Samsung unveils Galaxy S20 5G lineup with new camera tech, AI, security, and more starting...

The Korean tech titan is particularly proud of the new camera architecture in its Galaxy S20 series, which sports some impressive features. The flagships have some of Samsung’s biggest image sensors yet. The S20 and S20+ sport a 64MP camera, while the S20 Ultra bumps resolution to 108MP. The larger sensors take in more light and improve photo quality in dim environments.

The Ultra can also switch between 108MP and 12MP using a technology Samsung calls “nona-binning.” This innovation takes nine pixels and combines them into one. It does this at the sensor level rather than through software processing.

Coupled with a new imaging AI, the cameras have incredible zoom capabilities that combine optical and digital zoom functions. Samsung touts a 30x zoom on the Galaxy S20 and S20+ and a 100x on the Ultra. The hybrid zoom's AI uses multi-image processing to reduce resolution loss at higher magnification levels. Additionally, the new sensors are capable of capturing video at up to 8K resolution, while the AI uses motion analysis to provide stabilization to even out the bumps when capturing video.

Taking advantage of the S20’s 5G speeds, Samsung has partnered with YouTube so that users can upload their 8K videos directly to their channel from the device. The company is also banking on 5G to provide other benefits, including improved video chat with up to eight contacts via Google Duo, a better Netflix experience, and “console-style” mobile gaming.

Although it did not mention it specifically, It sounds like Samsung is positioning its S20 line to take advantage of 5G to bring cloud gaming to the device. The S20’s 5G capabilities should provide ample throughput and processing for a stable experience on platforms like Stadia. Aside from game streaming, Samsung said that Microsoft will be launching its mobile racing game Forza Street on the Galaxy Store later this spring.

The new flagships will also have new security features powered by the Knox platform.

“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,” says Samsung.

The company also says that the S20 has a new “secure processor” that prevents hardware-based attacks.

The new Galaxy phones support fast charging as well. The S20 and S20+ come equipped with a 25W charger, while the S20 Ultra has 45W “Super Fast” charging.

There are a variety of models to choose from in the line. The S20 is limited to 128GB of storage, but the S20+ and Ultra come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models. The standard color for all models is Cosmic Grey. Other color choices include Cloud Pink (S20), Cloud Blue (S20 and S20+), and Cosmic Black (S20+ and Ultra).

Customers can pre-order a Galaxy S20 starting today with shipments going out on March 6. The S20 starts at $1,000, the S20+ is $1,200, and the Ultra will sell for $1,400. For a limited time Samsung is offering up to $600 off with qualifying trade-ins.

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cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Stopping using the term digital zoom, it is not zooming, it is just cropping
What are the output qualities of the full and zoom images. Does the zoom area not change in quality of the zoom image? If so, then yes I agree. I'm asking because I have little experience with phone cameras. Taking photos is not something I've ever really been interested in.

When cropping, does the crop area save as a new resolution based on the size of the crop? Or does the crop save as the predefined image quality the camera is set to?
 

Rayneofpayne

TS Member
That cost is just way too much, I didn't mind paying $400-$600 for top of the line phones like blackberry and such but now they are getting rediculous, what's even more funny is Samsung has all its own fabs, so the overhead like Apple would have to pay isnt even logistically there, not that it should warrant the extreme pricing anyways.

Honestly this is why the $400-$600 segment does so well like 1plus, essential, Razer phone, Asus ROG, Moto line phones, and a few others.
 

poohbear

TS Evangelist
$1400 on release and $990 on sale after just 3 months just like the Note 10+ and every other Samsung flagship. These release prices by Samsung are a joke!
 
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Evernessince

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What are the output qualities of the full and zoom images. Does the zoom area not change in quality of the zoom image? If so, then yes I agree. I'm asking because I have little experience with phone cameras. Taking photos is not something I've ever really been interested in.

When cropping, does the crop area save as a new resolution based on the size of the crop? Or does the crop save as the predefined image quality the camera is set to?
From what I can see with my S10, zooming in on a phone camera is essentially the same as zooming in on MS Paint. The more you zoom, the worse the quality.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Yeah if that is the case I definitely agree, it's a crop. I was thinking we were talking image crops during processing of the original image.
 

Shaitan

TS Enthusiast
Funny how Samung made fun of Apple:
non-removable battery - and they copied it
no headphone jack - and they copied it
face recognition - copied that, too

Samsung prices are ridiculous. Not that I'm a fan of Apple
 

SirDigby

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Funny how Samung made fun of Apple:
non-removable battery - and they copied it
no headphone jack - and they copied it
face recognition - copied that, too

Samsung prices are ridiculous. Not that I'm a fan of Apple
The latter 2 weren't done by Apple first.... Chinese phone manufacturers started to remove the headphone jack in early 2016 before Apple did, and face recognition was invented long before Apple's FaceID.


 

SirDigby

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I'm not against paying a lot for a good quality phone, it's my most used possession and tool, removing the need for a separate camera and MP3/ iPod, there's no harm in investing in something that you're going to bombard with usage. Issue I have is though Samsung is the crème de la crème, I just don't think you get enough return for the price difference compared to a OnePlus or the like. Still as snappy, OnePlus' latest update is actually really good and sorted a bunch of issues for me.

If I had enough money to not worry about $500 I think I'd spend the extra, but for now I am happy with the 2nd-top shelf. I'm short anyway, couldn't reach the top...
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
Modern mid-range smartphones make phones like these a tough buy. Performance is so good now that you won't really notice the difference in day to day usage between a flagship and a good mid-range phone A.KA. the "flagship killer". The biggest difference might be in the camera but even then who's obsessed over taking pictures that much, they might as well buy a separate camera. All of that for a fraction of the price of a flagship.

I'd also say it's difficult to get hyped for a flagship since phones became so predictable. It's just incremental upgrades while in terms of looks it's a bezeless piece of glass. Unless there's a breakthrough with foldable phones or something, S30 is probably gonna be the same.
 
Modern mid-range smartphones make phones like these a tough buy. Performance is so good now that you won't really notice the difference in day to day usage between a flagship and a good mid-range phone A.KA. the "flagship killer". The biggest difference might be in the camera but even then who's obsessed over taking pictures that much, they might as well buy a separate camera. All of that for a fraction of the price of a flagship.

I'd also say it's difficult to get hyped for a flagship since phones became so predictable. It's just incremental upgrades while in terms of looks it's a bezeless piece of glass. Unless there's a breakthrough with foldable phones or something, S30 is probably gonna be the same.
Yeah, I don't take nearly enough photos or record enough video for that to be a huge selling point for me. Especially when the prices keep going up every year--which is especially bad with the S20, which is now starting at Note prices. The value proposition just isn't there.
 
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pit1209

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No phone is worth $1,000. Why does every damn teenager have one. Blows my mind.
And they will probably upgrade it in 2 years while there are people falling over their heads because of rumors of next gen consoles costing $500+. smh
 

psycros

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Meanwhile, the aging western population is wondering where the practical, highly usable phones have went (Blackberry, Nokia, etc). Everything is a nightmare of terrible interfaces, spyware and next-to-nothing battery life now.
 
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Rayneofpayne

TS Member
Funny how Samung made fun of Apple:
non-removable battery - and they copied it
no headphone jack - and they copied it
face recognition - copied that, too

Samsung prices are ridiculous. Not that I'm a fan of Apple
Just 1 thing, Apple copied the facial recognition, in fact they were sued by about 25 companies that had active parents they never paid for.