8.7/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 34 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great multitasking and gaming
  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Beautiful 120hz HDR screen for movies and videos
  • All-day battery life
  • 5G support

What's bad

  • Fingerprint scanner is slow
  • Tons of pre-installed apps
  • No headphone jack
  • High price tag

As the most basic model in Samsung's 2020 Galaxy lineup, the Galaxy S20 checks most of the boxes the average buyer is looking for while offering a substantial savings over its larger siblings. As is typical with Samsung's Galaxy S series, experts found little to dislike about the phone and many recommend it as both the best value in the current lineup and the best option for the average person.

Design

Curved edges and lots of glass make the Galaxy S20 comfortable in the hand but reviewers found it a little boring.

There's only a few color options available and that back glass is going to be a fingerprint magnet. It also means you'll probably want insurance or a case.

Speaking of fingerprints, the in-screen fingerprint scanner was a bit clunky for many reviewers. Hopefully, that can be sorted in software updates.

Trusted Reviews says, "The Galaxy S20 feels great to hold and it’s fairly compact by 2020 standards. What it isn’t though is particularly interesting to look at – even the colour choices are somewhat dull."

Display

Featuring nearly every bell and whistle you can cram in a display, the screen offers an exceptional experience.

If you love games, the high refresh rate will keep you in the competition and make movement silky smooth while HDR and full HD support will make movies and TV shows pop.

It's also plenty bright so you won't need to squint or find some shade to use it outside.

What Hi-Fi says, "...  If you’re looking to upgrade from a two or three-year-old handset, this one is undoubtedly going to be on your shopping list."

Performance

Unless you're willing to switch to an iPhone, you won't find faster performance than the Galaxy S20 in early 2020. 

Whether you're hopping between apps to keep in touch with friends, playing the latest games, or sorting through emails, reviews found the phone absolutely screams.

MobileSyrup says, "It seemed that no matter what I threw at it, the S20 kept going. The experience streaming music, videos, gaming, social media and more was smooth and fast. Plus, the 12GB of RAM let me open up all of the nearly 100 apps on my S20 without any noticeable slowdowns."

Software & Storage

The Galaxy S20 offers 128GB of room to store your digital stuff and runs the latest version of Android with Samsung's One UI 2.0. It should receive updates for a few years, so there is little to worry about in terms of the latest features or security patches.

Unfortunately, Samsung really piles on the pre-installed apps and settings choices. So expect to have a few options for everything from email and messaging to social media and news feeds.

Cameras

The phone comes close to beating the best phone cameras on the market but falls short in a few ways.

The zoom on 64MP telephoto lens wowed reviewers for its detail and noise-free shots. But color and night photography fell behind the leaders.

Still, reviews indicate the three lens (12MP/12MP/64MP) rear camera and 10MP front-facing lens should work great when snapping pics of your daily adventures.

It's also one of the first phones to shoot 8K video, but doing so means you'll need a steady hand as it disables image stabilization.

Mobile Syrup says, "... The Samsung S20 camera is excellent. It’s more than good enough for everything you’ll use it for. In small ways, I think that the Pixel 4 or the iPhone 11 Pro best the S20, but on the whole, you won’t be disappointed with the phone’s images."

Battery Life

Unless you're on your phone 24/7, you should have no issues with battery life on the Galaxy S20. Even if you find yourself low, fast charging and wireless charging support means you can top things off nice and quick.

Mobile Syrup says, "In most cases, I made it to the end of a day with about 30 or 40 percent charge remaining and around four or more hours of screen-on time on the ‘Optimized’ setting with 120Hz refresh, FHD+ resolution and auto-brightness turned on."

Audio

Be prepared to buy an adapter or use Bluetooth to enjoy your favorite music and videos because the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

That said, reviewers found the AKG-tuned headphones included enjoyable.

There's also a Music Share feature that lets people connect to your phone to stream audio to your Bluetooth speaker or car without the need for all the disconnecting and reconnecting.

Pricing

There's no getting around it -- the Galaxy S20 isn't cheap. The MSRP at release starts at $999.

Fortunately, most reviewers agreed it's worth the price if you have room in the budget for it.

Being a major Samsung release, availability should be excellent at both major electronics retailers and carriers alike.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass and metal chassis
  • 6.2-inch 120Hz, QHD OLED display
  • 2.84Ghz octa-core processor
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of internal storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 12MP/12MP/64MP rear camera
  • 10MP front camera
  • 4,000mAh battery with wired/wireless fast charging
  • AKG-tuned audio

The Bottom Line

If cost isn't a concern, the Samsung Galaxy S20 offers an excellent camera, chart-topping performance, an amazing display, and a level of design polish few Android phones can touch in 2020.

That said, the top-tier experience comes with top-tier prices so it's not the most budget-friendly option around.

Mobile Syrup says, "... The S20 is the one you probably should buy of the three. It’s big without being too big, feature-rich without being overloaded and generally an excellent value compared to the other phones in the lineup."

What Hi-Fi says, "...  If you’re looking to upgrade from a two or three-year-old handset, this one is undoubtedly going to be on your shopping list."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
64+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


IGN

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is every bit a flagship, and while it stumbles trying to live up to the hype of special features like Space Zoom and 5G, that shouldn’t overshadow all the ways it otherwise excels. The $1,000 price tag may be steep, but carrier deals and the inevitable price cut to come later...

- Mark Knapp, IGN
GadgetMatch

It’s the perfect paradigm of a smartphone; everything just works with little effort on your part. Priced at PhP 49,990, it’s ideal for those who want to upgrade from their Galaxy S8 or S9. It’s also suitable for those who want to jump from midrange to the flagship category, especially if you have th...

- MJ Jucutan, GadgetMatch
Digital Trends

The Galaxy S20 is an excellent smartphone, but it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from the larger, more immersive-to-use Galaxy S20 Plus, isn’t cheap enough to be tempting as a budget buy, and isn’t small enough to be a truly compact flagship. If you’re going to spend $1,000 or more on a phone w...

- Andy Boxall, Digital Trends
AndroidPIT

Having used the Galaxy S20 as my daily driver for a little over a week now, and having previously tested the Galaxy S20 Ultra, I can safely say that the smallest, cheapest smartphone in the line up is absolutely the one to buy. The extra camera stuff in the S20 Ultra is really not worth it, and I lo...

- David McCourt, AndroidPIT
Android Police

We think that, at $800, the Galaxy S20 becomes a very easy phone to recommend (and that this probably should have been the price to begin with). With an outstanding display, great performance, excellent battery life, increasingly rare expandable storage, and Samsung's improving OS update track recor...

- David Ruddock, Android Police


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Samsung Galaxy S20's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1440 x 3200 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1680 minutes, 1020 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S20 Specs

Overview
Release date March 6, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/850/1500/1700 /1900/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
5G:
2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Standard Battery, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 900 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1680 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Gray, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.17 x 6.91 x 0.79 cm (6 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel density 566 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Infinity-O Display, HDR10+ certified, 120Hz display support
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
64+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
3x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F1.8), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps Samsung Apps, Google Apps, Outlook, LinkedIn, Office Mobile, OneDrive, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify
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