Evaluation – Samsung Galaxy S20: A implausible improve

In the course of the Unpacked occasion, Samsung introduced a complete of 3 smartphones inside the Galaxy S20 collection. There’s the bottom mannequin Galaxy S20, then there’s the S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra which we have already reviewed here.

At this time, we’re reviewing the bottom mannequin of the Galaxy S20 collection. When this smartphone was formally introduced, I’m in awe for a number of causes.

I began moving into Samsung units for the reason that Galaxy S9. That was a strong and featureful but tiny smartphone which I loved utilizing. Nevertheless, it had its drawbacks.

Quick ahead to right now, we’ve got the Galaxy S20. That is additionally a strong and featureful but tiny smartphone however I really feel that Samsung has addressed the drawbacks of the Galaxy S9.


The field in itself is comparable in design with the Galaxy S20 Extremely. Even its contents are the identical. Opening up the field reveals this checklist of contents:

Samsung Galaxy S20

  • The Galaxy S20 itself (we’ve got the Cloud Pink)
  • 25W charger with USB-C output
  • USB-C to USB-C cable for charging
  • USB-C AKG earphones
  • TPU case

Samsung Galaxy S20


The Galaxy S20 has a way more conventional design in comparison with its predecessors. It retains the intercourse attraction that the earlier generations of Samsung Galaxy S collection of smartphones have – skinny and good to carry.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Whereas we had some fancy colours on the Galaxy S10 collection (Prism Inexperienced continues to be my favourite), the Galaxy S20 is accessible in a complete of 5 completely different colours – Cosmic Gray, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and in addition Aura Pink.

Samsung Galaxy S20

The Galaxy S20 we’ve got right here is within the Cloud Pink coloration choice. I actually assume that this shade of pink really appears to be like pleasing. In a means, it’s not the “in-your-face” kind of pink coloration. It’s refined and surprisingly, the pink coloration right here may be very calming.

Connectivity & ports

It’s an identical to the Galaxy S20 Extremely apart from the 5G half. For us right here in Malaysia, the Galaxy S20 is just accessible within the 4G model. I believe that’s ample, although.

As a fast run-through, the Galaxy S20 helps all the standard like NFC, Samsung Pay, microSD card, WiFi-6 that we’ve tested here, and plenty of extra. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S20 collection doesn’t have a headphone jack – which is why the USB-C AKG earphone is included with the Galaxy S20. I nonetheless want that Samsung included a USB-C DAC with a headphone jack, although.

Samsung Galaxy S20

The Galaxy S20 additionally comes with the usual SIM card + hybrid slot combo. But we can use double SIM cards + microSD card with the help of eSIM. Sure, there’s eSIM assist on the Galaxy S20 collection.


Identical to the Galaxy S20 Extremely, this telephone additionally makes use of the Dynamic AMOLED 2X show. It could possibly additionally run at 1080p 120Hz or at 2K 60Hz. After all, the Galaxy S20 is the smallest in measurement inside the household, measuring at 6.2-inches.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Whereas 6.2-inches of show does sound massive for a smartphone, bear in mind its show is 20:9 in side ratio which implies the telephone is lengthy as a substitute of large. The dimensions of this telephone isn’t that a lot bigger than the Galaxy S9 due to the tiny bezels across the display.

As regards to bezels, the Galaxy S20 additionally has the Infinity-O notch – a round cutout on the heart prime of the show for its selfie digital camera.

And the telephone additionally comes with a high-quality movie display protector pre-installed, by the best way.


When it comes to specs, it may not look that stunning. The principle digital camera has similar variety of pixels as its predecessor however comes with a new digital camera sensor as a substitute. Nevertheless, the telephoto digital camera is the one which acquired a massive increase in decision – 64MP.

  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP f/2.2 with Tremendous Regular video
    • Foremost: 12MP f/1.8 with Twin Pixel PDAF; OIS
    • Telephoto: 64MP f/2.zero with PDAF; OIS; 3x hybrid optical zoom
  • 10MP f/2.2 selfie digital camera with Twin Pixel PDAF

Samsung Galaxy S20

Okay, so let’s check out the images that this smartphone can take. For extra footage, check out our video on the prime of this evaluation.

Foremost digital camera

I like the colours, sharpness, and readability of the images taken with this predominant digital camera. The image high quality is just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, however simply that we will’t take it in 108MP.

It’s quick and snappy, and we will additionally take lovely night time pictures with it. We must also be aware that Samsung is not utilizing the dual-aperture smartphone lens anymore, so we’re lock all the way down to f.1/8 on a regular basis.

