In Review: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

  • Design
  • Software
  • Price and Availability

It is with Samsung Galaxy's S line where you will be able to find some of the best and premium handsets available out in the market today. In line with this, Samsung offers its flagship phone for people who want a smaller handset that is capable of 5G technology.

In this review, you’ll find:

  • Design
  • Display
  • Cameras
  • Software
  • Performance
  • 5G Capability
  • Battery
  • Price and Availability

Below is a closer look at what you can expect from Samsung Galaxy S20 5G.

Design

You may notice that there is not much difference between Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 when it comes to the overall design. But the fact is, there are a number of enhancements. For one, the cutout for the front camera of Galaxy S20 is smaller and it is positioned in the top center instead of on the right side.

Another notable refinement is that Galaxy S20 has fewer curves which minimize the chance of accidental touches. S20 also doesn't have a headphone jack, which entails the need for you to invest in a wireless earbud. Additionally, there is the option for you to go for a Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, or Cloud Pink as these are the variety of colors available for this handset.

Display 

Galaxy S20 has a 6.2in OLED display that has a 120Hx refresh rate. This makes scrolling on your phone feel smoother. Aside from this, it also has a 240Hz touch sensor that intends to bring forth an even smoother feel. You will also notice that the display of S20 is one of the brightest and most colorful ones compared to other handsets.

It also has one of the best screens because of the 563 pixels per inch that this handset offers. Other than that, you get a familiar-looking phone with an aluminum frame. Nevertheless, the back of the phone is made of glass.

Like with the S10 series, the fingerprint scanner is embedded on its display, but it is faster and more reliable. Aside from a fingerprint scanner, you also have the option of using a PIN code entry to unlock your phone.

Cameras

Galaxy S20 is equipped with bigger sensors and new features too. It boasts of three rear cameras, two of which have 12MP sensors, and another with a 64MP sensor. With these cameras, you can expect brighter and sharper images even in low-light conditions.

You will also be able to capture more detail because of the increased size of the individual pixels from 1.4 to 1.8 microns. However, you won't find the time of flight sensor with this handset as you would in the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra devices.

The hybrid optic zoom is a lossless zoom that goes up to 3x while the digital zoom goes up to 30x. However, as you near the 30x zoom, the view tends to be blurry. 

But one feature that you will absolutely love is the Single Take wherein your handset will take a series of photos while recording a 10-second video upon pressing the shutter button. As a result, you will have a gallery of images that you can choose from, including an ultra-wide shot and a Live Focus.

Software

The phone's interface is streamlined because of Samsung’s new One UI 2 software that comes with your handset. As a result, you may find it quite easy to jump from one app to another or change settings. It also runs in an Android 10 operating system that includes features such as Smart Reply, as well as a dark mode.

Galaxy S20 is also integrated with Google Duo, which is Samsung's answer to Apple's Facetime. The great part is that with this, you will be able to video chat with up to eight people in full high definition.

Some other software features include Music Share as well as Spotify integration with Bixby routines. The former will allow you to share your Bluetooth connection to your car while the latter will recommend playlists based on your preferences.

Performance

Galaxy S20 is Samsung's first device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor that makes the processing speed of this handset superb. Alongside this, it also has a 12GB of RAM and a 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, you won't find a 512GB model but a 1TB micro SD card will definitely compensate for this drawback.

5G Capability

Samsung Galaxy S20 is Samsung's first handset that is 5G capable, but like with other 5G capable phones, you will find that in some locations, your connection may be good, while in others it can be poor. 

Battery

With a 5G connectivity and 120Hz refresh rate, Galaxy S20's 4000mAh battery proves to be sufficient, but only for a couple of hours. This is because, with a 60Hz mode, the average battery life of the phone is just around 9 hours and 30 minutes. 

This falls short compared to other handsets with the same capability, lasting for 11 to 12 hours. The good news is that the overall charging time of the phone from a totally empty battery until it is full, is only an hour.

Price and Availability

Because of its 5G capability, you would have to pay a bit more for Galaxy S20 compared to S10. Aside from this, the jump in price is because of improved cameras and a larger 120Hz display. In some other markets around the globe, you will find a 4G version of this phone at a lower price.

The Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes in a fairly compact design, with a 120Hz smooth display. Its cameras are optimized and its 5G capability is invaluable. Perhaps the only drawback is that its battery life can further be improved. 

Buy it if you want to have a 5G smartphone in your hands that is easy to hold. Additionally, if you want a top-end camera, even without a 100x zoom feature, then the Galaxy S20 is perfect for you. On the other hand, don't buy it if you are on a tight budget or if you merely want a huge upgrade from Galaxy S10.