Major leaks this week have revealed everything that we need to know about the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. There are significant differences between the two models, perhaps the most we have seen on these multi-model flagships from Samsung.
It's fast becoming evident that the Galaxy Note 20 is essentially its own “Lite” variant. This is further cemented by the revelation that the Galaxy Note 20's display glass is actually going to be weaker than that of the Galaxy Note 10.
It's actually using the Galaxy Note 7's cover glass
Customers expect each new iteration of a flagship to improve upon everything. So the expectation would have been for the Galaxy Note 20 to have tougher display glass than the Galaxy Note 10, or at the very least, a similar level of protection. This does hold true for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra which will actually be the first smartphone to feature Corning's new Gorilla Glass Victus.
Gorilla Glass Victus makes significant improvements to Corning's main product. Victus can survive a 6.5-feet drop compared to the Gorilla Glass 6's 5.25-feet. It also has an increased drop and scratch resistance.
This will not be the case for the Galaxy Note 20. Its 6.7-inch flat AMOLED display will be protected by Gorilla Glass 5, according to @rquandt, who contributed to the major Galaxy Note 20 leaks this week. Gorilla Glass 5 was introduced in 2016 and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 was the first device to use it.
While the Gorilla Glass 5 and 6 have the same level of scratch resistance, Gorilla Glass 6 is 2X resistant to damage compared to its predecessor. Corning also switched to an entirely new chemical composition for it. The company claims Gorilla Glass 6 can survive 15 drops on average on rough surfaces.
It's unclear why the inferior cover glass has been chosen for the Galaxy Note 20 but it could just be one of those things that enable Samsung to price this handset more aggressively. This also widens the gap between the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with the latter being the clear choice for those who want a top-notch flagship.
Would you be okay with this trade-off if this results in a lower price tag for the Galaxy Note 20? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.