The Seoul, South Korea based smartphone manufacturer has officially unveiled their newest flagships. They are, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra.
However, in this post, i will only talk about the S20 and its Plus variant while a whole new write up will be dedicated to the Ultra. Do we all agree? I can hear you saying Yes in your mind.
So let’s get to it shall we.
Most of the time, when new smartphones hit the market, the first thing more than half of the consumers want to know is how it compares with the existing ones especially the direct successor(s).
Well, in the case of the S20s, they definitely blow the S10s out of the water.
Don’t get me wrong guys, the S10s still remain one of the best smart devices out there.
Just that the S20s are way better.
The new Galaxy S20s see complete design overhaul, you get new camera hardware and arrangement, better display quality, newest and better processing power, battery size has seen significant jump in size and the One UI 2 is now looking great on the devices.
Galaxy S20 and S20+ has mostly everything the same with the exception of the camera where the S20+ has depth sensor, battery where the S20+ has 500 mAh more capacity and the display size where the S20 is 5 inches smaller than the Plus.
One more thing, all the S20s support 5G network. Interesting, right?
The devices will start shipping out from the 6th of March 2020. You can start per-ordering it from 21st of February 2020.
Over the course of this review, you will learn everything you need to know about the new Samsung flagships for the year 2020 launched on the 11th, February 2020 at San Francisco, California at an event dubbed Galaxy Unpacked.
Damn. There is one more thing. I promise, it is the last thing. The entire event was streamed to audience at home with the S20.
Without further ado, here you go.
How Much is Samsung Galaxy S20 in Nigeria
- S20: 395,000 Naira
- S20 Plus: 443,000 Naira.
Why are you surprised i am talking about the camera first?
Isn’t that one of the few major reasons most of us buy new smartphones these days?
I mean there are already fast phones and also those with great display quality.
But one thing that hasn’t stop improving in smartphone is the photography. I mean, it just got better year after year.
And i am not talking about just the hardware here but also the software.
Google in my opinion still has the best software integration and usage when it comes to smartphone photography and if you don’t believe me, check out the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to see what they are capable of.
Samsung on the S20s has also been able to deliver on photography with their game changing camera hardware alongside revolutionary A.I integration.
Thanks to A.I, S20 can take multiple shots of a single events with all the cameras and combine the best of the best to create a crisp image. Not just that, it helps keep your gallery clean and organized. Welcome to 2020 folks.
This is for your ears only (whispering!). The cameras can capture videos in 8K.
I know you have heard about 4K and just assume 8K is just twice better. That’s wrong my dear because 8K quality is 4X that of 4K. But… But, you will need the telephoto lens to do this.
You are asking me why? Well, because 8K video is 33MP per frame meaning you will at least a 33MP camera to shoot 8K video. And since the telephoto (64MP) is the only camera with more than 33MP on the S20, it makes sense that it automatically switched to it when you need to shoot 8K video.
Other great features of the camera is the Pro Mode which allows you to adjust exposure, aperture etc, super steady mode which allows you to shoot video while moving, digital zoom, single take that allows you to take plethora of images and you can select the best picture from it.
Night photography is on a whole new level. You need to see how bright and crisp images are looking even in extreme low light.
The S20 makes use of triple camera.
- 12MP main camera at F/1.8, 1/1.176″
- 12MP ultra wide angle camera at F/2.2, 1/2.55″
- 3X 64MP telephoto at F/2.0, 1/1.172″. For up to 3X optical zoom and 30X digital zoom.
S20+ uses the same camera but with the addition of a depth sensor.
The selfie camera is 10MP on both devices.
What you have here is a way better camera than the already great ones you see on the S10s.
Display & Design
S20 is a 6.2″ (1 inch bigger than the S10) Quad HD+ AMOLED display while the S20+ features a 6.7″ (3 inch bigger than the S10+) also QHD+ AMOLED display. 20:9 aspect ratio and 525 ppi (S20+) and 563 ppi (S20).
Both uses high refresh rate up of 120 Hz giving you smooother scrolling and realistic animation but you will only be able to enjoy this are FullHD+ resolution mode. You can always cut back to 60 Hz refresh rate to enjoy the QHD display and at the same time safe battery.
They both also uses 240 Hz refresh rate for touch (meaning it responds very fast to touch commands).
It uses an infinity-O / Pin hole display which feature the selfie camera at the top center. On the screen is ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to unlock the device.
The top, bottom and sides bezel are pretty thin and the display is very bright and sharp. No problem if you are using it under direct sunlight.
Unlike couple of flagships in the past, the S20s display is very flat and not curved into the sides. It looks pretty decent this way.
Antenna bands run across the top, bottom and sides of the device. SIM + SD card tray is at the top (left), you have the speaker and USB-C at the bottom. The left side is plain while the power and volume buttons are on the right side.
At the back, is the triple camera and depth sensor (for S20+ alone) and the LED flash at the top left corner while at the middle bottom is the Samsung branding.
The device sports a glass finish at both the front and the back protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
No more bixby button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The devices are IP68 certified which means they are dust and water resistance.
I can hear praying to God that the battery capacity should be bigger this year!
Well, good for you. God answered your prayer.
On the S20, you have a 4000 mAh (600 mAh than the S10) battery capacity while the S20+ has 4500 mAh (400 mAh than the S10+) battery. Both support 25W fast charging and wireless charging.
With A.I management, you can expect the battery to last you a full day on usage even with 5G On and display on 120 Hz.
The wireless charging also support reverse charging meaning you can place other device on the back panel to charge them. This feature will be much useful if you are getting the Ear Buds.
The S20s runs on Android 10 which is the latest version of the OS and on top of that is their own customized One UI 2.
They are powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processor depending on your region. The Octa Core processor is supported by Mali-G77 MP11 GPU for the global version using the Exynos processor and Adreno 650 for the US version using Snapdragon processor.
On board the chipset is 12GB RAM (bigger than the S10s 8GB) which means speed and smooth executions of commands.
The internal storage options are 128GB and 512GB but you can extend using SD card that supports up to 1TB.
What you will be getting here is nothing but smooth gaming and multimedia experience.
All variant of the device comes with support for 5G network technology.
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ are the new kings of smartphone in a lot of ways. From mobile photography to awesome multimedia experience.
The battery is bigger than it has ever been before and with A.I managing it, you can expect it to last even more longer.
You can record as many 8K videos as you want considering the internet storage options available for you to use.
Let me know in the comment if you are going to be upgrading from the S10s to the S20s.
Also, if you think there is anything i am missing here. You can make your contribution in the comment.
Wait for my write up on the S20 Ultra. It will soon drop.