Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus Hands
This year Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked gave us a couple surprises. Some pleasant. Others, less so.
This year Samsung’s taking a different tact, showing us the big phones are the best phones. It’s not all bad news, though.
At first glance, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus look much like their predecessors, the Galaxy S10 and 10 Plus, aside from a smaller hole-punch for the front-facing camera. The punch has moved to the top-center of the device, as opposed to the corner. Both have bright AMOLED displays with the same QHD resolution as the S10’s, and an ultrasonic fingerprint reader underneath.
Look at the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus a bit closer, however, and you’ll see that the displays are slightly larger than their predecessors. They 8217;re a tenth of an inch increase for the S20, and a .3-inch increase on the S20 Plus.
Samsung, like every manufacturer, is growing the camera module. Instead of adding cameras, one of the sensors has grown quite a bit, too.
For the first time, we have a distinction between the Plus model’s camera and the regular Galaxy S device. Similar to Samsung’s approach with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, the S20 Plus adds a fourth camera for depth sensing. The Depth Vision camera should help with Live Focus portrait shots, as well as 3D scanning features.
Aside from this, the camera arrangement is the same on the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. Both have 10MP front-facing cameras, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, 12MP wide-angle main sensor, and a 64MP telephoto lens, which is capable of 3x optical zoom and 30x digital.
Samsung’s bolstered its optical stabilization, which now includes movement mitigation for anti-roll in addition to the previous up-down and side-to-side control. This, coupled with A.I. stabilization, makeup a feature the company’s calling Space Zoom. This is what facilitates the smooth image capture in 30x zoom. It’s something you can see working plainly when zoomed in, and helps keep blur out of your shots.
Taking excellent photos in situations we couldn’t previously is a solid addition to Samsung’s already impressive foundation, as is the improved night mode – something we’ve been unimpressed by with Samsung in the past. We 8217;re also happy to see a fun new feature, One Take, added to the mix.
For instance, if you’re taking a photo of a big building or landscape, you’ll likely get a shot from the ultra-wide-angle camera. Meanwhile, a shot of a friend 8217;s face should trigger a portrait photo. It’d be nice to have more input on what’s pulled out in each situation, but the feature 8217;s spontaneity can be its own reward.
Finally, there 8217;s a new mode called Night Hyper Lapse, which is meant to give those long, streaking trails of light in dynamic night scenes with moving objects.
Those familiar with shooting 4K on proper standalone video cameras know how useful it can be to pull high-quality photos out of video after the fact, and it’s exciting to not have to choose between taking a photo or a video when the moment strikes.
As you can expect from Samsung’s flagships, the internals are stacked. You 8217;ll be served 12GB RAM and either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, or the Exynos 990, depending on the region. Both the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus offer 128GB storage with expandable memory, but only the Plus has a 512GB option.
Next is a feature called Music Share 8212; another Galaxy exclusive, unfortunately, Music Share can pass the metaphorical aux cord to your friends Galaxy device, so you don’t have to disconnect from a Bluetooth speaker and go through all the pairing and re-pairing to listen to music from a different phone. This handy, and something I could see myself and others using a lot. Well, if we all had Galaxy S devices.
Gamers can force certain apps to stay in RAM. That keeps games in the phones recent memory.
Gaming on the S20 and S20 Plus should be a great experience thanks to the 120Hz display. The added RAM helps, too, and gamers can force certain apps to stay in RAM. That keeps games in the phones recent memory so users can leave a game and pick up exactly where they left off.
A partnership with Microsoft will bring the company’s popular racing game Forza Street to the Galaxy Store, its first appearance on mobile phones.
The Galaxy S20 retails for $1,000, while the Plus starts at $1,200. Both come in cosmic black, cosmic gray, and cloud blue. Pre-orders for the two phones start on Feb 21, with a March 6 release date. Those who pre-order will get $100 and $150 off the S20 and S20 Plus, respectively.
The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus are flagship phones with flagships specs that, for the first time, fully embrace 5G. Unfortunately, only one of the two is anywhere near future proof for 5G 8212; the Galaxy S20 Plus, particularly, as it has the most widely used 5G frequency as well as the fastest, while the S20 only has the former.
That makes the smaller Galaxy S20 a pretty tough sell.
Otherwise, stepping up the optical zoom with better stabilization and a massive sensor should bring Samsung back up front in the U.S. smartphone camera market, if only for a little while. Support for 8K content capture brings the Galaxy S20 line 8217;s video capabilities to the fore.
Just be ready to shell out some cash. The Galaxy S20 Plus is the one you 8217;ll really want and, at $1,200, it doesn 8217;t come cheap.标签：