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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: FCC confirms there will be a non-5G version of this device

Notes 20 Ultra may come with 4G/LTE. (Source: Samsung)
Notes 20 Ultra may come with 4G/LTE. (Source: Samsung)
The FCC has approved a product with a model number that marks it out as a probable Galaxy Note 10+ successor. Interestingly, it is a 4G/LTE-only mobile device. Its connectivity, while not very cutting-edge, may be a source of some relief for some Samsung fans' wallets.
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The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is thought to be the imminent evolution of its series' Plus variants. It is also projected as a very expensive device, not the least because it may support the latest in mobile data: the 5G-NR standard. However, there is now evidence that it may also have a SKU without this extra feature.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the SM-N985, which is likely to be the next generation of the Note 10+ (or SM-975): in other words, the 20 Ultra. This documentation clearly states that its reception tops out at 4G/LTE.

On the other hand, this new official leak also suggests that the device in question is an Exynos device, as opposed to the top-end Snapdragon processor that may also power the upcoming phablet in some regions. The latter option seems inextricably associated with a modem that makes every device shipped with it 5G.

On that note, the FCC has also approved several variants of the SM-N986, which do have this connectivity (the Ultra Wide Band version marketed by Verizon included in some cases). Therefore, it seems Samsung is making successors for both main SKUs of the most premium Galaxy Note-series device. However, it may take until their August 5, 2020 unveiling to find out which regions get which versions.

Some FCC test results for the SM-985 and -986. (Source: FCC via MySmartPrice)
Some FCC test results for the SM-985 and -986. (Source: FCC via MySmartPrice)
 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-15 (Update: 2020-07-31)