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Galaxy S20 & S20 + Spec Sheet Review – Are Samsung's latest flagships worth the premium price? «Android :: Gadget hacks



In a daring motion, Samsung has decided to abandon the Galaxy S11 name and immediately jump to the S20. Maybe it's marketing for the new 20 : 9 aspect ratio and 1 20 Hz display, or maybe it's just the fact that it is released in 20 20 . [19659002] In addition to the song, Samsung borrows from the Apple playbook and the budget model becomes the basic model. So what would be the follow-up to the S10e is called the Galaxy S20. Then comes a larger version, similar to the S10 + from 2019, and it has a name that you would expect: Galaxy S20 +. The only other notable model is the S20 Ultra, but that is a completely different story.

Go to a section: Striking features | Dates | Storage Price | Body | Basics | Software Skin | View | Performance Battery | Front camera | Reversing camera Audio | Media formats Sensors Connectivity Security Box contains

Striking features

The Galaxy S20 and S20 + are a huge upgrade of the Galaxy S1

0 series from 2019. In addition to the usual SoC upgrade (Qualcomm Snapdragon 865), the new devices both use a new 64 MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. The primary lens will also be upgraded to a new 12 MP lens with a sensor size of 1.8 µm. But it's not just the cameras – practically every specification has been given a major upgrade this year.

Important dates

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 + were formally announced alongside the S20 Ultra on February 11, 2020, during the Samsung Unpacked 2020 event held in San Francisco, CA. The S20 and S20 + are available for pre-order on February 21, 2020, with shipment from March 6, 2020.

  • Release Date: March 6, 2020
  • Preorder Date: February 21, 2020
  • Announcement date: 11 February 2020

Storage capacity

Regarding internal storage, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 + both come in 128 GB, although the latter is also available in 512 GB for those who want to pay more. Both devices offer microSD support up to 2 TB and feature the UFS 3.0 standard, along with Samsung F2FS for one of the fastest read and write speeds of any smartphone.

  • Available storage: 128 GB (S20 / S20 +), 512 GB (S20 + only)
  • Specification: UFS 3.0
  • Expandable storage: yes, up to 2 TB microSD card

Price for everything

As a flagship, both the S20 and S20 + are by no means cheap, but you already expected that. The Galaxy S20 comes out at $ 999, the same MSRP of the Galaxy S10 +. The Galaxy S20 + is for sale for $ 1,199 for the 128 GB version, plus $ 100 more if you want to go for the 512 GB model.

  • Price: $ 999 (Galaxy S20), from $ 1,199 (Galaxy S20 +)

Body

The Galaxy S20 and S20 + are available in three colors, both models being finished in Cosmic Gray or Cloud Blue. In addition to these two colors, Cloud Pink and Ceramic Black are exclusive to the S20 and S20 + respectively. Both the S20 and S20 + feature Gorilla Glass 6 for their front and rear panels and sport aluminum center frames to minimize weight and at the same time maximize durability.

  • Frame: aluminum, glass (Gorilla Glass 6)
  • Finish: Cloud Blue, Cosmic Gray, Cloud Pink (Galaxy S20), Ceramic Black (Galaxy S20 +)

Basics [19659004] The Galaxy S20 is 5.97 x 2.72 inches, making it larger than the Galaxy S10e but not that wide. It has a similar thickness at 0.31 inches, despite the increase in battery which is a pleasant surprise.

The Galaxy S20 + is, however, a different story. With a length of 6.37 inches, it is longer than both the Galaxy S10 and S10 +. The change is the result of both the new aspect ratio and the much larger display. Thanks to the aspect ratio, it is not as wide as the Galaxy 10+ (although it is wider than the Galaxy S10). And just like the Galaxy S20, the thickness remains the same 0.31 inch as its predecessor.

The only other feature that Samsung users should be aware of is the increased weight. Although the Galaxy S20 is slightly heavier than the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S20 + is noticeably heavier at 6.56 oz (the Galaxy S10 + was 6.2 oz), so if you found one of the Galaxy S10 series to be overweight, this is not the phone for you.

