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Explained: The Galaxy S20 Series

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Samsung finally took the wraps off their brand new Galaxy S20 Series & it is a massive upgrade over the S10 series from last year. Almost everything has been upgraded but, in some areas the upgrades are significant and in some areas they're minimal.

The major improvements were bought in Camera, Display, Cellular, Processing and the Battery & Charging departments. Those are the areas that matter the most so, the revamp is real this time. There are three models including the standard S20, the S20+ and the new kid this year is being called, the S20 Ultra. Now, I don't want to drag this too much and make it boring for you but, let's start with the specifications. I've tucked in the major information in there so, read the sheet carefully.

Now, what you really need to know is that these new device have changed physically & internally. First the super-curved sides are no more. The curve is now minimal & almost non-existent. The camera area is bigger & now vertical and the camera bump of the S20 Ultra is huge. Maybe that's what you get along with a periscope zoom module.


Talking of zoom lenses, both the 3x zoom lens on the S20 & S20+ and the 10x zoom module are hybrid optical so, technically both of them are hybrid zoom. So, I guess the S20 & S20+ might still be using a 2x optical zoom lens & they're achieving the rest 1x with software without losing any significant quality. The periscope setup on the S20 Ultra actually does around 4x optical zoom & achieve the rest in a similar process.

There are higher resolution sensors now. The S20 & the S20+ got new 64 megapixel sensors which by the way, isn't used in the main camera. It's actually in the Telephoto camera. The main camera still has the regular 12 megapixel sensor and there is a 12 megapixel ultrawide camera as well. The S20+ has an extra 0.3MP Time-Of-Flight sensor which isn't really a big deal. The S20 Ultra on the other hand has the new 108MP sensor in the main camera & a 48MP sensor in the Telephoto unit. The rest stays same as the S20+. The selfie shooter is 10MP in the S20 & S20+ and 40MP in the S20 Ultra.


Now, the next important thing is 5G. Samsung played this differently in different countries. In India, all three models of the Galaxy S20 line-up support 4G LTE only. In the US, all three models are 5G compatible. However, the S20 Ultra does support mm-Wave & sub-6 while the S20 & S20+ only support sub-6.

The basics still stand by the way. US still gets the Snapdragon 865 while other countries get the Exynos 990. All the variants also get the new 8K video recording feature. However, for the S20/S20+ the base amount of RAM is 12GB in the US but, 8GB in the Indian variants. The S20 Ultra starts at 12GB RAM in both countries. These are also LPDDR5 type RAM so, should be a lot faster too.


Lastly there is Battery & new charging mechanisms. The S20 Ultra now supports 45W charging and the S20 & S20+ supports 25W charging. All models support 15W Wireless charging & Wireless reverse charging. The Battery capacity is 4000 mAh for the S20, 4500 mAh for the S20+ and 5000 mAh on the S20 Ultra. So compared to the S10 series, this is a significant area of improvement.


So, I guess we can now end with the pricing. The S20 costs 66,999 INR (8GB, 128GB) In India and $999 in the US (12GB, 128GB). The S20+ costs 73,999 INR (8GB, 128GB) in India and starts at $1199 in the US (12GB, 128GB). The S20 Ultra costs 92,999 INR (12GB, 128GB) in India and starts at $1399 in the US (12GB, 128GB).

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