The Samsung Galaxy S20 launched at the end of February 2020, giving us an insight into what we can expect from Samsung's smartphones this year.
The next major device is expected to be the Galaxy Note 20, which in the past has improved on the Galaxy S range and bettered it in certain areas, such as design and camera. But in 2020 things might be different, with questions over whether we'll see a Note 20+ or Note 20 Ultra at the top of the line.
Here's everything we have heard so far about the Galaxy Note 20 series.
Release date and price
- 5 August 2020 launch event
We'd predict that Samsung will stick to an August launch for the Note 20 and we expect it to be an online event. Samsung confirmed that it will be launching the Note later in the year in its quarterly report. We now believe the Galaxy Note 20 series launch will take place on 5 August.
In terms of price, we'd expect Samsung to launch the Note 20 devices around the same prices as their predecessors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at £869 or $949 and the Note 10+ starts at £999 or $1099, although the standard Note 20 might be positioned slightly lower to keep the costs down.
Will there be a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?
The appearance of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra name in Bluetooth certification has raised questions about what devices Samsung will actually bring to market. Having expanded the Note models in 2019, will we see a repeat in 2020?
We're not so sure. The mention of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra on the Bluetooth SIG registration comes with the SM-N986U product number, which is the same that's been aligned with the Galaxy Note 20+. That deduction came from the fact that the SM-N876U was the Note 10+ 5G, so it makes sense that the N986U is the updated version of that device.
It has previously been explicitly stated that there will be no Note 20 Ultra, that we'll only be getting the Note 20 and Note 20+, but we can't help feeling that the final go-to-market name is still not locked down. Undoubtedly, more leaks will bring more information as we approach launch.
- Note 20: 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.5mm
- Note 20+: 165 x 77.2 x 7.6mm
- Note 20: Grey, Green, Copper
- Note 20+/Ultra: Copper, White, Black
Renders suggest that the Note 20 and Note 20+ (or Note 20 Ultra) won't change too much from the Note 10, although the pronounced camera housing looks to be a feature.
Expect a waterproof metal frame sandwiched between glass panels and expect some interesting finishes too. An under display fingerprint sensor is likely, as well as a prominent rear camera housing and there will be a built-in S Pen. We're also expecting two size options, with both featuring a similar design.
It's also said that Note 20 will have an under-display fingerprint scanner that's twice the size that's been used before, which should improve its performance. This isn't the first time we've seen the rumour - it's been applied to a number of Samsung devices over the past year, so may or may not happen.
As for the colours, a recent leak has pointed to grey, copper and green for the Note 20, while the Note 20+ will come in black, white or copper.
- Note 20: 6.42in, 2345 x 1084 pixels (404ppi), 19.5:9, 60Hz
- Note 20+: 6.87in, 3096 x 1444 pixel (497ppi), 19.3:9, 120Hz
With Samsung introducing a 120Hz refresh rate display on all the Galaxy S20 models, it's claimed it will be improved for the Note 20+/Ultra and that it will be variable rate, and should work at full resolution on the Note 20+. However, the regular Note 20 might not get the 120Hz display, as a point of differentiation and to keep the costs down, sticking to 60Hz instead.
Galaxy Note20 Ultra:— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2020
Evolution version Note10+
QHD+120Hz can be turned on at the same time
New camera function
New SPen and features pic.twitter.com/t6GN5UwZnC
Some reports have suggested an under-display camera, although this doesn't follow through into recent leaks, so we're expecting a punch hole camera.
One rumour that has gained traction is that the Note 20 will have a flat display. Samsung invented curved edges and it was the Note Edge in 2014 that started this trend. Now it looks as though Samsung might be stepping away from this design. That will support the S Pen better and might make for a better overall experience, while also distancing the company from many Chinese manufacturers that offer that curved design. We'll support that move, there's a lot to be said for flat displays.
- S20+/S20 Ultra to have 108MP camera
- 100x zoom reportedly won't feature
It's long been thought that the Note 20 might take the S20+ cameras and use those, however, there are reports that the Note 20+ will have a 108-megapixel camera, as the S20 Ultra did. Indeed, there's still some suspicion that the Note 20+ might launch as the Note 20 Ultra.
