like Facebook and Snapchat could use to produce their own camera apps or an app that could work across, say, a cameraphone and a larger camera like a DSLR. We’re hoping to narrow that down.

Adobe already offers a camera app in Photoshop Camera, and there’s one built into the Adobe Lightroom app, too, but perhaps Adobe has a grander vision for its camera apps. And Adobe said in an email that Levoy will also be working with the Photoshop Camera, Adobe Research, and Sensei AI teams, so maybe Photoshop Camera will be the focus for these bigger efforts. Levoy will report to Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis, and he starts today.

Levoy left Google in March after nearly six years at the company. Before he joined Google full time, Levoy worked on the camera in the $1,500 Google Glass Explorer Edition as visiting faculty at Google’s former Moonshot division, Google X, and he launched a Google-funded research project at Stanford in 2002 that eventually became Street View in Google Maps. Levoy is also a computer graphics researcher at Stanford, and he helped get the world interested in light field photography with some of his writing there.

Correction: The first iPhone with a second camera lens was the iPhone 7 Plus, not the iPhone X, like we said originally. We regret the error.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review (hands on) – Tom's Guide

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (starting at $1,299) could be the best big phone yet, and it packs a lot more premium features than the regular Galaxy Note 20. It boasts a bigger 6.9-inch display with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, a sharper 108MP camera with laser auto focus and a more responsive S Pen.

I’ve spent the last day using the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and I’m really impressed by the display and the zoom capability of the camera. And while the new S Pen gestures are nifty, they require a learning curve.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs

Price: $1,299
OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.0
Display: 6.9-inch AMOLED (QHD; 120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 512GB
Rear camera: 108MP wide (ƒ/1.8); 12MP telephoto with 5x optical zoom (ƒ/3.0); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2)
Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2)
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
Size: 6.48 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches
Weight: 7.33 ounces

The Note 20 Ultra also offers a bigger battery than the standard Note 20, more RAM and a microSD card slot. Just like the regular Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also has a fast Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, streams Xbox games and syncs your S Pen notes to the cloud. 

Still, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is $300 more than the regular Note 20 — and $1,300 is a lot of money to spend on any phone, especially in today’s climate. I’ve spent the last day playing around with the Note 20 Ultra, and here are my initial impressions. 

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra cheat sheet: What I think so far

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  • The design makes the iPhone look boring: Samsung knows how to make sleek looking hardware. The Mystic Bronze finish on the Note 20 Ultra not only looks elegant but manages to give off a sheen without attracting lots of fingerprints.
  • This camera bulge is out of control: The camera patch on the back of the Note 20 Ultra protrudes a great deal from the chassis and props up the phone at an angle when placed on a table. 
  • The Zoom camera is very impressive: I got in very close with the Note 20 Ultra’s 5x optical zoom, putting my iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 2x zoom to shame. And the digital zoom stayed steady up to 20x; it got shaky at 50x.
  • New S Pen tricks are satisfying yet gimmicky: My son got a kick out of seeing me perform some of the new Air Actions (like drawing a a quick arc in the air to go Home). But I m not sure if I would use these every day yet.
  • The 120Hz display is silky smooth: Scrolling feels like butter when you have the Adaptive motion smoothness setting turned on, but the jury is out on the toll on battery life.
  • Wireless DeX mode is finicky: While I managed to get the Note 20 Ultra to connect to a 55-inch Roku TV, I couldn’t do anything after that.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will ship on August 21 and will be available through all of the major carriers. The 128GB version of the Galaxy Note 20 costs $1,299. The 512GB version costs $1,449 — the same price Samsung charges for its Galaxy Z Flip 5G foldable phone. 

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 20 start August 6, and those who do pre-order the device can get a $150 Samsung Credit, which you can redeem on Samsung.com or the Shop Samsung app. You can put that credit toward anything from the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live earbuds to to Samsung TVs.

Wireless carriers have started announcing their own Galaxy Note 20 Ultra deals, which you can find in our guide on how to pre-order the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra design and colors

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review back

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a big phone with its 6.9-inch display, but it also has minimal bezels with Samsung’s trademark punch hole for the Infinity-O display. The back of the phone uses a new haze finish that’s designed to resist fingerprints, and you have your choice of three colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White.

My review unit is the Mystic Bonze version, and it’s a sophisticated looking finish, even if it’s not as eye catching as the color-shifting Aura Glow hue on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review

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The camera housing on the back of the Note 20 Ultra kind of reminds me of brass knuckles — and not in a good way. My bigger issue is just how massive this camera patch is. It lifts the entire back of the phone when sitting on a desk or table.