  • Height: 5.97 inch (Galaxy S20), 6.37 inch (Galaxy S20 +)
  • Width: 2.72 inch (Galaxy S20), 2.90 inch (Galaxy S20) +)
  • Depth: 0.31 inch
  • Weight: 5.75 oz (Galaxy S20), 6.56 oz (Galaxy S20 +)
  • Dust / water resistance: IP68 under IEC standard 60529
  • Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular
  • Infrared blaster: no

Software

With Samsung gives the stable version from Android 10 on Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices already free, it makes sense that the S20 and S20 + work directly on Android 10. Android 10 was visually not a big change (except the new system-wide dark mode) but was still major upgrade. Improved privacy and security, fast phone updates and better music notifications are just a few of the changes that Google has added to the software. View the link below for all changes.

Skin

For Android 9 Pie, Samsung introduced a new skin, One UI. It replaced the previous Samsung Experience UI (which itself replaced TouchWiz) with a design that was more in line with stock Android.

Since the Galaxy S20 and S20 + Android 10 run out of the box, it will perform the following iteration of this skin, A user interface 2.1. One UI 2.1 has all the features of One UI 2.0 but with the notable addition of Quick Share, a cloud-based AirDrop-like feature for sharing Samsung devices.

Display

Samsung has the screen size of the entry-level model from 5.8 inches to 6.2 inches. However, for those who thought last year that the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 + was perfect for media consumption, a treat awaits you – the Galaxy S20 + comes with a 6.7-inch display.

Both the S20 and S20 + have a new higher screen resolution of 3200 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 20: 9, making the screen much larger than wider. Because every phone uses the same resolution, the pixel density on the Galaxy S20 + is worse with 521 ppi, while the Galaxy S20 has an amazing 563 ppi. The panel is an upgrade version of the Dynamic AMOLED which is again called AMOLED 2X. The screen of both phones supports HDR10 + and retains the now known curves along the left and right edges.

In addition to the larger screen, the major upgrade compared to Galaxy S10 is the new 120 Hz screen. 120 Hz refers to the refresh rate or the number of frames that the display can display per second. 120 Hz is twice the refresh rate of the Samsung Galaxy S10, which means that the Galaxy S20 can generate twice the number of images. Generate more images with smoother animation, smoother scrolling and better gaming (for games that support this). This is a huge win for Samsung because it is one of only two US phones with such a higher refresh rate and the only one with QHD + resolution.

  • Screen size: 6.2 inch (Galaxy S20), 6.7 inch (Galaxy S20 +)
  • Screen resolution: 3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Total number of pixels: 4,608. 000 pixels
  • Pixel density: 563 ppi (Galaxy S20), 521 ppi inches (Galaxy S20 +) [19659009] Screen type: Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • Cut-out: no
  • Punch hole: yes
  • Screen-body ratio: Unknown
  • Aspect ratio: 20: 9
  • Minimum brightness: Unknown
  • Maximum brightness: at least 600 nits
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch detection)
  • Color temp: Unknown
  • Color gamut: Unknown

Performance

A new year means a new SoC from Qualcomm , and the Galaxy S20 and S20 + are the first Android flagships to arrive with the Snapdragon 865. This SoC offers a 20% high more performance improvement than CPU performance and a 17-20% higher GPU. It uses the same core configuration, with one gold core clocked higher than three other gold cores, paired with four silver cores.

As far as RAM is concerned, Samsung believes that more is better. The basic input for the Galaxy S20 and S20 + is 12 GB, 4 more than last year's Galaxy S10. Both phones use LPDDR5 RAM that achieves a good balance between energy efficiency and high transfer speed.

  • Memory: 12 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Chip size: 7 nanometers
  • CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x A77), 2.42 GHz (3x A77) and 1.8 GHz (4x A55)
  • CPU cores: 8 cores (1 + 3 gold cores, 4 silver cores)
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • GPU Frequency: 587 MHz

Battery

So after years of handling the battery and charging it as a side issue (then give us a huge battery but in exploding phone), Samsung has made a 180 ° change of direction, whereby the load in this category was guided with the S20 and S20 +.

