So we got some hands on time with the galaxias 20. Yes, 20 plus and at the as 20 Otara. And just like you’d expect from a flagship Samsung phone in 2020.
These things are packing a ton of new futures. But what wasn’t expected is the pricing with the regular bottom of the line as 20 starting at one thousand dollars. And the top of the line is 20 Otara going all the way up to fourteen hundred dollars.
Pricing, you’d expect more so from a company like Apple than you would Samsung.
Making you wonder what exactly all this extra money actually buys you. Well, let’s find out.
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We’ll start off with maybe the biggest new feature on these phones. And they’re all new camera systems.
Yes, 20 and yes, 20 plus have an image sensor that’s sixty five percent larger than the one on the Galaxy s 10 with a 12 megapixel main camera, a 12 megapixel ultra wide and a 64 megapixel telephoto camera, which Samsung says offers three X hybrid zoom and up to 30 X super resolution, which is basically a combination of digital zoom and optical zoom, plus a little bit of image processing to let you get in closer than ever before.
But it’s the as 20 otras camera that really takes things to the next level. It has an image sensor that is three times larger than the Galaxy s 10.
And while it has the same ultra wide camera as the smaller models, its main camera has nine times the resolution at a whopping one hundred and eight megapixels. But Samsung isn’t just throwing megapixels at this thing for the spec sheets.
They’re actually combining it with their pixel bending technology that effectively turns nine pixels into one giant pixel, producing twelve megapixel photos that allow for more light to come in per pixel and will hopefully lead to better low light performance.
Of course, the Otras main camera isn’t the only one that’s different from the smaller models.
It has a forty eight megapixel telephoto camera that comes with a special folded lens that produces 10 X hybrid zoom and up to 100 X space zoom. Now keep in mind that these extreme zoom levels, whether you’re talking about the smaller models or the ultra, are not likely to produce the best looking images.
They might be better than other phones at the same level of zoom, but if you want a clean image without any distortion, you’re going to want to stick with the hybrid zoom levels. But the distortion doesn’t mean that the space zoom is entirely useless.
The way I like to think about it is space. Zoom is more for your vision than it is for actually taking photos.
I think like a little telescope in your pockets that lets you see things from way further away than you could with just your eyesight alone.
Now, in terms of video, all three of these phones can shoot 8-K footage, which for context is four times more detailed and Fourcade and is 16 times the detail of 10 ATP.
Samsung also said that they improved the rolling image stabilization of these phones thanks to the larger sensor and that the phones can I will record longer 960 FBAR slow motion with a one second burst compared to the points for second burst that you got on the Galaxy s 10.
Taking advantage of the new cameras and the high resolutions, Samsung had a new feature called Single Take, where you can record for 10 seconds and the phone will automatically create up to four different videos from that 10 seconds and up to 10 photos from different angles from the different lenses and different crops.
So that way you don’t settle for just one shot. And then finally, last thing worth mentioning about the cameras is on the flip side with the S 20 and s 20 plus coming with the same selfie cam that we saw before.
While the S 20 Otara comes with an upgraded 40 megapixel selfie cam.
Now, it would be nice to see the upgrade come on the regular s 20s, but at least all three models do come with a smaller selfie cam cutouts, which makes them even less nervous world than before and gives you more screen real estate.
Speaking to the screen is now slightly taller, with thinner bezels at the top and the bottom.
And thankfully, thankfully, Samsung finally made the screen a little bit flatter, like there’s still a slight curve in there, but it’s flatter than before, meaning you’ll get less edge distortion while watching articles and less clear when under direct lights.
I’ve always felt like curved screens were more of a marketing gimmick than anything else.
So it’s something that I’m really happy to see gone. Of course, the headline feature for the ESC twenty screen is the higher refresh rate at 120 hertz compared to just 60 on the S10.
Now this is something that’s hard to appreciate over video. But in this article, we compared 60 years to just 90 hertz.
And you can tell just how much smoother everything from the animations and scrolling is. And technically, the ESC twenty should be even smoothing that at one hundred and twenty yards with a two hundred and forty hertz touch sampling rate to power that display.
The phones come with either the Snapdragon eight sixty five or the S.A.S. 990 under the hood, with the C.P.U being up to 25 percent faster and graphics rendering up to 20 percent faster.
There’s also a faster U. S 3.0 storage faster DDR five RAM and more RAM on all three models with a minimum of twelve gigabytes ram and up to sixteen gigabytes ram on the S twenty ultra which. Might sound like overkill, and maybe it is.
But Samsung is at least adding the option to leverage all that extra ram with a feature called App Spinning that lets you select up to five apps to always keep open in the background.
So, for example, you can pin a game or two. And if you of your social apps, they use often and never have to wait for those apps to load up again, making the entire experience just that much faster.
And if you happen to be in an area with 5G coverage, you could be seeing significantly faster data speeds since all three models of this 20 come with 5G, which, you know, may or may not be useful today, again, depending on where you are.
But at the very least, it could help make the phones a little bit more future proof.
Down the line in terms of other features, the s 20 series is the first non pixel phone to get Android Ten’s live captioning where you can get captions for any video that you watch on your phone from the web to your gallery, which is great for those situations when you can’t listen to audio out loud.
There’s a new music share feature that lets a friend play music on a car’s Bluetooth system straight through your phone instead of them having to connect through your car’s clunky pairing process.
And the ESC twenty matches airdrop on iPhones with a new feature called Quick Share that lets you share files with up to five nearby devices wirelessly, although for right now it does seem to be limited to just the Galaxy as 20 series.
And then finally, Samsung is saying that the S 20 is the most secure device that they have ever made, with it being the first to feature a new secure processor called the Guardianship to Protect against harbor based tax, similar to the Titan chip that Google has been putting in their pixel phones.
And that’s pretty much it. But anyways, that is it for me in this article.