Samsung Galaxy S20

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a series[2] of Android-based smartphones designed, developed, marketed, and manufactured by Samsung Electronics as part of its Galaxy S series.[3][4] They collectively serve as the successor to the Galaxy S10 and were unveiled at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February 2020.[5][6]

Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
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CodenameHubble
BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganChanging Photography
SeriesGalaxy S
ModelInternational models:
SM-G980x (S20)
SM-G981x (S20 5G)
SM-G985x (S20+)
SM-G986x (S20+ 5G)
SM-G988x (S20 Ultra LTE/5G)
(Last letter varies by carrier and international models)
Japanese models:
SCG01 (au, S20 5G)
SC-51A (NTT Docomo, S20 5G)
SCG02 (au, S20+ 5G)
SC-52A (NTT Docomo, S20+ 5G)
SCG03 (au, S20 Ultra 5G)
Compatible networks2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, 5G
First released6 March 2020; 16 months ago (2020-03-06)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy S10
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy S21
RelatedSamsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
TypePhablet
Form factorSlate
Dimensions
  • S20: 151.7 mm × 69.1 mm × 7.9 mm (5.97 in × 2.72 in × 0.31 in)
  • S20+: 161.9 mm × 73.7 mm × 7.8 mm (6.37 in × 2.90 in × 0.31 in)
  • S20 Ultra: 166.9 mm × 76 mm × 8.8 mm (6.57 in × 2.99 in × 0.35 in)
Mass
  • S20: 163 g (5.7 oz)
  • S20+: 186–188 g (6.6–6.6 oz)
  • S20 Ultra: 220–222 g (7.8–7.8 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Android 10 with One UI 2.1
Upgradable: Android 11 with One UI 3.1
System on chipEurope, UAE, India, Indonesia and Brazil: Samsung Exynos 990
Asia (except India, Indonesia and UAE), America (except Brazil): Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU
  • Exynos: Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5, 2x2.60 GHz Cortex-A76 and 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Snapdragon: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz, 3x2.42 GHz and 4x1.8 GHz) Kryo 585
GPUExynos: Mali-G77 MP11
Snapdragon: Adreno 650
Memory
  • S20 & S20+: 8/12 GB LPDDR5
  • S20 Ultra: 12/16 GB LPDDR5
Storage
  • S20: 128 GB UFS 3.0
  • S20+ & S20 Ultra: 128/512 GB UFS 3.0
Removable storageS20, S20+ and S20 Ultra: microSD, up to 1 TB[1]
S20 5G UW: non-expandable
Battery
  • S20: 4000 mAh
  • S20+: 4500 mAh
  • S20 Ultra: 5000 mAh
Charging25W~45W
Data inputsSensors:

Other:

  • Physical sound volume keys
  • USB-C
Display
  • 3200×1440 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass 6, HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate
  • S20: 6.2 in (157 mm), 563 ppi
  • S20+: 6.7 in (170 mm), 525 ppi
  • S20 Ultra: 6.9 in (175 mm), 511 ppi
External displayAlways on
Rear camera
  • S20: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 64 MP, f/2.0, 78mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom + 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), AF, Super Steady Video
  • S20+: In addition to above: 0.3 MP ToF 3D (depth)
  • S20 Ultra: 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33", PDAF, OIS + 48 MP, f/3.6, 102mm, 1/2", 0.8µm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom + 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 1.4µm (ultrawide), AF, Super Steady Video + 0.3 MP ToF 3D (depth)
All: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama, 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, HDR10+, dual-video & stereo sound recording, gyro-EIS
Front camera
  • S20 and S20+: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1/3.2", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
  • S20 Ultra: 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.65", 0.7µm, PDAF
All: Dual video call, Auto-HDR, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
SoundDolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac/ax
3G/LTE/5G
Water resistanceIP68, up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) for 30 minutes
Websitewww.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-s20-5g/

The S20 series[2] consists of flagship Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ models differentiated primarily by screen size, as well as a larger camera-focused model, the Galaxy S20 Ultra.[7] Key upgrades over the previous model, in addition to improved specifications, include a display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, an improved camera system supporting 8K video recording (7680×4320) and a super-resolution zoom of 30–100×, depending on the model.[8]

The phone was released in the United States on 6 March 2020[9] and in Europe on 13 March 2020. The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra launch prices started at $999, $1,199 and $1,399, respectively.

