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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: hands-on with the future of smartphone cameras

By Luke Hopewell March 11, 2020

The Samsung S20 range is here, and we’ve ripped off the wrapping to learn all about it. We took the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G out for a spin, and we’re blown away by what it can achieve. Here’s why it’s the smartphone-sized pro camera of your dreams.

It has a whopping 108-megapixel pro-grade camera…

Samsung says that the S20 range is “designed to change photography”. The S20 range certainly changes what we thought was possible with smartphones.

That 108-megapixel sensor is one of the largest we’ve ever seen in a smartphone before, and it’s what makes the incredible zoom possible.

The sheer size of the sensor gives you more pixels across an image, meaning you get a larger image overall. That means you can snap a shot and pinch in to see details right up close.

And a larger image sensor means it’s capturing more light at night, and a revamped Pro mode means you can customise a shot to your heart’s desire.

…with a huge 100x zoom…

The S20 Ultra 5G has a number of zoom levels, including the 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom. Its real party trick, however, is 100x Space Zoom.

Space Zoom really makes that 108-megapixel sensor shine. Samsung says it’ll take you from the back of a room to on-stage in a click, and it really means it.

When we were testing the S20 Ultra 5G, it was a snap to go from a wide shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to seeing the flag fill the display at 100x zoom.

The overhauled camera software even comes with a target viewfinder so you can hunt out specifics in an image at zoom, making sure you never miss a detail.

And most importantly, thanks to a range of cameras on the S20 Ultra 5G, zoom looks great at a bunch of different magnifications, including 2x, 4x and 10x.

…and 8K video to boot…

You’ve heard of 4K – with video quality 4x as crisp and clear as high-definition – but Samsung’s new flagship is here to leap ahead, with incredible 8K video capabilities. That’s right: the S20 Ultra 5G’s incredible camera is not just capable of taking beautiful photos, it supports 8K video recording!

On top of astounding quality and stabilised shooting, the S20 Ultra 5G makes sure you don’t miss a thing, thanks to the ability to select 33-megapixel stills right out of an 8K video. So if you’re recording your kid’s baseball match, you can record them hitting the game-winning home run, and have both a high-resolution video and high-resolution still to mark the moment.

It also supports a range of other high- and ultra-high definition recording formats with high frame rate capabilities to make video buttery smooth on playback.

…powered by Australia’s best 5G!

We continue to roll out Australia’s best 5G to more and more cities and regional centres, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra is built to access the incredible speeds our network has to offer.

The possibilities 5G* offers are extensive. Its potential to deliver high speeds and low latency can enable not only fast download speeds for our customers, but also unlocks capacity for thousands of new devices working together on our network.

Check our coverage maps to find out more about 5G near you.

How to get one

The S20 range is available for online and in-store now!

The whole Galaxy S20 range will be available for both outright purchase and via our 24- and 36-month payment terms.

Outright MRO 24-months MRO 36-months
Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (4G)  $1349 $56.20 $37.47
Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (5G) $1499 $62.45 $41.63​
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 128GB (5G) $1649 $68.70 $45.80
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 512GB (5G)  $1899 $79.12 $52.75
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128GB (5G) $1999 $83.29 $55.52

As for the Z Flip, we’ll be confirming the pricing and release date shortly.

Exclusive Telstra pricing

For a limited time, Telstra consumer and small business customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G on a 24 or 36-month plan will receive a $150 credit, applied to their bill. This offer is available from 6 March to 3 April 2020.

Additionally, Telstra consumer customers who add a new Samsung device onto their month-to-month plans will net themselves up to 80,000 Telstra Plus points if they redeem online. For all the details, visit Telstra.com.au/plus. This offer is available from 12 February to 31 March 2020.

And finally, any customer who pre-orders any Samsung Galaxy S20 device (S20, S20+ or S20 Ultra) will receive the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (in white). This offer is available during the pre-order period only from 12 February to 5 March 2020, and customers will have until 12th April to redeem their bonus Galaxy Buds+ via the Samsung website.

5G: Telstra currently offers 5G in selected areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. To find out more about Telstra 5G, check here or ask in store. 

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Samsung Galaxy Fold joins our line-up with iconic new design

By Luke Hopewell October 30, 2019

Every few years, the sea of black rectangles is parted to make way for an incredible new smartphone design. This year, it’s the entry of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that has cut through, with its incredible new folding design. The new Samsung Galaxy Fold is set to hit stores today. Here’s where you can get your hands on it!

