Samsung Galaxy S20: launch date, price, news and leaks
New leakage reveals all specifications of Galaxy S20 series
It looks like Samsung is continuing its S-series of phones and we have now seen more reviews about the Samsung Galaxy S20 (formerly S11), which should be available from February 2020. There are plenty of rumors about the new phone series. In that regard, there are several features that we expected but did not see in the Samsung Galaxy S10, as well as there are parts of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy A80 and Galaxy Fold that will work in a new Galaxy S flagship.
Inspired by these phones, we’ve created a list of things we want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S11, or what the next Galaxy S phone will be called – it could be the Galaxy S20 since the companies seem to be jumping directly from 10 to 20 when handing out numbers to the phones.
Over the past week, we have heard many rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S20 (formerly known as the Galaxy S11) and now details have been released which (largely) resemble the final specifications of the S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
The images have been obtained thanks to Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice, and do not leave many surprises for the final launch on February 11, so look the other way if you still want to keep the excitement – if we can take this data for good goods.
All three phones – at least the 5G variants – use AMOLED monitors with a 20: 9 aspect ratio, have a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate and are equipped with Android 10 from the beginning. They have an IP68 (waterproofing) certification and there is 128GB of internal storage in all three models.
According to this spec sheet, the S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra will all be equipped with an Exynos 990 chipset, although we expected the Snapdragon 865 that Samsung still uses in some parts of the world. Nothing is mentioned about RAM, but we expect from 12GB onwards.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Each phone will have its own screen size – one at 6.2 inches in the S20, one at 6.7 inches in the S20 Plus and the largest at 6.9 inches in the S20 Ultra. The batteries also vary in size: 4,000mAh, 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh respectively.
As for the cameras, we get 64MP + 12MP + 12MP on the back of the S20 as well as 3x optical zoom. The same specs go again on the S20 Plus, but here we also get a time-of-flight depth sensor. In the S20 Ultra, the 108MP + 48MP + 12MP sits up the back, here’s a ToF sensor and 10x optical zoom.
This is in line with previous leaks, but at the same time contradicts previous rumors that claimed that the S20 series would have a maximum of 5x optical zoom.
As with all leaks, we cannot know for sure whether they hold water until the phones are officially launched. It is also possible that the versions without 5G may differ slightly from the others.
The official launch is February 11, when Samsung will showcase the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra for the first time.
We saw the Samsung Galaxy S10 be launched side by side with the Samsung Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 Plus at the end of February 2019. Since Samsung is launching its phones in annual cycles, we expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S11 being launched around February or March 2020.
Samsung has convened a major Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 11, 2020. We expect the Samsung Galaxy S11 / Samsung Galaxy S20 to be officially unveiled on this date.
Due to recent rumors, we also expect the name of the new series to be the Samsung Galaxy S20 instead of the Galaxy S11. The rumors come from an otherwise reliable source, but we can never be completely sure until Samsung has announced something.
The Galaxy S10 cost from 7,199 for the cheapest model with the least amount of storage space. At home, we didn’t get any other options, besides the plus model, which cost from 7,999 and up to 12,699 for the most expensive model with 1TB of storage.
We expect to see roughly the same pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S11, albeit with a slight increase, just as the Galaxy S10 was more expensive than the Galaxy S9.
Taking into account the usual price increases between the Galaxy S generations, we expect a price of around 7,500 for the cheapest version and even more for the models with more storage space.
Samsung Galaxy S20 – Design and Display
We have now seen leaked images of what is alleged to be the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20e.
The standard model you see above will have a screen between 6.53 and 7.7 inches and will have a smaller curved screen than the S10. The screen edges appear smaller and on the back is a camera lens with five lenses.
The dimensions are stated to be 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm (which is an increase of 8.9mm at the camera block). This makes it larger than the S10, which measures 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm.
Below you will also see leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus with a similar design. Here, however, we see a larger camera block. The screen should be 6.9 inches and the dimensions are 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm with an increase of 10.2mm at the camera block. For comparison, the Galaxy S10 Plus measures 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm.
