Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a high-end smartphone from Samsung announced in February 2020 and available in early March 2020 which succeeds the Galaxy S10. It is equipped with a 6.2-inch HDR10 + certified AMOLED screen, a versatile triple photo sensor between ultra-wide-angle and 3X zoom (30X in hybrid), and an Exynos 990 processor engraved in 7 nm supported by 8 GB of RAM (12 GB in 5G version). It is available in 4G or 4G + 5G version and with 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. 

Every year it's the same story, Samsung unveils its new high-end model at the start of the year. This year, it is the turn of the Galaxy S20 to become the flagship of Samsung. A smartphone that has it under the hood with its 5G compatibility, its 64-megapixel device, or even its Exynos 990 chip. In this article, we will give you a quick review regarding Samsung Galaxy S20.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Design & Display.


Samsung Galaxy S20 does not fundamentally depart from what the Korean manufacturer was already offering last year. There is a 6.2-inch screen - against 6.1 inches for the Galaxy S10 - which covers most of the front. However, Samsung has made a slight change compared to its predecessor, since the screen is no longer punched at the upper right corner, but in the center of the screen, like what the Galaxy Note 10 already offered. A hole which is rather well placed and quite discreet with its 3.5 mm diameter, and which will not interfere unduly on a daily basis. 

Still on the front, around the screen, we will find fairly thin borders. It must be said that left and right, the screen is slightly curved to better immerse the user in its content. We do not have a curvature qualified as “waterfall” as on the Vivo Nex 3 or on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro , but it is already sufficient to considerably reduce the side edges. Thus, at the top of the screen, we will find a border of 3 mm, at the bottom of 4 mm, and on the sides of 1.5 mm. While some may regret this curved screen format, which may tend to record false keystrokes on the screen due to the palm of the hand, the effect is still quite attractive. 

It is on the slices of the Galaxy S20 that we will discover the most changes compared to previous models. It must be said that the lower edge seems quite empty with its USB-C socket and its only speaker. Indeed, as was expected, Samsung decided to ignore the jack, a first on the Galaxy S range, but we expected after its disappearance on the Galaxy Note 10. 

On the right side, we will find without too much surprise a standby button and the two-volume keys. Easily accessible buttons thanks to the relatively compact size of the smartphone. One of the good surprises actually comes from the left edge, where we will not find ... nothing at all. Exit the Bixby button which is now integrated on the standby key when you keep your finger pressed. 
 on the upper edge, we will only find the door for the nano-SIM card. Note that you can choose to integrate two nano-SIM cards or a microSD card and a nano-SIM. Samsung is keeping expandable storage as well, and that's good news. 

As long as we are in the radius of the good news, note that the Samsung Galaxy S20 is certified for its waterproofing to the IP68 level, that is to say, that it is resistant against dust and against immersion in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

Now let's move on to the back of the smartphone, which may have raised fears of the worst when we discovered the first leaks. It features the Samsung logo, a photo module, and ... that's it. Admittedly, the photo module, positioned vertically at the top left, is quite wide, mainly because of the integration of the flash, but that's not disturbing. Even in terms of the balance of the smartphone when it is laid flat on a table or desk, the photo module does not interfere too much. Of course, we would have preferred a centered and horizontal positioning, as on the Galaxy S10, to avoid having a wobbly smartphone, but the module at least has the merit of not protruding too much from the back. On the other hand, you might as well prevent immediately: watch out for fingerprints. The Galaxy S20 - here tested in its gray model - catches them as outdoor lighting attracts mosquitoes. 

Finally, let's talk about the comfort of use more generally; It must be said that one of the main attractions of the classic Samsung Galaxy S20, compared to its big brothers, remains its contained size. There is no 6.4, 6.5, or 6.7-inch screen here like most of the market. The smartphone fits comfortably in the hand and despite its 6.2-inch screen, it remains relatively comfortable at 6.9 cm wide, 15.2 cm high and 0.8 cm thick. We also have a fairly lightweight of 163 grams, quite comfortable for everyday use. It's quite simple, among the high-end models in 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is one of the last still easy to operate with one hand. 

