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Will S Pen be the only difference between Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20?

The difference between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series has been diminishing with each passing year. This year, the difference could be smaller than ever if some reports are to be believed. The only difference between the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20 could be the inclusion of the S Pen.

Ice Universe, who has a pretty decent track record when it comes to Samsung products, mentioned on Twitter that the Galaxy Note 20’s hardware specifications wouldn’t be significantly different from the Galaxy S20 series. Apparently, even the cameras on the two phones are configured in the same way. Max Weinbach went on to claim that the Galaxy Note 20 would just be a Galaxy S20 with an S Pen.

We had exclusively revealed three weeks ago that Samsung is developing the Galaxy Note 20 with 128GB of internal storage in the base variant. The upcoming Galaxy Note phone will reportedly feature a fine-tuned 120Hz screen refresh rate, which could point to either an adaptive refresh rate mode or a more power-efficient mechanism. Looking at Samsung’s track record, the Galaxy Note 20 series could debut with Android 11 and One UI 2.5.

The Galaxy Note 20 series phones could feature Super AMOLED Infinity-O screens, S Pen, Exynos 990/Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB/12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB eUFS 3.1 storage, a quad-camera setup (with 12MP or 108MP primary sensor), 8K video recording, 5G connectivity, stereo speakers, IP68 certification, Samsung Pay, up to 5000mAh battery, up to 45W fast wired charging, and wireless charging.

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dajaco
dajaco

My Guess would be Note 10+ will be: S20 Ultra + 7″ Screen with squared corners, S20 Ultra Camera – if we’re lucky a better ISP or Macro Camera thrown in. Hopefully Small Bump in Battery, maybe 5200Mah (ambitious given stylus space req.) Hopefully processor on a slightly better process to improve power consumption. Very slim chance – Selfie camera successfully put beneath display. Fingerprint sensor increased to the larger active area / more recent model. I think an additional Macro Camera would be very welcome on the Ultra due to the narrow field of focus on the main monster… Read more »

JamesDiman
JamesDiman

Once you go S-Pen, you don’t go back.
Even if the S series and Note series are almost the same, I will always choose the Note, because I love the S-Pen. I have been using a stylus since the Palm days, and I can’t imagine using a phone without one.

blindguy
blindguy

And don’t forget another difference, the power and volume keys moved to the left side of the phone. I actually prefer having the buttons on the left side.

MarkSOceanDem
MarkSOceanDem

If you’re a right handed writer, buttons on the left do work better

ianmacd
ianmacd

This is speculation, not news. It’s what bored journalists engage in when there’s no actual news to report, although I’m being generous here, because Sammobile’s ostensible news content always comprises a sizeable quotient of pointless speculation.

allargon
allargon

Reading that the Note 20 will possibly be just a S20 Ultra (or worse a S20+) with just a S-pen makes me sad, as this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Note series.

JSH1973
JSH1973

It’ll be easier for them to merge the S and Note series that way

kingrohan
kingrohan

If thats the case, then they should skip the Note 20 and focus primarily on the S20 Series to make it best smartphone of the year.
Apple devices are optimized so good because unlike Samsung they dont release like a thousand phones a year, rather focus on just one phone.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Apple are said to be releasing 5 phones this year. All of them will be crap but that’s beside the point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

kingrohan
kingrohan

Agreed, they are crap, but their software optimization is good.

Gunter2
Gunter2

It depends on what you want. If you don’t want customisation or real multitasking, it’s fine. I admit I bought my gran an iPhone as it’s easy to use. Definitely good for old people and those who don’t want a more complicated os. Android optimization is just as good now, even the PocketNow apple fans admitted it, particularly when it came to the One UI version, but it’s still a perceived advantage that Apple pushes. It’s about all they have these days, as innovation isn’t happening in Cupertino.

Biransahin
Biransahin

A very good point. iPhone is definitely a good phone for the older generation not as comfortable with technology. Our mum has a problem with osteoporosis and for her 70th birthday the family got together and got her an iPhone X coupled with an Apple Watch as it has fall detection which is very useful for people with her condition. I think an Android phone would be too confusing for her so the simplistic iOS is much better.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Yes,, similar reasons for getting it for our grandmother. Someone seems not to like the fact that iPhone is more suitable for older generations. Not sure if it was an Android fan who thinks Android is ok for older people or an iSheep who feels butthurt because I said it was for older folks ๐Ÿค”

Biransahin
Biransahin

Lolol. Who knows. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

stondec
stondec

People like you miss the point that the S Pen is the single most important reason why a lot of people buy the Note in the first place.

Biransahin
Biransahin

True. Many people just don’t get it. It’s one of those silly irrelevant discussions that comes up every year. I suppose they have to write about something but the repetition is a bit tiring. I read a similar article about S10 and Note10 last year, and I’m pretty sure you had to make the same point then too. Lol. No doubt we’ll hear it again next year for S21 and Note21.

PJaya
PJaya

Then a pen device price up by $50

Gunter2
Gunter2

People who ask is the sPen the only difference between S and Note are right. It is, but it’s a huge difference. Our engineering firm use Note devices. We can share engineering schematics, we use the SPen to annotate and make changes on site to equipment configurations and send them back to the design office computers to integrate into the original design, we can use the SPen with AutoCad for precise editing, and of course the usual note taking, quick sketching etc. The difference between having an SPen and not is the difference between having a mobile phone and a… Read more »

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

A squared off corners phone with big rounded corners UI.
Note Series doesn’t deserve the same looks UI meant for S, A or M.