SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S20 Android flagship for those who really like small phones. Thanks to its 6.2-inch display, the S20 is easy to use with a Chet, yet this compact device is very punchy. However, its price is not less than 99 999.
Like its larger and more valuable brothers, the Galaxy S20 offers you a Fluid 120 Hertz display, a powerful new camera system with enhanced zoom, and 5G speed. However, battery life is not the best and you still can’t get this phone on Verizon.
If you want a bigger 6.7-inch screen, check out our Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review; This is our favorite of the three new Galaxy S20 phones. If you want a more powerful 10x lossless zoom and monster 6.9-inch screen, then review our Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Some may prefer the OnePlus 8 Pro, which offers performance similar to the Galaxy S20 and higher battery life of the 89 899. But as you will see in our full Galaxy S20 review, we see this phone packed by Samsung in such an elegant package.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Release Date Mar 6. Galaxy S20 Price 99 999 and Comes with 12GB RAM and 128GB Storage Standard. You cannot choose a model with more RAM or storage but you can add up to 1TB of storage via the phone’s microSD card slot.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 SPECS
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Screen resolution: QHD+ (563 ppi)
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 865
Storage: 128GB + microSD
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Battery life: 9 hours 31 mins
Rear cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 64MP telephoto
Video: Up to 8K resolution at 24 fps
Front cameras: 10MP
Size: 5.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches
Weight: 5.7 ounces
The Galaxy S20 is available through Samsung and three of the three largest wireless carriers in the US, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Verizon offers the Galaxy S20 in Q2 compatible with its MMWave 5G network.
Anyone interested in picking up one of Samsung’s latest flagships at a lower cost should check out the best Galaxy S20 deals before pulling the trigger. We’ve already seen prices below 820, which is $ 170.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Price and release date
Brace yourself: you’re going to pay more than the Galaxy S10 because of 5G upgrades, better cameras and a 6.2-inch 120 Hertz display.
The Galaxy S20 5G costs 999GB / £ 899 / AU in the US, UK and Australia for $ 1,499, 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can add extra storage with a microSD card of up to 1TB, but if you want 256GB or 512GB of internal storage, you need to buy the S20 Ultra.
The phone is available in 4G versions in some markets including the UK, Australia and the UAE, priced at 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $ 799 / AU $ 1,349 / AED 3,199. In the US they only get 5G variants.
Putting aside that 4G phone, the addition of 5G means you’re paying more than the base-model S10 for this year’s base model. At least in the US, the flagship has the launch price of the Galaxy S10 Plus – $ 100 more than the base-model S10. This is more than the cost of the launch of the 99 999 iPhone 11 Pro in the US, although the Apple Phone has a 5.8-inch smaller display and you get only 64GB of storage for this price.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Design
I have been very critical of Samsung’s design direction lately. The iconic waterfall display is now flattened and the camera housing has been transformed into a rectangular blob. Not everyone appreciates the look of the S20, but I can’t say that all of my complaints apply to the more compact form aspect of the standard Samsung Galaxy S20.
The smaller Galaxy S20 is as flexible as needed. Featuring a classic combination of glass and metal trim, it is lightweight but strong and the curved waterfall is actually much better without performance. The slippery nature of the glass is not a problem when it is easy to wrap your hand across the entire device. Single hand use is easy. The volume rocker and power button are right where you want them to be.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a good look. The rectangular camera module has only three lenses, so it is thinner than the S20 Plus and Ultra models. Shaving a few millimeters may be a small change, but it makes the handset look slower than its larger siblings.
I haven’t completely sat down on Samsung’s choice colors for this generation, though I have a lot of improvement over the cloud blue version of the dull Cosmic Gray. The coating reflects a bright rainbow of colors in the right light, which helps brighten the handset a little.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Display
|Type||Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.2 inches, 93.8 cm2 (~89.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~563 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
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Every year Samsung produces a top-notch display for its flag and the Galaxy S20 is no different. The 6.2-inch panel features an optional 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and a frame rate for supported games.
The 120Hz mode looks silky smooth through the menus and walls of the text, though it’s a greater quality of life improvement than the required upgrade. However, unlike some other 2020 flagships, higher refresh rates do not start by default. The choice to switch from full HD + default resolution to Quad HD + is visually less distinctive, and it absorbs more juice. Like, I stayed with the phone most of the time with the default setting full HD + 60 Hz. Instead I have a bit more battery life.
The simple stunning quality of the show is the real story here. The panel is porous and crisp, providing excellent color for a wide range of materials. HDR10 + support is also a nice bonus, and has a noticeable impact on quality when viewing supported content. Samsung’s latest display technology won’t disappoint.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Cameras
Samsung has taken some important steps when you compare the Galaxy S10 to the camera setup with the Galaxy S10, but not all the improvements you see in the spec list.
If you take a stack of number-heavy camera specs with a pinch of salt, we understand it better and think they are a reference to the photos you can take instead. Otherwise, the S20 cameras look like a downgrade than previous Samsung devices and this is far from the case.
The main camera at 12MP has f / 1.8 aperture. This is theoretically slower than the S10’s f / 1.5 + f / 2.4 dual aperture, which adapts to lighting conditions with a wider ‘f / 1.5 setting at higher brightness for better-lit shots.
