The Galaxy S20 Range Announced for 2020
With Samsung announcing their flagship Galaxy S20 range for 2020 we have updated this article to include 2020’s models.
The 2019 Galaxy S range was three handsets initialy: the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10e. Later the Galaxy S10 5G was also added to the 2019 Galaxy S lineup.
With Samsung There is a rumour that Samsung’s next Galaxy S series smartphone will be the last Galaxy S phone. With the Galaxy S9 soon to be unveiled here is a look at the history of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S
Release date: 4th June 2010
The Samsung Galaxy S was the start of the S series and over the years had over two dozen variations of it made for the international market. The reception was positive as the S was an announcement of intent by Samsung. The S was second in TIME’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2010 list.
The OS was Android 2.1 with a single-core 1GHz processor and 0.5GB of RAM. The screen was 800×480 Super AMOLED display. The read camera was 5-megapixels, and the front camera was 0.3-megapixels.
Positive: Amazing audio and sound, the Super AMOLED display.
Negative: Poor GPS function that took too long to find your location.
Samsung Galaxy S II
Release date: 2nd May 2011
At the time, the Samsung Galaxy SII was the thinnest smartphone on the market measuring in at 8.49mm. The S2 was a step up from the S, and Samsung received 3 million pre-orders for the smartphone.
The S2’s processor was a dual-core 1.2Ghz with 0.75GB of RAM. The screen was 800×480 Super AMOLED. The rear camera was 8-megapixels and the front camera 2-megapixels.
Positive: Slim and light, one of the most powerful smartphones of the time.
Negative: Made from plastic, no dedicated camera key.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Release date: 29th May 2012
The Samsung Galaxy SIII had the title of “iPhone killer” from its release. While the device did not kill the iPhone, it did stamp Samsung as a phone manufacturer who could consistently deliver quality high-end smartphones.
The processor was a quad-core 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM. The screen was 1280×720 Super AMOLED. The rear camera was 8-megapixels and a 1.9-megapixel front camera.
Positive: The display was ahead of its time, S-Voice application, Smart Stay.
Negative: The polycarbonate shell felt cheap, irregularities due to the hyper-glazing process.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Release date: 27th April 2013
The Samsung Galaxy S4 came with a range of features that other smartphones just did not have. Smart Program, Smart Rotation, Smart Scroll, Story Album, a barometer, one-hand mode, Air View, Air Gesture and more come with the S4.
The processor was a 1.9GHz quad-core with 2GB of RAM. The screen was a 5-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display. The rear camera was 13 megapixels, and the front camera was 2 megapixels.
Positive: Biggest screen, feature packed.
Negative: Too much bloatware, system software took up much of the storage capacity.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Release date: 11 April 2014
The S5 was the next step in the evolution of the S series; a definite follow up to the successful S4. The screen was slightly bigger with most of the hardware improved up in the newer model.
The processor was a quad-core with 2.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. The screen was 5.1-inches with a Super AMOLED 1080p display. The rear camera was 16-megapixels, and the front camera was 2 megapixels.
Positive: New security and health features, fingerprint scanner.
Negative: The camera was not as good as other smartphones available, packed with bloatware.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Release date: 10 April 2015
The Samsung Galaxy S6 came in three different varieties, the S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. The S6 series was able to charge wirelessly, and the body was a unibody metal frame. The Edge came with a screen that went to the edge and curved down and the Edge+ was the largest of the S6 series and had the curved edge as well.
The process was a Samsung made octa-core with 3GB of RAM. The display on the S6 was 2560×1440 Quad HD Super AMOLED. The rear camera was 16- megapixels and the front camera was 5-megapixel.
Positive: New curved edges (On the Edge and Edge+), better design, upgraded fingerprint scanner.
Negative: Unable to remove the battery and no external storage, difficult to repair.
Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
Release date: 12th March 2016
The Samsung Galaxy S7 came in two iterations, the S7 and S7 Edge. After the S7, there would be no more S series phones with the physical home button or MicroUSB charging. An upgrade on water resistance was a welcome addition.
