What we know so far about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series, leaks, release date and prices
Early this year Samsung unleashed its S20 series and now its time for one more trick up its sleeve, you could call it Samsung’s last resort, and that is the Samsung Galaxy Note series. From last year we learned that Sammy will be releasing not just one Galaxy Note but three. So we should expect a Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra. Although the most consistent rumors currently on the web suggest that there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, whilst some have also referred to a third phone – the Galaxy Note 20 Plus – but that’s looking less certain According to Samsung. Samsung has also said that it will be hosting a virtual event on the 5th of August where it’s expected to unleash the entire Note 20 series (The Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Fold 2 will also be released on the same date as the Note 20 series). Of course, we expect the best tech from the S20 series DNA to make up the Note 20 series.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 SERIES MODELS
Most talked about leaks on the web are mainly focused on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This seems like the company will be focusing on the Note Ultra as its top-end device. It’s still not clear whether there will be a Plus variant of the Note 20 series.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
Rumored to have dimensions measuring 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.5mm, which would make it thicker than the 7.9mm Note 10 series, and despite that massive screen this is apparently the standard Note 20, not the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus. This will come with a display size of 6.7-inch screen with tiny bezels, a single-lens punch-hole camera, and a large Galaxy S20-like camera block on the rear. According to the renders, the power and volume buttons having been shifted from the left to the right edge, and the S Pen slot moving from the right to the left. Another source has also obtained renders of the Note 20 Ultra, claiming that it has a 6.9-inch 1440 x 3200 curved screen with 508 pixels per inch and a 120Hz refresh rate. They add that it will apparently be the first phone to use Gorilla Glass 7 – so the screen should be tough.
Other sources claim that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a screen that supports a QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate at the same time, and that it will have smaller bezels than the Note 10 Plus, a smaller front-facing camera, and that it will be 0.3mm thinner. Although a peak at the firmware update coming to the Galaxy S20 Ultra has suggested that won’t be the case though. Though it does indicate that you will be able to have that resolution and the same refresh rate, but you won’t be able to use both at the same time, it’ll have to have a massive battery in order to pull that off unless otherwise. Sources also suggest the phones to come in the following colors: gray, copper and green shades for the Galaxy Note 20, and black and copper shades for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus. Shape-wise sources have it that the Note 20 screen could be curved at the top and the bottom as well as the sides.
SPECS AND FEATURES
- Processor: It could come powered by, either the Snapdragon 865 which powers the S20 series, the Snapdragon 865 plus or/and Samsung’s Exynos 992 (In most regions outside the US). There are other sources that suggest that only the Exynos 990 will be used packed with 12GB RAM.
- Storage: The Note 20 could come with 128GB of storage but not much has been said about the other variants, so they most probably will have more storage than the Note 20 model.
- Battery: The Note 20 is said to be juiced by a 4300 mAh battery, from this it’s safe to assume that the batteries for the Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra will have bigger batteries… well we at least hope so.
Furthermore, a leak states that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could support the streaming of games through Xbox Game Pass. What about the Stylus you say, well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series might also have a cool stylus feature such as the ability to navigate the phone using the stylus by hovering it over the device. This would let you point your stylus at the screen and press the button on it to make the phone think you’re actually pressing the screen. You can flick between menus, open apps, change camera settings and more.
- It will have a 108MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 13MP periscope snapper, joined with a laser focus system that replaces the Time-of-Flight sensor Samsung’s top-end phones normally have.
- It might not have the same 100x digital zoom capability as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, though it might have a periscope lens like the S20 Ultra which allows for a high level zoom ability.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s camera specs leaked in full suggest that it will have a 108MP f/1.8 main sensor, a 12MP f/3.0 periscope camera, and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, as well as it being able to take 8K videos at 24fps, along with 4K UHD at 60fps, 30fps and 24fps.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The Note 20 series are likely to be released on the 5th of August, which in fact is just 10 days away. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!! As for the price, the Note 10 was released at a starting price of $949 / £869 / AU$1,499, so we’d expect a starting price around there or even higher. The larger Note 10 Plus cost $100 / £130 / AU$200 more, so we expect a similar price jump for the inevitable Note 20 Plus. This price scheme has become pretty standard for top-tier flagship phones.
Most likely, all of Samsung’s flagship phones will come with 5G capability across the whole range – the Snapdragon 865 chipset is expected to be at the heart of the almost all 2020 flagship Android phones, and Qualcomm’s chipset is coupled with a 5G modem.
This is where the issue becomes eve greater because with the 5G capability comes with a much higher cost. The Note 10 Plus 5G was sold by Verizon in the US for $1,299 (around £974 / AU$1,888), so we’d expect a higher-than-normal price tag for any 5G-capable version of the Note 20. Let us hope that there will also be 4G versions in certain markets, so there could be possibilities of lower prices in other regions across the globe.
WHAT NOW, SHOULD YOU GO FOR IT?
Well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is definitely going to have so much hype and everyone will be looking forward to digging deep into their wallets and pockets in order to get it but remember that there is the Note 10 series that is already on the market and its prices are bound to reduce by a few hundreds. The Note 10 series is still formidable and a much capable series of devices, so if you are looking for a powerful Stylus wielding smartphone then i would advise you to go for the Note 10 series. It will save you plenty. What are your views about the upcoming Note 20 series, will it live up to its hype? Let me know in the comments below, take good care.