New Leaks Spill Details About the Samsung Galaxy S20

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 8 Comments

A new series of leaks reveal that Samsung’s next line of flagship handsets will be branded as the Galaxy S20, and not as the Galaxy S11. Apparently, the name is meant to align with the year of its release, 2020.

So that’s interesting. But now we know more about their specifications, too.

First up, the basic form factor: It appears that the S20 line will visually resemble the previous-generation Galaxy S10 line, with an “all-display” form factor and tiny bezels. But that display will offer an impressive 120 Hz refresh rate for super-fast scrolling and more realistic animations, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels.

Unfortunately, the in-display fingerprint reader is still an ultrasonic scanner, just like the terrible version in the Galaxy Note 10 lineup, but it’s not clear if it’s been improved in any way. And no, there’s no headphone jack either.

One area of obvious improvement, however, is the new camera system, which will feature at least two 108 MP (!) lenses and new camera modes. (Features will vary by model, as always.) This is a big deal because the middling quality of Samsung’s cameras today is a concern given the quality we see in flagships from Apple, Google, and others.

Additionally, Samsung is expected to launch a Galaxy Fold 2 at its February Unpacked event alongside the S20 line, and this new folding handset will apparently feature Super-Fast Charging at 25- to 45-watts.

As evidenced by the links above, these leaks all come courtesy of XDA Developers.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “New Leaks Spill Details About the Samsung Galaxy S20”

  1. jeff.bane

    I have such a love / hate relationship with my Galaxy. Typically love, but when Bixby is launched by an accidental double press or Bixby wants to be updated, it turns to hate.

  2. Daekar

    Will look forward to your review of the camera, given those crazy MP counts. I think I know what the verdict is going to be, but best to let the testing do the talking.

    Don't car about the headphone jack, but I will certainly enjoy the 120Hz display if it performs well. After jumping to 144Hz desktop monitors, it's amazing how bad 60Hz looks in high-motion situations.

  3. jdawgnoonan

    They are always great devices overall, but I have never liked the wraparound displays.

    • VMax

      In reply to jdawgnoonan:

      Wraparound displays are a pointless disaster, I don't understand how they still exist. The actual pixels displayed around the edges aren't usable as they're weird colours and not properly visible, but the touch sensitivity there seems consistent with the rest of the screen. The result is that I don't see all the content I asked for, but I DO get endless misclicks just from holding the device.

  4. jimchamplin

    2026: Bezels will be all the rage again.

  5. brian_c

    What is the problem with the headphone jack? Thought this nonsense of not including it would be over by now, but now even Samsung has dropped it. Ridiculous.

  6. earlster

    Paul, you should retest the in-display fingerprint scanner again if you have an opportunity. I had a hate/love relationship with mine for the first half year of owning an S10, but since they updated the software for the issue with the screen protectors fooling the sensor, it has become worlds better. I had to re-enroll all my fingers, but now it is just as fast and accurate as the fingerprint traditional fingerprint sensors I had on other phones.

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