With the Samsung Galaxy S20 release date quickly approaching, leaks and rumors are everywhere which is making things somewhat confusing for potential buyers. So, now that we have all but confirmed Samsung will release at least three different Galaxy S20 models, here’s what you need to know and what the difference is between each one.
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If you’re looking to buy a new phone and are on the fence about which one to buy, we’re here to help. This is our Galaxy S20 vs S20 Plus vs S20 Ultra 5G comparison.
What’s the Same?
- Same overall look, feel & design
- 120Hz High Refresh Rate Screens
- Infinity-O AMOLED Display with a middle camera cutout
- Snapdragon/Exynos Processor and RAM configuration
Similar to a few years ago, the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra are all a little different. Whether that’s the screen resolution or the type of cameras on the back. With the Galaxy S10 and S10+ last year the experience was the same, only one had a bigger screen and battery. Basically, with the Galaxy S20 lineup you’ll have a few tough choices to make.
As expected, the design is almost the exact same as they’ve never changed that between sizes. All three phones have an identical overall look and feel, and this time the bigger model doesn’t have a huge cutout on the screen. They all have one single front-facing camera cutout in the middle of the display.
You’ll get the same beautiful metal and glass design with curved edges. The same overall build quality no matter which model you choose. Then, they’ll all have 120Hz high refresh rate displays, which is better than the 90Hz screens we’ve seen from OnePlus and Google.
Then, according to leaks and rumors, they’ll all have the same 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor or Samsung Exynos chip, 128GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM. However, the bigger Galaxy S20 Ultra does have an optional upgrade to 16GB of RAM.
That’s about it though, as everything else between these three phones differs wildly based on which model you choose.
Obviously each model gets a little bigger and more expensive, but you’ll want to pay close attention to the screen resolution, how Samsung changed the cameras on the Ultra, and a few other things. Here’s a quick breakdown by the numbers.
- Samsung Galaxy S20: 6.2-inch, 120Hz 1080p AMOLED
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: 6.7-inch, 120Hz, 3200 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 6.9-inch, 120Hz, 3200 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED
As you can see, these models are all bigger than the Galaxy S10 series last year, but with smaller bezels, so the difference shouldn’t be that big or noticeable in your hands or pocket. As a comparison, in 2019 the Galaxy S10 came in at 5.8-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.4-inches. And yes, that Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is even bigger than the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10+ from last year. These are big phones.
- Galaxy S20: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide lens
- Galaxy S20+: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide lens, ToF (Depth of Field)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra: 108MP main, 48MP 10x telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide lens, ToF
The two biggest differences between all these phones are the screen size and the cameras on the back. That last one, the cameras, will likely be Samsung’s main selling point for the larger model.
If you don’t want a massive 6.9-inch phone, don’t worry, as the middle-of-the-pack Galaxy S20+ is still a highly capable phone. One of Samsung’s biggest differentiating factors with the cameras when compared to the competition is the higher 64MP telephoto lens. They’re hoping the higher resolution will result in far better photos when you zoom in 5x on a subject.
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Additionally, it looks like the Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a different 48MP telephoto camera, one with a 10x zoom periscope lens, instead of only 5x like the other two models.
Battery Life & Charging
- Samsung Galaxy S20: 4000 mAh
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: 4500 mAh
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 5000 mAh
Another exciting aspect of these phones will be battery life and fast-charging speeds. Samsung already offered excellent battery life with a 4,100 mAh battery inside the Galaxy S10+ last year, but the Galaxy S20 series is all getting a huge bump to battery capacity. Likely to handle the bigger screens and 5G.
- Samsung Galaxy S20: 25w fast charging & fast wireless charging
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: 25w fast charging & fast wireless charging
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 45w fast charging & fast wireless charging (0-100% in 74 minutes)
Like we saw with the Galaxy Note 10+ last year, the biggest and best Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a 45w wired fast-charging option. We’re not sure if this will come in the box, or be a faster charger owners can buy.
- Samsung Galaxy S20: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm
You can see the estimated dimensions of these devices above, information we’ve received from various leaks and case manufacturers. As we said earlier, the phones will look and feel the same, and all be built from the same premium metal and gorilla glass 6 materials.
Again, as a comparison, the Galaxy S10+ dimensions are 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm which is smaller than the S20+ coming this year.
Furthermore, only the biggest Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bigger two models will both have expandable storage via a microSD card. The cheapest S20 doesn’t have either.
- Samsung Galaxy S20: Available with and without 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: Available with and without 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: All Ultras have 5G
An important Galaxy S20 specification for a lot of potential buyers will be 5G. Mainly because while the technology is new and exciting, it’s still in its infancy and can have a big negative impact on battery life.
We don’t know too much yet, but it looks like the smaller two Galaxy S20 models will come with OR without 5G, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will only come in a 5G variant. However, we’re hearing US carriers will ONLY offer 5G models, but we’ll update this article once we know more.
In closing, we want to remind you that the launch event and unveiling is on February 11th, with the official Galaxy S20 release date coming a few weeks later. We’re guessing the end of February, or sometime within the first 5-6 days of March.
These are shaping up to be three awesome phones that will seriously give everything else coming in 2020 a run for their money. And while you’ll probably want to wait for and buy the insane Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, it’ll likely be super expensive.
We don’t want to speculate on pricing just yet, but we’re hoping the regular Galaxy S20 comes in around $799 or less, which will make it the model most people will be interested in.
With news, leaks and rumors arriving daily a lot of this information could change, and we’ll update this post as we lean more.