Samsung Galaxy S20 review
8K triple camera and One UI 2
The Samsung Galaxy S20 features a 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and gives the phone an 89.5% screen-to-body ratio.The Dynamic AMOLED has super-slim bezels so you get an immersive viewing experience. Take your video and streaming to a cinema-like level with this impressive Samsung display.
The latest Samsung smartphone has been optimised so that the display prevents eye strain. The blue light is reduced at a pixel level, saving your eyes without sacrificing the colour quality.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 is on offer in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White and Aura Red. The phone weighs in at 163g and measuring 7.9mm thick, giving you a phone that is slim and compact.
The Galaxy S20 has the Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor on board. The phone comes with 128GB of on board memory and 8GB RAM. All of that translates to amazing performance whether you are gaming or streaming.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 can stand up to daily life and with that in mind the manufacturer has made it water-resistant. The phone has an IP68 rated protection, it can be in water of up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes and come out unscathed.
Phone Set Up
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has an advanced ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into the screen. The innovative technology pulses to detect the unique 3D ridhges and valleys in your prints. Acting almost instantly, this highly advanced security feature recognises your print and unlocks the phone or authorises purchases. It can also be linked to certain apps, so only you can access them.
The on board memory can be expanded if you need more room for your photos or videos. The microSD card slot can be used with cards up to 1TB giving you lots of flexibility when it comes to phone memory.
One UI 2
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is an Android 10 smartphone, so you get lots of familiar apps such as Chrome, Maps, and YouTube. Samsung has added its own User Interface, the One UI 2. The manufacturer has optimised the UI for streamlined performance and enhanced features.
Some of the top features of One UI 2 on the Galaxy S20 include:
The Dark Mode feature has been enhanced further with better display settings and features that go across all of your apps. When you activate this mode the screen is softened and battery power becomes more efficiently used.
The visuals of the UI are clean and simple so you get a consistent view across features. Frequently used apps are pre-loaded and ready to go and the apps are configured to fit whatever screen size you are using them on.
Dynamic lock screen
You can customise the display in endless ways. With the Dynamic lock screen feature, you get a different image every time you unlock the device.
You get the Bixby digital assistant that is always on hand to help. Bixby Vision lets you use the phone camera to scan around your surroundings and get information.
The One UI 2 includes further options for managing your digital wellness. You can track your usage and manage screen time with settings. Focus Mode removes distractions by muting notifications while you use a particular app.
With the amazing Infinity-O display, gaming is especially good on this smartphone. Video and gaming action is smooth thanks to the high refresh rate. A combination of software and the latest hardware means you get great gaming action whatever the game.
Camera & Video
The standout feature of the Samsung Galaxy S20 is the amazing triple camera on the back. The rear camera uses AI technology and the three lenses to capture amazing photos and videos. The camera is made up of:
- 64MP telephoto camera
- 12MP ultra-wide camera
- 12MP wide-angle lens
The high resolution of the 64MP lens allows you to take a photo and zoom and cut without losing image clarity. 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom works with Super Resolution Zoom and AI to give amazing close-up capture even if you are far away from your subject.
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The large image sensor lets in much more available light making night shots incredibly clear and detailed. The camera can take multiple shots and merge them together for impressive photos. Single Take uses a burst mode to capture shots in different formats. Taking multiple snaps in landscape, portrait and of different parts of the image you can find the best one.
Other features include:
- Night Hyperlapse
- Pro Mode
- Photo and Video Bokeh
- Super Slow-Mo
- AR Doodle
8K video capture
The resolution of video capture has been taken to new heights on the Samsung Galaxy S20 so you can capture an incredible 8K video. 8K is 4 times bigger than UHD and 16 times bigger than FHD. What that means for you is you can record when out and about and enjoy your videos on the big screen at home. The image clarity works on displays as big as a cinema screen.
In the video you can pull out 33MP photos, so as you are watching back you can snap images of the best bits and share them online.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 4,000mAh battery with advanced AI power saving features. The intelligent system adjusts settings and phone app usage to save power throughout the day. The AI works to keep you going until you are ready to plug in to a charger again. Super fast charging gives you hours of usage with just minutes of charging and the phone is wireless charging compatible.
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Written by: Carmel Brown