There’s a lot to like about Samsung’s Galaxy S20 (details), Galaxy S20+ (details) and Galaxy S20 Ultra (details). But now we know the smart money should wait. And this is why.
In a new interview, well connected Samsung insider Ross Young has revealed Samsung will give the Galaxy Note 20 major biometric and performance upgrades over the current Galaxy S20 lineup. And seemingly for a lower price.
05/15 Update: Young has now done a follow-up interview in which he has divulged further Note 20 and Note 20+ upgrades. These include a slightly increase in display size with a 6.42-inch Note 20 and 6.87-inch Note 20+ Vs the 6.3-inch and 6.7-inch Note 10+ and a battery upgrade from their predecessors 3,500 and 4,000 mAh batteries to 4.000 (Note 20) and 5,000 mAh (Note 20+). Young also says Samsung shouldn’t be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with the same early August unveiling (the Note 10s appearing August 7) and a retail launch in late August/early September (Vs 23 August last year). This means just three more months and further evidence why you should keep your money in your pocket right now.
In terms of biometrics, Young states that Samsung will equip the Note 20 series with Qualcomm’s next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint reader, the 3D Sonic Max. Compared to its poorly performing predecessor, the Max is on another level. Qualcomm states it will deliver a “recognition area that is 17x larger than the previous generation, allowing for increased security via simultaneous two-finger authentication, increased speed and ease of use.”
The 3D Sonic Max was expected to launch in the Galaxy S20 lineup but didn’t make the cut, with Samsung instead sticking with Qualcomm’s heavily criticised gen-one ultrasonic reader used in the Galaxy S10. Unsurprisingly, reviews pinpointed the unlocking experience of the S20 phones as one of their worst attributes. Considering how often you unlock a phone every day, this is a fundamental flaw which the Note 20 range will fix.