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Samsung Galaxy S20 4G product details
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the successor to the Galaxy S10 and should bring Samsung into the new decade. On paper, however, it strongly resembles its predecessor, although there are substantial differences, both externally and internally. Which exactly and if you should go for this S20 version we are going to find out for you here.
On February 11 of 2020 Samsung announced the S20 series containing of many different models. Models with and without 5G, with and without Plus and even an Ultra. To put it bluntly, this is the entry-level version with 4G. This also makes it the cheapest S20 model you can get. And it's also the most colorful, because in addition to gray, there is now a choice of blue and pink, but more on that later. All in all the S20 is a modest but important update. Modest because many specifications have remained the same, think of a triple camera system with wide angle and zoom, 10 megapixel selfie camera, waterproof housing with a lot of glass and wireless charging. The updates are mainly found in the display and camera functions.
More fluid display
The screen has slightly thinner edges and the cutout for the selfie camera is also a bit smaller. Moreover, it is now exactly in the middle, which is actually a much more logical place. This results in a slightly larger screen size of 6.2 inches with a higher resolution of 3200 by 1440 pixels. In technical terms this is called Quad HD+. So far nothing has changed much. It does come in the form of a higher refresh rate. Normally it's at 60 Hz, but with the S20 it's doubled to 120 Hz. This results in smoother images and it seems as if it responds faster. You will have to turn on the function after unboxing it because it is standard at 60Hz and at Quad HD+. Unfortunately, this smoother image only works on the lower 1080p resolution.
Main Samsung Galaxy S20 4G specifications
Bigger Infinity-O Display with Quad HD+ resolution or 120Hz refresh rate
64 + 12 + 12 MP rear camera with 30x zoom and 8K-video
Selfiecam of 10 megapixel with autofocus
Memory card slot to add up to 1TB extra storage
Support for fast 4G internet
Dual SIM functionality
There are also numerous improvements in the camera area. There are still three cameras; a main camera, a wide-angle camera and a zoom camera. The latter can now zoom in up to 3x instead of 2x. This is done optically with lenses, which results in sharper images. If you want to get even closer, you can zoom in digitally up to 30x. Do you want to go even further then you have to be at the Galaxy S20 Ultra that can zoom in up to 100x. The biggest difference in camera with the S20+ is that the latter has a separate depth camera which is used for better portrait photography. By distinguishing foreground from background you can make certain things sharp and other parts out of focus. Videos can be shot up to 8K. That's enough that a single image is also sharp enough to be used as a photo. At the front is a 10 megapixel camera. A familiar one as it turns out, because we also saw it on the S10. It is equipped with autofocus (AF) so that you can even get sharp images up close.
No headphone port, 4G instead of 5G
All in all nice improvements but as always there are some caveats. For example, a headphone jack is missing this year. For many, this is no longer disappointing. They listen music wirelessly or using an adapter. Samsung also supplies AKG earplugs with a USB-C plug. You plug it into the bottom of the Galaxy S20 so that you can always listen to music on the go. With a battery of 4000 mAh, you should definitely get through the day. Wired charging is extra fast with the included 25 Watt quick charger. Wireless charging can be a little slower. A 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 is also available if you wish. At the time of writing, its usefulness is limited; 5G has not yet been rolled out and is not available nationwide.
It already stood out during the unveiling of the S20; the meagre colour range of Samsung's new flagship series. The Galaxy S20 and S20+ are available in 3 colours, 1 of which is grey as well. That's about to change. New colours are already appearing.
Releasing a new colour is a good way to boost sales. Usually Samsung launches new colours after phones have been available for some time. It is therefore striking that new colours are already appearing for the S20 and S20+. Although the red color is very good today, February 14th, Valentine's Day.
In addition to a red version for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, there also seems to be a completely white version and a deep blue colour in the pipeline. Although these Aura Red, Cloud White and Blue performances have not yet been announced, it looks like they will be released in South Korea for the time being. They may be exclusive to the Korean telecom provider Korea Telecom (KT), although we hear noises that Aura Red will get out of here soon. Let's hope so because we could use a little more color besides Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink and Cosmic Grey. Not to mention the S20 Ultra which is only available in disappointing black and grey.
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S20 series in San Francisco. In addition to the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra, it also unfolded its second folding device, the Galaxy Z Flip. Each and every one of them no cheap phones but with attractive features.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for telecom manufacturers to keep unannounced phones secret. Almost everything of the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra had already been leaked. The design, specifications, colors and even prices. The presentation of the S20 was therefore a bit boring without surprising elements. Not only for us, it will also have been painful for those who had to present it for bacon and beans.
This does not mean that the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are boring phones. Far from it. Especially the last one, but we'll zoom in on that later. The S20 and S20 Plus are both small updates with slightly larger screens, improved camera zoom and 8K video.
For example, the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy S20 goes up to 6.2 inches with only a small hole for the 10 megapixel selfie camera. The refresh rate of the AMOLED panel increases to 120 Hz, allowing for smoother animations. The two 12 megapixel cameras remain, but the 16 megapixel sensor has been exchanged for a 64 megapixel one. This is used to zoom in, something that is now up to 30x. The result is that you get sharper images when you zoom in. Video now shoots you in up to 8K which is currently of no use to you at all, unless you are one of the lucky ones with an 8K TV. The fact is that the S20 series is reasonably future proof.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Newer is the Galaxy S20 Ultra which does not really have a clear predecessor. At 6.9 inches, the model is even a little bigger. It is the only model with Samsung's new 108 megapixel sensor. Which is big enough to zoom in up to 100x. Because of its size, the sensor also captures more light and therefore does better in low-light situations. The S20 Ultra is also the only model that can be charged quickly with 45 Watts. The rest is stuck at 25 Watts.
S20 in the shop
All models are available from March 6 at recommended retail prices of 899 euros for the S20, 1099 euros for the S20+ and 1349 euros for the S20 Ultra. To soften that price a bit, you seem to get free Galaxy Buds+ temporarily. A gift of 169 euros. In addition to regular 4G versions, special 5G versions are also available. It is not yet clear whether they will come to the Netherlands, it looks as we see it now for those last 2.
Most important Samsung Galaxy S20 4G specifications
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