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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Review: Latest Small Flagship Phone from Samsung

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is the smallest phone offered this year out of the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup. The phone is least expensive but it’s not expensive because this comes in at $999 with 128GB of storage. This’s the only option right now as far as storage is concerned there may be some different ones later on now in the United States. 

It’s only available in three colors cosmic grey, cloud blue, and cloud pink. It’s smaller than the ultra. Let’s take a look at what’s in the box.

Pros

 

  • A truly fantastic display.
  • Strong camera performance.
  • Lots of power and 5G-ready.
  • Improved camera with 3x lossless zoom.
  • Single Take camera mode is fun.

 

Cons

  • Battery life is relatively short.
  • The camera can overly smooth faces.
  • Erratic fingerprint scanner.
  • Price is higher, especially for 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Overview

At the top of the box, we have a SIM card removal tool and sometimes in different countries, you get different things with the phones that you purchase. The device is packaged with a screen protector if you remove it and want to use a different one to make sure it allows for use of all touchscreen functions or features. 

The device comes with a 25-watt charger so it’s a fast charger but it’s not the fast or 45 watts but there’s not too big of a difference between the two chargers and it has included USB C2 and USB C cable. 

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The phone overall looks pretty nice. The camera bump is pretty small compared to the other phones this year. The frame is made of aluminum with a coating over and then you have a glass front and back now on the right-hand side of the phone.

You have your power sleep/wake button along with a volume button on the top of the phone you have a microphone along with your SIM card tray and your micro SD card tray.

The left side of the phone doesn’t have anything at all and then on the bottom, a speaker is installed. The phone has USB C and then there’s a microphone but no headphone jack this year. 

So that’s kind of a disappointment for some people. Other people won’t mind now as far as a quick size comparison well last year. it feels a little bit thinner but not sure if that’s accurate but the camera bump makes it thicker so the actual frame feels a little thinner then to compare it with the S10 all are the S10 plus from last year.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Phone Specification

The phone internally has a Qualcomm snapdragon 865 with an Adreno 650 GPU that comes with 12 gigabytes of RAM. It allows for a microSD up to 110 TB and it also supports Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0 along with 5G sub 6 but currently, there’s no millimeter wave. 

Sasung Galaxy S20 5G Display

However Samsung’s website does say millimeter waves but not sure if it supports it, but at launch, it currently doesn’t. It’s also got Gorilla Glass 6 front and back. It has a dynamic AMOLED 6.2-inch display 3200 by 1440 pixels at 563 pixels per inch with a 22-9 ratio.

It also supports 120 Hertz and HDR 10 plus and that is the same pixel resolution that you get with the ultra as well just in a smaller phone you have under the phone. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera, Battery, and Others

The camera is a little bit interesting when we go over the specs now the front-facing camera is 10 megapixels and still supports dual-pixel autofocus unlike the ultra and it also supports 4k video.

On the back, the device has three cameras a 12-megapixel ultra-wide with an F 2.2 aperture than a 12 megapixel wide F 1.8 that still has dual pixel autofocus and then a 64-megapixel telephoto F 2.0. They do support 8k video at 24 frames per second or 4k 60 and also have a depth vision camera now.

You get a dual pixel autofocus camera which is very accurate usually and works pretty well. You can zoom in to 30x and so that’s a slightly zoomed photo but not a lot and it’s pretty sharp.

Galaxy S20 Camera

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You can take your rear video up to 8K which is impressive and then you can set up to 4k 64 default from the front-facing camera. The actual display settings can turn it up to 120 Hertz or high resolution so 120 Hertz at 1080p or close to 1080p 2400 by 1080. 

If you want to switch from 1080 to 8K plus you have to turn off the motion smoothing so you lose that feature either get a higher resolution or faster refresh rates. The phone is packed with 60 frames per second video with options and maybe a good fit for a lot of people that want a little bit smaller Samsung phone. Overall this just looks like a nice phone.

The phone comes with Android 10 with one UI. The battery is a very large 4000 milliamp-hour battery. It supports fast wireless charging 25-watt fast charging. It’s ip68 certified for 1.5 meters for 30 minutes of dust and water resistance.

There is a small very thin screen protector pre-installed so that’s nice. It’s not super protective but it will protect from major scratches.

Galaxy S20 Fingerprint 

The fingerprint sensor this year seems to be a little bit better than last year. It just depends on the phone but you have to press pretty hard when you’re putting your finger down to get this to work properly. 

You can recognize this fingerprint sensor to be better than last year’s fingerprint sensor. It seems to be a lot better now at the home screen.

The phone comes with pre-installed apps like Google Apps, Microsoft apps and Facebook, etc. There are a lot of pre-installed apps that are very useful.

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