The Samsung Galaxy S20 family of smartphones is set to land today (February 11) and we’re expecting to hear about three new devices at the company’s own Unpacked event.
What new Samsung phones should you expect? So far, we’re anticipating the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra to be unveiled on Tuesday.
We initially expected this to be the Samsung Galaxy S11 series, but consistent leaks and rumors have suggested the devices will now be called the Galaxy S20 series instead. Even Samsung’s own website has now listed accessories with the name Galaxy S20.
Looking for the full picture of what the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are set to offer? We’ve got all the most important leaks and rumors below as well as the confirmed information from Samsung so far.
Update: Yet another leak of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series has appeared including a promo video for the new family of phones.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next Galaxy S smartphone series from Samsung
- When is it out? Announced February 11 (tomorrow), likely out March 6
- What will it cost? Likely more than $899 / £799 / AU$1,349
Samsung Galaxy S20 release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy S20 launch date is locked in for today (that’s Tuesday, February 11) and it’ll be in San Francisco. That’s almost a whole year after Samsung unveiled its 2019 trio of flagship Galaxy phones. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how to watch the live stream.
When will the S20 actually be available to buy? If you pre-register your interest on the Samsung website for its next flagship phone you’ll be told the phone will be delivered on March 6. That seems likely to be the worldwide release date.
Originally we expected the Samsung Galaxy S20 price to be similar to the $899 / £799 / AU$1,349 launch price for the Galaxy S10. That was for its lowest storage size, and the price went all the way up to $1,149 / £999 / AU$1,699 for the highest.
That may still be the case, according to one big leak that suggests there will be both 4G and 5G versions of the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus while the Galaxy S20 Ultra will just come in 5G.
We’ve seen multiple leaks over the last few weeks – the main ones are for European price, US price and a final one for UK prices – and we’ve combined the information (plus our best estimates for Australia) in an easy to read chart below.
|Which phone?||UK leaked price||Euros leaked price||US leaked AT&T price||Australia estimate|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 4G||£799||€900 – €1,000||N/A||AU$1,350-AU$1,650|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 5G||£874||N/A||$899||AU$1,700|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 4G||£999||€1,100||N/A||AU$1,775|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G||£1,074||N/A||$1,099||AU$2,100|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G||£1,149||€1,349||$1,299||AU$2,200|
Don’t take these prices as gospel as there’s no certainty that these leaks are accurate, plus the conversions are only estimated pricing as well so could be a lot different when the phone is on shop shelves.
Plus one leak has also suggested some markets will get an 8GB of RAM version of the 4G phone to ensure there is a more affordable option. Exactly where you’ll be able to buy that is currently unclear, and we don’t know how much cheaper it’ll be.
Samsung Galaxy S20 design
November 2019 was when we first started seeing images of the Samsung Galaxy S20 appearing, and below you’ll find a selection of the best ones we have seen so far that we believe to be accurate.
Starting with the standard Samsung Galaxy S20, we’ve seen the below image courtesy of leaker Ishan Agarwal and 91Mobiles.
Nearly all renders point to the rear cameras being housed in a large bump in the top left of the back of the phone. The exact layout of them is unclear though, with some renders showing them in an organized row and others pointing to a more messy splattering.
Hands-on images of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus meanwhile, as it’s called in the leak, make us think that the lenses and flash will be arranged in two rows in the camera bump, as that’s what the pictures show. The chin under the display looks worryingly thick though.
We’ve also seen renders of cases and images of a screen protector that back up these ideas, and renowned tipster Evan Blass has recently posted a picture showing the back of the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
As you can see from the image above, the camera arrays are arranged in rectangular blocks rather than a strip – and it looks as though if you pre-order the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra you’ll also get a pair of Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earphones thrown in as well.
A later leak of another screen cover suggests the device will have thin bezels, though the leaker noted that the ‘S11’s “forehead” and “chin” are very optimistic’, suggesting they could be thicker than the images show.
We’ve also heard that the Samsung Galaxy S20 could move the punch-hole camera to the top center of the screen, similar to the Galaxy Note 10 range, as we’ve since seen in leaked images.
The source adds that the camera would be smaller than on the Note 10 range though. You can see how this might look in the images above and the one below.
