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Reasons why the Galaxy S20 is a worthy upgrade over the Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9 owners who have skipped last year’s flagship series might now want to consider upgrading to one of the latest Galaxy S20 models. Although the Galaxy S9 is still a decent performer in various areas, its time as a flagship device has passed and the Galaxy S20 presents numerous advantages over it.

Today we’re looking at some of these key differences, from better performance to improved software support, and why Galaxy S9 owners might want to upgrade.

Bigger displays, smaller bodies

Samsung continued to trim down its screen bezels over the past couple of years since the Galaxy S9 was introduced. Its screen-to-body ratio kept improving, and it reached a point where the Galaxy S20 with its 6.2-inch display has a smaller footprint than the Galaxy S9+ featuring a similarly-sized 6.2-inch panel.

Of course, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is still a giant beast – arguably for good reasons – and there’s no way around it. Either way, the increased screen-to-body ratio on Samsung’s latest flagship series brings noticeable advantages and a more streamlined design.

120Hz refresh rate displays

The Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s first flagship series to adopt a display with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz. The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra all come with a 120Hz display, and this provides a couple of benefits over lower refresh rate panels.

Essentially, a 120Hz panel will make animations look twice as smooth and responsive compared to 60Hz. This effect is difficult to appreciate through videos, so if you’re skeptical, your best bet to see the difference is to try the Galaxy S20 first-hand. Go to a local store, make sure the S20s they have on display have been set to 120Hz mode, and let the smooth animations do the talking.

Better… Much better cameras

This is one of those areas that have changed drastically over the past couple of years. The Galaxy S9 was launched at a time when Samsung was transitioning from a single to a multi-rear camera setup, and the flagship series itself is split between these two philosophies. The Galaxy S9 has a single main camera, while the Galaxy S9+ has a dual-camera combo.

The Galaxy S20 series is simply in another class. Both the standard model and the Galaxy S20+ have 12MP wide sensors, 12MP ultra-wide shooters, and 64MP telephoto units with 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. The Galaxy S20+ even adds a ToF depth sensor.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is in a class of its own, even when compared to the S20 and S20+. It has a 108MP main camera, a 48MP telephoto lens with 10 x optical and 100x digital zoom, a 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and a ToF sensor. Not to mention that selfie enthusiasts work with a generous 40MP front-facing camera.

Bigger batteries with better fast charging

While the Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries, the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra boast 4,000mAh, 4,500mAh, and 5,000mAh units, respectively.

That larger batteries are needed for the more power-hungry screens, but they will also provide better autonomy and faster charging. The Galaxy S9 has 15W wired fast charging capabilities, while the Galaxy S20 series tops 15W wirelessly. On wired charging, the Galaxy S20 and S20+ are capable of 25W, while the S20 Ultra boasts 45W.

5G is the future, and the Galaxy S20 is more futureproof

5G is not yet available in every market, which is why Samsung offers the Galaxy S20 in LTE flavor in some regions. But if you want to buy a more futureproofed flagship then the Galaxy S20 is it.

The Galaxy S9 lineup will forever be limited to 4G networking, and there’s no way around it. It’s a hardware limitation that cannot be overcome unless you want to upgrade to a new flagship. Why not make it the S20?

More memory = better multitasking

Memory usage has increased considerably over the years. Having 4GB or 6GB of RAM on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was impressive a couple of years ago, but nowadays, even the Galaxy A51 ships with those exact same RAM capacities.

The more RAM a smartphone has, the more apps it can keep open at once, and the better it is at multitasking. The Galaxy S20 lineup has plenty of RAM, ranging from 8GB on the Galaxy S20/S20+ to a whopping 16GB on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

On top of that, the Galaxy S20 has more base storage at 128GB built-in, while the Galaxy S9 series had 64GB of storage at the lowest.

Android OS Support

The last, but not necessarily the least reason to upgrade from the Galaxy S9 to the Galaxy S20 is better Android OS support. You knew this was coming, but the reality of the situation is inevitable. Samsung offers two major OS updates for its flagship phones, and the Galaxy S9 already got updated from Android Oreo to Android Pie and Android 10.

Support for the Galaxy S9 series will now be reduced to security patches, while the Galaxy S20 lineup is guaranteed to be updated to at least Android 12 over the next few years. If you want to experience future Android OS versions and benefit from better software support then it’s probably time for you to upgrade to one of Samsung’s new flagships.


