What are the specs of the new Samsung Galaxy S20?
With powerful Android phones –θήκες κινητών– constantly growing, the comparatively smaller Samsung Galaxy S20 is a refreshing change of pace. It also happens to be one of the best Android phones you can buy right now. There are very few surprises with the Galaxy S20. It is a flagship of Samsung through: through top specs, classic Samsung design and so on.
Everything looks a little better this time – especially the camera, which offers a significant increase in Samsung’s previous efforts.
The S20 is unlikely to change the minds of those who are no longer fans of design, Samsung software and even some photography features. For everyone else, however, there is plenty to enjoy here.
Galaxy S20 Design
Samsung hasn’t delivered a huge redesign of its “S” flagship phones in several years – and, visually, the entire S20 series is very similar to its predecessors. But it is difficult to see where changes could be made. The front is just a big screen. the back is made of glass, with enough curve to help the S20 nest comfortably in your hand.
Having grabbed all three Galaxy S20 models in my hands, I think the strongest feature of the regular S20 is how good it is to use with one hand. This, for me, is the perfect size for a phone. It is small enough for one-handed use, but has a screen large enough to watch a YouTube clip or Netflix episode. Everything feels right, from the narrow overall body to its minimal weight.
The glass covers the front and back of the device and there is a fairly separate new camera assembly on the back. It’s less annoying than the Ultra – there’s a much smaller sensor here and no periscope lens – and it adds an extra sense to the design.
With phones like the Oppo Find X2 Pro offering leather options, the design of the Galaxy S20 certainly feels less secure. The color options have no uniqueness and the back that is prone to smudges is a step back when we have phones like the Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro with a matte finish. I think Samsung could have done more in this area.
A notable omission is a 3.5 mm headphone port. The Galaxy S20 is the first flagship of the S series to rule it out – while this has become the rule in the flagships of Apple and OnePlus, Samsung has been slow to follow this logic and we liked it. You get a “okay” pair of USB-C buds with the AKG brand in the box. Fortunately, the phone retains the microSD slot and IP68 rating.
Galaxy S20 Screen
The screens in the Samsung flagship series have long been considered the best and with the Galaxy S20, the company adds a particularly useful feature: a 120Hz refresh rate.
This means that the slightly convex 6.2-inch OLED panel will be refreshed 120 times per second, instead of 60 times per second that you will find on almost every other device in 2019. The result? Everything is much smoother, which gives the impression that the phone is faster. This feature is not necessarily new – the OnePlus 7T Pro for example has a 90Hz display – but it is welcome and takes the panel to the next level.
There is a peculiarity with the 120Hz screen, however: it will only work when the screen resolution is set to FHD. will not be enabled by default. If you want to use the S20 QHD + resolution as a whole, you need to reset things to 60Hz. This is a pity, because it means that you have to decide whether to go for resolution or speed, sacrificing one of the capabilities of the phone in the process.
In real use, I do not see anyone getting frustrated when it is set to FHD + resolution. Everything remains beautiful, the colors emerge without being too rich and the blacks are absolutely deep. Like all Samsung screens, it’s really fun to use.
The locking ratio of 120Hz and QHD + at the same time? Probably related to the battery. You’ll experience a noticeable drop in endurance with smoother mode on – and while I’m happy to see a smoother display, some may prefer to leave it at 60Hz for a few more hours.
Galaxy S20 Performance
Like its more expensive sibling, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Galaxy S20 is impressive in terms of specifications. High-tech interiors range from the latest brands and RAM type to support the latest USB-C power standards.
Interestingly, Samsung offers a model of the Galaxy S20 without 5G (and slightly less RAM). This costs around € 100 less and is a good choice if you are not interested in 5G if it is not yet available in your area or simply because you want to save some money.
Cameras of S20
Let’s start with the camera, since here is the big focus. Although it is the Galaxy S20 Ultra that benefits from the new fancy additions (108 megapixel main sensor, 100x zoom, 40 megapixel selfie), the S20 offers a significant upgrade over last year’s S10. I do not prefer the photos and the shooting experience here.
There are three main rear cameras: a wide 12 megapixel with f / 1.8 lens and OIS. an ultra-wide 12-megapixel and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens with f / 2.0 and OIS lens. Samsung says the sensor on this 12-megapixel main camera has been completely rebuilt, with its larger pixels allowing more light.
The most important thing for anyone upgrading from last year’s Galaxy S10 is that the resulting changes are a huge leap forward. Samsung has been offering a camera for years, with the same sensor being used repeatedly on its phones. With the S20, the company is changing and starting from scratch.
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