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Samsung's top-of-the-line is evolving again, one year after a convincing, if not innovative, Galaxy S10. The competition leaves no respite to the Korean brand, which must bet on its strengths, such as the screen or the photo.
The design of the S10 was a clear success, and the same goes for this new iteration, which is elegant with its simple front punch for the photo sensor, and which seems almost compact. Its length still makes it difficult to use with one hand, but the interface is made in such a way that it is not a major problem. The borders are very thin and the smartphone is not very thick. The fingerprint reader is under the screen and works without a hitch, while the physical keys are on the right. On the connector level, the mini-jack port has not come back, but there are two SIM card slots (or for an additional micro-SD card), and a port for an eSIM virtual SIM card is there.
The screen of this Samsung Galaxy S20 is in the standards of the brand, that is to say excellent on all levels. The protective film on the panel increases the reflections but the extremely generous brightness makes it possible to overcome this concern without noticing it, well helped also by the infinite contrast. As for the colours, they are rendered very faithfully, just taking care to opt for the "natural" rendering in the settings. If the maximum resolution of this Samsung is very high and allows a very fine display, it is not enabled by default, which is a bit surprising. Similarly, the image refresh at 120 Hz, which brings a lot of comfort, is not enabled by default, despite its benefits.
On this Galaxy S20, Samsung has given up and no longer offers a mini-Jack port, and not even a USB-C adapter for an old headset or a pair of earphones. As for the two onboard speakers, they are quite up to the task.
In terms of power, this Samsung Galaxy S20 has nothing to be ashamed of for most of its uses, with multitasking that is well managed without slowdowns. On the other hand, for gaming, you're still hungry because the graphics chip is clearly not up to what you would expect from a high-end device today.
There are three photo modules on the Galaxy S20. The main sensor, which also provides a wide-angle format, produces excellent photos with its 12 megapixels. The rendering is indeed precise, detailed but also natural, which also remains so when the light is dimmed. Smoothing is contained to maintain a more than satisfactory quality. For the very wide angle, it is another sensor which officiates, with him also 12 million pixels, and it is also powerful, with photographs which suffer only little from a distortion however frequent on this kind of lenses. The colors are also faithfully reproduced, but this good overall picture gets a little dull in the dark, with noise and smoothing a little too present. For the zoom, another sensor does the job, with 64 million pixels and a dedicated lens, which does it rather well, and even if the rendering is not the most accurate in color and dynamic range, it is still homogeneous and natural. In an environment with little light, however, the photos are completely unusable. For video, the 8K capture is just a gadget, but in 4K, the Galaxy S20 keeps an irreproachable fluidity in all circumstances. For the selfies finally, the sensor in front of the camera makes excellent pictures, as long as the "beauty" filters are deactivated.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it is unfortunately a huge disappointment for the user. The smartphone only lasts one day at most, and it hardly needs to be used intensively to recharge it before the end of the day, while the competition manages to reconcile power and autonomy.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 done by Julien Hany the 2020/04/15
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