Extremely-wide angle

This is identical ultra-wide angle digital camera because the Galaxy S20 Extremely. It’s a bit tighter by way of subject of view in comparison with the S10 collection, however the distortion may be very minimal. I’m loving this new ultra-wide angle digital camera, to be trustworthy.


That is the place issues get funky. This new telephoto digital camera has a 3x optical zoom lens and a 64MP sensor. So, meaning we’ll want to make use of the telephoto digital camera to take 64MP footage and every part is zoomed in, appropriate?

Effectively, probably not. Toggling 64MP mode does change to make use of the telephoto digital camera, however doesn’t change the sector of view by a lot. However, the focal size stays to be far like a typical telephoto digital camera.

I don’t know what magic Samsung did to the digital camera right here, however the footage nonetheless turn into actually sharp. You may as well take night time pictures in 64MP whereas in auto mode, similar to the Galaxy S20 Extremely.


Imagine it or not, it’s the identical because the Galaxy S20 Extremely. It could possibly take the gimbal-like Tremendous Regular movies with its ultra-wide angle digital camera. Apart from that, this telephone also can take 8K 24fps movies – similar to the Galaxy S20 Extremely.

Software program – Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.1

It’s the identical as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra as per our review here. I nonetheless completely love the Samsung One UI’s consumer expertise and all that it offers.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Combining the great thing about Samsung One UI with the smaller sized Galaxy S20 jogged my memory of how a lot I really like smaller telephones – although I do have fairly massive arms.

Efficiency & Gaming

For us Malaysians, we’re getting this checklist of specs:

  • 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X show with Infinity-O notch
    • As much as 3200×1440 @ 60Hz or 2400×1080 @ 120Hz
  • Exynos 990 chipset
  • 128GB UFS 3.zero inside storage (expandable through microSD)
  • 4,000mAh battery
    • Helps as much as 45W, 25W charger included

This time round, we shook issues up. Since our discovery of how damaged these benchmark apps are, we revamped VRMark to solely embrace the common body price. The rating is intangible anyway.

Samsung Galaxy S20 3DMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Antutu 7 benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Geekbench 4 benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Antutu 7 benchmark

Then, we repeated the VRMark take a look at once more with completely different decision and completely different refresh price to see the tangible distinction in efficiency. The general result’s as anticipated and simply the identical as what we’ve seen on the Galaxy S20 Extremely too.

Samsung Galaxy S20 VRMark average frame rate against different resolution and refresh rate

Battery & Charger

My love for small telephones all the time include a catch – battery capability. Nevertheless, Samsung shocked us all as the bottom mannequin Galaxy S20 now comes with a comparatively large 4,000mAh battery. I imply, even the Galaxy S10+ solely has a 4,100mAh battery!

And the battery life is fairly good as it could final you all through the day on 1080p 60Hz.

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery life benchmark

Nevertheless, once we flip up the refresh price to 120Hz, the battery life is minimize brief considerably. That is just about what we’ve got t odeal with as there aren’t any chipsets that may deal with excessive refresh charges effectively now.

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery life benchmark against different resolution and refresh rate


The Galaxy S20 additionally comes with a 25W charger within the field. The telephone itself does assist 45W quick charging, however we don’t have that energy provide as of now.

Samsung Galaxy S20

When it comes to charging pace, I’m shocked that the Galaxy S20 additionally took about 60 minutes to cost from 15% to 100% battery degree, which is the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Perhaps that is brought on by the non-linearity of quick charging curves?

Samsung Galaxy S20 battery charging benchmark

Wrapping up the Galaxy S20 evaluation

Alright, so we went by means of all of the essential features of the Samsung Galaxy S20. I’m additionally drawing comparisons between the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S10+ as a result of, in my books, the brand new Galaxy S20 outright replaces the Galaxy S10+ solely. However is available in a smaller measurement, in fact.

Now we have a similarly-large battery, a greater digital camera setup with options to match, the choice for top refresh price, and in addition 25W quick charging. Let’s not neglect – there’s eSIM support too, so we will put have double SIM playing cards inside and a microSD card on the similar time.

For the worth of RM3,599, I believe the Galaxy S20 is a superb purchase. For many who need to improve from the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S9, I cannot hesitate to advocate this telephone. Heck, even for individuals who are utilizing the Galaxy S10e or the Galaxy S10 can improve to this telephone!

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