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Samsung Galaxy S20 review

5G, a 120Hz disk wipe microsoft display and more debut on the Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20
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Our disk wipe microsoft Verdict

The disk wipe microsoft Samsung Galaxy S20 isn’t disk wipe microsoft the most disk wipe microsoft cutting-edge of Samsung’s S20 lineup – that honor goes disk wipe microsoft to the Galaxy S20 Ultra – but it’s still disk wipe microsoft a powerful phone with an ergonomic disk wipe microsoft and disk wipe microsoft attractive design, and the introduction of disk wipe microsoft new features disk wipe microsoft like 5G, the 120Hz display and upgraded rear disk wipe microsoft cameras make it disk wipe microsoft an outstanding handset in its own right.

For

  • A truly fantastic display
  • Strong camera performance
  • Lots of power and 5G-ready

Against

  • Price is higher, especially for 5G
  • Erratic fingerprint scanner
  • Doesn’t support all 5G networks

Samsung Galaxy S20 two-minute review 

What happened disk wipe microsoft to the Galaxy S11? Samsung skipped a few numbers disk wipe microsoft for its disk wipe microsoft latest disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20, disk wipe microsoft which takes over the disk wipe microsoft flagship mantle disk wipe microsoft from 2019’s Galaxy S10. While it disk wipe microsoft may be a confusing jump, disk wipe microsoft there’s good disk wipe microsoft reason for it, disk wipe microsoft as Samsung disk wipe microsoft has packed disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft lot in: it's a massive upgrade, disk wipe microsoft especially if disk wipe microsoft you’re keen to get your first disk wipe microsoft 5G disk wipe microsoft phone.

The Galaxy S20 is cheaper, and easier disk wipe microsoft to handle, than disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S20 Plus disk wipe microsoft and gargantuan Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft Ultra, disk wipe microsoft but disk wipe microsoft that disk wipe microsoft doesn’t mean this is disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft cheap or low-spec device.

Here's what you're getting: disk wipe microsoft a 6.2-inch screen disk wipe microsoft with disk wipe microsoft a fast 120Hz refresh disk wipe microsoft rate, disk wipe microsoft 5G download speeds (where available), high-spec cameras disk wipe microsoft on both disk wipe microsoft sides disk wipe microsoft of disk wipe microsoft the phone, disk wipe microsoft and a big battery to disk wipe microsoft boot.

This is the phone to get if you want disk wipe microsoft to try disk wipe microsoft out the new tech that Samsung disk wipe microsoft has to disk wipe microsoft offer, disk wipe microsoft but you don’t want a disk wipe microsoft large phone, or disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft large dent disk wipe microsoft in your wallet. You disk wipe microsoft could go disk wipe microsoft for disk wipe microsoft the Ultra if you want more storage or disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft 108MP camera, and can disk wipe microsoft stretch to the disk wipe microsoft price tag, but for day-to-day disk wipe microsoft use the S20 is going to disk wipe microsoft be the best disk wipe microsoft choice for most people.

Under disk wipe microsoft the hood disk wipe microsoft is disk wipe microsoft a powerful new chipset, either a Qualcomm Snapdragon disk wipe microsoft 865 or Exynos 990 disk wipe microsoft (where disk wipe microsoft you live disk wipe microsoft will disk wipe microsoft determine which you’ll get) as well as disk wipe microsoft either 8GB or 12GB disk wipe microsoft of RAM, depending on disk wipe microsoft whether disk wipe microsoft you buy disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft 4G or 5G phone. And some people will only disk wipe microsoft be able to buy the 5G phone disk wipe microsoft – you can read on below disk wipe microsoft to find out which disk wipe microsoft versions disk wipe microsoft are available in your region.

The camera is another disk wipe microsoft highlight of disk wipe microsoft this phone, with disk wipe microsoft Samsung boosting disk wipe microsoft a lot of specs on the disk wipe microsoft rear array. All three disk wipe microsoft main disk wipe microsoft cameras have disk wipe microsoft been improved (including increased pixel sizes to improve night time disk wipe microsoft photography disk wipe microsoft by allowing more light in), and disk wipe microsoft there are also disk wipe microsoft a few software tweaks to improve the overall disk wipe microsoft experience.

The telephoto lens disk wipe microsoft is even better than the one on the disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S10 too, allowing you to disk wipe microsoft shoot high-quality 3x optical zoom disk wipe microsoft shots or stretch all disk wipe microsoft the way to disk wipe microsoft a 30x disk wipe microsoft digital zoom. The disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20 Ultra has disk wipe microsoft a better camera overall, but most people disk wipe microsoft will be more than disk wipe microsoft satisfied with the shooter on this disk wipe microsoft phone.