Measuring 6.49 x 3.03 x 0.32 inches (164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm) and weighing 7..3 ounces (208 grams), the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is not as big as the Galaxy S20 Ultra (6.6 x 2.7 x 0.34 inches and 7.7 ounces), but it’s still a handful compared to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus (6.4 x 3 x 0.31 inches and 6.9 ounces) which had a smaller 6.8-inch display. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review display

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The massive 6.9-inch OLED quad HD+ display on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is big, bold and colorful. More important, this is the first Samsung phone to offer a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. 

The Galaxy S20 lineup introduced a faster refresh rate to Samsung phones, delivering smoother scrolling as well as better visuals, especially for games and movies. But it was a feature you had to manually adjust. With the Note 20 Ultra, the refresh rate automatically adjusts based on what content is on screen, which should save on battery life. 

When using the display I found scrolling to be super smooth and fast in Chrome with Adaptive mode turned on. You can always choose 60Hz manually if you want to save every last drop of juice.

There’s more of curve to the Note 20 Ultra’s screen compared it the flat panel on the Note 20. Personally, I’m not a fan of the curved panel. It sometimes causes some text to be distorted, and it can also lead to accidental screen touches.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra cameras

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a trio of rear cameras, plus a laser auto-focus sensor that should address one of our bigger complaints about the Galaxy S20 Ultra and its issues with focus.

The phablet’s camera array starts with a 108MP wide camera with a a f/1.8 aperture, and it’s paired with a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view and f/2.2. The 12MP telephoto lens delivers a 5x optical zoom and up to a 50x super resolution zoom. 

I was immediately impressed with how close the 5x zoom get me to this dianthus flower without have to move the Note 20 Ultra right up to the flower bed. However, while the pink and white flower looks colorful, the detail was a bit fuzzy. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review camera sample

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I also tired out the powerful Space Zoom on the Note 20 Ultra with this tree as the subject. As you can see in the gallery below, the results look fairly sharp all the way up to 10x zoom, but the 20x and especially the 50x shots look blurry. Still, this is better than what you get from the iPhone right now.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 50x zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 50x zoom (Image credit: Future)

My bigger concern is that some of the images have a haze to them while others do not. For these shots, the sun was behind me. 

If you want to record the sharpest video possible, you’ll be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can record 8K video with a 21:9 aspect ratio at up to 24 frames per second. There’s also a new Pro Video mode that lets you control the focus, exposure and zoom speed. Plus, you can use the onboard mics or external mics, such as the Galaxy Buds Live.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review display punch hole

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The 12MP selfie camera up front (f/2.2) has a 120-degree field of view, which should come in handy for group selfies.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs and performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be one of the fastest Android phones around, as it’s one of the first handsets with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. This chipset boosts the clock speed by 10% up to 3.1 GHz and the graphics is also 10% faster than the regular Snapdragon 865 chip inside the Galaxy S20.

This processor is paired with 12GB of RAM and either 128GB or 512GB of internal storage. For $1,299, I wish the Ultra started with 256GB of storage, but at least you can expand it via microSD card slot by up to 1TB.

As you would expect for a premium flagship, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra supports both flavors of 5G, so you should be able to hop on both sub 6-GHz networks and mmWave networks with ease where they are available.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra benefits from a swift 9ms response time for its S Pen, which is designed to deliver more of a pen-to-paper feel when taking notes or drawing.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review S Pen

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In addition, the S Pen now offers five new Anywhere actions, which build on the Air Actions from the Galaxy Note 10 series. You can return to the home screen, take a screen shot, return to a recent app and more through various gestures. But it will likely take some practice before you can remember every gesture-based Anywhere action.

Other S Pen upgrades come on the software front. The improved Samsung Notes app now includes Live Sync so you can save all of your notes to the clouds and then access them from any device. Plus, the Note 20 Ultra is smart enough to time sync your notes along with voice recordings, so you can hear what was being said right when you scribbled down that thought. 

I tried recording a voice memo in the Samsung Notes app, and sure enough, I could see the words I wrote highlighted as I played back the clip. 

In addition, the Samsung Notes app now makes it easier to find your notes with a more PC-like file folder structure. The software can even straighten out your handwriting. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra battery life and charging

Equipped with a fairly large 4,500 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be able to last you through most of the day. We’re most curious to see how well this phone lasts on our battery life test given the dynamic nature of the phone’s 120Hz display. With the 120Hz mode on, we saw a dramatic decrease in endurance on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, with the phone running out of power 3 hours faster than when we kept the display at a 60Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review S Pen

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To juice back up, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra includes a 25W fast charger that should get you back to 50% capacity in 30 minutes. Samsung does not say if the Note 20 Ultra supports 45W charging, but it does support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 if you have a wireless charger that goes 10W or higher.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is geared toward power users who are looking for a productivity boost, and this phone offers a couple of big upgrades on that front. The first is Link to Windows integration, which allows you to access mobile apps on your Windows 10 PC.

