Samsung has already made subtle suggestions about its next flagship smartphones as well as giving us a tantalising glimpse of the future. But now the company just got a lot more specific. 

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In the first official documentation we have seen, Samsung has submitted the Galaxy Note 20 Plus for China’s Compulsory Certificate mark (known as CCC) – a public process – and, with it, confirmed both the phone itself, its model number, next-generation connectivity and charging capabilities. 

Spotted by MyFixGuide, Samsung’s CCC documentation reveals the Galaxy Note 20 Plus has the model number SM-N986 (the Note 10 Plus is SM-N975), while its accompanying datasheet officially states the phone will have upgraded 5G connectivity and support for both 25W and 45W fast charging. With only Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra supporting 45W this year and an Ultra version of the Note 20 unlikely, there was concern the range could drop down to 25W like the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. 

Moreover, 45W charging may prove a lot more useful this year. While it was supported on the Note 10 Plus, it was not officially certified for Programmable Power Supply (PPS) and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) 3.0 standards by the USB Implementers Forum and Samsung. What PD 3.0 and PPS enable is smartphones and compatible chargers to communicate and provide maximum current, something the Note 10 Plus often missed out on even when using > 45W chargers (details here). Given the entire S20 range is PD 3.0 and PPS certified, 45W charging on the Note 20 Plus should be a lot more flexible and it will cost significantly less than the S20 Ultra. 

In addition to this, we also know the Galaxy Note 20 line-up will deliver superior biometrics, a more power-efficient display, additional RAM as standard and much faster storage than the all the Galaxy S20 phones, as well as taking the flagship camera hardware from the Galaxy S20 Ultra while fixing its broken autofocus. Both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus designs look pretty good too

My only concern? Samsung might just change the game in 2021


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