Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 20 series earlier this month. Following the official launch, Samsung has seen record numbers of pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 20 devices in the UK – with a 49% increase in comparison to the Galaxy Note 10 devices.
According to Samsung, the Mystic Bronze color variant of the Galaxy Note 20 devices has proven to be the most in-demand amongst customers, making up almost half (46%) of sales. The Galaxy Note 20 series is available in two versions: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G and Galaxy Note 20 (available in 4G and 5G).
Upgrading to the new Galaxy Note device has never been easier, with a wide range of competitive tariffs and price options, including trade-in discounts and 0% finance, being offered through Samsung channels and selected partners. In the UK, the Galaxy Note 20 is available to purchase through Samsung channels, Samsung KX, nationwide Samsung Experience Stores, and selected partners.
“Note customers are amongst our most loyal base and it’s fantastic to see so much excitement for this powerful device”, said Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice President UK & Ireland, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy Note10 Plus was our first smartphone in the UK to support 5G and we are proud to lead from the front and continue our commitment to offering customers the latest in 5G connectivity. Together with our wider line-up of the Tab S7 range, Galaxy Watch3, and Buds Live – we are providing our customers with the ultimate ecosystem to power all elements of their lives.”
The pricing for devices launched earlier this month at Unpacked ranges from the below:
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20:
- Available in Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Grey
- From £849 (4G) and £949 (5G)
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 ULTRA 5G:
- Available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
- From £1179
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.