NEW Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Smartphone

Predictable, yet still pretty impressive. We take a first look at Samsung's new mainstream flagship offers. Another year, another Galaxy S lineup. You all definitely know the drill by now - these are the best phones Samsung has made to date. Kind of by definition, since innovation is the name...
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Predictable, yet still pretty impressive. We take a first look at Samsung's new mainstream flagship offers.

Another year, another Galaxy S lineup. You all definitely know the drill by now - these are the best phones Samsung has made to date. Kind of by definition, since innovation is the name of the game. And the game never really stops or takes a break. As DJ Koh, now ex-head of Samsung's mobile division, put it himself at a Galaxy Note unveiling from a while ago - it is obviously getting increasingly hard to push the smartphone envelope consistently, year upon year.

Luckily, there is plenty to love about both the Galaxy S20 and the S20+. Potentially, even more so, when it comes to the top-dog S20 Ultra, since it appears to pack most of Samsung's more radical steps and innovations for 2020.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, 163 g 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm, 186 g 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm, 220 g
6.2-inch, QHD+ (563 ppi) 6.7-inch, QHD+ (525 ppi) 6.9-inch, QHD+ (511 ppi)
120Hz high-refresh rate Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ certified
IP68, Stereo speaker setup
Chipset Global: Exynos 990 (7nm), Mali G77 MP11 GPU
Chipset US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+), Adreno 650 GPU
128GB / 12GB RAM + MicroSD 128GB, 256GB or 512GB / 12GB RAM + MicroSD 128GB, 256GB or 512GB, 12 or 16GB RAM + MicroSD
4,000mAh
25W Fast Charging
4,500mAh
25W Fast Charging
5,000 mAh
45W Fast Charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
Rear triple camera:
Main - 12MP f/1.8, OIS
Telephoto - 64MP, f/2.0, OIS
- 3x hybrid optical zoom
- 30x super resolution zoom (Space Zoom)
Ultra wide - 12MP, f/2.2
Front camera:
10MP, f/2.2
Rear quad camera:
Main - 12MP, f/1.8, OIS
Telephoto - 64MP, f/2.0, OIS
- 3x hybrid optical zoom
- 30x super resolution zoom (Space Zoom)
Ultra wide - 12MP, f/2.2
DepthVision camera
Front camera:
10MP, f/2.2
Rear quad camera:
Main - 108MP (binned to 12MP), f/1.8, OIS
Telephoto - 48MP (binned to 12MP), f/3.5, OIS
- 10x hybrid optical zoom
- 100x super resolution zoom (Space Zoom)
Ultra wide - 12MP, f/2.2
DepthVision camera
Front camera:
40MP (binned to 10MP), f/2.2
5G (sub-6 only) or 4G (8GB RAM) variant 5G or 4G (8GB RAM) variant 5G only
Grey, Blue and Pink colors Grey, Blue and Black colors Grey and Black colors
4G from - €899
5G from - €999
4G from - €999
5G from - €1099
5G from - €1349

 

The S20 and S20+ models are arguably a bit tamer and seem to be erring on the safer side of change and leaning heavily on incremental generational improvement. It definitely makes fiscal sense, since you really don't want to disrupt your top-volume products and their market traction too much.

Even so, the S20 and S20+ clearly show growth over the S10 family. Both in features and capabilities, as well as literally - in size. The new Galaxy S lineup is bigger and heavier, raising a few interesting cross-generational heritage questions. Throw in Samsung's new naming convention, where the "S20e", is nowhere to be found and confusion really starts to set in.

 

With its 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, 163 g body and 6.2-inch display, the regular S20 appears to be the successor of the Galaxy S10 and the S10+. As for the S20+, it has increased in size bringing it closer to the Note10+ if we are to continue the Galaxy analogies. Or, alternatively, the new Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note10 Lite. The trend is pretty clear then - phones, or at least Samsung's creations, are still steadily growing year over year.

 

Unlike the latter two, however, the S20 and S20+ are true flagships, packing more than a few goodies to make up for the inflated footprint. Most notably, bigger displays - QHD+ across the board and from Samsung's top-end Dynamic OLED variety. Then there is the notable overall growth in battery capacity, as well as a new, beefier, camera setup. It really does seem like Samsung has prioritized on actual features and usability this time around. Follow us on the next page as we take a deeper dive to see if that is true.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G


LAUNCH

Announced

2020, February 11

Status

Available. Released 2020, March 06


BODY

Dimensions

161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm (6.37 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)

Weight

188 g (6.63 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)


DISPLAY

Type

Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

6.7 inches, 108.0 cm2 (~90.5% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~525 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

 

HDR10+
Always-on display
120Hz@FHD/60Hz@QHD refresh rate


PLATFORM

OS

Android 10, One UI 2.5

Chipset

Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) - USA

CPU

Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) - Global
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585) - USA

GPU

Mali-G77 MP11 - Global
Adreno 650 - USA


MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal

128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM

 

UFS 3.0


MAIN CAMERA

Quad

12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.0, 29mm (telephoto), 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 1.1x optical zoom, 3x hybrid zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS


SELFIE CAMERA

Dual

10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps


SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

 

32-bit/384kHz audio
Tuned by AKG


COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent)

USB

USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go


FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

 

Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation


BATTERY

Type

Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable

Charging

Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W


MISC

Colors

Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, Aura Red, Aura Blue

Models

SM-G986, SM-G986F, SM-G986F/DS, SM-G986U, SM-G986U1, SM-G9860, SM-G986B/DS, SM-G986N, SM-G986B, SM-G986W

SAR

1.08 W/kg (head)     1.02 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

1.09 W/kg (head)     1.57 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 739.00 / € 875.74 / £ 698.69

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