However, Samsung has increased the size of individual pixels here from 1.4 microns to 1.8 microns. Combined with the larger sensor, you’ll find that the Galaxy S20’s main snapper captures more detail and more light and stays the same when shooting in dark.
There is also a new 64 MP telephoto camera, which looks like a huge upgrade from last year’s 12 MP telephoto camera. Individual pixels here are smaller than last year’s camera, but the number of megapixels is much larger and the aperture is wider (f / 2.4 – smaller is better than f / 2.4).
Overall this is a positive result, allowing the best 3x lossless zoom on smartphones. There is also a 30x digital zoom if you need it, and in some cases it can be useful until it is damaged.
The most important thing for anyone wanting to upgrade from last year’s Galaxy S10 is that the resulting snaps are a big jump. Samsung’s camera offering has been stable for years, and the same sensor has been used repeatedly on its handsets. With the S20, the company launches items up to a gear.
The second main takeaway is how bright, bright and colorful the open and well-lit shots are. Compared to those produced by rival phones such as the Google Pixel 4 and Apple iPhone 11, the photos are amazingly punchy without feeling overly or fake.
Samsung has also changed its post-processing. There is no longer a red and greens neon, especially a more lifelong experience with landscapes. The pictures still give me more detail and give extra detail to the buildings, which is not to my taste. However, if you run your photos through Instagram before uploading them on Instagram, you’ll probably appreciate the changes.
The front camera on the S20 and S20 + is more traditional than the Ultra, with a 10-megapixel sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and 1.22µm pixels.
The main wide angle camera on the Galaxy S20 can definitely hold its own in low light conditions. Dynamic range is great, light sources are rarely blown. There is plenty of detail and the noise is great. Additionally, the S20 exhibits improved stability between shots.
The S20 also has a dedicated Night Mode. It works exactly as intended, brightens the shadows and makes the exposure even more so. The photos are very clear due to the noise reduction.
However, if the phone decides that the scene is not dark enough, it should be noted that even in dedicated night mode, it automatically skips the extra steps and processing. In contrast, if you leave a random toggle in the settings menu, the S20 will decide when to start Night Mode automatically.
Performance and specs – The Galaxy S20 is fast
Like its pricier siblings, the Galaxy S20 Ultra looks great when it comes to Galaxy S20 specs. High-end internal latest chips and RAM variants support the latest USB-C power delivery standards.
The Galaxy S20 5G is the first true mainstream packaged. Yes, there have been 5G phones before – even the cheaper ones – but the S20 has the potential to bring 5G to more people.
Interestingly, Samsung offers the Galaxy S20 Model 5G (and a little less RAM). It costs around £ 100 / $ 100 less and is a good option if you are not interested in 5G, if your area is not yet available or you want to save some money.
Powering my European Galaxy S20 device is the Exynos 990 7NM chipset; Qualcomm Snapdragon 825 is available for American devices. I’m not a big fan of the split chipset system since the Snapdragon version offers better performance and better battery life from last year.
It also has 12GB of LPDDR-5 RAM – and a clever software trick forces you to keep three apps in continuous RAM, meaning they don’t have to be turned on every few hours. For example, this is ideal if you play a certain game multiple times a day and each go takes a long time to load.
These fast internals with 120 Hertz display are intended for a phone that speeds up in every way. Is it a surprise? Not necessarily. Mid-range Android handsets nowadays also have great performance. Whether such a performance lasts for 12–18 months. Let’s hope the S20 performs better than the previous entries in the series.
You’ll notice the added sensitivity in games like the Altos Odyssey, which makes the 120Hz display look great – they’re actually quite good. The improved 240Hz sample rate helps accountability in games that require a single touch.
For those interested in the benchmark score for the S20, see the table below. We compared the device to some other major phones that pack different chipsets. The jump to previous year’s equipment wasn’t huge, but benchmark data should always be taken with a pinch of salt. This new chip adds a number of extras that are not related to performance, such as 8K video and 5G support.
|Charging||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery|
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Our 4G-only Samsung Galaxy S20 has made full use of the extra capacity for the full day without overpowering 5G technology. I can wear the phone with two and a half hours of Spotify, an hour of YouTube, web browsing, two and a half hours of messaging and a good camera session. Talk about being effective.
I only counted 6 hours of screen time with the phone. Your mileage will vary depending on gaming habits, screen brightness and background apps you are running. The latest installations are always a bit longer. The phone’s standby time is also very good, less than 5% overnight.
Even if you can run the phone battery to zero, the 25W Wired Charging Solution will come to you in no time. It’s not the fastest charging brick, but the Galaxy S20 still maintains a 41% charge in 20 minutes, 56% in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 71 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Software
Samsung phone to avoid once, where UI 2.1 is the most complete and reliable skin to get the Android S-Series flagship. However, this is not the same as Google’s. This is software from Samsung, which has its own payment service, duplicate apps and password manager. This is possible if you want to avoid Google services altogether.
In fact, there are more features than what you see with other Android UIs. For example, Dex also lets you use your phone on a Mac or PC or monitor.
All supported apps also have Dark Mode working across the system, as well as the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices; Additionally, there are some great multi-tasking tools, for example, popping up applications on specific windows.
While Samsung may not get your throat down like in previous years, Bixby remains. It does not have a dedicated button and can pop up when you press the lock key. The Bixby home screen has been mined for Samsung Daily – in a way the random integration panels can be easily turned off.