Samsung unveils rivals to iPhone and Airpods

Samsung unveiled a slew of new devices on Wednesday, including new phones, earbuds and smartwatches.

Most of the hardware had already been revealed in several major leaks ahead of Galaxy Unpacked 2020.

Regardless, the South Korean tech giant showed off the Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3, as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Samsung followed Apple, Huawei and OnePlus by holding the event virtually online, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Key Points

  • Samsung announces Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Buds Live offer rival to Apple Airpods Pro

Show latest update 2020-08-05T10:32:11.550Z Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event.There’s just over 3.5 hours to go until things get started but we’ll be right with you throughout the buildup bringing you all the latest rumours, leaks and everything else to expect.

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  • 5 August 2020 11:32

2020-08-05T11:36:10.583Z A major leak by notorious smartphone sleuth Evan Blass (@evleaks) has revealed nearly everything there is to now about the products being launched today. It includes images of the Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch 3.

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  • 5 August 2020 12:36

2020-08-05T12:09:11.816Z There are videos too.

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  • 5 August 2020 13:09

Advertisement 2020-08-05T12:54:57.790Z The leaked videos make for a far better teaser than Samsung’s recently released trailer for Galaxy Unpacked 2020. 

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  • 5 August 2020 13:54

2020-08-05T13:16:49.856Z Samsung will be hoping that its new stable of smartphones will help it reclaim its title as the world’s most popular smartphone maker.The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic saw Chinese giant Huawei overtake Samsung for the first time last month.

Samsung is no longer the world’s most popular smartphone maker

The IndependentIt is the first time since 2011 that Apple or Samsung haven’t held the top spot

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  • 5 August 2020 14:24

2020-08-05T13:35:44.906Z Less than half an hour to go until it kicks off. The live stream (above) is already pumping out trailers on a loop.

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  • 5 August 2020 14:35

Advertisement 2020-08-05T13:52:06.366Z Leading proceedings today will be TM Roh, in only his second major event since taking over from DJ Koh as the head of Samsung’s mobile division. In a blog post last month, Mr Roh said the new devices unveiled at today’s event will herald a new era that he dubs “the next normal”.

At this summer’s Galaxy Unpacked, we’ll be introducing five new power devices. These devices deliver on our vision to be the innovator of new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and continuously wherever we go. They combine power with seamless functionality, whether you’re at work or play, at home or away. In the Next Normal, you will be empowered to live life to the fullest with these devices in your hand (and in your ears, and on your wrist.)  – TM Roh

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  • 5 August 2020 14:52

2020-08-05T13:57:56.460Z Just a few minutes to go now until we’re underway.

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  • 5 August 2020 14:57

2020-08-05T14:08:38.196Z Alright, after a slight delay we are up and running. We start with more promotional material showing off Samsung’s new ‘Mystic Bronze’ colour.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:22

Advertisement 2020-08-05T14:10:57.306Z “Even though we are physically apart we are together,” says our host Federico Casalegno, who is being streamed from Samsung’s headquarters in South Korea.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:10

2020-08-05T14:12:25.006Z Head of Samsung Mobile is here now, TM Roh. 

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  • 5 August 2020 15:12

2020-08-05T14:13:06.836Z He opens by stating the obvious: “A lot has happened over the last six months.”

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  • 5 August 2020 15:13

Advertisement 2020-08-05T14:14:47.576Z Referring to the coronavirus pandemic – which has killed more than 700,000 people globally – TM Roh describes it as “a bump in the road”.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:15

2020-08-05T14:20:05.563Z The first devices to be announced is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung launches new Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra flagship phones

Smartphone giant’s most expensive (non-folding) phone gets a major makeover

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  • 5 August 2020 15:20

2020-08-05T14:25:03.813Z There’s more info on the ‘Mystic Bronze’ colour that has featured heavily in the promotional materials for the Note 20, new Galaxy Buds and Galaxy smartwatch.Apparently it was designed to be gender fluid.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:25

Advertisement 2020-08-05T14:27:10.793Z It’s one of five ‘Mystic’ colours to feature on the new range of devices. The Note 20 will come in Mystic Green, Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze, while the Note 20 Ultra can be coloured in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:27

2020-08-05T14:30:56.400Z The Note 20’s S Pen, which is one of the most popular features for users of the over-sized phone, has received a major upgrade. Latency has now been reduced to just 9 milliseconds, bringing the writing experience similar to that of an actual pen.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:30

2020-08-05T14:32:23.526Z Samsung are making up for a lack of live audience with a backdrop of impossibly enthusiastic people from the “Samsung family”. Applause is cut in as the new Tab S7 tablet is announced.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:32

Advertisement 2020-08-05T14:36:33.970Z Here’s how the Tab S7 looks, complete with its detachable keyboard and S Pen. It brings a “Windows PC experience to an Android tablet.”

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  • 5 August 2020 15:36

2020-08-05T14:43:28.640Z All these devices are designed to work seamlessly together, so users can switch between their phone, tablet and PC through the integration of Microsoft software into the Samsung ecosystem.

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  • 5 August 2020 15:43

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