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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra First Impressions

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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are now official and these are our first impressions of South Korean giant's latest and greatest.
Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra First Impressions
Samsung Galaxy S20+, S20, and S20 Ultra

After the success of the S10 series in 2019, the Korean giant greets the new decade with the major renaming of the S-series. The next-generation S-series is now called the S20 and not the S11.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series comes in three variants, the S20, the S20+, and the S20 Ultra.

Common specifications from the three models are the Dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz, Exynos 990 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM, microSD card slot, Wireless Power Share, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and IP 68 water and dust resistance.

Let's take a look at Samsung's three new smartphones.

Note: As of this writing, we only received the smartphone itself without a box and its inclusions. We will update this section once a full retail unit becomes available.

Disclaimer: The following images and videos are taken using a pre-production unit that may not directly reflect the end-production experience of the devices that will be commercially available.


Build Quality/Design

Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Samsung Galaxy S20 series

All three models are made of glass and metal with the front and rear panel curving to the side that is accented by the metal frame and metal trim. This has been a consistent design language from Samsung's flagship over the years and this iteration is the most polished that results in one of the most beautiful and stunning phones we've seen. This is because of the premium materials used, the prism effect and refinement in design.

At the back of the phone has been simplified. All you will see are the curved glass panel, camera module, Samsung branding, and the prism color effect. 
Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display for all variants
Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display for all variants

All three phones feature a large HDR10+ certified Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch rate that take over almost all of the front of the phone with razor-thin bezels and a smaller punch hole.
Top side
Top
Bottom
Bottom

On top of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 series are the SIM card tray with microSD card slot, antenna lines, and microphone ports while at the bottom are the antenna lines, downward-firing speakers, USB Type-C port and another microphone port.
Left side
Left side
Right side
Right side

Like in the Note10 series, all of the physical buttons have been placed on the right side. This resulted in the S20 series having a smooth left side while the right side has the metal volume rocker and the metal Bixby button. This also means that there is a power button on the notifications panel. Don't worry. Like the Note10 series, you can remap the Bixby Button to the Power button.
This is how you can "bring back" the physical power button
This is how you can "bring back" the physical power button

There is NO more 3.5mm headphone jack on the S20 series. If Samsung chooses to copy the Note10 series, there will be an included USB Type-C in-ear earphones in the box. 

All three models feel incredibly sturdy because of how solid and sturdy the metal frame and the glass feels on the hand. 

The S20 series comes with 25W and 40W adaptive fast charging support. It charges wirelessly even faster with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. Wireless Power Share also returns from the S10 and Note10 series.

Initial findings

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's massive 6.9-inch display
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's massive 6.9-inch display

1. The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are some of the most beautiful smartphones we've seen so far. The curved panels with the polished metal frame and metal trimming elevate the design that makes the series stand-out.

In front of the S20 series smartphones are the aforementioned HDR10+ certified Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch rate in different sizes.

Samsung Galaxy S20 - 6.2-inch at 563 ppi 120Hz refresh rate
Samsung Galaxy S20+ - 6.7-inch at 525 ppi 120Hz refresh rate
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - 6.9-inch at 511 ppi 120Hz refresh rate

All three have a 20:9 "Cinematic" aspect ratio.

And even though the Ultra has a massive tablet-sized display, it never felt unwieldy nor was it hard to hold with one hand. 
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey

2. The Galaxy S20 series for the Philippine market is powered by a 7nm 64-bit 2.7GHz Octa-core processor, Mali-G77 MP11 GPU, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS internal storage. All three models will have a large battery with support Samsung's 25W and 40W Adaptive fast charging, Fast wireless charging 2.0 and Wireless Power share.

We've broken down the slight differences between the specifications of each variant.

Samsung Galaxy S20 - 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB UFS storage, 4000mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S20+ - 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/512GB UFS storage, 4500mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - 12GB/16GB RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS storage, 5000mAh battery

3. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra will be running on One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. It is Samsung's latest skin with the new Focus Mode and the new visual tweaks that make it more functional with one-handed use.
The three different camera modules of the S20 series
The three different camera modules of the S20 series

4. Samsung significantly upgrades the photo and video capabilities of the S20 series with each variant having slightly different camera modules. 

