Samsung’s new series of smartphones is here – and this is what we’ve heard so far about the upcoming range of handsets
Another year, another series of Samsung handsets – and this year won’t disappoint, with the Korean tech giant launching its new Galaxy generation on February 11. Originally expected to be monikered as the S11 – the S10’s natural successor – it seems as though Samsung is making a change this year, with the three releases named as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Here’s what we can tell you about the Galaxy S20.
At a glance
|Display||6.2-inch AMOLED infinity display, QHD+|
|Rear Cameras||12MP wide angle + 64MP telephoto + 12MP ultrawide|
|Storage||128GB with microSD|
Availability and price
Samsung’s new range of handsets, which jump straight from the S10 to the S20 (possibly to match the years of release), were launched on February 11, though the actual release dates are staggered, so that will depend on where you are. The UK release date is set to be March 6.
The flagship S20 will start at £899.
Design and display
Following the phone’s launch event we finally know exactly what’s in store with the Galaxy S20 – here are the main points on its design and display:
- The phone has ultra-thin bezels and a centred punch-hole camera
- The S20 will come in cosmic grey, cloud blue and cloud pink
- All three phones in the range will lose the 3.5mm headphone jack
The Galaxy S20 series’ displays will have a 120Hz refresh rate, double that of the S10 – though only if your display settings are set at Full HD+ resolution. The S20 itself also has an improved touch-sensitivity at 240Hz.
Additionally, the S20’s AMOLED screen measures at 6.2-inches – and sports a max resolution of 3040x1440. All phones will come with ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanners.
Camera and features
It looks as though each handset in the S20 range has seen real improvement in the camera department. The S20 has a 10MP front-facing camera, and its rear camera set up includes:
- A 12MP main lens
- A 64MP telephoto lens
- A 12MP wide-angle lens
Some of the exciting camera features include a 3x optical and 10x digital zoom, 8K video recording, a ‘Space Zoom’ astrophotography mode and a ‘Single Take’ feature – which lets you take a short video from different lenses with the touch of a button before showing you the best shots.
The S20 will also be 5G-enabled by default, though this will depend on 5G capabilities in your area. It’s also worth noting that the 5G-tech in the S20 won’t be as advances as on the S20 Plus and Ultra – which use mmWave antennas that supports faster download speeds.
Across the Atlantic, our American counterparts will get phones featuring the Snapdragon 865 chipset, but for us and most other regions it will probably be an upgrade to the Exynos processor.
All phones look set to have 8GB and 12GB RAM options, and the S20 and S20 Plus will both have 128GB of storage – with the option of adding more through the microSD slot.
In terms of battery, all models in the range are getting an improvement – and the S20’s cell size is 4,000mAh. The 45W fast-charging and 15W wireless charging capabilities are set to be brought over from the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, to all three devices.
Additionally, each of the S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra will almost certainly be IP68 waterproof and dust-resistant.
Galaxy S20 specs
|Release Date||06/03/2020 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||68mm x 7.9mm x 152mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Polymer|
|Display Size||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 3200 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||563 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||10 MP|