Another highlight of the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 is disk wipe microsoft its disk wipe microsoft 4,000mAh disk wipe microsoft battery. It’s disk wipe microsoft larger than disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft cell in the disk wipe microsoft S10, and we’ve found the battery life to be disk wipe microsoft strong with typical use disk wipe microsoft – this disk wipe microsoft phone isn’t going disk wipe microsoft to last you much longer than one day disk wipe microsoft of normal use, disk wipe microsoft but what smartphone does?

The expanded capacity disk wipe microsoft has disk wipe microsoft had one negative consequence: it’s squeezed disk wipe microsoft out the headphone jack. It's the same story with the disk wipe microsoft S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, and it's the first time disk wipe microsoft Samsung disk wipe microsoft has dropped the feature from its S range.

The disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20 is missing some of the top-end features that disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S20 Ultra disk wipe microsoft is showing off, but disk wipe microsoft it’s more affordable, and easier to hold or store in disk wipe microsoft your pocket, and disk wipe microsoft while it may not be the most impressive disk wipe microsoft device from Samsung in 2020, it’s a powerful disk wipe microsoft phone that will more than disk wipe microsoft satisfy most who disk wipe microsoft buy it.

Want to read more about what we disk wipe microsoft think of the disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20? Read on below:

Samsung Galaxy S20

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Samsung Galaxy S20 release date and price  

Brace disk wipe microsoft yourself: you’re disk wipe microsoft going to pay disk wipe microsoft more for the Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft than disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S10 due disk wipe microsoft to its 5G upgrade, improved cameras and larger disk wipe microsoft 6.2-inch 120Hz display.

In the US, UK and disk wipe microsoft Australia the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 5G price is $999 disk wipe microsoft / £899 disk wipe microsoft / AU$1,499 disk wipe microsoft for the version with disk wipe microsoft 128GB of disk wipe microsoft storage disk wipe microsoft and 12GB of RAM. You disk wipe microsoft can add extra storage with disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft microSD disk wipe microsoft card up to 1TB, but if you disk wipe microsoft want 256GB or 512GB of disk wipe microsoft internal storage you’ll disk wipe microsoft have to buy the S20 Ultra. 

The phone is also available disk wipe microsoft in a 4G version disk wipe microsoft in some disk wipe microsoft markets, including the UK, disk wipe microsoft Australia and UAE, disk wipe microsoft priced at disk wipe microsoft £799 disk wipe microsoft / AU$1,349 / disk wipe microsoft AED 3,199 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of disk wipe microsoft storage. Those disk wipe microsoft in disk wipe microsoft the US are only able to get disk wipe microsoft the 5G variant.

That 4G phone disk wipe microsoft aside, the addition of 5G means you're disk wipe microsoft paying more for this year's base model than disk wipe microsoft for the disk wipe microsoft base-model S10. In the US at least,, disk wipe microsoft the flagship disk wipe microsoft inherits the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S10 Plus launch price disk wipe microsoft – disk wipe microsoft $100 disk wipe microsoft more than the base-model disk wipe microsoft S10. It also disk wipe microsoft matches the $999 disk wipe microsoft iPhone 11 Pro launch disk wipe microsoft cost in the disk wipe microsoft US, although Apple’s phone has disk wipe microsoft a smaller disk wipe microsoft 5.8-inch display, disk wipe microsoft and that price gets you just 64GB of disk wipe microsoft storage.

You can disk wipe microsoft buy the Samsung Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 now disk wipe microsoft in the US, disk wipe microsoft UK and Australia.

Design and display

Samsung Galaxy S20

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 has disk wipe microsoft a 6.2-inch display, offering exactly disk wipe microsoft 0.1-inch more disk wipe microsoft screen real estate than disk wipe microsoft 2019’s 6.1-inch S10. It doesn’t dramatically change the disk wipe microsoft overall size of the phone, and its disk wipe microsoft max disk wipe microsoft resolution remains the same as that of disk wipe microsoft recent Samsung disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S disk wipe microsoft models at WQHD+ (3040 x 1440).

Samsung is still disk wipe microsoft offering a default resolution of Full HD+ (2220 x disk wipe microsoft 1080), disk wipe microsoft which looks more than sharp enough for most disk wipe microsoft tasks, and saves battery; disk wipe microsoft you’ll need disk wipe microsoft to disk wipe microsoft head into the settings to switch to disk wipe microsoft the higher disk wipe microsoft resolution.

A big upgrade disk wipe microsoft for the Galaxy S20 is the disk wipe microsoft maximum 120Hz refresh-rate disk wipe microsoft display. disk wipe microsoft This is double the rate at which disk wipe microsoft the display refreshes on most disk wipe microsoft phones, disk wipe microsoft including previous Samsung devices, and what it means disk wipe microsoft in practice is smoother scrolling disk wipe microsoft and animations.

