Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at Uswitch.com, commented: “The launch of the S20 opens a new front in the ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple to be the ultimate, must-have smartphone.
“Fans expected Samsung’s follow-up to the S10 to be called the S11, but bosses wanted the name to reflect the new decade and its launch year, 2020.
“Samsung revealed three 5G phones – a 6.2-inch Galaxy S20, a 6.7-inch Galaxy S20+ and a 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra.
“The standard S20 comes in a 4G variant to offer a more affordable option, but all three devices in the S20 family also boast fifth-generation connectivity, meaning this could be the devices that bring 5G to the masses.
“Samsung has thrown everything, including the kitchen sink and a pail of water at the S20 camera as it bids to become a picture powerhouse. This family of phones really is all about the camera.
“The basic model has three cameras – a 12MP wide lens, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 64MP telephoto.
“In place of the standard wide lens, the Ultra boasts a monstrous 108MP camera that will dramatically improve low-light performance, and a function called ‘Space Zoom’, which combines the phone’s 10x optical and 10x digital zoom to create the equivalent of a whopping 100x zoom. The name is well chosen – that’s a level of zoom you’d usually find on a telescope, not a phone.
“All S20 models include a Quick Take feature, which lets you take a picture through multiple lenses at the same time. This means you don’t need to decide whether to go for a wide or zoom shot in the heat of the moment – the S20 can take both and let you choose which you prefer later.
“It’s not just the camera that is hugely powerful. The S20 enjoys a 4,000mAh battery, up 18% from the S10, while the Ultra has 5,000mAh capacity – Samsung’s biggest phone power unit yet.
“On the video front, the S20 allows you to record in 8K, an ultra-high resolution that will give it bragging rights over the iPhone’s video capability.
“Pricewise the S20 range is on a par with the iPhone 11, giving smartphone lovers a difficult choice when they come to pick their next device.
“Samsung’s flagship models have long been burdened by the expectation of being an ‘iPhone killer’. However this time the Korean manufacturer appears to have ignored that rivalry, pulled out all the stops to make arguably the best range of Android devices for a new decade.”