02 Jun 2020

So, does the new flagship devices from Samsung worth the hype and money?

The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra were officially launched on February 11, 2020. As expected the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is more expensive than the previous S10 range, starting from $999 and goes crazily up to $1399.

Now to be brutally honest, for 99% of people, the only way to own one of these flagship devices is to go with a contract. Those who don’t want to go with a contract are duly advised to opt for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series which is still around in the market and available at lower prices (at least $100 lower), which is the same tactic that Apple used to deal around with its older devices.

Ok, now let’s take a dive into the offerings of different Galaxy S20 models and see that each of these smartphones have in the package for users and how they differ between each other, so as to build a picture of the best model for you to upgrade.

Samsung Galaxy S20 – A brief overview 

Let’s start our comparison with the base model and see what’s in here.

  • Display Size: 6.2 inches – AMOLED
  • Storage versions: only 128GB available in here
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Price: $999
  • Contract: starts from £46/month

As the base model, the Samsung S20 is the cheapest of the three models in the series. And following the trend we are expecting it to be the best-selling of the series; simply because it is the most affordable of the lot.

Keeping up with its strong aesthetics design, the S20 comes with niche aluminum frames with a glass back panel. The phone has been released in 4 color variations including the Cosmic Black, Cloud Pink, Cosmic Gray, and Cosmic Blue. It’s a water-resistant phone and comes with IP68 certification, which means that the phone can survive the longer duration of being submerged in water.

The front panel of the device almost exclusive comprises posh and expensive AMOLED Infinity display, with diminutive bezels. The selfie camera is in hole-punch design, which is basically the only visible element on the otherwise dominant Infinity AMOLED display, which comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10+.

Some of the other worthy to mention features in Samsung Galaxy S20 includes an in-screen fingerprint scanner, face unlocks triple rear-camera setup (12MP main camera, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide camera). The device is powered by Snapdragon’s 865 Chipset with 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage. As for the battery, the device comes with a 4000mAh battery, which is quite impressive to say the least; especially when coupled with the Android’s 10 Dark modes.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ – A brief overview

  • Display Size: 6.7 inches – AMOLED
  • Storage versions: 128GB, 512GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865
  • Battery: 4500mAh
  • Price: $1199
  • Contract: starts from £51/month

Nest in line we have what we can call an intermediary device between the S20 and S20 Ultra. It comes with pretty much a similar design as the base model S20, the only difference being the slightly larger display size (6.7 Inches). Apart from the larger screen, the S20+ also comes with an improved camera system and Time of Flight sensor.

The S20+ offers two storage options 128GB and 512GB, opposite to the only 128GB storage that we get in the S20 base model. Also, just like the S20 base model, the S20+ comes with a 10MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. Moving on, the S20+ packs a larger battery of 4500mAh, which is 500mAh larger than the S20 base model. The S20+ comes with 3x optical and 30x digital zoom, which is again similar to what we get in the S20 base model.

Overall, it won’t be wrong to say that the S20+ is a slightly notched up version of the S20 base model. The device looks pretty similar to the S20 on the outside (apart from the larger display). Honestly, we believe this is just the right flagship device, however, the price may be a little downside.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – A brief overview

  • Display Size: 6.9 inches – AMOLED
  • Storage versions: 128GB, 512GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: $1399
  • Contract: starts from £60/month

Last in line, we have the most expensive and most feature-packed model of the series – Samsung S 20 Ultra. The first and most striking aspect of this device is undoubtedly the camera setup, which is among the very best you will get in the market as of today (we will come to it a little later), apart from the camera setup, the device comes with the biggest battery, most RAM (12GB) and last but not least it also supports the most 5G bands.

Now, the device is priced at massive $1399, so it’s only rational to ask exactly for what feature you are paying such a large price.

As said earlier, the prime and most distinctive feature of the device is its camera setup which is amongst the best in the world. The rear camera setup for the devices packs an impressive 108MP main camera, a 48MP telephoto camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a ToF camera. And it doesn’t just end here but it also offers an incredible 10x optical zoom with 100x digital zoom, which puts it amongst the league of Huawei’s P30 Pro. The front camera is still impressive with a 40MP selfie camera, which is sure to give some crazy good pictures.

Apart from the stunning camera configuration, a larger battery, and an increased RAM, the rest of the features on offer with S20 Ultra is pretty similar to the S20 and S20+.

Which is the right Samsung S20 Series Model for me?

Honestly, immediately after the launch of the Samsung S20 series, two things that I noticed is that; firstly the S20 ultra is just bit too large and expensive for the liking of most people and secondly that if we are to compare the cost versus value offered by each device, the base model S20 perhaps offers the most value for our bucks. The base model Samsung S20 comes with almost similar configurations as the other two models (of course with a little difference), nonetheless, it is aptly powered and feature-packed to still be called a flagship device. Not to forget, it’s the cheapest of the lot.

The next obvious choice is the S20+ which is basically a competent and powerful flagship device that packs pretty much similar specs against the S20 Ultra (minus the camera setup). The 6.7 inches display may be too big for liking of some users, still its better proportioned than the S20 Ultra, which is just too big for most users.

As for the Samsung S20 ultra, we believe it’s a niche-specific phone that’s never meant for the masses, rather it is more targeted towards the crazy camera fans who would like to experience the stunning and incredible camera setup offered by the device.


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