As far as display is concerned, iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1 IPS LCD screen which is called Retina XDR. It occupies 79.1 of the front of the device. iPhone 11 has 1792 x 828 resolution with 326 PPi.
If you've ever used an iPhone 8 or a similar phone, the iPhone 11's screen won't seem too strange to you. In fact, if you have used the iPhone 8 Plus and other Plus models, which are its predecessors, we think you will have no problem getting used to the iPhone 11's screen.

The screen, with its brightness of up to 625 nits, offers an adequate view in the outside, under bright light. The vibrancy of the screen is also good, the viewing angles are also wide. We did not have any trouble with the iPhone XR's screen. It would not be wrong to say that a similar situation applies to the iPhone 11. On the other hand, the high brightness level allows HDR content to be viewed. You can enjoy impressive Dolby Vision content on Netflix or the iTunes store or HDR videos on YouTube.

Among the iPhones released last year, the iPhone XR was distinguished from the others as a model that did not include 3D Touch technology. In iPhone 11, this difference disappears, because the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max do not have this technology anymore. Apple performs the movements and functions used by pressing the screen lightly, such as Quick Actions, Peek, Pop, which it previously offered with 3D Touch, through the software with iOS 13. Thanks to the renewed vibration motor, we can offer the experience we got from screens that used to have 3D Touch.
On the sound side, we see that the iPhone 11 has made progress compared to the iPhone XR. Like the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models, Dolby Atmos technology is also available on this phone. Moreover, you can experience this support directly through the speakers without the need for any accessories. Dolby Atmos supported movies on iTunes are suitable for the experience. The environmental sound effect is increased, even if you stand behind the iPhone 11, you can hear the sound quite well. You can easily feel the movement of the sound between the right and left channels in movies. In addition, the stereo speakers of the iPhone 11 offer sound quality and intensity well above the average of a smartphone. You don't need external speakers.

There is no headphone jack on the iPhone 11 either. 3.5mm headphone jack comes out of the box. The 3.5mm-Lightning adapter is not available, you have to buy it separately. If your budget allows, you can get a comfortable and effortless audio and multimedia experience with a headset like the AirPods or the newly released AirPods Pro. Of course, you can also consider the different Bluetooth headset options.

Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a 6.2 Dynamic  AMOLED 2X display with curved edges. The screen occupies 89.5% of the front of the device. The S20 has a 3200 x 1440 resolution with 563 PPI.
 In daily use precisely, we will note a fairly well-balanced screen despite a default setting in "vivid" mode. The colors are sharp, but the white balance does not seem too bluish like it usually does with this type of calibration. Dalle Oled obliges, we are also entitled to a very deep contrast. Finally, even the brightness is up to par since, in direct sunlight, we had no trouble viewing the smartphone screen.

Our screen measurements, carried out with a probe and CalMAN Ultimate software from Portrait Displays, allow us to clarify these findings. And as expected, we are indeed entitled to a screen with particularly rich colors, since by default, the Samsung Galaxy S20 covers 204% of the sRGB spectrum, 137% of the DCI-P3 spectrum, and even 93% of the BT.2020 spectrum. We could also note an impressive brightness of the screen, able to go up to 708 cd / m² with the adaptive brightness and a strong light source in the light sensor. However, there is a bit of a shoe pinch when it comes to color fidelity, since the temperature of the whites is 6962K, above the recommended 6500K corresponding to the white color of sunlight. The same goes for the fairly high average Delta E with its score of 6.04 based on the DCI-P3 spectrum as a benchmark. 

However, you can slightly improve these results by changing the screen color in the display settings to take it a step "warmer". Therefore, we will find a slightly warmer white temperature at 6350K, closer to 6500K, and a little more faithful colors with a delta E of 5.92. 

