Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Review 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20+

This year Samsung's Mobile look at the premium Android smartphone looks promising. We have the S20 Series for photography enthusiasts and the Galaxy Z Flip for those looking to bleed smartphone technology. We couldn't even count the next Galaxy Note smartphone, which should come later in the year, and there's no doubt unique.


The big focus for the new Galaxy S20 series this year is the camera. Samsung has been making a lot of noise about its new 'Space Zoom' feature and the S20 models providing 8K video recordings for the first time in a viable framerate. When we first saw the phones at Samsung's unpacked event last month, the phones seemed pretty impressive, and now it's time to take a closer and deeper look, starting with the Galaxy S20 +.


This is a direct successor to the Galaxy S10 + and as with every iteration, we should expect a slicker design, better battery life, improved camera performance and of course a more powerful processor.

Priced at only 128 GB version 73,999 in India, how much does the Galaxy S20 + cost? Let's take a look.

 
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Samsung Galaxy S20 + Design


The Galaxy S20 +
is instantly recognized as a Samsung smartphone. Samsung has refined the design in comparison with the Galaxy S10 +. The bezels at the top and bottom of the display are narrower, and the walls cover a wider curve, covering more aluminum frames behind the glass. The phone is still very comfortable to hold but the glossy finish makes it quite slippery. It's not too thick at 7.8mm, but it's a bit heavier than its predecessor at 186g.

Narrow display borders and a somewhat taller body allow Samsung to use much larger displays. The Galaxy S20 + has a R.7-inch QHD + Dynamic Amoled 2X panel, with support for HDR 10+ and for the first time, a 120Hz refresh rate. If you like it, you can set it to full resolution at 60Hz or 120Hz or lower, full-HD + resolution (which is the default setting). But at full resolution you may not have a 120Hz refresh rate, at least not yet. Rumors have surfaced of Samsung plans to allow it with a software update in the future.


Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Crayon Samsung 

The Galaxy S20 + lost the secondary selfie camera of the Galaxy S10 + and instead has a single, center-mounted hole-punch cutout. This is by no means a hindrance and the applications usually stick to that field, so the cutout does not interfere with menus or other UI elements from full screen applications. The Volume and Power buttons are on the right, and Samsung has removed the dedicated Bixby button. Instead, you can customize the long-press action of the Power button to wake up Bixby or launch the Power menu. A double-press action can also be set to launch the camera, open a Bixby or any other application.



Samsung Galaxy S20+


The SIM tray is at the top of the phone and can hold two nano-SIMs or a single SIM and a microSD card. Underneath the phone after the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung has been released from the headphone socket for its flagships, and so here we have only the microphone, USB Type-C port and speakers. The camera has an earpiece just above the hole, cleverly camouflaged between the external frame and the display, making it virtually impossible to see.

We have the Cosmic Gray color variant of the Galaxy S20 + but it is also available in Can Blue and Cosmic Black trims in India. There is a rectangular camera bump in the back, with four camera sensors, a microphone and LED flash.

The design of the camera cluster reminds us a lot of the recent Galaxy A-Series offerings, which we think the Galaxy S20 Series' street presence can diminish a bit. We would have liked a more distinctive design for the back of this phone, just like what Apple did with the iPhone 11 (Review) series, to give its flagship a better value.



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You'll also find stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, stereo speakers, high-res audio support for wired headphones, IP68 dust and water resistance, fast wireless charging, NFC and more, and MST support for Samsung Pay. .

The Galaxy S20 + One runs UI 2.0, which is based on Android 10, and our unit originally shipped the February security patch. However, we received a software update during our review of the March security patch. The latest version of Samsung's Android skin feels extremely refined and does not feel chaotic or excessive, despite having a ton of features to explore.

Samsung Dex and Windows have features like Windows, and you'll find common Samsung staples such as a built-in screen recorder, a screenshot editor, an edge screen, and an always-custom display. Augmented Reality (AR) features are grouped together in an app called AR Zones, so you no longer have to launch the Camera app simply to use features like Doodle.