It is the first smartphone lineup to receive USB fast-charger certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).[10][11]

The Galaxy S20 was succeeded by the Galaxy S21, which was announced on 14 January 2021.[12]

HistoryEdit

The title of the phone was originally presumed to be the Galaxy S11, due to it being the logical extension from the predecessor. However, successive leaks in January 2020 revealed the title of the phone to be the Galaxy S20, because of the multiples of 10, rather than 1.[13] In addition, details regarding the phone were leaked widely before the release, to the extent that almost all details regarding the specifications and design of the phone were known before the release. Leaker Max Weinbach obtained the actual phone a month before the release, confirming everything the community already guessed. Commentators remarked that by February, "most everything the company is planning to introduce has already leaked out."[14] In addition to charts on the phone's specifications, marketing material and images of the phones themselves in real-life were leaked.[15]

DesignEdit

The Galaxy S20 series has a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, with an Infinity-O display (first introduced on the Galaxy S10) containing a circular punch-hole in the top center this time for the frontal selfie camera. In a departure from past Galaxy S designs, the rear camera array is not centered, but located in the corner with a rectangular protrusion similar to that of the iPhone 11 and the Google Pixel 4. The S20 and S20+ house three or four cameras respectively in the bump, while the S20 Ultra houses four cameras in a larger bump.[16] Global color options are Cloud Pink, Cloud White, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black. Cosmic Grey is available in all size variants, while Cosmic Black is limited to the S20+ and S20 Ultra, Cloud Blue is limited to the S20 and S20+, and Cloud Pink is exclusive to the S20. For the S20+, Prism Blue, is exclusively sold at Korea, Best Buy in the United States and through T-Mobile, Samsung Nederland and Tele2 in the Netherlands, while Aura Red is exclusive to Korea Telecom, Vodafone UK, Malaysia,[17] and United Arab Emirates.[18] Cloud White availability varies by country; in the United States it is exclusive to Verizon for the S20 with Ultrawide Band support. The S20 is sold in Italy, the S20+ is sold in Italy and Spain, and the S20 Ultra is sold in China and Germany.[19] In June 2020, Verizon released the Galaxy S20 5G UW (Ultra Wideband). Differences from the S20 include the addition of mmWave, only 8 GB of RAM (compared to the usual 12 GB), and no MicroSD slot.[20][21] Moreover, Samsung released the Galaxy S20+ 5G BTS Edition in summer 2020, with the color "Haze Purple."[22][23]

SpecificationsEdit

HardwareEdit

ChipsetsEdit

The S20 line comprises three models with various hardware specifications; international models of the S20 utilize the Exynos 990 system-on-chip, while the U.S., Canadian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese models utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.

DisplayEdit

A 1440p "Dynamic AMOLED 2X" is featured with HDR10+ support and "dynamic tone mapping" technology. The S20 and S20+ have a 6.2-inch display and a 6.7-inch display, respectively, while the S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch display. The displays have curved sides that slope over the horizontal edges of the device, and a wider 20:9 aspect ratio is used in addition to a 120 Hz refresh rate double that of the S10.[a] All models utilize an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor.

StorageEdit

The base amount of RAM is 8 GB, with an additional 12 GB option for the S20 & S20+ and a 16 GB option for the S20 Ultra. 128 GB of internal storage is standard and the S20+ & S20 Ultra also offers 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB options, with up to 1 TB of expansion via the microSD card slot.[1] Verizon's Galaxy S20 5G UW model is not equipped with a microSD slot.[1]

Models Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
RAM Memory RAM Memory RAM Memory
Variant 1 8GB 128GB 8GB 128GB 12GB 128GB
Variant 2 8GB 256GB 8GB 256GB 12GB 256GB
Variant 3 - - - - 16GB 512GB

BatteriesEdit

The S20, S20+ & S20 Ultra contain non-removable 4000 mAh, 4500 mAh, and 5000 mAh Li-Po batteries respectively, and Qi inductive charging is supported at up to 15W as well as the ability to charge other Qi-compatible devices from the S20's own battery power, which is branded as “Samsung PowerShare”. Wired charging is supported over USB-C at up to 25W for the S20 & S20+ and 45W for the S20 Ultra.[25]

They support reverse charging at 4.5W.[26]

ConnectivityEdit

The S20 series comes with 5G standard connectivity, though some regions may have special LTE variants. However, only Verizon models are compatible with ultra-fast millimeter-wave networks,[27] and the 3.5 mm audio jack has been omitted entirely.[28]

