Samsung, read the room and see that we need a Note 20 Lite right now, not a Note 20 Ultra
The Note 20 is coming and everyone is sure it's coming very soon. Another thing that seems pretty certain is that we'll be seeing at least two different versions, and one of them will carry the Note 20 Ultra name. There is one thing we're sure of, and that is anything Samsung labels with the "Ultra" tag is going to be expensive as hell.
It's fine for Samsung to sell ungodly expensive phones packed full of, um, something that justifies the price. There are people who don't care what a phone costs if it has a feature they want, like 100X Super Zoom. But there are a lot more people who might need a new phone right now and don't have money to burn.
The economy is in shambles. Unemployment is sky-high and only a small percentage of jobs lost in April have returned, 32% of homeowners missed their July mortgage payment, and things are not getting better. Pandemics are bad for everyone's finances.
I'm no economist. But I am strapped for cash like most every other American, and I study phones and sales figures for a living. My savings are gone, and if I had to buy a new phone today I would look long and hard at a good one that was $15 less per month because it wasn't priced stupidly high. I am not alone.
A Note 20 Lite is probably coming later in the year. That tells me you're trying to get people to pay more money right now by holding back an affordable option to collect sales from people who just couldn't swing the extra money. That's shameful, especially because you know how bad things are right now.
The Note 20 Ultra will be a better phone than a Note 20 Lite would, but you know which one would have better sales. TheNote 10 was priced at $949 when it launched. The Note 10 Lite was priced at $640 when it launched. It's easy to say that both prices are too high for a phone, but that difference amounted to things like a lower monthly payment or no down payment for people buying on credit as well as a $300 difference when buying outright.
Rumor says you plan to sell the regular entry-level Note 20 at a regular entry-level $999 price (which is still too much money for anything you can't drive to work) so you understand people are tightening their belts and not pissing money away on a whim. I hope that rumor is true, but I also hope most people just say no and keep their Note 10 for another year because it's still a fine phone.
I know these words will just be lost in the mix and me sitting here complaining is like that old man who yells at clouds. But I also know there are a lot of people looking for a new phone because they need one right now, and you're not there to offer anything except an older model that's one year closer to its end of life. Nobody wants you to lose money, Samsung. But you don't have to.
People might want a very expensive Galaxy Note 20 with some insane feature list, but wanting is not the same as buying. You learned this lesson with the Galaxy S20 Ultra and its horrible sales figures. A Galaxy Note 20 Lite is what we really need right now. It's too late for it to happen, but it's not too late for consumers to reject your obvious cash-grab and not buy one at all.
Mid-range productivity workhorse.
The Note 10 Lite is interesting because it brings the S Pen to a wider audience. There's also the fact that it has a 3.5mm jack, and while some hardware choices don't make much sense, the phone should hold up just fine in day-to-day usage. If you've wanted to try out the S Pen but didn't want to pay over $1,000 for the Note 10, the Note 10 Lite could just be the phone for you.
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The only good point of the article is that Samsung should do it for its own sake. They think they're making the right calculation by delaying cheaper models, which shows they've learned NOTHING from the S20 fiasco.
1200 Euro is max price I'm willing to pay for the 16gb/512gb version, and that is only if Samsung throws in free Galaxy Beans
B) the LG Stylo (again people who are actually financially struggling but NEED a new phone really should get one that costs less than $200 anyway) Oh hey, I look forward to one of your articles bashing Apple for not offering a single phone that costs less than $700 except a $400 iPhone SE 2020 that they are basically just using to get rid of unsold spare parts that they had lying around because the iPhone 8 didn't come close to meeting sales projections. (Just as they did with the original iPhone SE, made from spare parts of the poorly performing iPhone 5c.) But no, you claimed that the iPhone SE 2020 was a groundbreaking paradigm changer that would set the industry on its ear and force Android to adapt to or die. Except ... that it totally didn't happen. Sales figures from the last 2 months showed that the iPhone SE 2 didn't make a market impact AT ALL, and as a result some retailers already have it on discount (which almost never happens for Apple devices so close after launch date). It is amazing. The Microsoft folks have a pro-Windows site. The Apple folks have a pro-Apple site. But the Android people are stuck with a site that bashes Android more than the Microsoft and Apple sites do.
1) keep their phone if it is working, really...there just isn't that much difference between different vintages of phones these days.
2) if the phone isn't working just get a cheapie for the time being to hold you over, it'll text, email, phone, take take decent pics, calculate fine, surf the internet good enough.
3) to those complaining about Android bashing on this site from the editors...grow a sack.