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8 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy Note 20 & 4 Reasons Not To

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is worth a look and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are getting cheaper . These are great options, but some of you might want to hold onto your current phone and wait for the Galaxy Note 20, also known as the Galaxy Note 11.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, you might have your eyes on Samsung’s Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 5G, or Galaxy Note 10. They represent some of devices on the market and for many people, they’ll be worth the investment.

If you aren’t married to Android, make sure you check out Apple’s iPhone 11 line. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are some of the best Galaxy S20/Galaxy S10/Galaxy Note 10 alternatives. You’ll also want to consider other Android devices like the OnePlus 8 and Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

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There are also some interesting devices on tap for 2020. The current list includes the Apple’s 2020 iPhones and a new version of the Galaxy Note.

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Galaxy Note 20 Rumors

According to Samsung-centric blog SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 20 is currently in development. One of the models will reportedly come with SM-N981 as its model number.

The site claims at least one Galaxy Note 20 model will come with 128GB of internal storage which means it will likely have a microSD card slot for expanded storage.

Ice Universe, a notorious leaker, claims the Galaxy Note 20, is codenamed “Project C” internally. “Project C” looks like it stands for “Project Canvas.”

XDA-Developers has discovered references to “Project Canvas” inside the Galaxy S20’s kernal code which all but confirms Samsung’s plans to release a new Galaxy Note later this year.

Samsung is reportedly working on a Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20+. There’s also chatter, thanks to a new entry in the Bluetooth SIG database, about a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

As of right now there’s no evidence that points to three Galaxy Note 20 models so this very well could be another name for the Galaxy Note 20+. Time will tell.

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Speaking of confirmation, Samsung itself has confirmed plans to release a new Galaxy Note later this year. The confirmation came during a call about the company’s Q1 financials.

The company has also mistakingly posted photos of what appears to be the final version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on its Russian website. You can get a good look at the device in the photo below.

Leaker Max Weinbach claims that the Galaxy S20 and the new Galaxy Note are basically the same. Two key differences? The S Pen and a design that features squared off corners.

A legit design leak, which shows the device’s LED View Cover, gives us a look at the Galaxy Note 20’s potential design. The two biggest things we’ve gleaned from the leak:

  • The hardware buttons are on the right side as opposed to the left like the Galaxy Note 10. This has been backed up by a third party Galaxy Note 20 case leak on Weibo.
  • There is a massive cutout for the camera which hints at a Galaxy S20 Ultra-like camera.

Rumors claim the Galaxy Note 20 will come in several colors (gray, green, and copper) while the Galaxy Note 20+ will come in at least two shades (black, copper). The leak on the Russian website confirms the copper color.

As for the launch date itself, it looks like Samsung is still planning to announce the new Galaxy Note in August alongside a brand new Galaxy Fold 2.

The company is reportedly planning to launch the Galaxy Note 20 during an online-only event. Samsung typically launches new Galaxy Note models at Unpacked events in New York City, but it looks like that won’t happen this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Korean report suggests Samsung is targeting August 5th for its online event. Report from other Korean sources back this date. So does Ice Universe. As for the release date, one report claims the Galaxy Note 20 will go on sale a few weeks later.

We’re getting closer, but the Galaxy Note 20 release date is still a few weeks away and some of you might not want to wait.

That said, the Galaxy Note 20 should be on your radar if you’re planning to upgrade your phone sometime in 2020, even if it’s just to rule out waiting for its launch.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait for the Galaxy Note 20 and the best reasons to go with another device today, tomorrow, or sometime in the weeks ahead.

Wait for Bigger, Better Displays

Wait for Bigger, Better Displays

The Galaxy S20 series displays come with a 120Hz refresh rate and it looks like Samsung will bring this technology to the Galaxy Note series later this year. 

According to Ice Universe, the next Galaxy Note will come with 120Hz refresh rate technology though it will be "more fine-tuned" than the tech on board the Galaxy S20 series. 

An additional leak hints at a larger 6.42-inch display on the Galaxy Note 20 with 2345 x 1084 resolution, 404 PPI, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

As for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it will apparently have a 6.87-inch display with 3096 x 1444 resolution, 497 PPI, and a 19.3:9 aspect ratio.

That said, it looks like 120Hz might be limited to the larger Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The same source says the base Galaxy Note 20's display will be limited to 60Hz which will help keep battery life stable. 

According to Ross Young, the founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, the Galaxy Note 20 series will use LPTO-powered displays and that could mean a 15% to 20% power/battery life advantage over Apple's iPhone 12 series. 

Another source claims Samsung's LTPO display tech will be dubbed "HOP" when it arrives. The name "HOP" is derived from the hybrid oxide and polycrystalline silicon materials used in the technology. 

So, if you're interested in buying a Galaxy Note over the Galaxy S series, and you want the best Note display ever made, think about waiting. 

Last update on 2020-07-08. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

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