In case the Samsung Galaxy S20 series was a bit disappointing in your opinion, or maybe you want a phone with a larger display, or maybe you’re just a fan of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, then you might have heard that Samsung is expected to officially launch the Note 20 series at a Galaxy Unpacked event that they will be hosting next month.
While there are no official specs of the phone available yet, we have come across plenty of rumors and leaks that might be of interest to you, so check them out and also be sure to check back with us on the 5th of August for all the official details.
If you liked what you saw with the Galaxy S20, then there is a good chance you will like what you see with the Note 20. This is because based on the leaked renders we’ve seen, the Note 20’s design will not be straying too far from the Galaxy S20.
Even the camera bump on the back of the phone, based on the renders, are very reminiscent of the Galaxy S20. You can take a look at the phone’s alleged design in this video below shared by Jimmy Is Promo in which he seems to have gotten his hands on what appears to be a working version of the Note 20 Ultra.
If the rumors are to be believed, Samsung could launch three variants of the Note 20. This will come in the form of the base Note 20, then there will be a slightly larger version in the Note 20 Plus, and an even larger version in the Note 20 Ultra.
The differences here are mainly in the displays where the Note 20 could sport a display between 6.4-inches to 6.7-inches, while the Note 20 Plus could come with a 6.9-inch display, while the Ultra model is said to sport a display that could creep over 7-inches. This might sound pretty huge, but given that the bezels on our smartphones have shrunk drastically over the years, we imagine that it should still be somewhat manageable.
As for the refresh rates, we’re hearing that the phones could use a 120Hz display, but whether or not it will be limited to the higher-end models remains to be seen. A tweet by Ice Universe also suggests that Samsung will have a more “fine-tuned” version of the 120Hz display, meaning that it could use less battery than its Galaxy S20 counterparts.
The Galaxy Note20 will use a more fine-tuned 120Hz refresh rate technology.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 4, 2020
Given that this is a flagship smartphone, we expect that the Note 20 lineup will most likely come with flagship hardware. If this had been a few months ago, we would have assumed that it would most likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, but given that Qualcomm had recently announced the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, it’s almost a guarantee that this is what the Note 20 will be using.
Also, with Samsung using a mix of both Exynos and Qualcomm chipsets, there is a good chance that this tradition will continue. Unfortunately though, while the Qualcomm chipset Samsung could be using might be an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865, the Exynos version will apparently still be the same Exynos 990 chipset which powers the Galaxy S20 series.
Can confirm. I have found no references to any new chip other than Snapdragon 865+ in the firmware's I have on hand.
The Exynos 990 will be used in the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. https://t.co/AGee7eHv8F
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) July 11, 2020
If you were hoping that the Note 20 series would come with an upgraded quad-camera setup, you could be disappointed. This is because based on the renders and rumors, it seems that the Note 20 lineup will continue to use a triple camera setup, but there will be some differences between the models.
For the base Note 20, it has been rumored that it will sport a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 64MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultrawide angle. As for the Note 20 Plus, it will sport a 108MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultrawide angle. There are also rumors that it could support 50x zoom and will have a laser autofocusing feature that will help closeup shots.
There is no mention of the Note 20 Ultra, but there is a chance it means that it could use the same setup as the Note 20 Plus, just with a larger display.
As for the front-facing camera, there have been rumors claiming that the Note 20 could finally come with an under-display front-facing camera. If these rumors don’t pan out, then there is a very good chance Samsung will return to using the hole-punch design.
Galaxy Note20 Ultra:
Evolution version Note10+
QHD+120Hz can be turned on at the same time
New camera function
New SPen and features pic.twitter.com/t6GN5UwZnC
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2020
Pricing and availability
Samsung will be officially unveiling the handset on the 5th of August, which means that a release date is probably not too far behind. According to leakster Jon Prosser, he claims that the Note 20 series will be officially released on the 20th of August.
There is still no word on pricing just yet, but a report out of Korea did suggest that it could be slightly cheaper, at least as far as the top-of-the-line model is concerned. The report suggested that the Note 20 Ultra could be priced at 1.45 million won, which is roughly 50,000 won cheaper than its predecessor and roughly works out to be $1,200. We’re not sure if this will be applicable across all models, but fingers-crossed that it will be.