This is disk wipe microsoft particularly pertinent when disk wipe microsoft you’re mobile gaming disk wipe microsoft as it allows for a disk wipe microsoft more immersive experience and could even disk wipe microsoft give you disk wipe microsoft the edge disk wipe microsoft over an opponent, but it makes everyday things disk wipe microsoft like scrolling through your social disk wipe microsoft media feeds disk wipe microsoft look smoother too.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this on disk wipe microsoft a smartphone disk wipe microsoft - both the Asus ROG Phone disk wipe microsoft 2 disk wipe microsoft and Razer Phone disk wipe microsoft 2 disk wipe microsoft feature similar tech disk wipe microsoft - but this is disk wipe microsoft arguably the first time disk wipe microsoft we’ve seen it disk wipe microsoft on a mainstream device. 

The disk wipe microsoft new 120Hz refresh disk wipe microsoft rate isn’t WQHD+-compatible though meaning disk wipe microsoft you have to pick whether you want the disk wipe microsoft higher resolution display or the faster loading picture.

Samsung Galaxy S20

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Touch-sensitivity is also upped, disk wipe microsoft to 240Hz from disk wipe microsoft 120Hz to disk wipe microsoft make games more responsive, by sensing disk wipe microsoft your finger brushes on the disk wipe microsoft screen disk wipe microsoft at a much higher disk wipe microsoft rate than previously. This isn’t disk wipe microsoft something disk wipe microsoft we found noticeable when we were using the disk wipe microsoft phone, disk wipe microsoft but those more dedicated disk wipe microsoft to their mobile disk wipe microsoft gaming may find disk wipe microsoft that it makes a difference.

We know an disk wipe microsoft increase disk wipe microsoft in screen size might be off-putting disk wipe microsoft for some (there’s pent-up demand disk wipe microsoft for smaller one-hand-friendly phones), and we disk wipe microsoft have disk wipe microsoft good news and bad news about disk wipe microsoft that. First disk wipe microsoft the good news: disk wipe microsoft while the S20 disk wipe microsoft is taller than the S10, it’s also disk wipe microsoft a little disk wipe microsoft narrower, with a disk wipe microsoft 20:9 disk wipe microsoft aspect ratio, and the screen is disk wipe microsoft only marginally bigger.

Here’s the disk wipe microsoft bad news: there’s disk wipe microsoft no Galaxy S10e sequel (that disk wipe microsoft was the smallest, and disk wipe microsoft cheapest, disk wipe microsoft of the S20 range) to offer those with disk wipe microsoft smaller hands a disk wipe microsoft 5.8-inch disk wipe microsoft display size. 

The disk wipe microsoft S20 disk wipe microsoft is as disk wipe microsoft small as Samsung’s disk wipe microsoft 2020 disk wipe microsoft S disk wipe microsoft phones get, and while we appreciate disk wipe microsoft the smaller disk wipe microsoft front-facing camera punchole disk wipe microsoft and return of HDR10+ to the disk wipe microsoft display disk wipe microsoft for punchier and more detailed disk wipe microsoft images when gaming disk wipe microsoft and watching disk wipe microsoft movies, a bit disk wipe microsoft of screen size diversity would be disk wipe microsoft even more welcome. 

Samsung Galaxy S20

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The Galaxy S20 has one disk wipe microsoft of the best disk wipe microsoft screens available on disk wipe microsoft a smartphone right now, and if you’re disk wipe microsoft after a disk wipe microsoft top-end phone screen that doesn’t overwhelm your disk wipe microsoft pocket you’re sure to like the 563 pixels per disk wipe microsoft inch this phone offers.

The rest of disk wipe microsoft the Samsung Galaxy S20 sports a familiar look, disk wipe microsoft with disk wipe microsoft two pieces of glass sandwiching an aluminum frame. There’s disk wipe microsoft still a disk wipe microsoft curve to the right and left disk wipe microsoft edges of disk wipe microsoft the screen, but it’s disk wipe microsoft not as disk wipe microsoft pronounced as on the disk wipe microsoft S10, which disk wipe microsoft will disk wipe microsoft hopefully mean fewer accidental presses along the disk wipe microsoft edges of the display.

The S20 disk wipe microsoft phones disk wipe microsoft are the disk wipe microsoft first in the S range not feature a 3.5mm disk wipe microsoft headphone jack. disk wipe microsoft That disk wipe microsoft means you’ll have to use disk wipe microsoft an adapter (which isn’t included in disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft box) with your current 3.5mm wired headphones, disk wipe microsoft or get a pair disk wipe microsoft with a USB-C connection.

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Samsung Galaxy S20

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This is the case disk wipe microsoft with a lot of flagship phones now, and while disk wipe microsoft it may disappoint some, the feature disk wipe microsoft is less of disk wipe microsoft a deal-breaker with disk wipe microsoft more and more of disk wipe microsoft us disk wipe microsoft using wireless and true-wireless disk wipe microsoft headphone and earbuds – and of course disk wipe microsoft Samsung disk wipe microsoft has disk wipe microsoft you covered disk wipe microsoft with its own Galaxy Buds disk wipe microsoft and Galaxy Buds Plus

The rear disk wipe microsoft of the disk wipe microsoft phone disk wipe microsoft is made of glass, but disk wipe microsoft it feels more premium than ever. The raised camera disk wipe microsoft bump is our main pain point, disk wipe microsoft but disk wipe microsoft it’s something that Samsung disk wipe microsoft has had disk wipe microsoft to do in disk wipe microsoft order to include all that camera tech. It disk wipe microsoft does mean the phone disk wipe microsoft will rock from side to side disk wipe microsoft if disk wipe microsoft you place it flat on a disk wipe microsoft surface though.

