The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 succeeds the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 as its direct successor. It’s also a less expensive alternative for those who can’t afford the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. As a result, it provides a package that lacks some of the ultra’s most eye-catching characteristics. It does, however, preserve the key characteristics that distinguish a high-performance Android smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Key Specs & Features
- Android 10, One UI 2.5
- 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Display, 1080 x 2400, Up to 60Hz Refresh Rate, 393 PPI
- Octa-core Exynos 990 (Global)
- Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (USA)
- 12MP + 64MP + 12MP Triple Rear Camera
- 10MP Front Camera
- 256GB Built-in Storage
- 8GB RAM
- Fingerprint (Under Display, Ultrasonic)
- Fast Charging (25W Capacity)
- Reverse Wireless Charging (9W)
- 4300 mAh Non-Removable Li-ion Battery
Display and Design
The design and features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 are a little more modest than those on the Note 20 ultra. To begin with, we have a somewhat smaller chassis that houses a 6.7-inch display rather than the 6.9-inch panel found on the extreme.
The bezel on this display is significantly thicker, and the camera cutout is more visible. It boasts a 1080 x 2400 maxed-out screen resolution and is built on a super AMOLED panel.
Still, we have a 60Hz refresh rate on the panel, which is significantly lower than the 120Hz refresh rate on the Note 20 ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S20. Honorable mentions go to the OnePlus 8 Pro, which for the same price boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and a greater resolution of 1440 x 3168.
When we look at the back of the phone, we see that there is no camera bulge, which was noticeable on the Note 20 ultra due to the periscope camera features. The Samsung branding can be found here, indicating that this is a Samsung smartphone.
A $1000 Dollar Smartphone With A Plastic Back
The design of the Galaxy Note 20 differed from that of prior Note devices. It has a lower build quality, which contributes to the reduced pricing.
This year, Samsung went with a glossy plastic called Glasstic. The weight was affected by the use of plastic instead of glass. The Note 20 is 192 grams in weight, whereas the Note 20 Ultra is 208 grams.
Despite having a plastic bank, the Note 20 still has wireless charging. This is a phenomenon that isn’t particularly prevalent among today’s cellphones.
Upfront we have got gorilla glass 5, which is also less premium than what we got on the Note 10 and the note 20 ultra. Basically it’s all about beating down cost.
An Improved S-Pen
Samsung improved the latency of the S-Pen this year, with the goal of making input registration more faster. The Note 20’s S-Pen has a 26ms latency, which is nearly half that of prior generations’ 42ms.
The Note 20 Ultra, on the other hand, reduces latency to 9ms, allowing for even faster input registration.
Apart from latency, the cavity that houses the S-Pen was moved from the right to the left. Fans upgrading from their prior Galaxy Note smartphones may need to alter their muscles as a result of this development.
A lesser budget train also impacted the photography section of the Note 20. It is, however, not serious. It comes with a set of capable cameras that could easily pass for those found in a top smartphone.
A 12MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 64MP telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.0, and a 3x hybrid optical zoom, as opposed to the 5x optical zoom on the Note 20 ultra, which is a periscope telephoto camera, make up the back camera department.
The trio’s third member is a 12MP ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view and an f/2.2 aperture. This department’s back camera shoots videos at a maximum resolution of 8K@24fps. 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, and 720p@960fps are among the other video options available.
A single 10MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 is in charge of selfies. This camera can capture 4K at 30/60 frames per second and 1080p at 30 frames per second.
Hardware and Software
The Note 20 has most of the characteristics that make the Note Ultra 20 an extremely speedy smartphone, as indicated in the introductory paragraph.
The top-of-the-line Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, which is only available in the United States, is the most important of these capabilities. In other regions of the world, enthusiasts will have to make do with the Exynos 990 processor.
The Adreno 650 GPU will be available in the United States, while the Mali-G77 MP11 GPU will be available in other areas of the world. The combination of 8GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage is consistent. In the United States, however, aficionados will have the option of a 128GB storage option.
A non-removable 4300mAh Li-ion battery is also included in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. Which is somewhat less than the Note 20 ultra’s 4500mAh battery.
On the software side, the Android 10 operating system runs the One UI 2.5 interface.
Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC are all included on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. A USB Type-C port is also included for charging and data transfer.
Please note that the Note 20 will only be available in 5G in the United Kingdom, the United States, and most other countries. In Australia, though, fans will have the option of a 4G-only model.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Price and Availability
At prominent online retailers, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 starts at roughly $800. In Nigeria, the smartphone costs 379,999 Naira, 14,200 Egyptian pounds, 89,999 Kenyan shillings, and 5,765 Ghanaian cedis.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was unveiled on August 5th, 2020, and is set to hit stores on August 21st, 2020.