Quick Look: Samsung releases the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus


Samsung has finally unveiled it’s brand new flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. Initially these were expected to be the S11 phone in assumption Samsung would follow the naming order in which it’s previous phones have been names but the leap from the S10 phones to S20 seems to suggest a bigger improvement.

In this quick look at the phones, the focus will be on the S20 and S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra in another article. S20 and S20 Plus bring to the table a few design changes worth mentioning. The screens of both is visibly flatter with minimal bezels compared to any phone they’ve released yet. The chin seems to have been removed too. The selfie camera—a 10 mega-pixel shooter has been placed in the middle of the upper display reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 10 design choice which many would agree is better placement given that almost no notifications fill up the center potion of the status bar.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Display (Credit: Marques Brownlee)

The regular Galaxy S20 features a 6.2 inch screen where as the S20 Plus has a 6.7 inch display. The displays are both Quad HD ‘Dynamic’ AMOLED displays that come with a 120Hz refresh rate out of the box. The high refresh rate — first of it’s kind in an OLED panel improved touch responsiveness by far compared to any Samsung phone that has ever been released. This type of refresh rate was known to have been limited to IPS screens and finally now available in Samsung’s OLED displays. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is also included under the display. Compared to previous Samsung phones, the button placement has been shifted to the right as well.

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Flipping the phones to the back, they are equipped with a triple camera unit with and added depth sensor on the S20 Plus. They both have a 12 mega-pixel f/1.8 wide sensor with Optical Image Stabilization, a 12 mega-pixel f/2.2 ultrawide sensor and a 64 mega-pixel f/2.0 telephoto lens. The phones are also capable of shooting 8k video using the 64 mega-pixel sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus Back (Credit: Marques Brownlee)

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The internals of the phones reflect those available in the most high-end phones being released currently. The devices are both powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with 12GB of RAM with 128GB of storage for the base version with a 512GB option for the S20 Plus and micro-SD card support included for both. They run Samsung’s new and improved One UI 2 on top of the latest Android 10. Battery capacity for the S20 is 4000mAh while the S20 Plus as 4500mAh. They both have support for wireless charging and both IP68 dust and water resistant.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 costs $999. The Galaxy S20 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $1,199, while the S20 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage costs $1,299.