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The Samsung Surprise

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It is official: Samsung’s next big product launch is happening on August 5th at 10AM ET, and it’ll be a virtual event as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The main product reveal is almost certainly going to be the next phone in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, its top-of-the-range smartphone line-up that pairs some of the most powerful phone hardware around with a big, beautiful screen and its signature S Pen stylus. Alongside it, however, there are rumours that we might see anything from new earbuds to wearables and even foldables.

Specifically, the current rumours floating around suggest that Samsung could unveil a 5G version of its recent Galaxy Z Flip handset. There have also been a bunch of leaks pointing toward the imminent reveal of a Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch as well as a new pair of oddly shaped true wireless earbuds called the Galaxy Buds Live.


 

LAST YEAR, THE COMPANY ALSO LAUNCHED A NEW SMARTWATCH AND LAPTOP

Based on what made an appearance at Samsung’s Note 10 launch event last year, there’s a good chance that all of these might make an appearance in August. Last year, in addition to the Galaxy Note 10, the company announced a new Under Armour edition of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and a new Galaxy-branded laptop running on ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chips.

Read on for a rundown of everything we’re expecting to see at Samsung’s next Unpacked event.

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Samsung Note20 - what we know

Samsung’s stylus-equipped Note phones tend to be the company’s big focus at its August Unpacked event each year.

Release and Price

A South Korean media report claims the series will be available from 21 August, which if true, means preorders are likely to start straight after the event.

In terms of price, we'd expect Samsung to launch the Note 20 devices around the same prices as their predecessors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at £869 and the Note 10+ starts at £999, although the standard Note 20 might be positioned slightly lower to keep the costs down.

Will there be an Ultra?

Having expanded the Note models in 2019, will we see a repeat in 2020?

The answer seems to be yes, based on a slip-up on the Samsung website: where an image which appeared to mistakenly post a photograph of the Note 20 Ultra on its website. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to confirm that the device exists and will have a redesigned camera bump this time around. This seems to include three cameras along with a fourth sensor that could be either a 3D ToF sensor or a laser autofocus, which would help with portrait shots and focus speed, respectively.

Design

Renders and images suggest that the Note 20 and Note 20+ (or Note 20 Ultra) won't change too much from the Note 10, although the pronounced camera housing looks to be a feature.

Expect a waterproof metal frame sandwiched between glass panels and expect some interesting finishes too. An under display fingerprint sensor is likely, as well as a prominent rear camera housing and there will be a built-in S Pen. We're also expecting two size options, with both featuring a similar design.

It's also said that Note 20 will have an under-display fingerprint scanner that's twice the size that's been used before, which should improve its performance. This isn't the first time we've seen the rumour - it's been applied to a number of Samsung devices over the past year, so may or may not happen.

As for the colours, a recent leak has pointed to grey, copper and green for the Note 20, while the Note 20+ will come in black, white or copper. A copper variation has also been supported by the splash of copper on the Galaxy Unpacked invite