It’s been a boatload of rumors all over the internet since last December about the next Samsung’s invention in the Smartphone department. When the first news broke that Samsung was done at least for now with the Galaxy Fold and even swapping out the Galaxy S10 numbering to something else, I knew the South Korean tech giant is up for something interesting this year and of course they never disappoint.
So finally, we have a jump from Galaxy S10 to S20 now being the flagship of Samsung. While the Galaxy S20 Series are probably just updates to the older Galaxy S10 devices, that doesn’t mean they dn’t feature some really interesting specifications out of the box.
So we now have a three set of Galaxy S20s which are Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. The S20 without any additional letter to it’s branding took over from the Galaxy S10e which is the starter-model of the previous Galaxy S10 series. Changing the name isn’t all, Samsung changed the design as well adding up new technologies that further skyrockets this device as truly premium smartphone with high-end specifications.
Since Samsung had began introducing the Infinity-O display since the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, I knew this was going to be the new design aesthetics the company wants to push down our throats this new year. Also, there is no super-curve on this device but little less which makes it a little bit more than the flat Lite devices Samsung released earlier this year.
Now the back of the device is where majority of the magic happens. Samsung has ditched it’s horizontal camera layout which was prevailing for a very long time. Well, it’s like every smartphone companies are now opting for the square-rectangular camera modules. Honor did the same with it’s Honor V30 5G, we expect to see the same on the Huawei P40 series and well Samsung has it too on the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note Lite and now it’s back on the Galaxy S20 series.
Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus Specifcations
First of all, there is the Galaxy S20 which s the starter among the Galaxy 20 Series. It’s much smaller than the rest sporting a 6.2-Inch display while the Galaxy S20 Plus on the other hand sports a much larger 6.7-inch display both both display have the Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate which is truly interesting.
And speaking of display, both device now have a centered hole-punch which houses the 10MP front-facing selfie camera. Yeah both the S20 and S20 Plus have a single camera at the front unlike the Galaxy S10 Plus which has a dual front facing setup last year. This might be a little bit disappointing.
Powering up both devices is the latest Snapdragon 865 processor or the Samsung’s own Exynos 990 chipset depending on the region or market where you are. So assuming you’re in the US, you’ll get the Snapdragon processor while other regions like Africa, Europe and the Middle East gets the Exynos chipset both which are powerful.
The Galaxy S20 comes in two models which differentiate the price tag. There is a 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model and then there is another 12GB RAM + 128GB storage model.
But as for the Galaxy S20 Plus model, it’s model is also split between two memory storage spaces but in a more larger format. There is a 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and then another 12GB RAM + 512GB Storage model.
The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus will keep the MicroSD card slot, allowing users to add up to an extra 1TB of space good deal after all, we don’t need to be stuck with those limited storage considering the large camera compartment which can record 8K videos and high-res images.
Speaking of the camera module setup, both the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have nearly the same configuration. There is a 12MP primary sensor on both devices with a 1/1.76” sensor size. Samsung says the sensor is about 1.65x bigger than that of the Galaxy S10 so it’ll be able to capture better photographs in both good and low light.
Aside the aforementioned sensor, there is yet another 12MP ultrawide angle camera too and then another 64MP telephoto camera that has 3x hybrid optical zoom and up to 30x space zoom. The Galaxy S20 Plus has an extra sensor, a DepthVision camera, making the number a quad rear-camera setup. Just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, they can also record 8K videos and you can capture 33MP high-res images.
As for the power of both devices, the Galaxy S20 has a big 4000mAh battery with support for a max 25W fast wired charging while the Galaxy S20 Plus has a much larger 4500mAh battery with support for 25W wired charging. Both phones support reverse wired and wireless charging.
Still on the specifications, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus both feature an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the display screen.
Both devices also have support for IP68 rating which means you can accidentally drop it and it won’t rip life out of the device so fast. However, it is important to remember that the warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by liquids.
The two phones have NFC support, eSIM support, dual-SIM support WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB-C 3.2 port…really high-end smartphone isn’t it?
Samsung says the Galaxy S20 series will come with support for Live Caption, making them the first non-Pixel Android phones to have the feature. They have also partnered with Google to have Duo built-in with the phone app. Samsung has also signed a partnership with Microsoft to bring Forza Street to the Galaxy S20 series.
Wait…Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Athlete Edition?
Yeah! Just like the Galaxy S8 back in the days, Samsung is also making a special edition it called the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Games Athlete Edition which is made for athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Lets talk about the pricing
The aforementioned list of specifications should alert you that Samsung will be selling these device at an aggressive price tag. The first Galaxy S20 price tag starts at $999 in the US for the 5G version and 12GB RAM and 128GB while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage (4G) version will not be sold in the US. The device comes in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink.
The Galaxy S20 Plus starting price starts at $1199 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage version while the other 12GB RAM + 512GB Storage version is $1349. It’s also available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cosmic Black.
As for the European version, the Galaxy S20 is priced at €899 for the base model (4G) with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage while the 5G version which has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is €999.
The Galaxy S20 Plus in Europe is €999 if you want the 4G model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage while the 5G version with 12GB RAM and 128GB of storage is €1099. There is no 512GB version of the Galaxy S20 Plus in Europe….SAD!
Starting from tomorrow, 13th of February, you can make pre-orders which will get you free pair of the Galaxy Buds+ as well as a pair of the wired AKG USB-C earphones all in the same box because Samsung forgot to add the 3.5mm headphone jack port support for the Galaxy S20 series this year.