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SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 REVIEW

Samsung made some moves with this phone and they’re all around pretty great. The new high refresh rate display, a bigger battery, a new camera system and 5g pretty simple safe but all good moves. This is the phone for you if you want to try and enjoy the new tech Samsung has to offer and also you can have both of your kidneys. But if you are a fan of bigger storage and more megapixels you can go for Galaxy S20 Ultra but it’ll stretch the price tag.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Behind all this praise, there is powerful new chipset, it can either be Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 (depends on where you live) with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending whether you buy 4G of 5G version. The storage option is limited to single variant of 128GB but you do have SD Card support. A beautiful AMOLED display of 6.2 inches with 120 Hertz refresh rate. The camera is another best feature of this phone. It has been greatly improved not only in megapixel count but also in quality with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. Another improvement is it’s battery. The battery is bumped up to 4000mAh which is a significant increase from 3400mAh of its predecessor. All is good but there is one thing this time, most of you will dread about Samsung. Yes you got it right; there is no more headphone jack. This is the first phone of the S series to dropped this great feature.

DISPLAY:

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has 6.2 inch display which is 0.1 inch bigger than the last years Galaxy S10 and has the same display resolution of 3040 x 1440 (WQHD+)

You can also have the option to use the display resolution of 2220 x 1080 (FHD+) by default which looks as good and consumes less battery. To switch to higher resolution display, we can change it from settings.

The biggest upgrade for Galaxy S20 display is the refresh rate. 

This time we get 120 Hertz of refresh rate which is highest of almost most of other phones as well as previous Samsung devices which had 60 Hertz refresh rate. It’s not a gimmick, higher refresh rate means scrolling and animations becomes a lot smoother.

It also gives gamers richer and smoother experience. With higher refresh rate touch sensitivity is also doubled from 120Hz to 240Hz. On day to day usage you won’t find this noticeable but for mobile gaming you find it more noticeable as it makes games more responsive to touch, by sensing your finger brushes on the screen at a much higher rate than previously.

Downside is 120 Hertz works only with resolution of FHD+, so it’s up to you to decide if you want higher refresh rate or higher resolution.

The Galaxy S20 has one of the most brilliant screens available right now with 563 pixels per inch and with return of HDR10+ to the display you can have best experience of gaming and watching movies.

DESIGN:

The design of Galaxy S20 is same as Galaxy S10 with two pieces of glass sandwiching an aluminum frame. Also has the edge display with curves on left and right but not as much as Galaxy S10 which means fewer accidentally presses along the edges of the display.

This is the first phone is Galaxy S Series to lose the headphone jack. You can use an adapter (not included in the box) or you can buy headphones with USB-C connection.

As of now most of the flagships phones are coming without headphones jack so it won’t be a deal breaker, as most of us are using wireless earphones, headphones now a days.

The phone looks very premium and expensive with its aluminum and glass body but this time camera bump is our pain point but it’ll be worth it if you are camera freak.

There are five color variants of Galaxy S20 but not every color is available in all the markets. The variants are Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud White and Aura Red.

Fingerprint scanner is under the display as with the Galaxy S10 but it is faster and more reliable than Galaxy S10.

CAMERA:

When you compare the camera to that of Galaxy S10 there are important steps forward with camera setup on Galaxy S20.

The main camera has 12MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas Galaxy S10 has dual aperture resulting in better low light shots.

However, Samsung has increased the size of individual pixels here, from 1.4 microns to 1.8 microns. Combined with the larger sensor, you should be able to capture more detail and more light with the Galaxy S20’s main snapper, and we found that to be the case when shooting in darker scenarios.

The main upgrade is telephoto camera from last year’s 12 MP to this year 64MP, because of higher megapixel the aperture is wider.         

Overall result is positive with 3x lossless zoom which is the best in the smartphone so far. Also we have 30x digital zoom which is not lossless but can be in some situations.

The ultra-wide camera of 12MP as compared to 16MP of Galaxy S10 is a touch better than higher megapixel of S10.

Overall we found all the cameras to work brilliantly well and if you are shooting in automatic mode the results will be quiet impressive.

For the first time Samsung Galaxy S20 series comes with 8K video recording and anti-roll correction (up to 60 degrees) as part of Samsung’s Super Steady stabilization function.

But unfortunately Super Steady stabilization is only allowed in 1080p not even in 4K.

Samsung’s camera app continues to be best in the smartphones with new and returning features. It’s simple and easy to use.

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5G:

The Galaxy S20 is first consumer smartphone with 5G. S20 will have 6x greater download speed than 4G.

PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE:

The Galaxy S20 comes with two chipset variants depend on where you live. If you live in US you’ll get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset for rest of the world you’ll get Samsung’s very own high-end Exynos 990 chipset.

It is powerful enough to give us outstanding performance in loading apps and playing games (such as Call of Duty, Asphalt 9 and PUBG).

On Geekbench 5, the Exynos 990 version of the phone averaged a multi-core score of 2699. The S20 is scoring far higher than the S10 5G from 2019, which returned an average result of 2197, and the OnePlus 7T Pro, which scored 2584. These number don’t matter to day to day user of the phone but it’s a positive result.

We will have better performance in 5G variant as it comes with 12GB RAM and some tasks may take more time on 4G variant as it comes with 8GB RAM.

The Galaxy S20 is running Android 10, the latest and greatest Google operating system out of the box. It has Samsung’s very own One UI laid on top of android which is very attractive and easy to use. It includes some pre-loaded apps but fortunately you can delete most of them if not required.

You have only one storage option of 128GB with Galaxy S20 which is enough for average user but if you shoots 4K and now 8K videos then there is also SD card slot which supports up to 1TB.

BATTERY LIFE:

Everyone knows that with 5G the super-fast internet battery will drain faster than any other task on your phone, which is where the 4,000mAh battery comes. It has a solid battery life which can easily see through a day with typical use. Sometimes you can have some left even after a heavy usage for a day.

Some features drained battery life quickly for example 120Hz with full brightness of display. With Samsung’s fast charging you can charge your phone from 0 to 100% in just an hour. Like its predecessor S20 also features reverse wireless charging.

PROS:

A brilliant display
Great camera performance
Powerful and 5G

CONS:

Expensive
Doesn’t support all 5G network
Erratic Fingerprint scanner

BUY IT IF...

You want 5G phone
Flagship which is easy to hold
Top-notch camera

DON'T BUY IT IF...

You are on a budget
Upgrading from S10
You want 3.5mm headphone jack

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