The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is being unveiled at Samsung Unpacked on August 5, and is set to be one of Samsung’s most popular flagships, nudging the Note 10 and the Galaxy S20 series aside for its debut.
The phablet is rumoured to be sporting all sorts of desirable features across its two models – the Note 20 and the more premium Note 20 Ultra – with a list of impressive specs, a generous display, and a much-improved S-Pen.
While we can’t confirm all of the leaks and rumours we’ve heard so far until official word from Samsung drops, we can root out those which seem to be on the nose and have the weight of industry insiders behind them, so join us as we dig into the best official and unofficial news on the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 handset.
Whether you’re interested in the Galaxy Note 20 specs, the Galaxy Note 20 pricing, the Galaxy Note 20 launch date or the upgrades that might be coming to that iconic S-Pen, we’ve got the information you need right here – and more of it continues to pour in as the date of the big reveal approaches.
What we hope is that this is the best guide to use in advance of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch, bringing you everything you need to know before Samsung makes the phone official. Based on everything that we’ve heard so far, it looks likely that we’re in for a real treat with this new phone range.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20: PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
Samsung has now confirmed that it’s holding an Unpacked online launch event on 5 August – and while it hasn’t mentioned the Galaxy Note 20 by name yet, this is one of the phones that’s certainly going to be on the show.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 breaking cover on the 7th of August 2019, the 5th of August reveal date fits in with the schedule that Samsung likes to stick to. First, the Galaxy S series phones appear, then we get the Note models.
So far we haven’t heard too much about potential pricing for the Galaxy Note 20 series of phones, but a year ago the standard Note 10 started out at $Ksh.100,000 / NGN352,000 / GH₵$5400 without a contract, and we don’t think Samsung will deviate too much from that this time around.
The people in the know are pointing to at least a Note 20 and a Note 20 Plus, with the latter rumoured to come in at a huge 6.9 inches in screen size. A Note 20 Ultra has also been mentioned – which might be the actual name of the Plus.
The rumour mill suggests that we’re going to get at least two and maybe three Galaxy Note 20 models – the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, and/or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The Ultra and Plus might actually be the same phone.
Thanks to a long series of leaks, we now have a pretty good idea of what the phone is going to look like: minimal bezels, a punch hole front-facing camera, a flat-screen and a Samsung-style camera block on the back.
The rear-facing camera is undoubtedly one of the key features of any smartphone these days, but reputable leaks suggest that the new flagship phone is not going to come packing the same 100x space-zoom monster camera seen in the S20 Ultra.
However, we can still expect to get some seriously high-quality photos from the Galaxy Note 20. Remember that top-end S20 model has a quad-lens rear camera – 108 MP wide + 48 MP telephoto + 12 MP ultrawide + 0.3 MP time-of-flight – and so the Note 20 should have a camera set up built along similar lines.
The consensus among the hard-working leakers of the internet seems to be that the Plus or Ultra model of the Galaxy Note 20 is going to come with a 108MP main camera (the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, plus a 12MP ultrawide lens and a 13MP periscope lens.
In previous years there hasn’t been a huge leap in terms of specs and performance from the S Series to the Note series, and it looks as though that might be the case again here. Still, what upgrades there are (and of course that S Pen) should make the Note 20 a compelling proposition.
Under the hood, all the signs are pointing to the Snapdragon 865 or even the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon 865+ processor, which would certainly give the phone a fair amount of oomph. As usual, that mobile CPU might be replaced by Samsung’s own Exynos brand in certain parts of the world, but the performance should be broadly similar.
From what we’ve heard, the standard Note 20 will pack a 4,000mAh battery, and the Note 20 Plus (or Ultra) will go even bigger. At this point in 2020, 5G should be a given, and there are rumours that the S Pen will get some upgrades too – working as a laser pointer if needed.