For 2020, Samsung launched a trio of phones with the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. These are very technically impressive gadgets with high prices to match, and if you can afford what Samsung is asking for the phones, they’re bound to be some of the best the Android landscape sees all year.
From hands-on coverage, detailed specs, accessory recommendations, and so much more, here’s absolutely everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 family.
At their core, the Samsung S20, Samsung S20+, and Samsung S20 Ultra are very similar. All three phones have 120Hz displays, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, expandable storage, water resistance, and wireless charging. However, similar to what we saw last year with the S10e, S10, and S10+, there are also clear differences between them.
The S20 is the lesser phone of the trio. It has the fewest cameras and the smallest battery. Then again, it’s the S20 version that’ll put the smallest dent in your wallet and is a good choice if you prefer phones with smaller screen sizes.
In the middle of the bunch is the S20+, offering modest improvements in all of the areas where it differs from the regular S20. If you step all the way up to the S20 Ultra, you’re getting the biggest and baddest S20 experience possible — though it is going to cost you.
Samsung doesn’t mess around with specs for its Galaxy S phones, and that idea has carried over to the S20 lineup.
Whether we’re talking about the S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra, these are flagship phones through and through. As such, you’ll find flagship specs in just about every regard.
Here’s a quick rundown of what they’re packing:
Operating System: (All models)
One UI 2.0
Display Galaxy S20:
Display Galaxy S20+:
Display Galaxy S20 Ultra:
Processor: (All models)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory Galaxy S20:
Memory Galaxy S20+:
Memory Galaxy S20 Ultra:
Storage Galaxy S20:
Storage Galaxy S20+:
Storage Galaxy S20 Ultra:
Expandable Storage: (All models)
Up to 1TB
Rear Camera 1 Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+:
Rear Camera 1 Galaxy S20 Ultra:
Rear Camera 2 Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+:
3x Hybrid Optic Zoom
30x Super Resolution Zoom
Rear Camera 2 Galaxy S20 Ultra:
10x Hybrid Optic Zoom
100x Super Resolution Zoom
Rear Camera 3: (All models)
Rear Camera 4 Galaxy S20+ and Ultra only:
Front Camera Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+:
Front Camera Galaxy S20 Ultra:
Galaxy S20 – 4,000 mAh
Galaxy S20+ – 4,500 mAh
Galaxy S20 Ultra – 5,000 mAh
Samsung’s using 120Hz displays for the first time
High refresh rate smartphone displays have been rising in popularity over the past couple of years, and at long last, Samsung is joining the bandwagon with the S20.
There are also big upgrades in the camera department
Similar to the displays, the Galaxy S20 is also being used as a showcase for Samsung’s improved camera tech. The Galaxy S9 and S10 had fine cameras, but compared to what’s been offered by the rest of the competition, Samsung’s efforts in this department have felt lukewarm.
That changes with the S20 lineup, and it all starts with the S20 and S20+. Both phones still have a 12MP lens for the primary camera, but the big improvement is that the pixels are about 30% larger so that substantially more light can be let into a shot. The telephoto camera has also been upgraded, now featuring a 64MP sensor with 3x lossless zoom. If ultra-wide is more your thing, this year’s sensor brings 40% larger pixels which should help in low-light scenarios.
Those are all worthwhile improvements, but where things get really interesting is when you look at the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
It offers a massive 108MP primary camera, using pixel binning to take pictures that come out as 12MP shots. There’s also a 48MP telephoto camera, and because of the way it’s positioned inside of the 20 Ultra, it’s able to offer 10x lossless zoom and up to 100x digital zoom if you want to go all out.
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