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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra release date
It's official — Samsung's Summer Unpacked event will be taking place on the 5th of August. Supposedly this is the time when we will see not just the Note 20 for the first time, but the Galaxy Fold 2 as well. The phones usually launch a couple of weeks after their announcements. According to reports, the Galaxy Note 20 will be up for sale on the 21st of August.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price
Rumors on price have been scarce. Speculations go between a $1,099 starting price for the Galaxy Note 20 and all the way up to $1,499 starting price for the Note 20 Ultra. The newest and freshest rumor says $999 for the Note 20, $1,299 for the Note20 Ultra. But that latter one sounds... too good to be true.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 camera
You can compare the camera area of Note20 Ultra and Note20. pic.twitter.com/trMWFk2QCj— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 13, 2020
The Galaxy S and Galaxy Note cameras have been pretty great for some years now. But Samsung has essentially been using the same sensor since the Galaxy S7 age. Improvements to the whole camera module, like aperture size and lenses, as well as extreme software post-production algorithms have helped it keep up with the times. But since we are back in the megapixel wars with hybrid zoom being used as a new weapon, it seems it’s high time for Samsung to come up with something new.
As we already saw, the Galaxy S20's camera is be an enormous leap forward. The S20 Ultra has up to 100x hybrid zoom, an enhanced Night Mode, and the insane 8K video.
We've also heard mixed reports about the zoom feature of the Galaxy Note 20. Again, we can speculate here that the regular Note 20 would have 50x zoom, while the Note 20 Ultra would have the same 100x Space Zoom as the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 design and display
video showcasing alleged Note 20 Ultra model
A purported leak that came from Samsung's own official web pages kept that rumor alive for quite a while — it showed an image of a supposed Galaxy Note 20 sandwiched between a Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S20. The Note appeared to have no punch hole and no notch.
But, as of late, the rumor mill has been churning images and CAD drawings that show the Note 20 sporting a single hole on the top center of the display for the selfie camera. It seems that 2020 is not the year we will see under-display cameras, at least not from Samsung.
As far as design goes, we expect a natural evolution of the Galaxy Note 10 mixed with Galaxy S20 vibes. The Note line has been leaning towards a more stern, rectangular look as of late, and we fully expect the Note 20 to keep that trend going. It will also have a crazy camera module on the back — bulky and packed with sharp sensors — that's a given. Especially since latest rumors seem to reaffirm it.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 hardware
Another year, another chipset — of course, the 2020 Galaxy Notes will be powered by 2020 processors. Units sold in the US will likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Earlier, we expected it to be the Snapdragon 865, but a curious rumor says it might be an "unannounced Snapdragon chip" — the Snapdragon 865+. Presumably it would be a slightly upgraded version of the 865, just like the 855+ was to the Snapdragon 855.
International versions were rumored to get a slightly upgraded Exynos — the Exynos 992. Slightly faster than the 990 in the Galaxy S20 series and even, reports say, 1-3% faster than the Snapdragon 865. However, two solid leaksters have recently said that this will not be happening. While the US will get the upgraded Snapdragon 865+, the international market will be "stuck" with the same old Exynos 990. At least that's the newest word on the street.
Can confirm. I have found no references to any new chip other than Snapdragon 865+ in the firmware's I have on hand.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) July 11, 2020
The Exynos 990 will be used in the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. https://t.co/AGee7eHv8F
In any case, if Samsung insists on making 5G phones, then it will need to find a way to integrate 5G modems into chipsets. And, judging by the Galaxy S20, it seems the Note 20 in the US will be fully decked out for 5G as well.
Last but not least — we should expect even faster multitasking, as reports say the next generation of chips will support LPDDR5X RAM and Samsung will be outfitting its Note 20 series with 16 GB modules as a starting point. Nice.