Galaxy S20 Review
The Galaxy S20 family of Samsung has brought some impressive and additional features. Pioneer of 5G supporting phones and notch-less screen, the S20 series is very popular. It features Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Here we are going to talk about Galaxy S20. It is cheaper than its siblings, the S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra. But it isn’t a low spec or cheap in quality. Three features are very distinct in S20: 5G speed, new camera, and 120 Hz refresh rate on the screen. Let us dig into the specs and features of this phone and see if it is worth buying.
Performance and Software
There are two different chipsets of Galaxy S20. Buyers in the US will get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 version, while most countries worldwide have the high-end EXYNOS 990 chip in their Samsung smartphones.
Upon testing both the chips, we hardly found any differences. Both chip processors give outstanding performance. The chips are powerful for everything from playing games to loading apps real quick.
Samsung’s UI runs on the most current and robust system, Android 10. The Galaxy S20 supports a memory card up to 1TB, which is fair for a majority of users. However, if you want more internal storage, get the Galaxy S20 Plus or Ultra.
The Galaxy S20 is the best option if you want to get 5G on your smartphone. There are 4G versions of this phone in the market, but it is largely 5G by default. The average download speed is about 200Mbps on average. The 4G variant has five times greater speed than the S10 and the S11.
The speed, of course, depends upon the availability of 5G in your area or from your provider. There is a clear distinction between the 5G speed of S20, S20 Plus, and S20 ultra.
The overall look isn’t bad, yet it is too similar to the other Galaxy S phones. It has the same curved glass on the back. There are the classic metal ridges that most Samsung Galaxy phones have. Also, there is the same bezel-less screen that has a tiny hole for the front camera.
However, there are a few noticeable differences from the other Galaxy S phones. The camera module is to the side. It is big and square-like similar to that in iPhone models. A subtle difference from other Galaxy phones is the sides of the screen. The screen is a little less curved on both sides, which looks more appealing.
The notch-less screen looks attractive. But it removes the secure face unlock feature. Instead, the screen features an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. However, the fingerprint sensor is a bit slow. It takes some time to build up the muscle memory for your thumb.
Some customers may be disappointed as Samsung has dropped the headphone jack. But those okay without a headphone jack won’t find this a problem.
The notch-less screen is one of the most appealing features of Samsung Galaxy S20. The option to switch to a 120Hz refresh rate is the most impressive feature of this phone. It makes the animation and scrolling much smoother. Also, switching to a 120Hz refresh rate doesn’t take up much battery.
Other than the refresh rate and absence of the notch, the screen itself is pretty great. It is bright and big enough to enjoy videos and movies.
The main camera of Galaxy 20S features a 12-megapixel lens. The sensor of the main camera is 28% larger than the primary sensor of the Galaxy S10, and the wide-angle sensor of S20 is also 12 megapixels. The front camera is 10 megapixels. Overall the camera features seem pretty standard unless you find the extra features.
The telephoto of 64-megapixels has improved zooming capability. Here is one thing which is common in all cameras of Samsung phones. The software of Samsung warms up the color balance and lightens the shadows wherever possible. This smoothes out the faces in the image.
Some selfie lovers would be happy with this feature. However, some customers may find the face smoothing too artificial. Even when you use the Auto mode, you will still have the same effect.
There is a ‘Bixby scene detection’ for enhanced picture and color quality. But this feature doesn’t help those who find the results of this camera too artificial.
However, with the Pro mode, you can have a bit more original photos. The images look more neutral and detailed in Pro mode then it looks in the Auto mode.
If you want to buy Galaxy 20S because of its depth vision sensor, you may get disappointed. This vision sensor isn’t bad, but it doesn’t make much difference to the image quality. We will leave it to you to decide whether the camera is worth buying feature of S20 or not.
Although 5G provides super-fast internet, it consumes a lot of battery. Luckily, Samsung found a solution to this problem. The Galaxy S20 features a 4000mAh battery. It is a significant increase over then 3400mAh battery of Galaxy S10.
The reliable battery life is powerful enough to last long all day on typical usage. The fast-charging feature of Samsung also pays off in this model. If you have the perfect charging set up, you can have 1 to 100% in an hour.
The Samsung Galaxy 10S isn’t the most edge-cutting of Samsung’s newest models. We found a few impressive and few pretty standard features on this phone. If you are looking for a significant upgrade of Samsung Galaxy S 10, you should look at more recent smartphones. This phone isn’t the right option if you are on a budget or want a headphone jack.
However, there are reasons you would want to get this phone. It is still a robust model from the Samsung Galaxy S series. The overall design is ergonomic and attractive. The addition of new features like 5G and 120Hz refresh rate makes it worth buying.
Sources: https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-s20-review-1080674/ https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-s20-full-review#:~:text=The%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S20%20isn,an%20outstanding%20handset%20in%20its
- Posted by Stephanie Johnson
- On June 25, 2020