The Galaxy Note 20 range has, without a doubt, the most passionate smartphone fans in the world. So while Samsung’s all-new Galaxy S20, S20 + and truly bonkers Galaxy S20 Ultra (details) are making the headlines at the moment, note that fans know they should wait. And now that the first Galaxy Note 20 leaks have arrived, the wait makes a lot of sense. That is why.
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Code name – the Galaxy Note 20 is codenamed “Project Canvas” and it’s a big spoiler. While the Note Pen S Pen has already been excellent for taking notes (and good enough for drawing), this specificity of the code name strongly suggests a big upgrade in 2020. The popular ice cream universe has already revealed that “new features” are coming, but expect that to be both hardware and software. The Note range will pass to the same brand “20” as the S series (which had a massive camera to mark this new start) and for the Galaxy Note 20, it is the S Pen which has a new look.
Design – Galaxy Note 20 models will mimic the design of the Galaxy S20 which, in turn, stole the centralized hole punch design of the Galaxy Note 10. Therefore, expect the Galaxy Note 20 models to be very similar to the rendered concept in this article.
Pin up – here we will get an overview of the already superlative screens of the Galaxy S20. We know this from Samsung, who announced that their new and improved OLED displays have now gone into mass production, which means that Galaxy S20 owners simply missed out. Samsung promises lower power consumption and reduced blue light in these panels, declaring: “Our 5G optimized OLED screen takes the lead of the 5G era with its crystal clear images, distinguished designs, economical energy consumption and an increasingly protective feature for the eyes. ” Sorry, S20 owners.
Camera – As Samsung has been doing for several years, the new Galaxy Note range will use the same camera modules as the Galaxy S20 models. Given the seriously buggy launch of this otherwise exceptional hardware, expect updates to the S20 range so that the Galaxy Note 20 series will have a much smoother finish. The only question is whether there will be a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 108MP crazy camera.
Performance – There has not yet been a spec leak for the Galaxy Note 20, but this is one area where we already know what will happen, as it happens every year. The Galaxy Note 20 range will get the same geographic distribution Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990 (the United States receives Snapdragon, everyone gets Exynos) as the S20 and 5G range as standard. Although Samsung has already confirmed new memory upgrades, the big question is whether Samsung will also add a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Connectivity and ports – As mentioned above, 5G will be delivered as standard (this is a mandatory feature for manufacturers using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset) with new generation WiFi 6. But an interesting leak indicates that Samsung is considering bringing back the controversial microSD slot removed from the entry-level Galaxy Note 10 last year. That said, don’t expect a similar stay for the headphone jack, let’s go for good.
Biometrics – The big surprise of the Galaxy S20 range is that Samsung has not used the new generation Sonic Max 3D fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm, although it has been available for smartphone manufacturers since September. The Galaxy Note 20 range surely corrects this error and given its faster scanning time, support for a much wider reading area (making it easier to unlock without looking) and dual fingerprints, this would be a great bet level with the generic hit and miss. a sensor in Galaxy S20 phones.
Battery life – again expect Galaxy S20 smartphones to have the best battery life due to the internal space reserved in the note range for the S Pen. That said, Samsung has greatly increased the battery capacity for the S20s, so expect the Note 20 to come close to these battery sizes:
- Galaxy S20 – 4000 mAh (S10: 3400 mAh)
- Galaxy S20 +: 4500 mAh (S10 +: 4100 mAh)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra: 5000 mAh
Regarding the load, 25 W is standard for the Galaxy S20 and S20 + with 45 W exclusive to the S20 Ultra (but with few real advantages). A similar split (especially if there is a Note 20 Ultra) makes sense here. Wireless charging and wireless power sharing (charging other devices), however, have not progressed with the Galaxy S20 range, so Samsung may have a few surprises here, but nothing has leaked until now.
Price – This is perhaps the biggest concern for Galaxy Note 20 phones. Samsung, no doubt, has pushed prices too high with Galaxy S20 phones:
- Galaxy S20 – 128 GB, starting at $ 999
- Galaxy S20 + – 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB, from $ 1,199
- Galaxy S20 Ultra – 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB, starting at $ 1,399
Sales of the S20 range will be an important indicator of Samsung’s compliance with the eye-opening strategy. I hope for a change of heart, but I suspect that only a business disaster will change the course of Samsung.
Release date – Samsung seems to increase the launch date of the Galaxy Note every year. August 7 was the launch of the Note 10 and I expect another launch in early August for the Galaxy Note 20 line as Samsung tries to make room for sales before Apple launches its iPhone models new generation in mid-September.
The Galaxy Note 20 range will be strongly influenced by the Galaxy S20 models with a similar design, performance, camera and (unfortunately) prices. But there are also enough potential differences (screen, biometrics and this big upgrade from the S Pen) to suggest that it will be Samsung’s most complete and refined smartphone in 2020.
Galaxy Note fans will be happy to await its arrival. But, given the Galaxy S20’s bugs and the high prices (big discounts will come), I suggest that many Samsung fans should also hold on.
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