Samsung Galaxy S20+ review: Firepower to disrupt premium segment with top-end hardware and software
The device is slim and has a sturdy built.
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Highlight: 8K camera, powerful processor
Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra - these three flagship phones from Samsung showcase the raw power of hardware backed by good software. All three phones run Exynos 990 without 5G support.
Their major differences lie in display sizes, cameras and battery power. While the 6.9-inch S20 Ultra with up to 16GB RAM may sound like an overkill, the S20+ strikes the right balance of good hardware and good cameras.
The S20+ looks neat and premium. The build is sturdy, the device slim but the overall design is not something you have already not seen.
Samsung has opted for a rectangular rear camera module with a quad-camera setup. There is a noticeable bump in the camera module which you need to protect. The quad-camera setup in the S20+ consists of a 64MP primary sensor with 12MP secondary sensors. There is a 3X hybrid optical zoom and digital zoom of up to 30X. The rear camera quality is apt for day-to-day usage. Lowlight photography is decent too. When zooming in, the images are stable up to 10X. The 10MP there selfie camera with F2.2 aperture is decent for social media usage.
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Running on the latest Exynos 990 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, the device is a workhorse. Be it multi-tasking, streaming or gaming, the S20+ is a smooth performer. It also has the support of up to 1TB microSD cards.
There are no major glitches but the device does heat up a bit on regular usage. The phone is backed by a 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging. But you will need to charge the phone daily.
The S20+ comes with a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display with up 120Hz refresh rate support (for full HD resolution only). The display quality is rich and offers good sunlight legibility. The 120Hz refresh rate comes handy while playing games but you will mostly be inclined to switch to higher resolution at 60Hz.
The phone can shoot videos in 8K continuously. However, the files get saved in batches of 4GB while maintaining continuity. These videos can be uploaded to YouTube and screenshots of 8K videos generate 33MP photos. While this sounds cool, 8K video recording is not for everyone. With top-end hardware and software features the S20+ have all the firepower to disrupt the premium segment. But the price of Rs 73,999 can only attract Samsung loyalists.
(The writer is with gadgetsnow.com)