Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Introduction

Like 2019, Samsung is expected to launch two different models of the Galaxy Note 20. Since it launched the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ last year, it was expected that this naming scheme might be retained for its successor as well.

However, Samsung switched things up with the Galaxy S20 earlier in the year. It launched three different models – Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Ultra is obviously the top-of-the-line model. Three different models of the Galaxy Note 20 wouldn’t make sense so Samsung has to choose between calling the top model either the Galaxy Note 20+ or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Recent reports have suggested that Samsung has decided to call it the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That’s what we’ll use to refer to this device until an official announcement is made. Despite the COVID19 pandemic, Samsung is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Note handsets in the first week of August, albeit by way of a virtual event.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Design

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra design is going to be similar to the smaller model. It will likely retain the traditional Galaxy Note silhouette which sets this lineup apart from every other Samsung device. All of the physical buttons were put on the left side of the Galaxy Note 10, there’s reason to believe that Samsung might shift the buttons back to the right side with the new device.

Since this will be a flagship device, expect great build quality with premium materials. The camera setup will be positioned vertically on the back, a design change that Samsung has applied almost across the board for its entire portfolio over the past year.

Update: The first real Galaxy Note 20 Ultra renders have now been leaked. They were posted on Samsung Russia’s website. A few live photos of the device have since leaked as well.



Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Rear Design

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Selfie Camera

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Display

Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is going to feature a 6.9-inch display. It might be the only model with a curved panel as the Galaxy Note 20 is reportedly going to have a flat panel. Expect slim bezels as well as 120Hz refresh rate, something that Samsung has already introduced earlier this year with the Galaxy S20 lineup.

There have also been some reports about a more fine-tuned 120Hz refresh rate technology on the new flagship. Perhaps Samsung might make 120Hz available for all resolutions, but this isn’t set in stone. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s display is obviously going to have support for the S Pen.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Specs

An early benchmark of the larger Galaxy Note 20 model surfaced a few weeks ago and it suggested that the handset will feature a Snapdragon 865+ processor with 8GB of RAM. The jury’s still out on that, though, so the Snapdragon 865 very much remains a possibility, in markets where the Qualcomm chip is used. Samsung’s own Exynos 992, an optimized version of the Galaxy S20’s processor, will be used in almost all markets.

The entire lineup will support 5G in markets where the next-gen network standard is available. Samsung will obviously offer more RAM options, possibly going up to 16GB. The base variant will only offer 128GB of storage which is half of what’s available on the Galaxy Note 10+, optional storage capacity may go as high as 512GB. A 4,500mAh battery is said to be keeping the lights on and will most likely have support for 45W charging, but it’s unclear if the compatible adapter will be shipped with the device or sold separately.

Samsung will include an S Pen with this device. It will likely pick up some new tricks as it always does while retaining many of the features that users have come to love over the years.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Camera

Much of the camera improvements that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S20 Ultra are likely going to make their way to this device. So while the 108-megapixel camera will be there, expect some changes, particularly when it comes to the zoom camera. The 100x Space Zoom capability will reportedly be cut in half to 50x as the periscope lens will be paired to a 13-megapixel sensor instead of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 48-megapixel sensor.

Samsung is expected to ditch the ToF sensor and use a laser autofocus system for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in order to eliminate the focusing issues that were present on its only other Ultra model. A new Dual Pixel PDAF 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera may also be onboard.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Software

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will most definitely come with Android 10 out of the box but it’s going to be Samsung’s first smartphone to come with One UI 2.5. The newer version is said to bring Google’s navigation gestures to third-party app launchers in addition to several other features.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Price and Availability

As the top-of-the-line model, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is going to command a high price tag, possibly as high as $1,400.  As far as availability is concerned, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be available far and wide. Recent reports suggest that the handset might go on sale starting August 20.

Downloads and Resources

We don’t offer any resources for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra just yet, as the device is still pending its official unveiling. But stay tuned as we’ll bring you all of the resources as soon as it launches.

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