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A production drop proves the Galaxy Note 20 was a bad idea

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A production drop proves the Galaxy Note 20 was a bad idea
We've relayed this notion in our Galaxy Note 20 review score, but Samsung's significant drop in the Note 20 series production plans only comes as an actual proof that a $999 plastic phone is facing an uphill battle in the market.

The Elec is reporting that Samsung has cut its production targets for the Note 20 Ultra 5G and the Note 20 with a significant percentage, from 800,000 per month, to 600,000, inflicting a bit of unforetold suffering for all the component suppliers involved.

The bulk of the production cuts is coming for the Galaxy Note 20, claim the industry sources, even though its sales ratio to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is 1:2. Perhaps releasing a "glasstic" phone with 60Hz display whose price bordered on a grand has something to do with it, and not even the S Pen stylus could save its value-for-money ratio. The price is in past tense, as most retailers (but not Samsung), have been running $200 or more discounts on the Note 20 and S20 series, yet the damage seems to have already been done.

Interestingly, Samsung reported a 50% increase in phone-related profits this past quarter, despite the tepid S20 and Note 20 flagships sale reports. This means that a significant part of its phone revenue is coming from the midrangers like the A-series, and explains why Samsung has been paying so much attention on its enhancements recently. On the other hand, we get to learn that Samsung is working on a much cheaper foldable phone model for next year, so we can't wait for the clock to strike midnight on 31st.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

- trade-in old device to get up to $650 off, $400 for a cracked screen phone

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

- on 30 monthly instalments for, $700 off with trade-in

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Verizon Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

- with 24 monthly instalments, $700 off a second one

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs
  • Display 6.7 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels 60Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4300 mAh
  • OS Android 12 Samsung One UI
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs
  • Display 6.9 inches 3088 x 1440 pixels 120Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 108 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 12 Samsung One UI

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