Samsung unveils Galaxy S20 flagships: 108 megapixels, 100x zoom, 8K video and a price tag of $ 1000

Today, at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco, Samsung unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S20 family. These are three smartphone models: Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

What’s new?

First of all, we will not talk about improved hardware or camera upgrades, but about the innovations of the line in general. And the main innovation is the names. If earlier the S8 was followed by the S9 line, then after last year’s Galaxy S10, Samsung missed the numbers from 11 to 19 and jumped right to the Galaxy S20.

As in the previous year, there are three models in the line, but both the name and their order have changed. Last year, there was the budget Galaxy S10e, the base Galaxy S10, and the top-end Galaxy S10+. Now the title of “younger brother” was received by the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20+ moved to the category of middle-class, and the older one was replaced by the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Design

In general, the Galaxy S20 is very similar to the Galaxy S10: the same rounded edges of the display, the same round cutout for the front camera, only moved to the left corner.

But the main camera is no longer the same: the new flagships have lenses located in a rectangular block. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has the most powerful and, accordingly, the largest camera with the inscription Space Zoom 100X, hinting at the “space” zoom capabilities. The Galaxy S20+ has a smaller camera unit, while the Galaxy S20 has an elongated rectangular module. By the way, the rumors about the chaotic location of the sensors were not confirmed: the sensors here go in order, so that perfectionists can sleep in peace.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Space Zoom

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20+ has a 6.7-inch screen, and the Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display. All with a 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10+certification.

Sub-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners.

Specification

The new flagships were among the first to receive a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, while some regions will use proprietary Exynos 990 chips.

The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ each have 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of storage for the younger model and 128/512 GB for the older one. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 12 has either 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/512 GB of ROM. At the same time, the storage capacity can be increased by another 1 TB using a memory card.

The battery capacity is also quite impressive: 4000 mAh for the Galaxy S20, 4500 mAh for the Galaxy S20+, and 5000 mAh for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Supports fast wired and wireless charging, as well as reverse wireless charging.

All three models come with support for 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, AKG stereo speakers, and Android 10 OS with the proprietary One UI 2.0 shell.

Camera

And now the most interesting thing. The S20 Ultra has 4 camera modules: a 108-megapixel sensor (F/1.8) that combines 9 pixels into one, increasing light capture and improving image quality; a 48-megapixel telephoto lens with optical stabilization and 4x optical zoom (F/3.5); a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 120-degree viewing angle (F/2.2) and a ToF sensor. Claimed 100x hybrid zoom.

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Front camera 40-megapixel (f / 2.2).

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The Galaxy S20+ also has four modules: 12 MP ultra-wide angle camera with 120 degree viewing angle (F/2.2); 12 MP wide angle camera with 79 degree viewing angle (F/1.8); 64 MP telephoto lens (F/2.0) and ToF sensor. Claimed 30x hybrid zoom.

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The front-facing camera here is 10-megapixel (F/2.2).

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The regular Galaxy S20 has three cameras, and the same as the Galaxy S20+, only without the ToF sensor. The front camera is also 10-megapixel (F/2.2).

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All three smartphones are capable of recording 8K video.

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Price

Pre-orders will start on February 21, and the flagships will go on sale on March 6.

The cost of the Galaxy S20 starts from $1000, there is a choice of gray, blue, and pink colors. The Galaxy S20+ will cost at least $ 1,200 and will be available in gray, blue, and black colors. The price tag of the Galaxy S20 Ultra starts at $1400, with a choice of only gray and black colors.

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