However, we should not just take the pictures for good items, as another source thinks these are not correct and that the design will look like the S10 Plus. As for the Samsung Galaxy S20e, we again see a very similar design, but here the camera block is smaller and equipped with three cameras, while the screen is 6.2 to 6.3 inches and dimensions of 151.7 mm x 69.1 mm x 7, 9 mm (this does not include the camera block).
We have also seen images of covers for both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20e, which fit well with the images above.
Photos have also emerged from @UniverseIce, which shows a screen protector for the Galaxy S20, which in turn confirms the same design.
Along with all this, one of the more reliable sources came with the following claims about the screen sizes of Galaxy S20e, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus, which will be 6.4, 6.7 and 6.9 inches respectively. All three models are expected to have curved screens. It is possible that Samsung will use a new type of display. We have seen a trademark registration under the name SAMOLED, which may be a variant of AMOLED.
The same source claims that the Galaxy S20 will have narrower screen edges than the Galaxy Note 10, but they will not be curved, like the so-called waterfall screen on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
Beyond that, we haven’t heard more about this part of the Galaxy S20 yet. There is a small possibility that the phone will get two screens, as Samsung has patented a design (which LetsGoDigital has discovered), where the second screen is smaller than the main screen, which you can see in the illustration below.
This should eliminate the need for a selfie camera as the second screen can be used to take pictures via the main camera. However, we doubt this will be something that we will see. It often happens that something is patented without it ending up in production.
Samsung Galaxy S20 – Camera
Samsung has announced new camera sensors of 48MP and 64MP, so it is possible that Samsung will use one of them in the Galaxy S20. But Samsung can make it wilder yet. They have also revealed a 108MP sensor and there are rumors that this one just needs to be used in the Galaxy S20. The source of this rumor also mentions that the Samsung Galaxy S20 also gets a 5x optical zoom.
According to another source, the standard camera lens on the Galaxy S20 will be completely different from previous Galaxy phones, from S7 to S10. That does not necessarily mean that one of the sensors is mentioned here, but there is a great chance of it.
What we hardly get, though, is a camera built into screens, though companies like Oppo and Xiaomi are already teasing for the technology. A source says Samsung will wait for the technology to become more mature and instead stick to the hollow camera in the meantime – though these are expected to be even smaller.
Samsung Galaxy S20 – specifications and features
Regarding Samsung tech launches: We know that the company has created 12GB Mobile DRAM, which lets the phone read faster from memory, so this is another obvious candidate for the Galaxy S20.
The Galaxy S20, according to Sina, maybe the first phone with a 5nm chipset, which could cause it to outperform other devices.
Now that we’re talking about chipsets, one of the kind, which is believed to be the Snapdragon 865, has been benchmarked with characters hitting any other phone. It’s possible that the US version of the Galaxy S11 gets this chip, which seems promising.
A feature we should not expect to see in S20 is a spectrometer, an instrument used to determine the chemical composition of objects. Samsung has patented a device with just this feature, so it’s not possible, but still seems pretty irrelevant.
It is interesting to follow the news stream and the rumor exchange, where something is currently called “Picasso”. According to the source Ice Universe, this is the code name that Samsung is currently using for the Galaxy S20.
We can also look at Samsung Galaxy Note 10 for possible specifications and features.
For example, the Galaxy S11 gets hardly any headphone output as Samsung has scrapped it in the latest Note. Similarly, it hardly gets any Bixby button. Dropping headphone output also allows for a larger battery and/or a leaner profile.
But what about this rumor? Can Samsung end up scraping the S series completely so that the Galaxy S20 never becomes a reality? This is suggested by one source who claims that the S20 and Galaxy Note 11 are fused to create the Galaxy One. This creates a whole new series that combines all of Samsung’s best features in one smartphone. However, we have previously heard claims about Samsung’s phones which have turned out to be wrong. However, because the two series are so much like each other, it is difficult to exclude it completely.