An UI will show you promotional messages as notifications, but this can be fixed by just disabling a few toggles in the Settings application's Privacy menu.
Samsung Galaxy S20 + performance and battery life

The Galaxy S20 + provided rock-solid performance in our time used, and we expect nothing less. A UI has really grown on us, and today it is easily one of our favorite Android skins. The 120Hz display makes scrolling through menus feel intense and gives a more fluid feel to the overall usage experience. However, we chose to use the Galaxy S20 + at QHD + resolution not only for the added sharpness in the UI, but it is just us. It's a little strange that 120Hz is not enabled by default (which should have been), as we suspect many users probably won't discover that this option even exists.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Display Samsung




Samsung Galaxy S20+


The Exynos 990 is a solid performance, and the standards make our experience strong. In Antu, we got 5,17,291 points and the 3DM Slingshot Extreme Graphics test got 6,721 points. These numbers were somewhat lower than the scores we got from the X50 Pro 5G in Realm (5,69,618 in Antu and 7,202 on 3DM). Whatever the case, you'll be hard-pressed to notice any difference between real-world performances and even games. Ordinary heavy-hitters such as PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends and Warhammer 40,000: Freestyle bleed perfectly at the highest settings. The Galaxy S20 + got pretty heated after about 20 minutes of gaming, but it wasn't something we couldn't handle.

The display is easily one of the best present in us. The colors are rich in very good saturation and the brightness is more than enough. The ambient light sensor can sometimes be a bit loose when it comes to adjusting the brightness to match the ambient light, but that's not a big complaint. It's nice to see HDR content, and thanks to the thin bezel, it seemed so fun watching the videos.

The audio quality of the stereo speakers is pretty impressive too. The earpiece and bottom-firing speaker seemed pretty balanced, and with Dolby Atmos enabled, spatial segregation improved the audience  The bus is still a bit weak but the sound is hot enough to prevent the tin. The bundled eczema provides equally good audio as well as passive detachment from the surround sound.

We should touch on the phone's biometric authentication systems. Here is the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, which is fast and does not fail us during the review period. Face recognition is also an option, and it works well but not as fast as we would like. It kept fighting even in the slightest light, so we had to resort to our fingerprint for authentication.


All of this gives a toll on battery life, which is why Samsung has increased the 4,500mAh capacity for the Galaxy S20 +. It's safe to say that battery life is pretty solid, but not exceptional. We were able to get a runtime of 24 hours most days when our usage was not too heavy. However, in the days when we used the camera a lot or played games for a long time, we soon had to charge the phone.

Thanks to the Galaxy S20 + it doesn't take long to charge. With the bundled 25W adapter, we were able to charge the battery up to 55 percent in half an hour and up to 93 percent in one hour. It supports fast wireless charging 2.0 if you have a compatible 10W or higher wireless charger. As before, the Galaxy S20 + also supports wireless power sharing or reverse wireless charging, which can be used to charge accessories like the Galaxy Bud +.
Samsung Galaxy S20 + Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ has a brand new camera setup that features two highlight 8K video recordings and 30x hybrid zoom. The primary sensor still has a dual-pixel autofocus, an F / 1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel resolution with OIS, but the pixel size is now 1.8 microns compared to the previous model's 1.4 microns.

The Ultra Wide-Angle Camera uses a 12-megapixel sensor but lacks the small 1.4 micron pixel, narrow f / 2.2 aperture and autofocus. The telephoto camera changes the most with a 64৪ megapixel sensor but has no optical stability. The 'Plus' model that we have in-depth Vision Camera is missing in the standard Galaxy S20. Another change, which you have probably noticed, is that Samsung has been drawing its changing aperture system for better or worse with the Galaxy S20 series.

If you've used a recent Samsung phone, the camera interface looks familiar. We have a customizable row of shooting modes just above the shutter button, while the rest of the mode sits far away in the viewfinder for 'motion photos' such as proportions, timers, and toggles. The app provides a toggle to enable the view optimizer, which detects an object or a scene in the frame. Shot Suggestion will provide tips for improving your framing and there are experimental features like HDR 10+ video that can be enabled.


Initial reviews of the Galaxy S20 Ultra have highlighted a few major issues with the autofocus system, which Samsung has promised to fix. While testing for the Galaxy S20 +, we did not encounter any such problem, we received a software update that promised to improve the cameras. We re-examined the cameras and didn't find anything new or different about the use experience, but we noticed that the less light selfies seemed to get better.

When shooting with the original camera on a good camera, the Galaxy S20 + captured very good detail, with beautiful colors and no visible noise in the shaded area. HDR is handled very well even when shooting directly opposite light. There are many more scenes to capture with a wide-angle camera but you do get some barrel distortion. Close-up shots turned out to be great too, with great detail, sharpness and good natural bokeh.