There are five Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft colors in total, disk wipe microsoft but not all of disk wipe microsoft these are available in every disk wipe microsoft market. The options are Cloud Blue (the handset pictured most disk wipe microsoft in this review), disk wipe microsoft Cosmic Gray, Cloud Pink, Cloud White disk wipe microsoft and Aura Red.

Those in the US, disk wipe microsoft UK disk wipe microsoft and Australia will disk wipe microsoft only be disk wipe microsoft able to choose from the disk wipe microsoft Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud disk wipe microsoft Pink options at launch, but disk wipe microsoft you may also be able to disk wipe microsoft find the others disk wipe microsoft at a later date. It’s worth pointing out disk wipe microsoft that there aren’t any bold disk wipe microsoft color choices here, and these are all relatively subdued disk wipe microsoft options compared to the Galaxy S10 color range.

As on disk wipe microsoft the S10 disk wipe microsoft range, the fingerprint disk wipe microsoft scanner disk wipe microsoft is disk wipe microsoft embedded disk wipe microsoft in the display. disk wipe microsoft We disk wipe microsoft found this to be disk wipe microsoft faster and disk wipe microsoft more reliable disk wipe microsoft than the option on the Galaxy S10, disk wipe microsoft but it disk wipe microsoft isn’t perfect with us disk wipe microsoft regularly having to retry disk wipe microsoft our digits on disk wipe microsoft the reader to be disk wipe microsoft able to access the disk wipe microsoft phone.

This isn’t a major issue, disk wipe microsoft but if you disk wipe microsoft want to quickly unlock your phone disk wipe microsoft you may want disk wipe microsoft to bear disk wipe microsoft in mind that in disk wipe microsoft our experience disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft quick PIN code disk wipe microsoft entry can disk wipe microsoft sometimes be disk wipe microsoft quicker than using the scanner.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S20

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Samsung has disk wipe microsoft made disk wipe microsoft some important steps forward with the disk wipe microsoft camera setup on the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 disk wipe microsoft when you compare it to disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S10, disk wipe microsoft but not all of the improvements are reflected in disk wipe microsoft the stats you see in disk wipe microsoft the spec list.

We disk wipe microsoft think it’s best if disk wipe microsoft you take the plethora of disk wipe microsoft number-heavy camera specs with a disk wipe microsoft pinch of disk wipe microsoft salt, and instead consider what they mean in disk wipe microsoft terms of the photos you can capture. disk wipe microsoft Otherwise disk wipe microsoft the S20 disk wipe microsoft cameras could look like disk wipe microsoft a downgrade disk wipe microsoft compared disk wipe microsoft to disk wipe microsoft previous Samsung devices, and that’s disk wipe microsoft far from the case.

The main disk wipe microsoft camera, disk wipe microsoft which remains 12MP, has an f/1.8 aperture. That’s theoretically disk wipe microsoft inferior to the S10’s disk wipe microsoft f/1.5 + f/2.4 dual aperture, which changes to suit disk wipe microsoft the lighting disk wipe microsoft conditions with disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft ‘wider’ disk wipe microsoft f/1.5 disk wipe microsoft setting pulling in more light disk wipe microsoft for disk wipe microsoft improved low-light shots. 

However, Samsung has increased disk wipe microsoft the size of individual pixels here, from 1.4 microns disk wipe microsoft to 1.8 microns. Combined with disk wipe microsoft the larger sensor, you should be able to capture more disk wipe microsoft detail and more light with the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20’s main snapper, and we found that to be disk wipe microsoft the case when shooting in darker scenarios.

There’s disk wipe microsoft also a new 64MP disk wipe microsoft telephoto camera, which may sound like disk wipe microsoft a huge disk wipe microsoft upgrade over last year’s 12MP disk wipe microsoft telephoto camera. Here the individual pixels are disk wipe microsoft smaller than last year’s camera, but the megapixel count is disk wipe microsoft far higher and the aperture disk wipe microsoft is wider (f/2.0 instead of f/2.4 disk wipe microsoft – smaller numbers disk wipe microsoft are better). 

It’s a positive result overall, allowing disk wipe microsoft for 3x disk wipe microsoft lossless zoom that’s the best we’ve seen on disk wipe microsoft a smartphone so far. There’s also 30x digital zoom if disk wipe microsoft you disk wipe microsoft need disk wipe microsoft it, and disk wipe microsoft while this isn’t disk wipe microsoft lossless we found disk wipe microsoft it to be useful disk wipe microsoft in some scenarios.