Are you planning on buying one of the Galaxy models? Are there any Galaxy S9 features that you’re afraid you might be missing once you switch to the newer flagship? And what are some of the main Galaxy S20 advantages that might persuade you to adopt one of the latest models? Let us know in the comment section.

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hichamnh
hichamnh

I’love my Galaxy S9+ i’dont want to change it and i’have a old phone to Galaxy S3 & S4

insaner
insaner

Me2, there is no need to give extra money for S20 lineup.

stonecool
stonecool

note 8 user here and big galaxy fan, really wanted to upgrade to the newest flagship having note 8 in need of more ram as it’s becoming really laggy but phone price it’s a real deal killer,I believe having to pay around 1400 dls for a phone it’s a bit ludicrous even if the phone was physically worth that much, devices being made so fragile now a days and with high price deductibles makes me want to get the a different/more accessible price high end phone like the upcoming oneplus 8 pro. Samsung might not realize of it but a… Read more »

insaner
insaner

You can pay half of it for Mi10 Pro which will be S20 killer this year :).

Lightshark12
Lightshark12

So what about rumored ir spectrometer of sone sort? Is it there?

gtone339
gtone339

As a S8 user I think its time to upgrade for this years flagship S20 series smartphones, but what’s my reason to upgrade? The low-light photography on the S8 isn’t the best anymore and I can’t take proper low-light photos with it and what I know about the S20 & the S20+ is that both have a larger image sensor over the S8 & S10 series (1.7x larger than the S10 image sensor). Will bet on the S20 or the larger S20+ for my upgrade over the S8 unless I sit & wait what the Note 20 has to offer… Read more »

RHBH
RHBH

Why would I change my S9+ (SD845) to S20 (Exynos 990)?

Is seems like a downgrade.

othmanhu
othmanhu

The same way you got your SD phone get it this time also ๐Ÿ˜‰

RHBH
RHBH

I live in Brazil.

In 2018, Samsung has brought S9 and Note9 lineup with Snapdragon.
In 2019, Samsung has brought S10 and Note10 lineup with Exynos.
This year it seems we’ll get Exynos again.

othmanhu
othmanhu

Oh I see

NicuPit
NicuPit

THE S9 IS STILL GOOD, OTHERS DON’T HAVE IT YET, AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE S9 GETTING OLDER, SUCK OFF…A PHONE LIKE THIS IS STILL GOOD FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR.

alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

I’ll just wait for Note 20

SteveTud
SteveTud

Lets just hope it has a mini jack and IR blaster

djcbs
djcbs

People with the S9 would be better off buying an S10. The cameras on the S20 and S20+ aren’t that much better (in fact, the ultra-wide is worse, going from 16mp to 12mp), the phones are uglier and they’re losing basic features like the headphone jack. And for someone coming from an S9, losing the notification LED for no good reason is bad enough of a compromise on a line of phones that used to be known for having everything and the kitchen sink. The S20, however, doesn’t. It looks and feels, more than ever, like a poor generic Chinese… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Only reason to pick it over the s10 is the 5g! Personally sticking with s10 now until I get a decent 5g contract. Was going to buy the s20 but due to no black version availablity for the smaller handset I have decided to wait a year

othmanhu
othmanhu

I have S8 plus. I would love to upgrade to S20 plus but I have no excuses in why I am upgrading ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ my phone works very well ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ข which is a good thing I guess ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โœŒ

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I’m still a month away from being able to upgrade because Samsung shifted the release schedule a couple of years ago… ๐Ÿ˜’ I’d love to pre order the Ultra. My S9+ gets a hefty trade in value! But I can’t because of this month difference. Might just wait for the Note20 now. Lol

ace123456
ace123456

Yes, a lot of facilities, but in the end there are only 2, namely, the battery and the screen, but the phone is heavier and bigger and nobody says anything that comes with the biggest SAR compared to the other models so far. , samsung compared to other years, makes phones with high SAR compared to competitors, and this madness with 5g is breathed, 4g + is very good, and the camera it is not so god as they claim compare Apple or Sony, so, too much money in the end for nothing really substantial or for a thing without… Read more »

bighass
bighass

actually the base s20 is the exact same weight as the s9, significantly lighter than most other phones but still packing a 4000mah battery. sony can’t compete with any of the flagships camera wise, apple or samsung. the iphone 11 and galaxy s20 are significantly better and are pretty on par

ace123456
ace123456

The s20 i think is a small copy of Iphone with bigger battery, they are not so innovative, sometimes they copy long and fast, Sony and Apple has the best camera on the market , if you still remember what sensational pictures s6 and s6 edge was taking, the sensor was from sony IMX240, from s6 until now they are still looking for the best solutions…

