Compact Galaxy S20 finally appears with 12GB RAM, benching against S20+

Compact Galaxy S20 finally appears with 12GB RAM, benching against S20+
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

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Galaxy S20 (S11e)
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. Guseingulievi

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Exynos generally for what it is not clear.

2. Flynfree15

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 16, 2020

Flat screen?

3. Skizzo

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Not likely. Seems all variants will be just 3 different sizes of the same device for the most part, especially aesthetically.

10. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Pray for flat screen. The curved edge is another garabge gimick that is more fragile and leads to excess touches especially 1 handed. IF it has a flat screen this is likely my '20 buy (plus somebody's clamshell)

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed! Hoping its like my Asus ROG 2. Its an awesome flat screen, no curve edge phantom touches

15. Zachary_99

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Flat screen is confirmed. Check the leak by Max winebach. He also leaked the dummies from case manufacturers. All thre models come with 2.5d curved glass like the iPhone, basically flat.

11. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Now, there is still a slight curve to it, but as the source behind the leak puts it, it feels almost flat to the touch.

4. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

How is a 6.2" screen considered "compact"?

7. LiveFaith

Posts: 519; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I get ya. But ... That "compact" term has shifted greatly with the advent of tiny bezels. All screen phone improve total size. Plus the "diagonal measurement" is a inaccurate one considering the aspect ratio is not taken into consideration. I wish we would shift to a "Total Inches or CM squared" area measuring standard to compare actual display sizes. For example a 6.2" diagonal square (1:1 ratio) display is larger in display area than a 6.2" rectangular (19.5:10) shaped display. The length measure is bad for comparison. That being said, a 6.2" almost 2:1 ratio display is actually more compact than the 3:4 ratio displays of bygone the PDA days. So, the sound of the device size might be a bit distorted to our thinking as well. I'd like to have a 19:10 ratio bezelless device with no bezels and @ 6.0" on the diagonal, WITH ALL the flagship features and an "S-Pen". Note 10 is close. Just me.

12. kevv2288

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Exactly and the S20 aspect ratio is supposedly 20:9, so it would make sense why Samsung increased the diagonal screen size, again.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

S20 does not have ToF. So the ugly rectangle is a choice only. Should be like Note 10. And S20+ (with ToF) be like note 10+.

6. sun0066

Posts: 289; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Everything is relative , it is when compared with the others in the series S20. Or at least it is the most compact of the three

8. miag5

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 21, 2019


9. Secure

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Every ratio above 16:9 is absurd. My old sgs7 edge is a lot more convenient than my mate 20 pro, that's why I lost any interest to buy a new phone. Unfortunately, the only appealing phones to me in term of aspect ratio are Galaxy Fold and Mate X.

16. Zachary_99

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

You do realize that the aspect ratio give you more space to view content and the ability to view native 21:9 without annoying black bars, right? It means you don't lose content when you'd otherwise crop to fit. Both the fold and mate X look square when unfolded and that's ugly. The fold also has that really long, horrible folded front display between that hideous forehead and chin

17. Secure

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

I don't know what are you talking about, but I'm facing every time the annoying black bars on YouTube with mate's 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and on my SGS8 as well, but not on a SGS7. Because I read a lot of scientific books I need my OneNote, so Kindle doesn't suit my needs, therefore Fold and Mate X are just right for that. Ever tried to read a book on 21:9? It's more annoying then blackbars on YouTube, all you need is one half of the screen.

18. Zachary_99

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

I'm talking about a slightly long aspect ratio having less if any black bars for native 21:9 content without cropping to view the picture fully and uninterrupted. I'm pretty sure you have a specific kind of issue, dude. Besides, the the galaxy s8 is 18:9:5 and obviously not going to fully display 16:9 or 21:9 without some bars. The reason old phones display 16:9 content without bars, unsurprisingly, is because they have screen optimised to display said content, however, more content is moving away from that and 21:9 on a 16:9 screen sucks. Further, 21:9 or anything closer to that is less wide and easier to hold- plus it displays more vertical information also. Not quite sure about you but I use audible, my guess is that mobile probably isn't the best for that regardless and 2k is just downright unjustifiable for such a neiche issue to be legit. My response would be to just use a 2 in 1 laptop (if you truly want to throw down a down payment on something, or perhaps a large tablet (something larger than a mate X or galaxy fold). Simple. I hear the last gen iPad pros are dirt cheap now so

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