Let's start with the battery capacity. The Galaxy S20 has a battery of 4000 mAh, 600 mAh larger than the Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S20 + increases its capacity from last year's huge 4,100 mAh to 4,500 mAh. This is linked to the largest battery of the Samsung flagship, which corresponds to last year's Galaxy Note10 +. These battery capacities will wonder when considering the increase in screen size, the higher resolution of the Galaxy S20 and the new refresh rate of 120 Hz.

Then there is the wired charging. Samsung is introducing a new technology for its phones, Super Fast Charging 2.0, which entered the Galaxy Note 10+. This technology supports a maximum of 45 W chargers that you must purchase separately. Instead, you will receive a 25 W charger in the box that you can use quickly. For wireless charging, both phones support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 for up to 15 W (the fastest on any US phone). PowerShare, the name of Samsung for reverse wireless charging, has also returned.

In addition to the hardware, Samsung has also introduced a new option in Settings that display the battery status. Consider this feature as the option of the same name in iOS devices that was added after Apple was called up for throttles when the battery capacity decreased over time.

  • Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
  • Capacity: 4,000 mAh, 3.86 volts (15.44 watt hours) (Galaxy S20), 4.500 mAh, 3.86 volts (17.37 watt hours) ) (S20 Ultra)
  • Wired charging: yes, Super Fast Charging 2.0 (25 W) (up to 45 W)
  • Wireless charging: yes, fast wireless charging 2.0 (15 W) [19659057] Front camera

    Both the S20 and S20 + use the Sony IMX374 10 MP front camera with a pixel size of 1.22 µm. The hole is the smallest so far, even smaller than the hole in the Note 10 series. And just like the Note 10, the self-shooters are right in the middle. The cameras also support video recording up to 4K at 60 fps, and uses Dual Pixel phase detection auto focus.

    Samsung has a new feature called "Smart selfie angle" that detects the number of subjects in the image and recommends switching to wide angle mode if there are more than two people in the frame. This suggests that the camera is cropped at a wide angle when a single person is in the image.

    • Resolution: 10 MP
    • Aperture: f / 2.2
    • Pixel size: 1.22 µm
    • Sensor size: 1 / 3.2 "
    • Zoom: no
    • Flash: yes, screen flash
    • Image stabilization: no
    • RAW support: yes
    • Object detection: yes, face
    • Formats : JPEG, RAW

Reversing camera

The Galaxy S20 and S20 + are both supplied with a 12 MP Sony IMX555 lens. This sensor has a pixel size of 1.8 µm, larger than previous models, which was 1.4 µm. The larger the pixel, the more light is captured, improving both image quality and low light performance.

Both phones are paired with a new 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5KGW2 lens with 3x We believe that this is an upgrade of the Samsung ISOCELL S5KGW1, which was used in Galaxy A70s. ens had a pixel size of 0.8 µm and a sensor size of 1 / 1.7 ". We expect that both lenses will have OIS and EIS. Telephoto does not use pixel binning to reduce photos to 16 MP, but uses cropping to achieve the 3x optical zoom ( similar to what OnePlus did with the 7 Pro last year). This is also the lens that allows 8K recording.

The ultra-wide lens is the 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2LA. We don't know much about this camera, but based on the model number, it seems to be an update for the ultrawide used in the Galaxy S10 series, which has a pixel size of 1.4 µm and a sensor size of 1 / 2.55 "

If you choose the Galaxy S20 +, you also get a ToF sensor, which was used in Galaxy Note10 + to enable Depth Vision, there is a name for the improved depth detection that this sensor has provided. Because of this sensor, photos are better on the larger phone and AR functions such as AR Doodle, which use the ToF sensor to better position objects in the world around you.

Rear camera & # 39; s of the Galaxy S20 +. Image by Steve H. McFly / Twitter

Like these impressive specifications for camera hardware were not impressive enough, the S20 and S20 + also comes with innovative features such as Single Take photo that allows you to pan the phone while it is being re-recorded rds different photos & videos & recommends the best recordings you can save. There are also new Live Focus effects, including Artify, Mono, Side light and Vintage, plus a new Glitch effect for Live Focus Video. Zoom-in Audio returns (now apart from Android 10) and is supported by the microphone that is placed in the camera series. Resolution: 12 MP, 64 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultra-wide) [19659009] Pixel Size: 1.4 µm, 0.8 µm (telephoto), 1.4 µm (ultra-wide)

  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Zoom: yes, 3x optical, 30x digital
  • Flash: yes, High CRI LED
  • Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS (primary and telephoto)
  • RAW support: yes
  • Lens cap: sapphire glass
  • Object detection: yes, food, faces
  • Formats: JPEG, RAW [19659106] Thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the Galaxy S20 and S20 + can also capture 8K and HDR with 24 fps and 60 fps, respectively. The Zoom-in microphone functionality of the Note 10 that sends audio to the subject of your zoom has also returned.

