Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is Now Out in Australia, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is now out in Australia. Here’s everything you need to know and how much it costs in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 devices

This year there will just be two versions of the Note 20. Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Both will have 4G and 5G variants in Australia as well as a few different storage options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review

Our review of the Note 2o Ultra is now live! 

Spec Dump

For those of you who are just after the cold, hard specs. Once again Australia is getting a less powerful chipset than most other countries. We’re getting the Exynos 990 instead of the Snapdragon 865+.

Note 20 Note 20 Ultra
Dimensions 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3mm, 192g(4G), 194g(5G) 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm, 208g
CPU Exynos 990 Octa-core processor Exynos 990 Octa-core processor
Memory 8GB RAM, 256GB storage 8GB – 12GB RAM, 256GB – 512GB storage
Display 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 393ppi, HDR10+ certified 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display (3088×1440),496ppi, HDR10+ certified120Hz refresh rate
Operating System Android 10 Android 10
Cameras 12MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Wide-angle, 64MP Telephoto. 30x optical zoom. 10MP front-facing camera 12MP Ultra Wide, 108MP Wide-angle, 12MP Telephoto, laser AF sensor. 50x optical zoom. 10MP front-facing camera
Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, 5G, Bluetooth 5, Satnav, NFC, USB 3 (Type C) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, Bluetooth 5, 5G, Satnav, NFC, USB 3 (Type C)
Sensors Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensorProximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensorProximity sensor, Ambient Light
Battery 4,300mAH battery, fast-charging, wireless charging, wireless PowerShare 4,500mAH battery, fast-charging, wireless charging, wireless PowerShare

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Australian review

Our review is now live!

Cameras

The rumours were true! The big boi Note 20 Ultra has four lenses at the rear.  One is whopping 108MP lens that will supposedly help address the focus issues that the S20 Ultra has. Here’s hoping.

Fortunately the regular S20 didn’t have the same issue, so the Note 20 should hopefully be all good in this respect since it has exactly the same lineup.

The ultra also has 50x optical zoom, which seems like a good move. While the top-of-the-line S20 went up to 100x zoom, it didn’t look great once you get past 20x. As for for the regular Note 20, it has 20x optical zoom.

The front-facing cameras on both devices are 10MP.

Design

Thanks to the usual deluge of leaks, we’ve known about the design for awhile. The Note 20 series is between 6.7 and 6.9-inches and have the same infinity-0 display we’ve seen from Samsung over the past couple of years.

The rear camera array is similar to the S20 series, coming with a significant camera bump.

The regular Note 20 will come in mystic bronze, mystic green and mystic grey and the Note 20 ultra will come in mystic bronze, mystic black and mystic white.

Battery

Thanks to the bigger chassis the Note 2o enjoys, both models have beefy batteries.

The base Note 120 has a 4,300mAH battery, which is a big boost from the 3,500mAh last year. The Note so Ultra is a fraction larger at 4,500mAH.

All models come with fast charging capabilities and can reportedly hit 50 per cent in 30 minutes. It also has wireless charging and wireless PowerShare.

The latter seems particularly sad considering we can’t really go anywhere right now, but you can at least use charge smaller Qi-enabled gadgets like the Galaxy Buds Live.

S Pen

Last year the S Pen got some huge upgrades like handwriting to text conversion and Air Actions. So its unsurprising that this year things are a little more modest.

The main changes are five new gesture controls for touchless navigation, like screenshots or returning to the home screen.

But if you are big on Note taking, the Samsung Note app will now let you save across devices, including your phone, tablet and PC.

Samsung Galaxy Note 30 Price Australia

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 starts at $1,499 for the 4G model and $1,649 for the 5G. Both models come with 256GB storage.

The Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,849 for the 4G model and $1,999 for the 5G model with 256GB storage. And if you really want to go hard you can get a 512GB 5G Note 20 Ultra for $2,199.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is available on right now.

Plans

Telco plans for the Note 20 series are now live. We have a full list of them here as well as a hack to get Telstra coverage with this cheap plan hack.

Or you can read all about them below:

Telstra Note 20 Plans

This year Telstra is going all in on next generation connectivity. You will only find the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G models through Telstra.

With such a simplified offering from Telstra it’s easy to see the cheapest option is the 24-month 5G device on its ‘Small’ plan. This comes to $123.70 a month and comes with 40GB data.

Due to Telstra changing its plans recently, we would also recommend this as the best value option due to the high amount of data included. However if you’d rather a ton more data you can get 80GB/month with the same phone for just $10 more a month.

If you would prefer to upgrade to the S20 Ultra the cheapest you can get it is for $138.29/month.

You can check out all of the options here:

Telstra 24-month Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) plans

Telstra 24-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths mobile is a bit different to the rest of the telcos stocking the new devices.. Not only is it the only telco to be stocking every single model (including 4G versions and 512GB verisons), it’s also the cheapest. And since it’s powered by the Telstra network, you get really great coverage for less.

Woolworth’s mobile is knocking $250 off the repayment price of its Samsung Galaxy Note 20 plans. It’s doing this spreading the $250 discount out across the life of the plan.

This ends up being $10.41 per month off on a 24-month repayment or a $6.94 per month off on a 36-month repayment. That’s pretty damn good.

The cheapest plan is the 4G handset on a 36-month plan. It comes to just $61.05 a month but only has 5GB included data. For just $5 more a month you can bump that up to 20GB data/month.

Thanks to Woolworth’s discount there are a few good options with decent data inclusions for under $100/month — even for the 5G variants. We recommend having a good look through the options.

The $99.08/month option for the Note 20 Ultra is quite good if you want a good chunk of data and the upgraded phone.

But if you really want 5G as an option our recommendation would be the Note 20 5G for $90.08/month which comes with 20GB data and only locks you in for two years, rather than three.

Woolworths Mobile 24-month Galaxy Note 20 (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 36-month Galaxy Note 20 (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 24-month Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 36-month Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 24-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 36-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 24-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 36-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 24-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (512GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile 36-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (512GB) plans

 

Optus Note 20 Plans

Optus is opting for the same approach as Telstra this year, only stocking the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G models at Optus. However, you can get them cheaper as Optus still has 36-month plans available.

The cheapest plan available is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G for $84.80/month. This comes with 10GB/month data on a 36-month plan. If you would rather more data for an extra $10/month you bump that up to 60GB.

The only way to get one of these plans for under $100/month is to opt for 36-months. But if you’d rather a 24-month plan the cheapest you’re going to get it for is $123.70/month with 10GB included data.

Here’s the full range of plans Optus is selling. If our interactive plan widgets aren’t loading back, check back soon!

Optus 24-month Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) plans

Optus 36-month Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) plans

Optus 24-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (256GB) plans

Optus 36-month Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (256GB) plans

 

Vodafone

This year Vodafone is stocking the Samsung Galaxy Note20 4G, Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G, and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G in the 256GB and 512GB models.

However, the Vodafone website doesn’t  let you view the plans online. You need to either go into a store or call. Gizmodo Australia has reached out to Vodafone to find out why, especially considering the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We have a few details, though.

The cheapest available  Note 20 plan is the 10GB/month 36-month plan. This comes with the 256GB Note 20 (4G) for $73.13 a month. However, if you’re comfortable with a 3-year commitment we would recommending spending $10 more a month to bump the data inclusion up to 60GB a month, which is the next plan up.

If you would rather a 24-month plan the cheapest you’ll be able to get is the same 256GB Note 20 (4G) for $98.70 a month. This comes with just 10GB data a month as well.

If you’d prefer the 5G model or the S20 Ultra 5G you’re looking at prices that go above $100/month.