samsung galaxy s20

by Anant


Today in San Francisco, a series of Samsung models was announced, here is a continuation of the Fold series, but in a slightly different form factor (tomorrow there will be separate material about this device, I don’t want to interfere with everything in one heap), as well as a complete update of the line flagships. I suggest taking a look at these devices in detail to evaluate their capabilities, what they bring in, and how interesting they are for fans of flagship devices.

Contents of delivery
Design, dimensions, controls
Memory, chipset, performance
Cameras and new features
Optional accessories updated by Galaxy Buds +
Market prospects – cost and what will be the sale
Perhaps the main question that almost everyone will be asked is the numbering of models, why we immediately jumped from the tenth generation to the twentieth. At Samsung, this is explained by the fact that the S20 in all variants is a completely new platform, therefore, to emphasize the changes, it was decided to make such a leap in the name. The explanation has the right to life, but ordinary people will see exactly S11 in all these variations in these models, since the changes in comparison with 10s are not so huge. All devices remained exactly the same style, they feel like flesh and blood of the Samsung line. There is no fundamentally new software (OneUI 2.1, on the current flagships and not only on them version 2.0 of the interface). The same body materials that we have been accustomed to over the years are metal and Gorilla Glass 6. Other sizes due to different displays, and changed batteries.

Perhaps this is the history of 5G, since all devices support this technology by default? Maybe. But for many markets, including the Russian one, this is still technology for the near future, there are no networks as such, and it will not work to take advantage of 5G at home. It would be logical for some models to become cheaper by depriving them of a 5G modem, since it costs decent money, but they assured me that this would not happen. And without exception, the devices will be with him, only somewhere these features will be software disabled – and when you travel to another country with 5G networks, you will automatically get a modem and new speeds. The story sounds beautiful, especially in light of the fact that Samsung wants to become number one in sales of 5G devices in 2020, and I think that this will happen. But the market will clearly make its own adjustments, and we will not see S20 5G smartphones,

Updating the screens also does not look something like this: support for 120 Hz has appeared, the touch layer is 240 Hz. Good? Perhaps. But this is not something so unique as to talk about aspirated changes. Exactly the same situation with cameras – they are excellent, new features will please users, but they are perceived as expected.

First look at the Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra and the updated Galaxy Buds +
Perhaps I picked the right word – the expected. What people expected in the S20 is the expected changes from generation to generation, they do not have any kind of leap in technology that would be critical. A year ago, when the “tens” were shown, everything was about the same, the cost of devices increased, and the number of fundamental changes was reduced, it became small. The situation is about the same here, and they are trying to neutralize this point with marketing, because 20 is more than 10, and the company could not name its devices for nothing. In some ways, there is a paraphrase with Huawei that initially went into the “tens”, where “progress” was noticeable to the naked eye.

Therefore, it is worth underestimating expectations from the S20 of all options, a miracle could not happen, these are not fundamentally new devices in which something unimaginable appeared. This is a good, ongoing development of the line, but not something more.

The emphasis in the “twenty” is placed on those who like to create something new, that is, it is again a camera. The company claims that it is the quality of the cameras that is what people demand from the new flagships, only in 2019 polls showed an increase in the influence of this parameter on the choice of device by 1687%! And the main reasons for upgrading their device were called:

The ability to shoot in poor lighting conditions;
Moving objects, such as children and dogs;
Possibility of optical or digital zoom with high-quality picture on the output.
Therefore, Samsung also focused on cameras in the new line, plus various AI algorithms were added to add visual acuity, as well as new features. We’ll talk about cameras and functions separately, but, looking ahead, I’ll note that this is one of the first devices with 8K video, which goes well with the company’s line of TVs. Now the interconnection of different devices is becoming apparent.

The models of the previous season remain on the market, they do not go anywhere. Prices will change on them not as much as we would like, they will become more affordable, but new items come out at a price comparable to what we saw at the start of sales a year ago. In the new row, there was no place for a compact smartphone like the S10e, since the latter remains on the market, it does not go anywhere. The entire line of flagships is built into the lineup from above, expanding it. And this immediately suggests that the high cost will automatically lead to the fact that the popularity of previous models will grow, but new ones will not be able to be sold in the same volumes. These are the laws of the market, the more expensive the model, the less demand for it.

