Every year, there are certain phones we just can’t help but get excited about — one of which is the Galaxy Note. From the first Note that debuted in 2011 up to last year’s Note 10, Samsung’s stylus-equipped flagships are regularly some of the most interesting to hit the market.
Samsung revamped its naming convention this year with the Galaxy S lineup, going from the S10 to the S20. We’re expecting something similar for the Note lineup, meaning 2020 will see the launch of the Galaxy Note 20.
From the latest specs, leaked renders, pricing rumors, and more, here’s everything you need to know!
- We’re expecting at least two models
- The design is a mystery
- Specs? Here’s what we know
- Look forward to an August release
- Let’s discuss pricing
- Don’t overlook the Note 10
There will be at least two models
For most Notes that have come out, Samsung’s released one model and called it good at that. Last year, however, Samsung went all out with three versions of the Note — including the Note 10, Note 10+, and Note 10+ 5G.
We anticipate Samsung will stick with this strategy for Note 20, but it’s not currently clear how it’ll work.
5G is expected to be a core feature for Note 20 just like it is on the S20, so we shouldn’t have a 5G-specific model like we did last year. As such, this could mean we only get a Note 20 and Note 20+. Then again, Samsung could throw in a third model as it did with the S20 and include a Note 20 Ultra.
It’s too early to know for sure, but as we learn more, we’ll update this page accordingly.
Let’s talk design
As of right now, we don’t know what the Galaxy Note 20 will look like. We imagine CAD renders of the phone will leak in the next few months, but for the time being, we don’t have anything to work with.
That said, we can make some educated guesses about what the Note 20 will look like.
Samsung’s stuck with a pretty consistent design language for the last few years, and for Note 20, we aren’t anticipating a significant design refresh. We’re bound to get a large display with curved edges, at least three rear cameras, and a metal/glass construction.
A patent from February suggested that the Note 20 could be equipped with a waterfall display that would offer a more drastically-curved display than we’ve ever seen on a Note, but Samsung’s reduction of curved edges on the S20 indicates otherwise.
Flagship specs should be present
Moving on to specs, this is another area in which details are quite scarce. However, just like the unknown design, there are a few things we’re quite certain we’ll see on the Note 20.
The Note is always powered by the latest-available Qualcomm processor, meaning Note 20 will offer the Snapdragon 865. We’d also expect at least 12GB of RAM, with an upgrade option to go all the way to 16GB.
Samsung impressed last year by making 256GB the base storage amount for the Note 10, but according to a leaked model number for the Note 20 (SM-N9821), this year’s phone will come with just 128GB. That’s still plenty of space for most people, but a 50% year-over-year decrease isn’t exactly something we’re excited about.
The 120Hz AMOLED display from the S20 will more than likely make its way to Note 20, as should Samsung’s new zooming tech for its cameras.
An August release is expected
We know you’re probably eager to get your hands on the Note 20, but we still have quite some time to wait before it’ll be here. Samsung often releases the Note in August, as evident by the past few launches:
- Galaxy Note 10 — Released August 23, 2019
- Galaxy Note 9 — Released August 24, 2018
- Galaxy Note 8 — Released September 15, 2017
- Galaxy Note 7 — Released August 19, 2016
Another August launch seems likely, though if Coronavirus keeps up its disruptive nature, it’s possible it’ll be pushed back to September or later.
Note 20 won’t be cheap
Smartphone prices have been continually rising, and unfortunately for your wallet, that trend is bound to carry over to Note 20. Looking back on the prices of past Notes, here’s how things have changed between the previous three models:
- Galaxy Note 8 — $930
- Galaxy Note 9 — $1,000
- Galaxy Note 10 — $950
- Galaxy Note 10+ — $1,100
Samsung really went all-out with price hikes this year with the S20, with the base S20 costing $1,000 and the S20 Ultra starting at $1,400.
In other words, Note 20 will be expensive. We don’t know exactly how expensive, but something beyond the $1,000 threshold seems inevitable.
Don’t want to wait? Just get the Note 10
We fully expect the Note 20 to be one of the best phones of 2020, but if you’re shopping for a handset right now and don’t feel like waiting until August to make a decision, the Note 10 and Note 10+ are both excellent devices that are more than worth a look.
Even by 2020 standards, the Note 10 lineup has plenty to like. The Snapdragon 855 processor is more than capable for all of your apps and games, the AMOLED display tech looks fantastic even with the slower 60Hz refresh rate, and the triple rear cameras are more than adequate for snapping Instagram pictures.
On top of all that, it’s quite common to find deals and promotions on the Note 10 that bring its price down quite a bit.
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