The day of Samsung’s latest Unpacked event has arrived. It’s a big day for Samsung and Samsung fans alike, with announcements expected across the board – including a new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
This year, the Note 20 range (along with the rest of the event) has been leaked to high heaven and, so, it feels like there isn’t much we don’t know. However, Samsung sometimes has one or two tricks up its sleeve.
The Note series is going through somewhat of a transition period – moving from being a late-in-the-year flagship that simply makes the S-series phone of that year a bit more phablet-y and even enhances a few features.
Particularly with the introduction of Samsung’s new “Ultra” phones, the Note 20 of this year is set to be a bit of a step down from what some Note fans might hope for. Nevertheless, the Note series hs always scored top marks here at Trusted, with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus receiving 4-star and 4.5-star reviews respectively.
From the reveal of the Note 20 series to the expected arrival of a Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Tab S7 and more, it’s gearing up to be an exciting day. Keep an eye on Trusted Reviews for all the latest reveals as they happen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 / Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra latest news: Promo video leaks ahead of launch
There’s been a whole lot revealed about the Galaxy Note 20 range already – from pricing to display and camera features – but, with just days to go, a US carrier has accidentally ended up in a revealing mood.
According to GSMArena, US carrier AT&T preemptively added a Note 20 promo video to its site. The video doesn’t offer much new information but it does give us a decent look at the device in action and acts as further confirmation for some of the juicy details we knew already – including 5G, colour variations and the device’s camera chops. Scroll down for all the in-depth information on these intriguing new details about the upcoming Samsung phones.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 release date
Rumours have suggested the Galaxy Note 20 series will arrive in August. After all, it’s the same month the last two Galaxy Notes launched.
The leak comes from reputable Samsung leaker Ice Universe. According to ‘Ice’, we should expect to see its flagship S Pen-enabled devices at today’s Unpacked event. It also looks like this event could include other releases too, including the Galaxy Fold 2 and a 5G version of the Z Flip.
The above leaks suggested we’ll be seeing two versions of the Galaxy Note 20: a regular Note 20 and a Note 20 Ultra. This would differ slightly from 2019, where the higher-end model was called the Note 20 Plus.
When has Samsung released the Note series before?
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – August 2019
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – August 2018
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – September 2017
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – September 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price
According to leakster Ishan Agarwhal, the Note 20 could be more expensive than its predecessor. Agarwhal revealed pricing for the four smartphones in euros (via Mysmartprice), though the report does note these numbers are tentative:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 4G 256GB: €999 (~£905)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G 256GB: €1099 (~£995)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 256GB: €1,349 (~£1,222)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 512GB: €1,449 (~£1,313)
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was priced at £869, or €949, making the base model slightly more expensive this time round. The Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, will supposedly set shoppers back €200 more than the 256GB Note 10 Plus did last year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 colours and design
It looks like we’ll see the Note 20 series arrive in a number of colours. The usually very reliable Jon Prosser tweeted out a list of colours he expects the phablet to arrive in.
While most of these sound fairly pedestrian, we like the sound of ‘Mint Green’. This could have a similar look to the headline hue of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which had a minty green finish and we were big fans of that.
The copper shade has been further confirmed by an image that appeared on Samsung’s Russian website. The image, caught by XDA Developer’s Max Weinbach, showed off a version of the Note 20 Ultra in the colour ‘Mystic Bronze’ (so… copper).
This leak also gave us a few more details about what the phone will look like. It looks to have a large camera encasing with three distinct sensors, a flash and possibly a ToF sensor. We can also see the S Pen is colour matched to the bronze hue and the back of the device almost looks matte. This could just be the way it looks in the photo, rather than how it’ll look in person though.
As always with Samsung phones, these colour options will likely vary depending on region and there’s no guarantee we will get all the colours here in the UK. Some might even come later as carrier exclusives, something we have seen with the Samsung Galaxy S20.
While the above leaks show off the Note 20 Ultra, we do now have an idea of what the regular Note 20 will look like thanks to a nice 360 degree render from Evan Blass.
This is interesting for a number of reasons. First off it looks like the Ultra will possess the superior camera specs as the housing looks far smaller here and the ToF sensor seems to be missing. It also seems like the Note 20 will have a very flat display, as opposed to the curved version we expect on the Ultra.
Samsung has been using different kinds of curves on its phones for years and by ditching it the Note 20 mirrors the Note 10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite we saw earlier in the year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs and camera
There is some already some evidence on what we can expect to see from the Galaxy Note 20. It does seem like the Plus variant will now go by the Ultra moniker now, which puts it in line with the top-end model in the S20 range.
According to the tweet embedded above, the device will run on the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (but note: this is likely to only apply to North American models, with the European variants generally running on Samsung’s own Exynos-branded processors). This chip is also thought to sit inside the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 which could also be unveiled during the August 5 event.
Qualcomm has already officially unveiled the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Qualcomm’s fastest and most powerful SoC yet is designed for gaming, with an incredible 3.1 GHz clock speed. The chip also offers 10% faster graphics rendering, FastConnect 6900 compatibility to support Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps and 144fps gameplay over a 5G connection.
Ice Universe is at it again when it comes to camera leaks too, with the above tweet stating the Note 20 will lack the 100x zoom we disliked quite a lot on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. This could mean the periscope lens and zoom features will be dropped entirely, or that the zoom itself will be capped to try and improve quality. Another report suggests that the 3D ToF sensor might also be ditched.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 battery life and charging
The Note series has an up-and-down relationship with battery life. Some years have been good, yet the last few iterations haven’t really pushed boundaries when it comes to battery tech. They’ve been good, but there are lots of phones now that have big batteries.
While we haven’t seen many leaks surrounding reported battery specs, we do know a little bit about the charging tech Samsung might use. MyFixGuide suggests that the phone will support rapid 45w charging. This comes from CCC documentation that also mentions the phone’s model number and mentions 5G support.
While 45w charging will be supported – like it was on the Note 10 Plus from 2019 – the same source claims they’ll still only be a 25w plug in the box. It looks like you’ll once again have to splurge that little bit extra if you truly want the top-drawer charging speeds. Considering recent Samsung phones have charged incredibly well at 25w, this doesn’t like seem like a major disadvantage.
There will also likely be some differences between the charging speeds on the various models in the Note 20 line we’re expecting. With the above details seeming specific to the Plus variant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 display
More rumours have emerged over the specifications for the Note 20’s screen, and there have been some conflicting accounts of what we can expect.
According to IceUniverse, Note 20 will boast an enhanced 120Hz refresh rate, that will make scrolling smoother than ever before. It looks like this display will be kept for the high-end Ultra version only, with the regular Samsung Galaxy Note 20 toning things down with a 60Hz 1080p panel. Ross Young, the CEO/Founder of Display Supply Chain, claimed in a (now-deleted) tweet that the Note 20 Plus would boast class-leading variable display rate technology that would be more power-efficient, yet the standard Note 20 would be stuck with a 60Hz refresh rate. This might make the base model significantly cheaper, but it would be disappointing for it not to have the benefits of a smoother display.
You can also see in the Evan Blass render above that the display on the Note 20 could be flat, as opposed to the curved panel on the Ultra. We can’t say we’ve ever been huge fans of the curved display, so this could actually be a bonus for the cheaper (we assume) model.
According to a recent tweet by IceUniverse, the Note 20 will not be able to use the 120Hz refresh rate in conjunction with the phablet’s rumoured QHD+ panel. We know this combination is possible thanks to phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro that take advantage of both QHD+ and a high refresh rate so it looks as though Samsung could fall behind in this respect.
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