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The Samsung Galaxy S20 has us asking ‘what came about to the Galaxy S11?’ Samsung skipped a couple of numbers for the Galaxy S20, which took over the flagship mantle from 2021’s Galaxy S10. Whilst it can be a complicated soar, there’s just right explanation why for it, as Samsung has packed so much in: it is a huge improve, particularly should you’re prepared to get your first 5G telephone.

The Galaxy S20 is inexpensive, and more uncomplicated to maintain, than its siblings the Galaxy S20 Plus and gargantuan Galaxy S20 Extremely, however that doesn’t imply this can be a reasonable or low-spec software. On the contrary, it has got lots of the top-tier flagship parts of its pricier and bigger siblings however on the lowest value – till you get to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Version), which makes much more compromises.

Soar to…

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is not the most recent Galaxy S flagship from the corporate even though, because the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely have now been introduced and are all available for purchase. We now have put each the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Extremely thru complete opinions on the time of writing and they are each height telephones, as you would be expecting.

No longer handiest that, however the Samsung Galaxy S21 in reality has a decrease release value than the Samsung Galaxy S20 did – so it’s possible you’ll wish to imagine the more recent telephone as a substitute. After all, you are able to select the S20 up at a cut price now, and the older telephone is in reality higher in many ways. After all, it is value testing our Samsung Galaxy S21 evaluate sooner than purchasing both.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S20, you get the next: a 6.2-inch display with a quick 120Hz refresh charge, 5G download speeds (the place to be had), high-spec cameras on all sides of the telephone, and a large battery besides.

That is the telephone to get if you wish to have to check out out the 2021 tech that Samsung has to provide, however you don’t need a big telephone, or a big dent on your pockets. It’s good to opt for the Extremely if you wish to have extra garage or a 108MP digital camera, and will stretch to the associated fee tag, however for daily use the S20 goes to be your best choice within the vary for most of the people.

Underneath the hood is a formidable chipset, both a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 (the place you reside will decide which you’ll get) in addition to both 8GB or 12GB of RAM, relying on whether or not you purchase the 4G or 5G telephone. And a few other people will handiest have the ability to purchase the 5G telephone – you’ll be able to learn on underneath to determine which variations are to be had on your area.

The digital camera is every other spotlight of the Galaxy S20, with Samsung boosting a large number of specifications at the rear array. All three primary cameras were stepped forward (together with larger pixel sizes to toughen evening time images via permitting extra gentle in), and there also are a couple of tool tweaks to toughen the whole enjoy.

The telephoto lens is even higher than the one at the Galaxy S10 too, permitting you to shoot top quality 3x optical zoom photographs or stretch the entire technique to a 30x virtual zoom. The Galaxy S20 Extremely has upper digital camera specifications general, however most of the people can be greater than happy with the shooter in this telephone.

Any other spotlight of the Galaxy S20 is its 4,000mAh battery. It’s greater than the mobile within the S10, and we’ve discovered the battery existence to be robust with conventional use – this telephone isn’t going to remaining you for much longer than one day of standard use, however what smartphone does?

The expanded capability has had one adverse end result: it’s squeezed out the headphone jack. It is the identical tale with the S20 Plus and S20 Extremely, and it is the first time Samsung has dropped the characteristic from its S vary.

The Galaxy S20 is lacking probably the most top-end options that the Galaxy S20 Extremely is appearing off, let by myself the Galaxy S21 Extremely, however it’s extra reasonably priced, and more uncomplicated to carry or retailer on your pocket, and whilst it will not be probably the most spectacular software from Samsung in 2021, or as up-to-the-minute as Samsung’s 2021 telephones, it’s a formidable handset that can greater than fulfill maximum who purchase it.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 unencumber date and value  

Brace your self: you’re going to pay extra for the Galaxy S20 than the Galaxy S10 because of its 5G improve, stepped forward cameras and bigger 6.2-inch 120Hz show.

In the United States, UK and Australia the Galaxy S20 5G value at release used to be $999 / £899 / AU$1,499 for the model with 128GB of garage and 12GB of RAM. You’ll upload additional garage with a microSD card as much as 1TB, but when you wish to have 256GB or 512GB of interior garage you’ll have to shop for the S20 Extremely. 

The telephone could also be to be had in a 4G model in some markets, together with the United Kingdom, Australia and UAE, priced at £799 / AU$1,349 / AED 3,199 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of garage.

When you reside in the United States, you’ll be able to handiest have the ability to get a 5G variant except you are prepared to import the software. We now have used the 5G variant for the aim of this evaluate, however should you sought after to go for the inexpensive 4G model (if it is to be had the place you reside) the specifications are in large part the similar except connectivity.

