tl; dr: The stars of other galaxies cannot be discovered with Samsung’s Galaxy S20 family, but with up to a hundred times zoom, the cameras advance into new dimensions. With the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra, Samsung is consistently continuing to develop its smartphones and making interesting decisions.
Ten years after the first Galaxy S smartphone (test), the series made a big leap forward, at least by name: Galaxy S20 and not S11 is the name of the new smartphone family, which was presented today in three versions for the unpacked event in San Francisco , Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra are Samsung’s flagship smartphones for the first half of 2020, before a new Galaxy Note with stylus traditionally takes over this role in the second.
Displays up to 6.9 inches
There is no direct successor for the compact Galaxy S10e this time, instead the Galaxy S20 marks the entry with now 6.2 inches (+ 0.1 inches), followed by the Galaxy S20 + with 6.7 inches (+ 0.3 Inch) before the Galaxy S20 Ultra with tablet-like 6.9 inch is at the top and can be understood as the successor of the largest Galaxy S10 5G to date with 6.7 inch. The Galaxy S20 Ultra will only sell Samsung with 5G support, while the two smaller models are offered in LTE and 5G versions.
The pre-sale is to be unlocked at the end of the unpacked event on Samsung’s website, including a promotion for pre-orders, Samsung will announce the availability in retail on March 13. The price ranges from 900 euros for the basic model to 1,550 euros for the top model with maximum equipment – more details later in the article. In this article, ComputerBase explains how the devices differ from each other and what first impression they leave.
Larger and heavier than the Galaxy S10 series
The Galaxy S20 family has grown across the board, with the Plus model in particular making a change to the format of the former Galaxy S10 5G with a 0.3 inch display gain. The normal Galaxy S20 with 69.1 × 151.7 × 7.9 mm (W × H × D) is just as handy and leaves a good impression from a purely haptic point of view, and the smartphone at 163 grams is lighter than that sister models. The contrast program is the Koloss Galaxy S20 Ultra: 76.0 × 166.9 × 8.8 mm meet 220 grams. That’s 10 percent more volume and 20 percent more weight than the Galaxy Note 10+. As before, Samsung manufactures the devices from aluminum and glass and certifies them according to IP68 against the ingress of dust and water. There is nothing to complain about in terms of processing and choice of materials.
120 Hz with reduced resolution
Larger smartphones make room for larger displays that have reached the format of previous tablets with up to 6.9 inches, although the aspect ratio of 20: 9 is a different, longer one. This new format is common to all Galaxy S20s, as is the resolution of the AMOLED displays that has been appropriately increased to 3,200 × 1,440 pixels. This can be used if there is no other display innovation.
For the first time, Samsung offers a refresh rate doubled to 120 Hz and at the same time increases the touch sampling rate to 240 Hz.When trying it out for the first time, all three smartphones with extremely fluid operation, which are similar to 90 Hz from smartphones such as the Asus ROG Phone, pleased (Test) or OnePlus 7T (Test) knows. However, the doubled refresh rate can only be used if the display is controlled with an internally reduced resolution of 2,400 × 1,080 pixels. This reduced resolution has been set by Samsung at the factory for several years, but users must know that if they switch to WQHD +, the display only works at 60 Hz.
The screens are flat again
The second change comes as a surprise: Samsung has largely said goodbye to the curved screens of previous generations and is now installing an almost flat display that only bends minimally into the frame. The bend is so slight that it still has a supportive effect when swiping from the edge of the screen, but it no longer displays content in a distorted manner. For many critics of Samsung’s curved screens, this adjustment should be a boon.
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