Update: July 28, 2020 (6AM ET): We’ve updated our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rumor hub with the purported pricing information for the 4G and 5G variants, as well as possible Indian availability info.
Original article: April 17, 2020: Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has long been the preferred choice for Android power users. The Galaxy S line, on the other hand, has traditionally appealed more to the masses. Samsung changed that up a bit recently with the “power user lite” Galaxy Note 10 as well as the top-of-the-line Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is now a power user’s dream. So, where does that leave the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 line?
This is everything we know (or at least think we know) so far about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series.
Name and release date
Samsung has not confirmed the Galaxy Note 20 moniker, but it’s a safe bet to assume this will be the name of the series’ next iteration. Samsung’s Note and Galaxy lines have mirrored each other pretty closely over the years. Most recently, the Galaxy line name jumped from 10 to 20, so it makes sense for us to expect a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 this year.
The Galaxy Note 20 series is on schedule for an August 2020 launch.
If we can expect the Galaxy Note 20 name, what about the device variants within the series? At first, we assumed Samsung would go the route it went last year and release two models: a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and a Note 20 Plus. However, the existence of the Galaxy S20 Ultra made us think there could be a third, absurdly over-powered Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Eventually, evidence arrived that strongly suggests there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We just don’t know if that means there will be three models (vanilla, Plus, and Ultra) or just two (vanilla and Ultra). The evidence does very strongly suggest that there will be an Ultra variant, though.
As far as a release date is concerned, Samsung has confirmed that its next Galaxy Unpacked event will happen on August 5, 2020. The company didn’t directly confirm that we’ll see the Galaxy Note 20 launch then, but we are very confident that’s what will happen.
There is a rumor that the phones would then hit store shelves on August 21. Judging from past Note launches, that makes perfect sense to us, so we’d feel comfortable betting on that, too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Design
We got our first good look at both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus (or Ultra, maybe) in May. The renders show that both the new Note phones will have big screens, chunky camera modules, and a design that remains largely unchanged compared to the Galaxy Note 10 series.
As per the Galaxy Note 20 render leak, the phone will get a 6.7-inch display. Meanwhile, the Note 20 Plus/Ultra is said to come with a larger 6.9-inch screen. Both phones could come with a quad-camera setup at the back. Obviously, camera specs could vary and you can scroll down to read more on that in the specs and features section. Meanwhile, take a look at the leaked renders below, courtesy of Pigtou.
Note that the curved displays of the Galaxy Note 10 series are dialed way back here. We expect flat displays to make a solid return this year as the industry moves away from the curved trend.
The position of the S Pen housing has also changed on both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus/Ultra. Samsung usually slots the stylus on the right side but renders for both phones show that it’s now placed on the bottom left.
Colorways for both the Galaxy Note 20 phones also leaked recently. The standard Galaxy Note 20 might come in gray, copper, and green colorways. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 20 Plus/Ultra is tipped to arrive in black, copper, and gold colorways.
Arguably the biggest design-related leak to date occurred via Samsung itself, as Samsung’s Ukrainian website posted renders showing a bronze Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Check that out below.
The images confirm a distinctive rear camera housing seen in previous unofficial renders, featuring a vertically stacked arrangement with prominent lenses. It also seems like the bottom camera might be a periscope shooter, enabling long-range zoom shots.
We have also seen a leaked hands-on video from YouTuber JimmyIsPromo. The video appears to show a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in a black colorway. Check it out below and see the phone from all angles:
Once again, this leaked hands-on depicts a phone that matches up very well with Samsung’s own renders, so we are relatively confident this is what the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (or Plus, maybe) will look like.
More recently, tipster Evan Blass posted a 360-degree leak of the vanilla Note 20. You can see its big and flat display, as well as its raised camera bump.
Blass recently posted some more renders of both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra on his Twitter account.
91Mobiles also posted a leak of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but in a new Mystic White color. See below.
Specs and features
However, we now know that Qualcomm is releasing an upgraded version of the chipset, the Snapdragon 865 Plus. It is still possible that the Note 20 Ultra will have this chipset, as the FCC filing only confirmed the specs for the Galaxy Note 20 Plus. We’ll need to wait and see.
Unfortunately, we also expect Samsung to stick to its usual method of not putting the SD865 (or SD865 Plus) in every model. Handsets in specific markets will almost certainly tout Samsung Exynos processors. One report from tipster Max Weinbach claims that in other markets, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will continue using the current Exynos 990 chip, instead of the rumored Exynos 992 chip. Our own poll indicates most people would prefer to buy the phone with Snapdragon-based processors.
