The Galaxy Note 20 could launch with significantly less storage than the Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • There is evidence suggesting the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could start at 128GB of storage this year.
  • That would be half of the storage found in the base model of the Galaxy Note 10 from last year.
  • It could signal the return of the microSD card slot to the base Note model.

Back in February, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series, its first flagship phones for 2020. Leading up to the event, there were plenty of leaks surrounding the new phones. Now that we have the Galaxy S20 out of the way, it's time for Samsung's next biggest phone of the year to start leaking.

Later this year, we expect to see Samsung debut the next phones in the Note lineup. Following the example of the Galaxy S series, the Note will most likely adopt the same naming strategy and be called the Note 20. According to the latest out of SamMobile, there is a Note 20 in development with the model number SM-N981 that will feature only 128GB of storage space.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

While 128GB is still a lot of storage space to have in a smartphone, it would be only half of the storage found in the base model of the Note 10 from last year. When Samsung launched the Note 10 last August, it announced three different models. Among those three models, was the more affordable Galaxy Note 10 with 256GB of storage and no microSD card slot. However, the more expensive Galaxy Note 10+ and Note 10+ 5G both started at 256GB and included expandable storage.

If Samsung follows the same strategy with the Note 20 as it did with the Galaxy S20, then it's likely we could see them drop the 256GB storage option altogether. Instead, it's possible we could see all of the Galaxy Note 20 models start at 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion, while the more expensive variants would offer an option for 512GB.

That would be fantastic news, because it would signal the return of the microSD card slot to the base Galaxy Note model. And with the substantial camera upgrades expected for this year, including support for 8K video, you're going to need all the space you can get. However, for now, we're left to speculate, but if history is any indication, we'll be seeing a lot more leaks in the coming months for Samsung's next big phone.

Jason England
  • 128G is plenty. I have laptops with that. Heck I've had a work desktop with that. If you are filming in 8K, hopefully you know how to get it off your phone. Sort of a shame to do that so you and your friends can watch it on a 6" screen.
  • 256 should be the base storage for the Note series.. 1 reason I was out off with the S20 ultra in india is after paying around 1300$ I was getting only 128gb base storage and no option for 256 gb version...very happy with my Note 10+ waiting for Note 20 or maybe Note 21
  • Agreed. 256 GB should be the minimum for Notes, and *all* Notes should have a microSD slot. Notes are supposed to be the creme de la creme of Samsung's offerings, and cutting the memory in half is a step backward, regardless of microSD slot availablity. 4k & 8k video consume a lot of memory, and microSD cards are not as fast as internal memory.
  • Traded in my Note10+ 512GB for $700 off Ultra 16GB/512GB. Couldnt be happier.
  • If this company is pushing 8K Video and all this new camera tech, a MicroSD card slot is a MUST. I have the base 256GB Note10+ and I love the amount of space I have. And with my SD card, I have more than enough.