The really fun part is the phone's new zoom system. The telephoto camera offers 2X optical zoom, and on the outside it uses a combination of AI-based hybrid zoom and digital zoom. Once you tap the telephoto icon in the viewfinder you can go straight to the specified zoom level with the dedicated buttons. Man You can also zoom to a certain point yourself by using the stealthy pinch gesture.

The pictures taken with the telephoto camera were given enough light. We found inconsistencies with image quality during our initial testing, but things seemed to get better after the software update. After 10x zoom level, the textures of the object are visually low-look full 30x zoom, as the grain and noise are removed, the Galaxy S20 + is able to solve a decent amount of detail. Compared with native 64৪-megapixel sample cuts, the same image with 30x zoom offers better precision. Out of the 20x, in the top left corner of the viewfinder you will find a slight preview window to help frame your shot.
At low light, using a high level zoom does not give very favorable results. However, using Night mode with 10x zoom can give far better results than standard shot with the same zoom level. Speaking of night mode, it works across three major sensors and helps to get rid of the grain and improve the exposures. Low-light performance in general is also very good. We were able to get some good details and colors with the primary camera, and the sound was handled very well



Samsung Galaxy S20+


The live focus mode worked well, and we had a good rate of success with people, but the objects were hit or miss. Background depth effects can be adjusted before or after you take a shot, and you can even apply different bokeh effects. Edge detection was also handled well.

One of the newest shooting modes of the Galaxy S20 + is called Single Tech. It allows the camera to capture a 10-second video, as well as stabilize at different intervals, and it will automatically apply filters in a few shots depending on what is being shot. This is most effective when you capture an activity instead of a fixed view.

Galaxy S20 +
is a smartphone capable of video. Of course the highlight is 8K video, which works well, but really you need an 8K display or TV to take advantage of this national footage. It's great that we have a phone that can record at this resolution, but since the frame rate is limited to 24fps, we're much better at sticking with 4K video, with better image stabilization and better daylight picture quality. In low light, the stabilization has some shaking effects on the video, but without them the value is good.

You can switch between all cameras with a selfie camera while making 4K resolution at 30fps. Video quality is not understandable when shooting with low-angle wide-angle or telephoto cameras. There's also a Super Steady video mode, which offers gimbal-level versatility. It does work, to some extent, for a number of reasons when we use the primary camera we prefer the quality. In Super Ready mode, only wide-angle or telephoto cameras (depending on the perspective you choose) are used, and the resolution is limited to 1080p.

Other shooting modes include live focus for videos, and you now have a manual video mode as you stand. Super slow-motion mode is present, but at 960fps you are still limited to a 720p resolution.

Coming to the selfie camera, there is a 10-megapixel sensor with dual Pixel AF and an F / 2.2 aperture. By day, the beauty filter, by default, makes the texture of the skin quite heavy, making the pictures look unnatural. Turning it off will result in substantial improvement. The live focus is to miss or to some extent with incorrect edge detection. We had horrible results with the selfie camera in the low light before the software was updated, but there has been some improvement after the update.


Verdict

The Galaxy S20 + may look very expensive, but Samsung, which launched a year ago, actually paid the same price as the Galaxy S10 +. From that point of view, the Galaxy S20 + delivers enhanced design and performance across the board, making it a worthwhile upgrade. Some of its stand-out features include the new zoom system for rear cameras, great display, solid battery life, and a sneaker design that makes it such a great package to consider, such as reverse wireless charging, stereo speakers and hen software.

However, this phone has its weaknesses such as: It is quite hot playing heavy games for extra time and face recognition does not work very well in low light. The rear design is also somewhat better for the flagship phone, but battery life may be good for the flagship phone in 2020, and charging is not as fast as some of the solutions we've seen from other manufacturers.

Another sore point for some buyers may be the lack of 5G support on Indian models. Although this is not a big deal if you are only going to use your phone in India, it can be a bargain for people who travel a lot or who want to keep up with expensive purchases for years. Both Realme and IQ have launched 5G devices in India at a lower price, which will show the Indian Galaxy S20 + as less future proof.

Overall, the Galaxy S20 + is still a great flagship that offers great all-round performance, top-line features and of course brand value.

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