That 4G telephone apart, the addition of 5G manner you are paying extra for2020’s base mannequin than for the base-model S10. In the United States a minimum of, the flagship inherits the Galaxy S10 Plus release value – $100 greater than the base-model S10. It additionally suits the $999 iPhone 11 Professional release value in the United States, even though Apple’s telephone has a smaller 5.8-inch show, and that value will get you simply 64GB of garage.

All telephones move down in value through the years even though, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 is not any exception – whilst Samsung nonetheless fees complete value, different outlets steadily promote it at a cut price.

It is more likely to get started losing much more quickly too, because the Samsung Galaxy S21 has now long gone on sale. Regardless that apparently that new telephone in reality has a decrease release value (of $799 / £769 / AU$1,249) than the Galaxy S20, and is in many ways a spec downgrade.

That makes the selection of which to shop for extra complicated than same old – we might be prone to mention that it is not value paying complete value for the Samsung Galaxy S20, however at even somewhat not up to the Galaxy S21 prices it might be value taking into account.

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The Samsung S20 has a 6.2-inch show, providing precisely 0.1-inch extra display actual property than 2021’s 6.1-inch S10. It doesn’t dramatically exchange the whole measurement of the telephone, and its max answer stays the similar as that of latest Samsung Galaxy S fashions at WQHD+ (3040 x 1440).

Samsung remains to be providing a default answer of Complete HD+ (2220 x 1080), which appears greater than sharp sufficient for many duties, and saves battery; you’ll want to head into the settings to modify to the upper answer.

A large improve for the Galaxy S20 is the utmost 120Hz refresh-rate show. That is double the speed at which the show refreshes on maximum telephones, together with earlier Samsung units, and what it manner in apply is smoother scrolling and animations.

That is specifically pertinent while you’re cell gaming because it lets in for a extra immersive enjoy and may just even provide the edge over an opponent, however it makes on a regular basis such things as scrolling thru your social media feeds glance smoother too.

This isn’t the primary time we’ve observed this on a smartphone – each the Asus ROG Telephone 2 and Razer Telephone 2 characteristic identical tech – however that is arguably the primary time we’ve observed it on a mainstream software. 

The brand new 120Hz refresh charge isn’t WQHD+-compatible even though that means you must select whether or not you wish to have the upper answer show or the quicker loading image.

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Contact-sensitivity could also be upped, to 240Hz from 120Hz to make video games extra responsive, via sensing your finger brushes at the display at a far upper charge than in the past. This isn’t one thing we discovered noticeable once we have been the usage of the telephone, however the ones extra devoted to their cell gaming might in finding that it makes a distinction.

We all know an building up in display measurement may well be off-putting for some (there’s pent-up call for for smaller one-hand-friendly telephones), and we’ve got just right information and unhealthy information about that. First the excellent news: whilst the S20 is taller than the S10, it’s additionally a bit narrower, with a 20:9 side ratio, and the display is handiest marginally larger.

Right here’s the unhealthy information: there’s no Galaxy S10e sequel (that used to be the smallest, and least expensive, of the S20 vary) to provide the ones with smaller arms a 5.8-inch show measurement. 

The S20 is as small as Samsung’s 2021 S telephones get, and whilst we admire the smaller front-facing digital camera punchole and go back of HDR10+ to the show for punchier and extra detailed photographs when gaming and looking at motion pictures, a little of display measurement variety can be much more welcome. 


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The Galaxy S20 has one of the most efficient displays to be had on a smartphone at the moment, and should you’re after a top-end telephone display that doesn’t weigh down your pocket you’re certain to love the 563 pixels in keeping with inch this telephone gives.

The remainder of the Samsung Galaxy S20 sports activities a well-known glance, with two items of glass sandwiching an aluminum body. There’s nonetheless a curve to the precise and left edges of the display, however it’s no longer as pronounced as at the S10, which can optimistically imply fewer unintended presses alongside the sides of the show.

The S20 telephones are the primary within the S vary no longer characteristic a 3.5mm headphone jack. That implies you’ll have to make use of an adapter (which isn’t incorporated within the field) together with your present 3.5mm stressed out headphones, or get a couple with a USB-C connection.

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That is the case with a large number of flagship telephones now, and whilst it is going to disappoint some, the characteristic is much less of a deal-breaker with increasingly more folks the usage of wi-fi and true-wireless headphone and earbuds – and naturally Samsung has you lined with its personal Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus

The rear of the telephone is made from glass, however it feels extra top rate than ever. The raised digital camera bump is our primary ache level, however it’s one thing that Samsung has needed to do as a way to come with all that digital camera tech. It does imply the telephone will rock back and forth should you position it flat on a floor even though.

