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Samsung S20 review

Samsung’s launch of three new handset models sets out to offer a little something for everyone. The S20 is the cheapest of the three, though not the most affordable out of Samsung’s existing line-up. It does come with significant improvements to the camera, 5G by default (where available) and plenty more. Want to know if it’s the right new phone for you? Find out alongside the specs, price, release date, and much more below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Specs

  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm
  • Screen: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels x 563ppi
  • Weight: 163g
  • Camera: 64MP, 12MP, 12MP, front camera: 10MP
  • CPU: Exynos 990
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh
  • Colours: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink

Camera

The triple camera set-up on the Galaxy S20 is clearly aimed at photo lovers, with a 64MP telephoto that offers 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. Samsung claims that these upgrades are the biggest since the S7 series released in 2016. The ability to record video in 8K doesn’t mean a lot (yet, anyway) but it does enable the ability to crop and edit while preserving impressive levels of detail. What does it actually mean for pictures? They’re excellent thanks to the rebuilt sensors that capture more light and produce excellent photos. The camera focuses quickly, even in far from perfect light conditions. The front-facing camera is also pretty good, but it doesn’t come with any exciting upgrades to take your selfie game to the next level. 

Design and display

The display on the Samsung S20 has added a much-wanted feature: a 120Hz refresh rate. This means that the phone gives the impression of being twice as fast, as the refresh rate has doubled from the standard 60Hz. Be aware that it’s not the default setting, and you’ll need to enable the FHD (Full High Definition Mode), which will affect battery life. The screen does produce beautiful colours and makes whatever you view on it a real pleasure. 

The handset is well designed with the screen feeling mostly unbothered by the camera pinhole at the top. The fingerprint scanner has disappeared under the screen, which we rather like. The display is one of the best and incredibly responsive. You’ll notice that the headphone jack is gone, like for many flagship models, as brands start to push for the transition to wireless headphones and a less cluttered overall look. It’s slightly curved with a glass back that looks and feels great but will inevitably require a case to prevent damage. 

Processor and battery

It’s not surprising to say that the handset is very speedy throughout its usage; consumers hardly expect anything less from the top-end releases. You get the option of a 4G or a 5G, and the Galaxy S20 is the only one where you get a choice. What we do know about 5G so far is that it’s a battery drain, and the bigger battery will come in handy even though 5G isn’t yet accessible everywhere. The handset may be too powerful for most regular users with the top-end specs that the Galaxy S20 offers. Hardly a complaint though it does raise questions over how far precisely they can be pushed in the future. There’s absolutely no lag or bounce when using the handset, pitting firmly against the iPhone 11s. The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes complete with ‘Super Fast’ charging and a 25W charger in the box. 

Verdict

This is an excellent release from Samsung and a real disruptor in the 5G arena. The triple-camera set-up offers something new for the photo-obsessed market, delivering genuinely excellent snaps. It also doesn’t have a price tag quite as high as the new Samsung S20 Ultra while offering a lot of great specs and processing power to please power users. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 prices and deals 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 will be released in the UK on March 13th, priced at £799. There are plenty of deals on the market if you want to get the new handset without buying it upfront. Carphone Warehouse offers a contract at £54.00 per month with only £9.99 upfront cost for 60GB of data, or you can go unlimited for £47.00 per month with a £99.99 upfront cost. Want to see even more deals? Hoppy compares hundreds so you can find the best one for you. 

For more information on other Samsung handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8, or on all our popular mobile phones, contract phone deals and SIM only deals, visit our mobile hub.

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