At the Samsung Unpacked 2020 event, the Korean Smartphone manufacturer launched its next flagship lineup called the S20 series which is the successor to the previous S10 series by the company. Now, there have been some major differences between the last-gen S10 and this year’s S20.
First of all, there is no cheaper S20e phone like the last-gen S10e. All you have is the standard Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone. Talking about the looks, this year’s Samsung flagships have ditched the hole-punch on the right side of the displays and can now be seen in the center of the display. Also, the punch-hole is now much slimmer and the displays are also less curvy if compared to the previous-gen.
Samsung has launched three smartphones in the S20 lineup and these are Samsung Galaxy S20 i.e. the standard model, S20 Plus, and the new more powerful and expensive S20 Ultra. Let’s take a look at what Samsung brings to the table this year.
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus
First talking about the displays, the standard galaxy S20 has a Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-U display with a size of 6.2-inches and the Plus variant has the same but bigger 6.7-inches of the screen. Both the displays have 120Hz of refresh rate and 240Hz touch Sampling rate. Also, there is an in-display fingerprint scanner thanks to the AMOLED technology.
Talking about the processor, both the S20 and the S20 Plus will have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC or Samsung’s very own Exynos 990 chipset depending on the country where you are. For instance, the Snapdragon variant will be launched in the United States of America while Africa, Middle East, and Europe will get the Exynos Variant.
Samsung has also signed a deal with Microsoft for bringing Forza Street to the Galaxy S20 lineup. Both the S20 and the S20 Plus have support for Google Duo, IP68 water resistance, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, e-SIM support, and support for LiveCaptions which makes it the first Non-Pixel Android device to be equipped with this feature.
For camera configurations, the camera design has also changed this year. Both phones have the quad-camera setup on the back but instead of the vertical cutout on the back like the S10 lineup now there’s is a horizontal layout that has camera sensors stored vertically in it. Now, talking about the optics, both the S20 and the S20 Plus has the same camera configuration.
Both devices have the same single 10 Megapixel sensor on the front for selfies which is a bit downgrade from the last-gen. On the back, both have a 12 Megapixel Primary sensor with a 1/1.76” sensor size which is approx 1.65x times bigger than the S10’s primary sensor. According to the company, this new bigger size sensor will capture more light and detail, unlike its predecessors. There is also a 64 Megapixel telephoto sensor with a 3x hybrid optical zoom and 30x space zoom.
After that, there is a 12 Megapixel Ultra-wide lens for taking larger than life shots on your Galaxy S20. However, there is one major difference between the camera configuration of the standard S20 and the S20 Plus i.e. the DepthVision sensor which is present in the S20 Plus. Still, both the devices can shoot 8K videos with their camera setup and while recording you can also take pictures with a resolution of 33 Megapixel.
Coming towards the battery side, both the S20 and the S20 Plus have support for reversed wired and wireless charging. For the standard S20, you get a respectable 4,000 mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging and for the Plus variant, you get the bigger 4,500 mAH battery with support for the same 25W fast charging.
Price and Availability
Before talking about the RAM and storage options, we have to clear that the Galaxy S20 lineup supports MicroSD card expansion so you can buy a variant as per your budget and then expand your storage with the help of an external MicroSD card.
In Europe, the Galaxy S20 4G base variant is priced at €899 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While the base variant with 5G support and 12GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at around €999.
Talking about the S20 Plus in Europe, the 4G base variant is priced at €999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While the variant with 5G support and 12GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at around €1099. The highest 512GB RAM variant will not be available in Europe.
In the U.S., the Galaxy S20 5G variant is priced at $999 in the US for the 12GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The S20 Plus for that same 12/128GB variant is priced at around $1199. The 8/128GB variant will not get launched in the U.S. The device colors available in the country is Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, and Cosmic Black.
The Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus will start on February 13th and initially, you will get a pair of Galaxy Buds+ free. Even though, you get a pair of the AKG USB-C earphones in the box.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G Olympic Games Athlete Edition
On the Samsung Unpacked event, the company also announced that there will be a special Olympic Games Athlete Edition of the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G variant for athletes at this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
This year, Samsung has introduced a new variant for its flagship smartphone lineup called ‘Ultra’ and the purpose of this variant is to provide the best and maxed-out features on all of the departments of the smartphone. Whether it is the battery, camera, and performance. It will not be wrong to say that the S20 Ultra was the highlight of the Samsung event.
Firstly talking about the display, the S20 Ultra has a much larger 6.9-inches of Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ Infinity-O display with the same 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. However, the size of this thing is massive it is almost a 7-inch display i.e. taller than the last-gen Note 10+ (6.8-inches). Just like its siblings, the Ultra also has support for in-display biometric scanning.
One major factor about this display is that it can automatically alter the refresh rate between 60Hz and 120Hz as per its requirement. This feature is very much needed when you have a display of that high refresh rate as it will evidently save you so much battery life in your day to day usage.
Coming towards the camera as it is the main highlight of this device, the S20 Ultra has a whopping 108 Megapixel primary sensor made by Samsung itself which is a 1/1.33” large sensor that uses 9-in-1 pixel binning. There is also a 48 Megapixel telephoto sensor with a periscopic lens and a DepthVision sensor.
Apart from this, the S20 Ultra also has a 12 Megapixel 120° Ultra-wide angle camera with an f/2.2 lens. Now, about the front camera, it has a 40 Megapixel f/2.2 lens as compared to the 10 Megapixel on the standard S20 and S20 Plus.
The camera features that the S20 Ultra brings to the table, it can shoot 8K videos and it has support for 10x hybrid optical zoom while its digital zoom can go up to a whopping 100x.
Moreover, it has a battery capacity of 5,000 mAh with support for 45W fast charging and the adapter is shipped with the smartphone. Apart from wired, it also has support for 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Price and Availability –
Cosmic Black and Cosmic Grey are the colors available for preordering the S20 Ultra and just like its siblings, you will get a pair of free Galaxy Buds+ if you pre-order the S20 Ultra. As of now, the prices for the 5G variants has been revealed by the company and these are as follows –
- Base Model that has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – $1399
- 16GB RAM and 512GB storage – $1599