The latest phones from Samsung’s flagship series look seriously tempting. Having seen the specs and had a quick play with the new phones, here is our early opinion on which one to buy.
First of all it’s worth noting that the ‘Plus’ version is not the highest-spec flagship on Samsung’s slate this year, as it has been in the past (for example with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus); in 2020 that honour goes to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. But needless to say, the S20 and S20 Plus still have flagship-tier specs that certainly will attract plenty of interest.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: Camera
The camera is the first obvious difference between the two. The S20 has a triple camera while the Plus variant has a total of four. Here are how they stack up next to each other:
|Samsung Galaxy S20||Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus|
|Ultrawide: 12-megapixel f/2.2||Ultrawide: 12-megapixel f/2.2|
|Wide angle: 12-megapixel f/1.8 with OIS||Wide angle: 12-megapixel f/1.8 with OIS|
|Telephoto: 64-megapixel f/2.0 with OIS||Telephoto: 64-megapixel f/2.0 with OIS|
|Selfie: 10-megapixel f/2.2||Selfie: 10-megapixel f/2.2|
As you can see, the key addition to the Plus version is a DepthVision camera. This add-on might well improve portrait pictures and Augmented Reality functions for instance, but its lack is unlikely be a dealbreaker for many people.
Fortunately both cameras have the new Space Zoom feature, which gives a hyprid 3x optic zoom and a Super Resolution Zoom up to 30x.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: Screen
Again there are few differences when it comes display; both have Quad HD+ resolution AMOLED displays, with small cutouts for the selfie camera in the corner of the screen. The key difference is that the Plus version, as its name suggests, has a larger screen: 6.7-inches, compared to the standard version’s 6.2-inches.
So if you prioritise watching large screen videos on your phone you might want to opt for the Plus version for the more immersive experience. Failing that, 6.2-inches is still a good screen size for a smartphone and should serve most people well.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: Battery
On this specification at least, there’s a cut-and-dry advantage: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has a superior 4500mAh battery capacity, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a (still-respectable) 4000mAh capacity.
That extra battery capacity is likely to come in very handy given the demanding 120Hz refresh rate and 5G connectivity. The good news is that both specifications are a significant upgrade on last year, when the S10 Plus packed 4100mAh and the standard S10 just 3400mAh.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: Performance
All models in the S20 series have the same processor, a 7nm 64-bit octa-core affair, but they have different memory configurations. The S20 is available with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, plus 128GB of storage. Meanwhile the S20 Plus is only available with 12GB of RAM, but there are two storage variants: 128GB or a whopping 512GB.
What’s more, not all models in the range have 5G. There is a variant of the S20 which does not offer 5G connectivity. If you’re splashing out on a brand new flagship that you want to last you a few years, you might be well-advised to make the switch to a 5G-capable phone now, despite the price increase.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: Price
There’s a price difference of £200 between the base models of each version, with the cheapest starting price being £799 (which is hardly cheap). If you’re looking to save a bit of money this would be your best choice, but you will miss out on 5G.
|Samsung Galaxy S20 4G||£799|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 5G||£899|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (5G)||£999|
The handsets are expensive across the rang,e but that’s not terribly surprising these days. If you’re looking to grab a handset from the range but your budget can’t quite stretch that far, then perhaps you might be best off hoping that there could be an S20 Lite edition coming up a few months down the line, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: opening thoughts
It’s still very early days to judge between these handsets, but based on the specs and our initial impressions, both of these devices should serve you very well thanks to their versatile cameras and smooth, high-resolution displays. The higher price for the S20 Plus will get you a slightly bigger screen, a slightly larger battery, and an extra depth sensor on the rear camera. If none of these features are must-haves, then you’ll likely be better off saving the money and sticking for the Samsung Galaxy S20.