It’s been a while since Samsung launched the Galaxy S20, and now, people are looking forward to the next Note, which could land as early as August. So, what to expect with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20? Here’s our quick round-up of leaks, rumors, and expected specifications.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Leaks, Rumors & Specs
As of now, there’s no concrete information about the Galaxy Note 20’s design. However, a recently posted image, claimed to be the next Note’s official cover’s inlay mold, gives us a hint of what the phone would look like.
The huge cutout at the back of the case mold suggests a camera setup similar to that on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Plus, the power button and volume rockers seem to be placed to the right this time. However, it’s a very initial leak, and we won’t be surprised if Samsung lands with something different at the show.
Rest assured, the handset is likely to bear a boxy designed, as opposed to the curvy profile of Galaxy S-series. And while many are expecting the centered-punch hole to be carried forward, we may see an under-display camera which the company talked about ahead the launch of S20.
In fact, we’ve already seen one in the advertisement video of the company’s Wind-Free Air Conditioner. It showcases a notch-less phone with an edge-to-edge panel- something that we would expect from the new Note.
If true, the phone will bear an all-screen front with the camera hidden under the screen when not in use. Brands like Xiaomi and Oppo have already showcased the technology in their concept devices.
An Upgraded S Pen?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has reportedly been codenamed as “Project Canvas.” The same was found in the Galaxy S20 kernel codes, which the brand released shortly after the launch. What this implies is that we can expect significant upgrades to the already advanced S Pen.
According to the popular tipster IceUniverse, the stylus is pitted to arrive with new features on offer. To recall, the Note 10 was codenamed after famous painter Leonardo Da Vinci, citing the improvements to its S Pen.
The company has lately resorted to using high 120Hz refresh-rate panels with the S20-series, and the same would be seen in Note 20. That’ll account for a considerable bump from the traditional 60Hz panels on the previous-gen Note 10 and Note 10+.
That being said, this time, Samsung may use its new-gen 5G-optimized OLED panels that’ll offer lower power consumption and reduced blue light emission. According to IceUniverse, the Galaxy Note 20 will use a more fine-tuned 120Hz refresh rate technology. We also expect QHD+ resolution, HDR10 support, and lesser curves to the sides, as on the S20.
Currently, we don’t know much about the specifications of the Galaxy Note 20-lineup. Nonetheless, rumors say that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, followed by an Exynos variant. 5G Connectivity will be offered as standard alongside the WiFi 6.
Samsung may also introduce its next-generation eUFS 3.1 storage with the device. It performs up to 60 percent faster than the widely used UFS 3.0 standard. Though, reports say that the base variant will have only 128GB of built-in storage, citing the return of microSD slot.
Furthermore, a new leak suggests that the regular model will feature a 4,000mAh battery, about 500mAh larger than its predecessor. With Note 20 getting a bigger battery, the Plus model, too, may witness a significant bump with either a 4,500mAh or a 5,000mAh battery. Other features will likely comprise IP68 rating, wireless charging, and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
As it has been the case up till now, the Note 20-series will be using the same cameras from the current S-series. The current setup comprises of a 12MP Dual Pixel primary rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 64MP Telephoto lens with OIS, and a 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor, followed by a depth sensor for the S20+.
Anyway, it’d be interesting to see if it gets the 108MP sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Also, as mentioned, the phone may debut with an under-display camera solution for selfies.
Pricing, Variants & Release Date
Samsung will launch two variants this year- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus. Both of them will come in three different configurations with up to 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage options.
The Samsung Note-series usually arrives in August. However, we may see a delay due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nonetheless, the brand may choose to launch it in an online-only even, similar to Huawei and OnePlus.
As far as pricing is concerned, expect it to cost no less than $1000, considering S20 is already expensive plus the addition of 5G connectivity.