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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: 5 features I wish Apple would copy for the iPhone 12





On the left is the Samsung Galaxy Word 20 and on the precise is the Word 20 Extremely.


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In a digital occasion final week, Samsung released a small army of new products, together with an in-depth tease of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 full with an appearance by the group BTS. But it surely’s the brand new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that basically caught my eye. As Samsung rattled off the small novel of latest options for every telephone, I longed to see a few of them come to the subsequent iPhone aka the heavily rumored iPhone 12.

I need to say this upfront, that the design and {hardware} options for the subsequent iPhone have probably been locked in months in the past. However that does not imply we will not marvel how good it might be to see a few of the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely options on the iPhone 12 and even an iPhone 13 — too quickly?

There are 5 options specifically that I believe Apple ought to take into account adopting. That mentioned, we all know that Samsung likes to cram in as many new options as attainable into its phones. Apple introduces new options to resolve an issue or enhance your expertise utilizing an iPhone. That distinction is important, and I doubt Apple would add any of those options simply so as to add them.

The iPhone 12 wants an actual telephoto digital camera

In February, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely, which has 13x optical zoom and 100x Area Zoom (aka digital zoom). The brand new Galaxy Word 20 Extremely has a 5x optical zoom with 50x digital zoom. The iPhone 11 Professional has 2x optical zoom. I am not saying that the iPhone 12 wants Area Zoom — no telephone does, actually. However having a 3x or 4x optical zoom on the subsequent iPhone could be welcomed.

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That is the big digital camera bump on the again of the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely.


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At the moment, Apple provides the very best general digital camera system for images and movies on any telephone. Nonetheless, many high-end Android telephones provide a greater zoom vary.

However who is aware of if Apple would solely depend on {hardware} to present the iPhone 12 a greater zoom vary? It may observe in Google’s footsteps and implement a software-based zoom that makes use of machine studying to enhance the outcomes like on the Google Pixel 4.

Gorilla Glass Victus for higher sturdiness

Each time a brand new iPhone is launched, our workforce of skilled droppers checks the brand new units to see how sturdy they’re. The iPhone 11 Pro proved to be one of the most durable iPhones CNET has ever tested.

However these drop checks had been performed earlier than the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely and its Gorilla Glass Victus physique got here out. The brand new Gorilla Glass is twice as scratch-resistant as Gorilla Glass 6 and may survive drops from 2 meters versus 1.6 meters. In principle this implies a Galaxy Word 20 Extremely may survive a drop if you’re holding it as much as your ear on a name.

For years, Apple labored with Corning, the producer of Gorilla Glass, on a customized model of Gorilla Glass for the iPhone. And I am hopeful we’ll see a model of Gorilla Glass Victus for the iPhone 12.

Apple Pencil assist for the iPhone 12

Clearly the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely’s largest characteristic is the stylus aka the S-Pen. The newest S-Pen when used on the Word 20 Extremely has a latency of 9 milliseconds. That means from the time you contact the display screen with the S-Pen to the time the display screen/telephone reacts is quick. The truth is, it has the identical latency because the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro.

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The iPad Professional has Apple Pencil assist and it might be nice to have it on the iPhone 12, particularly a bigger display screen model.


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However one dream many people hope for is to have the ability to use the Apple Pencil on an iPhone, particularly the bigger Max model. My fingers are crossed, hoping that Apple Pencil assist will include the iPhone 12. I imply, iOS 14 brought picture-in-picture video from the iPad to the iPhone. So let’s preserve that development going.

The S-Pen getting used on the Galaxy Word 20.


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And who is aware of, possibly Apple would make an Apple Pencil Mini that is roughly the dimensions of a golf pencil?

The iPhone 12 wants a smaller notch

I imagine Samsung has the very best strategy in terms of maximizing display screen actual property and making room for the front-facing digital camera. The Galaxy Word 20 Extremely sports activities a hole-punch display screen that’s each enticing and helpful.

The iPhone 12 must discover a technique to revamp the iPhone notch, which appears massive by immediately’s requirements. Clearly Apple has extra than simply the front-facing digital camera to account for. FaceID has a number of parts which can be additionally on the entrance. So whereas I might like to see a hole-punch show on the iPhone 12, I do not assume it is attainable.

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For the reason that iPhone X, the notch on FaceID iPhones has remained unchanged. I hope it is smaller on the iPhone 12.


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Nonetheless, if Apple discovered a technique to make the notch smaller on the iPhone 12, that might be a big aesthetic enchancment.

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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.

For more about the Samsung event and the products announced, read Samsung Unpacked: Everything revealed.





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Patrick Holland