Galaxy Note20 + will still use 108mp HM1, but add a new sensor to assist in focusing and completely solve the focusing problem.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2020
Elsewhere it's been reported that the Note 20+ won't be offering the 100x Zoom feature that made its debut on the S20 Ultra. Again, we suspect this comes down to criticism for the feature which - although it offered good zoom out to about 10x, as difficult to practically use beyond that, with poor results at the far end anyway. Instead, it looks like the S20+ might have a 50X zoom feature instead.
Posting to Weibo, Ice Universe has again suggested a 108-megapixel camera on the Note 20+, but with a laser focusing sensor to boost performance over the S20 Ultra. We then see a 50X periscope zoom lens and ultra-wide camera. The presence of a 108-megapixel camera has been verified by a second reliable source.
We suspect that Note 20 and the Note 20+ will have different camera systems, although full details have not yet leaked.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm SD865+ or Exynos 992
- At least 12GB RAM likely
- Batteries likely to match Galaxy S20 series
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will likely run similar processors to the Galaxy S20 range with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or an Exynos chipset. It's been reported that Samsung is working on an updated Exynos 992 to boost the performance of the hardware it used in the S20. It's also been reported that the Note 20 could use new Snapdragon hardware, the 865+.
It's likely the Note 20 and Note 20+ will offer at least 12GB of RAM too, though Samsung might step up the RAM for the Plus model to match the Ultra. Some reports have suggested the Note 20 base model will drop its internal storage to 128GB instead of last year's 256GB, it would make sense if the S20 and Note 20 are going to share most of same specs.
Big batteries are also likely in the Note 20 series. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series ranges between 4000mAh and 5000mAh capacities and initial reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 20 will have a 4000mAh battery, matching that of the Galaxy S20. We've also seen the suggestion that the Note 20+ will have a 4500mAh battery, which doesn't come as much surprise.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rumours: What's happened so far?
1 July 2020: Whoops! Samsung might've revealed the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on its website
Thanks to a couple of rogue images on a Samsung website, we think we now have official images of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
30 June 2020: Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G could use Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
There could be an enhanced version of the Snapdragon 865 that's powering the Note 20.
26 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's 108-megapixel camera 'confirmed', source says
Another source has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a 108-megapixel camera, making it look pretty likely.
24 June 2020: Leaked cases reveal a relocation of the S Pen on the Note 20
Photos of what's reported to be a case from the Note 20 shows that the S Pen position may have switched to the other side of the device. The Weibo post comes from a reliable source.
19 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra alleged specs, plus hands-on pics and video leak
More leaks for the Note 20 display, this time focusing on the Note 20+ or Note 20 Ultra, claiming a smaller punch hole camera, but that it will offer 120Hz at full resolution.
18 June 2020: Samsung's regular Note 20 display might disappoint
A leaker has offered suggestions for the regular Note 20 model, with a display that doesn't quite match that of the Note 20+.
15 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 colours revealed: Copper, Green, Grey, White, Black
Colours for the new Galaxy Note 20 appear from a reliable leaker online, suggesting a new range of fresh colours.
10 June 2020: Samsung said to be ditching curved screens for the Galaxy Note 20
Samsung might be flattening out the display on the Note 20, if rumours are to be believed.
8 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch date leaked
3 June 2020: Established leaker shares Note 20+ camera specs
An established leaker of Samsung information has shared details of what we might expect from the Note 20+ camera - raising questions of whether the Note 20+ will be released as the Note 20 Ultra.
3 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra unexpectedly named in Bluetooth certification
A device called the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG, suggesting that Samsung might launch version of the Note 20 with the Ultra name.
29 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 colours leaked
Colours for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ have been leaked.
27 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus renders show a similar-sized phone to the Note 10 Plus
Renders of the larger model from a reliable source - the Note 20+ - suggest there will be a pronounced camera unit on the rear of the phone, but that it will otherwise be similar to the Note 10+ from 2019.
24 May 2020: Twitter leak suggests Note 20+ battery capacity
A reliable source of Samsung leaks on Twitter has suggested that the Note 20+ will have a 4500mAh battery.
Note20+ ？ 4500mAh pic.twitter.com/kbflauU3r6— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 24, 2020
22 May 2020: Galaxy Note 20 renders give us a first look at the next premium Samsung flagship
Renders from website Pigtou based on leaked specs aim to give us an idea of what the Note 20 will look like.
