Written by Timothy Go

What makes you decide if you have to upgrade a smart phone?

According to a Samsung’s survey, having the latest camera technology is the number one reason why people upgrade their smartphones. More and more smartphone users are apparently, communicating with each other through pictures and videos.

So Samsung is taking this trend to heart with the brand new Galaxy S20 series, which they say is the start of a new chapter of the Galaxy smartphones.

“As we enter this new decade, 5G will completely change how we communicate and how we experience the world around us,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. 

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
Credit: Samsung

The S20 series comes in 3 styles, the entry level S20, the 6.7” S20+, and for the first time, a version for the pro photographer, the S20 Ultra, which comes in at 6.9”.

All In The Power Of Camera Lenses

S20 Ultra 100x Space Zoom
Credit: Samsung

The S20 Ultra is built with a super resolution smart camera system, with a whopping 108 Megapixels, while the S20 and S20+ supports 64MP. The larger image sensor increases the camera resolution significantly, giving every picture taken, more details, with added flexibility for editing, cropping, and zooming. 

The S20 Ultra, also comes with a 100X space zoom, that can zoom in far beyond what a normal lens can see. The image is then enhanced  for clarity.  

Galaxy S20’s Space Zoom technology uses a combination of Hybrid Optic Zoom and Super Resolution Zoom, which includes AI-powered digital zoom.

The revolutionary folded lenses on the S20 Ultra uses AI powered, multi-image processing to reduce quality loss at high zoom levels so that users can experience Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X with a clearer view ever than before. 

The S20 and S20+, comes with a powerful 30 times space zoom. The S20 Ultra also shoots videos in 8K, and lets you snap a picture of the video at 30 mega pixels. If you want true cinematic videos, switch to the pro mode to adjust each and every setting to suit your scene.

All The Camera Tricks In One Tap.

Have you ever wanted to shoot a special moment, you can’t repeat,  but you also can’t decide if you want a video, a photo, a boomerang, maybe slo mo? Or which filter to use.

Well now, switch-on the all new single take mode. 

All you have to do is tap, and the AI will capture that special moment for you in a variety of modes, from boomerang, to slomo, and a regular video, you will also have snapshots of the the scene in a variety of filters chosen for you.

At the moment you can’t select the functions you want yet, and Samsung says the AI will decide this for you. So if it is a video of a person doing a repeated action,  you will most likely have a boomerang, as one of the videos produced for you.

5G Is Here And It Is Taking Over

All 3 S20 models come in 5G versions, because 5G is expected to take over and double in 2020. Samsung’s Head of Mobile Communications Business Dr. TM Roh, says, Samsung is providing a next-generation device for transforming people’s lives. With an incredible, AI powered camera, you can capture the moments as they happen and connect more seamlessly with the people you love.”

Galaxy Brand of Reliability

Credit: Samsung

The S20 comes with a range of huge battery power – S20 is good at 4000 mAh while the S20 Plus at 4500 mAh. And the top of the line flagship S20 Ultra comes in a whopping 5000 mAh battery that will surely last all day. With battery that big, the S20 and S20+ come with a 25W fast charger, while the S20 Ultra supports 45W Super Fast charging.

The S20 series comes with everything you would expect from a Galaxy device. A cleaner, simpler, more intuitive interface built-in with One UI 2.  Samsung says the S20 series is the most secure device Samsung has ever made, the Galaxy S20 is protected by Knox—the industry-leading mobile security platform that protects the device from the chip level through to the software level. The Galaxy S20 also features a new, secure processor which protects against hardware-based attacks.

The entire series is equipped with massive storage as standard (128GB for S20; 128GB, 256GB and 512GB for Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra).

The S20 series will be available in Singapore from 6 March 2020 in the following colours:

  • Galaxy S20: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink
  • Galaxy S20+: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black

The recommended retail pricing is as follows:

  • Galaxy S20: S$1,298
  • Galaxy S20+: S$1,498
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: S$1,898