Samsung new flagships are here – and they brought a next-generation foldable phone with them. These were subjects to much rumors so we knew more or less what to expect, but now that it’s all in the open, we have to ask – what to you think?
Let’s start at the top. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra packs Samsung’s best 108MP image sensor and its first-ever periscope lens (backed by a 48MP sensor). Those two, along with the 40MP selfie camera, can use pixel binning to improve image quality in less than ideal lighting situations. The 108MP cam in particular is the first to do 9-in-1 binning (Samsung calls it “Nonacell”).
The Ultra is slightly larger than the S20+, packing a 6.9” screen. It’s also the first of the S-series to support 45W fast charging (though like with the Note10+, you only get a 25W adapter in the box).
We published a more detailed comparison of the S20 trio and of course we have a hands-on review of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Do you think this will be the flagship to beat in H1 2020 or did Samsung miss the mark?
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ sticks with 12MP resolution for the main camera, but the new sensor has larger pixels – 1.8µm. Not as big as the 2.4µm binned pixels of the Ultra, but still an upgrade over the 1.4µm pixels of the S10 generation.
The 64MP module serves double duty. For stills, it delivers up to 3x hybrid optical zoom. For video, it can record in 8K resolution. All three S20 phones support 8K, but the Ultra uses the larger main sensor to do it so it may have the upper hand in terms of image quality.
Also, all three S20 models have 120Hz-capable screens. They are set to 60Hz mode out of the box, but you can enable the high refresh rate if you like. Note that you can’t have 120Hz at QHD rendering resolution, only at FHD (the physical display panel has 1440p+ resolution either way).
So, how about the Galaxy S20? It feels so different from the Ultra, but as a follow-up to the S10+ it feels spot on. Or do you see things differently?
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (and 4G) has the same camera hardware as the Plus. Well, it lacks the DepthVision module, but that’s not a big deal. Storage is a much bigger issue as 128GB is all you get (on the S20+, the 5G model has 256GB and 512GB options). The microSD card slot can add up to 1TB more storage though.
Also, the 5G model only supports the slower sub-6GHz standard while the larger S20 models also have mmWave, which has a theoretical maximum download speed of 2Gbps (mmWave does suffer from poor coverage though).
Still, the Galaxy S20 is the most compact and most affordable of the new trio, while offering the same performance (Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990) and same camera advancements. Not bad – or is it?
Before you vote, you may want to check out our Galaxy S20 and S20+ hands-on review for a closer look at the two phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip may be the first foldable phone done right. The Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) on the inner screen is significantly more scratch-resistant than the plastic used in first generation foldables (that could be scratched with a fingernail).
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Z Flip is a “clamshell”. When opened, it gives you a 6.7” screen with 22:9 aspect ratio. When closed, it folds to an 87.4 x 73.6 x 17.3mm square. Then you get a 1.1” external display for notifications.
While the screen is 2020, the innards are 2019 – a Snapdragon 855+, LTE connectivity, dual 12MP camera (regular + ultrawide) and a 3,300mAh battery with 15W charging. You can find pricing info for the S20 trio and the Z Flip here (spoiler: the foldable costs $1,380/€1,480).
Have a look at our Galaxy Z Flip hands-on review before deciding whether Samsung has made a foldable phone you can buy or if it’s still not right for you.