Putting the style in stylus
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 release date will almost definitely be towards the end of 2020, based on precedent, but but with the launch of the Galaxy S20 phones it's the next exciting launch expected from the company.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, as well as the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, constitute Samsung's first flagship phones of the year, and we'd expect a lot of the tech shown off in them to come in the Galaxy Note 20 phones.
In January 2020 we also saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, a budget version of the Galaxy Note 10 from August that represented the first ever chance to pick up an S Pen stylus phone for cheap. Previously this was a privilege reserved for those willing splash out on a top-end device, but no longer - though only in the select regions (mostly Latin America) where the Note 10 Lite has launched.
So the potential existence of a Galaxy Note 20 Lite means Samsung has the opportunity to create a truly top-end phone in its 'Plus' model, which could be as big or even bigger than the 6.9 inches of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Before the Samsung Galaxy S20 came out we were expecting it to be called the S11, and we were also expecting this phone to be the Note 11, although that seems unlikely now. Saying that, some of the early phone leaks refer to the Note 11, but that's just referring to this handset.
So you can have an idea of what's to come with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, we've collected every leak we've heard so far. On top of that we've got a wishlist of what we want to see in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. Since the stylus is so central to the phone’s identity, we want to see the S Pen become a true extension of the device: more physical controls, more reason to pull it out of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaks and news
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is still half a year away from being released, but there’s been a few potentially revealing leaks that give us a first look at the phone.
The phone will allegedly come with the same Snapdragon 865 chipset that debuted in the Galaxy S20 line - which makes sense, as they're packed with the Snapdragon X55 modem to enable 5G connectivity.
Saying that, one leaker thinks the phone will come with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor instead, based on a leaked benchmark test for the device which puts its scores as lower than the iPhone 12's.
Another source meanwhile claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could have a battery of around 4,000mAh - up from 3,500mAh in the Galaxy Note 10. That new size would put it in line with the Samsung Galaxy S20, and would likely mean that the Galaxy Note 20 Plus would also get a bigger battery.
Patents meanwhile suggest the Note 20 might pack a spectrometer - a component that analyzes objects to discover its chemical composition. While it wouldn’t be the first phone to pack the device after the Changhong H2, as pointed out by LetsGoDigital, the Note 20 would be a phone with a much wider release.
The Note 20 could pack an in-screen front-facing camera, which would sit under the full display instead of within a notch or pin-hole, industry sources told South Korean tech site The Elec - and backed up by a tweet from notable leaker @UniverseIce.
We've also heard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could have a 120Hz refresh rate screen that's 'more fine-tuned' – although compared to what, we're not totally sure. Maybe the Galaxy S20?
Either way, this could mean it's less of a drain on battery, or has better automatic refresh rate detection. We're not totally sure yet, and the tweeted message was rather cryptic.
This screen might curve at the top and bottom as well as the sides, according to one patent, which would make the phone look a lot more pebble-shaped than the Note 10.
There might only be 128GB storage in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, at least in its smallest variant, and there wasn't a device with this amount in the previous range. That suggests there could be a more budget-focused handset in the range, perhaps a phone that's 'Lite' in all but name (or even 'Lite' in name too!).
A Samsung patent won just after the Samsung Galaxy 20 launch shows a phone with a display that curves all the way to the rear of the body, but with physical buttons that protrude from the curves of the screen. Could this be the Galaxy Note 20? We're not sure, as it could be a 2021 phone (or never materialize in reality), but we'd hope so.
Finally, we've seen a Samsung foldable phone patent that seems like the Note 20 - except it's a foldable phone. While this could suggest Samsung's new stylus device folds, it seems more likely that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, which could come out alongside the Note 20s, will have a stylus too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: what we want to see
Since we haven't heard many rumors about the Note 20, we'll speculate as to what we want to see - improvements on last year's model and innovations we think would set the upcoming phone apart.
1. More capabilities in the S Pen
2. ‘Budget flagship’ version
3. Better cameras, specs, etc
4. Seamless display
5. Cheaper 5G