Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra specs vs. Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: What’s new and what’s different

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From left to right: the Galaxy S20 Plus, the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20.


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Samsung’s latest flagship phones, known as the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultraare available online and in retail stores. Since the company first announced the devices in February at Samsung Unpacked (where it also announced the novel Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone), CNET has tested the S20 Ultra’s incredibly impressive camera zoom and conducted drop tests (TL;DR: the camera survives).

The phones share high-end hardware and have new features that signal the direction of where current phones are heading — namely 5G connectivity (which all three phones have) and screens with a higher, 120Hz refresh rate. But they also have key differences among each other too. The 6.2-inch Galaxy S20 is the smallest of the bunch, followed by the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra, which has a 6.9-inch display. In addition, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus both have a wide-angle, telephoto and ultrawide cameras, but the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra have one extra camera. This fourth one is a time-of-flight camera that measures depth for AR applications. Because the phones belong to Samsung’s marquee line, they’re expensive. The S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra start at $999, $1,199 and $1,399, respectively. (They’re £799, £999, £1,199 in the UK and AU$1,349, AU$1,499 and AU$1,999 in Australia.)   

Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra specs vs. Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: What's new and what's different


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As well as 5G and the higher refresh rates, the Galaxy S20 devices can hold more expandable storage compared to last year’s Galaxy S10 line, they shoot 8K video (rather than just 4K) and they run Samsung’s second generation of its One UI out of the box. 

For more on how the Galaxy S20 and S10 phones vary, check out the spec comparison chart below. And check out CNET’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra reviews. (Note the prices for the S10 and S10 Plus are as they were at launch, not today.)

Galaxy S20 phones vs. Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Display size, resolution

6.2-inch AMOLED

6.7-inch AMOLED

6.9-inch AMOLED

6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels

6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels

Pixel density

563ppi

525ppi

511ppi

550ppi

522ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in

2.9 x 6.37 x 0.30 in

2.99 x 6.57 x 0.35 in

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in

6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm

73.7 x 161.9 x 7.8mm

76.0 x 166.9 x 8.8mm

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

5.75 oz; 163g

6.56 oz; 186g

7.76 oz; 220g

5.53 oz; 157g

6.17 oz; 175g

Mobile software

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Android 9

Android 9

Camera

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera

108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

Front-facing camera

10-megapixel

10-megapixel

40-megapixel

10-megapixel

10-megapixel, 8-megapixel

Video capture

8K

8K

8K

4K

4K

Processor

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Storage

128GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB, 1TB

RAM

12GB

12GB

12GB, 16GB

8GB

8GB, 12GB

Expandable storage

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Up to 512GB

Up to 512GB

Battery

4,000 mAh

4,500 mAh

5,000 mAh

3,400 mAh

4,100 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Special features

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68)

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68)

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; 100X zoom; water resistant (IP68)

Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0

Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0

Price off-contract (USD)

$999

$1,199

$1,399

$900

$1,000 (128GB), $1,249 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)

Price (GBP)

£799, £899 (5G)

£999 (5G)

£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)

£799

£899 (128GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$1,349, AU$1,499 (5G)

AU$1,499, AU$1,649 (5G)

AU$1,999

AU$1,349

AU$1,499 (128GB)

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