As expected Samsung annouched its eagerly anticipated follow up to last years Galaxy S10 range with the Galaxy S20, S20 plus and S20 Ultra.
But whats difference between each handset and is it worth the upgrade?
Well for a start each of the new S20 models are 5G ready which is different to last year with Samsung releasing just one 5G S10 variant after its launch. Now the whole S20 family gets 5G which makes sense as the 5G network is expanding at a much faster rate and is a feature you would expect with a flagship model from Samsung. There is a large update with the cameras with a 64GB & 108-megapixel sensor on the S20 plus & S20 Ultra respectively.
When it comes to cost – the prices range from £799 for the S20 4G 128GB version to £1,399 for the S20 Ultra 5G 512GB model. In comparison, you can pick up the S10e – Samsungs entry level device from last years S10 range for £499 and if you fancied the 5G S10 that costs £1,099.00 today.
Comparing the designs between the 2019 & 2020 models, you’ll notice the prominent rectangular camera stack on the backs with three lenses reserved for the Galaxy S20 and four for the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. One the subject of the cameras, the S20 and S20 Plus has a 12-megapixel primary lens, working alongside a 64-MP telephoto supporting a 3x optical zoom as well as a 12-MP ultrawide camera. As far as the Samsung Ultra is concerned – it really gets exciting. Samsung have used a 108-MP primary shooter, with a new, extra-large, 1/1.33-inch Isocell Bright HMX sensor, alongside a 48-MP telephoto, 12-MP ultrawide and a time-of-flight depth-sensing lens. Compared to the S10 and S10 Plus which had three lenses on the rear — two at 12-MP sizes, and one ultrawide at 16-MP — while the S10 5G added a time-of-flight sensor for slightly better depth effects.
Once again you have various size screen across the range, the Galaxy S20 Plus screen is 6.7 inches, same as the S10 5G, and the top of the range Galaxy S20 Ultra incorporates a stunning 6.9 inch display.
The screen animations on the S20 are twice as fast as the 60Hz response on the S10 but unfortunately the S20 phones cannot use the 120Hz refresh rate at their full Quad HD resolutions; instead, you can only use Full HD to experience the faster refresh rate which was done to limit the drain on battery life.
In terms of storage, Samsung once again opted for a base 128GB capacity for all S20 models, and the ability to expand via a microSD card. It looks like 2020 will be the year Samsung finally bids farewell to the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, as thats missing from every S20 model.
Theres a significant increase in battery sizes across this years S20 models when compared to last years models, the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra have 4,000 mAh, 4,500 mAh and 5,000 mAh batteries, respectively. To put that into context, the s10 had 3,400 mAh, while the S10 Plus had 4,100 mAh. The S10 5G’s battery was the largest of the bunch at 4,500 mAh, but even that’s now dwarfed by the S20 Ultra.
Its always a tough ask when comparing the S10 v S20 as the S10 is still a great device which will do all the task you’d expect however, the S20 has set the benchmark for smartphones this year. If you’re due an upgrade from a S9 or before, I would recommend going for the S20, especially if you are one for the latest technology and you will certainly enjoy taking photos on the S20’s amazing camera.
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