Samsung’s Radical New Galaxy Smartphone Suddenly Takes Shape – Forbes

07/14 Update below. This post was originally published on July 12

Samsung is set to release its most exciting smartphone of the year and the launch date is official. Moreover, we just got our best look yet at it. 

MORE FROM FORBESSamsung Insider Reveals Galaxy Note 20 Release Date

Upcoming YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo has turned heads by releasing the first hands-on video with Samsung’s stunning Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Not only does it confirm why Samsung will outgun the Galaxy S20 range, it also reveals the most controversial aspect to its new design. 

07/14 Update: two new leaks have revealed it is not all good news for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Popular insider Max Weinbach has confirmed a new report from Ice Universe, that Samsung will continue to use its troubled Exynos 990 chipset in all Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 models shipping outside the US. This is terrible news for buyers in these territories because, not only does the Exynos 990 deliver inferior performance to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset used in US Galaxy S20 models, but the new Notes will use an upgraded Snapdragon 865+ chipset (see below) which will further widen the performance gap. As a result, Samsung risks creating a two tier classification of Galaxy Note models which could well fuel a gray market trade in US handsets. Users not prepared to go to these lengths, may also stay away from the phones entirely. Exynos is a problem for Samsung, which it needs to fix quickly.

The best elements align with the stunning Note 20 Ultra image Samsung accidentally posted to its Russian website last week. These include super-thin top and bottom bezels, a smaller punch hole thanks to Samsung reducing the physical size of its front-facing camera, and an enhanced version of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 108MP camera array with a (much needed) new dedicated focus sensor. 

The downside is the video (see below) shows the rear camera array is massive, seemingly bulging out from the chassis even more than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. As such, it will be impossible to use the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on a flat surface. It is also likely to slide off slick surfaces, given the minimal points of contact the phone will have as a result of this mammoth hump. 

Aside from this, the video shows that Samsung has moved the location of the S Pen and loudspeaker to the left side of the phone (they have been on the right for many years). While delving into settings reveals the Note 20 Ultra will ship with Android 10, despite the fact Android 11 will launch within weeks of its release. History suggests it will be a long wait for Note 20 Ultra to get that upgrade. 

Despite this, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra looks like a tour-de-force of cutting edge hardware. Compared to the Galaxy S20 range we also know it will have an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, a breakthrough display, upgraded biometrics, 45W charging and superior RAM and storage

With its launch also coming earlier than any previous Note, Samsung should have a hit on its hands. If only the same could be said about the Note 20 Ultra’s troubled little brother

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