Fingers On: Samsung Galaxy S20

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The Galaxy S20 launch is slightly staggered relying on where you live, with some territories nonetheless to be confirmed. The official release date for the S20 within the United States is Friday sixth March, while those residing in the UK should wait until the next Friday, 13th March, to get their palms on the new phone.

If you happen to thought the S20 would come with a price hike compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S10, you’d be right. That shouldn’t come as a shock, though, given the new flagship provides 5G connectivity, a more advanced camera and a bigger 120Hz display.


The Galaxy S20 is thinner than the S10 but a bit taller too, giving it a 20:9 side ratio. It could be the baby of the S20 family, but it still boasts a relatively massive 6.1in screen. Some will probably be able to navigate their means round utilizing just one hand, but for others, that is perhaps a slight stretch. And that’s earlier than you try and become familiar with the Galaxy S20+ (6.7in) and S20 Ultra (6.9in).

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It does feel light, though, so it shouldn’t weigh you down too much. And, there’s no getting away from the truth that the S20’s slim chassis is still one of many sleekest, most attractive around. The aesthetic is also helped by the Edge design, which curves the screen around the frame to try and get rid of any bezel, and the notch-less screen.

The mirror finishes look great – there are Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink options – but there’s no escaping the fact they’re a significant fingerprint magnet. Just like the iPhone eleven and 11 Pro, the rear camera set-up protrudes from the glass rear panel, but you probably have a case fitted it should all sit flush.

Samsung Galaxy S20 sales likes to go big on cameras with its flagship phones, and the Galaxy S20 is not any different. It’s not fairly as high-tech as the snapper on its larger sibling, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, however you’re nonetheless getting a triple-lens set-up with 12MP extremely-wide, 12MP wide-angle and 64MP telephoto lenses.

There’s 10x digital zoom, improved quality in low lighting conditions and 8K video recording, which will turn out to be useful for early adopters of 8K TV.

One of the more practical camera modes introduced for the S20 is Single Take, which makes use of the camera alongside AI to pick out, and create a portfolio of, all the best moments you capture in a single shot. This ought to be useful while you’re scrolling by means of options to upload to Instagram.

The Galaxy S20 sports a 6.2in, Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. It contains a 120Hz refresh rate, which is good news for gamers, and is HDR10+ certified should you be streaming compatible video content.

This makes it slightly larger (by 0.1in) than the Galaxy S10, which itself has had a value drop following the launch of this newer model. It’s still bigger than the iPhone eleven Pro (5.8in) and not far off the usual iPhone 11 (6.1in).

The big news from an AV perspective is the headphone jack. Or relatively, the absence of one. It’s a feature that the S10 managed to cling on to, but it surely’s lastly had to go. So, you’ll want a pair of USB-C or wireless earbuds to go with them, though Samsung obviously hopes you’ll companion the S20 with its new Galaxy Buds Plus.

A new Music Share audio characteristic permits owners to set their Galaxy S20 as a music hub and source for other components (comparable to Bluetooth speakers and automotive stereos). It additionally opens itself up to additional customers, so different folks can take turns controlling playback.

AKG tuned the S10’s headphones and the same arrangement follows for the S20 for both the packaged -approach headphones and the phone's own inner speakers.

The Galaxy S20 comes with a 4000mAh battery pack, which is an honest enhance on the 3400mAh offered by the S10. Samsung claims quicker wireless charging speeds and also you’ll be pleased to know the phone comes with its own 25W fast charger.

So what can we think of the entry-degree S20? Yes, the value has gone up compared to its predecessor, however on paper, you’re getting improved connectivity, a supercharged camera, a bigger battery and improved tech all-round. The S10 has dropped in value to make way for the new model, so that’s at all times an option too.

However, there's nonetheless a sizeable leap in tech and if you’re trying to upgrade from a two or three-year-old handset, this one is undoubtedly going to be on your shopping list.

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