There are five Galaxy S20 colours in general, however no longer all of those are to be had in each and every marketplace. The choices are Cloud Blue (the handset pictured maximum on this evaluate), Cosmic Grey, Cloud Purple, Cloud White and Charisma Purple.

The ones in the United States and Australia are handiest in a position to make a choice from the Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue and Cloud Purple choices at release, however you may additionally have the ability to in finding the others at a later date. The ones in the United Kingdom are in a position to get all three colours above, and the Cloud White model got here to that marketplace at a later date.

It’s value mentioning that there aren’t any daring colour possible choices right here, and those are all fairly subdued choices in comparison to the Galaxy S10 colour vary. The Charisma Purple is most likely the boldest colour selection, however that is one of the tougher to search out variations of the handset.

As at the S10 vary, the fingerprint scanner is embedded within the show. We discovered this to be quicker and extra dependable than the choice at the Galaxy S10, however it isn’t highest with us ceaselessly having to retry our digits at the reader so that you can get admission to the telephone.

This isn’t a big factor, however if you wish to briefly unencumber your telephone you might have considered trying to remember that during our enjoy a snappy PIN code access can once in a while be sooner than the usage of the scanner.



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Samsung has made some necessary steps ahead with the digital camera setup at the Galaxy S20 while you examine it to the Galaxy S10, however no longer all the enhancements are mirrored within the stats you notice within the spec record.

We predict it’s absolute best if you’re taking the plethora of number-heavy digital camera specifications with a pinch of salt, and as a substitute imagine what they imply when it comes to the pictures you’ll be able to seize. Differently the S20 cameras may just appear to be a downgrade in comparison to earlier Samsung units, and that’s some distance from the case.

The principle digital camera, which stays 12MP, has an f/1.8 aperture. That’s theoretically not so good as the S10’s f/1.5 + f/2.4 twin aperture, which adjustments to fit the lights prerequisites with the ‘wider’ f/1.5 surroundings pulling in additional gentle for stepped forward low-light photographs. 

Alternatively, Samsung has larger the dimensions of particular person pixels right here, from 1.4 microns to 1.8 microns. Mixed with the bigger sensor, you must have the ability to seize extra element and extra gentle with the Galaxy S20’s primary snapper, and we discovered that to be the case when taking pictures in darker situations.

There’s additionally a brand new 64MP telephoto digital camera, which might sound like an enormous improve over remaining 12 months’s 12MP telephoto digital camera. Right here the person pixels are smaller than remaining 12 months’s digital camera, however the megapixel depend is some distance upper and the aperture is wider (f/2.0 as a substitute of f/2.4 – smaller numbers are higher). 

It’s a good consequence general, making an allowance for 3x lossless zoom that’s the most efficient we’ve observed on a smartphone up to now. There’s additionally 30x virtual zoom if you want it, and whilst this isn’t lossless we discovered it to be helpful in some situations.

Underneath you’ll be able to see our examples of the zoom in motion:

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If you want without equal in zoom capacity the Galaxy S20 Extremely comes with a game-changing 100x zoom, however it’s not likely that you just’ll in finding a lot use for that during on a regular basis taking pictures, and we discovered 30x to be greater than sufficient. 

The Galaxy S20’s 12MP ultra-wide digital camera has modified the least in comparison to the S10 – the f/2.2 aperture is identical, however it has a smaller sensor with greater pixels (1.4 microns over remaining 12 months’s 1 micron). That makes your ultra-wide pictures a slightly higher, despite the fact that the S10 had a 16MP ultra-wide digital camera.

We discovered the entire cameras to paintings brilliantly smartly, and should you’re taking pictures within the computerized mode you’re certain to be inspired with the effects. You’ll see probably the most photographs we’ve taken underneath:

The Galaxy S20 Plus and Extremely each have a time of flight sensor this is lacking from this telephone. Even with out it, the S20 is easily able to taking some fantastic-looking pictures.

The S20 vary additionally breaks new floor with the creation of 8K video recording, and anti-roll correction (as much as 60 levels) as a part of Samsung’s Tremendous Secure stabilization characteristic. 

You’ll’t, then again, use each this upper answer and Samsung’s complicated stabilization tech on the identical time – Tremendous Secure remains to be strictly a 1080p affair (it doesn’t even paintings in 4K).

Whilst 8K recording is proscribed to 24fps, it has one large get advantages: you’re in a position to crop and edit movies with out sacrificing high quality should you’re exporting to 4K or 1080p. 

