Every year the Korean vendor makes us happy with new flagships, and they are more and more interesting. Soon Samsung should introduce the Galaxy Note20, but for now, I’ll tell you about the new product of this spring – the Galaxy S20 +. Note that this is not the top-end smartphone in the new line. Samsung also has the Galaxy S20 Ultra with cooler cameras and a larger display. But for most tasks, the S20 + is more than enough.
Samsung Galaxy S20+: Appearance
The smartphone came into my hands, not in the original, but in the factory packaging, so it will be difficult for me to talk about the complete set. But no one will forbid me to do this. So, when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 +, in addition to a cool smartphone, you will receive a USB-C power cable, a 25W adapter, and AKG headphones with a USB-C connector. And of course, instructions, a clip for replacing a SIM card and, perhaps, that’s it.
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Compared to last year’s Galaxy S10 +, the new smartphone design has undergone significant changes. No, of course, the gadget did not become round or square, but some details of the appearance have changed for the better.
First, the rear panel has been changed. It is not a case that glitters with all the rainbow colours, but a stylish glossy monochromatic surface. I got the grey version for the test, and it looks very premium. True, fingerprints remain a little, but it does not matter.
Secondly, the camera unit has been completely updated. As Samsung likes to say, the camera has practically been reinvented from the ground up. If in S10 + we had a horizontal block with three cameras, then the module became rectangular and moved to the upper corner of the case. Is it convenient? Probably. But now, all flagship models have this, so it’s more of a tribute to fashion.
Thirdly, the selfie camera module has changed. In the S10 +, it was a wonder that the camera was not located on top of the screen but right below it, and in the screen, there was a hole for it. If you remember, in the S10, it was round, and in the S10+, it was a little elongated because there are already two selfie cameras. But in S20+, this solution was adopted. The module was moved to the centre of the screen and made it much smaller. Now it does not hurt the eye so much. It seems to me that the appearance only benefited from this decision.
The rest of the smartphone is similar to its predecessor and other flagships of 2020. On the right are a volume rocker and a power button. On the bottom is a USB-C port for charging (although there is also a wireless module). But even the ports have not been without changes. Samsung has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. The S10 + has it, but the S20 + doesn’t. In fact, the connector was removed back in the Galaxy Note10, which was released last summer.
Is it good or bad? A controversial issue. On the one hand, this allows you to protect against moisture and free up space with the already fairly dense placement of components inside. On the other hand, what to do for those who have many wired accessories and AUX-in the car, for example (yes, I’m talking about myself). But in any case, this is a trend, and you need to understand that now 3.5mm is left only in budget devices and only a couple of Chinese flagships. In principle, since all companies have wireless noise-cancelling headphones, and almost all speakers and similar devices are connected via Bluetooth LE, there should be no problems.
I forgot to mention the SIM card slot. He is there. Combined with microSD. Interestingly, in budget Samsung models, there is a module for two SIM-cards and microSD, and in the flagship, you need to choose either a second SIM card or a memory card. However, there is enough memory in the smartphone, and I have not used memory cards for a long time.
I must point out that the smartphone has a perfect solid build. No backlash or squeak when bent or twisted. However, Samsung smartphones have never suffered from this, but I checked on this one. Considering that the smartphone is protected from moisture according to the IP68 standard, it cannot be otherwise. All elements must be assembled as clearly as possible.
Design: Samsung Galaxy S20+
Continuing an already long tradition, Samsung flagships come with two different processors. For the United States, Qualcomm usually goes, for the rest of the world – proprietary Exynos. This is neither bad nor good. The chips are almost identical in performance, so only notorious geeks can worry about this, and an ordinary user may never know what kind of processor he has there.
But we are notorious geeks! Therefore, we have an 8-core chipset with two Mongoose M5 cores and two Cortex-A76 cores. They have a Cortex-A55 to help them, and a Mali-G77 with 11 cores is used for graphics! Powerful, in the general, module, to be sure. It shows itself excellently in benchmarks.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 + version has 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It’s not very clear, though, why only 128? For a flagship, this is not enough. Some already have 1 TB. However, at least the microSD slot was left.
There is no point in talking about wireless technologies. Everything here is of the highest order. There is even a 5G version of the smartphone. Well, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and other delights, of course, are in this flagship, not discussed.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ Cameras
The S20 + has 4 cameras installed. The block is quite large and protrudes from the body, but it was done very carefully. Unlike Huawei and Xiaomi, it doesn’t cut your finger when swiped over it. It would seem a trifle, but how it affects the experience.
There is the main module for 12 megapixels, a super wide-angle module for 12 megapixels, a telephoto module for as much as 64 megapixels, and a ToF sensor. Even though the zoom here is mainly digital, the images’ quality is excellent.
Thanks to different modules and a ToF sensor, a smartphone can take high-quality photos with a wide dynamic range and rich colours in almost any lighting conditions. This is generally a proprietary feature of Samsung’s flagship smartphones. They shoot well in any conditions. There is a little graininess in night shots, but in bright sunlight, there are no spots. The picture is smooth, and that’s fine.
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Accessory: Samsung Portable Battery
Along with the new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones, the Korean vendor has released several new accessories. In particular, here is a portable 10,000 mAh battery. The only thing that doesn’t make me happy about it is the lack of wireless charging. Although there is a model very similar in design, with a wireless module, it is more expensive, of course.
The battery looks stylish, a metal case with plastic inserts. Everything is laconic and strict. You will not be ashamed to even take a business suit out of your jacket pocket.
There are few elements on the body, and everything is on one side—charge check button, Type-C port, and regular USB, nothing extraordinary.
A solid battery that will suit any user of both Samsung smartphones and any other. I would even take one for myself, too beautiful.
Conclusions about the Samsung Galaxy S20+
Perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S20+ has become the only flagship of 2020, to which there are no questions or complaints. Samsung Galaxy S20+ has gorgeous cameras, excellent performance, corporate design, and even a good price (now sold for about $739). It’s a bit of a pity that the smartphones’ chips were blurred, and the same appearance began to resemble the gadgets of Chinese manufacturers. But, perhaps, this is just the spirit of the times. Otherwise, this is an excellent flagship in the true sense of the word. Now it won’t be easy to find an Android smartphone with similar characteristics and quality. Given the disagreements between some companies and Google, pseudo-premium smartphones of other vendors, when they do not protect them from moisture, and the presence of a wide ecosystem (including smartwatches, headphones, etc.) from Samsung, the choice becomes obvious.
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