Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (G981)
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G product details

The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is the 5G version of the regular S20. It is the head of Samsung's flagship family for 2020 with attractively designed looks, appealing specifications, numerous improvements and many familiar and trusted functions. We're going to list and discuss them all for you here.

Usefulness 5G support

There is actually 1 good reason to prefer the S20 5G over the (cheaper) S20 4G: it is more future proof. We aren't replacing our mobile phone each year like we used to. By the time 5G is rolled out nation wide, you will be able to use it from day one. The possibilities of 5G are promising, think of higher speeds and lower latency. Ideal for downloading movies or online gaming. But that will be of no use as long as there is no 5G network. And at the time of writing there is none. It will come, that's for sure, but when you will be able to use it is not yet clear.

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Smooth 120Hz screen

Furthermore, this Galaxy S20 5G shares much of the regular S20. Think of a 6.2 inch Infinity-O Display. It has thin screen bezels and only a small hole punch for the 10 megapixel selfie camera. As with the S10, it is no longer conspicuously in the corner but nice in the center. The screen now refreshes images at a maximum of 120 Hz instead of the 60 Hz used on the S10. This results in 2x smoother animations while scrolling. It also draws a little more power, so it only works in a slightly lower screen resolution. If you want the maximum resolution of 3200 by 1400 pixels then you will have to settle for 60 Hz.

Main Samsung Galaxy S20 5G specifications

  • 6.2 inch large Infinity-O screen with 120Hz refresh rate
  • 64+12+12 megapixel camera with 8K video and 30x zoom
  • Modern and fast 7nm octa-core processor with hefty 12GB of working memory
  • 5G support for even faster future mobile internet
  • Place memory cards (max 1 TB)
  • Supports Dual SIM (slot shared with memory card)

More RAM memory

New in the camera area are the improved zoom possibilities. Instead of 2x you can now zoom up to 3x without loss of quality. So you get closer without sacrificing quality. You get even closer with 30x digital zoom, but images become blurry. All this is made possible by the new 64 megapixel camera sensor. A big improvement compared to the 'only' 16 megapixel on the S10. What is also more is battery capacity. It grew to 4000 mAh, is capable of wired fast charging and even does wireless charging (Fast Wireless Charging 2.0). This 5G version is equipped with a little more RAM memory so you can quickly open apps and switch between them. What's missing, but we seem used to that by now, is the headphone jack. Apparently we have to get used to it from Samsung, because no S20 model is equipped with it.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra available as of today

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Today is Friday the 13th. That day may have been somewhat unfortunate, but the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S20 series is now in stores. It concerns the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra. Of those first 2, both a 4G and a 5G version are available. Which one you should have we explain here.

Samsung's flagship series used to consist of just one model, the S20 series consists of a total of 5 different phones. That can be a bit confusing. That has everything to do with the arrival of 5G. From both the S20 and the S20+ Samsung releases a 4G as a 5G variant. Now 5G is not yet available in the Netherlands so you could say; go for the 4G version. But it is not that simple.

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The S20 family consisting of the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra


Because the 4G versions are more difficult to obtain. For example, the S20 with 4G separately may be 100 euros cheaper to buy, in combination with a subscription it may be more expensive because not every webshop has it. So always compare the prices of the S20 4G with those of the S20 5G. In the end, it is the same device except that you can later 5G with one and not with the other. For the S20+, the choice becomes a little easier.

Samsung Galaxy S20+

For example, the S20+ with 4G is so scarce that you can't even get it here in combination with a subscription. Due to the lack of competition it is even more expensive than the S20+ with 5G. Our advice; only look at the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Remains the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. That's where the choice was made for us. A version with 4G will not be sold so you will automatically get the version with 5G. That difference in choice has its repercussion on the price; it is immediately the most expensive of the S20 series.

New camera system

With the S20 series, Samsung is mainly focusing on the new camera system. By using more and larger sensors, new applications become possible. Think of the S20 Ultra with its large 108 megapixel sensor. This allows you to zoom in digitally up to 100x. We doubt whether you will use Space Zoom that often in practice, but it does put the competition on edge. The 10x optical zoom will be used more often because it comes without loss of quality. And 10x optical zoom is still more than many competitors.

All S20 models also feature 8K video and the 5G models make them even more suitable for the future. If you were planning on using your mobile phone for at least 2 years, you know that by then you will at least be ready for the new 5G network.

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4 things Samsung didn't tell you about the Galaxy S20 series

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Last night Samsung announced the long awaited Galaxy S20 series. During the special Unpacked Event a lot of subjects were discussed, but not everything. Samsung omitted a few things, possibly because of time or because it's not convenient for them. We found 4 striking things Samsung didn't tell you.

On paper, both the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra seem very impressive phones. Attractive looking models with impressive cameras and contemporary features. However, there are some small print to be found when you enter the specification lists.

1. No more headphone port

For example, no S20 model has a headphone port anymore. Last year's S10 still had it, the S10+ did not. Apparently consumers didn't mind, so this is the first year that we won't find the old 3.5 millimeter gate anywhere. So you'll have to find other ways to plug in your own headphones. A USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for example. You won't find them in the box (anymore). AKG earphones with a USB-C connection.

Omitting the headphone port is a little less because you can charge the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra wirelessly. So if you insist on both, charging and listening to music, that's possible. Still, Samsung prefers that you buy a pair of Galaxy Buds+. The fully wireless earplugs have been replaced and have a longer battery life of 11 hours.

2. 120Hz only at 1080p

The new Galaxy S20 series is characterized by the new Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen. Images are refreshed not 60 times per second but 120 times. This makes animations look smoother and the device seems to respond more quickly to touch. It is a feature that we will see more often in the near future because it just feels very premium. It does have one drawback; it slurps more battery. To compensate for this, Samsung screws the resolution back from Quad HD+ to Full HD+. So it's choice; either razor-sharp images, or super-smooth images. By the way, Samsung has already chosen for you; standard out of the box is 60Hz and Quad HD+.

Dynamic AMOLED 2X

3. Slower 5G for the S20

During the introduction it already became clear that Samsung is strongly committed to 5G. All models are equipped with it or are available in 5G flavor. However, there are differences between them. For example, the Galaxy S20 only supports Sub-6 5G and not the faster mmWave variant. The S20+ and S20 Ultra do. For the Netherlands it doesn't really matter; 5G hasn't been rolled out yet.

4. 8K video with telephoto lens only

Samsung claimed several times during the Unpacked event that the S20 series had support for 8K video. Although you can discuss its usefulness, there is one important remark to make. Shooting 8K video cannot be done with the main camera but only with the telephoto lens. As a result, your 8K videos do have a zoomed effect.

8K video

This all has to do with the fact that the 12 megapixel main camera has too little resolution to shoot 8K videos. And that is why the 64 megapixels on the S20 and S20+ should be avoided. In practice, however, you won't have to worry about that. You'll rarely need 8K video and even better, we don't recommend it for the time being because each image will soon take 35 MB. In other words, you shoot your serve so full.

Most important Samsung Galaxy S20 5G specifications

Dimensions 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm
Weight 163 grams
Item ID SM-G981
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Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 10
Color display 6.2 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP
Processor Octa core
Secondary camera 10 MP
Dust and waterproof
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 12 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 4000 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

All Samsung Galaxy S20 5G specifications

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Fingerprint recognition
Android109.0 (Pie)
Color display6.2 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.7 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP
ProcessorOcta core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa core
Secondary camera10 MP10 MP
Dust and waterproof
Dual SIM
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Internal memory12 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery4000 mAh4500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

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