Samsung’s most exciting smartphone of the year is almost here. And now we know almost everything about it.
Thanks to a sensational leak by the always reliable WinFuture, we now have high resolution official images of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as well as a detailed breakdown of its specifications. WinFuture has also attained images and specifications for the entry-level Galaxy Note 20 and it confirms what we already knew: this is a highly problematic phone.
Looking at the Note 20 Ultra, however, Samsung has clearly created a smartphone which is a class above the Galaxy S20 range. The design is both an evolution of the Note 10 Plus and S20 Ultra. It refines the styling of the former with even smaller bezels and new S Pen with a remarkable 9ms of latency, while incorporating the power packed specifications of the S20 Ultra (details below) and improving on them with an industry-first LPTO display, improved chipset and essential camera changes.
By contrast, the Galaxy Note 20 looks more like a ‘Note 20 Lite’. Unlike every Galaxy S20 model, the Note 20 lacks a high refresh rate display while its design has taken a step backwards from the Note 10 with larger bezels and a surprisingly thick chin. Compared to the Note 20 Ultra, it also has less memory and storage, a lower resolution camera, lower latency S Pen and smaller battery.
My one concern for both models, however, is the Exynos 990 chipset which will ship to buyers outside the US. The 990 was already inferior to the Snapdragon 865 and a faster 865+ is coming to US buyers, which will only widen the gap further. Samsung’s in-house chip division is in trouble.
Despite this, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra looks a cut above every Samsung phone released this year, while its price looks set to significantly undercut the S20 Ultra. Potential buyers should also brace themselves: the release is less than two weeks away.
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