26 February 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 series has finally gone official and just like the last year, the company has launched three phones in the series. But, compared to the last time, the new lineup doesn’t include any Lite or a variant with an “e” suffix. There is one standard Galaxy S20, a Galaxy S20 Plus variant, and an Ultra version as well which is the highest-end model among them. So, here, the standard model is the cheapest in the lineup, but Samsung continued its strategy of offering three models at one time.
The headliner is the 5G connectivity with all the three phones, and this makes them Samsung's first all-5G flagship lineup, though the Galaxy S20 and its Plus model include LTE versions as well. Samsung is proud to announce that its all the new Galaxy S-series phones have 5G connectivity, Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics said,
As we enter this new decade, 5G will completely change how we communicate and how we experience the world around us. As all three Galaxy S20 variants come with 5G connectivity, Samsung is providing a next-generation device for transforming people’s lives. With an incredible, AI-powered camera, you can capture the moments as they happen and connect more seamlessly with the people you love.”
Coming to the other things, there is a big change in the camera arrangement on the rear. Compared to the last year’s horizontal strip of cameras, the new lineup includes a big rectangle on the left side which houses multiple cameras. While the Galaxy S20 includes three camera sensors, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra have quad cameras. All the three devices in the series support 8K video recording which means you can now create 8K content and stream it right on to your Samsung QLED 8K TV. You can also share these 8K videos on YouTube. Samsung says that it has partnered with YouTube so that you can upload your 8K videos directly to YouTube.
The Galaxy S20 includes a 12MP wide-angle Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 64MP telephoto lens with 3x hybrid optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The Galaxy S20 Plus has the same set of camera specifications, plus an additional 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor as well. On the other hand, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 108MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 48MP periscope telephoto lens with 10x hybrid optical zoom, 12MP ultrawide lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 0.3MP ToF 3D depth sensor.
The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have the same 10MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, whereas the Ultra variant has a 40MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. All of them have the capability to capture 2160p videos at 30/60fps and 1080p videos at 30fps.
The main highlight of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the Space Zoom technology that lets you zoom objects available far far away from you. The phone uses the combination of Hybrid Optic Zoom and Super-Resolution Zoom which equates to 100X.
According to Samsung, the S20 Ultra is using multi-image processing to reduce quality loss at high zoom levels. In fact, the company is collaborating with Netflix to offer the Galaxy S20 Ultra in the hands of the directors to produce new content under Originals for the users. The best part is Galaxy smartphone owners will be able to access all of the new content shot from the Galaxy S20 Ultra for free. The content could include behind-the-scenes material or other entertainment stuff that happens on the sets of any new production or show.
|Specifications||Galaxy S20||Galaxy S20 Plus||Galaxy S20 Ultra|
|Display||6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3200 pixels, 120Hz||6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3200 pixels, 120Hz||6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3200 pixels, 120Hz|
|Processor||Snapdragon 865 (USA), Exynos 990 (global)||Snapdragon 865 (USA), Exynos 990 (global)||Snapdragon 865 (USA), Exynos 990 (global)|
|GPU||Adreno 650 - USA/Mali-G77 MP11 - Global||Adreno 650 - USA/Mali-G77 MP11 - Global||Adreno 650 - USA/Mali-G77 MP11 - Global|
|Storage||128GB UFS 3.0||128GB UFS 3.0||128GB/512GB UFS 3.0|
|Rear camera||12 MP wide lens with f/1.8, 64 MP, f/2.0, (telephoto), and 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)||12 MP wide lens with f/1.8, 64 MP, f/2.0, (telephoto), and 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), also a 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor||108 MP wide lens with f/1.8, 48 MP, f/3.6, (telephoto), and 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), also a 0.3MP ToF 3D sensor|
|Front camera||10 MP, f/2.2 Dual Pixel sensor||10 MP, f/2.2 Dual Pixel sensor||48MP, f/2.2|
|OS||Android 10.0 with OneUI 2.0 on top||Android 10.0 with OneUI 2.0 on top||Android 10.0 with OneUI 2.0 on top|
|Connectivity options||Sub6 LTE, 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC||5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC||5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC|
The price of the Galaxy S20 5G starts from $999; the price of Galaxy S20+ starts from $1,199, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is $1,399.
Samsung has also launched a special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ called the S20+ Olympics Games Athlete Edition. Since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are just a few months away, Samsung is treating the big event in a big away. Samsung at its event said that it will give athletes taking part in the competition this special edition of the Galaxy S20+. This edition comes in the “Mirror Gold” phone and it features the Olympic rings toward the bottom back of the device.