Is it worth ditching your current smartphone for Samsung Galaxy S20?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup was revealed to the world at Unpacked 2020 in San Francisco some days ago, where Samsung also unveiled its latest foldable phone, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.

With all phones coming with a base configuration of 128GB of internal storage and 120Hz displays, the Galaxy S20 is the cheapest of the trio, whereas the Plus and Ultra packs in more options with a heftier price tag. Although the Galaxy S20 is quite expensive than its predecessor, the Galaxy S10, it features more significant improvements in terms of camera, battery and comes with 5G.

In this article we’ll be discussing the display, performance, specifications and battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup and let you know if it’s worth ditching your current smartphone for, keep reading to find out.

Display

The S20 has a screen size of a 6.2-inch display, while the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra have screen sizes of 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch display respectively. Featuring Samsung’s Dynamic Amoled display, Fingerprint-on-Display, QuadHD+ (3040 x 1440) resolutions, HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup improves on the display of the S10 with taller displays and a new 20:9 aspect ratio. And with the advent of high refresh rates on smartphone displays, Samsung joins the bandwagon with the new S20 smartphones.

With the new 120Hz display panel on the S20 screens, everything looks faster and crispier compared to older Samsung flagship phones with traditional 60Hz displays. Whether you’re scrolling through the web or playing a game, or just navigating your home screens, the display is stunning and fast.

 Performance and Specifications

Samsung has always been known for offering smartphones with crazy specs and configurations. The Galaxy S20 follows in this tradition with the base Galaxy S20 starting with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset for users in North America and Samsung’s in-house processor ‘Exynos 990’ for Europe and the rest of the world, coupled with 12 GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot which can hold up to 1TB of storage.

In terms of how the phone performance measures up, Samsung boasts the Samsung Galaxy S20 possesses more power than most people can fully utilize, with its beastly 7nm processors backed up by 12GB of memory on both the S20 and S20 Plus with an optional 16GB variant- yes you read that right, 16 Gigabytes of RAM on the S20 Ultra, which is something that even power-hungry users would struggle to max out on a daily use.

Specs

 S20S20 PlusS20 Ultra
Operating SystemAndroid 10 One UI v2.0Android 10 One UI v2.0Android 10 One UI v2.0
Display6.2-inch Dynamic Amoled display 563 PPI HDR10+6.7-inch Dynamic Amoled display 525 PPI HDR10+6.9-inch Dynamic Amoled display 511 PPI HDR10+
Memory (RAM)12GB12GB12GB 16GB
Internal Storage128GB128GB 512GB128GB 512GB
Main camera 112MP wide f/1.8 1.8um12MP wide f/1.8 1.8um108MP wide f/1.8 8um
Main camera 264MP telephoto camera 3x Hybrid optical zoom 30x Super Zoom f/2.0 0.8um64MP telephoto camera 3x Hybrid optical zoom 30x Super Zoom f/2.0 0.8um48MP telephoto camera 10x Hybrid optical zoom 100x Super Zoom f/3.5 0.8um
Main Camera 312MP ultra-wide f/2.2 1.4um12MP ultra-wide f/2.2 1.4um12MP ultra-wide f/2.2 1.4um
Front Camera10MP f/2.2 1.22um10MP f/2.2 1.22um40MP f/2.2 0.7um
Weight163g222g222g
Battery4000 mAh4500 mAh5000 mAh

Camera

For a couple of years now we’ve seen Samsung release its flagship phones with the 12MP camera sensor while adding major upgrades to the camera yearly and being outwitted by the likes of Google, Huawei, and Apple in the camera race but that’s about to change with the S20 lineup.

While both the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra feature a four-camera setup, the Galaxy S20 has just three cameras. The Galaxy S20 and S20 plus features the standard 12MP lens as the primary camera with a major improvement in the camera aperture size which is about 30% larger so that more light can be let into a shot, in which Samsung claims will deliver clearer night-time photos. They also both have a 64MP telephoto camera with 3x hybrid optical zoom and delivers 30x Super Zoom pictures with lossless quality.

These are all notable improvements, but the major upgrade is the S20 Ultra sporting a massive 108MP primary camera which uses pixel binning to take pictures that come out as 12MP photos, the S20 Ultra also comes with a 48MP telephoto camera with 10x lossless zoom and up to 100x digital zoom.

All S20 models support 8K video recording, but video stabilization is only possible when recording in 4K or 1080p.

Software and Features

All Galaxy S20 models will be shipped out with Android 10 and bundled with Samsung’s new One UI 2.0 on top, featuring all the latest goodies from Samsung stock UI. Future Android updates will be rolled out at the same time to all S20 variants.

5G is the future of mobile connectivity and is supported by the Galaxy S20 models, while the S20 supports only the sub-6 5G technology, the S20 Plus, and Ultra supports both sub-6 and mmWave technologies. Sub-6 refers to spectrum wave under 6 GHz and has a wider range but lower speeds than higher frequency mmWave.

Battery

Samsung equipped the Galaxy S20 with a 4,000mAh battery while the S20 Plus comes with a 4,500mAh and S20 Ultra a 5,000mAh battery, a major boost from the 3,400 on the S10.

Samsung’s ‘Super-Fast’ charging returns in the S20 line ensuring hyper charging speeds on the device, which also supports wireless charging and can be used to charge other wireless-charging supported devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds on the device back.  

Accessories and Colours

Samsung has always been recognized for releasing colorful smartphones, and this continues in the S20 line. There are four colors available this time around, including Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, and Cloud Pink.

A screen protector and a case will ensure the phone doesn’t get ruined during a drop or fall due to its fragile and delicate body.

There are also other accessories to consider for your new shiny phone, such as microSD cards, wireless chargers, and more.

Comparison to the Competition

The Galaxy S20 does pack a paunch with its specs and cameras, but at a high cost and competes with the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Google Pixel 4XL.

While the Galaxy S20 offers 5G and 8k recording it’s still quite expensive and lacks the great app ecosystem the iPhone 11 pro max has and Google Pixel 4 XL delivers the best pictures on a smartphone at a lower price than the Galaxy S20 lineup.

ProsCons  
High refresh ratesNo Earphones jack
Robust Memory and Internal storageThe base model is quite expensive
Large Battery with fast charging 
Supports fast 5G mobile connectivity 
Impressive cameras 
  

Verdict

The Galaxy S20 is pioneering the 5G phones in an era where 5G is available only on exclusive smartphones, but there’s more to this year’s upgrade than ushering in 5G, with new 120Hz displays, 10x optical zoom cameras and over the top specs. Getting a Samsung Galaxy S20 means you are ready to shell out some big cash and jump on the latest technology, but if you feel the S20 will break your bank then it’s not the phone for you.

Prices start at $999 for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus, the S20 Ultra starts at $1,399 for the 128GB, while it will cost you $1,599 to get the 512GB variant.