The Samsung Galaxy S20 released in March 2020 is yet another addition to the high-end devices list brought to us by Samsung. It comes with a few improvements as well as different colors such as Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White and Aura Red. So, besides color what else does this compact flagship device bring to us? Let’s check them out…
Samsung Galaxy S20 Specifications and Info
External Specs of the Galaxy S20
Both the front and back of the device sports curved Gorilla Glass 6 with the frame being aluminum and the entire body being 7.9mm thick. All of it coming together with a weight of 163 grams.
I’d say it would look quite nice seated snugly in the palm of your hand. As to where everything else is seated, you’ll find three lenses at its rear and next to that its LED flash.
To the side of the device, you’d find the volume buttons and power button. The Bixby button is integrated into the power button, bringing a more refined approach when heading in a slimmer direction. By that, I mean that Samsung as well as other manufacturers are heading into a slenderer direction. (That word still doesn’t sound right, slenderer, ugh! But okay, my Microsoft Editor says it is so!)
I, for one fancy everything that these new designs have to offer. Including their *ahem* curvature, slenderness and smooth look and feel.
At the bottom there’s a speaker, USB Type-C 3.2 port. The top has a SIM card tray for two Nano SIM cards and an SD card. However, the SD card would have to take the place of one of the SIM cards.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Display
The display is 6.2″, Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels. It also has a 20:9 ratio and a ~563 ppi density. What’s more is the Refresh Rate could reach up to 120Hz. This is a nice feature that would pull you in easily. I’d opt for 120Hz myself but there is a drawback to this. It consumes more power. Luckily, there is an option to change the refresh rate. So have no fear, you’ll still be getting the amount of battery life you bargained for.
A little other… what’s the word… let’s just say hiccup, if you will. There’s no LED in the front of the device. This just means you’ll have to opt for the Ambient Display to alert you.
It also has a punch hole situated right on top for its camera to sit snugly with its bezeless display. And I know what you’re thinking. The lack of space at the bottom might seem like it would give you a tedious struggle. What with you holding it in your palm only to smudge it up or accidentally press down on the bottom. And now there’s no thumb resting zone, oh the horror… but fear not. Luckily Samsung has thought around this with their User Interface software.
Oh, let’s not forget about the under-display fingerprint scanner that I almost forgot to mention. It’s still the same technology used in the previous generation or should I just say its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S10. It still uses QUALCOMM’s Ultrasonic tech so be prepared for something familiar.
Internal Specs of the Galaxy S20
CPU & Chipset
The global version of this high-end device would have you using a Exynos 990 chipset while its USA variant would have a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 chipset. Both variants run on eight cores.
Please scroll a little bit longer and you’ll find the treasure of the full specifications in the table below. (The one far down. Scroll and scroll some more and you shall find.)
GPU, RAM & Storage
The GPU would either be a Mali-G77 MP11 if it’s the Global variant or the
Adreno 650 if it’s the USA variant.
As for RAM, you’ll be getting 8GB of it. That’s plenty of RAM to use. Some might even say it’s overkill for 2020 but at least you’ll be safe to multitask and game.
Storage-wise this device would see you off with 128GBs and trust me that’s a lot. I have yet to fill the space on one of the 128Gb devices that I’ve gotten my hands on. I’ve had it for quite some time and still haven’t been able to fill its space but if you feel that you need to leverage more storage space for yourself then opting for a SD card will help. Mind you that the Samsung Galaxy S20 supports SD cards up to 1TB.
Three Camera lenses at the Rear with an LED flash and one camera lens in the front.
The rear camera consists of:
- A 12 MP, 26mm wide lens,
- 64 MP, 29mm, telephoto lens with a 1.1x optical zoom & 3x hybrid zoom
- 12 MP, 13mm, ultrawide lens with Super Steady Video capabilities.
It’s capable of capturing stellar photos and recording 8K video at 24fps, 4K video at 30-60fps, 1080p video at 30-240fps and 720p video at 960fps.
While the front has a 10 MP, 26mm wide lens capable of recording 4K video at 30-60fps and 1080p video at 30fps.
The life of this device depends on a 4000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery. It’s quite juicy indeed. Well, at least if we’re comparing it to the previous chapter of the Samsung Galaxy S10 with its 3400mAh battery.
As for the other features concerning battery life. The S20 has fast charging (25W), USB power delivery 3.0, fast Qi/PMA wireless charging (15W) and reverse wireless charging (4.5W).
The S20 is running Android 10 with One UI 2.1 which is upgradable to Android 11 with One UI 3.0.
Out of the box: Samsung Galaxy S20
A 25w, PD, PPS-enabled charger which uses a USB Type–C interface, a USB Type–C to Type–C cable and USB Type–C pair of AKG earbuds is what you’ll be getting out of the box. Again, if you buy your device from a certain market, you might be getting something different.
What’s a PD, PPS-enabled charger? Yeah, I heard you.
PD stands for power delivery. It’s a standard that handles higher power, allowing fast charging over a USB connection. The amount of power required is set by the ‘talk‘ between the charger and device. Calling it intelligent device negotiation is the right term if you’re wondering.
PPS stands for programmable power supply and PPS fast charging is the fastest charging tech available for USB Type-C devices. It automatically adjusts the current and voltage charging your device. It does this by using your devices current charging status to correctly supply it with the maximum power.
Full Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S20
|Launch||Announced – February 2020|
Released – March 2020
|Operating System||Android 10 One UI 2.1,|
Upgradable to Android 11, One UI 3.0
|Build||Type – Touch, Bar|
Body – Gorilla Glass 6 Front, Gorilla Glass 6 Back,
Colors – Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White, Aura Red
Weight – 163 g (5.75 oz)
Dimensions – 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm (5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 in)
Water Resistant – Yes, IP68
Dust Resistant – Yes, IP68
|Display||Screen – Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+|
Size – 6.2 inches, 93.8 cm2
Pixel Density – ~563 ppi density
Aspect Ratio – ~89.5% screen-to-body ratio
Resolution – 1440 x 3200 pixels
|CPU||Global Variant – Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
USA Variant – Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
|Chipset||Global – Exynos 990 (7 nm+)|
USA – Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G (7 nm+)
|GPU||Global – Mali-G77 MP11|
USA – Adreno 650
Upgradable up to 1TB with microSD card
|Battery||Type – Non-Removable 4000mAh Li-Ion Battery|
Charge – Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
|Camera||Front – 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF|
Video – 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS
Rear – 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.0, 29mm (telephoto), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 1.1x optical zoom, 3x hybrid zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″ 1.4µm, Super Steady video
Video – 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
|Sound||Loudspeaker – Yes, Stereo speakers|
Jack – No
|Sim Type||Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Connectivity||2G – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (Dual SIM model only),|
CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMA
3G – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100,
Network Speed – HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2000/200 Mbps
4G – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS – Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC – Yes
Bluetooth – 5.0, A2DP, LE
USB Type – USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go
|Other Features||Always-on display|
120Hz@FHD/60Hz@QHD refresh rate
FM radio (Snapdragon model only)
Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
By the way if you’re looking for a more in-depth article or are looking for more of a detailed review on the Samsung Galaxy S20. Then head on over to GSM Arenas Samsung Galaxy S20 Review Post. In there you’ll find where I acquired info. You’ll find some really detailed and extensive information on the S20 there as well.