Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus review from the first users

Finally, there was a loud release of the new Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, plus Samsung also introduced the Galaxy S20 Ultra, about

which will be discussed in a separate article. It is worth noting that the Korean did not get a crazy presentation, however, the S20 and S20 Plus still received impressive improvements. In particular, improvements relate to the display, camera, battery and design. Read more about all this in the review further from the first users.

Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus review

Those who were at the Samsung company presentation, of course, did not miss the opportunity to enjoy the news live. Thanks to them, we have the opportunity to get to know the phones closer. So let's go ...

Specifications, Comparison

Design and size

The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus look very similar, butThere are two ways to easily distinguish them from each other: first, of course, this is the physical size, since the S20 is clearly smaller than the Plus. The second is the rear view: the S20 Plus has a fourth camera and a slightly wider cutout for the camera. You may remember last year's supercompact Galaxy S10e, but this supercompact size is no longer available, since even the younger brother of the Galaxy S20 is about the same size as last year's S10, and the S20 Plus is the size of last year's S10 Plus.

Premium phones with a well-known glass and metal design that look great in their pure form, but the glass is very easily stained with fingerprint stains.

What we like about these phones is the new ones.colors: you have the classic versions of Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black, but you also have a very rainbow pink model and blue. These are not just flat pink or blue colors, they form an interesting gradient when light hits them.

It is also important that the S20 and S20 Plus do not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. However, you get bundled a pair of USB-C headphones (such as AKG) for free.


The new S20 and S20 Plus feature beautiful AMOLED screens with incredibly tiny bezels, and they very delicately taper to the edges, almost flat.

Screen sizes are 6.2 inches on the S20 and 6.7inches on the S20 Plus, and they both look great with bright colors, wide viewing angles, these are really impressive color panels. Both support resolutions up to Quad HD, but by default they are set to Full HD, as this is considered the optimal balance between sharpness and battery life.
But the killer’s new feature is the frequency120 Hz updates. You can enable it in the settings only when the phone is working in Full HD resolution, and it seems that everything is moving much faster and smoother. And by the way, there is no 90 Hz option.

All about the new cameras

Samsung says the main new feature buyers are looking for on the phone is a better camera.

Although there is no new 108-megapixel camera sensor (it is only for the premium S20 Ultra model), you have at your disposal the following:

  • 12-megapixel main camera, f / 1.8 aperture, OIS
  • 12-megapixel ultra-wide, f / 2.2
  • 64-megapixel telephoto, f / 2.0, OIS
  • DepthVision (S20 Plus only)
  • 10 megapixel front camera

The most important new feature is Hybrid Optic Zoom, which allows you to zoom 3 times without significant loss of quality and up to 30 times using digital zoom.

And here is a brief overview of all the new features that you will find in the camera app:

  • Single Take: one take is available on all three S20 phones and allows you to simply hold the camera shutter while the phone takes photos and videos with all cameras, and then magically shoot the best shots and moments in one album. How to use? Do something fun, jump or scream, be creative and capture it. You will automatically receive a short film, several GIF-style pictures, such as funny animations, a bunch of stylized photos and much more in just one take. Samsung says it uses AI, but it's a really great way to capture the moment and see it as if captured from a crowd of people, each with their own unique look.
  • Night mode 2.0: The night mode has also been improved, and now it gives more light and color in situations with almost black color. The improvement is quite significant compared to what is currently available on the Note 10 and Galaxy S10 series.
  • Night Hyperlapse.
  • 8K video is the leading new camera feature,which provides an amazing amount of detail. This is not the default option (perhaps because 8K video also takes up a ton of space), but if you want this feature, you can use it, plus in 8K video you can also capture 33-megapixel pictures during recording. You can share 8K videos on YouTube or transfer them to a compatible Samsung 8K TV, and you also have the option of converting the footage to a lower resolution when sending it to friends.
  • Enhanced Super Steady Feature: you can enable it by clicking on the wavy hand icon in the camera interface; automatically eliminates the noise and trembling in your videos, and this is great when you try to shoot something sporty or active where you have to walk or even run with the camera. Samsung says both AI and hardware improvements were used for this. Keep in mind that Super Steady uses an ultra-wide camera with significant framing rather than the main camera, so it may not work if you shoot a video in low light.
  • Pro Mode for video gives you manual control of things like shutter speed and ISO, so you can adjust the brightness of the video in the same way as on a DSLR camera.


All three Galaxy S20 phones will ship with the new Snapdragon 865 chip in the United States, while most of the rest of the world will get them based on Samsung's Exynos 990 chip.

5G connectivity is also availableoptional for all three models, but keep in mind that in some markets where there is no 5G network, most likely there will be versions of phones that support only 4G, which will also help Samsung reduce the price for these countries.

If you live in a country with a 5G network, available inS20 models will support both mmWave technology (an extremely limited range but record breaking speeds) and Sub6 ranges (wide coverage, slower speeds than mmWave), so it will be the best of all 5G networks.

In terms of memory, the basic version of the S20 and S20 Plus has 128 GB of internal storage, and both phones also support storage expansion with microSD cards.

Battery and Charging

Both the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus received largeimprovements in battery size. A 4000 mAh battery on the S20 and a 4,500 mAh battery on the Plus model. This means that both of these phones will be able to provide a frequency of 120 Hz and 5G networks without sacrificing battery life.

In terms of charging, phones willcome with a 25 Watt Fast Charge wall adapter in the box, and for the first time the charger is equipped with a USB-C connection, so you get a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box as well. 25 watts is also the maximum charging speed since Samsung claims that only the S20 Ultra will benefit from support for fast charging of 45 watts (this will require a separately purchased adapter).

The S20 and Plus will also support wireless charging at higher speeds than we used to have in the S10 series.

Price and release date in Russia

You can pre-order the Galaxy S20 andS20 Plus, starting February 20, in two weeks the phones will appear on store shelves: the official release date is set for March 6. Samsung also offers free Galaxy Buds + as a gift to smooth out the price shock. And here are the prices:

Galaxy S20 128 GB - 69 990 rubles

Galaxy S20 Plus 128 GB - 79 990 rubles

Galaxy S20 Ultra 128 GB - 99 990 rubles

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