The Galaxy S20 was announced by Samsung this week as the successor of the Galaxy S10. The smartphone arrives at the United States market for the suggested price of US$ 999. Along with the announcement, there are also doubts about what has changed in the new generation. The highlights are the 6.2-inch screen, the octa-core processor up to 2.8 GHz, the RAM up to 12 GB and the Android 10.
Here’s what changed in the Galaxy S20 when compared to the 2019 Galaxy S10. The launch is offered globally in gray, pink and light blue.
Fact sheet: Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S20
|Specifications||Galaxy S10||Galaxy S20|
|Launch||February 2019||February 2020|
|Current price||$630||$ 999|
|Screen||6.1 inches||6.2 inches|
|Screen resolution||Quad HD + (3040 x 1440 pixels)||Quad HD + (3200 x 1440 pixels)|
|Processor||Exynos 9820||Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 (USA)|
|RAM||8 GB||8 or 12 GB (5G)|
|Storage||128 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card||Yes, microSD up to 512 GB||Yes, microSD up to 1 TB|
|Main camera||triple, 16, 12 and 12 MP||triple, 64, 12 and 12 MP|
|Front camera||10 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|Battery||3,400 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Operating system||Android 9 (Pie)||Android 10|
|Dimensions and weight||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm; 157 grams||151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm; 163 grams|
|Available colors||blue, black and white||blue, pink and gray|
Canvas and design
The Galaxy S20 has some visual changes compared to the Galaxy S10. In the front area, the new release has a camera inside the screen located in the middle of the panel, while the predecessor had the hole in the upper right corner. This feature means that none of the phones have a notch.
Both phones have almost no edges and have rounded screens in the corners. The S20 comes with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with Quad HD+ resolution (3200 x1440 pixels). The S10 also comes with the same technology and resolution. However, it’s a little smaller – it has 6.1 inches.
The changes continue at the rear. The three lenses in the Galaxy S20 are now grouped in a rectangle similar to the iPhone 11 Pro, different from the S10’s characteristic horizontal line.
Samsung retained the triple camera on the Galaxy S20, but greatly improved the telephoto lens, whose sensor rose to 64 MP. The model also has a wide and ultra-wide lens of 12 MP each. The S10 comes with a set divided into two 12 MP lenses (wide-angle and telephoto lens) and an ultra-angle 16 MP.
The Galaxy S10’s 10 MP front camera has been retained in the S20. Both models record photos with portrait mode and have photo beautification.
Performance and storage
The Galaxy S20 comes with the Exynos 990 processor (octa-core up to 2.7 GHz) in the global version and Snapdragon 865 chip (octa-core up to 2.8 GHz) in a few countries (among them the United States). Both are not so different from S10, which features the Exynos 9820 processor (octa-core up to 2.7 GHz).
The Galaxy S20 also has two RAM options. The 5G compatible model works with 12 GB and the traditional version uses 8 GB, just like the S10. The phones have minimum storage of 128 GB, as well as the past generation. Both S20 and S20 ultra allow the use of a microSD memory card.
The battery in the Galaxy S20 has been upgraded to 4,000 mAh, slightly higher than the S10, which comes with 3,400 mAh. It has maintained the Qi standard, which allows battery recharging without the need for wires and both contain fast-charging compatibility.
Android and additional features
Android 10 is featured in the device with One UI 2 interface enhancement made by the manufacturer. The S10 came out of the factory with Android 9 (Pie) but must be updated to the new system. Both have access to the Bixby virtual assistant.
Both phones come equipped with facial recognition and biometrics integrated into the display. The S20 maintains IP68 certification, i.e. it has resistance to both water and dust. They also come with NFC, which allows remote payments with Samsung Pay.
As announced in the United States, the suggested price presented is $999. The Galaxy S10 was launched in February for $1,160, but today it can be found with prices in the range of US$630 in online retail.