The processor was either an Exynos octa-core with 4×2.3GHz and 4×1.6GHz or the Snapdragon quad-core with 2×2.1GHz and 2×1.6GHz with 4GB of RAM. The display was a 2560×1440 Quad HD Super AMOLED. The rear camera was 12-megapixels, and the front camera was 5-megapixels.
Positive: Less bloatware.
Negative: Big difference between processor types, poor repairability, too much like the previous model.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+
Release date: 21st April 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 came in two versions, the S8 and S8+. Samsung was moving into having a quality virtual assistant, Bixby, adding iris and facial scanners and the Samsung DEX to allow the smartphone to become a desktop-like computer.
The processor was either the Exynos octa-core with 4×2.3GHz and 4×1.7GHz or Snapdragon octa-core 4×2.35GHz and 4×1.6GHz with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The display was 2960×1440 144p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The rear camera was 12-megapixels, and the front camera was 8-megapixels.
Positive: Beautiful design, better software, fewer issues than other smartphones.
Negative: Unusual aspect ratio, slippery glass on the back, poor fingerprint scanner positioning.
Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
Release date: 16th March 2018
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look to be the final Galaxy S model phones released. The design is like the S8, but the camera was drastically improved for both models. The fingerprint reader is now in a better position that on the previous model and it is the most powerful android phone on the market.
The processor is either the Exynos octa-core 4×2.8GHz and 4×1.7GHz or the Snapdragon octa-core 4×2.7GHz and 4×1.7GHz with 4GB RAM in the S9 and 6GB RAM in the S9+. The display is 2960×1440 1440p Super AMOLEDS capacitive touchscreen with infinity display. The rear camera is 12MP and able to shoot video in 4K on the S9 and the S9+ has a dual 12MP camera with dual OIS and 4K capabilities, and the front camera is 8MP.
Positive: One of the best cameras on a smartphone with a score of 99 from DxOMark, good fingerprint scanner position, high performance and speed.
Negative: Seems like a slight upgrade on the previous S8 and S+ models, limited AR Emoji functionality.
Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10E
Release date: March 8, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy S10 line of phones is the first major phone to release in 2019 and its another successful iteration on the popular Galaxy line of phones.
All three phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 for faster downloads and uploads. Scene Optimizer in the camera intelligently recognizes up to 30 scenes and optimizes colors for brilliant shots, and dual aperture features F1.5, F2.4 in the rear lens. It is supposed to adapt just like your eyes for great shots, day or night. Finally, with the camera, Flaw Detection intelligently detects flaws, so it’s nearly impossible to take a bad shot. Samsung also touts that all three phones have a 42% reduction in blue light that does not affect the color of the screen. Blue light can mess with our bodies and make it hard for us to fall asleep at night after spending all day looking at our phones.
Compared against each other, the S10E is the “bargain” purchase here at $749.99 for 128 GB and $849.99 for 256 GB. The Fingerprint Scanner has been moved to the power button on the side of the phone, and the battery has what Samsung calls “All-Day Intelligent Battery” at 3100 mAh. RAM is available in either 6 or GB, and the screen is 5.8” Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED.
Compared to the S10E, the S10 and S10+ are largely the same phones, but in different sizes. Both phones feature Ultrasonic Fingerprint ID which is located on the screen (as opposed to the side for S10E). According to the Samsung official website, to make the Fingerprint ID work,
“Just tap your screen to unlock. Ultrasonic Fingerprint ID embedded in the display keeps you secure using sound waves to detect the ridges of your fingertip in 3D.”
Both screens also feature Samsung’s new HDR10+ certified Dynamic AMOLED display. For an explanation on what that exactly means, I suggest reading this cnet article at the following link: https://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-hdr10/
For the S10, prices start at $899.99 for 128 GB or $1149.99 for 512 GB. The battery has 3400 mAh All-Day Intelligent Battery, and the phone uses 8 GB of RAM. The screen display is 6.1” Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED.
