Samsungâ€™s Galaxy Note series has long been the preferred choice for Android power users. The Galaxy S line, on the other hand, has traditionally appealed more to the masses. Samsung changed that up a bit recently with the Galaxy Note 10, while the top of the line Galaxy S20 Ultra is now a power userâ€™s dream. So, where does that leave the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 line?
As of right now, weâ€™re still in the early days, and we havenâ€™t heard much about the upcoming handset. With that being said, thereâ€™s still a bit we know and a lot we can infer.
This is everything we know (or at least think we know) so far about Samsungâ€™s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series.
Name and release date
Samsung has not confirmed the Galaxy Note 20 moniker, but itâ€™s a safe bet to assume this will be the name of the seriesâ€™ next iteration. Samsungâ€™s Note and Galaxy lines have mirrored each other pretty closely over the years. Most recently, the Galaxy line name jumped from 10 to 20, so it makes sense the Note line will as well.
We also know that shortly after Samsung released the Galaxy S20 line, the company also released the handsetsâ€™ kernel source code. The folks over at XDA Developers scoured the code and found evidence of the Galaxy Note 20 series.
The Galaxy Note 20 series is allegedly on schedule for an August 2020 launch.
XDA found files for three different series in the code: â€œProject XYZ,â€� â€œProject Canvas,â€� and â€œProject Winner2.â€� ItÂ notes that Project Canvas is most likely a reference to the Galaxy Note 20 because the name â€œProject Câ€� was also previously associated with the Note 20. This information is far from a guarantee, but itâ€™s the closest thing we have to verifying the device name.
Samsung will also likely release two variants this year: the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Plus. Itâ€™s technically possible for the Note line to adopt the new Ultra moniker, but the Plus name is more likely.
As far as the release date is concerned, South Korean publication The Korea HeraldÂ recently reported that the Galaxy Note 20 series is on schedule for launch this August. The current coronavirus pandemic has caused several other OEMs to suspend their device launch events recently, but it looks like the Note 20 is too far off to be affected yet. We still think the company will likely announce it via an online event rather than a physical one.
The Korea Herald later reported that the Galaxy Note 20 series launch will be an online event instead of a traditional Unpacked launch. The outlet reiterated the August launch window as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Design
An early leak of the upcoming handsetâ€™s possible phone case reveals a bit about what we can expect from its design. The leaked photos show what appears to be an inlay mold for the official Samsung Galaxy Note 20 LED View Cover.
Winfuture.deÂ editor Roland Quandt posted the imagesÂ on his Twitter account, and we can see the front and the back of the inlay. Check them out:
â€” Roland Quandt (@rquandt) March 31, 2020
There are a couple of things we can deduce about the handset from these images. First, we have a good idea of what we might expect from the Galaxy Note 20â€™s camera array. If these leaked images are to be trusted, we can probably expect a robust camera setup similar to what we see on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
We can also see that the Galaxy Note 20 could possibly move the hardware buttons to the right side of the device. The Galaxy Note 10 was the first Note handset to shift them to the left, but Samsung might take this move back.
Since these photos are just a leak of a possible case mold, we have to take this information with a grain of salt. A lot of things can still change about the handset between now and its official release date, so keep that in mind.
Other than that, we can expect the Galaxy Note 20 to feature several of the lineâ€™s staples. Itâ€™s safe to assume it will tout an S Pen, a bezel-less design, a glass and metal chassis, and a considerable footprint. We also expect to see two Galaxy Note 20 size variations as we did with the Note 10 series.
Specs and features
As far as specs are concerned, we expect both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus to feature the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC and 5G connectivity. The previously mentioned Galaxy S20 kernel source code associates the Galaxy Note 20 with â€œkona,â€� which is a codename for Qualcommâ€™s latest chipset. We were already confident the Note 20 would run on the Snapdragon 865 this year, but this just further affirms our expectations.
The code also suggests that only the US variant will feature the Snapdragon SoC. If this is the case, then handsets in other markets will tout Samsung Exynos processors â€” likely the Exynos 990. This would come as no surprise since the Note 10 also featured the Snapdragon 855 SoC stateside while the rest of the world saw the then-latest Samsung chipset: the Exynos 9825.
We also expect the handset to feature an IP68 water-resistance rating, at least 12GB of RAM, no less than 256GB of internal storage, wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a multi-sensor camera setup. Only the Note 10 Plus featured expandable storage, so at least the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus should see it this year, but hopefully both will.
A recent report from SamMobile suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note 20â€™s battery capacity will start at 4,000mAh. This would be larger than the standard Galaxy Note 10â€™s 3,500mAh battery but the same size as the standard Galaxy S20â€˜s. If this is the case, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus will feature at least a 4,500mAh battery, but we hope to see a 5,000mAh rating like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Unfortunately, Samsung has now done away with the headphone jack on its premium flagship devices, so donâ€™t expect to see a comeback with the Note 20 series.
Price and availability
Samsungâ€™s flagship handsets are some of the most expensive on the market, and the Galaxy Note 20 series will be no different. We havenâ€™t heard any rumored pricing yet, but the companyâ€™s previous handset prices can give us an idea of what to expect.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10Â with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage:Â $949
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G (Korea only): $1,049
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 PlusÂ with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage:Â $1,099
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 PlusÂ with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage:Â $1,199
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage: $1,299
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage: $1,399
Since the Galaxy Note 20 series will likely come with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, we expect both the standard and plus models to support 5G connectivity. So, if last yearâ€™s pricing is anything to go by, both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus could see price tags starting at no less than $1,000.
As far as availability is concerned, you can expect a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 global launch. That means we will most like see it land in the US, Europe, South Korea, and more.
Those are all the details we have on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 so far! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as we will update it with new information as we get our hands on it.