New leak reveals huge price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series; Indian release date offered too
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The Galaxy Note 20 series is almost here, with Samsung having teased that it will announce the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra on August 5 at a virtual Galaxy Unpacked event. However, the August 5 announcement will not be a global one for the Galaxy Note 20 series. According to Ishan Agarwal, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will arrive in India on August 28. He states that this is a tentative release date, but we imagine that Samsung is planning a separate launch event. As we have already reported, the Note 20 Ultra may cost up to INR 105,999 (~US$1418) in India, with the regular Note 20 model coming in at INR 77,990 (~US$1,043).
Now, Agarwal has published details about the prices of the Galaxy Note 20 series and the Galaxy Buds Live in Europe. The renowned leaker stresses that these prices include VAT, so they do not reflect how much Samsung will charge for the devices in the US. However, if past prices are any indication, then Samsung will probably switch € for $ and call it a day. According to Agarwal, the Galaxy Buds Live will retail for €189, which would make them about €25 more expensive than Samsung currently charges for the Galaxy Buds+ in Germany.
By contrast, the Note 20 will apparently start at €999 for the 4G and 256 GB model. If you want 5G connectivity, then that will cost you €1,099. There will be no 4G version of the Note 20 Ultra, so the entry-level model will have 5G connectivity and 256 GB of storage. According to Agarwal, this version will retail for €1,349, while stepping up to 512 GB will leave a €1,449 hole in your pocket. To recap, the Note 20 series may be priced as follows:
- Note 20 4G/256 GB storage - €999/US$999
- Note 20 5G/256 GB storage - €1,099/US$1,099
- Note 20 Ultra 5G/256 GB storage - €1,349/US$1,349
- Note 20 Ultra 5G/512 GB storage - €1,449/US$1,449
Agarwal was correct in his predictions for the prices of the Galaxy S20 series, so we would not rule out the same applying here. In short, these prices would make the Galaxy Note 20 series considerably more expensive than last year's models across all SKUs. The same applies when comparing the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra to the Galaxy S20 series, too.
Overall, a starting price of €999 or US$999 for the Galaxy Note 20 seems steep considering that there are rumours of it featuring a plastic design and a 60 Hz display. Samsung is expected to release Exynos 990 versions of the Note 20 series in Europe too, which may sting for Samsung fans somewhat.