The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ are due out in August 2020, but many of their technical specifications and features are already known thanks to information from industry insiders.
As every year, Samsung will launch its new Galaxy Note series in the second quarter, about 6 months after the release of its latest Galaxy S smartphones. The South Korean manufacturer has not yet officially communicated about it, but it has struggling to keep the characteristics of its next flagships secret. Numerous leaks from reliable sources tell us about upcoming Note 20s. We will summarize in this file everything there is to know so far.
What will be the release date of the Galaxy Note 20?
As of this writing, Samsung has yet to release the date of its Unpacked event for the second half of 2020. It is highly likely that the announcement conference will not be possible in physics due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 epidemic. In recent years, the Note series was introduced either in August or September. Last year, the Note 10 and Note 10+ were presented as early as early August, for sale on August 23. We can expect a similar timetable for their successors.
How much will the Galaxy Note 20 cost?
For the moment, no credible leak has given us information on the prices that Samsung intends to charge. These should notably depend on the 5G compatibility. If present, the Note 20 should be more expensive than the Note 10. Otherwise, it should be displayed at approximately the same price (between 959 and 1,209 euros) since there are no major innovations on this new generation of smartphones.
For the S10s, the brand had chosen not to offer 5G support. A more expensive S10 5G was released, but its availability was limited in France. The trend is towards the democratization of 5G mobiles, but Samsung could skip the last time in France to not increase its prices, knowing that 5G is not yet a selling point strong enough with consumers at us since there is no commercial offer from operators.
How many different models for the Note 20 series?
In recent times, the trend in the smartphone market has been the proliferation of models and configurations in the same series. A strategy that covers more price ranges, and therefore attracts more potential consumers.
There should be two models with the Note 20 and Note 20+, each available in several variants of RAM and storage space. If Note 20 Lite there is, it will be launched later, as was the case for the Note 10 Lite, which appeared only in March 2020. Samsung therefore does not adopt the same strategy as for the Galaxy range S, which is entitled to three models since the S10.
Note that the manufacturer could also introduce us to the Galaxy Fold 2 foldable screen smartphone in parallel with the presentation of the Note 20. It will be his third mobile adopting such technology after the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip.
You can find in the table below a summary of the technical specifications of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20+. Keep in mind that some data is not yet certain, while others are even unknown at this time. We will complete it as new information becomes available.
|Galaxy Note 20||Galaxy Note 20+|
|Screen||6.42 inch Infinity-O AMOLED 19.5: 9|
2345 x 1084 pixels (404 ppi)
|6.87 inch Infinity-O AMOLED 19.3: 9|
3096 x 1444 pixels (497 ppi)
|Processor||Exynos 992 (6nm)||Exynos 992 (6nm)|
|RAM||12 GB||16 GB|
|Rear sensors||NC||108 MP sensor|
|Drums||4000 mAh||4500 mAh|
|security||Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the screen||Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the screen|
|BONE||Android 10 + One UI 2.0||Android 10 + One UI 2.0|
What design for the Galaxy Note 20?
For a while, the possibility that the Galaxy Note 20 had a front photo sensor under the screen was raised. Samsung is working on such a technology, which has the merit of having a “all screen” front panel without borders, notch or punch and bypassing the retractable camera system called “pop-up”, which poses problems of durability and speed of facial recognition.
But it will not be for the Note 20 from photos stolen from the mobile. We find a punch in the upper axial part of the slab, as on the last flagships of the brand (Note 10 and S20). No changes planned in this regard, therefore. On the other hand, the manufacturer could incorporate a new generation of fingerprint reader under the screen, more efficient and with a much larger surface.
On the back, no big changes either compared to what we already know. We find a rectangular photo block nicknamed “baking sheet” by its detractors in the upper left corner, like on the S20 and many other flagships released recently (iPhone 11, Pixel 4 …).
To summarize, this Note 20 will be aesthetically a mixture between the Note 10 and the S20. $
An OLED screen, of course
Who says Samsung, says OLED. If the group sulks this technology on televisions, it has been using everything going on its mobiles for many years already. Even its mid-range smartphones are entitled to it, while this characteristic is often reserved for the high-end among the competition. Samsung even provides the OLED panels for Apple’s iPhones, that is to say, it has control over this sector. The screens of Samsung phones are often their main highlight, and the Note 20 should confirm the trend.
