Galaxy Unpacked | Samsung Galaxy S20 series announced with 120Hz screens, 8K video recording capacity, and more

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra (image source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are now live. All three devices come with a 120Hz screen, 8K video recording capabilities, Samsung's version of AirDrop aka Quick Share, and more. Unfortunately, there will be no headphone jack, but Samsung will include a pair of AKG tuned headphones out of the box. The maxed out variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the world's first smartphone to come with a whopping 16 GB of RAM.

Samsung has finally unveiled its 2020 flagships -the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Thanks to the slew of leaks centered around them, we've known a fair bit about these devices for quite some time now. Without further ado, let's take a look at what Samsung has in store for us this year.

This time around the Galaxy S20 is the 'entry' level device, much like the Galaxy S10e from last year. It comes with a 6.2-inch WQHD+ Super AMOLED panel that has a 120Hz refresh rate. It will come with 12 MP sensors, a 64 MP telephoto lens, and a 10 MP front-facing camera, all of which will be powered by a 4,000 mAh battery that can be charged at 25 W.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is Samsung's middle-of-the-pack offering for 2020. It comes with a larger 6.7-inch WQHD+ Super AMOLED panel with the same 120Hz refresh rate. Its camera configuration is identical to that of the Galaxy S20, but with the addition of a ToF sensor. Its larger screen size warrants for a larger battery and you get just that with a 4,500 mAh Li-ion unit.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the true 'flagship' of the lot. It comes with a massive 6.9-inch WQHD+ Super AMOLED panel with the same refresh rate as its lesser-specced siblings, a 108 MP wide-angle lens that is assisted by a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor and a 48 MP telephoto lens. The front-facing camera is 40 MP. There's a ToF sensor thrown in the mix too, for good measure. The telephoto lens is capable of 100x hybrid zoom that Samsung calls 'Space Zoom'. Just like everything else on the phone, it comes with a colossal 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 45 W.

Depending on your region, all three devices will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 SoC. The 5G variants of each device will come with 12 GB of RAM, except for the specced-out variant of the Galaxy S20 Plus, which will come with 16 GB. The 4G LTE variants will also come in a toned-down configuration with only 8 GB of RAM. The memory modules use are LPDDR5, allowing for better performance while using lesser power. The Galaxy S20 will come in only a 128 GB storage variant, while the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will come in 128 GB and 512 GB variants.

Much like its predecessors, all three phones are capable of charging wireless devices such as headphones, smartwatches, etc. via Wireless Powershare. There's 8K 24 fps recording support across all three devices too. Much like the Galaxy Note 10 series, none of the phones will come with a dedicated Bixby button. Good riddance. Unfortunately, the headphone jack gets the ax too. Thankfully, you will get a pair of USB Type-C AKG tuned headphones out of the box.

Moving on to the software part, each phone will come with Android 10 customized with One UI 2.0 out of the box. They will also be the first Samsung phones to run the company's version of AirDrop called Quick Share. Like most third-party file-sharing apps, Quick Share uses a mix of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to transfer data.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G starts at $999, while the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G starts at $1,199. As expected, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the priciest of the lot at $1,399. There is no word about the pricing of 4G variants of the devices yet, but we should know more about that in the coming days. In the meanwhile, check out the smartphones in all their glory with these images that we managed to capture at the event. 


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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-02-11 (Update: 2020-02-11)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2