A new benchmark

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in Australia.

Samsung has worked hard on improving the design of the highly anticipated Galaxy Fold and has ended up with a product that is deserving of the term ‘iconic’.

The device starts off as a compact smartphone that fits in one hand, and with the new Infinity Flex Display, unfolds into a game-changing 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED masterpiece. Complete with six pro-grade cameras, you’re guaranteed to get amazing photos from every angle.

The six cameras include a zoom lens for great close-ups; a wide-lens to capture more of your life; an ultra-wide lens for all your rich landscapes and more for selfies! And with loads of power and built-in storage, you can snap till your heart’s content.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display extends beyond its bezel with additional reinforcements to protect the device. Compared to its previous iteration, the hinge has been strengthened with new protective caps; additional layers of metal have been added under the Infinity Flex Display to make it stronger, and the space between the hinge and the body of the device has been made smaller.

Prioritising the user journey, Samsung has optimised apps for an ideal foldable user experience.

Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will go on sale in select Telstra retail stores from 30 October 2019.

All Telstra-branded stores can order the Galaxy Fold for customers. To get hands-on with the Galaxy Fold, the following stores will be offering demonstrations:

Adelaide; Chadstone; Chermside; Hobart; Melbourne Discovery; Perth Hay St; Queens Plaza; Southland, and Sydney Discovery.

The Galaxy Fold will be available from $2999, which works out to $124.95 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months, or $83.30 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan cost.

Groundbreaking Design

The Galaxy Fold represents yet another landmark in phone design for Samsung.

Through the launch of Samsung’s first foldable mobile phone, Galaxy Fold, let’s revisit some of our favourite phone design evolvements of years gone by.

Samsung Galaxy Note

As small, black rectangles started to saturate the mobile space back in 2011, Samsung decided to supersize the concept with the company’s very first Galaxy Note, giving rise to the term “phablet”: where a phone and a tablet would be blended together into the one pocketable device.

Compared to phones of today with displays over 6-inches, the Galaxy Note looks positively tiny with its 5.3-inch WXGA display. But at the time, the Note went up against the relatively diminutive iPhone 4S.

The Note also popularised the built-in stylus for the smartphone generation. While PDAs had styluses, the Note made them easier to use than ever and evolved it into the essential S-Pen platform we love on the Galaxy Note10 range all these years later.

Motorola RAZR V3

The Motorola RAZR V3 was the first phone to truly go viral. At its core, it was a simple feature flip phone, but what it represented was more important than what it could do. For millennials, the RAZR V3 was the phone to be seen with, thanks to its striking colours and comparatively thin clamshell design.

It was the phone that Hollywood got around with too, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences included them in the gift bags for the 77th Academy Awards.

Nokia N-Gage

Before phones had app stores and seemingly endless storage, gaming on the go was considered almost impossible. That was, unless you had 2003’s hottest device: the Nokia N-Gage.

Packing a 2.1-inch TFT display and a four-way directional pad, the N-Gage was the first gaming phone fusion. It was able to connect to gaming multiplayer services via the N-Gage Arena platform, and if you and a friend had a device each, you’d be able to game over Bluetooth together.

The N-Gage saw 58 game titles come to the system, including Call of Duty, Civilization II and The Sims, among others.

Hiptop/Sidekick 3

The HipTop 3 – also known as the Sidekick as it was sold in North America – was an iconic phone for its time. Sold exclusively in Australia by Telstra in 2006 and built by Danger and Sharp, the HipTop 3 featured a trackball for navigating the menus and a screen that flipped 180-degrees, revealing the full raised QWERTY keyboard deck that made it perfect for messaging your mates.

It improved on previous iterations of the HipTop/Sidekick range by packing in a 1.3 megapixel camera (up from the previous mode’s VGA camera), and featured MP3 playback via the cutting-edge MicroSD card slot support. It also featured a web browser and an amazing data plan that allowed users to browse to their heart’s content via Telstra’s 2G network.

The HipTop 3 was so iconic that it got its own designer iteration from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg!

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Samsung Galaxy Note10+: our favourite features

By Luke Hopewell August 23, 2019

You’ve probably heard about the incredible 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity Display and new super-fast processor, but what else is there to love about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+? We went hands on to find out.