In terms of materials, we’d expect the front and back to be Corning Gorilla Glass as most phones use. While premium devices typically have an aluminum frame, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra could have a top-end stainless steel frame instead if one leak is to be believed.
Currently only top-end iPhones and certain other handsets use this pricey and heavy material in their builds, so if true this shows the S20 Ultra is set to sport a truly ‘premium’ design.
A later leak points to the colors: the S20 will apparently come in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink; the S20 Plus in Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, and Cloud Blue; and the S20 Ultra in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.
Interestingly, this leak also suggests the curved 3D edges typical of the S-line will be toned down to more subtle 2.5D angles, meaning the screen might only have minimal curves.
Multiple leaks have now also suggested there won’t be a 3.5mm headphone jack on any of these devices.
Samsung Galaxy S20 display
A big upgrade for the Galaxy S20 series is likely to be a 120Hz refresh rate technology on the screens that should offer smoother interactions than the 60Hz found on the S10 range.
We’ve seen this technology leak multiple times, but perhaps the best evidence yet has been a hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus from XDA Developers that has video evidence of the phone’s higher refresh rate.
There’s no guarantee this will be included on all devices, but it’s looking very likely for the Galaxy S20 Plus at least.
It also looks like the 120Hz setting will only be available when the phone is on Full HD+ resolution. That’s the default setting on modern Samsung smartphones, but it’s thought you’d be able to increase the resolution to WQHD+ while getting a 60Hz refresh rate.
The most enduring size rumor suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S20 will have a 6.2-inch screen, the S20 Plus will have a 6.7-inch one, and the S20 Ultra will have a 6.9-inch display. That’s a pretty sizeable increase on the previous generation.
One huge leak backed up the Galaxy S20 refresh rate and screen size rumors, adding the resolution of each would be 3200 x 1440. That would mean the smallest device would technically have the best pixel-per-inch count.
The S20 range could also use a new screen tech, as Samsung has trademarked the name SAMOLED, which sounds like a new take on the AMOLED screens used by its phones.
We don’t currently know how SAMOLED would differ, but that may be the company’s new name for the top-end 120Hz refresh rate.
It’s also thought the whole Galaxy S20 range will come with ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanners. That same XDA Developers leak above has claimed Samsung is using such tech on the Galaxy S20 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S20 camera
We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S20 range to have some impressive camera equipment, but the S20 and S20 Plus are sure to differ quite a bit from the S20 Ultra.
We have seen an incredibly detailed spec dump, where three sources simultaneously revealed information on the cameras, and it gives us a huge look at what to expect (if true). All the details are below in an easy to read chart:
|Camera||Samsung Galaxy S20||Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra|
We’ve added the selfie camera count to that list which came not from the aforementioned leak but a subsequent one. This latter leak echoed the camera specs with the addition of the selfie camera megapixel resolution.
Those are some pretty impressive specs if true, although it’s curious that the telephoto sensors have a higher megapixel count on the lower end devices.
We’ve heard a range of zooms cited for the telephoto lenses, but it seems to be 3x optical / 30x digital for the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, and a whopping 10x optical / 100x digital for the S20 Ultra, although that seems too good to be true. We have heard quite a few 100x digital zoom leaks though, so who knows?
In fact, the first leaked photo of the rear of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra suggests the phone will come with the 100x digital zoom. You can see the phone’s rear in all its glory below:
That latter spec from the leak above could be wrong though, as we’ve also heard that all the devices will have 5x optical zoom. This comes from news that a company has been supplying this type of zoom lens to Samsung for the devices, and it’s a slightly more plausible spec than 10x zoom.
As for the 108MP sensor on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that might not actually take 108MP photos, as Samsung has applied to trademark a tech called ‘Nonacell’, which is believed to combine nine pixels into one, and is rumored to be present in the 108MP camera.
That means it would actually take 12MP shots, but with huge pixels which should allow for great low light performance. It might also be able to take 108MP shots but we’re not sure currently.
We’ve also now heard more details about the 64MP telephoto camera on the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. This apparently won’t be able to combine pixels for 4-in-1 shots like some lenses, or 9-in-1 like the 108MP camera is rumored to, so you’ll always be taking pure 64MP shots.
It will also apparently be this camera that’s used for 8K video recording, and the camera will supposedly be capable of ‘pixel cropping’ to assist zoom. We assume that’s in addition to an optical zoom, letting you get in even closer with a hybrid zoom, but the source was unclear on that point.
