The Galaxy S10e was an underrated change for Samsung. Even if you felt they were simply copying Apple, who had introduced a sub $800 phone months prior, having a truly "budget" flagship was more than welcome. So with Samsung learning from its mistakes, fans should be excited about the upcoming sequel.
While we always felt in some ways the S10e was the best option out of the three in the series, sales say otherwise. First-week sales indicated it was the worst-selling phone of the S10 series, as it was a hard upgrade for those coming from a Galaxy S8 or S9. Samsung apparently noticed this, because early rumors indicate the Galaxy S20 will address many of the shortcomings, starting with a new name, the Galaxy S20. No longer is Galaxy S10e the budget version of the series, instead it is the entry point of the series, helping to better unify it with the more expensive Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra (the new name for the Galaxy S10+ replacement).
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The Galaxy S20 looks to make the gap between it and its predecessor smaller. By making it a formidable upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung hopes to mitigate the slow start its predecessor had.
The S20 will get a massive screen upgrade to 6.2 inches. It will no longer have a flat display but instead share the same curved edges as the rest of the series. Its battery will get a considerable boost to just short of the S10+ while likely retaining the lower resolution (which means better battery life). And, like its predecessor, it should retail at a sub-$800 price.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra will be announced on February 11, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. Samsung will announce the entire Galaxy S20 series alongside the sequel to the Galaxy Fold. Preorders should start the day after the announcement with the actual release date within weeks of that.
- Release date: March 6, 2020
- Preorder date: February 2020
- Announcement date: Feb. 11, 2020
Rumors indicate storage capacity is mostly the same from last year. The Galaxy S20S will have a 128 GB and a 256 GB model. With these storage options, the average consumer gets more than enough capacity for all their photos and videos while preventing any variant from getting too expensive. For those microSD card users out there, you might be out of luck this time. Since it was dropped in the base-tier Note 10, we believe they might do the same for the Galaxy S20.
- Storage available: 128 GB, 256 GB
- Specification: UFS 3.0
- Expandable storage: no
So far, we have no rumors or leaks regarding the pricing of the phone. But much has changed since they first introduced the S10e in early 2019. Namely, Apple lowered the price of its budget-friendly flagship, the iPhone 11, by $50 from its predecessor's MSRP.
The result is an even more enticing offer for those looking for their first smartphone or not tied to one operating system. To counter this, we could see Samsung dropping the Galaxy S20's pricing as well to match the iPhone 11 at $699, but there have been rumors of a $799 price point.
- Price: starting at $699–$799
According to Ishan Agarwal, the Galaxy S20 will come in at least three colors: blue, gray and pink. Both the front and back cover should be at least Gorilla Glass 5. The frame should be aluminum once again, which minimizes the weight while remaining durable to most drops.
- Frame: aluminum, glass (Gorilla Glass)
- Finish: blue, grey, pink
Despite the 900 mAh increase in battery capacity, the S20 has the same thickness as its predecessor at 0.31 inches. Thanks to its new 20:9 aspect ratio, it manages to drastically increase the screen size while only marginally increasing the height of the phone (it is actually narrower than the Galaxy S10e). This will make usability even harder, but at least there's one-handed mode and Bottom Quick Setting.
There is no reason to believe it will not have an IP68 rating again. What is in question is if it will be limited to 1.5 m of water or higher to match the iPhone 11.
- Height: 5.9 inches
- Width: 2.72 inches
- Depth: 0.31 inches
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: IP68 under IEC standard 60529
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- Infrared blaster: no
The Galaxy S20 will run Android 10 out of the box. Samsung's already testing One UI 2 (which runs on top of Android 10) on several phones including the Galaxy S10+ in the US, so you can be sure the final version is only months away.
- Version: Android 10
Running on top of Android 10 is One UI 2. The latest upgrade from Samsung adds dark mode to more apps and shrinks portions of the UI to make it more accessible, especially with the larger display. It isn't a huge upgrade (on Samsung's end), but with the addition of Android 10's features, there is more than enough reason to get excited.
- Version: One UI 2
The Galaxy S20 will increase the screen size to 6.2 inches. It will use a new aspect ratio of 20:9, which will increase the resolution slightly to 2400 x 1080. Samsung is rumored to change the name of the improved display once again, calling it SAMOLED. It will support HDR10+ and, unlike last year, will have a curved screen.
We don't know if the S20 will have the same 120 Hz refresh rate as its more expensive siblings. While we could see Samsung omitting this feature to keep the cost down, rumors indicate it will make its way to the lower-priced S20.
- Screen size: 6.2 inches
- Screen resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
- Total pixels: 2,592,000 pixels
- Pixel density: either 424 ppi
- Screen type: SAMOLED
- Notch: no
- Punch hole: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: 20:9
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: at least 600 nits
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The Galaxy S20 will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. This SoC offers a 20% increase to CPU performance and a 17–20% increase in GPU performance. It uses the same tri-cluster core configuration with one Gold core clocked higher than three other Gold cores (for a total of four), paired with four Silver cores.
RAM should be the same configuration as last year, with the entry model using 6 GB. This year, it might upgrade the RAM to LPDDR5X, which has better power efficiency, so overall battery life should improve.
