Unpacked: Samsung unleashes the Galaxy S20 and S20+

Despite getting a trickle of new smartphones at the start of every year, the party (arguably) only starts with Samsung’s Unpacked forum each February, where we meet the latest Galaxy S devices. This year, we weren’t only treated to the latest flagship duo, but also the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip.

Despite not carrying the Ultra tag or a foldable design, this year we were treated to the S20 and S20+ – a skip ahead from last year’s S10 family, which included the S10, S10+, and S10e.

Perhaps the most interesting decision from Samsung is to retreat from its curvier Edge form factor, and instead offer up smartphones that are slightly flatter this time around. In terms of specs, however, users can expect a 2020 standard setter that’ll run on either Samsung’s Exynos 990 chipset or the Snapdragon 865, depending on where you are in the world.

The device will run Android 10 out of the box with 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM, and ships with three cameras; namely a 12 MP, f/1.8 26mm wide, 64 MP, f/2.0 telephoto, and a 12 MP, f/2.2 13mm ultrawide lens. A 10-megapixel selfie camera and a 4,000mAh battery completes the setup.

The S20+, on the other hand, features an extra 0.3MP depth-sensing camera, as well as a slightly larger 4,500mAh battery. In the hand, the S20+ has a 6.7″ display compared to the S20’s smaller 6.2″ screen.

The duo is set for local launch – Samsung usually unveils its newest devices around March to April in South Africa – and while no expected retail pricing has been issued, the S20 will retail for $999 USD, while the S20+ will cost $1199 USD.

With trade war troubles slowing down the Chinese giant that is Huawei, Samsung might well be largely left to compete with the reveal of Apple’s newer iPhone line this September.

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