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While the global pandemic has led to delays in new smart devices launches, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, together with another luxurious Galaxy Fold 2, from the giant tech company Samsung, will still be released in Quarter 3 this year. This rumor attracts plenty of attention from the press in the context of coronavirus worries globally.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 concept render. Photo: Forbes|
“Looking ahead to the second quarter … the company will continue to offer differentiated products in the premium segment with the launch of new foldable and Note models,” according to a recent report of Samsung quoted by Techradar, which assumed to be the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, and another Note flagship (presumably called the Note 20).
Notwithstanding the global market downturn, it is noticed that there is a sign of confidence that Samsung is still releasing a Note flagship in the coming time. In the mentioned-report, Samsung recorded the reduced smartphone demand and projected it would drop sharply in most regions.
According to BGR Media, the two Samsung's flagships have appeared in quite a few reports recently. The Galaxy Note 20 will look a lot like the S20, but it will come only in two sizes, both featuring a built-in S Pen. There will also be no Galaxy Note 20 Ultra this year. The Galaxy Note 20 is said to feature the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the Galaxy S20 and a bigger in-screen fingerprint sensor powered by Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max tech.
|The Galaxy line name jumped from 10 to 20, so it makes sense the Note line will as well. Photo: Techradar|
The Unpacked online event for Note 20 and Fold 2 smartphones is already planned; however, the exact date has not been confirmed yet, according to the reports of the Korea Herald. It is expected that "an online event gives Samsung more freedom to set the timing, even if it’s not an ideal solution to generate buzz for a new series of flagship phones", discussed BGR Media.
“Preparations are underway for the upcoming Galaxy Note launch, and there is no delay,” said an industry insider. “But regarding a physical event, things are yet to be discussed, we are considering measures likes an online event.”
|A view of the Samsung Galaxy Unpack 2019 event held at the Barclays Center in New York, USA, in August last year. Photo: Samsung Electrics|
As for the design of Note 20, while not many significant changes recorded, there are a few moves worth pointing out. The power button and volume rocker have been moved from the left to the right side of the phone. The S Pen has also switched sides, and the rear camera array mirrors that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
|The renders are suggesting that the S-Pen will finally be moved to the left side of the phone's bottom. Photo: Phonearena|
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants revealed plenty of Note 20 information on his Tweeter recently. Accordingly, the Galaxy Note 20 will have a 120Hz OLED screen measuring 6.42 inches (though the latest CAD leak puts the screen size at 6.7 inches), Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader beneath the display, Snapdragon 865 CP in the US and the upcoming Exynos 992 in Europe and other international markets, 16GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh capacity battery. With the leaks, it seems that the final design of the Galaxy Note 20 will not be a major departure from the Galaxy Note 10.
|Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants revealed plenty of Note 20 information on his Tweeter recently. Photo: Screenshot from Ross Young's Tweeter|
The phones will be unveiled in early August and hit stores a few weeks later, Young added, cited by BGR Media. The pricing structure for the flagship Note 20 handsets hasn’t leaked yet. However, Forbes anticipated that since Samsung pricing the standard Galaxy Note 10 at $950 last year and the Note 10+ at $1,100, the entry-level Note 20 still looks set to be 50% more expensive than the new entry-level iPhone 12.
|The entry-level Note 20 still looks set to be 50% more expensive than the new entry-level iPhone 12. Photo: Screenshot of tomsguide's website|
It is noticed that the latest Note usually launches at least a month before the newest iPhones, which drop in September. That way, Samsung has a few weeks to sell the handset without worrying about its main competitor.
First look of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (based on leaked CAD drawing). Video: Techradar
According to Techradar, premium phones are not the entirety of Samsung’s plan to ride out the reduced demand it's expecting in the next quarter. In addition to increasing efficiencies in the rest of the business, Samsung also plans on expanding 5G adoption to mass-market smartphones. These include the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, "though it and the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G have already been slated for either Q2 or Q3 2020", commented Techradar.
|According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 20+ will have a larger 6.9-inch display, while the Galaxy Note 10+ has a 6.8-inch display. Photo: rprna|
According to CNBC, Samsung expected 6.4 trillion Korean won ($5.23 billion) in first-quarter operating profit for 2020, up2.7% from the 6.23 trillion won it posted for the same period a year earlier. The company announced recently that, its total revenue was KRW 55.33 trillion, a decrease of 7.6% from the previous quarter mainly due to weak seasonality for the Company’s display business and Consumer Electronics Division and partially due to effects of COVID-19. From a year earlier, revenue rose 5.6% due to increasing demand for server and mobile components.
Samsung is one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, competing with the likes of Apple and Huawei. It also sells other consumer electronics products like home appliances and television sets.
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