This should make it easy to send messages, make calls, syncs photos and more from the best laptops and desktops. Samsung says that Link to Windows will eventually let you run up to six mobile apps on your PC at once.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review DeX mode

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Multitaskers will also appreciate the improved DeX experience, which is now completely wireless, instead of requiring you to use a cable or dock to connect to a monitor. Now you can beam what’s on your Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen to a compatible smart TV from across the room; the TV needs to support Miracast, though.

Unfortunately, I had trouble getting Wireless DeX to work on my 55-inch TCL Roku TV. Although I could get the DeX mode to come on the TV and I saw a cursor, I couldn’t move the mouse. The Note 20 Ultra told me that the TV might not be fully supported for DeX wireless mode. Bummer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Xbox Game Pass

Through the power of Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can play more than 100 Xbox games. Titles include Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Minecraft Dungeons and Halo: The Master Chief collection. 

Xbox Game Pass costs $15 a month, but when you pair the Note 20 Ultra with a game controller it could feel like a mini console. And if you don’t, the Note 20 Ultra benefits from a 240Hz touch latency that the regular Note 20 doesn’t have.

The fun gets underway September 15 when the service kicks off, so we’ll report back with impressions when we can. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: Early verdict

It’s clear based on the features and specs that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a superior phone to the Galaxy Note 20. But is the more expensive phablet right for you? For my money, I would prefer this phone’s bigger and smoother 120Hz display, more powerful zoom, better autofocus for the camera and more responsive S Pen. But I need to live with the phone for more time to tell you whether it’s worth such a high sticker price.

Personally, I never found much of a need for the S Pen, even with the continued improvements. If you don’t want a stylus, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or Galaxy S20 Plus are both very good alternatives to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. And if you want a big-screen 5G phone from Apple, a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max should be on the way in a couple months with improved performance and cameras of its own. 

I will report back with more of my hands-on impressions on the Note 20 Ultra and an ultimate verdict. But right now I would say there’s reason to be excited if you’re a Galaxy Note fan. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event 2020 Highlights: Samsung hosted the Galaxy Unpacked launch event today where the company finally showcased the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. Alongside the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the South Korean giant has also unveiled the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Tab S7 series.

The company also unveiled its next generation foldable device, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the company will not be hosting an on-ground event and will rather rely on a pre-recorded video for the online live stream launch event. 

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Samsung’s upcoming online launch event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM IST today. The event will be live-streamed via the company’s official YouTube channel as well as Samsung.com. The company will also be hosting the livestream via its social media platforms.

At the launch event, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. This time around, the series will consist of two models, the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Besides that, the South Korean giant has also launched the successor to the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch 3. The smartwatch comes in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm. Also, the consumers will be able to choose from an LTE model or a Bluetooth only model.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020: Here’s how to watch Galaxy Note 20 launch live stream, what to expect?

Apart from that, Samsung also unveiled its new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Alongside that, the company is launched the Galaxy Tab S7, Tab S7+ and the Galaxy Buds Live. 

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review: Best ‘S’ ever

Here, are all the highlights from today’s Samsung Unpacked event.

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We’re getting an early glimpse at the display on the iPhone 12 thanks to an online leak, and it looks a lot like the screens on the most recent iPhones. That’s bad news if you were hoping that Apple would shrink the notch on its upcoming phones.

The leaked image comes from Mr. White, a Twitter user who has a habit of posting pictures of various iPhone components, like the upcoming A14 Bionic processor. That tweet, showing what appears to be an iPhone 12 panel, has since disappeared from Twitter, but MacRumors captured it before it vanished.

A subsequent tweet by Mr. White shows the panel in sharper detail, and this time the leaker notes that the new panel sports the “same Face ID size.”

If so, that’s going to disappoint people who’ve been clinging to the rumor that Apple would reportedly shrink the distinctive notch on its phones, as it would need less space to house the sensors and cameras that make up the iPhone’s Face ID image recognition system. Just a few days ago leaker Jon Prosser had said the move to a smaller notch was “mostly confirmed.”

It’s no secret that Apple would like to eventually downsize and maybe even do away with the notch on its smartphones. Reports from last year suggested that future Apple smartphones wouldn’t include a notch, though that wasn’t expected to happen until 2021.

It’s safe to say the iPhone’s notch divides opinion. First introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, the notch gives Apple phones a distinctive look that Android device makers have rushed to copy. The notch also supports Face ID, which gives Apple an edge over other devices with its secure face unlocking feature, not to mention fun messaging capabilities featuring animoji.

But the iPhone’s notch means that Apple phones still have a bit of a bezel bulging into the display. You only need to look at the just unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to see the benefits of uninterrupted display real estate.

As more Android phone makers adopt minimal bezels for their phones, Apple might feel pressured to do the same. Whether or not that begins to happen with the iPhone 12, however, remains very much up in the air.

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