This is what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S10. The device competes with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and iPhone 11 Pro Max . The S20 Plus is particularly notable for its engaging screen, quadruple camera on the back and powerful specifications. On this page we tell you all about it.
An important note in advance: the latest smartphones from Samsung are not called the S11 and S11 Plus, but the company opts for a new name. This year we have the Samsung Galaxy S20 , Galaxy S20 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra . The Galaxy S20 is the cheapest model and the 'successor' of the S10e. The Galaxy S20 Plus succeeds the normal Galaxy S10 and the S20 Ultra replaces the S10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specifications at a glance
6.7-inch super-amoled display with high QHD resolution and 120Hz
4 rear cameras, including a 64-megapixel telephoto camera and improved wide-angle lens
Exynos 990 chipset with eight cores, 8GB RAM
Large 4500 mAh battery and lightning fast charging via USB-C
128GB, or 512GB storage space (expandable) available
Runs on Android 10 (gets update to Android 11 and 12) with Samsung's OneUI shell
Stereo speakers for good sound
Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the display
Design: rounded edges and lots of screen
The Galaxy S20 Plus appeared a year after the S10 line was presented. The design has not been greatly modified, but it has been further refined. For example, the screen edges are thinner and the camera hole (which is now in the middle) is smaller. In addition, the edges of the screen are less rounded and flatter. You can nevertheless immediately see that it is a device from Samsung, but with a contemporary design.
The device contains a layer of tempered glass on the front and back: Gorilla Glass. This ensures that the device is less likely to be scratched or damaged. The Samsung S20 Plus is available in four colors: blue, dark blue, gray and black.
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Amoled display with beautiful colors
The super-amoled screen of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is 6.7 inches in size and has a resolution of 3200 by 1440 pixels. Such a type of panel produces beautiful deep colors with a high contrast. Individual pixels can be turned off, making black really black. An additional advantage: the battery life also improves.
The display has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means that images are loaded 120 times per second. This makes everything look much smoother and smoother. Such a smooth screen is also on the OnePlus 7T and Google Pixel 4.
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At the front there is again a small hole in which the front camera is placed. With the Samsung S10 this could still be found in the top right corner, but with the successor it is in the middle at the top.
Samsung has chosen to place the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner behind the display again. This form of security works with small ultrasonic sound waves. This way, only you can unlock the device safely and quickly. The scanner is also slightly faster and more accurate than with the S10.
Quadruple camera on the back
Where the Galaxy S10 has three cameras on the back, the S20 Plus has four lenses. The versatile main sensor has a 12 megapixel resolution and captures a lot of details. It is assisted by an ultra-wide angle lens. You can use this 12-megapixel sensor to capture large groups, a beautiful environment or a landscape.
The third camera is used to bring objects closer by means of optical zoom. The Galaxy S20 Plus can zoom up to 3x optically, while the quality is guaranteed. Digital zooming can be done up to 30x and Samsung calls this 'Space Zoom'. It uses a combination of hardware and software to create sharp images.
Finally, a Time of Flight sensor (ToF) is present. This 'camera' stores depth information. That data is then used for augmented reality purposes, and for portrait photos. Just think of the bokeh effect, where the background is blurred, but the subject is sharp.
Fastest processor and lots of storage
The Galaxy S20 Plus has (in the Netherlands) an Exynos 990 processor . This chip was developed by Samsung itself and contains a total of eight computing cores. Four are used for everyday and simple tasks. If you are going to perform heavy calculations or play a 3D game, the other four calculation cores come into action.
In terms of storage, you can choose 128GB or 512GB, just like with the S10. A 256GB version is unfortunately missing, but you do have the option to expand the storage space with a micro-SD memory card.
Large battery and wireless charging
The battery capacity of the S20 Plus is 4500 mAh, which is significantly more than its predecessor. Fast charging is of course possible with a maximum power of 25 Watts. This is a big improvement over the 15 Watt adapter that has been included with Samsung smartphones for years.
Charging with 45 Watt is unfortunately not possible: this is only possible with the more expensive Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, Samsung has improved the wireless charging speed of the S20 Plus and you can charge other devices – such as a friend's smartphone and your earbuds) wirelessly by placing them on the back of the smartphone.
Support for 5G
It is important that the Galaxy S20 Plus can handle 5G as standard . The successor to 4G is rolling out more and more widely in the Netherlands, but is by no means available everywhere. Moreover, the speed gain is not maximum for the time being. Don't have a 5G subscription yet? Then you can of course use the S20 Plus 'normal' internet via 4G.
Software: Samsung's own OneUI system
Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus runs on Android 10 . Samsung provides its own OneUI shell on top of this. This modified Android version mainly ensures that you can better operate the rather hefty S20 Plus with one hand. Several frequently used settings have been moved to the bottom of the screen.
Furthermore, the standard appearance of Android has been thoroughly overhauled by Samsung. For example, the icons look different than normal and the settings menu contains more options. In addition, several proprietary and third-party apps are pre-installed.
Samsung promises software support for at least two years. This way you are assured of the updates to Android 11 and 12. In addition to Android version updates, you also regularly receive security updates. The company is fast and reliable when it comes to updates, especially with high-end devices such as the Galaxy S20 Plus. So count on good software support in the coming years.