8K is a characteristic that’s nonetheless in its infancy on smartphones, and we consider that most of the people can be satisfied taking pictures at 4K or underneath, the place you get extra keep an eye on over frames in keeping with 2d, 20x video zoom (8K is caught at 6x zoom), and smaller information (8K photos will consume about 600MBs in keeping with minute within the HEVC structure).

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When you do come to a decision to shoot in 8K, you’ll be able to hit the digital camera button if you find yourself recording to take a 33MP nonetheless symbol. This must be helpful if you wish to have a top quality snap when you are already filming video.

Samsung’s robust-yet-easy-to-use digital camera app remains to be the most efficient amongst smartphones, due to new and returning options. We proceed to love the truth that you’ll be able to swipe any place at the display to turn between the back and front cameras, make a hand gesture to cause the selfie digital camera timer, and double-press the bodily lock button to blindly release the digital camera app.

New this is Unmarried Take mode, which cycles thru all three rear cameras over the process 10 seconds to seize a lot of pictures and movies. It solutions the ‘Must I take pictures or a video?’ catch 22 situation with ‘Why no longer take each?’ 

You find yourself with pictures, ultra-wides, portraits, hyperlapse video, common video, and so forth, and we’re large enthusiasts of this option – no longer each and every shot or clip is highest, however it stored us out of the settings menus and extra engaged with what we have been looking to snap, and it modified the way in which we shot pictures.

Digicam samples

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The Galaxy S20 is the most efficient first probability for mainstream customers to get 5G on their smartphone. Most effective 1% of smartphones that shipped in 2021 have been 5G telephones, and maximum of the ones have been pricey variants of 4G flagships. 

The S20 is in large part 5G via default – as discussed, in some markets you’ll be able to purchase a 4G model of the telephone, however 5G is the norm, and download speeds will hover at round 200Mbps on reasonable, 6x more than 4G speeds in some portions of the arena.

This does, after all, rely on 5G being to be had on your house out of your supplier, however despite the fact that it isn’t but, Samsung is baking within the future-proofed connectivity.

There’s the most important difference between the 5G functions of the Galaxy S20 on one hand, and the S20 Plus and Extremely at the different. Whilst all three enhance the low-to-mid-band sub-6 generation, handiest the Plus and Extremely have mmWave antennas, which pull down even quicker speeds. 

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The variety of mmWave is proscribed – so that you’ll want to be fairly just about a transmitter as a way to get a sign –, however we have been already getting 1.4Gbps in Would possibly 2021 once we examined mmWave 5G in Chicago on Verizon’s newly rolled-out 5G community, the usage of a distinct software. 

So whilst the S20 is rapid (even though we’ve no longer but been in a position to hook as much as a 5G connection whilst trying out the telephone, so we’ve no longer been in a position to run our personal velocity checks), its larger siblings can be quicker in case your provider helps mmWave. 

Sub-6 speeds must be just right sufficient for most of the people – even though Verizon consumers in the United States must word that it’s an mmWave-exclusive provider, and so the S20 gained’t be offered at Verizon retail outlets.

Efficiency and tool

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The Galaxy S20 is powered via one of two other chipsets, and the place you reside will come to a decision which model you’re getting. When you’re in the United States you’ll get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset, whilst the ones round the remainder of the arena get Samsung’s in a similar fashion high-end Exynos 990.

This evaluate is according to our time with the Exynos 990 model of the telephone. We’ve but to completely take a look at the Snapdragon 865 model of the S20, however we’ve got examined the Galaxy S20 Plus working that chip and we had no court cases.

As to the Exynos 990-powered S20, we’ve skilled remarkable efficiency all over our trying out. It’s tough sufficient to do the whole lot we’d like it to, whether or not that’s enjoying video games or loading apps briefly.

On Geekbench 5, the Exynos 990 model of the telephone averaged a multi-core ranking of 2699. That’s relatively a little underneath the Exynos 990 Galaxy S20 Plus, which scored 3034, and the Snapdragon 865-powered S20 Extremely, which scored 3286.

The S20 is scoring some distance upper than the S10 5G from 2021, which returned a mean results of 2197, and the OnePlus 7T Professional, which scored 2584. Those ratings gained’t imply so much for the typical consumer, however it’s a good consequence for the Galaxy S20, and we discovered that it used to be mirrored in day after day use.

The 5G variant of the telephone we examined comes with 12GB of RAM. It can be that some duties will run a bit slower at the 4G model, as that handiest has 8GB of RAM, however quite a few flagships ‘handiest’ be offering 8GB, and we’d nonetheless be expecting robust efficiency from that telephone.

We haven’t encountered any problems with the ability on faucet within the Galaxy S20, but if we’re in a position to correctly take a look at the Snapdragon 865 model of the software we’ll you’ll want to replace this evaluate with our findings.

