The official Samsung Galaxy S20 launch event was Tuesday, February 11, and we know that because Samsung.
You can expect three different Galaxy S20 phones, and all of them to have 5G. We know because the next-in-line chipset, the Snapdragon 865, makes including a 5G modem mandatory. That will open up 5G to a very wide audience.
There are also features we can work out might come to the Galaxy S20, from perks we expected but didn’t see in the Samsung Galaxy S10 to aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy A80 and Galaxy Fold that would work well in a new Galaxy S flagship.
Inspired by all these phones, we’ve also drawn up a list of the things we’d like to see in the Samsung Galaxy S20, or whatever the next Galaxy S phone ends up being (it could be the Galaxy S20, given that this name has been rumored and phone companies sometimes do jump straight from 10 to 20 when numbering phones).
You’ll find that below, but first, here’s everything that we’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy S20 so far.
Update: Mention of several new camera features that could be headed for the Galaxy S20 has been found in official Samsung software. Plus, there’s growing evidence that the Samsung Galaxy S20 could actually launch as the Samsung Galaxy S20, and it might have an advanced optical image stabilization system.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next Galaxy S smartphone from Samsung
- When is it out? Tuesday, February 11
- What it cost? $999 / £899 / AU$1,349
Samsung Galaxy S20 release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy S20 launch date is locked in for Tuesday, February 11 in San Francisco. That’s the same month and city venue as 2019’s trio of Galaxy phones.
That means we could see the Galaxy S20 phones in stores the first week of March (for context, the S10 release date was March 8, though this year’s launch event is a nine days sooner than last year’s, so things may shift a bit).
The Galaxy S20 price could go unchanged at $899 / £799 / AU$1,349 for its cheapest storage size, and all the way up to $1,149 / £999 / AU$1,699. There’s always a chance Samsung could price the Galaxy S20 to be more expensive, depending on the cost of the tech inside the phone.
Accompanying the launch of the Galaxy S20 might be new premium wireless earbuds to rival the Apple AirPods Pro called the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. Given the original Galaxy Buds were introduced alongside the Galaxy S10, it makes sense that the new ones would come out with the next Samsung flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S20 name
While the Samsung Galaxy S11 is the most obvious name for Samsung’s next flagship, it is not. More and more there aiming for the S20 because of there selebration of a decade of the Galaxy devices. coming as it does after the Samsung Galaxy S10, it’s not the only possible one, with Samsung Galaxy S20 having also been rumored.
Specifically, according to a case-maker, we could get a Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
In which case, that wouldn’t just be a change in numbers – it would see the Ultra take the Plus’s place at the top of the range, and the Galaxy S20 take the Samsung Galaxy S10e’s place at the bottom.
There’s also no mention of a 5G model, though this is no surprise, as it’s likely Samsung would include 5G in the standard models, much as it did with the 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, rather than making a unique 5G handset, as it did with the Galaxy S10 5G.
We’ve also heard the S20 name from a reliable leaker, but given that most sources still describe the range as the S20, we’d say that’s the more likely name. That said, S20 could make sense. It wouldn’t be the first time a product has jumped numbers, and it’s a name that arguably stands out more than S20.
On the other hand, Samsung has never shown an aversion to teen numbers before, with the Galaxy A11 expected soon for example.
Samsung Galaxy S20 design and display
We’ve now seen leaked renders supposedly showing the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20e.
Starting with the standard model, which you can see above, the screen is apparently between 6.63 and 6.7 inches in size and slightly less curved than the S10’s. The bezels also appear slightly smaller, and on the back there’s a camera block which appears to house five lenses.
Dimensions meanwhile apparently come in at 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm (rising to 8.9mm at the camera bump), which would make it larger than the 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm Galaxy S10.
Next up there’s the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus leaked renders (pictured below), which show a similar design but an even larger camera block, plus an apparently 6.9-inch screen and dimensions of 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm (rising to 10.2mm at the camera bump). The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for comparison is 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm.
We would however take these with a pinch of salt, as another leaker has said they’re inaccurate and that the actual design will be quite different to the S10 Plus.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S20e renders, these show a similar design once again, but with the smallest camera block of the bunch (housing three lenses), a screen of apparently 6.2-6.3 inches, and dimensions of 151.7 mm x 69.1 mm x 7.9mm (without the camera bump).
Elsewhere we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S20 (which could launch instead of the S20e) 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 one. But we’d take both those names and sizes with a serious side of salt.
We’ve also now seen renders of cases for both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20e which completely line up with the leaked designs above.
Similarly, we’ve also seen a screen protector from leaker @UniverseIce that’s apparently designed for the Galaxy S20 and shows the same design again – most notably a centered punch-hole camera and tiny bezels.
Samsung Galaxy S20 camera
Samsung has announced new 48MP and 64MP camera sensors , so it’s possible Samsung will use one of them for the Galaxy S20.
However, Samsung might go even further, as it has also now announced a 108MP sensor, one which has been specifically rumored for inclusion in the Galaxy S20. The source of this rumor adds that the Samsung Galaxy S20 will apparently also have a lens with 5x optical zoom, which is a claim we’ve now heard multiple times.
Elsewhere, another leaker has also said that Samsung will probably use a 108MP camera in the Galaxy S20, but this will apparently be a new one, rather than the sensor Samsung has already announced. This is a rumor that’s now starting to gain some serious momentum.
We’re not sure what upgrades it would get, but with Samsung’s first 108MP sensor landing on a Xiaomi handset first, it would make sense for Samsung to make something totally new for the Galaxy S20.
One source suggests the 108MP sensor used will combine nine pixels into one, for 12MP shots that can take in a lot of light.
We’ve also seen how the camera arrangement on the Galaxy S20 Plus might look. You can see this below, with the source noting that an ultra-wide, main (likely 108MP) and periscope lens are likely to be included, along with a ToF sensor.
Samsung Galaxy S20 battery life
We’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S20 will come with a 4,500mAh battery – that’s based on a photo shared by a certification website in Korea, so it seems legitimate, but you can never be totally certain. If this is true, the Galaxy S20 will have the same capacity as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which should compensate for the new tech we’re expecting to see in the device.
We’ve heard from another source that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus will use a 5,000mAh battery, which would be the biggest used in a Galaxy S device. Another source has since backed up that 5,000mAh claim. This rumor makes sense, because it would be an expected step up between the S20 and S20 Plus, but we don’t know for sure.
There’s no word on a possible battery capacity for the Samsung Galaxy S20e, or ‘lite’ phone.
An industry insider has suggested the reason the smartphones can use such big batteries is due to shrinking one part of the internals, a technique which the iPhone 12 could use too.
It also looks like 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
On the topic of ‘tech Samsung has announced’: we know the company has created a 12GB Mobile DRAM, which lets the phone read memory at a quicker rate, so that’s an obvious candidate for the Galaxy S20.
The Galaxy S20 might also be the first phone to have a tiny 5nm chipset, according to Sina, which could see it outperform other handsets.
Speaking of the chipset, the Snapdragon 865 has been announced, and this will almost certainly power the phone in the US (with most other regions getting an Exynos one).
A chip believed to be the Snapdragon 865 has also been benchmarked with scores that beat any other phone.
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.
In other news, it may be worth keeping an eye out for rumors and leaks regarding the ‘Picasso’ as that, according to leaker Ice Universe, is the code-name Samsung is currently using internally for the Galaxy S20.