The Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s biggest and best smartphone. But how much does it cost? And what new features does it offer? Find the answers below…
Finally, Samsung’s newest Galaxy smartphone has arrived. And, as expected, it’s the Korean tech firm’s most impressive handset to date.
Here’s everything it has to offer…
The phone was officially unveiled on February 11, during Samsung’s Unpacked event in San Francisco.
Along with the standard S20 reveal, the Korean tech giant also showcased two additional smartphones: a more expensive handset called the S20 Plus, and an even larger model - the S20 Ultra.
Design and cameras
Okay, here’s the interesting bits…
The phone sports four cameras, arranged in a protruding symmetrical setup at the top left of the phone’s rear.
Impressively, the camera setup consists of a massive 108 megapixels, a 48MP telephoto lens that supports 5x optical zoom, and 8K video recording capabilities to boot.
In short, these impressive new snappers are undoubtedly the phone’s major selling point.
Elsewhere, there’s no sign of a headphone jack. In fact, after the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus abandoned it in August 2019, the chances of one showing up on any future Samsung phones are pretty unlikely.
Lastly, S20 has moved away from its trademark edge-to-edge display, and instead opted for a more conservative, flat design with 2.5D glass.
This might upset die-hard Samsung fans, but we’re quite taken with the new design.
The screen clocks in at 6.2 inches, which measures just slightly bigger than S10.
Moreover, there’s a punch-hole camera in the screen’s centre – just like the Galaxy Note 10.
Impressively, the phone also boasts 120hz Infinity O-Dynamic AMOLED display.
What about the inside? Well, unsurprisingly, the S11 houses a brand-new processor to power its impressive new tech: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
Indeed, it’s faster than its predecessor, and features upgraded LPDDR5 smart phone memory. In plain English, this means the chipset is 30% faster and 30% more efficient than its predecessor.
Due to this new chipset, Samsung has also upgraded its security to the Qualcomm SD Sonic Max fingerprint sensor. Significantly, this scanner is much larger than the one on the S10, and can even support two finger prints simultaneously.
The S20 comes with a not-to-shabby 4,000mAh battery - easily provide enough power to last a full twenty-four hours.
Here's how much each S20 costs:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 4G: £799.99
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G: £899.99
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 5G £999.99
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 5G £1,199.99
On the face of it, the Galaxy S20 could well be the smartphone to beat in 2020.
Sure, some things have remained the same, or at least, have only marginally improved.
But there’s enough here to get excited about. The four powerful cameras, for instance. And the improved battery-life, as well as the reported new design are all welcomed changes.
Not bothered about owning the latest handset? The Galaxy S10 still has a heck of a lot to offer.
Does the Samsung Galaxy S20 support 5G?
This version, aka the standard edition, of the Galaxy S20 is not compatible with 5G networks. If superfast mobile internet connectivity is top of your wishlist, we'd suggest you opt for the S20 Plus 5G or the S10 5G.
Is the Galaxy S20 waterproof?
It's not 'wateproof'. But with an IP68 rating, it is 'water-resistant' and can survive for half hour in up to 1.5 metes of water.
How many cameras does the Galaxy S20 have?
The Galaxy S20 has four cameras. At the rear, there's a 12-megapixel standard lens, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The front camera consists of a single ten-megapixel lens.
What size is the Galaxy S20?
The Galaxy S20's screen is 6.2 inches, which Samsung has squeezed into a handset with dimensions of 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 millimetres.
Does the Galaxy S20 have wireless charging?
Yes, the S20 has a 15W fast-wireless charging mode that provides a full charge in about an hour and a half. There's no wireless charging pad in the box, though, so you'll need to buy one separately.
Can I get the Galaxy S20 with bad credit?
Because it's a high-end and relatively expensive phone, you may find it hard to get accepted for a an S20 pay monthly contract. If that's the case, we'd suggest you either save up to buy it contract-free or consider a cheaper handset.
Can I get the Galaxy S20 with no upfront cost?
Lots of networks offer the Galaxy S20 on contracts with nothing to pay up front. However, be aware that contracts with no upfront charge generally feature a higher monthly premium.
Does the Galaxy S20 have portrait mode?
The S20 offers portrait mode photography on its front and rear cameras. So you can apply an arty background blur to whatever you're shooting.
Galaxy S20 specs
|Release Date||11/02/2020 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||68mm x 7.9mm x 152mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Polymer|
|Display Size||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 3200 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||563 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||10 MP|