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Samsung Malaysia has invited us over to have a preview of the Galaxy S20 series. We got our hands on it and we have quite a few new discoveries beyond the specs list. We have already covered the basics of the Galaxy S20 series here.

Before we forget – the Galaxy S20 series pre-order details are already here. Both the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra pre-orders will receive the Galaxy Buds+, but it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. To learn more about the pre-order, click here.

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Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S20 series

We will be talking about these devices one by one, as they do have their own differences from one another. I do realize the curvature of the screen is very minimal now. It’s not gone, but it’s just kept to a minimum.

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For us Malaysians, all of the Galaxy S20 series are available in 128GB variants. They are expandable via microSD card too.

There is no headphone jack on all of the Galaxy S20 smartphones but it does have a much larger battery now. Even the base model Galaxy S20 now comes with a 4,000mAh battery.

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All of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series of smartphones also come with 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p resolution. Once 1440p resolution is achieved, the refresh rate drops back to 60Hz. In a way, it’s logical to preserve battery and also GPU performance.

Galaxy S20

Let’s start with the smallest one. The Galaxy S20 is the new lowest entry point into the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones. The “e” variant of the flagship is no longer available, and the Galaxy S20 does have all of the features covered.

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I do feel that the 6.2-inch display is very comfortable in the hand and great for those who prefer a smaller phone for one-handed operation. Another thing I like about the Galaxy S20 is going to be the colors. It’s available in a total of 3 different colors –  Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, and Cosmic Blue which is my favorite.

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While the camera area is rather large in comparison with other phones, the camera hump on the Galaxy S20 is rather small.

The price of it is at RM3,599, and I think that’s a fair price.

Galaxy S20+

The Plus variant is now no longer the highest end in the Galaxy S series of smartphones. With that said, the Galaxy S20+ is still a commendably strong smartphone in the market with its set of features.

The Galaxy S20+ really does feel like a plus-size of the base model Galaxy S20 as it comes with a much larger 6.7-inch display now. All of the features are retained, and some are upgraded too – like the camera.

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The Galaxy S20+ does come with the Depth Vision camera. It is essentially a TOF camera, which we have discussed here. We expect the Galaxy S20+ to be able to do 3D object scanning too, like the Galaxy Note10+ that we’ve reviewed here.

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With that said, the camera cutout is larger than the Galaxy S20, but the bump is still rather tiny.

It does come with a larger 4,500mAh battery and it is priced at RM3,999. Available in a total of 3 different colors- the Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, and also Cloud Blue.

Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung is entering uncharted territory with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Nothing was held back as Samsung gave their all into developing the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Firstly, the much larger display. It has a 6.9-inch display which is nearly edge-to-edge and has rather tiny bezels around the display too. Surprisingly, the 6.9-inch display here doesn’t make the phone feel too big to hold. It’s just slightly larger than the Galaxy S10+.

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Of course, the biggest difference here is the cameras. The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a 108MP camera sensor and has a feature to achieve up to 100x zoom, as we have shown in this short video here.

From what we can deduce, Samsung is using AI to process the image. So, the image might look heavily pixelated in the camera app, but the image clears up after taking the picture and viewing it in the gallery.

From what we’ve tested, the 108MP camera is able to take pictures in HDR too, which is unheard of. So far, any smartphones that are using 48MP, 64MP, or 108MP sensors cannot take pictures in HDR. Samsung is able to do it.

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108MP HDR!

But that’s not all – the Galaxy S20 Ultra is also able to take videos in 8K 24fps with HDR enabled. That’s impressive!

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Yeah. 8K video recording with HDR too.

Throughout our brief time with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, we discovered that there are some delay in taking 108MP pictures, but it is much better compared to the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is available in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black colors at the price of RM4,999. It comes with a massive 5,000mAh battery too!


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