The biggest difference with the S10+ (aside from its size and the little boost of power) is the camera near the top of the screen. While all three phones have the infinity screen that stretches to every corner of the phone, the S10E and S10 have single cameras. The S10+ has two cameras in the top right of the screen, so there is a little larger section of the screen dedicated to it. Once again, the battery is “all-day intelligent” and is up to 4100 mAh. Starting price for it is $999.99 for 128 GB, $1249.99 for 512 GB, and 1599.99 for a TB of memory. The S10+ has either 8 or 12 GB of RAM, and the screen is 6.4” Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED.
Positive: Amazing screen, battery life. Headphone jack still available on the bottom.
Negative: No real advances in the camera, some complaints about the Fingerprint ID not working well on the S10 and S10+.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Release date: May 28th, 2019
The latest update to the Galaxy S10 line of phones, the Galaxy S10 5G, adds 5G capabilities. 5G is very much in its infancy in Australia, so only a few test suburbs in larger cities will have access to the service that allows downloading of movies and songs in seconds. For those who live away from those areas, they can take advantage of national 4GX network capabilities until a wider rollout for 5G services happens.
The 5G capability is not the only improvement made to the 5G S10. This model of phone has the largest screen of the S10 line at 6.7 inches and features the same AMOLED screen as the other S10 phones. The screen also reduces blue light to relieve stress on your eyes.
The fingerprint scanner has received an update. According to the Samsung official website, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner “uses ultrasonic waves and machine learning to read the unique ridges of your finger and it even works under dry, cold conditions.”
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a 4,500mAh battery. According to Samsung, the battery should last a good 24 hours on a single charge. The combination of the 5G capabilities, 3D and AR technologies, and more will really push the battery to the limits. Like the other Galaxy S10 series phones, it has wireless charging and power share so it can provide charging to other wireless charging phones.
Finally, the camera capabilities have been upgraded as well. It now has four rear cameras. According to Techradar, “The first three cameras are identical to the triple-sensor setups on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, with a main 12MP variable-aperture camera, a 16MP 123-degree ultrawide snapper, and a 12MP telephoto lens.” The fourth is a 3D depth camera capable of measuring the distance between objects in the photo or video. It works together with the AR Intelligence to allow you to impose images of items being sold online to see how they would look in your home.
The front side of the phone also received the 3D depth camera beside a 10MP selfie camera. It has been positioned in the top right corner of the screen much like the other S10 series phones.
The phone is available exclusively through Telstra on contract. For the 256 GB storage, Telstra charges you $150 a month to buy the phone over 24 months. The minimum cost here comes to $3,600. If you feel like it, you can double your storage to 512 GB for $160 a month. Over the two years to pay it off, you will have spent $3,840 for the phone alone.
Positive: First phone with 5G capabilities, 3D depth cameras on both sides
Negative: 5G only available in some areas of Australia, very expensive
Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
Release date: March 6th, 2020
The Galaxy S20 line of phones is Samsung’s first step into the new decade with phones that were designed around their cameras. One nice change from the S10 line of phones is that all three models will have 5G capabilities depending on if you need it or not when you buy the phone.
All three phones are quite expensive in Australia, with the S20 starting at $1,349 for 4G and 128 GB storage, the S20+ is $1,499 for the same storage and connectivity, and the S20 Ultra is $1,999 with the only model available being 5G and 128 GB storage. If you decide to later purchase external storage, the phones support 1 TB MicroSD cards.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra has 108MP camera with 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom and up to 100x Space Zoom. The sensors in all three cameras have been nearly doubled in size to provide for better pictures in dark areas.
The camera has been upgraded on the video side as well. Resolution has increased from 4K to 8K and with 8K video snap, every frame in a video you record is designed to be a high resolution still so you can take high quality images from your videos as well.
The new super steady AI allows your camera to minimize blur and unstableness and be super smooth even in situations where you phone will be moving while capturing action shots. Another AI innovation brings a feature called single take, which is essentially a super powered burst mode. With this, your camera will capture multiple formats for your video within ten seconds.
The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra have Samsung confident in the cameras in their new phones. Much of the rest of the phones seem to be similar to the S10 line of phones.
Positives: Very good cameras, 5G capability in all models
Negatives: Very expensive, not much advancement outside of the cameras