If you’re an Android fan, sit up and take note. Samsung’s new flagship phone line-up is truly phenomenal. And expensive. But we’ll come to that. You can get your hands on the whole line-up from March 13.
S20 AND S20+
We’ll start off with the handsets that I think most people will buy. Starting at £799 (£899 for the 5G version), the Samsung Galaxy S20. The S20+ comes in at £999.
Featuring a gorgeous AMOLED display measuring up at 6.2” (6.7” on the S20+) with a 3200×1440 resolution, you will not be disappointed. The refresh rate is 120Hz, so you’ll get super-smooth videos and games.
It’s also got 12GB of RAM and 128GB storage. You’ll never have an issue with battery life either, with a claimed 24 hours of life.
What you’re really here for though, is the camera. The headline is a 64MP shooter on the rear, complemented by two 12MP lenses for ultra-wide and telephoto (macro) shots.
Oh, and you’ll get 8K video recording.
You’ll also see 30x zoom, in what Samsung calls their Super Resolution Zoom. Bear in mind this uses digital zoom alongside the lenses, but a pure optical vision (Hybrid Optic Zoom) comes in at 3x zoom.
Prepare to take great selfies too! The S20 and S20+ have 10MP front cameras, nothing to complain about.
So, TL;DR, why should you buy the
S20+ over the S20? It comes down to two things, bigger screen and bigger battery. However, the bigger battery is counterbalanced by the larger display, so in real-world use it may end up being equal.
So, the two main phones are looking great – now for colours. The S20 and S20+ both come in Cloud Blue and Cosmic Grey. Cloud Pink is exclusive to the S20, and Cosmic Black is exclusive to the S20+ (and the S20 Ultra… more on that now).
Think iPhone 11 Pro Max or Huawei P30 Pro. Now, you’re on the right track as to where the S20 Ultra sits in the smartphone hierarchy. For tech heads like me, this is where things get interesting. The catch? It starts at £1199.
A huge 6.9” display, sharing DNA with the S20 and S20+ displays, adorns the front of the device. You’re getting into proper phablet territory here.
Photography is where the S20 Ultra gets super interesting. Want a 108MP camera in your pocket? You’ve got it. 100x zoom? It’s here. Flanked on either side by a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 48MP telephoto lens. These are phenomenal lenses.
We keep the 8K video from the S20 Ultra’s siblings, but with the Ultra you’ll have more room to store it. You’ve got the option of 512GB storage so space should never be an issue.
I think the S20 and S20+ are the phones that most people will buy, but the Ultra is a truly amazing piece of kit and demonstrates Samsung’s dedication to the truly tech hungry market.
The S20 Ultra will give the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera a serious run for its money, but we’ll have to see how it pans out in the real world.
GALAXY Z FLIP
It seems folding phones are the way of 2020. Is it a nostalgia fuelled trend, harking back to the early 2000s? Or is it a more efficient means to carry a bigger screen?
For starters, you can get the Z Flip today for £1300. What does the cost of your first car buy you in folding phone terms?
For a start, the 6.7” display is made of glass. Yes, folding glass. It doesn’t just flip open and closed: the hinge allows a full range of motion through 180 degrees, allowing you to open the phone half-way into a laptop style shape.
Why would you want this? Think innovative selfie angles, and way more interesting photos. Sounds exciting.
The device is design focused and comes in two UK colours: Mirror Purple and Mirror Black.