Laurent Joly

Electronics, News, Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Unveiled

Samsung ‘s Galaxy Unpacked event was held on February 11. The company revealed its flagship Galaxy S20 phones, including a new super-large model, plus the Z Flip foldable and the Galaxy Buds Plus.

The code name for the S20 series is Picasso. Why this great artist, you may ask? The answer lies in the S20 series’ camera. This headline change will generate plenty of attention since Samsung is now changing branding to call the Galaxy S11e, Galaxy S20.

Similarly, the Galaxy S11 will be the Galaxy S20+, while the Galaxy S11+ will be the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Design

Thanks to official press renders of the new Galaxy line-up, the standout features are the new centralized front camera, thinner bezels, and a large bump on the rear camera,  holding the series’ biggest upgrade.

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Camera

Samsung will be arming the Galaxy S20 with a 48 MP telephoto lens to the range. This has 5x optical zoom capabilities. The lens will sit in tandem with a 48 MP wide-angle lens, a ToF flight sensor and a massive 108 MP primary camera on the S20 Ultra.

The latter uses pixel binning technology to create one large 2.4 µm pixel with a 12 megapixel final image size. We can expect dramatic improvements in low light photography. The code name is actually ISOCELL Bright HM1.

You’re certainly itching to hear the downsides. Well, Samsung is doing away with its headline dual aperture tech that came with the Galaxy S9.


Display

Samsung is increasing screen sizes significantly, the trade-off meaning smaller bezels for the new Galaxy S20 range. The new phones will sport the following displays:

  • Galaxy S20 – 6.2 inches
  • Galaxy S20+ – 6.7 inches
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra – 6.9 inches

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Performance

The Galaxy S20 will rely on Samsung’s new Snapdragon 865. The chip offers graphics rendering faster by 20 percent than the Galaxy S10’s Snapdragon 855. It’s also more efficient by 35 percent.

Users also get upgraded LPDDR5 smartphone memory that is 30 percent faster, and 30 percent more efficient.

Benchmarking leaks also suggest a minimum 12GB RAM with up to 16GB in the flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Connectivity

The Snapdragon 865 has integrated 5G, meaning the entire S20 line-up will have it. WiFi 6 is also standard and your microSD expansion slot isn’t going away just yet (except for the entry level Galaxy S20).

But, the headphone jack is laid to rest, which isn’t exactly surprising after the Galaxy Note 10.


Biometrics

No one’s expecting a rival for Face ID. However, a wide Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor will accompany the Galaxy S20. It is 17 times larger than the Galaxy S10’s sensor, and makes placement more instinctive.

The sensor will also support two fingerprints at the same time to up the ante on security. This can serve crucial financial transactions, for instance.

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Battery Life

Here’s another place where Samsung is bringing a major upgrade. The 5G feature will consume more battery life, but Samsung should offset this with significant capacity upgrades. Comparing with the Galaxy S10 range:

  • Galaxy S20 – 4,000 mAh vs. Galaxy S10 – 3,400 mAh
  • Galaxy S20+ – 4,500 mAh vs. Galaxy S10+ – 4,100 mAh
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra – 5,000 mAh

45W “Super-Fast” charging is expected as a standard.

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Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 range will redefine the smartphone market in interesting ways – it’s Samsung after all. That said, the S20 series will provide talking points for all users and reviewers alike.