Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra

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in General Discussion edited February 2020
Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra, the latest generation of its flagship smartphone line and main rival to Apple's iPhone, with Samsung including 5G support options and the ability to take 108-megapixel photographs.

Samsung S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
Samsung S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra


Just as previously rumored, Samsung is making a considerable jump in its numbering system for the Galaxy range, moving from the S10 for last year's launches to the S20 in Tuesday's Unpacked event. Just as last year, and to keep up with Apple's strategy of releasing three main iPhone models, Samsung has opted to introduce three as well, under the names the Galaxy S20, the S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra.

The range all use Samsung's Infinity-I Dynamic AMOLED display, operating at 120Hz and at a WQHD+ resolution of 3,20 by 1,440 pixels. The S20's screen measures 6.2 inches which gives it a pixel density of 563 pixels per inch, while the 6.7-inch S20 Plus is a 525ppi screen, and the S20 Ultra's 6.9-inch display has a density of 511ppi.

The Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra take advantage of both sub-6GHz networks and mmWave. The Galaxy S20 supports sub-6Ghz only. Versions will also be provided in LTE-only form in some markets.

Despite being the physically smallest of the models at 152mm by 68mm, the Galaxy S20 is not the thinnest, with it measuring 7.9mm thick. The thinnest is the 162mm-by-74mm S20 Plus, which is 7.8mm in depth. The S20 Ultra measures 167mm by 76mm by 8.8mm, making it the physically largest model.

All models are based on Samsung's Exynos 990, a 7-nanometer chipset, with an octa-core processor, with versions including maximum clock speeds for cores at 2.8GHz and 2.7GHz. Naturally, it will be running on Android 10.

Depending on the model, it will be supported by either 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of memory. The storage capacities range from 128GB to 512GB, with all offering microSD expansion for up to 1 terabyte.

One big feature of the class of 2020 is the camera upgrades, made to both the front and back of the models. On the S20 and S20 Plus includes a 12-megapixel main wide camera along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide version, and a 64-megapixel telephoto, complete with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. The Plus also gains a Time of Flight camera on the rear.

The S20 Ultra is equipped with the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, along with the ToF camera, but while the telephoto is smaller in terms of resolution at 48 megapixels the main wide camera has a 108-megapixel sensor. Optical zoom is boosted to 10x while digital zoom goes up to 100-times magnification.

On the front, both the S20 and S20 Plus use 10-megapixel cameras, with the Ultra again getting the bigger 40-megapixel sensor. For video, all rear cameras can film at an 8K resolution at 30fps, and the front is capable of 4K capture at up to 60 frames per second.

Battery life starts from 4,000mAh on the S20, rising to 4,500mAh on the Plus, and 5,000mAh on the Ultra. Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 support and Wireless PowerSare are also included, with the latter allowing the models to provide power wirelessly to another Qi-compatible device. Fast charging over a cable is also possible using the supplied 25W charger, with the Ultra also supporting recharging at 45W.

Aside from LTE and 5G, connectivity includes dual-band Wi-Fi at up to 1.2Gbps speeds, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS support. Biometric security includes face recognition and a fingerprint sensor.

The devices start to ship to consumers starting on March 6. The Galaxy S20 starts at $999. The S20+ retails for $1199 and up. The S20 Ultra starts at $1399.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    Those cameras are monsters!
    Better get a few 1TB microSD cards... you’ll need the space. ; )
  • Reply 2 of 13
    What a bulge!!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    FatmanFatman Posts: 513member
    It's really a shame that the phone manufacturers continue to mess up the screen with either a notch or hole. I'd rather have a thin top bezel. Here's to hoping Apple eliminates the notch in the next generation.
    pulseimagesgatorguy
  • Reply 4 of 13
    Fatman said:
    It's really a shame that the phone manufacturers continue to mess up the screen with either a notch or hole. I'd rather have a thin top bezel. Here's to hoping Apple eliminates the notch in the next generation.
    I like the hole the best, it maximizes the viewable screen.
  • Reply 5 of 13
    I like how Samsung gets their branding ideas from popular anime/manga...

    Any My Hero Academia fans here have the same thought?
  • Reply 6 of 13
    I will be very curious to see reviews on the quality of the cameras.  The specs are crazy, but can a super small sensor really deliver a good quality 100 megapixel image?  Also, how good can 10x optical zoom be in that small of a lens?  If they were able to achieve excellent picture quality with those specs, then Apple has some serious competition to deal with.
    macplusplusradarthekatpulseimagesCarnage
  • Reply 7 of 13
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 5,956member
    They are big upgrades (especially the Ultra) in all the important areas (display, capacity, 5G, battery, cameras etc).

    They will definitely be the phones to beat this year although we're just barely into 2020. 

    On the downside is the pricing but that will come down in line with how they sell and what the competition does. There are apparently a few gotchas with the specs but even when taking those into account, Samsung has upped the bar - a lot - which means competition and competition is vital for the industry.


    pulseimagesmuthuk_vanalingamCarnage
  • Reply 8 of 13
    Meh. Good to know what they’re doing, but they’re never really competitive.
    pulseimageskkqd1337
  • Reply 9 of 13
    So what's the trypophobia meter going to be on this one? Or is it an issue only for Apple?
    randominternetperson
  • Reply 10 of 13
    rattlhed said:
    I will be very curious to see reviews on the quality of the cameras.  The specs are crazy, but can a super small sensor really deliver a good quality 100 megapixel image?  Also, how good can 10x optical zoom be in that small of a lens?  If they were able to achieve excellent picture quality with those specs, then Apple has some serious competition to deal with.
    It is physically 12 MP. 108 MP is a logical hoax.
    edited February 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 13
    Lots of technical details wrong or left out. The screens are 1080 @ 120Hz, only 60Hz at full resolution. The US (and possibly other) models will use the Qualcomm 865 SOC with separate 5G+4G modem. 
    edited February 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 13
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,300member
    rattlhed said:
    I will be very curious to see reviews on the quality of the cameras.  The specs are crazy, but can a super small sensor really deliver a good quality 100 megapixel image?  Also, how good can 10x optical zoom be in that small of a lens?  If they were able to achieve excellent picture quality with those specs, then Apple has some serious competition to deal with.
    It is physically 12 MP. 108 MP is a logical hoax.
    "Specifically, the Galaxy S20 has a triple-lens setup with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens. The Galaxy S20 Plus has a quadruple main camera that consists of the same lenses and sensors found on the standard S20 but with the addition of a depth-sensing camera. 

    The Ultra model has quad-camera setup with a massive 108-megapixel  wide-angle camera, which is more megapixels than Samsung has ever put in a smartphone camera sensor.

    Those 108 megapixels are also capable of grouping together to form one 12-megapixel sensor with larger pixels so that it can take in more light. Otherwise, it has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens as well as a depth-sensing camera."

    What Samsung is offering is along the same lines as what Pentax and Sony refer to as PixelShift. A Quad-Bayer array of pixels is used to create (composite) an actual 27MP picture in low light situations. In daylight/bright light it goes the other way to"rearrange the pixel data so that it results in a 108MP shot – this is the first mobile sensor to go north of 100MP. At 1/1.33”, this is also one of the largest mobile sensors ever." 

    It looks as tho Samsung has figured out how to render low-light light shots using their camera arrays but dynamic range and color has yet to be determined AFAIK and actual user shots will be more telling. 

    All the OEM's can find atypical promo shots to advertise. I'll be more interested in seeing shots from out-in -the-field rather than some professionals specially-selected and post-processed strobist photos. 

    edited February 2020
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