Which Galaxy S20 model should you buy? Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra buying and upgrade guide

Which Galaxy S20 model should you buy? Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra buying and upgrade guide
The Galaxy S20 is getting revealed next month, and undoubtedly, it will be a hit on the Android scene. We expect three new Galaxies to make the cut, alongside a foldable Galaxy Z Flip (previously known as Bloom), new Galaxy Buds, and probably something else as well. Sounds like quite the strong lineup so far, but an equally important question arises:

Which Galaxy S20 should you buy?

Well, that's a tricky question, but we will help you make an informed decision. After all, Samsung will have three new offerings on the table, covering a wide array of the market, starting with the supposedly fan-favorite Galaxy S20, followed by the middle-of-the-road Galaxy S20+, and topped up with the high-end Galaxy S20 Ultra. There's just a little bit of everything for everyone, and with the overall design being quite similar, the specs and pricing would make the real difference here.

Let's make a breakdown of all the specs in the table below:  

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra preliminary specs list

Looking at the specs, you'd most certainly be drawn to the Galaxy S20 Ultra the most. We get it, it will undoubtedly be the best specs and all the new features that Samsung has to offer, at least for the first half of the year. However, it might just be an overkill for the regular Joe and plain Jane. 

Who is it for: Galaxy S20 Ultra

You should probably get the Galaxy S20 Ultra if you money's not really an issue and you're striving for the latest bleeding edge tech. For a certain amount of time, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will most certainly be the absolute best phone you could get, bar none. With its larger-than-life 6.9-inch, QHD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 5G support, 5,000mAh and penta-camera, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the phone to beat. However, all those top-shelf specs would command a heavy toll - the phone is expected to start at $1,099 at least, and if these specs materialize, the price could be justified.

Who is it for: Galaxy S20+

The Galaxy S20 Plus would serve as a nice middle-ground between the ultra top-tier Galaxy S20 Ultra and the more mundane Galaxy S20. You get the same selection of processors (Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990), 12GB of RAM, 128GB of native storage, a slightly smaller 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display, 5G support, and a marginally smaller 4,500mAh battery. The cameras are a bit "humbler" in comparison with the Galaxy S20 Ultra - you won't get the new 108MP camera sensor, but the S20+ would score an improved 12MP snapper that should be quite good on its own as well. Thus, the S20+ would be the perfect match for folks that don't necessarily need an overkill with specs but would still enjoy a new, large-screen Galaxy phone.

Who is it for: Galaxy S20

Finally, the Galaxy S20 is expected to be the most popular new Galaxy. It will be the most affordable new Galaxy and will thus be quite popular. Mind you, even though it will be priced lower than the other two devices, it will still retain most of the high-end specs of the Galaxy S20+ and the Ultra, with the only major differences being the size of the battery and the camera load-out at the rear. If you're not really going for the most powerful phone, and more importantly, want a relatively compact device, then the Galaxy S20 should be the phone for you. 

Should you upgrade your from your older Galaxy to the Galaxy S20?

In case you own a Galaxy S10 or S10+, then you will definitely have more than a few reasons to upgrade. Even though the 2019 flagships can still hold their ground, the new Galaxy S20-series introduces multiple novelties to warrant an upgrade. However, that might not be the case for anyone - if you're perfectly fine with the performance, battery life and image quality of your Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, you might as well wait a bit longer before upgrading. 

Galaxy S10e owners, however, might feel a bit snubbed. The Galaxy S20, which will succeed the S10e in the lowest price range, will be quite a different device: unlike the S10e, the S20 will not come with a flat display and will be a bit bigger, so it won't really be a true successor to the smallest Galaxy flagship in years. That would be a bummer for Galaxy S10e owners, who might don't feel like upgrading at all, and rightfully so. 

Meanwhile, owners of older Galaxy devices, like the Galaxy S9 and S8-series should definitely consider upgrading. The improvement between the different generations is big enough to warrant this upgrade, and 2020 might be the right time to get a shiny new Galaxy. 



1. AlienKiss

Posts: 314; Member since: May 21, 2019

Was thinking of upgrading to the Ultra, but I think I'll settle for the Plus version (non 5G). I just hope that they still have the SD card slot!

3. androiduser

Posts: 554; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I don't see how the added height is practical, they should've gone with 21:9 directly though if that's what they're aiming at, but I prefer 18:9 for all screen phones, and we all know that's extinct and ain't coming back, especially for mainstream flagship phones from Samsung, Google and other companies. 21:9 is the future of aspect ratios on phones, well unless they decide to go even further than that, it would be insane.

5. Denny78

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2020

I buy a ultra if we get it with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in europe. If not, I will go to the competition that does offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in Europe.

7. AlienKiss

Posts: 314; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm from Europe too and I may order it online straight from South Korea with the Snapdragon version if it turns out to be a success. The only other brand that I like (that has the SD card slot) is Sony. It seems they might release another killer flagship this year and I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

12. saddameu

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

what trusted website can you order it from?

11. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Nice clickbait. The phones haven't even been announced yet. Everything we "know" about them is pure speculation. Must be a slow news day. Or did you think you could actually write a guide on which version of an unannounced, unreleased phone people should buy?

13. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I'll get a note 10 plus on discount

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