After disappointing sales of the Galaxy S20, Samsung is ready to get the ball rolling on its second series of flagships, the Galaxy Note. Many of the new changes will make their way to this series, including the model number jump, as the Galaxy Note 10 sequel will be called the Galaxy Note 20.
So far, leaks indicate this will be a big change for existing Galaxy Note users. After delivering one of the biggest year-to-year updates in the Galaxy S20, Samsung is slowing things down with the second flagship launch. Similar to Apple's S series and OnePlus's T series, this year's Note is better than the Galaxy S20, but only slightly.
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The Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ will all the upgrades Samsung gave the Galaxy S20, including the 120 Hz display and bigger battery. Expandable storage is rumored to come to the cheaper model, although base storage is lower. The big change is the possibility of 120 Hz at 1440p, and better power efficiency when using the higher refresh rate thanks to the new backplane and variable refresh rate.
Usually, Samsung announces the latest edition in the Galaxy Note series in August. Last year's Galaxy Note 10 & 10+ was announced earlier in the month, releasing a few weeks later. We expect the same to be true with the Galaxy Note 20 series.
- Announcement date: August 2020
- Release date: August 2020
- Preorder date: August 2020
According to Sammobile, the Galaxy Note 20 will ship with a base model of 128 GB. If true, this would be a disappointing downgrade, especially since Samsung didn't add expandable storage support to the Galaxy Note 10. Our guess is because of the higher cost associated with the SoC, Samsung is saving money by reducing the internal storage. It is also because of this smaller storage we expect Samsung will add a microSD card slot to both models.
- Storage available: 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB
- Expandable storage: yes, up to 2 TB (microSD)
- Standard: UFS 3.1
Pricing hasn't been leaked yet for the upcoming Note series but we can make some predictions based on previous Notes. For starters, the Note 10 and 10+ started at $949.99 and $1,099.99, so that's the lowest price to expect for the Note 20 models. However, with the higher cost of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, we expect a price increase on both models.
- Price: starting at $999.99 (Galaxy Note 20), $1149.99 (Galaxy Note 20+)
So far, no rumors have indicated any significant changes to the body. We expect a similar design language as previous phones with aluminum sides, and glass on the front and back. There will be a new copper color for both models this year. And, of course, the S Pen will once again be housed at the bottom edge of the phone.
- Frame: aluminum
- Finish: gray, green, copper (Galaxy Note 20), black, copper (Galaxy Note 20+)
Thanks to leaks by Ross Young (and common sense if you've paid any attention to the ever-increasing size of phone screens), we know the Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ will have a bigger display.
Both phones' aspect ratios will change, indicating a taller but not necessarily wider phone. More than likely to compensate for the 5G modem, Samsung will once again include a larger battery than last year, increasing the depth and weight of the phone as well.
As far as water and dust resistance, expect the same IP68 rating once again. As usual, the Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ will be available on all three major carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
- Height: 6.37 inches (Galaxy Note 20)
- Width: 2.96 inches (Galaxy Note 20)
- Depth: 0.33 inches (Galaxy Note 20)
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: IP68 under IEC standard 60529
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile
- Infrared blaster: no
The Note 20 will launch with Android 10. With Android 11's official release occurring within weeks of its release, expect a quick update to Android 11 before the year end.
- Version: Android 10
While the Note 20 and 20+ will run Android 10 out of the box, its skin will be getting an upgrade to One UI 2.5. According to XDA, the big change will be the support for Android 10's gestural navigation with third-party home screen launchers such as Nova, ADW, and Lawnchair.
It will also have all the changes found in One UI 2.1, such as the new features in DeX and improvements to the file-sharing feature, Quick Share. We also expect a new feature announcement from their Microsoft partnership, further improving the Windows-Android connection in the Your Phone app.
