Samsung Galaxy S20 Series: Display, Camera, Video, Storage, 5G, etc

120Ghz display, 108-megapixel camera, 8K, so on!

With 2020, Samsung decides to swap its flagship S10 phones with Samsung Galaxy S20 series, instead of S11, by launching the three models S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra in its Unpacked event that held on the 11th of February, 2020. 

Besides that, the company also kicked off its next-generation foldable phone named Galaxy Z Flip and also the Galaxy Earphone Buds.

In its new series, Samsung mainly focused on display and camera technology. The best thing is that all of the new phones support 5G connectivity. Likewise, these devices have amazing screens, high specs, and ultra designs.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra Specs Details

The three variants of S20 were launched on the same day and same time. All the S20 phones uphold Android 10 operating systems with improved Samsung’s One UI 2.0 over the top to enable on-hand use easier. Following are the differences in specs we found after digging bit deeper.

Display Screen with 120Ghz refresh rate

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series have the following screen sizes, with the Dynamic AMOLED.

  • The screen of Galaxy S20 sizes 6.2 inches with a density of 563 pixels per inch. 
  • Galaxy S20 Plus screen is 6.7 inches long and it has the 525 pixels per inch.
  • Whereas, the Galaxy S20 Ultra series has 6.9 inches screen with 511 pixels per inch.

Samsung S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra all have Infinity-O display, 3200 x 1440 pixels screen resolution, and Dynamic AMOLED 2X display technology. After the refresh rate improvements by many rival phones with a 60Hz average refreshing rate, the refresh rate of the S20 series is lined up to 120GHz which enables the phone to perform the screens fastly. 

However, the 120Ghz refresh rate is not enabled by default in Galaxy S20 phones. Samsung now allows you to set the refresh rate to 60Ghz or 120Ghz in Galaxy S20 phones from the settings.

The display on Samsung Galaxy S20 phones comes with Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor for secure biometric unlocking.

Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20. Image: Angela/Cnet

Samsung Galaxy S20 series Camera

The Galaxy S20 series has a pack of cameras, 3 main and a single front camera. 

Both S20 and S20 Plus comes with a 64MP telephoto, and 12-MP wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide rear cameras. S20 Plus move in with an additional ToF (Time-of-flight ) rear sensor. 

The camera game begins with S20 Ultra. It has a periscopic setup of a 108-MP wide-angle, a 12-MP ultra-wide and a 48-MP telephoto, cameras with ToF sensor. S20 Ultra uses ‘camera binning’ image processing algorithms so at the end you will get a 12-MP photo which is basically made up of the 108-MP image by combining 9 pixels into 1 superpixel. 

A photo taken with a 108-megapixel large camera sensor and then processed with advanced image processing techniques makes it possible in more sharp shots and hi-quality night mode photos without losing details. Switching to night mode one can shoot in night times getting the clear shots with less blur and noise.

Regarding the front cameras, S20 and S20 Plus have 10-MP with dual pixel AF. S20 Ultra hits with a 40-MP front camera with PDAF. 

READ: Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip folding phone at Unpacked

Samsung uses Hybrid Optic Zoom and Super-Resolution Zoom as the technical terms for the AI-based zooming technology. S20 and S20 Plus have a 3x hybrid optical zoom lens that can achieve up to super 30x zoom with digital zooming. Galaxy S20 Ultra phone can zoom all the way to super 100x and you can achieve lossless zoom till 10x. 

In addition to all, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra also incorporate a, fourth, rear DepthVision Camera.

8K Video Recording

Samsung stands out from the competition by offering 8K video recording and HDR10+ in its S20 series. Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra can record 8K videos at 30 frames per second 4K at 60 frames per second, and 1080 pixels at 240 frames per second and 720 pixels at 960 frames per seconds for super slo-mo, which is one amazing feature.

However, 8K video recording takes whopping space in the storage. Recording a 4K video at 60 fps usually takes 400MB per minute, but in the case of 8K, The Verge has reported the size of 600MB per minute of recording. So if you buying an S20 Ultra because of the camera, then get ready to have a microSD ready as well after opting for a 512GB variant of S20 Ultra. 

The front camera of S20 Ultra is also capable of recording 4K video. 

The 8K video recording feature is not available on iPhones yet. Compared to S10, Galaxy S20 Ultra’s image sensor is about 2.9x larger than Galaxy S10.

Unpacked event screengrab.

Storage

The S20 appears with 128 GB storage. While for S20 Plus and S20 Ultra there is another option of 512 GB. 

The good news is Galaxy’s new series does support microSD expandable storage. Last year Samsung removed the support of it in Galaxy Note 10. However, the company has decided to provide support of microSD in all three of its Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones, up to 1TB.

Processor 

All three phones in Samsung Galaxy S20 series run the same latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The 7nm octa-core processors are powered with a Cortex-A77 core clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.42GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. 

Snapdragon 865 chips have builtin 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine and 5G modems that have staggering multi-gigabit speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps

Samsung Galaxy S20 in hand. Image: Wired

5G Connectivity Support

The S20 series are fully capable of 5G connectivity. Galaxy S20 comes with “sub-6” 5G used by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the United States. Whereas, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra have the support of sub-6 and mmWave frequency band technology. mmWave — dubbed as mmW — can accommodate up to a gigabit of speed.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Image: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S20 Physical Attributes, Colors, and Batteries

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 series is available with three different physical sizes.

S20 with 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm dimensions is the smallest one. Then comes the S20 Plus with 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm in dimensions. S20 Ultra showed up with 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm size. Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra weigh 163g, 186g, and 220g respectively. The phones look near bezel-less. 

S20 is available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink colors. S20 Plus differentiates with Cosmic Black instead of Cloud Pink. and the other two colors, Cosmic Gray and Cloud Blue. S20 Ultra is just limited to Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black. 

Image: Samsung

Pricing and Availability

The prices are a bit higher than the S10 series as all the S20 series have the 5G support. The prices start from $1000 and go till $1600.

S20 is listed at $1000, S20 Plus at $1200, and S20 Ultra at $1400. S20 Ultra 16GB/512GB variant costs $1600.

The Galaxy S20 phones will be available from March 6 and can be pre-ordered from February 21 till March 5. 

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