The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is a few months away, but we’ve already started to see some solid leaks and rumors. So I’m gonna to give you an early look at what to expect from Galaxy Note 20 series
Now, a lot of these early leaks do come from founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, Ross Young, and these leaks have also been verified by serial leaker – Ice universe, which give them that much more weight.
So, firstly, it looks like we’re going to have two Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. A Note 20, as well as a Note 20+, but no Note 20 Ultra, like we had with the S20 series.
The sale figures the S20 Ultra did not sell as well as Samsung had hoped, so this may be one of the reasons why we’re not going to be seeing a Note 20 Ultra. But Ross Young has said that the Ultra will be the Galaxy Fold 2. So the Note 20 and Note 20+, what are they going to look like?
Well, from the front, they’re going to look very similar to what we’ve seen from Samsung before. So boxed off designs with smaller bezels and a center punch out. Now, the center punch out is something that I personally don’t mind. But, unfortunately, we’re not going to be seeing any under-display camera tech, this year, anyway.
Display and Design
Now, because of the smaller bezels, we are going to be seeing slightly larger displays. So the Note 20+ is going to go up from 6.8 inches to around 6.87 inches. And the Note 20 is going to go up from around 6.3 inches to 6.42 inches. Samsung may give Quad HD+ resolution for the Note 20+ and Full HD+ resolution for the Note 20, and, of course, a 120 hertz refresh rate for both.
The most interesting thing, is that both displays are likely to have LTPO technology. So LTPO stands for low-temperature polysilicon oxide and, not to go to technical, but, essentially, this is much more power efficient and it’s great for variable refresh rates. So, when you are not watching any fast-moving content on your screen, maybe you’ve got static content on, then it’s not going to need to use 120 hertz for a refresh rate and it can go all the way down.
And, from what Russ Young is saying, you should be getting around 15 to 20% better power efficiency with this technology. Now what this may also mean, that the Note 20+ may have quad HD+ at 120 hertz. As we know, at this point in time, the S20 series, if you do want 120 hertz, then this does go down to FULL HD+ resolution, not Quad HD+, and this may have been a reason around battery life.
We’re not sure exactly why Samsung had done this. But if we do have the LTPO technology then Samsung may no longer have to limit the resolution when you are using 120 hertz on the Note 20+.
Improved Fingerprint Sensor
So this will be quite interesting. Now another very interesting thing about the displays of the Note 20 series is that they are likely to have the 3D Sonic Max in-display fingerprint scanner technology from Qualcomm. Now, this is much improved to the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanners that we’ve got on the S10, the Note 10, as well as the S20 series.
The area is 17 times larger, so this would make it the largest area on any smartphone. It’s going to make things a lot more reliable, you’re not going to have to get the specific target. But things will also be faster as well as more secure, and that’s because the 3D Sonic Max does allow two fingers to be used simultaneously.
So, for instance, if there are certain apps, such as banking apps, where you do need that extra security you could potentially assign two fingerprints to those apps and this will make things a lot more secure.
So what’s going to be powering the Note 20 series? Well, it’s likely that we are going to be having the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, as well as an Exynos variant for other markets. Unfortunately, this is something that we’ve talked about a lot before, but it looks like Samsung will have to stick to this, at least for the Note, maybe we’ll see a change in the future. I don’t know, I’m hopeful.
Now, I am speculating, but it might be that we are going to see an improved version of the Exynos 990 so that it matches up a little bit more with the 865. Last year, on the S10 we did have the Exynos 9820, but then when you did go over onto the Note we did have the Exynos 9825, which was a little bit improved.
So it’s likely that we might see something similar this year. Talking about Software, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series can come with Android 11 out of the box. But there is no official announcement about this.
RAM and Storage
Now, another piece of information that we do have from Ross Young is that the Note series is going to come with a base of 16 GB of RAM, which is going to be absolutely awesome. The Note series always known for its multitasking abilities, so this would make some sense. Whether or not these devices are going to have expandable storage is still a bit of a question mark.
On the Note 10 we did not have expandable storage, but on the Note 10+ we did have. So this may be a similar case here for the Note 20 series.
Features of S-Pen
Now, of course, there’s going to be the S Pen, this is something that makes the Note series unique. It’s going to come with some improved features. Last year we did have some of those Air commands and other features. We might be seeing some new features here.
Now for the batteries, Ross Young has said that we’re likely to see between a 4,000 to 5,000 mAh battery on the Note 20 series. The Note 20+, of course, will have a larger battery compared to that of the Note 20. What’s interesting is that if we do have the LTPO display technology then this should make things a lot more power efficient, so we should be getting better battery life on the Note 20 series.
Now in terms of the design and the camera, these are things that we’ve not heard about too much as yet. Of course, we can expect a metal and glass sandwich, like we’ve seen from Samsung before, with IP68 water and dust resistance. The camera module, right now Samsung is going for a rectangular camera module, so this is something that I guess we can also expect.
And in terms of the camera tech, it is likely that we would see the 108 MP camera sensor that we’ve seen on the S20 Ultra. Whether or not we’re going to have the zoom is still a bit of a question mark, but hopefully something will be improving a lot of the issues that we’ve faced on the S20 Ultra, such as the autofocus.
Now, of course, when you do have more information about the cameras, as well as the design, with leaked renders and images, then I will update this article.
Launch Date of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series
Now, for the announcement and the release of the Note 20 series we are likely to have the official announcement – 5th August, this could, of course, change because of circumstances. And the release is likely to be end of August or early September. What’s interesting is that the announcement of the Note 20 series is also going to be alongside the announcement of the Galaxy Fold 2.
Now, if you have any questions related to Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series or Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, let me know in the comments.