Like its bigger and pricier brothers, the Galaxy S20 ($ 999) gives you a liquid 120Hz display, powerful new camera system with improved zoom, and 5G speed. However, battery life is not the best, and you cannot get this phone on Verizon yet.
If you want a larger 6.7-inch screen, check out our Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review; This three new Galaxy S20 phone is our favorite. And if you want a more powerful 10x lossless zoom and monster 6.9-inch screen, then review our Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Overall, we like the Galaxy S20 because it packs in such a sleek package. See our full Samsung Galaxy S20 review below.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: Price and Release Date
The release date of Samsung Galaxy S20 is 6 March and is available now. The Galaxy S20 is priced at $ 999 and comes with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage standard. You cannot choose for a model with more RAM and storage but you can add upto 1TB of storage via the phone’s microSD card slot.
The Galaxy S20 Samsung as well as the U.S. Is available through three of the big four wireless carriers, including AT& T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Verizon will offer a Galaxy S20 in Q2 that is compatible with its mmWave 5G network.
Anyone interested in snapping one of Samsung’s latest flagship for the least expense should have a look at the best Galaxy S20 deals before pulling the trigger.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 does not look completely different from the Galaxy S10, but there are some welcome refinements. The cutout for the front camera is smaller this time around, and is placed in the top center of the display rather than on the right, so it is less of a distraction. Also, the display has a low curve, which I appreciate because you are less likely to have accidental touch while shifting the phone in your hands.
It seems to me that this is not a big deal at this stage, but it is certainly notable that the Samsung Galaxy S20 does not include a headphone jack. This is the first Galaxy S flagship phone missing the feature, so you probably want to check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds and the best wireless headphones. If you want to keep it in the Samsung brand family, check out the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which promise 11 hours of real battery life.
The color choices of the Samsung Galaxy S20 are not exciting, but there is at least some variety. In the U.S you will find three Galaxy S20 colors in cosmic gray, cloud blue, and cloud pink. I’m partial to light cloud blue, just because it looks and feels new. I would love to see something more captivating, such as the Aura Glow finish that we saw in our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: Cameras
Samsung falls behind Apple and Google in photo quality, but the Samsung Galaxy S20 beats the competition like with bigger sensors, a bigger zoom and new features that make it easier to shoot and share.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a triple rear camera that starts with a 12-MP wide sensor measuring 1.8 microns. The telephoto lens uses a 64MP sensor that uses a 0.8-micron and a 12MP ultra-wide camera 1.4-micron sensor.
Why am I cutting all these numbers? Well, the larger the sensor, the more light it gives, giving brighter and sharper images. By comparison, the wide-angle, telephoto and ultra-wide cameras of the Galaxy S10 were 1.4, 1 and 1 micron respectively. So at least two lenses are quite large.
In indoor lighting conditions, the Galaxy S20 captured more delicious-looking pictures. You can make nooks and cranes – and fudge in dark chocolate cookies – though Samsung got some help with its AI Scene Optimizer mode that automatically recognizes food.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 does not have the zooms like Galaxy S20 Ultra’s monster 100x space zoom, but it has a more powerful zoom than the Galaxy S10. Hybrid optic zoom goes up to 3x, which is considered lossless zoom, and digital zoom goes up to 30x. As you get closer to 30x, the camera’s view becomes unstable, but overall it is an improvement on the 2x zoom in the Galaxy S10.
In our first zoom test of the Chrysler Building by some distance, the Galaxy S20 captured a darker but crisper image than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. There is a bit more noise in the iPhone shot.
I noticed a more dramatic difference when we set the zoom to 10x on both phones, which is the digital zoom. You can see more detail in the buildings and windows in the Galaxy S20 photo. With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can tell that it is a zoom photo, but with Samsung phones, you are closer to the subject.
