Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra (S11+) leaked specs and price comparison

Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra (S11+) leaked specs and price comparison
By now, you should already be calling the Galaxy S10 family heirs Galaxy S20, as numerous sources reported that Samsung has indeed been calling them that during its much-touted "secret" meetings with carrier and industry execs around the CES expo this week.

Besides that information, we also have another claim from the fine folks over at LetsGoDigital, confirmed by two separate sources as the best of journalistic standards require, that what we expected to be a Galaxy S11 trio of phones, will land as the Galaxy S20 family.

Such a quantum leap does not only represent the start of the year 2020, but also signifies a new era for Samsung, said the mobile division exec at CES. That, and the fact that next year we may have Galaxy S21 in 2021, while the iPhone would still be at 13. We kid, but it's a handy denomination for the new decade going forward, and a clever marketing ploy, too. 

As for how will the individual entrants in that very line be called, we also have some stray dogs compared to the convention that Samsung set for the first time just last year. What was once called S11e as an S10e successor, is now the S20, the S10 heir will actually be S20+, and the rumors for an S20 Ultra to replace the S10+ have reached a crescendo mode.

If that's not complicated enough, the Ultra is the one that will reportedly sport the top periscope zoom and high-res main camera that will allow for some clever up to 100x "Space Zoom" hybrid optical/digital magnification. Thus, with the naming scheme out of the way, let's preview which new Galaxy S20 gets what specs so it's easier to pull the trigger when time comes.

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



Samsung Galaxy S20 vs S20+ vs S20 Ultra camera differences



As you can see, the S20 Ultra is shaping up to be quite a bit thicker than the S20+ or the S20 even. This might indicate that it will indeed be the exclusive bearer of Samsung's first periscope zoom setup that will reportedly offer 5x-10x optical, and 50x-100x digital/hybrid magnification.

Why the confusing difference in zoom amounts? Well, depending on whose rumors you believe. Today's Korean report that tipped the foldable Galaxy Bloom name and reiterated the Galaxy S20 naming scheme, says that it will only be the Ultra that will have the up to 100x digital magnification.

We've heard that number bandied about before, together with the 10x optical periscope zoom claim, but afterwards subsequent rumors pegged the zoom levels at 5x optical and 50x hybrid/digital zoom. While there already are phones with 5x optical and up to 50x digital zoom in them, the 10x periscope zoom mechanisms have only been teased so far, and Samsung's own periscope zoom module is listed as 5x, too. 

It could be saving the best to surprise us, of course, but more likely that rumored crazy 100x zoom level will be achieved by some hybrid optical/digital level when coupled with crops from the eventual ultra high-res 108MP main sensor.

Could it be that the S20+ and S20 Ultra will be equipped with different optical zoom levels? And what about the lowly S20 which has been depicted with the smallest number of lenses on the camera island so far?

Well, given that Samsung may be outing the S20 and S20+ with new 12MP sensors with huge 1.8 micron pixels, instead of the 108MP sensor reserved for the Ultra, a difference in optical and hybrid zoom levels can also be expected.

In addition, the extra thickness could be a reflection of the much larger battery pack in the Ultra that borders on the record that Samsung has ever put in a phone.

The exact camera setups are the murkiest of the expected specs differences between the three members of the Galaxy S20 family, and that might remain so until Samsung waltzes onto the stage in the Palace of Fine Arts, a huge neoclassical building in San Francisco, California, on February 11 at 11am PST | 2pm ET | 7PM GMT | 8PM CET | 9PM EET.

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34 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

S20 Ultra! I'm so excited.

2. notfair

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

That phone will be freaking HUGE!!! it makes no sense. Then again, Xperial 5 plus is even taller than that.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

1mm...

9. androiduser

Posts: 557; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Lol th s20 series sucks. I'm not a fan the 20:9 aspect ratio, also 6.2 inch is still big for me.

11. izim1

Posts: 1619; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol ok

17. JohnR

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

It sucks yet it hasn't been announced yet. Shut up child.

19. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

It's actually around the same size as the note 10+

20. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Does that mean the Note 11 will be even bigger?

3. lorecherry

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 10, 2020

Exynos for Europe, bye Samsung after 4 Samsung phones. I am buying Xiaomi, better price and Snapdragon 865.

4. shawman

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

crazy specs but another price increase. I wish phones get cheaper and not more expensive !!! At this rate Note 20 ultra will be 1199 or more.

7. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Better components cost more.

23. raky_b

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

What is better components? Sd855 was best there was in 2019...why would sd865 cost more? Camera module from 2019 has lost it value, so if it was priced f.e. 100$ last year, now it costs 60, so new model can cost 100$ this year. So, no...it is not about components price, it is about Samsung's and Apple's greed.

29. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Newer components cost more. New cpu/gpu, newer screen, newer cameras, newer batteries etc ....

5. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I'm so disappointed about the 20:9 ratio. Do our phones really need to get longer??? It's already difficult to comfortably reach the top of the display currently.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

That is why people should not use only one hand. Thumb can get injured this way.

15. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 411; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

True, repetitive strain injury is not fun, I've had it

30. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I have to read that years ago a famous NBA player had this. Because his big phone.

10. androiduser

Posts: 557; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Ikr, it's not like people are asking for this, I mean is it possible they will go back to lesser aspect ratios in the future, there's no way I'm buying a 20:9 phone, maybe they'll keep going till they reach 32:9. I hate this stupid trend

31. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It will stop at 21:9.

12. RoryBreaker

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Announced on Feb 11 & released on March 6???? That's almost a month wait...that's crazy!

24. raky_b

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Naaaaah....it's not crazy, just look at what Sony does...release phone 4-5 months after announcing it.

32. User123456789

Posts: 1361; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

February - june ... The excuse is they start production after MWC to avoid any leak.

13. rsiders

Posts: 2039; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Guess I'm stuck paying $1000 for the S20+. Oh well, no upgrades for me after this until maybe 2024.lol

14. foldablephone

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Get a good case for it lol

25. raky_b

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Or you can do what I did 2 years ago...just forget that Samsung exist. LG'S flagship will costs 600-700$ 2 months after start of the sale, as will Huawei's P40, and there is always Oneplus,Xiaomi, Oppo....

16. Prizm

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

FFS, why is the smallest S20 still bigger than my S7 Edge!?? Why can't Samsung make a compact flagship??

18. JohnR

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Because people don't buy them. The larger ones sell 2 to 1. And they do sell a compact phone, the S10e.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It would have absolutely horrible battery life or missing features. All those camera take up a lot of space, so do the larger batteries. I'd imagine part of the push to bigger phones is to incorporate more cameras and other sensors.

35. Prizm

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The iPhone 11 Pro is smaller than all S20 phones listed here.

21. AlienKiss

Posts: 323; Member since: May 21, 2019

I like them, but in the same time I hate that camera island that is so protruding. I wonder how the phone will bounce when laid on the back on a table.. Why couldn't they incorporate it under the glass??

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