Below disk wipe microsoft you disk wipe microsoft can see our examples of the zoom in disk wipe microsoft action:

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An automatic mode shot on the Samsung Galaxy S20

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3x zoom

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10x zoom

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20x zoom

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30x zoom

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If you disk wipe microsoft need disk wipe microsoft the ultimate disk wipe microsoft in zoom capability disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S20 Ultra comes disk wipe microsoft with a disk wipe microsoft game-changing disk wipe microsoft 100x zoom, but it’s unlikely that disk wipe microsoft you’ll disk wipe microsoft find much disk wipe microsoft use for that in everyday shooting, disk wipe microsoft and we found 30x to be disk wipe microsoft more than enough. 

The Galaxy S20’s 12MP ultra-wide disk wipe microsoft camera has changed the disk wipe microsoft least compared to disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft S10 disk wipe microsoft – the f/2.2 disk wipe microsoft aperture is disk wipe microsoft the same, but disk wipe microsoft it has a smaller sensor with disk wipe microsoft larger disk wipe microsoft pixels (1.4 microns over last year’s 1 disk wipe microsoft micron). That disk wipe microsoft makes your ultra-wide photos a disk wipe microsoft touch better, even if the S10 had disk wipe microsoft a 16MP ultra-wide camera.

We found all disk wipe microsoft the cameras to work brilliantly well, disk wipe microsoft and if you’re disk wipe microsoft shooting in the automatic mode you’re disk wipe microsoft sure to be impressed disk wipe microsoft with the results. You can disk wipe microsoft see some of the shots disk wipe microsoft we’ve taken below:

The Galaxy S20 Plus and Ultra disk wipe microsoft both have disk wipe microsoft a time of flight sensor that disk wipe microsoft is missing from disk wipe microsoft this disk wipe microsoft phone. Even without it, disk wipe microsoft the S20 is well disk wipe microsoft capable of taking some fantastic-looking disk wipe microsoft photos.

The S20 range also breaks new disk wipe microsoft ground with the introduction disk wipe microsoft of 8K video recording, and disk wipe microsoft anti-roll disk wipe microsoft correction (up to 60 degrees) as disk wipe microsoft part of Samsung’s Super disk wipe microsoft Steady stabilization feature. 

You can’t, however, disk wipe microsoft use disk wipe microsoft both this higher resolution and Samsung’s advanced disk wipe microsoft stabilization tech disk wipe microsoft at the same disk wipe microsoft time – Super disk wipe microsoft Steady is still strictly disk wipe microsoft a 1080p affair (it disk wipe microsoft doesn’t even work in 4K).

While 8K recording disk wipe microsoft is limited to 24fps, it has one big benefit: you’re disk wipe microsoft able to disk wipe microsoft crop and edit videos without sacrificing quality if you’re disk wipe microsoft exporting to 4K or 1080p. 

8K is disk wipe microsoft a feature that’s still in disk wipe microsoft its disk wipe microsoft infancy on smartphones, disk wipe microsoft and we disk wipe microsoft imagine disk wipe microsoft that most disk wipe microsoft people will be happy shooting disk wipe microsoft at 4K or below, where you get disk wipe microsoft more control over frames per second, 20x disk wipe microsoft video zoom (8K is disk wipe microsoft stuck at 6x zoom), disk wipe microsoft and smaller files disk wipe microsoft (8K footage will eat disk wipe microsoft about 600MBs per disk wipe microsoft minute in the HEVC format).

Samsung Galaxy S20

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If you do decide to shoot in disk wipe microsoft 8K, you disk wipe microsoft can hit the camera button when you're disk wipe microsoft recording to take a 33MP disk wipe microsoft still image. This should be useful if disk wipe microsoft you want a high-quality snap disk wipe microsoft while you're already filming disk wipe microsoft video.

Samsung’s robust-yet-easy-to-use camera app disk wipe microsoft continues to disk wipe microsoft be the best among smartphones, thanks to new disk wipe microsoft and returning features. disk wipe microsoft We continue to disk wipe microsoft like the fact disk wipe microsoft that you can swipe anywhere on the screen to disk wipe microsoft flip between the front and back cameras, make disk wipe microsoft a hand disk wipe microsoft gesture to trigger disk wipe microsoft the selfie camera timer, and double-press the disk wipe microsoft physical lock button to blindly disk wipe microsoft launch the disk wipe microsoft camera app.

New disk wipe microsoft here disk wipe microsoft is Single Take disk wipe microsoft mode, which cycles through all three rear disk wipe microsoft cameras over the course of disk wipe microsoft 10 seconds disk wipe microsoft to capture a disk wipe microsoft variety of photos and videos. It answers the ‘Should disk wipe microsoft I take photos or a disk wipe microsoft video?’ disk wipe microsoft dilemma disk wipe microsoft with ‘Why not take disk wipe microsoft both?’ 

