The Galaxy Note line usually represents Samsung throwing the "kitchen sink" into a single device, giving users everything they could want or need. That's not the case with the Galaxy Note 20, which continues the company's trend of forgoing the 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving you to rely on USB-C headphones, wireless options, or a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.
With so many options to choose from in the smartphone market, one possible consideration is whether that device is made from metal or plastic. The same question needs to be posed for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and the answer might surprise you for a phone priced at $999.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is finally official — but with a starting price of $1300, the $900 OnePlus 8 Pro is a comparative bargain, offering a strikingly similar spec sheet and lightning-fast performance. So for whom is the Note 20 Ultra's extra cost justified?
Since yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, retail sites have been slowly opening up pre-order sales. Amazon is the latest to do so, with both phones now available to pre-order as of Thursday afternoon.
With the Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has a flagship that's catered to users that need a stylus. The Galaxy S20+, meanwhile, is aimed at a more mainstream audience that wants the latest features in a more usable size.
The little differences may seem superfluous to the general smartphone buyer, but they mean a lot to someone who's historically been attracted to the Galaxy Note. Samsung itself reiterates constantly that the Note line is for the "power users" and the "Galaxy fans" — the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the only model that still embodies that mindset.
Samsung has opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra 5G in India, just a day after their global debut. The Galaxy Note 20 will be available in the country for ₹77,999 ($1,042), while the Note 20 Ultra 5G will retail for ₹1,04,999 ($1,402).
Samsung's Note line has often struggled to differentiate from the Galaxy S phones earlier in the year. In 2020, it has one hit with the Note 20 Ultra, and one questionable offering in the standard Note 20. But both bring the S Pen power loyal Note fans crave.
Samsung has to do a fully virtual event, but that doesn't mean it'll be light on announcements. The late-summer Unpacked event is expected to unveil three phones, a watch, headphones and probably at least one more surprise. Come watch with us!
The regular Galaxy Note 20 could debut at €999, or $999 in the U.S. That's the same price as the Galaxy S20, but the Note 20 is missing out on a key feature: 120Hz display. That means the phone may already be doomed even before it's official.