Samsung Galaxy S20 cameras did not shine in all situations. With the close-up of this flower, I give the iPhone 11 Pro Max an edge, which shows a greater gradation of color and delivers an overall brighter image. However, the S20 picture provides more detail in the center of the flower.
I also give the iPhone 11 Pro Max an edge over the Samsung Galaxy S20 in this picture. My face is brighter and more in the S20’s picture, but the iPhone does a better job detailing the lines in my shirt and the texture in my jacket, details that are lost in the S20’s picture.
If you look closely, the Galaxy S20 also has trouble with the lights on the back of my head in live focus mode, as it tends to dig into the edges of my head.
So how about Night Mode? The Galaxy S20 did a great job capturing this scene in almost complete darkness. You can make the gold USS Enterprise in the foreground more clearly than the picture of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, the overall image is brighter than the iPhone, as it is easy to see desks, pedestals for space ships, and objects in the background.
When you press the shutter button in this mode, the phone takes a series of photos while recording 10 seconds of video. The phone then gives you a gallery of results, including AI Best Moment, and ultra-wide shot, live focus (portrait mode) photos, as well as a fast forward video that’s great for the social and original video.
The Galaxy S20 is a beast on the video front, as it can record 8K videos at up to 24 frames per second. You can also put videos on a Samsung 8K QLED TV – if you can afford one – and take 33MP photos from 8K videos that you want to share.
I’ll update this Galaxy S20 review with my impressions when we can access the 8K monitor, but I can say that the footage on my MacBook Pro’s Retina display looks very crisp. I could easily make fine detail in the bark of nearby trees and even a man’s blue hoodie at a distance of 50 feet.
The front camera of Samsung Galaxy S20 uses a 10MP sensor which is 1.22 microns and f / 2.2 aperture. It has the same resolution and size as the S10’s front camera but that camera had an f / 1.9 aperture.
A selfie that I took with the front camera made my face look a little smoother, an issue we also got with the Galaxy S20 Plus. At least the Galaxy S20 did a good job of catching the dots in my shirt and my hair.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: display
While a faster processor helps, the refresh rate of performance can make a phone feel smoother in everyday operation, whether you’re scrolling through a webpage or playing a game. The 6.2-inch OLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is double the 60Hz rate on the Galaxy S10 and over the 90Hz screen on the OnePlus 7T.
Another plus? The Samsung Galaxy S20 sports a new 240Hz touch sensor that is believed to be more sensitive. In our testing, the Galaxy S20’s 120Hz mode felt smoother when using the Chrome and Twitter apps.
When using our hands-on time phones, the Galaxy S20 felt very fluid, and you can easily toggle between 60 Hz and 120 Hz in the Display Settings menu. The bad news is that the 120Hz selection dials the resolution from Quad HD to Full HD.
The Galaxy S20 has the brightest and most colorful displays we’ve ever tested. The OLED display recorded a very high 857 nits of average brightness, which is even better than the Being 752-night iPhone 11 Pro.
The S20’s panel affected 162.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, compared to just 83% for the iPhone 11 Pro. The only area where the iPhone ejects this Galaxy is with color accuracy; The S20 changed to a Delta-E score (where 0 is a correct score) compared to the iPhone 11 Pro at S20 0.37.
Samsung Galaxy S20 review: performance
As the first phone to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, the Samsung Galaxy S20 should offer special speed, as it is strong with 12GB of RAM. Samsung is giving you control over how you use this memory, as well, as long as you can assign three apps to store it directly in RAM. The result should be near-instant load times for resource-intensive applications and games.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with 128 GB storage and does not have a 512 GB model with the Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Fortunately, you can add up to 1 TB of storage via the microSD card slot.
The Galaxy S20 performed extremely well across various benchmarks, including Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance. The S20 hit 3,147 on the multi-core portion of the test, which is the best score we’ve seen on an Android phone. The A13 Bionic processor of the iPhone 11 Pro also scored 3,509, so Apple is holding its lead for now.