- Version: One UI 2.5
Thanks to a leak by the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, Ross Young, we know quite a bit about the display. Starting with the Galaxy Note 20, the screen size will increase to 6.42 inches. Resolution is getting a small increase to 2345 x 1084, resulting in a pixel density of 404 ppi and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
According to Ross, the Galaxy Note 20+ will also increase in screen size to 6.87 inches. The larger size will also come with a higher resolution of 3096 x 1444 for a 497 ppi. The aspect ratio will be 19.3:9.
The Galaxy Note 20+ will have a 120 Hz refresh rate, just like the Galaxy S20 series. The Galaxy Note 20 will be limited to 60 Hz. The higher refresh rate on the Galaxy Note 20+ will be variable, meaning the system will change the refresh rate based on the app. There is also a chance that unlike the Galaxy S20, the 120 Hz will work at QHD (1440p) resolution. It will use LTPO, a type of backplane found in Apple devices that's a combination of LTPS (what you usually find in most OLED panels) and IGZO (the technology behind Razer Phone's higher refresh rate display). The latter will decrease power consumption by up to 20%.
- Screen size: 6.42 inches (Galaxy Note 20), 6.87 inches (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Screen resolution: 2345 x 1084 pixels (Galaxy Note 20), 3096 x 1444 pixels (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Total pixels: 2,541,980 pixels (Galaxy Note 20), 4,470,624 pixels (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Pixel density: 404 ppi (Galaxy Note 20), 497 ppi (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Screen type: Dynamic AMOLED 2X
- Notch: no
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio:19.5:9 (Galaxy Note 20), 19.3:9 (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:more than 1300 nits
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing) (Galaxy Note 20), 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch-sensing) (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
Early rumors indicate the Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. According to ZDNet Korea, Samsung is "highly likely" to use their own Exynos SoC if Qualcomm doesn't release a Snapdragon 865+. But it's been years since Samsung used an Exynos chipset in their US flagships and we don't believe they'll start now.
A leaked benchmark shows the Galaxy Note 20+ will start with 8 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 20 could start with 6 GB to lowest cost although we haven't seen any rumors indicating this change.
- Memory: 8 GB RAM, up to 16 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz + 2.42 GHz + 1.80 GHz)
- CPU cores: 4 Gold + 4 Silver
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 587 MHz
According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy Note 20's battery capacity will match the Galaxy Note 10+ at 4,300 mAh. It is likely that Samsung is repurposing the same battery it designed last year.
For the Galaxy Note 20+, we expect a modest increase to a 4,500 mAh cell. There were rumors pointing to a 5,000 mAh battery, but all the latest leaks seem to refute that.
We expect both phones will support Super Fast Charging with a 25 W charger in the box. However, the Galaxy Note 20+ should be able to charge even faster thanks to support for 45 W Super Fast Charging 2.0 power adapters. Both phones will support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 as well as Wireless PowerShare for 5 W of reverse wireless charging.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 4,300 mAh, 3.85 volts (16.56 watt-hours) (Galaxy Note 20), 4,500 mAh, 3.88 volts (17.46 watt-hours) (Galaxy Note 20)
- Wired charging: yes, Super Fast Charging (25 W) (Galaxy Note 20), Super Fast Charging 2.0 (45 W) (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Wireless charging: yes, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (15 W)
- Reverse Wireless charging: yes, PowerShare
According to renowned leaker Ice Universe, there isn't much of a hardware difference between the Galaxy Note 20 and 20+, and the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra, respectively. This includes the cameras, which on paper, are the same.
One interesting addition is that the area around the circular cutout is rumored to be used as a status bar. LetsGoDigital found five new patents in China that show how the new feature will work. The indicator will travel around the cutout and show the progression of files downloaded, voice recording status, and even battery life of wearable devices.
- Resolution: 10 MP (Galaxy Note 20), 40 MP (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Aperture: ƒ/2.2
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: yes
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Rumors indicate both phones will use the same cameras as the Galaxy S20, with the Note 20 borrowing a similar setup to the Galaxy S20 and the Note 20+ using the same as the S20 Ultra. It will have the same resolution (108 MP) as the Galaxy S20 Ultra but will use a new sensor to assist in focusing, helping to correct the focusing issue.