Let’s look at the technical specifications of the devices.

Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20 + Galaxy S20 Ultra
Screen 6.2 inches, Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED (563 ppi)
HDR10 + 6.7 inches, Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED (525 ppi)
HDR10 + 6.9 inches, Quad HD + Dynamic AMOLED (511 ppi)
HDR10 +
Camera Main -Ultra-wide: 12 MP, 1.4μm, F2.2

  • Wide: 12 MP, 1.8μm, F1.8, OIS
  • Telephoto: 64 MP, 0.8μm, F2.0, OIS

Space Zoom

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom 3X
  • Super Resolution Zoom to 30X -Ultra-wide: 12 MP, 1.4μm, F2.2
  • Wide: 12 MP, 1.8μm, F1.8, OIS
  • Telephoto: 64 MP, 0.8μm, F2.0, OIS
  • DepthVision

Space Zoom

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom 3X
  • Super Resolution Zoom up to 30X -Ultra-wide: 12 MP, 1.4μm, F2.2
  • Wide: 108 MP, 0.8μm (12 MP 2.4μm), F1.8, OIS
  • Telephoto: 48 MP, 0.8μm (12 MP 1.6μm), F3.5 , OIS
  • DepthVision

Space Zoom

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom 10X
  • Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X
    Frontal – 10 MP, 1.22μm, F2.2 – 10 MP, 1.22μm, F2.2 – 40 MP, 0.7μm (1 MP, 1.4μm), F2.2
    Dimensions 151.7 × 69.1 × 7.9 mm, 163 g 161.9 × 73.7 × 7.8 mm, 186 g 166.9 × 76.0 × 8.8 mm, 220 g
    CPU Exynos 990: 7nm 64-bit octa-core (MAX. 2.73 GHz + 2.6 GHz + 2.0 GHz)
    Memory 8 GB / 12 GB RAM (LPDDR5), 128 GB
    MicroSD up to 1 TB 8 GB / 12 GB RAM (LPDDR5), 128 GB / 512 GB
    MicroSD up to 1 TB 12 GB / 16 GB RAM (LPDDR5), 128 GB / 512 GB
    MicroSD up to 1 TB
    Battery 4000 mAh 4500 mAh 5000 mAh
    Network 5g NSA, 5G sub-6
    LTE Enhanced 4 × 4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20, download speeds up to 2.0 Gb / s, downloads – up to 150 Mb / s
    Charging Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
    Sensors Accelerometer, barometer, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor
    Security – Unlock by drawing, PIN, password
  • Fingerprint sensor, face recognition
    Additionally Protection against dust and water (IP68)
    Contents of delivery
    Samsung separately emphasized that the box is made of recycled materials, this is eco-packaging. But we are more interested in the delivery set, and it is the same for all three models:

Charger for 25 W (S20 / S20 +), 45 W (S20 Ultra for a number of markets or 25 W as a base)
USB Type C cable
SIM clip
Protective film on the screen (it leaves the factory like this, the film is soft)
AKG wired headphones (interchangeable inserts), USB Type C
Instruction manual
As you can see, the delivery set is standard, familiar to other Samsung flagships, and there have been no changes.

Design, dimensions, controls
The tendencies that each successive flagship should be larger than the previous ones cannot be canceled – manufacturers have become hostages of their approach. I love large devices, the larger the screen, the better – but the question is how the proportions of the device change. So, in the S20 Ultra, the screen is 6.9 inches, which is a record for a smartphone in an ordinary, monolithic case. But the height of the device became 166.9 mm, which is also a lot, it is elongated vertically.

First look at the Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra and the updated Galaxy Buds +First look at the Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra and the updated Galaxy Buds +First look at the Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra and the updated Galaxy Buds +
It is impossible to reach the upper edge with one hand, there are many inconveniences. This is a two-handed device. In the S20 / S20 + everything is easier, they are more familiar, although the S20 + is also high, but not a shoulder, the width is comfortable for each model, it is easy to grasp them.

I’m somewhat surprised at how persistently Samsung makes a metal edging for the camera unit; in any case, this line gets jammed, over time, if you don’t use the case, the paint peels off and becomes silver.

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