Though sounds disappointing, it’s almost certain that Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ have again ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. We can learn this from JimmyIsPromo‘s latest video on YouTube, where there are just a USB Type-C port and a port for S pen on the bottom of the phone. The other indication is ever since the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has actually put the era of 3.5mm headphone jack to an end, and neither Note 10 nor S20 held the precious audio port. Therefore, it is not a surprise if Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series do the same thing this time.
So will there be a headphone adapter and Galaxy Buds in the box?
According to the routine of Samsung’s previous phones, Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ will possibly come with a standard USB-C headphone. Since Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra have ever bundled a free pair of Galaxy Buds in pre-orders, it’s also likely that the Note 20 and the rumored Galaxy Buds Live may follow suit. If you prefer to use your old wired headphone, you may have to pay extra bills to have a separate headphone adapter.
Does USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter affect sound quality?
Samsung Galaxy S10 is still the golden choice if you would like a smartphone with 3.5mm headphone jack. You can also check other phones recommended by the Wired. But if are going to use your wired headphone with an adapter, you may be wondering if this little gadget will affect sound quality. The truth is, there’s no need to worry about it. Adapters don’t determine sound quality, they will only make it even more enjoyable. So if the sound quality is poor, the culprit may be the bad wires in the electronics, the weak connection or something else, except for the problem of your headphone adapter.
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Galaxy Note 20 Series: The small features we've lost and gained
Does Galaxy Note 20 have a headphone jack?
Samsung announced its Galaxy Buds Live truly wireless earbuds alongside the Note 20
For better or worse, Samsung is among the smartphone makers that are eager to push us towards a wireless future, which is understandable these days. It's to be expected too, especially considering that the Galaxy Buds Live were announced alongside the Galaxy Note 20. You know what this means...
Much like the Note 10, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and neither does the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. In order to use wired headphones with your new flagship phone, you'll need to buy a separate dongle.
Of course, what Samsung really wants for you is to get yourself a pair of the truly wireless Galaxy Buds. In any case, as previously mentioned, having no headphone jack on a flagship phone is not a surprise, and we can't fault the Korean giant for keeping up with industry trends.
Does Galaxy Note 20 have expandable memory?The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 currently comes with 128GB of internal storage, which cannot be expanded. The good news is that 128GB should be enough for most people. You may find the following article helpful if you're asking yourself: "Is 128GB enough for me?"
But if you're curious whether the pricier Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has an SD card slot – it does! You can expand the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's storage via microSDXC (up to 1000GB). The Ultra also has a variant that comes with 512GB of internal storage, in addition to its base 128GB option.
Does Galaxy Note 20 have wireless charging?
The Galaxy Note 20 models will support reverse wireless charging, much like the Galaxy S20 Plus shown here
Yes, both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have wireless charging and reverse wireless charging support.
Reverse wireless charging means that if you, for example, own the Galaxy Buds Live or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, you can charge either device directly from your Galaxy Note 20 wirelessly.
Is Galaxy Note 20 waterproof?
The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are both water and dust resistant, and carry a rating of IP68. According to Samsung, this essentially means that the Note 20 is safe from splashes, drips, and up to 1.5 meters of water for about 30 minutes. Using it on the beach or around pools is not advised, however, as the IP68 rating involves freshwater testing only.
Is Galaxy Note 20 dual SIM?
Samsung says that the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will have both single SIM and dual SIM models. Availability for the dual SIM models may vary between countries and carriers.
What dual SIM means is that the smartphone can simultaneously use two different SIM cards. This is especially useful to business users who may have a separate SIM card (and thus – phone number) for work, in addition to their personal one.
Does Galaxy Note 20 support 5G?
Yes, both variants of the Note 20 – the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are 5G ready. As mentioned earlier, they're also first to sport a new 5G power amplifier module by Qualcomm. The amplifier is for 5G and 4G low-band signal-grabbing, ensuring that the Note 20 will be more futureproof on global networks than previous iterations.
When is Galaxy Note 20 coming out?
The Galaxy Note 20 is available for preorder right now, while shipping starts on the 21st of August.
Considering buying it? You may be interested in checking out the best Galaxy Note 20 dealsand preorder gifts at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Best Buy. In addition, don't forget to protect your expensive flagship by picking up a case from our list of best Galaxy Note 20 cases.
Buy the Galaxy Note 20 from Samsung.com
I have had a N20 Ultra 5G from Samsung UK and from Samsung Hong Kong and both have had usb-c headphones included in the box.
Did you buy from the official Samsung UK shop i.e https://www.samsung.com/uk/
As said it was units in the States that didn't have them in the box but could then be requested to be sent separately if required as a customer services gestue.
Was the phone's retail box seal intact?
If so then I'd certainly contact Samsung and ask them for support.
There is no adapter dongle in the box to be able to use your own 3.5mm earphones unfortunately.
No Samsung wouldn't give out free Samsung Buds. They are expensive and only available free as a promotional item when an eligible phone is purchased or Pre Ordered.
They should be able to post out a set of usb-c wired earphones however.
Contact the Samsung Online Store customer services. The number and email address should be in the packaging sent with the phone. If you can't see them I can supply the information for you.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may not have a headphone jack
As Samsung's first flagship launch of the year draws closer, it is looking more and more likely that its second will feature a Galaxy Note 20 rather than a Note 11. Now, this upcoming phablet may have acquired its first credible leak, which may pertain to its looks and at least 1 hardware feature.