21 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked will be online-only event
Rumours suggest that Samsung has made a decision on the future unveiling of its Galaxy Note 20 - and that it will be a virtual event online.
20 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will ditch S20 Ultra's 100x zoom
The Galaxy Note 20 might not have the S20 Ultra's 100x zoom feature, widely criticised on the flagship phone.
19 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will stick with 108MP camera, but improve focus
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is said to feature a 108-megapixel camera, but improved to avoid the focus problems of the S20 Ultra.
13 May 2020: Samsung might launch two Note 20 models this year, but no Ultra
Rumours of an Ultra edition of the Note 20 have been quashed, while details for the Note 20 and Note 20+ have been suggested.
12 May 2020: Twitter leaker revises details, Note 20 might only be 60Hz
An update on the leaks from 11 May, suggesting the Note 20 won't have all the skills of the Note 20+ display.
Note 20 Update - while the Note 20+ remains LTPO and 120Hz, the Note 20 will be LTPS and 60Hz. Makes sense since LTPO costs more and should appear first in premium models. You can do 120Hz with LTPS, but it consumes a lot of power. LTPO is the best implementation for 120Hz.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 12, 2020
11 May 2020: Details of Note 20 displays have been shared on Twitter
Ross Young, a display consultant has shared details of what we might expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ in terms of display. There's nothing to back this information up, so take it with a pinch of salt.
Note 20 Display Leak:— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 11, 2020
Note 20 will grow from 6.3" on the 10 to 6.42" on the Note 20. Resolution will increase slightly to 2345 x 1084, 404 PPI, 19.5:9 aspect ratio. 120Hz with LTPO, variable refresh, so lower power with 120Hz, great for always on mode. #GalaxyNote20
Note 20+ Display Leak— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 11, 2020
Note 20+ will grow from 6.8" to 6.87", resolution will increase to 3096 x 1444 resulting in a 497 PPI, 19.3:9 aspect ratio. It will also have 120Hz refresh with LTPO, lowest power implementation of 120Hz due to variable refresh. #GalaxyNote20+
29 April 2020: Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 20 and Fold 2, of sorts
Samsung, in its quarterly report, confirmed that a new Note device would be launched later in the year.
28 April 2020: Galaxy Note 20 could use updated Exynos 992
Reports from Korea suggest that performance gains could come from any updated Exynos 992 chip.
17 April 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 battery details revealed
Information suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 won't get a battery boost over the Galaxy S20.
24 March 2020: Galaxy Note 20's S Pen will be its only unique feature (compared to S20)
Leakers with very reliable track records have suggested the Note 20 will be very similar to the S20 in virtually every way except for having an S Pen, and slightly less round corners.
5 March 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 base model could drop to 128GB storage
According to Sammobile, Samsung could drop the storage of the base model Galaxy Note to 128GB rather than the 256GB storage that launched on the Note 10.
4 March 2020: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 codename revealed
Ice Universe tweeted that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is internally codenamed "Project Canvas" and that the S Pen will see new features appear for the 2020 devices.
11 February 2020: Samsung granted patent for curved smartphone with buttons in glass
Patently Mobile reported Samsung has been granted a patent for a Galaxy smartphone featuring a curved display with physical buttons protruding through the glass.
Galaxy Note20，Project “C”— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) March 4, 2020
4 February 2020: Galaxy Note 20 might one-up Galaxy S20 with 'more fine-tuned' 120Hz screen tech
Another tweet from leaker Ice Universe suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will feature an improved 120Hz refresh rate display compared to the Galaxy S20 range.
26 January 2020: Framework for Galaxy Note 20 design leaks
Leaker Ice Universe tweeted an image of what he claimed could be the framework for the Note 20 design, suggesting it was "logical".
This may be the framework design of the Galaxy Note20, which is logical. pic.twitter.com/bO5w937vy2— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 26, 2020
17 October 2019: Could Samsung Galaxy Note 20 have under display camera?
Leaker Ice Universe claimed Samsung will launch a smartphone in 2020 with an under display camera, further adding it wouldn't be the Galaxy S11 - which launched as the Galaxy S20 - and it wouldn't be the Fold 2.
Samsung will launch an under display camera phone next year！— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 17, 2019
not S11, not Fold 2