The Note 20 panel should have a diagonal of 6.42 inches, compared to 6.3 inches for the Note 10. It would display an FHD + definition of 2345 x 1084 pixels for a resolution of 404 pixels per inch (DPI). The 19.5: 9 ratio would be retained. The refresh rate could reach 120 Hz. To contain the energy consumption of the screen, Samsung would bet on technology LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide), already used on Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch connected watches. It would save 5-15% energy compared to conventional LTPS screens. The LTPO is notably capable of automatically adjusting the refresh rate of the screen according to the use made of the mobile. This is especially useful for reducing the consumption of the Always-On device functionality, which allows you to continuously display information such as time, battery level or notifications.
The Note 20+ screen will also grow and get closer to the symbolic 6 inch bar: it goes from 6.8 to 6.87 inch, for a definition QHD + 3096 x 1444 pixels (497 PPI) and a ratio of 19.3: 9. Like the Note 20, it would benefit from a variable refresh rate with LTPO.
For performance, Exynos rather than Snapdragon
This may disappoint some. Despite the controversy over the performance differences between the SoC Exynos designed by Samsung and the Snapdragon by Qualcomm in favor of the latter, the South Korean manufacturer should continue to equip its flagships with its own chips for the European versions.
No Snapdragon 865+ is expected for the second half, the Note 20 will therefore have to be “satisfied” with the Snapdragon 865 already seen on the S20 series. In Europe, the situation is more vague. We are not yet sure if it is the Exynos 990 engraved via the 7 nm EUV process and that we found on the S20 which will equip the Note 20, or if we will be entitled to an improvement with an Exynos 992 engraved in 6 nm.
If Samsung opts for the Snapdragon 865 in the United States and in China and for the Exynos 992 instead of the Exynos 990 in Europe, it is not impossible that the Note 20 intended for the Old Continent are up to par, or even outperform the international Note 20s.
On the memory side, the Note 20 could mount up to 12 GB of RAM, and up to 16 GB of RAM for the Note 20+. The storage options are not yet known. The minimum should be 128 GB for the cheapest variant of the Note 20, and the maximum 512 GB for the Note 20+. Last year, only the Note 10+ had an SD card slot (up to 2 TB), the Note 10 was deprived of it. This could happen again with Note 20.
Bigger battery and increased autonomy?
Samsung will not reinvent anything with the batteries of its two new flagships. The Note 20 should simply follow that of the Galaxy S20 with a capacity of 4000 mAh (against 3500 mAh for the Note 10). The Note 20+ would be content with the 4500 mAh battery of the S20 + (against 4300 mAh for the Note 10+). No massive 5000 mAh battery like on the S20 Ultra.
That doesn’t tell us much about actual battery life, which varies depending on a number of factors, including SoC consumption and software optimization. But the variable refresh rate allowed by the LTPO should in any case reduce the consumption of the screen, which remains the main source needing energy.
For charging, the Note 10+ should rise to the level of the S20 Ultra with a power of 45W wired and 15W wireless.
For the photo, we are inspired by the S20 series
Several reports give us some information on the technical data sheet of the Galaxy Note 20+ photo sensors. First element, it will have a module 108 MP, probably the same (ISOCELL Bright HM1) that fitted the S20 Ultra.
However, the entire photo setup of the S20 Ultra should not be repeated. We think in particular of autofocus of the device’s 48 MP sensor, which has been highly criticized by users. Based on a simple phase detection technology, it did not GPN up to expectations. It could be replaced by a module with Dual-Pixel autofocus system for more precision, reliability and speed.
For the rest, we should find a sensor dedicated to ultra wide angle, a telephoto lens and a ToF module to measure the depth of field. Note that Samsung has given up on its idea of offering a x100 zoom, a function that has proved unconvincing on the S20 Ultra, the poor quality of the shots making them simply unusable.
The standard Note 20 has fewer leaks than its big brother in the photo section. It could take over sensors from the Galaxy S20 +.