Air Gestures

For a decade, Samsung’s Note line has come with an S-Pen sheathed inside the device. It offers incredible handwriting support, as well as a variety of other productivity hacks designed to make your digital life easier.

The Note10+ packs in yet another upgraded S-Pen that transforms your annotation companion into a digital magic wand. With Air Actions, the S-Pen can be used to control your apps with a flick of the wrist. It can skip tracks, control your volume and more inside supported apps.

We love it as it allows you to remotely control your phone in a new and interesting way!

Pro-grade camera(s)

Each smartphone camera is better than the last, and the Note10+ is no exception. Slipping the Note10+ into your pocket is like carrying five cameras with you at all times. The Galaxy Note10+ includes a full kit of lenses on its rear camera – zoom, wide, ultra-wide, and a 3D depth sensor, called DepthVision Camera, that maps the scene in front of you to accurately blur out the background naturally in your photos, so you can shoot like a pro without being a pro. The front-facing camera on the Note10+’s front camera is integrated into its Cinematic Infinity-O display, helping it stretch from corner to corner.

Thanks to the new DepthVision Camera, the bokeh capabilities offered by the Note10+ on both photos and videos allow for incredible in-camera effects that a few short years ago would have cost thousands of dollars and required a proper editing rig to produce. What a time to be alive!

Brilliant battery (and charging!)

The Note range always brings the goods with its power capabilities, and this year is one for the books. The Note10+ has a 4300mAh (typical) battery that keeps you writing, tapping and gaming all day long. (Battery capacity value of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e. minimum) battery capacity value is 4,170 mAh. Actual battery life varies by network environment, features and apps used, frequency of calls and messages, number of times charged, and many other factors. Please see user manual for instructions on how to care for the battery and achieve optimum battery life)

Like cameras, batteries in phones have also been improving year-on-year. Samsung with the Note10+ has gone one better this year, with the addition of seriously fast charging. With support for 45-watt Super-Fast Charging 2.0, 30 minutes of charge should be enough to power you through your day. (Fast charger required for fast charging. 25W charger provided with the device, but 45W charger sold separately)

Making it yours

If you want to get all this goodness for yourself, there’s good news. We’re putting the Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy Note10+ 5G on sale today in our stores and online.

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is available for a monthly device repayment of $70.79 over 24 months or $47.19 over 36 months plus the cost of your month-to-month mobile plan. (Minimum cost from $2898.96 on the $50/mth plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes)

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is available for a monthly device repayment of $82.79 over 24 months or $55.19over 36 months plus the cost of your month-to-month mobile plan. (Minimum cost from $3,186.96on the $50/mth plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes)

5G device, 4G price offer

From now until 23 September, Telstra customers will be able to take home the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G for the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ when they add to a mobile plan and stay connected for 24 or 36 months. (The discount applies for the term of the device repayment. If you cancel early, the discount does not apply to any amount outstanding)


Things you need to know

5G: Telstra currently offers 5Gin selected areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll automatically switch to our 4GX/4G or 3G. To find out more about Telstra 5G,check hereor ask in store.

Month-to-Month: If you cancel your service, you will receive a pro rata refund for the remainder of your month. If you have any device, accessory or service add-ons attached to your plan, you will have to pay any remaining amount owing on your next bill.

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Meet Samsung’s new Galaxy Note10 series

By Campbell Simpson August 8, 2019

Samsung’s newest and most powerful smartphone for 2019 has just been unveiled – the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and Note10+ 5G combine the latest technology and innovations into a sleek handset with a gorgeous design.

Announced to the world overnight at a glittering event in New York, the Galaxy Note10 brings together the best of Samsung’s design expertise and cutting-edge tech to create the most impressive smartphone we’ve seen all year, with a new super-fast processor and a long list of user-friendly features.

Built around a 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity-O display that covers nearly the entire front of the device, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is a sight to behold. Like every other Note from Samsung, too, the Galaxy Note10+ hides away an intelligent S Pen stylus in its body – and this year, the S Pen is smarter than ever. It’ll respond to your gestures with Air Actions; even when your phone is not in your hands, you can take selfies or videos or control your music or video playback.

