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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series launch on August 5: From price to features, all we can expect

Samsung's upcoming phones are expected to deliver bigger screens with more advanced panels that support high refresh rates. Here's all we know about them so far.

Sushant Talwar | July 18, 2020 | Updated 15:23 IST

Highlights

  • Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy Note 20 series phones on August 5.
  • The Galaxy Note 20 series could bring two new phones with itself.
  • The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expected to be the flagship with a 6.9-inch display.

We're barely days away from Samsung's second Unpacked Event for the year. Scheduled for August 5, this will be Samsung's first major launch event. At the event, Samsung is expected to make some major announcements, and also finally take the lid of the much anticipated Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Fold 2 smartphones.

While both the phone announcements will be quite interesting, it is arguably the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 20 series that is being been more eagerly awaited. Samsung's upcoming phones are expected to deliver bigger screens, more advanced panels with support for 120Hz refresh rate, industry-leading cameras, and flagship-grade performance. Ahead of the launch, here's everything we know about the Galaxy Note 20 so far.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Expected price

Although there hasn't been any official word on the pricing yet, a look at how Samsung usually prices its Galaxy Note series devices would reveal that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra phones won't come cheap. The pricing could start at close to $999 and go much over the $1200 mark for the top-end variants.

There have also been leaks about the pricing of the device. One of which claims the Galaxy Note 20 could be much more expensive than its predecessors. This is according to Twitter user @Ricciolo1 who claims the "Note 20 series will be the most expensive Note ever." However, other leaks from having claimed that Note 20 will actually retail at a slightly lower price than last year's Note 10.

Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

While initially there were suggestions that the Galaxy Note 20 series could bring with itself three new phones -- the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Plus and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra -- latest reports have suggested that there will only be two new Galaxy Note smartphones.

The suggestion is that Samsung will be skipping on the Plus variant, and will only bring the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the more premium Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The vanilla Galaxy Note 20 could get a display between 6.4 inches to 6.7 inches, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could get a panel that's closer to the 7-inch mark.

This has also been hinted at by a number of tipsters, who have claimed there will be two Galaxy note 20 devices launched this year. However, there is some confusion on the naming of the devices, with some of them claiming the bigger model will be called the Galaxy Note 20 Plus and not Note 20 Ultra.

Galaxy Note 20 series: Design

Ahead of the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 devices, Samsung recently posted images of the Galaxy Note 20 on its Ukrainian website by accident. The phone was spotted in the "Mystic Bronze" colour, and complete with a triple camera setup on the back. Interestingly, this leaked design is very much in line with what renders have revealed for the phone in the past.

Over the past few weeks, many renders have shown the upcoming phone to come with a triple stacked camera module on the back, with an LED flash sitting at its side. The new leaked images also show the S Pen. There appear to be no real surprises here, with the stylus looking the same as always. We also see that the images show the volume and power button being moved to the right of the phone -- unlike how it was on the Galaxy Note 10 series of phones.

As for the Note 20 Ultra, previously we've seen CAD-based renders of the device appear online which also claim to reveal the design of the phone. The renders have shown a design that borrows heavily from the Galaxy S20 series. On the front, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has been shown to bring slight curves and a boxy design -- something we've previously seen on Galaxy S20 Ultra and even the Galaxy Note 10 last year.

Galaxy Note 20 series: Display and specifications

As for the specs, OnLeaks has claimed in the past that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will bring a rather big display at 6.9-inches. This will be bigger than the one found on the Galaxy Note 10+ which came with a 6.8-inch display. Reports in the past have suggested that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could come with a 120Hz mode for faster refresh rates. Additionally, reports claim the panel on the phone will be built using LTPO tech. This screen is built for power saving which could result in a Galaxy Note 20 with impressive battery life.

As for the core specs of the device, we don't know much at the moment. However, it is said that outside the US Samsung will again stick to its in-house Exynos chips. Recent leaks claim Samsung could use its Exynos 990 chip for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. However, there have been other reports from South Korea which claim it's "highly likely" that Samsung will use a new Exynos 992 chipset in the Note 20 series phones.

As for cameras, there are enough hints that the Galaxy Note 20 could come with a triple camera set-up, however, the Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, could get a quad-lens setup. As per reports in South Korean media, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will feature a 64-megapixel primary lens and 12-megapixel wide and ultra-wide lenses.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is said to feature a 108-megapixel primary lens, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and 13-megapixel periscope lens. There will be laser autofocus on the device, however, Samsung could do away with the Time of Flight sensor. Both the phones are said to feature the same front-facing camera which will likely be the same 40-megapixel sensor.

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