Samsung’s Note series of smartphones has been a staple of the Korean brand for years. The Note smartphones have always been Samsung’s biggest and best phones, and that’s why leaks of the Note series are always really exciting to see. Thanks to a new leak OnLeaks in collaboration with Pigtou, we have our best look yet at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus model.
Based on these new renders, we can see that the actual design of the Galaxy Note 20+ is very familiar. It nearly matches the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ expect it has a new camera setup and power button location. The dimensions of the new Note 20+ are 165mm long x 77.2mm wide x 7.6mm thick excluding the camera bump, and 10.7mm thick including the camera bump. The front still has a centered hole-punch cutout with a small slit in the top bezel for the earpiece speaker. The Note 20+ still has a USB Type-C port at the bottom but there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung did make a few minor changes, though, like moving the S Pen slot and bottom-firing speaker grille to the bottom left side of the phone and removing the audio passthrough hole at the top of the phone. The curved screen edges on the Note 20+ don’t appear to be that dramatic, either.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ may have a 4,500 mAh battery, according to certification data from the China Quality Certification Center. This is to power the new 6.9-inch 120Hz display with the LTPO backplane for better efficiency. The display will have a resolution of 3040×1440 at a 19:9 aspect ratio with support for a 120Hz variable refresh rate. The Note 20 series is expected to feature top-tier internal hardware including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or upcoming Samsung Exynos 992, up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, large amounts of UFS 3.1 storage, and more.
The Galaxy Note 20+ is also rumored to keep the 108MP sensor but with a new hardware laser autofocus sensor since many people complained about the autofocus on the S20 Ultra. The Note 20+ is also rumored to remove the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s headlining marketing feature: 100X Space Zoom. According to Korean publication KiPost (via SamMobile), Samsung is also reportedly removing the Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor found in the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy S20+/Ultra, which is a strange move since Samsung was reportedly investing in new ToF manufacturing capacity.
All around, the Galaxy Note 20+ is shaping up to be an interesting successor to the Galaxy Note 10+. When I reviewed the Note 10+, I concluded it was my favorite phone at the time. From the looks of it, the new Note 20+ will probably become my new favorite phone in just a few months. Samsung is rumored to do an online-only launch event in August for the Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2, according to the Korean publication The Herald.