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.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 range (S20 Ultra pictured) is not a smart buy right now
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 becomes the forth major upgrade the Note 20 will be able to laud over the Galaxy S20 line-up.
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.
Galaxy Note 20 render based on leaks
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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