We pit the Galaxy S20+ Snapdragon vs Exynos benchmarks, confirm massive S20 Ultra battery

We pit the Galaxy S20+ Snapdragon vs Exynos benchmarks, confirm massive S20 Ultra battery
The Federal Communications Commission is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to the upcoming Galaxy S20 family of phones from Samsung. After logging the US versions of the S20 (SM-981) and S20+ (SM-986) with 5G connectivity, now the S20 Ultra (SM-988) appears for the first time, as well as the 4G models - SM-980 and SM-985 - of its smaller brethren.

Does that mean that the Ultra will only be available as a 5G handset? Most likely, as that has been the speculation all along, and is what the leaked $1299 price would also infer. Without further ado, what new can we learn about the S20 family from the new filings?

Well, there will be dual SIM versions of the phones, which should come as no surprise, but also the complete battery and charging set of the Galaxy S20+ is now officially confirmed by the FCC when listing its EUT (Equipment Under Testing) specifications.

This report covers the Samsung models SM-G986B/DS and SM-G986B. These models are identical in hardware except SM-G986B has single SIM tray. The EUT is a bar type Mobile Phone which can operate on GSM 850/900/1800/1900,WCDMA FDD1/2/4/5/8, TD-SCDMA B34/B39, LTE FDD1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/32/66, LTE TDD38/39/40/41, NR n1/3/7/8/28/40/77/78 and incorporate Bluetooth, ANT+,Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC,MST, OTG, DP, Wireless Charging, Camera, Audio and Video.

Galaxy S20 Plus and Ultra battery life, wired and wireless charging speeds

Long story short, the Galaxy S20+ (SM-G986) will indeed sport a battery pack with a model number EB-BG985ABY which leaked not long ago with a 17.37 Wh mark that at the 3.86 V current of Samsung batteries returns 4500 mAh nominal value.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, in its turn, will have the longest battery life that Samsung has ever managed out of a flagship, what with its massive 5000mAh battery pack that the FCC confirmed with the following listing.

If you remember, that battery model number already leaked not long ago, and with a picture of it at that, but at the time we weren't quite sure if it will end up in the S20 Ultra. Well, now we can vouch with near certainty that the S20 Ultra will be backed up by a veritable power bank inside.

In addition, the EP-TA800 25W wall charger, Samsung's first with USB-C Power Delivery (PD) standard, that shipped with the Note 10 family, will be the upgrade from the 15W chargers of the Galaxy S10 trio, just as rumored before. As for the reverse wireless charging that Samsung debuted on the S10 to top up accessories or even other phones is also here, and with the same 9W output, as per the FCC:

The EUT has WPT (Wireless Power Transfer) feature which has inductive charging coil to charge phone or watch. The charging frequency is between 110 kHz to 148 kHz, and the maximum power consumption is 9.0W in charging status.

Oh, lest we forget, the FCC filings also confirm the presence of a time-of-flight 3D-sensing camera on the back of the S20+ and Ultra models, but we already knew that, now the ball is in Samsung's court as to what will it do with the ToF sensor.

Unfortunately, we can't yet vouch what the newly-appeared "B" or "F" letters after the model numbers stand for, as Samsung may be changing its typical nomenclature, but historically "F" has denoted a global or unlocked model with Exynos chipset. 

The S20+ (SM-G986B) is listed at Geekbench with an Exynos 990 processor, though, so maybe both these models are of the type where the Exynos 5123 modem is integrated in the chipset. 

That would explain the lack of mmWave frequencies that, say, Verizon or AT&T's 5G networks cover, as the 5123 only has sub-6GHz and mmWave bands when tacked on as a separate modem, not integrated within a chipset. 

Galaxy S20+ Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865 version benchmark scores

Thus, those phones are just passing through the FCC, probably on their way to somewhere else than major US carrier shelves. Nevertheless, we couldn't resist pitting the two benchmark scores - for the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 versions of the S20+ - against each other for the first time. 

The scores are tad in favor of the Snapdragon in multi-core performance, and probably single core as well, considering that the Exynos is clocked higher. When it comes to camera speeds and AI components like machine learning speeds, the Exynos has the upper hand, both in single-, and in multi-core scores.

That would explain the dearth of info save for the tested frequency bands, but we still got to have a glimpse at the faster wired charging that awaits the larger batteries of the S20 family, compared to their predecessors. 

