Samsung Galaxy Note 20
We know pretty much already everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. There have been so many new leaks and rumors, as always. Now we’re going to put them all together here in one place. So a lot of you guys may already know that there will be two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. The Note 20, as well as the Note 20 Ultra. The Ultra is of course going to be the flagship version, with all of the bells and whistles. Note 20 is going to have a lot of the features of the Note 20 Ultra. But a little bit more toned down, and coming in at a cheaper price.
So let’s start with the displays. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series is going to look very similar to the Note 10 series. So we’re going to have squared off edges, small top, and bottom bezels, with a punch out in the center. This punch-out is going to be slightly smaller, and the bezels are also slightly smaller. Giving a slightly larger screen to body ratio. A 6.9-inches display on the Note 20 Ultra. On Note 20, we will have a 6.7-inch display. Now, although both displays will have AMOLED technology, they are going to be very different.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has Quad HD+ resolution. Giving you a high pixel density, as well as a 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate.
What does that mean? Well, it’s going to be able to dynamically switch between different refresh rates. And that’s going to make it more power-efficient. It may also mean that we’ll be able to get full Quad HD+ resolution with 120Hz, at the same time. Something that’s currently not there, on the Galaxy S 20 series.
Now the Note 20 is going to have a full HD plus resolution. It’s going to have a lower pixel density, not as sharp as the Note 20 Ultra. It’s also going to have a 60Hz refresh rate, not 120Hz like the Note 20 Ultra. So it’s not going to have that smooth experience that you’ll be getting on the flagship model. In addition to that, it’s also going to have a flat display, compared to the curved display on Note 20 Ultra. Curved versus flat really comes down to your personal preference.
The Note 20 Ultra has a superior overall display.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also rumored to be the world’s first smartphone to have Gorilla Glass 7. Which is going to be more durable, compared to previous generations. Whether this is just going to be on the front, or also on the back, is still a question mark. And moving on to the overall build, we’re going to have the metal frame with glass panels, as we know.
For Note 20, although we are likely to have a metal frame. There are lots of rumors that the back is going to be what Samsung called “Glasstic”. That is essentially plastic made to look like glass. And if this is the case, then the Note 20, is not going to be as premium as the Note 20 Ultra, and it’s also not going to be as resistant to scratches. It may however mean that Note 20 is going to be coming in at a much lower price, compared to the Note 20 Ultra. Both devices are rumored to be IP68 Water and Dust resistant.
For colors, we are going to have some different colors. Note 20 is going to be coming in bronze, gray, as well as green.
And the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, is going to be coming once again in that bronze. But also a black, and a white version too.
Now the white version may just be for particular markets. But personally speaking, I am really digging the bronze color. It looks very slick. It’s also likely to have a matte frosted finish, rather than a glossy finish, which should look good. Now the Note 20 Ultra is of course going to be larger overall, in terms of dimensions. It’s going to weigh a little bit more, compared to the regular Note 20.
And with the design on the back, you can see that both devices are following Samsung’s rectangular camera module theme. Which they’ve had on most of their smartphones this year. The Note 20 Ultra does appear to have quite a large camera bump, and that is of course, because of the improved cameras.
Now let’s talk about the cameras because the cameras are going to be different on both of the phones.
Note 20 Ultra Camera
So starting with the Note 20 Ultra, you can see three camera modules, as well as a laser autofocus sensor. The primary camera will be a 108-megapixel camera, with large sensor size, and optical image stabilization. Similar to what we had on the S 20 Ultra, but this has been improved a lot. And we do have that laser autofocus. Which improves autofocus massively.
You may have seen others, talking about the autofocus issues that were primarily on the S 20 Ultra series. So this should now be fixed on the Note 20 Ultra. Great to see Samsung take that feedback on board, and bring us these improvements. The secondary camera will be a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Now, this is down from the 16 megapixels that we had on the S 20 Ultra.
And I’m kind of glad because I did prefer the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the Note 10+. Which was last year’s smartphone, compared to this year’s S 20 Ultra. And finally, there is going to be a 12-megapixel Periscope Zoom camera. Which is going to give 5x Optical Zoom, and up to 50x Digital Zoom, which Samsung called Space Zoom. Thankfully we no longer have 100X zoom. Plastered all over the camera, which we had on the S 20 Ultra. Something that, you know, we all feedback on.
