Samsung Galaxy Note 20 preview: Bigger and better than ever with a price to match

There may not be a big stage performance and larger-than-life video screens, but Samsung on Wednesday will announce the latest member of its premium smartphone lineup: the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung’s second flagship of the year is traditionally targeted to productivity-minded users, and this year appears to bring more of the same, with big screens, big cameras, and of course, an S Pen on board. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next flagship, which will reportedly come in two sizes, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

Design and display

The Galaxy Note has always had a boxier design than the Galaxy S. This year’s model appears to continue the tradition, with a design that closely mirrors last year’s model, according to Twitter leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass. That means the front is nearly all display, with tiny bezels and squared corners. Numerous rumors peg the two phones at 6.7 inches and 6.9 inches diagonally, the same dimensions as the S20+ and S20 Ultra.

The screens might not be created equal, however. Twitter leaker Ice Universe, who has an impeccable track record for rumors, says the Note 20 will have a 60Hz display, while the Note 20 Ultra will gain the 120Hz display introduced with the S20 earlier this year. It’s also possible that the Note 20 has a “flat” screen, while the Ultra retains the curved Infinity display of previous models.

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The Galaxy Note 20 will reportedly come in all-new colors.

Around the back, leaked renders by Blass and others show a massive camera array that resembles the one introduced with the S20. New colors are also on the way, with Samsung all but confirming copper or bronze will be the new hotness.

Performance and camera

Unlike last year, when the Note 10 used the same chip as the S10, this year’s model is tapped to adopt Qualcomm’s newest 865+ processor, which brings slight speed and graphics improvements. According to, which published the full spec run for the Note 20 family, the Ultra will also have 12GB of RAM like the S20, while the Note 20 gets just 8GB (though rumors have suggested that both models could get up to 16GB in higher configurations). The starting storage for both phones might be a whopping 256GB. And it’s basically guaranteed that both phones will support 5G, like the S20.

As far as the camera goes, it’s looking like the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra won’t stray too far from the S20. Ice Universe on Weibo says the Note 20 Ultra will have the same 108MP sensor as the S20m Ultra, which will reportedly be joined by 12MP ultra-wide and 13MP telephoto cameras. However, the zoom might not be quite so Space-y. Ice Universe says it will only reach 50X rather than the absurd 100X on the S20. Meanwhile, the Note 20 is tipped to have a 64MP telephoto camera alongside 12MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide lenses with 30X Space Zoom.

S Pen and features

We already know that the Note 20 will come equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, but Jimmy is Promo on Twitter reports that it will have a new trick up its sleeve: the ability to act as a pointer. The leaked image shows controls for speed and color. Jimmy Is Promo also says the cursor can be used to “select icons on the screen (and) navigate around.” Samsung introduced Air Actions on the Note 10 that let you use the pen as a remote control for your phone, so this would be a natural extension of that ability.

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