21 January 2020
Since the past few weeks, the rumor mill is buzzing with reports about Samsung's decision to release Galaxy S11 series under a new name i.e. Galaxy S20. It is time for a new leak coming from Max Winebach of XDA Developers that shows Galaxy S20+ 5G real-life photos. It not only shows the phone from the front and backside but also confirms the name change.
Starting with the front panel, the Galaxy S20+ features a bezel-less display but a circular punch-hole in the center. The design is the same as the Galaxy Note 10 but the punch-hole appears to be smaller in size. The boot-up screen shows "Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G" corroborating claims of a name change.
The back panel has a dedicated camera module that houses all the four cameras and an LED flash. The main camera is reported to be a 12-megapixel 1.8μm camera sensor paired with telephoto, ultra-wide, and macro sensors. The module also has a microphone hole whose exact purpose is currently unknown. It is speculated to be meant either for zoom-in mic feature or for better audio during video recording but we will have to until further details arrive.
One interesting thing to note is that the Galaxy S20+ lacks the dedicated Bixby button. Samsung has been offering this extra button on flagships for quite some time. It seems like it has finally acknowledged users do not actually care about it.
Lastly, it should be noted that the Galaxy S20+ will not be the most premium offering in the series like so far. Instead, it will be a middle offering between the Galaxy S20 and the newly introduced Galaxy S20 Ultra. Samsung will continue to offer these three models in multiple variants like 4G LTE and 5G at different price points. We are now less than a month away from the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event.