Samsung Galaxy S20 - Launch Date, Price, Specs

November 21, 2020

If you are a fan of Samsung phones and like to be in trend, in this text you will learn all about the new Samsung Galaxy S20 models. Compare their characteristics and make the purchase decision easier. We will try to answer in detail the question of what Samsung offers with its new S20 series.

Launch date
The Galaxy Unpacked event is to be held on February 11th, 2020.

Pricing
Galaxy S20 - $999,
S20+ - $1,199,
S20 Ultra - $1,399.

Samsung Galaxy S20 – Specs

Design

The phones from the new Galaxy S20 series are quite similar in appearance, especially their front side. All three models have curved screens, selfie cameras with a recess, and an incredibly small frame.

The main difference is in the screen size: the Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display, the Galaxy S20+ a 6.7-inch display, while the largest one is the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a huge 6.9-inch screen.

What is also very important to note, all three phones have screens with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Most models so far have had a refresh rate of 60 Hz. This means that the average phone can display 60 frames per second, while the Galaxy S20 with 120 Hz can display (change) 120 frames per second. This should make all the actions on the phone look finer, and should be especially noticeable when animating and scrolling applications.

Performance

We don’t expect to see any big difference in performance between the three Galaxy S20 models. All three models are powered by Samsung’s new premium Exynos 990 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (depending on the market), and the models come with at least 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is also available with 16GB of RAM, but for most of the things you do on it, you won't even notice the difference.

Cameras

The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ mobile phones have almost identical camera configurations. In both models, the main camera has 12MP, the second is a 64MP telephoto camera, the third is also a 12MP wide-angle camera, while the front is equipped with a 10MP selfie camera. This is the basic standard we saw over the past year on models from leading brands (including the iPhone 11). The difference between these two models is that the Galaxy S20+ has an additional depth camera to enhance portrait photos.

When it comes to cameras, the Galaxy S20 Ultra lives up to its name, and it truly is "Ultra". The main lens has as much as 108MP, and more importantly, it has a really large sensor 1/1.33 inches, which allows you to accept a huge amount of light, and therefore entice the production of better photos. The Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a 48MP telephoto camera, as well as a 12MP wide-angle camera. Finally, its front selfie camera comes with an impressive 40MP.

When it comes to zooming shots, Samsung has introduced a lot of innovations here. The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ models can deliver 3x optical zoom and then 30x hybrid zoom, which is a combination of optical and digital cropping. This is exactly the reason why the number of megapixels of a telephoto camera lens is so large.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra goes even further - it supports 4x optical zoom, with 10x zoom without loss of quality, and up to 100x hybrid zoom.

Another great software add-on is the Single Take mode. Single Take uses artificial intelligence and relies on tools such as AI best moment, ultra-wide, ultra live, focus live, AI filters, smart crop, video back and forth, fast forward, original video. Record one 10-second video and the software will automatically generate all segments of that video. You can then share different segments of recorded content wherever you want. Single Take mode is also available for the front camera. Samsung warns that a maximum of 55MB can be recorded in this mode.

Videos: 8K resolution

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is one of the first series of smartphones to offer an 8k resolution for video recording. This is a big leap made possible thanks to the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990 processors that power the phone. If you take into account the fact that most users still do not use 8K TVs, or even TVs with 4K resolution, it is quite clear what progress Samsung has managed to achieve with its Galaxy S20 models.

The Galaxy S20 has a range of advanced video and video features. First of all, there is a super-steady mode for video without shocks, as well as a new hyper-lapse option for crystal clear night videos. If you want to share 8K videos, you can compress the image to 4K or Full HD to transfer it to other devices faster, while keeping the same, original resolution. Also, users have the option of transferring videos to compatible Samsung 8K TVs. Video editing is also available, as well as the option to extract photos from 8K videos with photo quality as if synced with a 33MP lens.

Whether 8K videos will be as high quality as expected, time will tell, but Samsung managed to become the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a model with 8K resolution.

5G, games and music

When it comes to 5G networks, there are several variants. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ models in the basic version are intended only for the 4G network, but it is possible to upgrade to the 5G variant at an additional cost. On the other hand, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is only available with a 5G connection.

Samsung says that the Galaxy S20 will support the Google Duo as the basic variant for video chat, and thanks to the 5G connection, Full HD video chat with other Duo devices will be enabled.

Samsung Galaxy S20 gameplay

The new Samsung overtook the phones that were considered the best for gaming. We have already mentioned that all Samsung phones from the S20 series have 120Hz displays. Besides, the S20's screens support 240Hz for a touch response. This makes the S20 line fantastic for games that require strong hardware. There is also a new feature that allows you to stop up to five applications/games in RAM at a time. Samsung says that this minimizes the loading time when continuing to play the game and reduces the time lag during the game.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and listening to music

Do you like listening to music and have just heard a new song that you would like to share with someone? The Samsung Galaxy S20 offers a new way to share music. The feature is called Music Share and helps with what Samsung designers call the "Bluetooth dilemma."

You are probably familiar with this situation - you are driving a car and your phone is connected to the car multimedia via Bluetooth. Your co-driver has a list of songs he wants to play on his phone, but for him to do so, you will first have to turn off the contact between your phone and the car and only then allow a friend to pair with the car to play your favorite songs.

With Music Share, these and similar Bluetooth dilemmas will be overcome. Thanks to this advanced option, you can now find Bluetooth connections, which means that your friend will be able to connect to your car's multimedia device indirectly, via your Galaxy S20 phone. This feature will also work with smart Bluetooth speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery

Battery life hasn't always been Samsung's strong point, but hopefully, the company will be able to reverse this with the Galaxy S20 series as well. At the very least, the battery capacity promises that.

Logically, of all three new models, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has the largest battery capacity of 5,000 mAh. For comparison, the Galaxy S20 is equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S20+ with a 4,500 mAh battery.

Although the 5,000 mAh battery has a large capacity, it's hard to believe that it can last as long as the specs say, because the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the largest screen, so it needs more power than the Galaxy models. S20 and Galaxy S20+. Also, several other features can contribute to the faster discharge of Ultra models, such as a high-speed refresh display and 5G network.






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