What happened to the Galaxy S11? Samsung jumped a couple of digits for its new Galaxy S20, which takes up the flagship mantle from 2019’s Galaxy S10. While it might be a bewildering jump, there is a good reason for this, as Samsung has packed a great deal in: it is a gigantic upgrade, particularly if you’re eager to get your first 5G phone. The Galaxy S20 is cheaper, and easier to manage, compared to the Galaxy S20 Plus and gargantuan Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it does not mean that this is a cheap or low-spec device. Here is what you are getting: a 6.2-inch screen with a quick 120Hz refresh rate, 5G download rates (where available), high-spec cameras on either side of the telephone, and a huge battery to boot.
This smartphone to get if you wish to test out the new technology that the company offers, but you do not need a massive phone, or a huge dent in your wallet. Go for the Ultra if you want more space or a 108MP camera, and can stretch to the price tag, but for daily use the S20 will be the best choice for many people.
This has a powerful new chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, or Exynos 990 as well as 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending on if you purchase the 4G or 5G phone. And some people will simply have the ability to purchase the 5G telephone — you can read on below to discover which versions can be found in your region. The camera is another highlight of the phone, with Samsung fostering a lot of specs on the back collection.
All three chief cameras are enhanced (including increased pixel dimensions to enhance night time photography by allowing more light in), and in addition, there are a couple of software tweaks to enhance the overall experience. The telephoto lens is much better than the one on the Galaxy S10 also, enabling you to shoot high quality 3x optical zoom shots or extend all of the ways into 30x digital zoom. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has greater camera specs complete, but most folks will be more than pleased with the shooter on this phone.
It’s bigger than the cell from the S10, and we have found the battery life to be powerful with typical usage — this phone is not going to last you a lot longer than 1 day of regular use, but what smartphone does?
Design and screen
It doesn’t radically change the overall size of the telephone, and its maximum resolution is still the same as that of recent Samsung Galaxy S versions at WQHD+ (3040 x 1440). Samsung is still offering a default resolution of Total HD+ (2220 x 1080), which appears more than sharp enough for many tasks, and conserves battery.
A big upgrade for the Galaxy S20 is the maximum 120Hz refresh-rate screen. This is double the speed at which the screen refreshes on many phones, including preceding Samsung apparatus, and what it means in practice is smoother animations and scrolling. This is especially pertinent when you’re mobile gaming as it allows for a more immersive experience and might even give you the advantage over an opponent, but it makes regular things such as scrolling through your social media feeds seem smoother also. This is not the first time we have seen this on a smartphone. The new 120Hz refresh rate is not WQHD+-compatible however meaning you have to select if you need the higher resolution screen or the quicker loading picture.
The Galaxy S20 is your best first opportunity for mainstream consumers to find 5G on their smartphones. Only 1 percent of smartphones that sent in 2019 were 5G telephones, and most of these were expensive versions of 4G flagships.
This does, of course, depend on 5G available in your area from your supplier, but even if it is not yet, Samsung is baking in the future-proofed connectivity.
There is a significant distinction between the 5G capacities of the Galaxy S20 on one hand, and the S20 Plus and Ultra on the other. While all three support the low-to-mid-band sub-6 technology, just the Plus and Ultra have mmWave antennas, which pull down much faster speeds.
The assortment of mmWave is limited — so you will have to be relatively near a transmitter so as to acquire a signal –, but we’re getting 1.4Gbps in May 2019 when we analyzed mmWave 5G in Chicago on Verizon’s recently rolled-out 5G network, with another apparatus.
So while the S20 is quickly (although we have been able to hook up to a 5G link whilst analyzing the phone, so we’ve been able to conduct our own speed tests), its larger siblings will be quicker if your carrier supports mmWave. Sub-6 speeds should be good enough for many people — although Verizon customers in the USA should note that it is a mmWave-exclusive carrier, and thus that the S20 will not be sold at Verizon stores.