Pictures at 100X digital zoom are just not good, and they are not usable. And it’s great once again to see Samsung has taken that feedback on board. We get pretty good results at 50X rather than at 100X. I still wouldn’t put my hopes up in this area. But generally speaking, they should be giving you some decent results.
Note 20 Camera
Now for the regular Samsung Galaxy Note 20, we kind of have a similar setup to what we had on the S 20 Plus. So we’ve got a primary 12-megapixel camera, with optical image stabilization. Larger sensor size, compared to last year. A 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, similar to what we’ve got on the Note 20 Ultra. As well as a 12-megapixel Telescope Zoom camera. Which is going to give you up to 3x optical zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom.
For video, we are looking at 8K up to 24 frames a second, something that was introduced in the S 20 line. And 10 megapixels for the selfie front-facing cameras.
Now, this part is going to be controversial. That is because we’ll be talking about the performance of the Note 20 Series. And unfortunately, it is looking like they will be powered by the Exynos 990 series in regions such as the UK and Europe. And we will be getting a Qualcomm Snapdragon version in other regions. Now you’ve probably heard many others talking, the Exynos chipsets are just not on the same level as the Qualcomm chipsets. So we’ve seen the performance differences in the S 20 series.
What is even more controversial this time around is that the Note 20 Ultra is rumored to potentially have the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset. Which is 10% more powerful, compared to the 865, and it’s also 10% more power-efficient. Now considering that the 865 regular edition is already superior to the 990. If you do have this difference hub, it’s going to be very controversial. I really don’t know what to say right now. I was hopeful that Samsung would maybe have the Exynos 992, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case.
But anyway, moving on, in terms of RAM and storage. Note 20 is likely to have 8 GB of RAM, with 256 GB of storage. The Note 20 Ultra coming with a base of 12 GB of RAM, with up to 512 GB of storage. Now there may also be a 16 GB of RAM version. For the Note 20 Ultra, as we had for the S 20 Ultra, but that is still a bit of a question mark.
The Note 20 Ultra will have a micro SD card slot. You will be able to expand the storage on there. This is something that’s not going to be available on Note 20. It’s a similar setup to what we saw last year between Note 10 and Note 10+. Where the Note 10+ did have that micro SD card slot, and the Note 10 did not.
Another piece of information that we’ve also seen, is that the Note 20 Ultra is just going to be available in the 5G version. The Note 20 is going to be available in 4G as well as 5G versions. So maybe in certain markets where 5G is not fully supported. That’s where potentially a cheaper version of the Note 20, with just 4G, is going to be retailing.
For software of course it is going to be Android 10, with the One UI skin on top.
And for speakers, we are going to have stereo speakers on both devices, one in the earpiece, and one bottom-firing is tuned by AKG. Of course, no 3.5-millimeter jack. This is something that’s expected. So, you know, just come to terms with it, say goodbye.
Now let’s talk about what makes the Note series unique, the S Pen. The S Pen is going to be improved for the Note 20 series. In particular for the Note 20 Ultra, where the latency is down to 9 ms, which is going to be super responsive. It’s going to give you a very smooth writing experience.
The Note 20 S Pen is going to have around 26 ms latency, which is still very, very low, but just not as smooth as the Note 20 Ultra. We’ve also seen some information about an S Pen Pointer feature.
S Pen Features
There will be support for Wireless-DeX. This is the ability to connect your Note 20 to an external display, or a desktop environment. And this means that you’ll be able to use your S Pen as a pointer, on an external display, which would be pretty cool.
In addition to that, we have seen some rumors that Samsung has been working very closely with Microsoft, to optimize the Note 20s for use with Project xCloud, on Xbox Game Pass. So you’ll be able to stream very high-quality games on the Note 20s.
Now moving on to the batteries, Note 20 is likely to have a 4300 mAh battery. The Note 20 Ultra with a larger 4500 mAh power battery, which is respectable sizes.
With the Note 20 Ultra, thanks to the improved display technology. The dynamic refresh rate should give you some good battery life. 25 W chargers will be included in the box, they will give you around 0-50% in 30 minutes but there is also likely to be support for a 45W charger, which will be sold separately.
Of course, wireless charging is going to be supported as well as reverse wireless charging. Something that we’ve seen from Samsung over the past couple of years.