Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could ship with less storage than the Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10, above, starts at double the rumored Note 20 storage (Image credit: Future)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 might actually have less memory than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 10, if a new mobile industry rumor is to be believed.

This news comes from Sammobile, which states that the new Galaxy Note phones are currently in development, and one decision that's apparently been settled on is that the phone will come with 128GB of memory in its smallest variant.

That's an interesting titbit because both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus had 256GB as the lowest options, so it seems the Galaxy Note 20 might actually have a reduced specs (and possibly also reduced price) version compared to its predecessor.

It's worth pointing out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, released many months after its non-Lite counterparts, actually did have 128GB of storage, so the company likely still does have a plan for putting out such phones with less storage.

Perhaps, then, Samsung is considering putting out the Note 20's 'Lite' variant as part of the main launch lineup, but not naming it as such, just as how the Samsung Galaxy S20 was actually the most affordable device in its respective series.

That would explain the lower storage in the Galaxy Note 20, although it's also possible that Samsung realized some people don't need loads of storage in a phone (now that cloud storage exists).

Then again, it's equally possible that this information is incorrect, as early leaks tend to be tenuous – and the fact the phone is in development means the information could change.

We'd expect the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones to launch in August, and it's best waiting until then before we assume anything for certain about the handsets.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.