Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Leak Suggests Disappointing Decisions

By Holly Brockwell on at

Another day closer to Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event means another leak, and this one's a bit of a bummer if you were excited about the Galaxy Note 20.

According to WinFuture, the Galaxy Note 20 itself is less of a base model and more of what we could typically call a Lite edition. That means the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, which you'd think would be the super-specced all-out-amazing top-end model, is essentially what we'd usually call the regular Note 20.

The un-Ultra model apparently comes in 4G or 5G, and has a 6.7-inch screen with a 60Hz refresh rate. The Ultra screen will be 6.9 inches with a 120Hz refresh rate and the new Gorilla glass 7. It'll also be flat, whereas the base model will have a curved screen as usual. The resolutions will differ significantly, too: 3200 x 1440p (508 ppi) on the Ultra, and 2400 x 1080p (393 ppi) on the regular.

We're sad to see the curve go on the bigger handset, but even worse is a report that while the frame of the phone will be metal, the back will apparently be plastic. That's going to ruin the premium look of the gorgeous Mystic Bronze colour we've seen in leaked images, there's no way it'll look good in real life if it's made of plastic.

WinFuture says the regular Note 20 will offer 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but no microSD slot – another disappointing compromise. And of course there'll probably be no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Camera-wise, the regular Note 20 gets a really raw deal. While both phones have the same selfie camera (according to this leak, anyway), look at the difference between rear camera specs:

Image: WinFuture

Obviously, megapixels aren't everything, but 108MP vs 12MP? Yikes. As Slashgear points out, there is a 64MP sensor on board, but apparently only for telephoto shots.

The low-latency S Pen we've heard about in the Ultra also won't appear on the vanilla Note 20, which will have a latency of around 26 milliseconds instead of 9. However, the regular model will apparently also be getting the xCloud Xbox game streaming partnership that we heard about yesterday on the Ultra.

There are some other minor differences between the two phones, and the regular Note 20 will get an extra handset colour: Mystic Green in addition to the Mystic Bronze and Mystic Grey on both handsets.

Hopefully some of this turns out to be incorrect, or we're going to have some disappointed Samsung stans on the 5th of August. [WinFuture]