Hands down, Samsung is the king when it comes to the best Android smartphones. The Galaxy series, both the regular and the Note, have catapulted Samsung’s growth in the premium Android smartphone market. Continuing their tradition of delivering revolutionary, unmatched premium smartphones, Samsung announced their latest flagships in the first quarter of this year. It launched three devices, the Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Choosing among the three devices can get confusing considering the similarities that they share in the name, features, specifications, and to a point in the price. Here’s a detailed comparison between the three devices to help clear out your confusion. We hope that this blog will help you with your purchase decision.
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The octa-core Exynos 900 processor will power the Indian variants of the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra. The processor is based on 7nm chip fabrication promising high efficiency and low heating even if your daily use involves power-intensive usage. The processor cores can be divided as follows -- 2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5, 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76, and 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55.
The trio also has the powerhouse Mali-G77 MP11 as the GPU, ensuring that graphic-intensive apps and games run smoothly without any stutter or lag. Storage:
The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra are available in 128 GB variants of UFS3.0 storage, promising lightning-fast read and write speed. And if you ever run out of storage space, you can expand the storage up to a mind-blowing 1 TB with a microSD memory card. The only downside is that the memory card slot is a hybrid version. It means that you’ll have to choose between the memory card and the secondary SIM. You can’t have them both at the same time.
The S20 and the S20 Plus are rocking 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra takes it a notch higher and boasts of 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM. All the phones can handle intensive games and applications and allow users to easily switch between multiple apps without having to load them again. You can easily close one app, switch to a previously used app, and resume right where you left off.
All the three devices are equipped with the marvelous Samsung Infinity-O display providing a non-obtrusive viewing experience. The AMOLED 2X screen on the three models has a resolution of 3200x1400, providing a Quad HD+ panel, ensuring an engaging and mesmerizing viewing experience in games and multimedia. The display size, too, is enormous, which further enhances the viewing experience. The S20 has a 6.2-inch display (89.5% screen-to-body ratio), the S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch display (90.5% screen-to-body ratio), and the Ultra takes it to 6.9 inches (89.9% screen-to-body ratio). And that’s not all. All three devices have a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz at FHD resolution making the user experience buttery-smooth.
All three devices speak P-R-E-M-I-U-M. There are no compromises in the build and design quality in either of the three devices. The devices have a glass front and back, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It ensures that the glass is protected and isn’t damaged easily from normal drops. Similarly, the phones’ frame is made up of a single piece of aluminium, making them lightweight, yet strong. It gives a firm grip and ensures that the phones are comfortable to hold and don’t slip from the hands of the user.
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy are 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm. The S20 Plus is 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm, while the S20 Ultra is 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm. Despite their massive size, the three phones aren’t that heavy to hold, and they weigh in at 163 grams, 186 grams, and 222 grams, respectively.
The three phones are available in various stylish, eye-catching, and mesmerizing colors. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is available in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White, and Aura Red colors. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is available in Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, Aura Red, and Aura Blue. The S20 Ultra is available in Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, and Cloud White colors.
With premium build quality, the phones are highly durable. The Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the front and the back ensures that the screen and back panel can resist regular scratches from everyday objects such as keys. It also protects the glass from shattering due to falls. The aluminium railing protects the phones’ side panel, providing a tough exterior that can withhold side fall damages. Overall, all the phones are sturdily built and are highly durable, making them less prone to damages.
Similarly, the phones have been rated IP68, meaning they are dust and water-resistant. They can survive underwater up to a distance of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes easily.
The S20 series has one of the most exceptional camera modules available on a mobile device today.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a triple camera set-up with an f/1.8 - Dual Pixel PDAF 12 MP 26 mm wide, an f/2.2 - 12 MP 13 mm Ultra-wide, and an f/2.0 - 64 MP 29 mm telephoto lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra have a quad-camera setup with minor differences. The S20 Plus has an f/1.8 - Dual Pixel PDAF 12 MP 26 mm wide, an f/2.2 - 12 MP 13 mm Ultra-wide, an f/2.0 - 64 MP 29 mm telephoto lens, and a 0.3 f/1.0 DepthVision camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has an f/1.8 - PDAF 108 MP 26 mm wide lens, an f/3.5 - 48 MP periscope telephoto lens, an f/2.2 - 12 MP 13 mm Ultrawide, and a 0.3 f/1.0 DepthVision camera.
The cameras are laden with features such as Space Zoom (30x on S20 and the S20 Plus and 100x on S20 Ultra), Night Mode, Live focus, shot suggestion, flaw detection, OIS for video recording, Zoom-in mic, Slow-mo, Super-slow mo, and HDR 10+. Everything that you can imagine on a mobile camera, you’ll find it in the S20 lineup.
The S20 and the S20 Plus have a 10 MP Dual Pixel PDAF camera capable of capturing stunning selfies and videos in 4K. The S20 Ultra has a 40 MP lens with the same capabilities.
The phones are equipped with the latest biometric security features. The phones have an in-display Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that helps unlock the phones in a zippy. The phone also has a face unlock system that helps you unlock your phone by simply looking at it. The phones have an intelligent AI system that matches your facial data with a preset visual model, making the phone unlock process secure and lightning-quick.
Samsung has provided enormous batteries to power these gigantic phones. The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 4000 mAh battery, the S20 Plus has a 4500 mAh cell, and the S20 Ultra has a 5000 mAh battery. The battery capacity is enough to make your phone last through the day, even with medium and heavy use.
And the goodies don’t end there. The phones have fast charging capabilities, with the S20 and the S20 Plus having support for 25W fast charging, and the S20 Ultra supporting 45W fast charging. There is also support for fast wireless charging 2.0 with 15W charging capabilities. The phones also support reverse wireless 9W charging.
All three devices run the latest Android 10 OS. Like other Samsung smartphones, the OS has the Samsung One UI skin running on top of it, providing for a familiar, friendly UI experience.
With a heavy heart, we have to announce that the 5G version of the phones won’t be available in India. The telecom infrastructure, in India, in its current form, has no support for 5G speeds. There is also no surety that 5G will be adopted in the next one to two years (average lifespan of smartphones these days). Hence, it seems like a wise decision from Samsung’s end to forgo the 5G edition (Snapdragon processor variants) in the Indian markets. The regular 4G variants are cheaper than the 5G ones, making these devices a little less costly.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series can set you back from INR 70,000 to around INR 1,00,000, depending upon the model. The Samsung Galaxy S20 price is INR 70,499. It is the most affordable phone you can buy in the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Climbing the price scale, next, is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus price is INR 77,999. The most expensive of the three is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra price is INR 97,999.
There is also an exclusive BTS edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus for the K-Pop band’s fans. It is available in Haze Purple color and priced at INR 87,999.
Here are some key things to consider before making a decision.
Consider buying the Samsung Galaxy S20 if,
You are on a tighter budget.
5G isn’t an important factor.
You prefer a smaller form-factor.
8 GB RAM is enough for your daily use.
Consider buying the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus if,
You need a larger screen size.
Need a device that lies between the Galaxy s20 and the Galaxy s20 Ultra.
A slightly bigger battery.
Consider buying the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra if,
Price is not an issue.
You want the best Android smartphone.
You love enormous screens.
You need a big battery and faster-charging speeds.