- Memory: 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR5X
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x A77), 2.42 GHz (3x A77), and 1.8 GHz (4x A55)
- CPU cores: 8 cores (1 + 3 Gold Cores, 4 Silver Cores)
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 587 MHz
The Galaxy S20 is rumored to increase the battery size by 900 mAh to 4,000 mAh. That is 100 mAh smaller than the Galaxy S10+, with a smaller screen, lower resolution, and more power-efficient SoC.
We expect support for Super Fast Charging, but not for 2.0. This would mean that while it would get a much faster 25 W charger in the box, unlike the Galaxy S11 and S11+, it won't support the $49.99 45 W charger. As far as wireless charging, we don't expect any changes to be made between the three phones with support for Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and PowerShare.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 4,000 mAh, 3.85 volts (15.4 watt-hours)
- Wired charging: yes, Super Fast Charging (25 W)
- Wireless charging: yes, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (15 W)
The Galaxy S20 will share the same 10 MP lenses are the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra. We believe it won't have the ToF sensor integrated that allows for facial recognition. It should be able to video capture up to 4K support at 60 fps like its predecessor.
- Resolution: 10 MP
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: yes, EIS
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: yes, face
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
The Galaxy S20 will share the same cameras as the Galaxy S20+. It will use a new 12 MP sensor with a 1.8 µm sensor size. Previous Samsung's flagship uses a 12 MP lens with a 1.4 µm sensor size so this increase is a big deal. The former can capture more light which means better photos in all situations, especially low light.
The Galaxy S20 will be the only phone of the bunch with only three cameras, the primary 12 MP, a 48 MP telephoto and an ultrawide lens. It will not have the ToF sensor as the other models have (likely to lower cost for its lower price tag). The 48 MP telephoto is rumor to provide 3x optical zoom, matching other smartphone telephotos such as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
- Resolution: 12 MP (primary), 48 MP (telephoto), Unknown (ultra-wide),
- Sensor size: 1.8 µm (primary), Unknown (ultra-wide), Unknown (telephoto)
- Aperture: Unknown (primary), Unknown (ultra-wide), Unknown (telephoto)
- Zoom: Unknown (optical), Unknown (digital)
- Flash: High CRI LED
- Image stabilization: yes, primary and telephoto
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: yes, food, faces
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
While we don't know much about the new primary lenses, because the other models will likely be able to shoot in 8K at 30 fps, we do believe Samsung will allow 8K video capture in the Galaxy S20. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is capable of this capture natively so as long as the hardware can shoot at such a higher resolution, it should be possible. And if that true, you will know have reason to get Samsung's Q900 8K TV, one of the only "affordable" 8K TVs on the market.
Slow-motion (up to 240 fps at 1080p) and super slow-motion video (up to 960 fps at 720p) should both make a return. Still photos during recording could potentially receive a boost in megapixels thanks to all the details captured by the primary camera. We also expect HDR10+ video capture to make a return.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K, and (maybe) 8K
- Max frame rate: 720p at 30fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 8K at 30 fps
- Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- Photos: yes, higher than 9.1 MP still photos during 4K recording
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, VDIS (video digital image stabilization)
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
Let cut straight to what you care about — the headphone jack is more than likely gone. Usually, OEMs don't bring it back after removing it, specifically in flagship series. With the Galaxy Note 10 series saying bon voyage to the port, your only option as a Samsung fan is to get an S10 series phone.
We also don't believe Samsung will include the dongle in the box. They didn't for the Galaxy Note 10 series, instead opting for USB-C AKG earbuds. You can pick up one from Amazon for $14.99 or upgrade to a third-party option such as the Soditer headphone adapter ($26.99 on Amazon) which lets you output 32 bit/384 kHz audio files.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, top firing and bottom-firing
- Mics: 3
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
We currently haven't heard of any changes in media format support so we assume it will be the same its predecessor.
- Audio: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
- Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
We currently don't know if Samsung will be making any changes regarding sensors. We do believe that all the sensors of the Galaxy S10e will return, with the exception of the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is being replaced by an in-display scanner.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
The Galaxy Note 10+ was the first Samsung device released in the US to support dual-frequency so we fully expect this same feature will make it way all three S11 series phones.
- GPS: yes, L1 + L5
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes, L1
- BeiDou: yes, B1
- Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
- QZSS: no
Wi-Fi 6 should once again be available on the Galaxy S20. We also expect Bluetooth 5 (although 5.1 is a possibility). It could include e-SIM support, but we haven't heard anything regarding this change.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
As far as cellular bands, Qualcomm is forcing OEMs to purchase the separate 5G modem with each purchase of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Since there is no reason to believe it won't use this SoC, expect 5G support on the S20.
- GSM: 850/1900
- UMTS: 850/1700/1900
- CDMA: BC0, BC10
- LTE Bands: 2/4/5/7/12/13/14/25/26/30/38/41/48/66/71
- 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
There is a rumor that Samsung will adopt a secure facial recognition using a ToF sensor, but, if true, would likely not make its way to S20. Instead, we are hedging our bets on an upgrade of the fingerprint reader to an in-display reader, just like the other phones in the series.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display (ultrasonic)
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
We expect Samsung will consist of the 25 W Super Fast Charging adapter and not the 45 W charger. They usually include AKG earbuds, which this time around should be the USB-C variant.
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung USB Type-C Cable
- Samsung Power Adapter (25W)
- Earphones sound by AKG
- SIM Tray Ejector
- Pattern Cover
- Quick Start Guide
- Protective Film