Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is the mid-range model in the new camera phone range... but it could be the favorite choice

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review
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Early Verdict

The Galaxy S20 Plus feels like the enthusiast’s phone most Samsung fans will opt for in 2020. It costs less than the S20 Ultra, but delivers the same core user experience - a big 120Hz screen, 8K video capture and a load of smart camera software features, not to mention 5G. Its 12MP main sensor is also less of a gamble than that found in the 108MP S20 Ultra - so while we can’t say anything too conclusive at this stage, we’re expecting great things.


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    Competitive 3x optical zoom

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    Smooth, sharp, big screen


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    Very familiar design

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    No headphone jack

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a 6.7-inch screened 5G smartphone, packing plenty of size, without the beastly, pocket-stretching girth of larger phones like the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. Weighing 186g, it manages to weigh less than even the entry level 194g iPhone 11, giving it a fantastic screen-size to weight ratio, and making it one of the best balanced multimedia powerhouse smartphones on the scene. 

As for the the camera system, this time around, it’s been given a full makeover. You still get a 12MP sensor, only this time, it’s paired with a fixed aperture, f/1.8 lens. While the headline grabbing 108MP sensor is in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the S20 Plus’s more conservative pixel count could well be the better performer - it’s definitely the safer bet for risk averse early adopters in need of an upgrade.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.