Samsung Unpacked 2020

The Galaxy S20 series comes in three models: S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.


The Galaxy S20 series comes in three models: S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.

Michael Dunn, Publisher


On Tuesday, February 11th, Samsung held its annual “Unpacked” event. The event took place in San Francisco this year and several new devices were unveiled. 


The new Galaxy S lineup, second generation Galaxy Buds (wireless earbuds), and the Galaxy Z Flip were revealed. 


Galaxy S Lineup


Instead of labeling the next generation of the Galaxy S series as S11, Samsung decided to skip to the Galaxy S20 for 2020. 


The new Galaxy S trio series of phones come in the form of the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra.




All three devices come with the same 3200 x 1440 pixel display, processor, and 5G capabilities, but there are some differences in between the models.




Although the type and resolution of the displays on the three devices are the same, the physical size of the phones are not. 


The S20 has a 6.2” display, the S20+ has a 6.7” display, and the S20 Ultra is the largest with a 6.9” display.


Since the amount of pixels remains the same on all three devices, the larger models will have less pixels per inch (commonly shortened to ppi). 


This would usually lead to lesser quality visuals on larger devices, but the pixel density on all three devices is high enough that it would not really matter that much as all three devices will appear extremely sharp at that high resolution.


All three devices contain a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (colors will appear more vibrant) with HDR10+ (High Dynamic Range) certification. 


With HDR10+ certification, content viewed on the device will have darker black and brighter white portions.


Another feature that is becoming more popular as of late is a 120Hz refresh rate in phone displays. This means that the screen can show a maximum of 120 frames per second. Regular phone displays are 60Hz, which means that these devices can show smoother animations on content and it allows for games to take advantage of higher frame rates. 

However, according to Tom’s Guide, reviewers found that enabling the 120Hz refresh rate mode will require lowering the display resolution to full HD instead of the maximum resolution. This is meant to save battery life, but there are unconfirmed rumors that Samsung is working on a patch to allow users to choose between battery life and high performance options.


Rear Cameras


A major focus of the event was on the cameras of the various S20 model phones. 


Both the Galaxy S20 and S20+ have a 64 megapixel (1 megapixel = 1 million pixels) camera setup with 3x hybrid optic zoom and up to 30x “space zoom.” This space zoom allows the camera to “see 30 yards away as if it was 3 feet away” (Samsung). 


This means that, on top of the 3x optical zoom, the camera software can digitally zoom in 10x more. 


Zooming in digitally can lead to lower quality photos, so that is a tradeoff compared to getting closer to the subject. That’s why the camera sensors can capture up to 64MP images, which will allow for larger zooms without deteriorating the image quality too much.


The S20 Ultra, however, features a 108MP camera with a hybrid optic zoom up to 10x and a digital zoom up to 10x, which leads to a 100x space zoom. 


The S20 has a triple camera setup while the S20+ and S20 Ultra both have a quad camera setup.


Front-Facing Camera


All three devices feature a single pinhole design camera in the top middle of the display, but while the S20 and S20+ feature a 10MP selfie camera, the S20 Ultra features a 40MP camera.


Battery Life


The typical battery capacity of the three models has expanded with the S20 having a capacity of 4000mAh, the S20+ with a 4500mAh capacity, and the S20 Ultra with a battery capacity of 5000mAh. 


This increase in battery capacity over previous generations should allow for more time spent using the phone without having to recharge. If you need to recharge, the new Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 should help quickly charge your device.




All three devices can record 8K video at 24 frames per second or 4K video at 60 frames per second. The 8K resolution standard contains 4 times the amount of pixels as 4K and 16 times the amount of pixels as Full HD (1920x1080p). 


This will lead to better quality video and the other features such as image stabilization, slow motion video, and digital zoom, will allow for more creativity with video recording.




The new Galaxy S line starts at $999.99 for the S20, $1,199.99 for the S20+, and $1,399.99 for the S20 Ultra.


Galaxy Buds+


The new generation of the Galaxy Buds features improved battery life of 11 hours (up to 22 hours with the charging case), an ambient sound mode that filters out certain sounds while keeping important sounds audible. The wireless earbuds work with via Bluetooth with Android, iOS, and computers.


The Galaxy Buds+ is priced at $149.99.


Galaxy Z Flip


The Galaxy Z Flip was the most interesting of the devices revealed this year, similar to the Galaxy Fold that was revealed last year at Samsung Unpacked. Unlike the Galaxy Fold from last year, the Z Flip folds vertically like a flip phone instead of horizontally. 


The phone has three stops in its hinge that allows it to be folded like a laptop which can allow for hands-free photos or split screen multitasking with applications. 

There is also a small screen on the back of the phone that can be used to show notifications and preview the camera image while taking a photo.


It comes with a 3300 mAh (typical) battery capacity, which is smaller than the S20’s battery capacity, but the phone has a 2636 x 1080 resolution screen instead of the 3200 x 1440 resolution found on the Galaxy S20 series.


The Galaxy Z Flip is not available for preorder at the moment, but the price was stated to be $1,379.99 at the event.


Samsung released several new products this year that will help increase competition in the smartphone market and it remains to be seen whether foldable single-screen phones will be popular in the future.