A leak has revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will have a significant battery upgrade, promising to make it a better phone than its predecessor as well as a stronger rival for the iPhone 12.
This information was dug up by SamMobile from the China Compulsory Certificate, the Chinese regulatory inspection equivalent to the FCC in the US. The big news is that the battery of the Note 20 has a reported capacity of 4,300 mAh. This is slightly smaller than the 4,500 mAh cell the Note 20 Plus is expected to have. But more importantly, this is 800 mAh more than the Galaxy Note 10, and the same size as the battery in last year's Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Battery life was one of the Note 10's notable flaws. With continuous web surfing over 4G LTE, the handset managed only 9 hours and 25 minutes. The Note 10 Plus lasted for 10 hours and 47 minutes, which is better but still below the 11-hour mark as compared to other competitors.
However, the Galaxy Note 20 will not only have to beat its predecessor in battery life, but also take on Apple's upcoming iPhone 12. That next-generation iPhone is expected to have strong battery life, especially if we use the current iPhones as a benchmark.
In our testing, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max managed times of 10:24 and 11:44, respectively. This is very impressive given that both iPhone models have smaller batteries than the Note 10, with Apple's clever tinkering letting them outlast Samsung's phones. We haven't seen many reported battery specs for the iPhone 12, but one leak from EverythingApplePro says to expect a 4,400 mAh battery for one of the iPhone 12 Pro models.
So while we're pleased to see the Note 20 will have a much larger power plant installed compared to last year's model, Samsung needs to do more to give its users the longest battery life possible and stand a chance at beating the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro later this year.
Samsung traditionally offers a brand-new chipset with the Galaxy S series flagships, with that year’s Galaxy Note then adopting the processor or a tweaked version of it. But it seems like the Galaxy Note 20 could get a major chip upgrade this year.
ZDNet Korea reports that Samsung has completed mass production preparations for a 5nm Exynos processor that’s expected to be the Exynos 992. Furthermore, the outlet’s sources say Samsung is still deciding whether to add it to the Galaxy Note 20 series.
A 5nm design alone would make for improved power efficiency and performance compared to the 7nm Exynos 990 in the Galaxy S20 series. But ZDNet says this wouldn’t be the only upgrade for the new Exynos chip.
It’s claimed that the Exynos 992 will actually use Arm’s Cortex-A78 CPU and Mali-G78 GPU. The A78 on a 5nm design uses 50% less power and has a sustained performance boost of up to 20% over a Cortex-A77 CPU on a 7nm design (as seen on the Snapdragon 865). Meanwhile, Arm claims the new GPU on a 5nm process has a 25% performance improvement on over the 7nm Mali-G77 seen in the Exynos 990.
In other words, the purported shift to a smaller manufacturing process and new CPU and GPU tech should result in a big boost to performance and power consumption over the S20 series.