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Galaxy Note 20 release date, price, features and news

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Samsung's Note series are always among the hotly-anticipated phones for the second half of the year. Packed to the brim with hardware, featuring a new magical gizmo or two from Samsung's R&D labs, and holding one of the best styluses for a smartphone — the S Pen — right in their body.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G release date


It's official — the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have been announced and are already out in the world — you can order one online or walk to the nearest store to grab a Note off a shelf. If you missed it, you can re-watch the Note 20 announcement event here.

You can reserve your unit on Samsung's official website, or wait for them to reach your favorite carrier store or tech shop

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G price


Just like last year, we have two variations of the phone — Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The Note 20 is the... "more affordable" option, while the Note 20 Ultra goes all out.


Best cases for Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra


If you've already ordered one of Samsung's latest shiny jewels, you might want to snag a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra case to keep it safe! Head here and make your pick:


Deeper partnership with Microsoft


Samsung and Microsoft have been best buddies for a couple of years now. In 2020, this partnership goes on — Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra customers will get Xbox Game Pass and will able to game on Microsoft's Project xCloud — the cloud gaming service, which will launch in September. Additionally, the Your Phone app in Windows can now sync up with the Galaxy Note 20 not only to view your messages and calls, but also open your Android apps in the Windows environment.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G camera


The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 108 MP main camera, a 12 MP ultra-wide, and a 12 MP telephoto camera. It offers 5x optical zoom and 50x super resolution (a.k.a. digital) zoom. The Galaxy Note 20 has a 12 MP main camera, 12 MP ultra-wide, and 64 MP telephoto camera — at least that's how it's listed. It actually offers 3x hybrid (crop-in) zoom-in to achieve the telephoto effect. It's super res zoom caps out at 30x.


Nevertheless, both phones share a lot of features and camera app DNA. Both are capable of 8K video recording at 24 FPS and full manual controls when recording — even the directional microphones can be tinkered with.

As for selfies, both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have a 10 MP front-facing camera, right in the top center of their screens.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G design and display


The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra look like two different beasts. While the Ultra has a curved "edge" display on the front, the regular Note 20 goes with a flat screen. Furthermore, the Note 20 Ultra is slightly bigger — it measures at 3.03 x 6.49 x 0.32 in (77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1 mm) where the Note 20 is 2.96 x 6.36 x 0.33 in (75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3 mm). The subtle size difference comes from the screens — the Ultra has a 6.9-inch display with a 1,440 x 3,088 pixel resolution (19.3:9 aspect ratio), the Note 20 has a 6.7-inch screen and a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 (20:9 aspect ratio).

We've got two beautiful AMOLED panels, of course, but only the Note 20 Ultra gets the super-high refresh rate that you'd expect on a 2020 flagship. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has 120 Hz refresh rate, while the Galaxy Note 20 only has 60 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Dimensions

6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches

161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Dimensions

6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches

164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Dimensions

6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches

161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Dimensions

6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches

164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

See the full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 software


We have Samsung's OneUI 2.5 skin running over Android 10. The Note series will get 3 years worth of Android upgrades, which means the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra should hit Android 13, in 2023.

OneUI is well-known for changing the face of Android entirely and adding a huge amount of extra bells, whistles, and features that both enhance the user experience and hold up the Samsung ecosystem by making interactions with other Samsung smart devices easy and pain-free.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 hardware


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs


  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.7", 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+; Exynos 990 (region-dependent)
  • RAM: 8 GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Cameras: 12 MP main, 64 MP zoom, 12 MP ultra-wide; 10 MP front camera
  • Battery: 4,300 mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs


  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.9", 1440 x 3088 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+; Exynos 990 (region-dependent)
  • RAM: 12 GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 128 GB / 512 GB
  • Cameras: 108 MP main, 12 MP zoom, 12 MP ultra-wide; 10 MP front camera
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh

The Galaxy Note line has always been the cream of the crop. Keeping in line with this, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 are both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the US. An octa-core beast, built on a 7 nm process — the 865+ is a slightly improved version of the regular Snapdragon 865 that powers the Galaxy S20 series.


Abroad, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will have Samsung's own Exynos 990 chip inside — the very same processor that powers the international S20 models.

We have different RAM and storage tiers. The regular Galaxy Note 20 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. The Note 20 Ultra has variants with 8 GB of RAM and 12 GB of RAM, as well as storage tiers from 128 GB to 512 GB.

All of this is powered by a 4,300 mAh battery in the Note 20 and a 4,500 mAh cell in the Note 20 Ultra.

Display
Size
6.9 inches
6.7 inches
Technology
Dynamic AMOLED
Super AMOLED Plus
Refresh rate
120Hz
60Hz
Screen-to-body
91.63 %
89.23 %
Features
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250-AB (7 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250-AB (7 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 1x 3.1GHz Kryo 585 + 3x 2.42GHz Kryo 585 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 585, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1x 3.1GHz Kryo 585 + 3x 2.42GHz Kryo 585 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 585, 64-bit
GPU
Adreno 650
Adreno 650
RAM
12GB LPDDR5
8GB LPDDR5
Internal storage
128GB
128GB, not expandable
OS
Android (12, 11, 10), Samsung One UI
Android (12, 11, 10), Samsung One UI
Battery
Capacity
4500 mAh
4300 mAh
Charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Talk time (4G)
 
34 hours
Internet use
 
LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 16 hours
Music playback
 
91.00 hours
Video playback
 
24.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Triple camera
Triple camera
Main camera
108 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.33"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.76"; Pixel size: 1.8 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
64 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
Optical zoom: 5.0x; Aperture size: F3.0; Focal Length: 120 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal Length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.7"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Third camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Video recording
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (24 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (24 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
Features
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Object tracking, EIS
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Object tracking, EIS
Front
10 MP
10 MP
Video capture
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
Design
Dimensions
6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches (164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm)
6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches (161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm)
Weight
7.34 oz (208.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.84 oz (194.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus); Frame: Stainless steel
Back: Plastic
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint
Features
Stylus
Stylus
Cellular
5G
n2, n5, n41, n66, n71, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
n2, n5, n12, n25, n41, n66, n71, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
Buyers information
Price
$ 1300
$ 1000

DeX now wireless


The Samsung DeX is a pretty cool niche feature, that we are happy to see keep evolving. It turns your phone in a mini PC, completely changing the interface into a desktop-like environment — you only need to connect it to an external monitor and keyboard.


In the past, you needed a DeX dock for this. Then, a DeX cable. Well, in 2020 — it's wireless! You can connect your Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra to any smart TV (Miracast) and you will get that desktop interface in a pinch.

Improved S Pen


Samsung's S Pen has always been the best in-the-box stylus you can get for a phone. Thanks to the Note handsets' Wacom digitizer, the S Pen is accurate, fast, and sensitive. However, the Apple Pencil really gave it a run for its money when it comes to latency. Samsung has upgraded the S Pen in the Note 20 series to now have ultra-fast, 9 ms response time for a "real feel experience", putting it on par with the Apple Pencil.

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