The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus are two phones we expect to see released in the next few months. Here are all the latest rumours and news about the upcoming premium phablets, including some juicy new information on the charging speeds.
Samsung usually releases two top-spec devices over the course of the year. The first one, the Samsung Galaxy S20, arrived back in March and thoroughly impressed us, earning 4.5 stars out of 5 in or review. But will this year’s Note surpass its sibling? Here’s all we know about it so far.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 release date
As you can see from the timeline below, Samsung has recently started unveiling the Note updates in August. Rather than using the big IFA conference in September to launch the phablet, Samsung moved that to dedicated Unpacked events.
Rumours are suggesting that, once again, August will be the time Samsung reveals the Note 20. However, as we’ve found out this year events and launches can be delayed.
This leak comes from prominent Samsung leaker Ice Universe. ‘Ice’ suggests the company plans to host the event (which we presume will be an online event, rather than a physical one) on August 5, which would be earlier than we normally see Samsung launch its flagship S Pen-enabled devices. It also looks like this event could include lots of other releases too, including the Galaxy Fold 2 and a 5G version of the Z Flip.
The same leaks also notes we’ll see two versions of the Galaxy Note 20: a regular Note 20 and a Note 20 Ultra. This would be a slight change from last year, where the higher-end model was called the Note 20 Plus.
When has Samsung released the Note series before?
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – August 2019
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – August 2018
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – September 2017
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – September 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price
Again, there’s not much pricing information going around so far, but it’s easy to imagine that the Galaxy Note 20 is going to be another pricey purchase from Samsung.
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 cost £869 upon release. It’s likely that the new device will retail at a similar price; but we’re intrigued as to whether, like the S20 series, there will be a range of three different models to choose from, including a Plus version or Ultra option for the most demanding consumers (which will surely cost even more).
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs
Despite the fact its still months away from launch, there’s already some credible evidence on what we can expect to see from the Galaxy Note 20.
According to the tweet embedded above, the device will run on the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (but note: this is likely to only apply to North American models, with the European variants generally running on Samsung’s own Exynos-branded processors).
The Snapdragon 865 Plus is an enhanced version of the processor which is likely to be even better for gaming – and the leaked Geekbench scores record an incredible 3.09GHz clock speed. It also is sure to boast 5G technology, which we always expected to be present on the Note 20.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 battery life and charging
The Note series has an up-and-down relationship with battery life. Some years have been good, yet the last few iterations haven’t really pushed boundaries when it comes to battery tech. They’ve been good, but there are lots of phones now that have big batteries.
While we haven’t seen many leaks surrounding reported battery specs, we do know a little bit about the charging tech Samsung might use. MyFixGuide suggests that the phone will support rapid 45w charging. This comes from CCC documentation that also mentions the phone’s model number and mentions 5G support.
While 45w charging will be supported – like it was on the Note 10 Plus from 2019 – the same source claims they’ll still only be a 25w plug in the box. It looks like you’ll once again have to splurge that little bit extra if you truly want the top-drawer charging speeds. Considering recent Samsung phones have charged incredibly well at 25w, this doesn’t like seem like a major disadvantage.
There will also likely be some differences between the charging speeds on the various models in the Note 20 line we’re expecting. With the above details seeming specific to the Plus variant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 display
More rumours have emerged over the specifications for the Note 20’s screen, and there have been some conflicting accounts of what we can expect.
According to IceUniverse, the Note 20 will boast an enhanced 120Hz refresh rate, that will make scrolling smoother than ever before.
However, not all sources are quite so positive. Ross Young, the CEO/Founder of Display Supply Chain, claimed in a (now-deleted) tweet that the Note 20 Plus would boast class-leading variable display rate technology that would be more power-efficient, yet the standard Note 20 would be stuck with a 60Hz refresh rate. This might make the base model significantly cheaper, but it would be disappointing for it not to have the benefits of a smoother display.