On the GFXBench graphics test (Aztec Ruins Vulcan test off-screen), the Galaxy S20 peaked at 1,319 frames (21 frames per second), beating the OnePlus 7T (1,169). The iPhone 11 Pro noted a high of 2,174 frames or 33.8 fps.
To test the real-world performance of the Galaxy S20, we transcoded a 4K video to 1080p after applying an effect and transition to Adobe Rush. The Galaxy S20 took 1 minute 15 seconds, which is an improvement over the Galaxy Note 10’s 1:34 time. The iPhone 11 Pro required only 46 seconds.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 supports 5G networks, so you should be able to enjoy faster speeds surfing the web and downloading content on the go. However, Samsung Galaxy S20 does not yet support Verizon’s 5G network because of this version of the S20 does not support mmWave technology.
At launch, the Galaxy S20 only works on sub-6-GHz 5G networks, such as T-Mobile. However, Verizon says it will carry a version of the Galaxy S20 that supports the 5G mmWave in Q2.
On my speed tests on T-Mobile’s network, I saw very good speeds in some locations and poor performance in other locations. For example, in central New Jersey, the Galaxy S20 downloaded as high as 183 Mbps, but the phone ran as low as 5.2 Mbps with the 5G icon showing up in New York City.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: Battery Life and Charging
Given its 5G connectivity and 120Hz display, the Samsung Galaxy S20 will require a beef battery to get through the day. And Galaxy S20 has a 4,000 mAh battery in this phone. The Galaxy S10 had a 3,400 mAh battery, so this is a big jump from Galaxy S10 S10 to Galaxy S20.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S20 supported an average of only 9 hours and 31 minutes over two sessions of Tom’s Guide’s custom battery testing when setting to 60Hz mode, where web pages on T-Mobile’s network run until the device run out of battery Let’s load it again and again.
Phones with excellent battery life last for 11 to 12 hours. The Galaxy S20 Plus lasted a decent 10 hours and 31 minutes and the Galaxy S20 Ultra hit an epic 12:03.
How does the regular S20 compare to a similarly priced flagship? The iPhone 11 Pro lasted 10 hours and 24 minutes on a single test, and last year the Galaxy S10 managed 10 hours and 19 minutes. The iPhone 11, which costs $ 300 less than the Galaxy S20, is better than both in 11 hours and 16 minutes.
After completing those tests of the S20, we went back and ran two more, now the device’s refresh rate is set to 120Hz. This time, the phone averaged just 8 hours and 4 minutes of runtime – about 60 hours and it was about half an hour less when operated at 60 Hz.
Long Day users or those particularly concerned about their device lasting a day or longer may want to take a look at the Galaxy S20 Plus or Galaxy S20 Ultra instead. But with those devices, peace of mind won’t come cheaply, demanding a $ 200 and $ 400 premium over the standard S20, respectively.
The Galaxy S20 comes with a 25 Watt charging adapter in the box that can take the device from empty to 53 percent in half an hour. It also supports 15-watt wireless charging with a compatible stand.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: Software
The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with Samsung’s new One UI 2 software, which makes the interface easy to jump into your favorite apps, change settings, and more. It rides on top of Android 10, which includes great new features such as Smart Reply, a dark mode, and improved privacy controls.
Samsung is also trying to create a better experience in the Galaxy S20, starting with Google Duo integration. Google’s answer to FaceTime, this video chat app is built into the phone dialer and contacts app, and you can video chat with up to 8 people. Also, you can video chat in full HD for the first time.
I conducted a Google Duo video call with my colleague Adam, and I appreciated that I could initiate a video call from the phone app. He said that I was looking very clear through his Pixel 4 and that after some initial buffering both his face and voice were clear on my end.
Other software features include music share to share your Bluetooth connection to your car (so someone else can control the playlist for a while) and streamline integration with the Bixby routine, so the Samsung Galaxy S20 is you Would recommend playlists based on choice and even moment. Of the day.