Finally, one last point is to be welcomed especially on this Samsung Galaxy S20. It is indeed the first smartphone of the brand to offer a screen with a refresh rate greater than 60 Hz. By default, the smartphone out of the box offers a Full HD + screen at 60 Hz, but you can switch it to your choices. in QHD + at 60 Hz or in Full HD + at 120 Hz. Unfortunately, we cannot, therefore, switch to 120 Hz with QHD + definition, but this is undoubtedly the case to preserve the smartphone's battery.  

Still, in nearly two weeks of testing, we configured the smartphone with 120 Hz mode in Full HD +. And as much to say it immediately, if the frequency of 90 Hz does not differ fundamentally from 60 Hz, it is not the case of 120 Hz. Once the parameter activated for the first time, the difference is obvious as the smartphone is fluid. And Samsung is well aware of it: the Korean manufacturer has integrated a slew of small animations in addition to the simple scrolling on its Galaxy S20, in order to benefit as much as possible from 120 Hz. It's very simple, once the parameter is activated, it becomes difficult to do without it and go back to a stupid 60 Hz screen. Samsung has managed to create a need in me and it has been a while since the Korean did not succeed. 

As we saw earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S20 does not offer a headphone jack. You can therefore forget your favorite wired headset, it will not be able to be connected as it is to the latest high-end smartphone from Samsung. Worse yet, Samsung didn't see fit to offer a jack to USB-C adapter, just simple USB-C headphones designed by AKG. We are therefore far from the position held by Samsung a year ago for which the jack was essential to let users enjoy their usual wired headsets. 

From now on, they will therefore have to use the supplied headphones, switch to Bluetooth or buy an additional adapter to continue using their favorite headphones.
That doesn't mean, however, that Samsung's built-in headphones in the Galaxy S20's box are of poor quality - far from it. We end up with headphones with a fabric-wrapped cable, which is very practical to ensure better strength. The headphones themselves are fairly standard wired in-ear models, with a remote control-microphone to be able to communicate and control your music. It should also be noted that Samsung provides a total of three pairs of silicone eartips to best match the headphones to your ear canal.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Operating System and Process.



Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with the Exynos 990. The processor is built using a 7nm process for extreme power efficiency, and it has a neural engine on board for AI-related tasks.

In the Geekbench test, the S20 scored 459 for single-core and 2545 for multicores.

According to the operating system, Samsung Galaxy S20 runs on Android 10 with One UI 2.0. For those who already know One UI 2, the software does not offer any big surprises here. As a reminder, this is one of our favorite manufacturer interfaces on Android at the moment, because it is clear, easy to use, and yet rich in features. By default, One UI is configured with button navigation with, as is always the case with Samsung, the back button on the right, and multitasking on the left. However, we can reverse the keys to display multitasking on the right and return to the left, but also choose between two types of gestural navigation. Samsung does not only offer gesture navigation for Android 10 or that specific to Galaxy smartphones. 


Still, in terms of customization, the Galaxy S20's home screen allows you, by activating a dedicated option, to open the notifications panel by sliding your thumb down from anywhere. The reverse gesture is used to access the application drawer.


It should also be noted that the icons are clear, that the parameters menu is tidy and particularly easy to navigate, with only 20 entries. System night mode is also fun to use, and ultimately, one of the only bad things about Samsung's interface is the presence of duplicate apps like the Samsung browser alongside Google Chrome. But again, nothing serious, since many of these applications can be uninstalled. If the smartphone does not offer a notification LED, however, it should be noted that it is possible to activate a mode allowing the outlines of the screen to light up when a notification is received. 

On the side of the new features of the Galaxy S20, note also a new file sharing system called Quick Share. This is accessible directly from the sharing settings menu. You just have to launch this option from a file to have access to the dedicated menu. The smartphone will then suggest the smartphones around you that are compatible with Quick Share, and, once the recipient has been selected, all that remains is to confirm receipt. It should also be noted that Quick Share also allows you to send the file to a contact even remotely, provided that you are both logged in to your Samsung account.