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

Remove the front camera because its ugly then maybe yes……. until then I ain’t buying….. also Bring back the headphone jack

Emraan100
Emraan100

100000 % correct brother..

SteveTud
SteveTud

Headphone jack is a must for any new phone i’ll buy. I don’t want my brain frying with unnessesary radio waves.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Why did you feel the need to make the same comment twice? Maybe your brain is already fried. Too late. Haha.

alturist
alturist

I would wait another year after they implement 108 Mpx camera in the whole lineup. Otherwise, changing one 12 Mpx camera to another 12 Mpx (only a bit updated) one is not so wise. Today, smartphones last longer. I switched my S5 to S10e last summer. Yeah, I felt the difference.
Hope they will finally add graphene into batteries to extend their lives so we could change smartphones once every 5 years without significant reduction of battery capacity.

iamnigeloke
iamnigeloke

Still a holdout for pinhole cameras and lack of headphone jack, even after joining the fray of wireless earbuds when I bought my own Galaxy Buds. Seriously, Samsung wants you to pay a slightly higher premium than even Apple’s to get the headphone jack functionality, and Bluetooth is STILL NOT PERFECT, until Samsung can bend over and implement aptX HD. The Buds can still get defeated in relatively crowded areas. 5G is surprisingly still not commercially available in Singapore yet, and the only variant with 5G available here is the super-expensive Ultra. For the amount of money I would be… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

My wife has an S9 plus and loves it. She is jealous of the Note10 plus cameras though, but not a real big enthusiast for photography so she may well go for a Note10 plus instead when Note20 arrives as she’s not enthusiastic about paying big money for a phone either. Me, I’ll be lining up for Note10 Ultra 512gb……or might there be a 1tb device by then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

woody365
woody365

Just the price. My cousin still uses a galaxy S4 and manages to use everything on it without to much of a hiccup. So I think I’ll be ok with my S9+ for maybe a year or two.

alturist
alturist

I’m still using S5 but only as a GPS device on my bicycle. Installed a new battery and it hold the charge like a new one.

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s an excellent idea to keep an otherwise obsolete device reworked to suit another purpose. I use an old Samsung tablet I have as an internal security camera connected to WiFi using Alfred video surveillance app which works great. Much better to use it for something than throwing it away. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

ironbat
ironbat

I own s9. I’ll hold onto it for another year. I play a lot of games. Using wired earphones and being able to charge is something I’ll miss the most

cardicek
cardicek

wired headphones LOL: D

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s probably time to move away from wired my friend unless you never want to change your phone ever again. I hated the change myself but having got Note10 plus with (admittedly free) Galaxy buds, I’ve never wanted to go back. With wireless charging available that can be as fast or even faster than the wired on S9 plus, there is no advantage to headphone jacks. Having said that the S9 plus is a great phone, my wife is very happy with hers, it’s just as quick as it was when new, and she just got Android 10 which has… Read more »

SteveTud
SteveTud

Enjoy having your brain fried by your wireless buds. Not for me thanks.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Lol. We have a member of the tinfoil hat brigade here today. Did you forget to take your anti-paranoia meds this morning?? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Biransahin
Biransahin

Maybe you should live in a cave in the Himalayas. You’re surrounded by much stronger radio waves than Bluetooth, which is actually very weak. You’re getting more exposure from the 4g and 5g transmitters around you. Your home wifi is even stronger, and the screen of the phone or computer your using has even more. It must be weekend day out time for the conspiracy theory patients. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Gunter2
Gunter2

Lol. True enough,, even a TV emits radiation. If you check the data released, Bluetooth earbuds actually emit LESS EMF radiation than wired earbuds. Of course if he doesn’t use anything and keeps that tinfoil hat covering his ears he might be ok. This guy reminds me of the lawyers crazy brother in Better Call Saul. ๐Ÿ˜‰