You end up with disk wipe microsoft photos, ultra-wides, portraits, disk wipe microsoft hyperlapse video, regular disk wipe microsoft video, and so disk wipe microsoft on, disk wipe microsoft and disk wipe microsoft we’re big disk wipe microsoft fans of this feature – not disk wipe microsoft every disk wipe microsoft shot or clip is perfect, but it disk wipe microsoft kept us out disk wipe microsoft of the settings menus and disk wipe microsoft more engaged with what disk wipe microsoft we were trying to snap, disk wipe microsoft and it changed the way we disk wipe microsoft shot photos.

Camera samples

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An example of the ultra-wide camera on the Galaxy S20

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A similar shot with the standard camera

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A 3x optical zoom image

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5G

The disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20 is disk wipe microsoft the best first chance for disk wipe microsoft mainstream disk wipe microsoft consumers to disk wipe microsoft get disk wipe microsoft 5G on their smartphone. Only 1% of disk wipe microsoft smartphones that disk wipe microsoft shipped in 2019 were 5G disk wipe microsoft phones, and most disk wipe microsoft of disk wipe microsoft those were expensive disk wipe microsoft variants of 4G flagships. 

The disk wipe microsoft S20 disk wipe microsoft is largely disk wipe microsoft 5G by disk wipe microsoft default – disk wipe microsoft as mentioned, in some disk wipe microsoft markets you can buy a disk wipe microsoft 4G version of the disk wipe microsoft phone, but 5G is the norm, disk wipe microsoft and disk wipe microsoft download speeds will disk wipe microsoft hover disk wipe microsoft at around 200Mbps on disk wipe microsoft average, 6x greater than 4G speeds in disk wipe microsoft some parts of the disk wipe microsoft world.

This disk wipe microsoft does, of course, depend disk wipe microsoft on 5G disk wipe microsoft being available in disk wipe microsoft your area disk wipe microsoft from disk wipe microsoft your provider, but even disk wipe microsoft if it isn’t disk wipe microsoft yet, Samsung is baking in the disk wipe microsoft future-proofed connectivity.

There’s an important distinction between the disk wipe microsoft 5G capabilities of the Galaxy S20 on one disk wipe microsoft hand, and disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft S20 Plus and Ultra on the other. disk wipe microsoft While all three support the low-to-mid-band sub-6 disk wipe microsoft technology, only disk wipe microsoft the Plus and Ultra have disk wipe microsoft mmWave antennas, which pull down even disk wipe microsoft faster speeds. 

Samsung Galaxy S20

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The range disk wipe microsoft of disk wipe microsoft mmWave is limited – so you’ll need to be disk wipe microsoft relatively close disk wipe microsoft to a transmitter in order to get a signal –, disk wipe microsoft but we were already disk wipe microsoft getting 1.4Gbps in disk wipe microsoft May disk wipe microsoft 2019 when we tested mmWave 5G in Chicago on disk wipe microsoft Verizon’s newly rolled-out 5G network, using disk wipe microsoft a different disk wipe microsoft device. 

So while the S20 is fast disk wipe microsoft (although we’ve not disk wipe microsoft yet disk wipe microsoft been able to hook up disk wipe microsoft to a 5G disk wipe microsoft connection while testing the phone, so disk wipe microsoft we’ve not been able to run our own disk wipe microsoft speed disk wipe microsoft tests), its bigger siblings will disk wipe microsoft be faster disk wipe microsoft if your carrier supports disk wipe microsoft mmWave. 

Sub-6 speeds should be good enough disk wipe microsoft for most people – although Verizon customers disk wipe microsoft in the US should disk wipe microsoft note that it’s an mmWave-exclusive disk wipe microsoft carrier, and so the S20 won’t be disk wipe microsoft sold at disk wipe microsoft Verizon stores.

Performance and software

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The Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 is powered by one of two disk wipe microsoft different chipsets, and where you disk wipe microsoft live will decide which version you’re disk wipe microsoft getting. If you’re in the disk wipe microsoft US you’ll get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 disk wipe microsoft chipset, while those around disk wipe microsoft the rest of the world get disk wipe microsoft Samsung’s similarly disk wipe microsoft high-end Exynos 990.

This review is based on our disk wipe microsoft time with disk wipe microsoft the Exynos 990 disk wipe microsoft version of the phone. disk wipe microsoft We’ve yet disk wipe microsoft to fully test the Snapdragon 865 version of disk wipe microsoft the S20, but we have disk wipe microsoft tested disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 Plus disk wipe microsoft running that chip and we had no disk wipe microsoft complaints.

As to the Exynos disk wipe microsoft 990-powered disk wipe microsoft S20, disk wipe microsoft we’ve experienced outstanding performance throughout our testing. It’s powerful enough disk wipe microsoft to do disk wipe microsoft everything we need disk wipe microsoft it to, whether that’s playing games or loading disk wipe microsoft apps quickly.

On Geekbench disk wipe microsoft 5, the Exynos 990 disk wipe microsoft version of the phone averaged a multi-core score disk wipe microsoft of 2699. That’s quite a bit disk wipe microsoft below the Exynos 990 disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20 Plus, which disk wipe microsoft scored disk wipe microsoft 3034, and the Snapdragon 865-powered S20 Ultra, which scored 3286.

The S20 is disk wipe microsoft scoring far higher than disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft S10 5G disk wipe microsoft from 2019, which returned an average disk wipe microsoft result of disk wipe microsoft 2197, and the disk wipe microsoft OnePlus 7T Pro, which disk wipe microsoft scored 2584. disk wipe microsoft These scores won’t disk wipe microsoft mean a lot for the average user, disk wipe microsoft but it’s a positive result for the Galaxy S20, disk wipe microsoft and we found that disk wipe microsoft it was reflected in day to day use.

The 5G disk wipe microsoft variant of the phone we tested disk wipe microsoft comes disk wipe microsoft with 12GB of RAM. It may be disk wipe microsoft that some tasks will run a little slower on disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft 4G version, as disk wipe microsoft that only has disk wipe microsoft 8GB of RAM, but plenty of flagships ‘only’ offer 8GB, disk wipe microsoft and we’d still expect strong performance from disk wipe microsoft that phone.

We haven’t disk wipe microsoft encountered disk wipe microsoft any issues with the power on tap in disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S20, but when disk wipe microsoft we’re able to properly disk wipe microsoft test the Snapdragon 865 version of the device we’ll be disk wipe microsoft sure disk wipe microsoft to update this disk wipe microsoft review with our disk wipe microsoft findings.

The Galaxy S20 is disk wipe microsoft running Android 10, disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft latest and disk wipe microsoft greatest disk wipe microsoft version of Google’s operating disk wipe microsoft system. Samsung’s disk wipe microsoft own One disk wipe microsoft UI is overlaid, disk wipe microsoft so it’ll look different to the software you may have disk wipe microsoft used on other disk wipe microsoft Android phones that aren’t made by disk wipe microsoft Samsung, but the design is attractive and it’s disk wipe microsoft easy to use.

Samsung includes a disk wipe microsoft lot of its own disk wipe microsoft apps on the device, disk wipe microsoft but if you disk wipe microsoft don’t want these on your disk wipe microsoft phone you can delete disk wipe microsoft most of them disk wipe microsoft and stick disk wipe microsoft with Google’s own pre-loaded options.

You’re limited to disk wipe microsoft just 128GB of disk wipe microsoft storage disk wipe microsoft on disk wipe microsoft the Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft – there isn’t disk wipe microsoft a more capacious option. This disk wipe microsoft should be disk wipe microsoft more disk wipe microsoft than enough space for disk wipe microsoft the average disk wipe microsoft user, but if you’re planning to disk wipe microsoft shoot lots of 4K disk wipe microsoft video you’ll disk wipe microsoft likely disk wipe microsoft want to make disk wipe microsoft use of disk wipe microsoft the microSD card slot.

The Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 supports cards disk wipe microsoft up to 1TB disk wipe microsoft – if disk wipe microsoft you need disk wipe microsoft even disk wipe microsoft more internal storage, you’ll want disk wipe microsoft to opt for the Galaxy S20 Ultra or disk wipe microsoft Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft Plus that disk wipe microsoft offer 256GB disk wipe microsoft and disk wipe microsoft 512GB options.

Battery life

If there’s one thing we know disk wipe microsoft about 5G it’s that the super-fast internet technology is disk wipe microsoft a battery hog, and with that disk wipe microsoft in disk wipe microsoft mind Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S20 with disk wipe microsoft a disk wipe microsoft 4,000mAh power pack, a notable disk wipe microsoft increase over the 3,400mAh disk wipe microsoft capacity on the S10. 

That’s disk wipe microsoft certainly paid disk wipe microsoft off, as we’ve disk wipe microsoft found the Galaxy S20 to have solid battery life disk wipe microsoft that will easily see you through disk wipe microsoft a full day of disk wipe microsoft typical use – in disk wipe microsoft fact we’d often get disk wipe microsoft home after a day of what we’d disk wipe microsoft consider disk wipe microsoft to be fairly heavy use disk wipe microsoft to find the phone disk wipe microsoft still had disk wipe microsoft 20% or so left in disk wipe microsoft the tank.

Samsung Galaxy S20

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There was the odd occasion where disk wipe microsoft we noticed the battery life was disk wipe microsoft being drained quickly, but that was disk wipe microsoft with particularly disk wipe microsoft intensive use – for example when we were using the disk wipe microsoft phone with a high disk wipe microsoft brightness disk wipe microsoft and the 120Hz refresh rate turned on, so if disk wipe microsoft you’re taking full advantage of disk wipe microsoft the screen tech on disk wipe microsoft offer here you might not disk wipe microsoft want to stray too far from your charger.

