Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra release 21 August

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Samsung has outlined its latest series of Note devices at its August Unpacked event. Both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are available for pre-order now, with devices shipping out Friday, 21 August 2020. Here are all the noteworthy features of the new handsets.

Models and variants

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Note 20 vs Note 20 Ultra

Where this year’s Galaxy S20 lineup saw three separate models launch, Note enthusiasts will only have to choose between two core models: the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Much like Samsung’s last release, the Ultra variant is the premium option, with some meatier specs, and a price tag to match. Samsung is also sticking with a 4G and 5G variant of both models, with the 5G versions fetching a higher price.

The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are both available in 256GB storage and 8GB RAM variants, but only the Note 20 Ultra users have the option of 512GB and 12GB RAM. As for colour options, both handsets will be available in Mystic Bronze, whereas the Note 20 also comes in Mystic Green and Mystic Grey, and the Note 20 Ultra in Mystic White and Mystic Black.

Here’s each model and what it will cost outright in Australia.

How much does the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra cost in Australia?
ModelStorage (GB)NetworkBronzeGreen/GreyWhiteBlackPrice
Galaxy Note 202564GYYNN$1,499
Galaxy Note 202565GYYNN$1,649
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra2564GYNYY$1,849
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra2565GYNYY$1,999
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra5125GNNNY$2,199

When will the Note 20 release?

Friday, 21 August 2020.

As mentioned above, pre-orders for the Note 20 are already available, and devices begin shipping Friday 21 August 2020.

Outright pre-orders can be placed over on Samsung’s website. If you pre-order the Note 20, you’ll score a bonus pair of Galaxy Buds+ ($299 RRP) whereas Note 20 Ultra pre-orders come with the shiny new Galaxy Buds Live ($319 RRP).

Both handsets are also available for pre-order through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and Woolworths mobile. Here’s a quick glance at the plans available.

Galaxy Note 20 Plans with Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile
Note 20 Ultra plans with Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths
Note 20 vs Note 20 Ultra Specs
SpecsNote 20Note 20 Ultra
Display6.7-inch OLED6.9-inch OLED
Cameras12MP, 64MP and 12MP108MP, 12MP, 12MP and Laser Auto Focus
Front camera10MP10MP
ProcessorExynos 990Exynos 990
RAM8GB8GB (256GB model) or 12GB (512GB model)
Internal storage256GB256GB or 512GB
Water resistanceIP68IP68
Network4G or 5G4G or 5G

Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra: Noteable features

The Note 20 family cribs a lot from this year’s Galaxy S20 release. Firstly, there’s the 120Hz display at the premium end in the Galaxy S20 Ultra model, but Samsung has also decided to stick with its gimmicky Space Zoom branding on its 30x (Note 20) and 50x (Note 20 Ultra) digital zoom hybrid. Those who spend extra on Ultra also get a 108MP main camera, whereas those saving a bit of dosh on the Note 20 will get a perfectly serviceable 64MP. The biggest difference in the Note 20’s Ultra is its Laser Auto Focus Sensor, which seems to be a solution to the focus issues of its Ultra predecessor.

Just like Galaxy S20 family before it, both Note 20 handsets are packing the Exynos 990 chipsets, so there’s nothing new to announce there. Samsung has also stuck to offering the 120Hz panel on the Ultra range and the upgraded 12GB of RAM solely on the Ultra 512GB model; another small detail for Samsung to justify the upgrade.

However, there’s a stark visual difference in the Note 20’s Ultra’s 6.9-inch display, Samsung is bringing back the edge. The Note 20 Ultra sports a curved edge display, and top-and-tailed the Note 20 Ultra with flat edges. It’s a nice touch and puts the Note 20’s bezel to shame. It appears that the bottom of the Note 20 Ultra is completely flat with the exception of the S-Pen’s cradle.

Galaxy Note 20 Australia

Is the Note 20 worth the upgrade?

Who am I to tell a Galaxy Note enthusiast how to spend their money? Design folk and lovelorn PDA diehards will buy just about anything Samsung lets you jam a pen in. If you invested in last year’s Galaxy S20 family, the extra screen real estate, and the S-pen are the only two real reasons you’d want to take notes on the new range. There’s the added bonus of Laser Auto-Focus for those who were disappointed by the S20 Ultra’s camera (plus something to be said for the lowered 50x zoom) but we can’t really speak to that until we’ve had some hands-on time with the device.

However, if you’re a Note fan through and through and you’re upgrading from the 2019 version, the design changes, larger updated edge display, bigger battery and whopping 108MP camera could have you penning in an appointment with Samsung come Friday the 21st of August.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Australia