The new Samsung Galaxy S20 is significant for so many reasons. First, it marks a decade of ‘Galaxies’. Second, it is renamed S20 to coincide with 2020. Third, it has a huge 100X Space Zoom camera. Fourth, it proves beyond doubt that Samsung has the chops to design and manufacture the world’s best premium smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes in three models – S20 (6.2”), S20+ (6.7”) and S20 Ultra (6.9”). Not surprisingly these have 5G, different memory/storage and camera variants as well.
Let’s look at a few of the new technologies and what they mean for you. But as you are aware, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts so its safe to assume that this is the best Google Android phone bar none!
Garry McGregor, Vice President, Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics Australia sums up,
“The Galaxy S20 enhances everything we love to do with our phones. From capturing and sharing precious moments, disappearing into our favourite music and movies to the thrill of a unique mobile gaming experience. The Galaxy S20 will simply exceed your expectations.”
Samsung Galaxy S20
Australian website here
Detailed global specifications here (We have summarised these below and what it means)
|6.2” Galaxy S20||8GB + 128GB||Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,349|
|Galaxy S20 5G||12GB + 128GB||Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,499|
|6.7” Galaxy S20+||8GB + 128GB||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,499*|
|Galaxy S20+ 5G||12GB + 128GB||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,649*|
|Galaxy S20+ 5G||12GB + 512GB||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,899*|
6.9” Galaxy S20 |
|12GB + 128GB||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 1,999*|
|16GB + 512GB||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black||Single SIM + eSIM||$ 2,249*|
* Pre-orders receive a pair of Galaxy Buds+ valued at $299
Display – EXCEED
The new displays are all 120Hz refresh capable, 3200 x 1400, HDR10+ certified and use Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED panels. They each have a single Infinity-O hole for the front selfie camera giving it an almost 90% screen-to-body-ratio.
120Hz is silky smooth and perfect for hi-res videos and gaming, although it does use more power and defaults to 60Hz.
There is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the glass, Edge screen, customisable AOD display and Gorilla Glass 6.
Processor – EXCEED
It uses the Samsung 7n/m Exynos 990 processor, which is functionally equivalent to the Qualcomm SD865 that it uses in the US and select markets. It is an eight-core – 2×2.73GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.60GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0GHz Cortex-A55.
The claimed performance increase is 20% over the S10. Geekbench 5 single/multi-core marks are around 1000/3300 (subject to tests) so it is the fastest Android phone. By comparison, the iPhone 11 series is 1300/3300 but correlations are not valid as each uses a different operating system.
The GPU is a Mali-G77 MP11 (11 channel) that is the fastest mobile GPU available. With the 120Hz screen, it will be a delight for gamers.
RAM/Storage – EXCEED
You have a choice of 8/12/16GB of dual-channel LPDDR5-2666 – the fastest RAM available today and not yet seen on other handsets. Storage is 128GB or 512GB of the new UFS 3.0 – ditto.
There is a dedicated micro-SDXC slot for up to 1TB. It supports USB-C 3.1, gen 1 (5Gbps) alt DP and OTG.
Front Camera – EXCEED
S20 and S20+ have a 10MP, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22um, F/2.2 with 80° FOV.