Fresh Galaxy Note 20 5G leak details serious downgrades including plastic build

Fresh Galaxy Note 20 5G leak details serious downgrades including plastic build
UPDATE: After Evan Blass and Roland Quandt posted more press renders of the Galaxy Note 20 4G and Note 20 5G in the Mystic Green, Mystic Black, and Mystic Bronze finishes, Roland Quandt has now leaked a more detailed set of camera specifications. The updated story continues below:


The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leaked in full earlier today and now, only hours later, Roland Quandt and WinFuture have completely detailed the standard Galaxy Note 20 and published several marketing images.

A flat display with a lower resolution and refresh rate

The information provided today corroborates recent reports and leaked imagery by claiming the Galaxy Note 20 boasts a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED display. Unfortunately, it only supports a 60Hz refresh rate and settles for a lower 2400 x 1080p resolution.

Samsung has made curved edges a trademark feature on its flagship smartphones for years, but that ends with the Galaxy Note 20. The selected panel is completely flat and lands coupled with a small punch hole and slightly thicker bezels than its Ultra-branded counterpart.

These changes coincide with a small name change, according to tipster Ishan Agarwal. Whereas recent displays have been marketed as Dynamic AMOLED implementations, this one will be marketed as a ‘Super AMOLED+’ display.

To help maintain at least some parity with the premium Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has retained the in-screen fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy Note 20 also looks set to support Project xCloud via Xbox Game Pass, therefore providing customers with access to over 90 games.

Less advanced camera setup and a plastic rear

The downgrades continue when the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is turned over. Although the camera module is visually similar to that of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it ditches the new laser autofocus system entirely.

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Samsung has also replaced the 108-megapixel camera found on its premium device with a 12-megapixel main shooter that's been borrowed from the Galaxy S20. Fortunately, that camera does produce amazing photos thanks to optical image stabilization (OIS), an f/1.8 aperture, a 1/1.72" sensor size, and dual pixel phase-detection autofocus.

There is also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter that offers an f/2.2 aperture, a 1/2,55" sensor size, and a 120-degree field-of-view. Additionally, Samsung has opted for a 64-megapixel telephoto zoom implementation which supports OIS, an F/2.0 aperture, and a 1/1.76" sensor size.

The latter enables support for 3x hybrid zoom and 30x digital zoom, down from the 5x optical zoom and 50x Space Zoom offered by the Note 20 Ultra. Completing the setup is a 10-megapixel selfie camera.

In regards to video recording, the rear camera supports 8K at 24fps, 4K at either 30fps or 60fps, 1080p at 30fps, 60fps, and 240fps, and 720p at 960fps. 

Circling back to the actual design, every Samsung flagship since the Galaxy S6 in 2015 has featured a rear panel carved out of glass. That changes with the Galaxy Note 20, which reportedly settles for a plastic construction.

Exynos 990, no microSD card support, downgraded S Pen

Samsung has chosen to fit the Galaxy Note 20 with the Exynos 990 chipset in Europe. It’s paired with Android 10 and One UI 2.5 as standard, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. A 5G variant is planned for the region, however. 

Buyers can also expect the same 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage that Samsung offered in the Galaxy Note 10 last year. But just like that phone, there are no other storage variants in the works and microSD cards are not supported.

Keeping things running is a 4,300mAh battery which supports an unspecified fast charging tech that enables a 50% charge in only 30 minutes. Wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are on board too.

Other features include IP68 water and dust resistance, dual-SIM and eSIM support, AKG-optimized stereo speakers, and NFC. The Galaxy Note 20 offers an S Pen too, but it’s a downgraded version that supports 26ms latency rather than 9ms like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra equivalent.

For those of you wondering, there is no headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 20 either.

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