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Note 20: not the phone, but new TWS earbuds from the maker of CARD20

The new Note 20 earbuds. (Source: YouTube)
The new Note 20 earbuds. (Source: YouTube)
The Note 20s are YOBYBO's latest go at revolutionizing the TWS earbud form-factor. They have a unique asymmetrical shape that extend out of the wearer's ear while in use, as well as an equally innovative square charging case with a case rated to be up to 50% that those of competitors. They are available via their new Indiegogo campaign.

YOBYBO is a start-up affliated with Lenovo that was responsible for the "ultra-thin" CARD20 TWS earbuds that drew attention to themselves with a crowdfunding campaign that ended in unusual circumstances. Those earphones were developed in accordance with the concept of AirPods, but much thinner (and in different colors). Now, their Note 20 successors apply this idea to their more Galaxy Buds-shaped counterparts.

This has resulted in an extremely unique form-factor in which the outer faces of the devices are somewhat elliptical, but tweaked in such a way that their fit may vary and thus be optimized across users of different ear sizes and shapes. They also protrude some way outward from the head, giving the impression of earplugs rather than TWS earbuds.

However, the Note 20's greatest advantage may be in its charging case. It is square, which makes it stand out among others of this category from that point. It also has a large open space in the middle, which allows the earbuds to be popped in and out like tablets from a foil-sealed sheet.

It has also been designed to be just thin enough to accomodate the Note 20s, which are described as 13.5 mm thick and 4.5g each. They are powered by a "state-of-the-art" AIROHA 1532 chipset, support Bluetooth 5.0, are IPX4 water- and sweat-proof, and have a USB type C port on the case as well as "fast" wireless charging.

The YOBYBO Note 20s come in black, white, red or green and are available as a reward on their Indiegogo page. Its goal has been exceeded by 92% at present (which means it has done better than the CARD20s already), and is currently projected to deliver on backings by April 2020.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-16 (Update: 2020-04-16)