Forget Samsung’s Galaxy S20 And Note 10, This Is The Smartphone To Buy

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  • I’ve already written about why you should hold-off buying Samsung’s Galaxy S20 line-up and the Galaxy Note 10. But now the reasons for this just became even stronger, thanks to Samsung itself. 

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    Samsung's Galaxy S20 range (S20 Ultra pictured) is not a smart buy right now

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    >MORE FROM FORBESSamsung Galaxy Note 20: Everything We Know So FarBy Gordon Kelly

    In an official announcement, Samsung confirmed that it has begun mass production of next-gen storage which will be “available for flagship smartphones that will be launched later this year.” That puts the Galaxy Note 20 at front of the queue and it means that not only is it yet another big differential compared to the Galaxy Note 10, but it becomes the forth major upgrade the Note 20 will be able to laud over the Galaxy S20 line-up. 

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    03/19 Update: potential Galaxy S20 owners have two more reasons to hold off their upgrades today. First, news has broken that current owners are experiencing serious GPS issues. Spotted by >XDA Developers, Galaxy S20 models for a number of users are taking 10-15 minutes to find a GPS lock on their location which has made mapping services like Waze and Google Maps virtually useless on their phones. A timeline for a fix is unknown with Samsung yet to acknowledge the fault. Second, detective work from XDA Developer's Max Weinbach has discovered that users paying extra for the Galaxy S20 Ultra's >much vaunted 45W charging are not getting what they expect. Tests found that 45W only actives when charging the Ultra from 0-30% capacity, after which it defaults to 25W like the rest of the Galaxy S20 line-up. The result is a total charge time that is almost identical to standard 25W charging with Weinbach labeling Samsung's implementation of 45W charging as "basically useless". Samsung can expect significant criticism for this, but it has time to address it for the Galaxy Note 20.

    03/20 Update: sterling detective work by> XDA Developers's popular leaker Max Weinbach has today uncovered Samsung's first direct confirmation of the Galaxy Note 20 along with the Galaxy Fold 2 and a mystery new device. All were found hidden inside Samsung's recently released kernel source for the Galaxy S20 line-up and reference the Note 20's "Project Canvas" codename and "Project Winner2" (Project Winner was the retrospectively funny codename given to the original Galaxy Fold) and the kernel also ties that, as expected, to Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset. Meanwhile, the mystery device goes by "Project Zodiac" and runs on the 2019 Snapdragon 855 chipset which suggests a more affordable device. That said, the Galaxy Z Flip also uses the 855 and is a $1,300 folding phone, so potential also exists for Samsung to make further inroads here as it looks to double down on its folding display tech. Watch this space.

    Called eUFS 3.1, Samsung’s new storage delivers blistering sequential write speeds of over 1,200MB per second. To put that in context, Samsung states that this is three times faster than the write speeds of the eUFS 3.0 memory used in both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S20 models. It is also 60% faster than UFS 3.0 in random reads (100,000 IOPs) and writes (70,000 IOPS) and will come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. 

    Yes, new Galaxy S20 owners have every right to feel disappointed at missing out on this and it represents just the latest in a series of near-miss tech upgrades. 

    In February (just one week before the Galaxy S20 phones were released), Samsung announced mass production of its next-gen mobile screen lauding it as “an optimized OLED display for 5G smartphones with newly reduced blue-light emission and lowered power consumption”. It is expected to be used in both the Note 20 and the iPhone 12. Then, just a few days later, Samsung unveiled new RAM modules which are 30% faster and 20% more power-efficient than the modules in the S20 and Note 10, again they will be ready for the Note 20 launch. 

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    >MORE FROM FORBESSamsung Galaxy S20 Vs Galaxy S20+ Vs Galaxy S20 Ultra: What's The Difference?By Gordon Kelly

    Galaxy S20 buyers also (bizarrely) missed out on Qualcomm’s heavily upgraded 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader as Samsung stuck with the glitchy gen one module used in the Galaxy S10. This happened despite Qualcomm making the readers available to smartphone makers five months ahead of the Galaxy S20 launch. The Note 20 will fix that mistake as well. 

    Throw in the fact that the Galaxy Note 20 line-up will get the S20’s flagship camera upgrades along with an even more refined design and a radically upgraded S Pen (which is behind the range’s ‘Project Canvas’ codename) and the S20’s are beginning to look like the warm-up act for the 2020 Notes. 

    And here’s the kicker: if the Note 20 launches and you still prefer the Galaxy S20, you can laugh all the way to the bank because historical data shows the Galaxy S10’s value fell by up to 65% by the summer of 2019 as promotions and trade-in deals flooded the market. With demand for new smartphones understandably low in the current climate, you can expect inventory build-up to drive Galaxy S20 prices even lower this year. 

    Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to like about the S20 phones but you’d be crazy to buy one right now. 

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    Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/03/20/samsung-galaxy-s20-ultra-camera-price-release-date-update-galaxy-note20-note10-upgrade/

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