Will Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra receive One UI 6 (Android 14)?

Six months after the S20 series hit the markets in 2020, the Note 20 series followed. The Note 20 lineup was the last series of Samsung phones to officially have the word “Note” in its name.

After the Note 20 lineup, Samsung deleted the entire Note series in favor of foldable phones and their S lineup. This decision makes sense since there were different selling points and target consumers for earlier Note and S series phones.

The Notes were about productivity and multitasking, and the S series phones were about multimedia and entertainment. But after a while, both of them became just as capable of performing both of the tasks.

Since it’s pointless to split research and development into two different slab-style phones yearly, Samsung no longer makes the Note series phones. Instead, the top-end flagship S series phone with the “Ultra” name gets the S Pen.

The S22 Ultra and S23 Ultra were what the Note flagships would’ve been. In a way, the flagship S series phone got killed off, not the Note, but this lineup simplification began in 2022 with the S22 series.

Recap of Note 20 series

The base Note 20 had a 1080P 60Hz display, and there was hardware and build compromises. The cameras were utterly down from the Ultra, with only 1.1X 64MP optical zoom (3X hybrid).

The chipsets were different depending on the region, some had the terrible 7nm Exynos 990, and other regions had the miles better 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SOC.

The Note 20 Ultra is something we praise as one of the best flagships of the year 2020. It solves many critical problems with the S20 Ultra, like shutter speed, noise, and focusing time. It also brings a much better screen and one of the best phone designs.

The Note 20 Ultra’s specifications were monstrous: a 1440P 120Hz AMOLED screen, a 5X 12MP periscope zoom camera, and a 1/1.33″ 108MP primary sensor. This 5X periscope was good quality, though it could only do 50X zoom.

The quality of 50X zoom on the Note 20 Ultra was better than the 50X of the S20 Ultra. The Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra had Android 10 out of the box.

In 2022, Samsung made some changes to its software update policies. Previously, it was only three or two years of major Android updates.

However, all flagships post-2022 and the S21 lineup will now receive four years of major Android updates and five years of security patches. That’s a better update promise than what Google gives with Pixel phones.

The upcoming version of One UI is One UI 6, and it’ll be based on Android 14. We can speculate on some of the new features that may come with it.

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Note 20 series previous updates & update promise

The first major Android update for the Note 20 series was Android 11 (One UI 3), which Samsung delivered at a relatively decent pace in January 2021.

The updates were slightly faster for the next version, with the phones receiving Android 12 (One UI 4) in December of the same year.

The last major Android version the Note 20 series got was Android 13 (One UI 5), which Samsung pushed out in November 2022. The above-mentioned update months are calculated averages and not exact representations.

This is because Samsung’s updates vary with carriers and depend on the region. Some regions got the update faster than others. One UI 5.1 is the latest update that the Note 20 series got in the final week of February.

Galaxy Note 20 series One UI 6 (Android 14) Update Status

  • The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will not receive the One UI 6 update based on Android 14.

Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 6 update for its latest Galaxy S23 series phones. This update is based on Android 14 and includes a number of new features and improvements. Samsung’s blog post listing eligible devices for One UI 6 does not include the Note 20 series.

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The Note 20 series already got the three years of major Android updates that Samsung promised.

Ankan is a tech enthusiast with a particular passion for Samsung gadgets. He has extensive hands-on experience testing out the latest Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other devices. At SamInsider, he provides reliable coverage of everything happening in the Samsung world. Email: techblizpro@gmail.com (Follow on X/Twitter)

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