Samsung Galaxy S20 versus S10 | The Differences Explained

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs S10

The latest top-end Samsung smartphone is here – and it’s a big one, but how does it compare the already brilliant S10?

The Samsung Galaxy S20, launched just this week, is an upgraded version of last year’s popular S10 model. Arriving in the UK on Friday March 13th, the S20 has a number of features that are sure to win it plenty of fans in the crowded smartphone market.  However, the Samsung S10 which was released in 2019, remains one of the best-selling phones in the market with a brilliant spec and a nice price cut.

There are three models launched in this new range: the standard Galaxy S20 (4G and 5G versions), the Galaxy S20 Plus, and the premium Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Let’s take a look at how they stack up against the S10.

Design features | S20 vs S10

The standard S20 is very slightly larger than the S10, being 6.2 inches instead of 6.1. If even bigger is better for you, then check out the S20 Ultra instead, as it boasts a mighty 6.9-inch display.

However, although the size of the standard models hasn’t changed much, screen quality certainly has. In comparison with the S10’s display – QHD+ with a 3040 x 1440 resolution – the S20 has WQHD+ and a resolution of 3200 x 1440 so you’re going to see more detail on what is also a brighter screen.

The S20 also has a much-improved refresh rate. In fact, the refresh rate is doubled, at 120Hz compared to the S10’s 60Hz. This makes for a much smoother experience, as the screen now updates twice as fast. Whatever you use your phone for – whether you like to watch videos, play games, or just scroll through social media – this update will make a big difference to your user experience. Once you see 120Hz in action, it’s unlikely you’ll want to go back to 60Hz.

Gamers will also benefit from a doubled touch input rate as the phone will now respond faster when you press the screen.

Battery and memory | S20 vs S10

The Galaxy S10 came with a 3,400mAh battery, but the newer phone offers a big upgrade in this department. It’s hard to say how many hours of use the 4,000mAh battery will give you on the S20, but it’s enough to make a significant difference and will also help if you opt for the 5G version of the S20. In addition, there’s a better charging speed: 25W compared to 15W, so when you do run out of juice, you won’t have to wait so long.

Upgrade to the S20+ or S20 Ultra and you’ll enjoy an even more powerful battery: the former has 4,500mAh, while the latter offers 5,000mAh. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that these two phones have significantly larger screens than the standard S20, meaning the battery may drain faster so they’ll need that extra juice.

The S20 is the first 5G phone in the Galaxy series (a 4G version is also available), and also offers more RAM than the S10. The S10 had 8GB, while the new phone has 12GB. In terms of storage, both phones have the same 128GB.

Cameras | S20 vs S10

The camera is a huge selling point on Samsung’s new phone. In addition to the selfie camera, there are three rear cameras, giving you better precision in your photos. There’s a standard rear camera, as well as a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens.

This set-up is the same as the S10, but the S20 and S20 Plus has increased resolution, most notably on the telephoto lens. The S10 telephoto lens had a 12MP sensor, while the S20 upgrades this to 64MP.  This means you’ll get a sharper resolution on your photos that keep the clarity, even when you crop and zoom in.

You can also zoom in 30x on the S20 and S20 Plus, great for concerts, festivals or landscapes. On the S20  Plus you get a time-of-flight sensor too.

Keen photographers will jump at the wealth of new photo features, including slow-motion shooting, Live Focus Video, and better photo and video editing tools. The S10 allowed you to record 4K videos, and this jumps to 8K on the new model. If you’re a fan of the visual arts, you’ll find plenty to play with on this new phone.

The S20 and S20 Plus cameras are going to be more than enough for most people, they truly are impressive but for those that want the ultimate camera tech, it’s the S20 Ultra where it’s at. The Ultra has a totally different set up with the only thing in common with the other two models being the 12 megapixel ultra-wide angle. The S20 Ultra sports a 108 megapixel sensor for the main camera. This is paired with a 48 megapixel telephoto, which is 10x hybrid optic periscope lens.

The whole setup allows for a 100x zoom, although zoom in that far and you’re going to struggle to hold that phone steady without a tripod.

If you have any more S20 or S10 questions, just call our team on 0208 712 6808 or send us a tweet.

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