CamerasEdit

Models Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20 & S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Wide Specs 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.76", DPAF, OIS 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.33", PDAF, OIS
Model Samsung S5K2LD (Exynos) or Sony IMX555 (Snapdragon) Samsung S5KHM1
Ultrawide Specs 12 MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 1/3.1", Fixed Focus 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55", Fixed Focus
Model Samsung S5K3L6 Samsung S5K2LA
Telephoto Specs 8 MP, f/2.4, 76mm, 1/4.5", PDAF, OIS (3x zoom) 64 MP, f/2.0, 29mm, 1/1.72", PDAF, OIS (1.1x zoom) 48 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.24", DPAF, OIS (4x zoom)
Model SK Hynix HI-847 Samsung S5KGW2 Sony IMX586
ToF Specs - ToF for S20+ & S20 Ultra only

(640 x 480) 307.2 KP

Model Sony IMX516
Front Specs 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.74", Fixed Focus 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1/3.24", DPAF 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.8", PDAF
Model Sony IMX616 Sony IMX374 Samsung S5KGH1

The cameras on the Galaxy S20 series improved considerably over its predecessors, although unlike the S9 and S10, the aperture on the main lens is fixed. While the megapixels of the main and ultra wide sensors remained unchanged on the S20 and S20+, the telephoto sensor received some improvements. The 64-megapixel telephoto camera, branded as “Space Zoom”, supports 3X hybrid optical zoom[b] (branded as "Hybrid Optic Zoom") and 30X digital zoom at 64 megapixels on the new telephoto sensor instead of 12 megapixels at two times on the S10 and 30 times digitally (branded as "Super-Resolution Zoom").

The S20+ receives a time-of-flight sensor (branded as "DepthVision Camera") in addition to the regular S20's cameras. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a quadruple lens setup that supports 4X optical zoom and 100X digital zoom, with a 108-megapixel wide image sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 48-megapixel periscope telephoto sensor accompanied by a time-of-flight sensor. Both the wide-angle and telephoto sensors use pixel binning to output higher quality images at a standard resolution, with the wide-angle sensor using Nonacell technology which groups 3x3 pixels to capture more light.[30]

The front camera is able to record video footage at 2160p.[31]

A new camera mode was introduced called Single Take, which allows users to capture photos or videos at the same time with different sensors automatically.[19] All three models can also record 8K videos at 24fps with a bit rate of 80 Mbps,[31] which will consume about 600 MB of storage per minute.[32] On the S20 and S20+, this is enabled by the 64 MP telephoto sensor, whereas the S20 Ultra's 108 MP wide sensor natively supports 8K video.

Supported video modesEdit

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series supports the following video modes:

  • 8K@24fps
  • 4K@30/60fps
  • 1080p@30/60fps
  • 1080p@240fps
  • 720p@960fps (720p480fps upscale to 720p960fps on S20 Ultra)

All models can record at 720p30, 1080p30 or 4k30 with HDR10+, they can record with HEVC codec without HDR10+[33]

SoftwareEdit

All three phones initially ran on Android 10 and Samsung's custom skin One UI 2.1. In early December 2020, Samsung began releasing the Android 11 update with One UI 3 to all models, including the S20 FE model.[34]

Software support

On 18 August 2020, Samsung revealed that all variants of the S20 series would be supported for three generations of Android software updates.[35]

Known issuesEdit

Even before the general release, reviewers have seen autofocus and skin smoothing issues with the cameras, especially with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Samsung is working on a fix,[36][37] but the Exynos model continues to have autofocus issues after an update that was supposed to fix them.[38]

Galaxy S20 Ultra can only record at 720p480fps and it upscales with AI to 720p960fps, Galaxy S20 and S20+ can record at 720p960fps.[39]

Users have reported that the Snapdragon version has GPS lock issues.[40] The Exynos model is also known to have heating issues.[38] Some devices also suffer from green display tint issues after a software update.[41] The camera glass has been reported of spontaneously cracking, particularly on the Ultra version.[42][43]

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan EditionEdit

Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (Galaxy S20 FE for short) in September 2020 as a less expensive version with the same chipsets. The S20 FE's highlights include a flat 6.5-inch 1080p 120 Hz Super AMOLED with HDR10+ support, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of expandable internal storage, a 4500 mAh battery, 25W wired and 15W wireless charging, six color options, and a triple camera system similar to the S20. It lacks support for 8K video, and has a (plastic) polycarbonate back panel.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Users can choose to run the device at either 60 Hz or 120 Hz with 60 Hz mode being the default option, however 120 Hz mode only supports FHD+ resolution.[24]
  2. ^ The camera's optical zoom factor is actually 1.06x, and uses cropping and processing algorithms to achieve the claimed 3x factor.[29]

See alsoEdit

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