At 4000mAh for the S20, 4500mAh for the S20+. and the record 5000mAh for a Samsung flagship on the S20 Ultra, these will be the largest battery packs that Samsung has ever put in its Galaxy S high-end series of phones. 

Granted, the increase will be needed to offset the power-hungry new features like 120Hz displays or 5G connectivity, but if those are not a priority, we'll be getting quite a boost in the battery life we've come to expect from a Samsung flagship.

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Galaxy S20+
  • Display 6.7 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Quad camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



31. vincelongman

Posts: 5826; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

LOL ML isn't done on the CPU, the CPUs are too slow ML is done on their NPUs and DSPs

25. shawman

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Asus Rog II has 6000mah battery and so this is not the highest even for flagship phones. That said I am happy Samsung has seriously increased battery size for S20 series. That said I have S10 and so I am skipping this gen. Will look at Note 20 or S21. I also would like to see 5G more widespread before buying 5g phone. Not sure 2020 we will be there.

26. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Rog 2 is a bulky phone for gamers, not a competitor to common flagship phones.

24. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Since their phones are becoming more expensive, s20 ultra should be 5,500 or 6000mah when officially launched. Rog phone 2 is already having discount so samsung will be a tough sell to the battery-concerned gamers.

20. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 134; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Sorry guys but 5000 has already been done they are late to the party this is not a massive battery don't get me wrong it's a great but it's not massive massive is saved for when you truly bypass everybody else and they aren't

23. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

On which flagship phones have you seen 5000mAh battery?

18. Cat97

Posts: 2055; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It doesn't matter if it has a huge battery if the phone itself is humongous in size. I mean, most low-end Chinese manufacturers already do this. The technological edge is when you can make a phone of a decent size with a large battery.

19. drazwy

Posts: 377; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Some people like them this big. I happen to be one of them. Thankfully there are tons of options for everyone around.

17. saddameu

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

yes, is the biggest and bulkier phone of samsung so why are you surprised?

10. Mastamolvi786

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 07, 2019

Just seen this on a website As per a recent leak (also by Agarwal), this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G camera setup will include a 108-megapixel custom-made ISOCELL main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto shooter with 10x optical zoom support, and an impressive 100x digital zoom output, and a ToF fourth sensor

9. Mastamolvi786

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 07, 2019

Is the camera on the s20 ultra 10× optical zoom or not. The following Phone sites, phonearena, gsmarena and sammobile are showing 10× optical zoom

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm rather curious as to which version Canada will be getting. We've been getting the Snapdragon version for the past few years, but without a 5G network here, that might be a little odd.

8. maestrotelefono

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

As I remember, only US receives SD, rest of the World only the Exynos.

15. drazwy

Posts: 377; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Last rumor I heard was the EU only getting the Exynos. Everyone else the SD. Even Korea moving to the SD. Unless something new has come out in the last couple weeks i've not seen.

22. blastertoad

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yep in Canada we usually get the snap dragon variant. Honestly it is usually the better unit especially outside of service life as more roms are released for the snapdragon version and it seems to hold performance for longer then the exynos. I have been running the s8+ since launch day and performance and battery life have had minimal degradation. I have confirmed this with customer devices as well as I am a Telus dealer and sell many phones.

3. shield

Posts: 899; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

5000mAh with Exynos, life aka 4500mAh Snap :D

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1882; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I got a chance to handle the S20 yesterday as the Samsung reps have these in hand and these phones are serious! The 120hz screens are ultra smooth! You cannot have quad HD and 120hz on at the same time the display has to be set to 1080p. The camera hump is there but the lens arrangement looks good. The phones are narrow and feel good in the hand. The curved screen is subtle. The size of the battery are as they are listed. The punch hole camera is smaller and the cameras are very legit nothing will beat them all the camera tech out there now will be obsolete once these are announced. 8k recording is a thing. Samsung knocked it way out the park this time!

6. Abdbaas

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Can you get access to the ultra by any chance?

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1882; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

As of right now no ultra's are available for viewing. Just the plus right now. And the plus is a bad boy! The ultra will be absolutely SICK!

14. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Is there a 90hz option? And if so can that be used with quad hd?

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1882; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

There is no 90hz option. 120hz on 1080p or 60hz on quad HD.

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