It’s a big year for Samsung as they take a huge leap from the Galaxy S10 series to the Galaxy S20. Not just have they doubled up on the series number, they have increased the megapixel count on the Ultra by a whopping 9 times. Yes, you read that right. From 12 to 108. And understandably, the price has shot up too. If you are confused about which variant of the Galaxy S20 to get for yourself, we will help you distinguish between the three so that you get a clearer view of what sets them apart from one another.
Samsung Galaxy S20
The Galaxy S20 is the base variant this time as they seem to have gotten rid of the smaller “e” model. This is also the smallest of the lot with a 6.2-inch 2K Dynamic AMOLED display. There’s a dot-notch just like the Note 10 from last year. The biggest update though is that the display now supports a refresh rate of 120Hz. Samsung has traditionally been the best in the business when it comes to the quality of displays on their smartphones, and the high refresh rate is now a cherry on top.
The Galaxy S20 has the all-new Snapdragon 865 SoC for the US whereas the global variants including the ones being launched in India will have the Exynos 990. In the US, the Galaxy S20 will, by default, have support for 5G with other markets like India getting a more affordable LTE variant. There’s 8GB of RAM and the storage has been upgraded to UFS 3.0. The phone will run on OneUI 2 based on top of Android 10.
Arguably, the biggest improvement in the S20 series of smartphones is the cameras. The primary shooter is a 12MP sensor, while the 3X telephoto lens gets a massive bump in resolution to 64MP. The tertiary lens is an ultra-wide shooter with 12MP resolution. Another major highlight of the cameras is the support for 8K video recording at 30fps. The selfie camera is a 10MP shooter.
Then there are the regulars like a USB Type-C port without a headphone jack, an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Samsung Dex, a 4000mAh battery with support for 25W charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging too. The Galaxy S20 will retail for $999 in the US.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
There’s a lot in common between the S20 and the S20+, with the exception of the physical size and an additional camera. The display is now a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with the same 120Hz refresh rate and punch hole cutout. The performance of the device is also going to remain the same as the same Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990 chipset makes its way to the S20+ too. There’s 12GB here, 4 more than the S20 along with 128GB of onboard storage.
The camera array also remains largely similar with a 12MP primary lens, 12MP ultra-wide camera, the same 64MP telephoto lens for up to 30X hybrid zoom, and an additional ToF camera for distance mapping. The same 10MP camera stays on the front. The same set of features on the S20 make their way to the S20+ too, but the battery has been bumped up to 4500mAh. The Galaxy S20+ will retail for $1,199 in the US. The regular S20 seems to offer better value than the S20+ because the core specifications remain the same, and the additional ToF lens shouldn’t make too much of a difference for most people.
Samsung galaxy S20 Ultra
This one is the true beast (if budget is no bar, of course). Let’s skip the performance aspect as it’s the same as the S20 and S20+. The screen has been stretched all the way up to 6.9-inches with the 120Hz refresh rate. There’s up to 16GB of RAM which is insane on a smartphone. And of course, not to forget, the primary camera on the rear is a 108MP shooter. But that’s not even the best part about it though. There’s a 48MP periscope camera that has a hybrid zoom capability up to 100X. Samsung is calling it space zoom and looks like the branding is indeed justified.
The ultra-wide is the same 12MP sensor and the ToF camera stays. Not just the rear, but the front also gets a huge bump with regards to megapixel count and now houses a 40MP selfie shooter. Samsung has also worked on the smooth transition between lenses. Of course, since the screen is now as big as some tablets, there’s a 5000mAh battery to power the device along with a 45W charger within the box to top it up. If you are a camera fanatic and can spend the exorbitant $1,399 asking price, the S20 Ultra is one of the most feature-packed phones out there.
So which of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section below.