We also expect the phones to feature an IP68 water-resistance rating, at least 12GB of RAM, no less than 256GB of internal storage, and as much as 512GB of storage. You can also expect wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a multi-sensor camera setup. Only the Note 10 Plus featured expandable storage, and Winfuture.de claims the microSD card will be back on the Note 20 Ultra.
A recent report from SamMobile suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s battery capacity will start at 4,300mAh. This would be larger than the standard Galaxy Note 10’s 3,500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly have at least a 4,500mAh battery, but we had hoped to see a 5,000mAh rating, similar to what we saw on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Winfuture.de also reports that the standard Note 20 will have a 6.7-inch, 1080p display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Cameras will include a 12MP f/1.8 primary camera and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, but zoomed-in shots would be limited to crops from a 64MP f/2.0 camera like on most Galaxy S20 models.
Another leak from WinFuture.de tells us the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will sport a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 3,200 x 1,440 resolution, 508ppi, and variable refresh rates that can scale to 120Hz when required. The Note 20 will likely be the first phone to use the newly revealed Gorilla Glass Victus. It is supposed to protect a smartphone’s display from breaking even if it falls from two meters high. It’s also supposed to have twice the scratch resistance compared to Gorilla Glass 6. The same report claims that the Note 20 will add some kind of support for Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service.
Unfortunately, Samsung has now done away with the headphone jack on its premium flagship devices, so don’t expect to see a comeback with the Note 20 series.
The Galaxy Note 20 series will pack some mighty camera specs, if the leaks are to be believed.
As far as cameras go, tipster Ice Universe has shared apparent Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus/Ultra camera specs. According to the leak, the bigger of the Note 20 devices will pack a 12MP “2L3” ultra-wide camera (referring to Samsung’s Isocell Fast 2L3 sensor) and a 13MP “3M5” periscope camera (referring to the company’s S5K3M5 camera sensor). The latter would be a big drop in resolution over the S20 Ultra’s 48MP periscope camera. If true, this suggests the firm may have decided better low-light quality was more important than more megapixels.
The leaker also alleges that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus/Ultra will have the same Isocell Bright HM1 108MP main camera as the S20 Ultra.
Another report from YouTuber Jimmy is Promo states the cameras will support 50x zoom, rather than the 100x Space Zoom feature found on the Galaxy S20. Clips can also be recorded in a more cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio. The same leak shows that the phone will support Google’s Nearby Share feature, which will allow the Note 20 to send files wirelessly to all other compatible Android devices.
Obviously, all Note 20 devices will have an S Pen, as that’s a signature feature of the entire line. We have heard rumors that this year’s S Pen will be physically identical to last year’s but pack a new trick: doubling as a digital pointer.
While the aforementioned specs and features are what we’ve gathered from rumors so far, we also have our own set of expectations from the new Galaxy Note 20 series.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will likely be some of the most expensive on the market. Here’s what the devices from last year’s crop cost:
- $949: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
- $1,049: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G (Korea only)
- $1,099: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
- $1,199: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage
- $1,299: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
- $1,399: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage
So far, we have rumors that strongly suggest Samsung will launch the lowest-tier Note 20 at either the same or possibly an even lower price as compared to the vanilla Note 10 from last year. The reasoning behind this could be twofold: the poor sales of the incredibly expensive Galaxy S20 series combined with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If Samsung doesn’t keep the Note 20 series’ pricing reasonable, it might face some serious hurdles selling the phones.
However, Samsung is also reportedly already expecting demand for the Note 20 series to be low, likely due to the pandemic. With that in mind, Sammy could go for broke and make them more expensive under the assumption the die-hard Note fans will still buy them. Time will tell.
MySmartPrice on July 27 reportedly clarified the pricing structure of the Galaxy Note 20 series. There will be at least four variants, according to the report, with the Galaxy Note 20 available in 4G and 5G flavors. The range-topping Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may only be available in 5G.
Here are the publication’s pricing suggestions below:
- €999: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 4G with 256GB of internal storage
- €1,099: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G with 256GB of internal storage
- €1,349: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G with 256GB of internal storage
- €1,439: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G with 512GB of internal storage
In other words, it looks like the Note 20 series could be slightly more expensive than the Note 10 range if these prices are confirmed. The publication also believes the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live will be priced at €189.
As far as availability is concerned, you can expect a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 global launch. That means we will most likely see it land in the US, Europe, South Korea, and more. MySmartPrice‘s aforementioned report also suggests that deliveries in India will commence on August 28.
Those are all the details we have on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 so far! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as we will update it with new information as we get our hands on it.