Full Specifications Leak for the Samsung Galaxy S20

Posted on January 18, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Uncategorized with 18 Comments

With just weeks to go before Samsung launches its new Galaxy S20 lineup of flagship smartphones, the full specs have leaked.

These aren’t the first leaks, of course, but I think it’s fair to say that, with this new information, there will be little surprise left when Samsung does formally launch the products on February 11. The new leak comes courtesy of Today, Ishan Agarwal, who provides the complete specifications for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 5G, and Galaxy S20 Plus 5G.

The three new handsets share some specs, of course. Each includes a 120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic OLED display, a 7 nm Exynos 990 chipset (in Europe and Asia; Snapdragon in other markets), and IP68 water resistance, and each will ship with Android 10 and One UI 2.0.

But they also differ in some key areas, including the display size, the camera system, the storage, and the battery.

Each S20 family member will feature a tall 20:9 display running at 3200 x 1440, but the sizes—and the pixel density—of each will vary. The S20 5G is the smallest of the three, with a 6.2-inch display (563 ppi), while the S20 Plus 5G is 6.7-inches (525 ppi) and the S20 Ultra 5G is 6.9-inches (511 ppi).

The rear camera systems are a bit different between the models, with the S20 5G and S20 Plus 5G both providing a 12 MP main wide-angle lens, a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 64 MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom and 30X digital zoom. But the S20 Ultra 5G camera system provides a 108 MP main wide-angle lens, a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 48 MP telephoto lens with 10X optical zoom and 100X digital zoom, and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. All three can record video at up to 8K/30 FPS.

The S20 5G and S20 5G Plus will both offer a 10 MP front camera that can record video at up to 4K/60 FPS, while the S20 Ultra 5G will ship with a 40 MP wide-angle front camera with the same video recording capabilities.

Storage ranges from 128 GB on both the S20 5G and S20 Plus 5G (with microSD expansion to an additional 1 TB) to 128 or 512 GB on the S20 Ultra 56 (again with microSD expansion to an additional 1 TB).

And the batteries range in size from 4000 mAh on the S20 5G to 4500 mAh on the S20 Plus 5G to 5000 mAh on the S20 Ultra 5G. The three devices will weigh .36, .41, and .49 pounds, respectively.

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19 responses to “Full Specifications Leak for the Samsung Galaxy S20”

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    seattlemike

    Paul, will you be getting one for review purposes?

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    brettscoast

    Thanks for the post just one thing how much memory will be in these things I'm assuming at least 8GB+ of RAM in each

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    wright_is

    Why? Why, if the user wants/needs a smaller display do they have to suffer with an "inferior" camera (at least on paper)?

    For me, it doesn't really matter, I'd prefer a model with no front facing camera and I only use the rear camera a few times a year, but I know a lot of people who want a smaller phone (smaller hands or the bigger phone is too inconvinient to carry around), who also want a good camera.

    It is a bit better, in the past you also had to cope with less memory and slower processor speeds, if you wanted a smaller display. At least those days seem to be over.

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      IanYates82

      In reply to wright_is:

      I'd like the mid-size one but with all of the bells and whistles...

      Probably won't even look at these too much since I've got a year left on my S10 and it's working well. But I use my camera a lot so would possibly regret not going for the best I could

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    beckerrt

    Hopefully they can provide some surprises at the event with their new foldable.

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    thalter

    6.9 inches for the ultra. Every time I think we've reached peak screen, they keep getting bigger.

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    proesterchen

    I like that even the the smallest S20 comes with the full-fat SOC and a 4000 mAh battery.


    I'm definitely interested in a smaller phone to replace my Oneplus 7 Pro.

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    MikeCerm

    I was never going to buy this anyway, but the 20:9 aspect ratio is a total deal-breaker for me, and really distressing if the mainstream market keeps moving in this direction. There are a few apps that I must use in landscape mode (like Remote Desktop), and it's basically torture on these tall screens because the keyboard literally covers the whole screen when used in landscape. Just like we can all agree that 3:2 is the ideal ratio for tablets, I think we can all agree that 18:9 is the limit of what's really practical for a phone. I would buy a 16:9 phone if I could, but nobody make them anymore.

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      RobertJasiek

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      16:9 is the largest smartphone ratio I would buy. I would prefer 4:3.

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      ghostrider

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      Well, for you then (and the 6 other people who use remote desktop on the phones), it's a non-starter, but for millions of others, I guess it doesn't matter a jot. The industry seems to be shifting to taller, thinner phones (which may or may not last), but that's what it is. Samsung phones tend to have very good scaling and adjustment features anyway, so I wouldn't count them out just yet for your particular requirement.


      For ages, 16:9 was everything, then there was lot of manufacturers producing 3:2 laptops, then 18:9 phones, then 20:9 phones - I think Sony had a 21:9 phone too (could be wrong). You have plenty of choice anyway - until foldables truly come of age, then the aspect will change again!

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      lilmoe

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      You do realize that that's a Galaxy right? You you can resize and reposition the keyboard however you like...

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        MikeCerm

        In reply to lilmoe:

        It doesn't help. Sure, some keyboards can be resized, but it's still really awkward.

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          lilmoe

          In reply to MikeCerm:

          Having a bigger screen in the same phone dimensions is a positive for me. From the dimensions mentioned in the leak, it doesn't seem to be a much taller phone. Same as previous gen.

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            MikeCerm

            In reply to lilmoe:

            Yeah, but it's not a bigger screen, just a taller one, and it's not the same size phone, the phone itself is taller. They should have just eliminated the top and bottom bezels, not replaced them with superfluous screen height. It's now a lot harder to reach the top of it when you need to check notifications.

            A lot of things that people do on phones are bound by the horizontal size in portrait mode. Like scrolling through a web page, you can see more stuff before you have to scroll... But so? Is there any real utility to having 11 or 12 messages visible in Gmail instead of 10? If you look at a picture, one you took or one on Instagram, the picture on a 6.2" Galaxy S20 will be almost exactly the same size a 5.1" Galaxy S7, with a lot of dead space above and below the picture, because the width of the phone has not changed. You may have a bigger screen, but it's not actually useful for anything. Nobody is watching ultra-wide movies on their phones. A 5.5" 16:9 screen feels bigger than a 6.2" 20:9 screen because it's like 5mm wider, and better proportioned.


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              lilmoe

              In reply to MikeCerm:

              I honestly don't know what your deal is. The phone is 1.6mm narrower than the GS7 since they reduced the side bezels, yet screen width is just the same. The dead space in the top and bottom bezels is replaced with screen, yet it's only 9mm taller. The phone is easier to hold since it's narrower, and you don't feel the height difference at all since you don't hold it in your palm from top to bottom but side to side. If you've really used a galaxy lately you'd know that you don't need to reach the top for notifications, AND you'd know that you can put the screen in your previous 16:9 mode.


              If there's a company left that listens and gives people what they want it's these guys, yet there's always that guy who's never going to buy their stuff even if it was 100% what they need yet will still complain.


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                RobertJasiek

                In reply to lilmoe:

                A tall display (such as 18:9), even if its active display area can always be shrunk to 16:9 without any bugs and there is no notch, has these disadvantages:

                • The smartphone is longer than necessary and could be with a compact size (such as iPhone SE).
                • Unused display space distracts when viewing the contents because it looks like a broken display.


                I understand that you might have neither concern but I do.

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