Technology 5 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features Apple needs to steal for the iPhone 12
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In a virtual event on Wednesday, , including an complete with an . But it's the new that really caught my eye. As Samsung rattled off the small novel of new features for each phone, I longed to see some of them come to the next iPhone aka the .
I want to say this upfront, that the design and hardware features for the next iPhone have likely been locked in months ago. But that doesn't mean we can't wonder how nice it would be to see some of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features on the iPhone 12 or even an iPhone 13 -- too soon?
There are five features in particular that I think Apple should consider adopting. That said, we know that Samsung loves to cram in as many new features as possible into its phones . Apple introduces new features to solve a problem or improve your experience using an iPhone. That difference is significant, and I doubt Apple would add any of these features just to add them.
The iPhone 12 needs a real telephoto camera
In February, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has 13x optical zoom and 100x Space Zoom (aka digital zoom). The new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 5x optical zoom with 50x digital zoom. The iPhone 11 Pro has 2x optical zoom. I'm not saying that the iPhone 12 needs Space Zoom -- no phone does, really. But having a 3x or 4x optical zoom on the next iPhone would be welcomed.
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Currently, Apple offers the best overall camera system for photos and videos on any phone. However, many high-end Android phones offer a better zoom range.
But who knows if Apple would solely rely on hardware to give the iPhone 12 a better zoom range? It could follow in Google's footsteps and implement a software-based zoom that uses machine learning to improve the results like on the Google Pixel 4 .
Gorilla Glass Victus for better durability
Every time a new iPhone is released, our team of expert droppers tests the new devices to see how durable they are. The .
But those drop tests were conducted before the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and its body came out. The new Gorilla Glass is twice as scratch-resistant as Gorilla Glass 6 and can survive drops from 2 meters versus 1.6 meters. In theory this means a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could survive a drop when you're holding it up to your ear on a call.
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For years, Apple worked with Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, on a custom version of Gorilla Glass for the iPhone. And I'm hopeful we'll see a version of Gorilla Glass Victus for the iPhone 12.
Apple Pencil support for the iPhone 12
Obviously the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's biggest feature is the stylus aka the S-Pen. The latest S-Pen when used on the Note 20 Ultra has a latency of 9 milliseconds. Meaning from the time you touch the screen with the S-Pen to the time the screen/phone reacts is fast. In fact, it has the same latency as the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro .
But one dream many of us hope for is to be able to use the Apple Pencil on an iPhone, especially the larger Max version. My fingers are crossed, hoping that Apple Pencil support will come with the iPhone 12. I mean, to the iPhone. So let's keep that trend going.
And who knows, maybe Apple would make an Apple Pencil Mini that's roughly the size of a golf pencil?
What you need to know about the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
Never let it be said that Samsung doesn't shake things up. Last year it gave us two Galaxy Notes for the first time since 2014. (Remember the Note 4 and Note Edge? Those were the days.) Just a few months ago, Samsung revealed a trio of new Galaxy S phones, including an oversized model that waltzed into the Galaxy Note's corner of the market. Which has left the top-end of the company's lineup feeling awfully crowded. And the crowd just gotAnd the crowd just got bigger. Samsung officially revealed the Galaxy Note 20 ($999) and Note 20 Ultra ($1,299) today, alongside a slew of other new devices at its online-only Unpacked event.
The iPhone 12 needs a smaller notch
I believe Samsung has the best approach when it comes to maximizing screen real estate and making room for the front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra sports a hole-punch screen that is both attractive and useful.
The iPhone 12 needs to find a way to revamp the iPhone notch, which seems large by today's standards. Obviously Apple has more than just the front-facing camera to account for. FaceID has several components that are also on the front. So while I'd love to see a hole-punch display on the iPhone 12, I don't think it's possible.
However, if Apple found a way to make the notch smaller on the iPhone 12, that would be a significant aesthetic improvement.
Apple needs to add a high refresh rate display
The Note 20 Ultra display also has a high refresh rate. As opposed to the screen refreshing 60 times a second, the Note 20 Ultra is capable of refreshing its display 120 times a second. Similarly, the iPad Pro has a Pro Motion display with 120Hz. It's time to see such a screen on the iPhone. Even if it was 90Hz, the iPhone 12 should have a high refresh rate. Apple Arcade games would look amazing. Animations in iOS would look super smooth. And if the iPhone 12 gets Apple Pencil support, that high refresh rate would be a must.
The biggest Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Z Fold 2 feature Samsung announced is OS updates
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The Note 20 Ultra is a beautiful, expensive phone that came at the wrong time .
Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is possibly the right phone in the wrong situation. Unfortunate timing means it's too expensive for a steep global recession and its feature set doesn't match our new reality.It doesn't make sense, however, in a world of deep global recession, unemployment and waves of lockdowns. Unless you already know you can't live without it, it's hard for me to recommend for all but the most loyal Note fans or people upgrading from older phones .