Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S20 review

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the baby of the new Samsung flagship camera phone range. What do you get (and what do you miss out on)?

Samsung Galaxy S20 review
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy S20 is a familiar-looking phone. While its design improvements feel incremental though, the camera system has totally changed - with Samsung dropping its dual aperture lens, bumping up the telephoto resolution to an eye-watering 64MP and adding 8K video to the mix. The phone has some neat party tricks too, including 33MP stills capture while shooting 8K video and a manual video mode, so while it’s premature to call it, we’re optimistic that the S20 will be at the very least, a good camera phone.


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    Competitive 3x optical zoom

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    Smooth, sharp, punchy screen


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    Very familiar design

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    No headphone jack

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a 6.2-inch screened smartphone, making it the proverbial baby of the S20 bunch. Weighing 163g, it’s beautifully light, especially when compared to the 194g iPhone 11, and the 188g iPhone 11 Pro. Samsung hasn’t dared to be bold with its S20’s design though – it looks very Samsung, and very 2019/20, but just not very imaginative – other than the fact that is 5G ready (with a 4G version available in some countries, too).

That said, the camera system has been totally overhauled, with Samsung ditching its dual-aperture main module in favor of an f/1.8, 12MP camera across both the S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus. Where’s the 108MP sensor rumored far and wide? That’s in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Sure, that’s the showstopper device – but to find out more about what will likely end up being the most popular S20 phone, read on.

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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.