Unpacked 2020: Samsung launches Galaxy S20 family

Three is the charm: The S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Photo: Gadget Pilipinas/Samsung

Validating the numerous leaks that have made its way in tech news leading up to 2020, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest products in the Galaxy S line.

Rule of thirds

The South Korean tech giant encourages its users to “Change the Way You Experience the World” with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra–three new entries to the Galaxy S series, as compared to the typical regular-sized and plus-sized variants from its predecessors. The S20 and S20+ follow the previous generation’s S10 and S10+, while the latest addition to the family dubbed the S20 Ultra seems to be in a class of its own.

All three offerings come with a 3200×1440 Quad HD+ panel capable of 120Hz refresh rates, only differing in size: 6.2″ for the S20, 6.7″ for the S20+, and a whopping 6.9″ for the S20 Ultra.

Eye-popping camera capabilities

That S20 Ultra camera module is humongous. Photo: Gadget Pilipinas/Samsung

The three S handphones also vary in their photo and video shooting capabilities; the S20 and S20+ both have a triple sensor setup composed of a 12MP f/2.2 Ultrawide, a 12MP f/1.8 Wide, and a 64MP f/2.0 Telephoto, with the S20+ having an additional Time of Flight (ToF) sensor which helps it with depth-sensing. The setup allows the S20 and S20+ to utilize an AI-powered Hybrid Zoom of up to 30X.

Meanwhile, the S20 Ultra makes do with the same 12MP f/2.2 Ultrawide, but settles for a staggering 108MP f/1.8 Wide sensor and a 48MP f/3.5 telephoto sensor. It also sports the same ToF sensor as the S20+, and the camera setup allows for a 10x optical zoom with the telephoto sensor and up to 100x “Space Zoom.” I mean, that’s just mindblowing.

How much does it improve over its predecessors?

Across the board, the S20 family gets the latest Exynos 990 SoC with a Mali-G77 MP11 GPU. The hardware configuration allows all three units up to 8K 30fps video recording, and 5G readiness for the S20 Ultra (although it’s not yet natively enabled).

The S20 family also features improved fast-charging technology compared to its predecessors, with both the S20 and S20+ getting up to 25W fast-charging, and the S20 Ultra up to 45W (although you’ll have to purchase a separate 45W fast-charging adaptor to use this).

The rest is pretty much standard fare–all three phones have an Ultrasonic on-screen fingerprint reader, and come with 128GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards up to 1TB. The S20 and S20+ get 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, while the Ultra makes do with 4GB more at 12GB RAM.

One thing to note is that this is the phone when Samsung finally bids the 3.5mm audio jack goodbye in its S series. It’s definitely going to be missed, but Samsung is apparently banking on the quality and endurance of its latest Galaxy Buds+ that it’s bundling the latest iteration of its TWS earbuds for pre-orders. However, Samsung does ship headphones with a type-C connector with the S20 phones.

We’ll have a more in-depth take on the phones once we get a chance for a hands-on, hopefully when Samsung PH launches the handphones locally. For now, those interested can already place preorders at the nearest Samsung Experience Stores; availability is set for March 6, 2020, with more details to be announced on the local launch this coming February 18, 2020.

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