Because this is the main concern of Quick Share: it is a Samsung option and, as such, it is therefore only compatible with Samsung devices. We know that Google is working on an alternative solution, while Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have teamed up around another standard. As long as a solution is not massively adopted by all manufacturers, Quick Share will therefore be useful to you especially for sending files ... to Samsung devices

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Storage, Price, and available colors.


Samsung Galaxy S20 price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of Samsung Galaxy S20 with 8GB RAM and 128GB variant and the only one, it will cost you around 680.00USD on Amazon. The same variant will cost 754.00USD on eBay. The device supports either 2 SIM cards or 1 SD card up to 256GB. It is available in Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, Aura Red, and Aura Blue colors.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Security and Ports.


For security, Samsung has incorporated two different ones: facial recognition and fingerprint reader. For facial recognition, it's a simple shot using the selfie camera built into the screen. So do not expect to use a system as secure as the Google Pixel 4, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, or iPhone 11, here it is a simple photosensor. Note, however, that the software allows the choice of opening the lock screen, which you only have to slide once your face is recognized, or directly open the home screen. 

When it comes to fingerprint recognition, Samsung has made a welcome choice. While the Galaxy S20 still has an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner - like the Galaxy S10 last year - Samsung has chosen to position it a little higher. As a result, it's now closer to the screen and, most importantly, falls much easier under the thumb than last year's model. Overall, the fingerprint reader is quite responsive although due to the rather long animation it takes almost half a second from when the finger is put down and the screen is accessed. reception. Too bad, we would have appreciated a little more fluidity. It also supports the same classical unlocking methods which the P40 Pro has such as pattern and passcode.

As of ports, the device supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. The device comes with a USB-C port, which helps in quick charing. It doesn't support a 3.5mm headphone jack. Whereas the S20 supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It also supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. It comes with USB-C. 

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Battery and Charging.


Samsung Galaxy S20 provides a powerful Li-Polymer 4000mAh battery.  This compares to the Galaxy S10 + battery that was released a year ago and shows a simple trend: battery technology does not change much, but battery capacity grows. And this phone offers fast charging.

Samsung is starting to massively support USB Power Delivery 3.0 and has also updated its fast-charging standards. This allows you to get rid of a simple problem - a long charging of the smartphone. So, in the S20 in 55-65 minutes you can charge the battery up to 100% (charging time depends on the ambient temperature). In half an hour, you will receive approximately 70% of the charge. A 25W charger is included and should be enough for most behind-the-eyes use scenarios. There is no point in buying a 45 W charger, since the charge speed increases by the first 50%, but the total time remains plus or minus the same.

Wireless charging supports up to 15W of power, which allows you to charge your smartphone in 90-95 minutes. It's also very fast and extremely comfortable. For several years we have forgotten what charging for the night is, always charging my devices on the go, in between. And we never have problems with the fact that they were discharged at some inopportune moment. It takes 10 minutes to get a charge for several hours of non-stop operation. And this is a convenience that is difficult to underestimate. 

Reverse charging allows you to recharge accessories or another smartphone, the power has also increased - now it is a maximum of 9 watts.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.

 Camera.


 Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a triple- rear camera as mentioned: 12Mp (wide with f\1.8), 12MP (ultra-wide with f\2.2), 64MP (telephoto with f\2.0). The cameras come with dual-LED flash and support OIS. Samsung Galaxy S20 has a dual 12MP wide front-facing camera with an f\2.2 with support for HDR and AF for incredible shots.   

By default, the Samsung Galaxy S20 shoots at a wide-angle using its 12-megapixel sensor. His shots are rich in detail and the accentuation of contrasts is used to a fair extent. One of its strengths lies in its ability to render rather neutral colors and natural shots.