A periscope camera may or may not be used, but we expect the removal of the DepthVision camera (ToF sensor). Apparently, Samsung has concluded its customers aren't using the feature and may remove it to lower cost.
- Resolution: 12 MP, 64 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultrawide) (Galaxy Note 20), 108 MP (12 MP when using pixel binning), 12 MP (ultra-wide), 12 MP(telephoto) (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Sensor size: 1.4 µm, 0.8 µm (telephoto), 1.4 µm (ultrawide) (Galaxy Note 20), 0.8/2.4 µm (primary), Unknown (ultra-wide), 1.4 µm (telephoto) (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Aperture: f/2.2, f/2.0 (telephoto), f/1.8 (ultrawide) (Galaxy Note 20), f/1.8 (primary), f/2.2 (ultra-wide), f/3.5 (telephoto) (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Zoom: 3x optical, 30x digital (Galaxy Note 20), 10x optical, 100 x digital (Galaxy Note 20+)
- Flash: High CRI LED
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS (primary and telephoto)
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: yes, food, faces
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Videography is rumored to be the same as the Galaxy S20 with 8K recording and the new pro mode.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K, and 8K
- Max frame rate: 720p at 30fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 8K at 24 fps
- Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 4K at 120 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- Photos: yes, higher than 9.1 MP still photos during 4K recording
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, VDIS (video digital image stabilization)
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
No major changes will occur for audio, with the headphone jack still missing and stereo speakers on board enhanced by Dolby Atmos. There is support for Hi-Fi audio up to 32 bits, and Dual Audio is available for simultaneous Bluetooth streaming.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, top firing and bottom-firing
- Mics: 3
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
The Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ support the same sensors as the Galaxy S20.
- RGB Ambient Light Sensor
- Gyro sensor
- Geomagnetic sensor
- Hall sensor
- HR sensor
- Proximity sensor
The Galaxy Note 20 will once again support dual-frequency GNSS.
- GPS: yes, L1 + L5
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes, L1
- BeiDou: yes, B1
- Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
- QZSS: no
The connectivity will be the same as the Galaxy S20.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Wi-Fi 6)
- Bluetooth: 5.1
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
Since it will use the same X55 modem as the Galaxy S20, the Note 20 and Note 20+ will share the same 5G bands, which at the time covers both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave band.
- GSM: 850/1900
- UMTS: 850/1700/1900
- CDMA: BC0, BC10
- LTE Bands: 2/4/5/7/12/13/14/25/26/30/38/41/48/66/71
- 5G Bands: n2, n5, n41, n66, n71, n260, n261
In an interview with GregglesTV, Ross Young confirmed both phones are expected to use the second-generation ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner known as 3D Sonic Max. The sensor is 17x larger than the previous version and can read two fingerprints at the same time. It can also determine the material of the object it is interacting with, which should improve its accuracy. This will decrease the possibility of a false positive to the same level as Apple's Face ID.
The other possible significant upgrade is to the dedicated security chip, Secure Element (S3K250AF), that Samsung debuted in the Galaxy S20 series. The Note 20 and 20+ are rumored to be equipped with the second-generation, S3FV9RR. This chip received the highest security certification of a mobile component, includes twice the storage space, and supports device authorization. Samsung Knox will be on board with all its protection.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display (3D Sonic Max)
- Face scanner: yes
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
- Dedicated Security Chip: yes, Secure Element (S3FV9RR)
The Galaxy Note 20 and 20+ should come with the same accessories and paperwork as the Galaxy S20, including the 25 W Super Fast Charging adapter, USB-C cable, and AKG-tuned earbuds with a USB-C connector. Both devices will likely have a screen protector pre-applied.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20+
- Samsung USB Type-C Cable
- Samsung Power Adapter (25W)
- AKG USB-C Earbuds
- SIM Tray Ejector
- Welcome Letter
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Information
- Clear Cover
- Protective Film
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