Samsung fans have long been expecting an overhaul of the Galaxy S series with the company’s latest flagship series. The rumors that we have seen so far about the Galaxy S20 do suggest that this might be one of Samsung’s most feature-packed flagship series yet. The company is looking to start off the new decade with a bang. Perhaps that’s why it decided to call the new series Galaxy S20 and not Galaxy S11. This minor change represents the new course that Samsung is setting the Galaxy S series on.
It saw considerable success with the Galaxy S10e last year. We heaped praise on the more attainable model of the flagship in our Galaxy S10e review as it ticked all the boxes at a competitive price. Samsung will once again offer three models – the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20+.
The Galaxy S20 is essentially going to be the Galaxy S10e’s successor but it’s going to be much more powerful. There will only be a couple of differences between it and the Galaxy S20+.
Multiple leaked renders of the Galaxy S20 have given us a pretty good idea of what the device is going to look like. It’s going to have an Infinity-O display with a centered punch hole for the front camera. The curved edges may not be as pronounced as we’ve seen on previous models as the Galaxy S20 is said to use 2.5D curved glass instead of 3D glass. Still, the bezels will be nice and slim, which is always a good thing.
Reports suggest that the Galaxy S20 will measure 152 x 68 x 7.9mm. Samsung’s signature metal and glass build will be present along with IP68 water resistance. Samsung has made the biggest design change at the back. The new vertically-aligned camera setup is a break from tradition, and as we’ve explained before, it marks the end of a signature Samsung design element. Renders show that the camera bump will protrude a bit from the case. The speaker at the bottom will be accompanied by a speaker and a USB Type-C port. It won’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Galaxy S20 will have the same Exynos 990 processor as the rest of the models in this series. Recent reports have suggested that all models of the new flagship will have 12GB RAM as standard. The device will ship with the Snapdragon 865 in select markets like the United States. There’s also going to be at least 128GB of internal storage and microSD support for external expansion up to 1TB.
A chunky 4,000mAh battery will be keeping the lights on. It’s expected that the 45W fast charging that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 10+ last year will make its way to the entire Galaxy S20 lineup. Samsung will be offering 5G variants of all Galaxy S20 models in supported markets.
Despite having the smallest display in the family, the Galaxy S20 is still going to feature a 6.2-inch 3200×1440 pixel resolution WQHD+ 20:9 Infinity-O display. We have exclusively revealed that it’s going to be a 120Hz refresh rate panel, which will allow for much smoother scrolling and animations. The Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s first series to feature a 120Hz panel. The display is going to have an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
There’s more clarity now about the camera setups that will be offered on the different models in this lineup. The Galaxy S20 will get a new 12-megapixel primary camera coupled with a 64-megapixel 3x optical zoom telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The setup will be capable of up to 30x digital zoom and 8K video recording at 30fps. There will be a 10-megapixel camera on the front with support for 4K video recording at 60fps.
Software and new features
The Galaxy S20 is going to run Android 10 out of the box, possibly with One UI 2.1, a minor upgrade over One UI 2.0 that’s already out for a handful of Samsung devices. There may be a few user interface tweaks and the device will definitely have some new software features.
Quick Share is going to be one of those features. Think of it as an AirDrop rival that Samsung has developed to allow users to easily share files locally. There’s also going to be a cloud-based aspect to the service that will let users stream files to their connected devices.
Release date and price
Samsung has confirmed an Unpacked event for February 11 in San Francisco, California. That’s where it will unveil the Galaxy S20 series. It will confirm the price and release date for the device there.
Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy S20 is going to hit shelves in the first week of March. The Galaxy S20 prices are expected to start at 899 euro which is just about $990. Color options will include Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink.