- Samsung’sGalaxy S20 series of smartphones is just around the corner, and we’ve seen plenty of rumours about the design, specs, and cameras.
- From the looks of it, Samsung fans can expect a fairly typical design and spec refresh.
- But Samsung is rumoured to include a massive 108-megapixel camera with the Galaxy S20, and the Snapdragon 865 chip it’s said to use will all but guarantee that it will have 5G connectivity.
- Samsung will officially announce the new phone at its “Unpacked” event on February 11.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 rumour mill is at maximum capacity, churning out pretty much every detail we need to get a good idea of what to expect in early 2020.
Indeed, Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy S phones on February 11, and we’ve seen some leaks, rumours, and renders from some of the most reliable gadget leakers in the industry. One of the latest rumours settles on the “S20” model name for the upcoming Galaxy phones.
This is what we think we know about the Galaxy S20 so far, and it’s looking like a standard design and spec update. There are a couple things that stand out with the camera and what kinds of networks the Galaxy S20 phones will connect.
We’re still waiting for a good rumour from a reliable source for the price tags to expect. For now, we only have the Galaxy S10 price tags to work from, and the price tags in general of high-end Android phones, so we’re expecting the Galaxy S20 phones to be priced between $US750 and $US1,100.
Here’s everything we’ve heard about the phones so far.
There’s said to be a wide variety of Galaxy S20 models.
XDA-Developers’ Max Weinbach believes there will be three members of the Galaxy S20 family, with each member getting variants that come with 5G connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020
Interestingly, there is no mention of a Galaxy “S20e” model that could come with a lower price tag, slightly fewer features, and a slightly different design than the full-fat S20 models. The Galaxy S10e was one of the most highly acclaimed smartphones of 2019, so it will be a shame if Samsung doesn’t offer something similar in the S20 lineup.
Still, other gadgets leakers have claimed there will be a Galaxy S20e model.
Here’s what the Galaxy S20’s back is rumoured to look like.
Renders of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 from gadgets-leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer and 91 Mobiles likely reveal what the device will look like.
So far, most rumours surrounding the Galaxy S20 point to the rectangular camera module on the top right.
And this is the front, according to the rumours.
The same renders from Steve Hemmerstoffer and 91 Mobiles suggest incredibly thin bezels on the top and bottom, which is corroborated by the prolific gadgets leaker known as @IceUniverse on Twitter. We’re also seeing the selfie camera punch-hole cutouts move to the centre compared to the cutouts on the right of the screen on the Galaxy S10 series.
Hi，Galaxy S11 pic.twitter.com/brqPoONDzj
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 1, 2019
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 2, 2019
Supposedly leaked photos of the Galaxy S20 corroborate the renders above, and it’s also where the Galaxy “S20” model name is coming from.
Photos that apparently show Samsung’s unreleased and unannounced Galaxy S20 Plus smartphone were posted by Max Weinbach on XDA-Developers.
In both the renders above and the photo leaks, we’re seeing similar rectangular camera module designs. It’s hard to see in the photo, but there’s also a punch-hole at the top centre of the screen for the selfie camera on both the renders and the photo.
The screens are going to be big.
The Galaxy S20e is said to come with either a 6.2 or 6.4-inch screen, according to Evan Blass, a prolific source of mobile leaks.
The regular Galaxy S20 may come with a 6.7-inch screen.
And the larger Galaxy S20 Plus will come with a whopping 6.9-inch screen.
The Galaxy S20 is said to include an ultra-wide-angle camera, a regular camera, and a zoomed camera.
This is the real Galaxy S11+ camera. On the left is the ultra-wide-angle, main camera, and periscope zoom lens. I don't know the exact distribution on the right. It is expected to include flash and ToF. pic.twitter.com/98exPMSqgf
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 16, 2019
One of the cameras is said to come with 108 megapixels, which is an enormous number compared to the typical 12-megapixel cameras you see on most smartphones.
Unlike Apple and Google that use a lot of software to make photos look good, Samsung is going the hardware route to achieve better performance with its next smartphone camera. One of the main benefits Samsung touted about its 108-megapixel camera in the past is better photos in low light – an area where the company trails behind compared to Apple and Google’s latest offerings.
The Galaxy S20 phones will most likely run on the Snapdragon 865 mobile chip from Qualcomm.
You don’t need rumours to tell you that Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones will likely run on the latest mobile chip from Qualcomm. It’s simply expected at this point, partly because that’s what Samsung has been doing for the last several years, and there also aren’t too many other options when it comes to high-end mobile chips.
Running on the Snapdragon 865 will likely mean top-tier performance for running Android, apps, and games.
If the Galaxy S20 is going to run on the Snapdragon 865 chip, it will also support 5G connectivity across all the S20 models.
All of 2020’s high-end Android phones will likely come with 5G support, at least those running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which are coupled with a modem that supports 5G connectivity by default. And we’re expecting the Galaxy S20 to run on the Snapdragon 865.
With that said, Samsung’s Galaxy S phones can run on different chips made by Samsung itself in different parts of the world. If some Galaxy S20 phones run on chips other than the Snapdragon 865, there’s no guarantee that they will come with 5G connectivity.
Whether Galaxy S20 users will find a 5G network to connect to is another question. So far, T-Mobile is the only US carrier so far that has deployed a wide-ranging 5G network. Other US carriers have deployed 5G networks in certain pockets of certain cities.
Samsung is putting big batteries in its Galaxy S20 phones.
The larger of the expected Galaxy S20 lineup – the Galaxy S20 Plus – will come with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, according to SamMobile.
The regular Galaxy S20 is said to come with a 4,500 mAh battery.
The Galaxy S20e will apparently have a battery between 3,800 and 3,900mAh.
The “Ultra” model of the Galaxy S20 could have some over-the-top specs.
The S20 Ultra 5G is going to keep the SD Card slot. Support for up to 1TB.
It will also be available in 128GB/256GB/512GB and have a 12GB and 16GB RAM option.
108MP main, 48MP 10x optical, 12MP ultra wide.
5000 mAh battery with 45W option fast charge. 0 to 100% in 74 min.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 13, 2020
One of the last holdouts for the headphone jack, Samsung might ditch it for the Galaxy S20 series.
After the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy S20 will be the final top-tier Samsung phone to ditch the headphone jack, according to the Korean news outlet ETNews, which has been reliable for leaks like this.
Like other Android smartphone makers that followed Apple into killing the headphone jack, Samsung will likely expect Galaxy S20 users to use wireless headphones. And if those users want to continue using their wired headphones, they may have to carry around a dongle adaptor.
Samsung is unveiling its new Galaxy S flagship of 2020 on February 11.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) January 5, 2020
Incidentally, we might also see the announcement of a new Samsung foldable smartphone alongside the Galaxy S20 phones, according to @IceUniverse.
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