After thoroughly previewing the Galaxy S20 Ultra
and the S20+, finally it's time for the smallest and cutest member of the pack, the 6.2" Galaxy S20
, to pop up somewhere. Denoted with the SM-G981U model number, the same that it appeared with at the FCC
in the US last week, the Galaxy S20 will most likely be a value-for-money juggernaut, so its performance matters.
Powered by the same Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processing power as its larger brethren, the S20 munchkin will by no means be a slouch. In fact, MySmartPrice
just alerted us that it leaked on Geekbench with the whopping 12GB RAM under the hood, indicating a top-of-the-line performance and confirming the rumors that all members of the S20 family will ship with 12 gigs as standard.
While it benches less than the S20+, denoted with the SM-G986U model number, these are most likely still engineering pre-release versions with non-retail software, so we wouldn't put much hype in the numbers, given that the S20 still lifts around the Snapdragon 855+ mark with this clock frequency.
The most exciting part for us is that the Galaxy S20 will be the most compact phone in its specs juggernaut class, what with the 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.36 inches (151.7 x 69.1 x 9.1 mm) size. That's about the volume of the Galaxy S10
, and that one is by no means a large phone for today's standards.
Compare that to the dummy of the Galaxy S20 Ultra when put next to the Galaxy Note 10+
, and you'll see the ocean of size difference between the smallest and largest members of the S20 family. Moreover, the aspect ratio of the display has grown taller now, up to 20:9, which makes the S20 Ultra all the more gargantuan to look at.
Now, the only thing left is to wait for the eventual Exynos 990 version of the Galaxy S20 phones to be benchmarked as well, so that we can compare the two processors and see which will come on top. Samsung's Exynos model will have the advantage of an integrated 5G modem, whereas the Snapdragon 865 has to have Qualcomm's X55 one tacked on in addition to the processor chippery.
Here are the main differences of the new Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 processor when compared to their predecessors in phones like the S10, or against Apple's finest for the moment A13.
Snapdragon 865 and 855+ vs Exynos 990 vs Apple A13 specs comparison
|Exynos 990 (Galaxy S20)||Snapdragon 865 (Galaxy S20)||Snapdragon 855+||Apple A13|
|Production process||7nm+ EUV||7nm (TSMC N7P)||7nm (TSMC FF)||7nm (TSMC N7P)|
|Processor cores||2x Exynos M5|
2x Cortex A76
4x Cortex A55
|1x 2.84GHz A77|
3x 2.42GHz A77
4x 1.8GHz A55
|1x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.96GHz|
3x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 Silver (custom Cortex-A55) @ 1.80GHz
|2x Lightning @2.66GHz|
4x Thunder @1.7GHz
|GPU||Mali-G77 MP11||Adreno 650 at 587MHz||Adreno 640||Apple custom quad-core|
|Modem||Exynos 5123 |
Downloads up to 7.3Gbps (mmWave), 5.1Gbps (sub-6GHz), or 3Gbps (4G LTE), 8xCA
Uploads: up to 422 Mbps
|X55 5G modem add-on|
up to 7 Gbps over 5G, and 2.5 Gbps download speeds on LTE
|Snapdragon X24 LTE|
Downloads: up to 2Gbps, 7xCA
Uploads: up to 316Mbps
X50 5G modem add-on
Downloads: up to 1.6Gbps, 7xCA
Uploads: up to 225Mbps
|AI co-processor||Yes, dual-core NPU||Yes||Yes||Yes, octa-core Neural Engine|
|Video encode||4K HDR at 150fps|
8K HDR at 30fps
|8K HDR||4K HDR10+||4K HDR at 60fps|
|Misc.||UFS 3.0 storage support for up to 2.9GB/s speeds|
LPDDR5 memory support
Single-camera up to 108MP
120Hz display refresh rate
|LPDDR5 memory support||4K HDR Bokeh Video|
8K 360 VR video playback
Always-on noise cancellation
Machine learning capable of 1 trillion operations per second