    Another new feature is Director & # 39; s View which allows you to switch between different lenses while recording. Ideally, it works in the same way as the iPhone 11 Pro that shares the image data between lenses so that while you switch lenses, it appears to be from the same camera (only at different focal lengths). However, it seems that this feature does not come at the launch, but in a later software update.

    • Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K and 8K
    • Maximum image speed: 720p at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 8K at 24 fps
    • Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 4K at 120 fps
    • Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
    • Photos: yes, higher than 9.1 MP photo & # 39; s during 4K recording
    • Zoom: yes, see above
    • Flash access: yes, see above
    • Image stabilization: yes, VDIS (video digital image stabilization) [19659008] Object detection: Unknown
    • Autofocus: Unknown
    • Audio: stereo
    • Formats: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
  • Audio

    Neither device retains the headphone connection (RIP). Samsung was one of the last OEMs to offer the port and limited your options to ASUS flagships, LG flagships and mid-range (or lower) devices. And to top it off, no headphone adapter is included. So if you are planning to buy the S20 or S20 + and you don't have one, we recommend you buy an adapter from Amazon now. You can get the official version of Samsung ($ 14.99 on Amazon) or upgrade to a third-party option, such as a Soditer headphone adapter ($ 26.99 on Amazon) that lets you use 32-bit / 384 kHz audio files can execute.

    Both the S20 and S20 + are equipped with AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The new Music Share feature is also worth mentioning, as it allows you to easily connect to other smartphones and share Bluetooth connections with accessories such as speakers and eliminate the need to disconnect your device.

    • 3.5 mm headphone jack: no [19659009] Stereo speakers: yes, top-firing and bottom-firing
    • Microphones: 3
    • Max speaker volume: Unknown

    Media Formats

    There is no change in support for media formats. That said, the S20 and S20 + support the following for audio and video:

    • Audio: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI , XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
    • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

    Sensors

    All common sensors supplied with the S10 have been transferred to the S20 and S20 +. In addition to the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the S20 and S20 + also have the following:

    • Accelerometer
    • RGB ambient light sensor
    • Barometer
    • Gyro sensor
    • Geomagnetic sensor
    • Hall sensor
    • HR13 [19659] Proximity sensor

    With the Galaxy Note 10+ that also supports dual frequency, we expect Samsung to introduce this same function in the Galaxy S20 series.

    • GPS: yes, L1 + L5 [19659009] aGPS: yes
    • Glonass: yes, L1
    • BeiDou: yes, B1
    • Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
    • QZSS: no

    Connectivity

    Nothing has changed with the S20 and S20 + with regard to connectivity – both handsets support Wi-Fi 6 and use 5.1 with a few minor changes, such as establishing a smaller Bluetooth connection (which is also faster) and improving the ability to determine your location.

    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
    • Bluetooth: 5.1
    • NFC: yes
    • Mobile: nano- SIM
    • Port: USB Type-C

    Now that Qualcomm is forcing manufacturers to purchase their 5G modem on top of the Snapdragon 865 SoC, both stateide variants of the S20 and S20 + will only be available with 5G -support.

    • GSM: 850/1900
    • UMTS: 850/1700 / 1900
    • CDMA: BC0, BC10
    • LTE bands: 2/4/5/7/12/13/14/25/26 / 30/38/41/48/66/71
    • 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave

    Security

    Despite reports that the fingerprint scanner was not very secure, Samsung held the fingerprint scanner on the screen as a biometric security function of choice for both the Galaxy S20 and S20 +. Furthermore, both flagships are also supplied as standard with all other Android authentication methods such as PIN and password unlocking to keep your device as safe as possible.

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