Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G: Should You Buy It?

  • Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • What is 5G like on the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Is responsiveness up to par?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus sits somewhere between the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra, and that is just when you thought that S20 Plus is already Samsung's flagship model. 

Nonetheless, if you want a nearly-perfect smartphone that has the ability to connect to 5G networks, boasting better cameras than ever, then it is noteworthy to take a closer look at Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.

What you’ll find in this review:

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

Design

Galaxy S20 Plus is a bit larger than the standard S20 but a bit smaller than the S20 Ultra. It has a sleek glass shell but the rectangular camera block is not hard to miss. What you will miss with this handset is the Bixby button, as well as the 3.55mm headphone jack. You also will not find a rear fingerprint sensor with S20 Plus.

It also has a front-facing camera that is located at the center top of the screen, which is noticeably less obstructive in the display. It is also thinner compared to the standard S20. Other than that, S20 Plus doesn't look that much different from its predecessor.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has a 6.7in AMOLED display with a WQHD+ (3200 x 1440) resolution which makes it sharp and vibrant. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate but only at a full high definition resolution or lower. This paves the way for a smoother action when you are playing mobile games or even when you are merely scrolling and surfing the net.

However, if you want a 1440p visuals, then you need to set the screen to the 60Hz mode. Otherwise, you need to settle into the 1080p display resolution. 

Additionally, it also has an in-screen fingerprint sensor but it is relatively a lackluster when compared to other smartphones in this range. For this, you may want to turn on the facial recognition feature instead.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has three rear-facing cameras, much like the S20 version. The main camera has 12MP, while the other two have 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto capabilities respectively. Aside from this, it also has a time of flight sensor. 

All these allow for 30x digital zoom but expect that the images will most likely be blurry at the tail end of the zoom range. Nevertheless, in the middle of that zoom range, you will find respectable and clear shots.

Other camera features include the Live Focus, Single Take, as well as a Night Mode. In terms of video captures, with this smartphone, you will be able to shoot a video in 8K at 24 frames per second.

Software

Like with the rest of the handsets in the S20 series, the Galaxy S20 Plus also comes with the new One UI 2 software, which makes it easy for users to jump from one app to another or even use multiple apps simultaneously. This is on top of the Android 10 operating system that includes great features such as the Smart Reply, as well as better privacy control configurations. Add to this other features such as Google Duo integration and Music Share that will definitely make your purchase worth it.

Performance

For the handsets available in the United States, you can expect that it is integrated with a Snapdragon 865 chipset processor. Galaxy S20 Plus handsets all around the globe will be integrated with the Exynos 990 processor. 

Nevertheless, all S20 Plus versions will come with 12GB of RAM, coupled with either a 128GB or 512GB internal storage. In case you go for a 4G version, you will only get 8GB of RAM. 

With these specifications, expect that you will be able to breeze through mobile gaming, video streaming, and simultaneous app operations seamlessly. But when it comes to day-to-day performance, you may not notice a huge difference between the Galaxy S20 Plus and other flagship handsets from rival brands.

5G Capability

This smartphone has the capability to connect to both the mmWave and sub-6 frequencies, being one of the first mainstream smartphones to do so. This makes it more accessible to 5G networks compared to the S20 plain version which is only capable of connecting to the sub-6 frequencies. 

Because of this, a 1Gbps speed or even more is truly attainable as long as you don't step outside the 5G network's coverage bubbles.

Battery Life

The battery of Galaxy S20 Plus is beefed up with 4000mAh capacity which lasts for nearly two days with casual usage. No, casual usage doesn't mean only calls and texts, but a couple of other things as well such as streaming a few videos, playing a number of games, and of course, scrolling through social media feeds.

But with the 120Hz refresh rate mode selected, along with a 5G connection powered on, then expect the battery life to be significantly shorter. Thereby, if you want to save up on power, be sure to select the 60Hz refresh mode instead. 

It comes with a 25W fast charger and it also supports fast wireless charging, as well as wireless power share to lend charge to other devices.

Price and Availability

There are two variants of Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, one with the 5G capability, and another one that can connect to 4G. Of course the former will be a bit more expensive by a couple of hundred dollars. Among the different brands of 5G capable smartphones, Galaxy S20 Plus is still relatively on the pricier end of the spectrum.

There is the option for you to shell out a one-time payment on the upfront to get your hands on this phone. Nonetheless, you can also go for a contract plan with a monthly payment that is sometimes more manageable.

Final Word

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is indeed one of the best 5G phones available today. It is fast, it has a solid camera, and it even has an attractive design. However, it also comes with a hefty price, much like most of the 5G capable smartphones that you can find nowadays.