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Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Operating system

    Android 10.0

  • Screen size

    6.2 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.73 GHz

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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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Key points

Internal storage

128 GB

RAM

8192 MB

Processor frequency

2.73 GHz

Screen size

6.2 in

Thickness

7.9 in

SAR

0.27 W/kg

Capacity

4000 mAh

Photo resolution (Front camera)

10 MP

Video resolution

4320 p

PPI

566

eSIM

Yes

FM Transmitter

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Rugged

Yes

CDMA

Yes

Weak points

Audio

No

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Technical specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has several versions, you will find the features of the 4G version then on the (5G) alternative version, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 10.0
Available Yes
Released (US) March 2020
Original price (US) 909 $
Released (FR) March 2020
Street price (EUR) 909 €
Design Candybar
Color
White
Blue
Grey
Pink
SAR 0.27 W/kg
Rugged Yes
Type Waterproof
Dust
Splash proof
Ingress Protection IP 68
Display
Screen type Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Resolution 3200x1440 pixels
Screen size 6.2 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 566
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1700/2100
1900
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA Yes
CDMA Frequencies 800
1900
2000
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1700/2100
1800
1900
2100

2500
2600
5G No
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 4320 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Optical zoom 3 x
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 10 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
69.1 in
7.9 in
151.7 in
163 oz
Samsung Galaxy S20
Height 151.7 in
Width 69.1 in
Thickness 7.9 in
Weight 163 oz
Hardware
CPU Samsung Exynos 990
Processor frequency 2.73 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 8192 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage Yes
Memory card microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11ax
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version 3.2
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM Yes
eSIM Yes
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio Yes
FM Transmitter Yes
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 4000 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes
General
Original price (US) 1009 $
Street price (EUR) 1009 €
Network
5G Yes



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