Samsung’s disk wipe microsoft fast-charging feature works well – disk wipe microsoft if you have the right charger setup disk wipe microsoft you disk wipe microsoft can get disk wipe microsoft from zero to 100% in under disk wipe microsoft an disk wipe microsoft hour. There’s also 15W wireless charging on disk wipe microsoft offer, and disk wipe microsoft while it’s not as disk wipe microsoft fast as the wired variety it’s disk wipe microsoft always a disk wipe microsoft useful option to have.

Like disk wipe microsoft last disk wipe microsoft year’s S10 handsets, the S20 range disk wipe microsoft features Samsung’s reverse wireless disk wipe microsoft charging feature, which disk wipe microsoft enables disk wipe microsoft you to use your S20 to charge other disk wipe microsoft gadgets that support Qi disk wipe microsoft charging.

For disk wipe microsoft example, if you have a pair of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds disk wipe microsoft Plus wireless buds you’ll be disk wipe microsoft able to charge these on disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft back of disk wipe microsoft your phone, and you could also lend disk wipe microsoft your juice to disk wipe microsoft a friend’s compatible disk wipe microsoft phone, although note that this disk wipe microsoft will drain your own battery particularly quickly.

 Buy it if… 

You want disk wipe microsoft your disk wipe microsoft first 5G phone

The 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S20 is the perfect jumping-on point for disk wipe microsoft anyone who disk wipe microsoft wants to disk wipe microsoft be futureproofed in terms of connectivity. disk wipe microsoft It’s not something that’s disk wipe microsoft essential for most users right now, but it’s disk wipe microsoft something you’re disk wipe microsoft likely disk wipe microsoft to disk wipe microsoft appreciate as 5G disk wipe microsoft networks become more ubiquitous. 

You want disk wipe microsoft a flagship that’s easy disk wipe microsoft to hold 

You’ll disk wipe microsoft often find that more power disk wipe microsoft in a disk wipe microsoft smartphone means a larger device, but that isn’t disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft case with the Galaxy S20, which disk wipe microsoft we found disk wipe microsoft comfortable disk wipe microsoft to handle. Not everyone will be capable of using disk wipe microsoft this disk wipe microsoft phone with one hand, but disk wipe microsoft it’s the closest you’ll get on a disk wipe microsoft flagship Samsung phone. 

You want a top-end camera, disk wipe microsoft but you don’t disk wipe microsoft need 100X zoom 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 disk wipe microsoft Ultra has a couple of show-stopping features disk wipe microsoft in disk wipe microsoft the disk wipe microsoft shape disk wipe microsoft of disk wipe microsoft its 108MP disk wipe microsoft main camera and 100x zoom, but you disk wipe microsoft shouldn’t turn your nose up disk wipe microsoft at disk wipe microsoft the rear cameras on the Galaxy S20. The auto disk wipe microsoft mode works fantastically, disk wipe microsoft and we got some disk wipe microsoft truly impressive shots from the phone. 

Don’t buy it if… 

You’re on a budget 

The 4G variant aside, disk wipe microsoft you’ll be paying more for disk wipe microsoft the Samsung Galaxy S20 than disk wipe microsoft for disk wipe microsoft last year’s Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S10. disk wipe microsoft If you disk wipe microsoft want to be future-proofed with disk wipe microsoft a 5G version of the handset (and that’s disk wipe microsoft your only choice in markets like the US) disk wipe microsoft then this is an disk wipe microsoft expensive device. 

You want disk wipe microsoft a big upgrade from the disk wipe microsoft S10

While there are some impressive disk wipe microsoft upgrades here from disk wipe microsoft Samsung, it may not disk wipe microsoft be enough to persuade you disk wipe microsoft to trade in disk wipe microsoft your Galaxy S10. If you disk wipe microsoft own last year’s phone it’s unlikely you’ll be disk wipe microsoft blown away by the improvements; this is a disk wipe microsoft handset that’s more likely to tempt those new disk wipe microsoft to Samsung devices, or those upgrading from the Galaxy disk wipe microsoft S8 disk wipe microsoft or disk wipe microsoft S9. 

You disk wipe microsoft want a 3.5mm headphone jack 

It disk wipe microsoft finally happened: this disk wipe microsoft is the first disk wipe microsoft Samsung Galaxy S disk wipe microsoft handset that disk wipe microsoft doesn’t come with disk wipe microsoft a 3.5mm headphone jack. disk wipe microsoft If you’re desperate for a disk wipe microsoft connector that disk wipe microsoft will play nice with your wired headphones, disk wipe microsoft this won’t disk wipe microsoft be the device for you, although there disk wipe microsoft are enough alternative disk wipe microsoft options that this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker disk wipe microsoft for disk wipe microsoft most people.