The Galaxy S20 and Ultra release date may be sooner than we think

The Galaxy S20 and Ultra release date may be sooner than we think
Samsung has been scheduling its Unpacked events and releases around the Galaxy S and Note families like clockwork in the past few years. Thus, when the company's press office invited us for a show on February 11, we assumed that the eventual S20 series it will unveil would have a Friday, March 6 release date at the earliest.

There were even rumors that Samsung may release the phones the next Friday, March 13. Given that this would mark almost a month gap between launch and announcement, that March 13 release date seemed improbable, so we eventually settled on March 6. Even that, however, was a bit of a bummer given the three weeks pause for what is the most anticipated Samsung lineup in years.

Last year, Samsung announced the S10 series on February 20th, and released them in the US in earnest on March 8th. It wasn't a leap year like 2020, so the gap was a bit over two weeks which jibed with Samsung's usual release schedule.

Samsung Galaxy S20 launch may be pulled for the end of February


Long story short, the Israeli office of Samsung is now suggesting that the company could pull an Apple, and release the S20 series soon after the initial unveiling, at least in Israel, tips the local tech blog Gadgety. A launch date event has been scheduled for February 20, a week after the unveiling in San Francisco, as you can see in the invitation below.


That, of course, doesn't mean that Samsung will release the device right then and there, but if we follow the historical schedule, the S20 family launch should not be preceded by the unveiling with much more than two weeks which would pull the release date from the current March 6  bandied about, to February 28 which is more like it.

As for the pricing, a drastic design rework is not expected, save for the camera island, but the addition of 5G could mean starting tags that are way above the Galaxy S10 prices, as even the 4G models would be ranging from $849-$1299 depending on the model and the storage. 

Put a 5G connectivity in the mix, and we may indeed be looking at $999 for an S20 with mmWave modem support. Here are all the known specs and features of the S20 family so far to make up your mind if it will all be worth it.

Galaxy S20, S20+ (S11) and Ultra specs and prices





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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Display 6.9 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera)
    40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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