Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series expected to support Ultra-wide band technology for precise, indoor positioning
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will pick up the crown from the Samsung Galaxy S20 series as the flagship series from the South Korean company, showing off the best of consumer-centric technologies that the company has to offer. We already have a fair idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the phones are right around the corner, but it seems that one key highlight feature has seemingly flown under the radar so far. The Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to come with Ultra-Wide Band technology for precise, indoor positioning.
As pointed out by a tweet from Twitter user @SaudiAndroid, Samsung will be launching a technology called UWP (though this could be a spelling error and it is likely to be called UWB) that will allow users on the new Galaxy Note 20 phones to transfer files at very high speed. We spotted several certification reports that corroborate the testing of Ultra-Wide Band technology by Samsung, indicating usage at 8250MHz.
According to XDA’s own Max Weinbach, the Ultra-Wide Band chip on the Galaxy Note 20 series could possibly be used for faster device-to-device connections and consequent file transfers. Possibly, you would be able to point the Note 20 at another Note 20 (or other future Samsung phones with the UWB chip) to prioritize connecting to that particular device, taking advantage of the precise, indoor positioning features enabled by the technology.
This feature would be similar to what Apple promises with Ultra-Wide Band on the iPhone 11:
The new Apple‑designed U1 chip uses Ultra-Wide band technology for spatial awareness — allowing iPhone 11 to understand its precise location relative to other nearby U1‑equipped Apple devices. Think GPS at the scale of your living room. So if you want to share a file with someone using AirDrop, just point your iPhone at theirs and they’ll be first on the list.
We are unable to conclusively ascertain whether the feature will be made available to both, the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra, or whether it will remain restricted to the top tier flagship only. For the technology to take off, it would make sense for Samsung to expand it to as many phones as possible within its lineup. We expect Samsung to reveal more during Samsung Unpacked.