It comes in the form of a patent allegedly submitted to Intellectual Property India (IPI), and specifies a case that may have been made for the next-generation Galaxy Note. Admittedly, with its rectangular rear-camera window, this accessory also looks like it could fit the pre-existing Note 10 Lite. However, the patent was filed in November 2019, and was only published in January 2020. Therefore, its IPI approval may have come too late for the recently-launched non-flagship phablet.
In any case, this design does not show a cut-out for a headphone jack, which the Note 10 Lite does in fact have. Therefore, this may indicate that, not only will the next Galaxy Note adopt Samsung's new L-shaped camera conformation, it will yet again drop the 3.5mm port.
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Headphone note 20 jack no
When you buy a Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra you might notice that the box feels a little lighter than normal. No, it's not the new plastic back on the Note 20 that's causing that light feeling. The actual reason is that Samsung no longer includes a pair of wired headphones in boxes of its high-end phones. Pause and let that sink in. Are you outraged? Are you indifferent? Do you even use the included headphones that come with your phone? Is this a deal-breaker for you?
The news of Samsung's headphone omission comes on the heels of rumors that Apple won't include headphones or a power adapter in the box of the next iPhone, aka the iPhone 12. If that's too extreme for you, Samsung does still include a charger in the box.
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On the Note 20's website there's a "what's in the box" section that is absent of any headphones. Samsung confirmed that all of this is true and that it won't include wired headphones in the box for phones sold in North America.
To quote Kent Brockman from The Simpsons when he thought space ants were invading Earth, "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."
It's wonderful that the new Galaxy Note 20 phones omit headphones from the box. Think about how much e-waste this will minimize. Samsung could become a role model for other phone-makers who will hopefully follow suit. Earth isn't really designed to handle yearly phone upgrades.
Here's my attempt to answer all your questions about Samsung's missing headphones.
Does it really come with less?
I know people will be pissed that they're paying $1,000-plus (that's $50 more than last year's Note 10) for a phone that comes with fewer things. In a physical sense there are fewer things in the box, which again can be beneficial for the environment.
Yet, I'd argue that both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra come with more. You get 5G, a high refresh rate display (on the Ultra only), a faster processor, better telephoto cameras, longer OS upgrade support, higher resolution video, Gorilla Glass Victus (on the Ultra only), a faster S-Pen and larger screens.
Are you getting less value?
It doesn't help that for years, Samsung made a point of highlighting the $99 value of its "included" wired headphones. So if last year's Note 10 cost $950, shouldn't the Note 20 cost $851?
That comes down to how much you value the improvements and new features that I mentioned earlier. As we've seen with other phones this year, like the Galaxy S20 line and OnePlus 8 line, 5G phones cost more. At least they do right now.
Do you really need another pair of 'free' headphones?
I'd challenge you to look around your house, in your car, bags or office (if you're fortunate enough to access it right now). You might actually already have a pair of wired headphones that can work.
But this is a little more complicated. You need a pair of headphones with a USB-C connector. Last year, Samsung eliminated the headphone jack from the Note 10. So even if you do have headphones lying around, chances are they have a 3.5mm headphone jack and won't be compatible with the new Note phones. Also the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra don't come with a headset jack to USB-C dongle.
I don't live in North America, why do I care?
You make a good point. If you don't live in North America, you have nothing to worry about. Samsung will continue to include a pair of wired headphones with a USB-C connector in the box.
If I don't have USB-C headphones what am I supposed to do?
Samsung has your back. If you need a pair of USB-C wired headphones, Samsung's customer service will give you a pair for free. The company will even cover shipping and handling.
Here's how it works. First, you need to purchase a Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra. Next, when you receive the phone and contact Samsung's customer care, you'll need the phone's IMEI number, which you can find on the box, or dial *#06# from your phone. According to Samsung, people who preordered a Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra will start receiving them Wednesday Aug. 26.
What about Bluetooth headphones?
That's what Samsung is hoping people opt for, I'd wager. Not only is the wire gone, but you can use a pair of Bluetooth earbuds across your devices. A pair of wireless headphones like the new Galaxy Buds Live (nicknamed "Galaxy Beans") cost $170. That is definitely a lot more than free. But you're likely to keep a pair of wireless earbuds longer than a wired freebie.
Keep in mind, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra can work with a number of Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. In fact, read this list of the best true wireless earbuds. If you're looking to save money, check out this list of the best cheap true-wireless earbuds, in which the most expensive option is $52.
I'm out of questions, what should I do next?
Take a look at our full, rated review of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The death of the headphone jack still stings for some users, but for a while, it’s been eased by the inclusion of wired USB earbuds in the box with some devices. With its Galaxy Note 20 series, though, Samsung doesn’t include any earbuds in the box.
When Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra units start shipping later this week, eager buyers may be surprised to learn that there are no headphones in the box, especially considering the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S20 series both included a pair.
As PCWorld details, Samsung is taking another route. Instead of including them in the box, customers can request a pair of USB-C earbuds from Samsung and get them shipped to their door free of charge. Simply head over to Samsung’s website or call 1-800-SAMSUNG to put in your request and, after providing proof of purchase, your buds will be dropped in the mail.
It’s not totally clear what earbuds Samsung will ship you for free, but presumably, it’ll be the same AKG-branded pair that ships with Galaxy S20 devices. Those sell for $29.99 from Samsung’s online store. They’re not exactly incredible, but at least they’re free!
Notably, this offer for free earbuds only applies in regions where they’re not included with the Note 20 in the box. That includes the United States, but may not include some other regions.
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