Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus Review

It’s been an important week for Samsung and the company has released three new models of Galaxy S20. While the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the biggest and most powerful of them all, it’s more likely that people will choose the more affordable regular Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus. Although these devices are not as groundbreaking as the Galaxy Z Flip, both phones are still impressive with 120Hz display and camera with zoom capabilities. Other than the beautifully refined design, you also get a much bigger battery and support for 5G data connectivity.

Design

Visually, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus look really similar, but it is easy to see that the S20 Plus is bigger and it has the fourth camera on the back. Both are premium-made with familiar metal and glass design. Unfortunately, the glass surface gets smudged easily when touched by hands. There are four color options, Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black, blue and pink. Free in the box, is a pair of USB-C headphones.

Display

The display of the Galaxy S20 family is a game-changer. There’s no point in having very powerful hardware if the display has only a mediocre refresh rate. The AMOLED display of the Galaxy S20 family offers a 120Hz refresh rate. It means, if the hardware generates high frame rates when playing games or movies, the display is capable of supporting that. The regular Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display and the Galaxy S20 Plus offers a 6.7-inch display. Both phones are capable of supporting QHD resolution, but the default resolution is set at Full HD to get the optimum level of battery life and display sharpness.

Cameras

The regular Samsung Galaxy S20 has three cameras on the back with a 12Mp primary camera with OIS, 64MP telephoto camera and 12MP ultra-wide camera. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has an extra DepthVision camera. Both phones also have a 10MP front-facing camera. An important extra feature is the Hybrid Optic Zoom that allows for 3x magnification without significant loss in quality. If combined with digital zoom, users can get up to 30x magnification. Users can capture videos with up to 8x resolution and if the Super Steady feature is enabled, jerkiness in the video can be eliminated.

Internal hardware and battery

In the United States, all three Galaxy S20 models use Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, while the global versions use Samsung’s Exynos 990 SoC. 5G data connectivity is optional features, but the cheaper 4G versions should adequate for casual uses. Galaxy S20 supports 5G with mmWave technology for faster speed, but the shorter range and Sub6 bands for wider coverage, but slower speed. For some users, the 128GB internal storage of regular Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus is barely enough, but it’s expandable with a microSD card slot. The regular S20 has 4000mAh battery and the S20 Plus with a 4500mAh battery. They include a 25W charger with a Fast Charge feature.