The Galaxy Note10+ includes a full kit of lenses on its rear camera – zoom, wide, ultra-wide, and a 3D depth sensor that maps the scene in front of you to accurately blur out the background naturally in your photos, so you can shoot like a pro without being a pro. The Note10+’s front camera is integrated into its Cinematic Infinity-O display, helping it stretch from corner to corner.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are known for their exceptional battery life, and the new Note 10+ is no different. The new phone has a 4300mAh (typical) long-lasting battery*, which should make for all-day power for your tapping and snapping and swiping, but even more impressive is the Galaxy Note 10+’s 45W Super-Fast Charging 2.0 capability**. With a compatible fast charger, you’ll be back at full battery faster than ever.

And, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is available with 5G – which means downloading and streaming at fast speeds. We’ve enabled 5G in all major Australian cities, with at least 35 cities around the country on our roadmap for 5G in the next year, and we’re continuing to hit new milestones along the way. We’re proud to add the Galaxy Note10+ 5G to our range of leading 5G devices on Australia’s fastest network.

We’ll have the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G available in store and online from 23 August, for as little as $47.19 a month on our device repayment option when you stay connected to a month-to-month plan for 24 or 36 months. (Minimum cost from $2898.96 on the $50 plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes). If you pre-order the Galaxy Note10, you’ll also get a pair of AKG N700NC noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones as a gift with your purchase.

As a special offer for our customers, from 8 August to 23 September you will be able to take up the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G for the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ when you stay connected for 24 or 36 months.

For more pre-order and pricing information please visit our Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and Note10+5G product pages.

Things you need to know

Telstra currently offers 5G in select areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll enjoy Australia’s fastest average 4G speeds on our extensive 4GX coverage footprint and automatically switch to 3G in areas beyond. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.

*Battery value capacity of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e minimum) battery capacity value is 4200mAh. Actual battery life varies by network environment, features and apps used, frequency of calls and messages, number of times charged, and many other factors.

** Fast charger required for fast charging. 25W charger provided with the device, but 45W charger sold separately.

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Doubling our 5G device offering

By Luke Hopewell June 18, 2019

When it comes to new devices, we want to spoil you for choice. That’s why we’re expanding the range of 5G-capable devices available. Our existing 5G* devices – the HTC Hub 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – will be joined by the new Oppo Reno 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ. Both premium smartphones offer the very latest in camera gear, performance and connectivity.

Oppo Reno 5G

Oppo’s next-generation flagship uses clever tricks and gadgets to prioritise an uninterrupted screen experience. The 6.6-inch OLED display is notchless, meaning that there’s no front-facing camera or sensor gear cluttering up the top of the screen to make for an incredible viewing experience. But don’t worry, it still has an incredible 16-megapixel front-facing camera that pops up from inside the body when you need it.

The Reno 5G also packs in clever gadgets under the screen like an in-glass fingerprint reader, which speeds up the unlocking of the device by over 28%. And of course, it supports 5G.

Make sure you check the coverage maps to see if 5G is available in your area.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG’s first 5G device reimagines how you can use your smartphone by doubling the number of screens on offer.

Out of the box, the V50 packs in a primary 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display. In addition, it comes with a dual screen case, which allows you to connect a second 6.2-inch OLED display for double your screen fun.

The dual screen phone folds up into a single, sleek 183-gram device that easily fits in your pocket for entertainment, gaming and productivity on the go. Don’t worry about spoiling the line of your outfit, however: the V50 pops out of its dual-screen case to become a thin, sleek, single screen flagship.

The dual screens work brilliantly for multi-taskers everywhere. Want to watch a YouTube video and play a game at the same time? You got it. Feel like binge-watching your favourite shows while talking to your friends about it? Simple!

LG’s V50 ThinQ is also packing some incredible new speaker and camera tech for the best on-the-go experience you could ask for!

The 5G family

Samsung Galaxy 5G

The Oppo Reno 5G and LG V50 ThinQ join the equally incredible Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and HTC Hub 5G as part of our new 5G device line-up. 5G is no longer just a pipe-dream, with the announcement of our first supported areas for service as well as four brand new devices on sale in just a matter of months. Both the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and the Oppo Reno 5G are available from today. Head into a Telstra Store to see one for yourself, or log onto our website for more information.

*5G is now available in selected areas. To find out more about Telstra 5G,check hereor ask in store.