First up is the Galaxy S20 which has a triple rear camera set-up made up of the 12MP f/1.8 main camera, 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle camera, 64MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with Space Zoom, Hybrid Optic Zoom 3x and Super Resolution 30x Zoom.

Next up is the Galaxy S20+ that has a quad-rear camera set-up where it adds a DepthVision camera to the S20's three cameras. 

Lastly is the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a quad-rear camera set up that is made up of a massive 108MP f/1.8 main camera, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-camera, a 48MP f/3.5 telephoto camera, and a DepthVision camera. It supports Space Zoom, Hybrid Optic Zoom 10x, Super-Resolution Zoom up to 100x zoom

Both the S20 and S20+ have a 10MP f/2.2 front-facing selfie camera while the S20 Ultra has a 40MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. 
Single Take UI
Single Take UI

Samsung's new focus on the cameras for photo and video has resulted in the new "Single Take" feature wherein the camera will take a picture or will record footage with all cameras at the same time. After you are done shooting, you will be given access to all the photos and video footage shot with all of the cameras and edit them together with Samsung's built-in video editor.
Single Take processes all photos and footage from all cameras and displays them to the user
Single Take processes all photos and footage from all cameras and displays them to the user

Philippine variants of the S20 and S20+ are 4G LTE versions only while the Philippine variant of the S20 Ultra is 5G capable but is disabled.

All three models will have the complete suite of sensors, ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock and OTG. 

Lastly, all three models are IP68 water and dust resistant certified.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Specs

Display: 6.2-inch 3D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected Dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz screen w/ QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution at 563 ppi
CPU: 2.7GHz 7nm Exynos 990 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G77 MP11
RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR5
ROM: 128GB expandable via microSD card up to 1TB
Back Camera: 12MP f/1.8 w/ Dual Pixel and OIS + 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 64MP f/2.0 w/ 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and OIS + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 10MP f/2.2
Battery: 4,000mAh w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
OS: Android 10.0 w/ One UI 2.0
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 4G LTE Cat 20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, dual-band GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure, heart rate
Others: Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP68 water and dust resistance, USB-C, UHQ 32-bit/DSD audio support, AKG stereo speakers, Colors: cloud pink, cosmic grey
Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 163 g
Price: PHP 49,990

Samsung Galaxy S20+ Specs

Display: 6.7-inch 3D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected Dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz screen w/ QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution at 525 ppi
CPU: 2.7GHz 7nm Exynos 990 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G77 MP11
RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR5
ROM: 128GB/512GB expandable via microSD card up to 1TB
Back Camera: 12MP f/1.8 w/ Dual Pixel and OIS + 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 64MP f/2.0 w/ 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and OIS + ToF + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 10MP f/2.2
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
OS: Android 10.0 w/ One UI 2.0
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 4G LTE Cat 20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, dual-band GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure, heart rate
Others: Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP68 water and dust resistance, USB-C, UHQ 32-bit/DSD audio support, AKG stereo speakers, Colors: cosmic gray, cosmic black, cloud blue
Dimensions: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 186 g
Price: PHP 55,990

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specs

Display: 6.9-inch 3D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected Dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz screen w/ QHD+ 3040 x 1440 resolution at 511 ppi
CPU: 2.7GHz 7nm Exynos 990 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G77 MP11
RAM: 12GB/16GB LPDDR5
ROM: 128GB/512GB expandable via microSD card up to 1TB
Back Camera: 108MP f/1.8 w/ Dual Pixel and OIS + 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 48MP f/3.5 w/ 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom and OIS + ToF + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 40MP f/2.2
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 45W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
OS: Android 10.0 w/ One UI 2.0
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE Cat 20, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, dual-band GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure, heart rate
Others: Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP68 water and dust resistance, USB-C, UHQ 32-bit/DSD audio support, AKG stereo speakers, Colors: cosmic gray, cosmic black
Dimensions: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 220 g
Price: PHP 69,990 (12GB/128GB)

As of the moment

S20 and S20+
S20 and S20+

In recent years, it has become incredibly difficult for smartphones to stand out as more and more manufacturers are able to compete with the best of the best. BUT Samsung has managed to differentiate itself with the new innovations in software and in hardware that is found in the S20 series.

Noteworthy features include the 120Hz display, the Super Resolution Zoom up to 100x, and the 108MP main camera (of the S20 Ultra).

What do you guys think?
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