Complete Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra specs leak - First Project xCloud phone but still stuck with Exynos 990 and lot of cut corners for the Note 20
Samsung is all set to announce the Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5, but a lot of the phones' features have already leaked online. It now looks like the flagship Note 20 Ultra will not only come with internal upgrades and a "Real feel" S-Pen, but will also be the first smartphone with support for Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service and Xbox Game Pass.
Galaxy Note 20 - First Project xCloud smartphone
WinFuture.de managed to unearth all the juicy details pertaining to the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. Before we get into that, it helps to know that Samsung's partnership with Microsoft is not really new. The company announced earlier this year, shortly after the Galaxy S20 series launch, that it is partnering with Xbox for a cloud-based game streaming service. To that effect, reports soon starting coming in that Samsung would be discontinuing the PlayGalaxy Link beta PC-to-phone game streaming app.
WinFuture also reports that Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass will allow for streaming more than 90 games via the cloud and this indicates that we might see a bundle of the Note 20 and an Xbox controller on offer. Apparently, Samsung is recommending Wi-Fi 6 or 5G for a smooth streaming experience. Also, the "underwhelming" Exynos 990 SoC should be capable of unhindered game streaming as most of the computing happens in the cloud.
Internal specs - Cost cutting with the Note 20
Coming to the specs, the Note 20 Ultra will sport a 6.9-inch 120 Hz OLED 19.3:9 3,200x1400 display that is curved at the edges. The Note 20, on the other hand, will make do with a 6.9-inch 60 Hz OLED 20:9 2,400 x 1,080 panel that is completely flat. The Note 20 Ultra will also be the first phone to sport the Corning Gorilla Glass 7.
The Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra will be powered by the Exynos 990 in Europe while other global variants get to enjoy the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The Note 20 is said to come with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage with the Note 20 Ultra bumping that up to 12 GB RAM and 256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage with microSD expansion. The Note 20 may not use Gorilla Glass 7 and is also said to sport a plastic back with metal frame.
Cameras - No more 100x space zoom
The Note 20 Ultra comes with a 108 MP f/1.8 main sensor with a 0.8 micron pixel size and a new laser-assisted autofocus. There are two 12 MP cameras — one of which is a periscope f/1.30 1 micron lens for 5x optical zoom while the other is an ultra-wide f/2.2 lens with a 1.4 micron pixel size. The Note 20 Ultra's cameras allow for an effective 50x space zoom with Samsung apparently deciding against going with the 100x zoom of the S20 Ultra. The Note 20 Ultra is also said to come with a centrally placed 10 MP f/2.2 selfie camera that has a 1.22 micron pixel size. The main camera in the Note 20 Ultra can do 8K video recording.
The Note 20, on the other hand, offers an effective 30x space zoom and sports a triple-camera array comprised of 12 MP f/1.8, 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle, and a 64 MP 3x optical f/2.0 telephoto lenses.
Other specs - low latency S-Pen for the Note 20 Ultra
The Note 20 Ultra is said to sport a a new S-Pen with a latency of just 9 ms while the Note 20's S-Pen will have a 26 ms latency. Despite having a higher latency, Note 20's S-Pen shouldn't pose much issues for note taking and will still feel quite natural. The larger Note 20 Ultra comes with a 4,500 mAh cell with quick charge and wireless charging while the Note 20 is said to feature a 4,300 mAh battery. Bluetooth 5, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, USB 3.2 Type-C, dual-GPS, AKG-optimized stereo speakers, and IP68 certification are common to both models.
Check out the spec comparison between the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra and WinFuture's pages for even more product photos.