Samsung Galaxy S20 preview: This one goes past 11 with more screen, more cameras, more everything

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In just about a month, Samsung will take the wraps off the new Galaxy S phone, the first premium Android phone of 2020. It’s shaping up to be a great one. Not only will it bring the latest processor, oodles of RAM, and tons of storage, but it’s also expected to make a major leap where it counts: the camera and display.

It’s so big, in fact, it’ll likely get a new name. A whole bunch of recent rumors and leaks (including the image at the top of this article) are claiming that Samsung is going to switch to whole numbers for the next Galaxy S phone and jump all the way to the Galaxy S20 (so for the sake of simplicity, that’s what we’ll call it here). This is all likely more marketing than magnitude, but Samsung’s new phone may still be worthy of a ten-fold jump in numbering. Here’s everything we know so far:

Design

While the Galaxy S10 design left a little to be desired with its weird off-center camera hole, the S20 promises to be a stunner. We won’t quite get the all-screen device Samsung is building toward, but leaked renders (courtesy of OnLeaks) and pre-production models (published by XDA Developers) show a handset with very skinny bezels, less rounded corners than the S10, and a Note 10-style centered selfie cam hole. Nothing here is groundbreaking, but it looks very good.

The S20 will reportedly be sticking with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor introduced with the S10. That’s fine, though we’d much rather see 3D face scanning.

galaxy s20 render OnLeaks

That’s a lot of screen on the S20+, and it could be faster than ever.

Around the back is where the S20 will really set itself apart from the S10. That’s because the S20 is taking its cues from the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4, not the S10 or the Note 10. Samsung gave us a sneak peek of its new camera array in early January with the S10 and Note 10 Lite editions, which feature a prominent rectangular bump in the top left corner. Based on the images we’ve seen, the S20’s bump will be bigger and somewhat unsightlier than the Pixel’s, especially the S20 Ultra’s, as seen in the render below leaked by Ben Geskin on Twitter. If the camera is as improved as rumors suggest, however (see below), we won’t complain too much.

galaxy s20 ultra leak Ben Geskin

According to this leak, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a very… unique design.

One thing the S20 likely won’t have, however, is a headphone jack. We’d be lying if we said we were surprised—the Note 10+ and Galaxy Fold dumped the headphone jack last year—but it’s still sad. If the S20 does indeed drop the 3.5mm jack, the only premium Android phone that has one will be whatever LG trots out this year.

Display

With tiny bezels and little else on the front of the S20, the display needs to be better than ever. Rumors suggest it will be: While the look won’t stray too far from the edge-to-edge Infinity display we’ve grown to love, it will reportedly be bigger and faster than ever. And possibly not as curvy.

According to well-connected Evan Blass on Twitter, the S20 will come in three sizes this year, with the S20 starting at 6.2 inches (he’s since revised his initial 6.4-inch prediction), the S20+ jumping to 6.7 inches, and the new S20 Ultra clocking in at a whopping 6.9 inches. That’s even bigger than the 6.8-inch Note 10+, which was already pushing the envelope of pocketability. So the Ultra might be a little too big for our hands.



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