This is probably one of the biggest launches of this year so far (mind you it is only February 2020). Still, the latest Galaxy S20 Series from Samsung is quite something!
Taken from Engadget … Unlike last year with the S10e, there is no cheaper version of the S20. Instead, we’ve seen Samsung slash prices for the entire S10 family, and release “Lite” versions of its popular Galaxy S10 and Note 10. With the “affordable flagship” base amply covered, Samsung had the freedom to run in the opposite direction and build a phone that’s essentially excess incarnate.
While the other S20s feel as manageable in the hand as the models that came before, the Ultra is a full millimeter thicker than the S20+ and 34 grams heavier. That doesn’t sound like a dramatic variance, I’ll admit, but I promise you’ll feel the difference when you pick the Ultra up. It is, for lack of a more elegant phrase, a chonker. Thankfully, Samsung is putting that extra girth to good use — beyond the bigger, 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen and the huge camera hump on its back, there’s also a 5,000mAh battery tucked away inside. The Ultra also packs a significantly different camera setup than the other two Galaxy S20s, including a 40-megapixel front-facing camera (for some reason) and a more ambitious zoom system around back — we’ll get to that, though.
All of this excess comes at a cost, though: The base Ultra with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost you $1,400, and there’s an even higher-end model if you’d rather bump yourself up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. (Note: All versions of the Galaxy S20 have microSD card slots, so you won’t need to fret much over running out of room.)
Samsung is convinced that improved cameras are the biggest reason people upgrade their phones, so naturally, that’s where most of the work seems to have happened. Here’s what we’re working with:
- The Galaxy S20 has a 10-megapixel front-facing camera, and an improved triple-camera around back. Most of the time, you’ll be using the standard 12-megapixel wide camera with its f/1.8 aperture, which so far has taken some fantastic photos. Also around back is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera that captures 120 degrees of whatever’s in front of it, plus a 64-megapixel, f/2.0 telephoto camera.
- The S20+ uses the exact same cameras as the standard S20, but with an added rear depth sensor.
- The S20 Ultra is in a league of its own. In addition to the 40-megapixel front-facing camera I mentioned earlier, it uses a whopper of a 108-megapixel sensor as its standard wide camera. While you can shoot at that full resolution if you wanted to, you’re generally better off shooting in the default, pixel-binned mode that produces 12 megapixel shots. The 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera is the same you’ll find in its smaller siblings, but surprisingly, Samsung went with a 48-megapixel, f/3.5 telephoto sensor.
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