In low light, the Samsung Galaxy S20 also performs well. The photos are detailed, electronic noise is contained thanks to a controlled ISO rise. For once, Samsung does not abuse smoothing, good progress in this area. 

The shots captured by the ultra-wide-angle module and its 12-megapixel sensor are also pretty good during the day. Emphasis remains acceptable and allows us to perceive a good amount of detail. Compared to the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, the rendering of the Galaxy S20 is more neutral and pushes the color saturation much less. Samsung offers by default a geometry correction that can be deactivated to regain the usual effect of barrel deformation.


In low light, the rise in ISO causes the appearance of electronic noise that the Galaxy S20 tries to counter by applying visible smoothing. The level of detail, therefore, drops sharply, without the overall exposure of the scene being very satisfactory. 

For the zoom, the Galaxy S20 completely skips a longer focal length optics. The dedicated module is based here on a 64-megapixel sensor and an equivalent 28 mm lens. A focal length barely longer than that of the main module, therefore. All the zoom levels offered by the S20 are therefore purely digital. The mobile will each time operate a crop in the 64-megapixel sensor. 

By default, when you press the "zoom" button, the S20 offers a 3x ratio. This gives a framing close to that offered by an optical equivalent to 80 mm. A focal length close to that of the telephoto module of a Huawei P30. By day, the rendering is quite good overall. Of course, the precision is not at its peak, but the whole shot is homogeneous, well exposed and rather natural.



In low light, the observation is very different since the rendering is coarse. As often, the management of the digital zoom becomes very complicated in low light, the electronic noise being difficult to manage.


The digital zoom can be varied over a range of up to 30x. The images can remain usable as long as the brightness is sufficiently present up to 10x. Beyond that, the zoom is more of a gadget than a really practical tool. 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the first smartphone to offer an 8K video recording. However, this very high definition poses several problems. On the one hand, 8K content is lacking in interest for the moment in the absence of televisions or monitors displaying such a definition. We could then tell ourselves that saving such large files allows for comfortable cropping in editing software. Unfortunately, the jerky 30 fps rendering is not very convincing. Also, still in 8K, the focus does not follow subjects very precisely.


We can only advise to choose the 4K 60 fps option for video enthusiasts. In this definition, the Galaxy S20 is brilliant: excellent fluidity, flawless autofocus tracking, and perfect exposure metering. It is quite simply one of the best performing smartphones in the 4K video that we have had the chance to test.


The front photo module is based on a 10-megapixel sensor and delivers very good shots. Once the so-called beauty filters have been removed, the photos are precise. The exposure of the faces is almost always fair and the backlighting is well managed. 

Samsung has introduced a function called Single Take on its Galaxy S20s, which automatically captures snapshots and videos from all the modules of the smartphone. After a few seconds, we are then left with a selection of the "best" elements of the sequence. Time lapse video, loop video, black and white photo ... The user is free to choose what he prefers from all that has been captured by the S20. In practice, we were not blown away by this function. It often happens that the system chooses an uninteresting moment for its video loop or an irrelevant pose of the subject being photographed.

Samsung Galaxy S20: Display, Price, and Specifications in 2019.


Conclusion.


The cost of the S20 is adequate, in the gray market, as always, there will be devices with a lower price, which happens every year and is not a secret. For those looking for a compact flagship with great cameras and great ergonomics, this device has no particular alternatives. The uptime is also a plus for the current generation. And those who want to play with a new type of camera, of course, should look at the S20 Ultra, but this is a product that is different in ideology, perception - it is big and requires a certain skill in photography, as it completely changes habits. 

The Galaxy S20 has no direct competitors today. Apple's models lag too far behind in terms of features and are significantly more expensive. Chinese manufacturers offer their solutions in a different price segment and with different capabilities. What do you think? Do you have one? Do you recommend it? Tell us what you think about this phone.

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