The Galaxy S20 is working Android 10, and we might be expecting it to get the improve to Android 11 later in 2021 to the most recent model of Google’s running device. Samsung’s personal One UI is overlaid, so it’ll glance other to the tool you’ll have used on different Android telephones that aren’t made via Samsung, however the design is horny and it’s smooth to make use of.

Samsung comprises a large number of its personal apps at the software, however should you don’t need those for your telephone you’ll be able to delete maximum of them and stick to Google’s personal pre-loaded choices.

You’re restricted to simply 128GB of garage at the Galaxy S20 – there isn’t a extra capacious possibility. This must be greater than sufficient room for the typical consumer, however should you’re making plans to shoot a variety of 4K video you’ll most probably wish to employ the microSD card slot.

The Galaxy S20 helps playing cards as much as 1TB – if you want much more interior garage, you’ll wish to go for the Galaxy S20 Extremely or Galaxy S20 Plus that provide 256GB and 512GB choices.

Battery existence

If there’s one factor we find out about 5G it’s that the super-fast web generation is a battery hog, and with that during thoughts Samsung has supplied the Galaxy S20 with a 4,000mAh energy pack, a notable building up over the 3,400mAh capability at the S10. 

That’s no doubt paid off, as we’ve discovered the Galaxy S20 to have cast battery existence that can simply see you thru a complete day of conventional use – in reality we’d steadily get house after an afternoon of what we’d imagine to be reasonably heavy use to search out the telephone nonetheless had 20% or so left within the tank.


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There used to be the atypical instance the place we spotted the battery existence used to be being tired briefly, however that used to be with specifically in depth use – as an example once we have been the usage of the telephone with a excessive brightness and the 120Hz refresh charge grew to become on, so should you’re taking complete benefit of the display tech on be offering right here it’s possible you’ll no longer wish to stray too some distance out of your charger.

Samsung’s fast-charging characteristic works smartly – in case you have the precise charger setup you’ll be able to get from 0 to 100% in below an hour. There’s additionally 15W wi-fi charging on be offering, and whilst it’s no longer as rapid because the stressed out selection it’s all the time an invaluable strategy to have.

Like remaining 12 months’s S10 handsets, the S20 vary options Samsung’s opposite wi-fi charging characteristic, which lets you use your S20 to price different devices that enhance Qi charging.

As an example, in case you have a couple of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus wi-fi buds you’ll have the ability to price those at the again of your telephone, and you want to additionally lend your juice to a chum’s well suited telephone, even though word that this may drain your personal battery specifically briefly.

Must I purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20?

 Purchase it if… 

You wish to have your first 5G telephone

The 5G model of the Samsung S20 is the easiest jumping-on level for someone who needs to be futureproofed when it comes to connectivity. It’s no longer one thing that’s crucial for many customers at the moment, however it’s one thing you’re more likely to admire as 5G networks turn out to be extra ubiquitous. 

You wish to have a flagship that’s smooth to carry 

You’ll steadily in finding that extra energy in a smartphone manner a bigger software, however that isn’t the case with the Galaxy S20, which we discovered at ease to maintain. No longer everybody will be able to the usage of this telephone with one hand, however it’s the nearest you’ll get on a flagship Samsung telephone. 

You wish to have a top-end digital camera, however you don’t want 100X zoom 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely has a few show-stopping options within the form of its 108MP primary digital camera and 100x zoom, however you shouldn’t flip your nostril up on the rear cameras at the Galaxy S20. The automobile mode works superbly, and we were given some really spectacular photographs from the telephone. 

Don’t purchase it if… 

You’re on the cheap 

The 4G variant apart, you’ll be paying extra for the Samsung Galaxy S20 than for remaining 12 months’s Galaxy S10. If you wish to be future-proofed with a 5G model of the handset (and that’s your handiest selection in markets like the United States) then that is a pricey software. 

You wish to have a large improve from the S10

Whilst there are some spectacular upgrades right here from Samsung, it will not be sufficient to influence you to industry on your Galaxy S10. When you personal remaining 12 months’s telephone it’s not likely you’ll be blown away via the enhancements; this can be a handset that’s much more likely to tempt the ones new to Samsung units, or the ones upgrading from the Galaxy S8 or S9. 

You wish to have a 3.5mm headphone jack 

It in spite of everything came about: that is the primary Samsung Galaxy S handset that doesn’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack. When you’re determined for a connector that can play great together with your stressed out headphones, this gained’t be the software for you, even though there are sufficient selection choices that this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most of the people. 

First reviewed: March 2021