We’ve also heard loads of cool features trademarked by Samsung that could end up in the handset, from ‘Space Zoom’ astrophotography mode to a ‘Bright Night Sensor’, which sounds a lot like a low light mode but with dedicated hardware.
According to Max Weinbach, Samsung is also developing a feature called ‘Quick Take’ that uses all cameras at the same time. It could let you take a zoomed picture as well as a standard one, or an ultra-wide at the same time as the basic picture.
Samsung is rumored to be putting the best optical image stabilization (OIS) of any phone in the Galaxy S10 Lite – and if it does, it’s likely to also include the tech in the S20. That would make sense, as low light and especially night sky photos could benefit from longer exposures, which usually need either a tripod or decent OIS to prevent blur.
Elsewhere, mention of several new camera features has been found in official Samsung software. There’s a Director’s View mode for tracking a subject, Single Take Photo, which could use AI to automatically take photos at the optimal moment, the return of Samsung’s Pro Video mode, allowing you to adjust the ISO, exposure and the like when shooting video, and some new Live Focus bokeh effects.
Of course, specs and features are one thing, real world performance is quite another, but we’ve now also seen some camera samples supposedly shot by the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus.
They show off the main, wide-angle and telephoto lenses as well as the low light skills, the latter of which you can see below as compared to the Galaxy S10.
As you can see, the S20’s shots are a lot brighter and generally better, so we’re expecting good things from the camera, particularly at night.
Samsung Galaxy S20 battery life
So far, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S20 range will have impressive battery capacity. One big spec leak has provided a lot of detail that includes the cell sizes for the new phones.
It suggests the Samsung Galaxy S20 will have a 4,000mAh cell, the Galaxy S20 Plus will sport a 4,500mAh cell and the Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a 5,000mAh one.
Just because the battery is bigger in the Ultra doesn’t necessarily mean it will last longer as that cell will have to power more specs in the device, including a larger screen.
These battery sizes are looking quite likely, and it’s expected the same 45W fast-charging tech and 15W wireless charging from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus will also be on all three devices.
An industry insider has suggested the reason the upcoming phones can use such big batteries is due to shrinking a part of the internals, a technique which the iPhone 12 could use too.
Previous rumors have also suggested Samsung is working on a battery health feature, which could tell you how worn out your S20’s battery is.
Samsung Galaxy S20 specs and features
We’re pretty certain the Samsung Galaxy S20 will come with the Snapdragon 865 chipset unveiled in late 2019, which has been benchmarked with scores that beat any other phone.
Well, it will probably have this processor in the US, but most other regions will likely get an upgraded Exynos processor, probably the 9830.
We’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S20 devices (as the leak suggests) will all come with a base 12GB of RAM, although that could go up to 16GB or possibly even beyond. Who would need this much RAM in a smartphone is beyond us, but it’s indicative of the premium nature of the devices.
A rumor also suggests the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the top-end device, will have 128GB / 256GB / 512GB storage options, with a slot for a microSD card that will add another 1TB of space. We don’t know the options for the other devices, though.
All three Samsung Galaxy S20 phones are expected to be IP68 waterproof and dust resistant, according to one leak.
A more unlikely feature that the S20 could pack is a spectrometer, which could be used to determine the chemical composition of objects. Samsung has patented a phone-like device with just such a feature, so it’s possible, but it sounds a bit far-fetched and niche.
The iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 have similar systems, where instead of using in-screen fingerprint sensors, they use facial recognition, and this is a rather secure form of unlocking (compared to Samsung’s current photo-based facial recognition) but it’s slower than using a fingerprint.
There’s also a leak suggesting Samsung phones will get an AirDrop-like service called Quick Share to easily swap files between nearby Galaxy phones. This could be extended to older Samsung phones with a software update, though it’s unclear if it will come to other Galaxy products (like the Tabs).
The final point is the confusion over Samsung’s 5G strategy with these devices. It may well be that each and every Samsung Galaxy S20 phone features 5G, or the company may be offering 5G variants of each instead.
Whatever happens, we’re almost certain you’ll be able to purchase a 5G variant of the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, so if you’re keen to get on board with the new technology you won’t be left behind.