The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G may be affordable and labelled as relatively basic, however that does not mean the quality of the phone is reduced: the S20 5G is a real flagship.
- Impressive screen
- Very powerful
- Above average camera
- Very similar to other models
- Clearly not as good as S20 Plus and Ultra
- Can't have both 120Hz and QHD+
Although it lacks the large screens and advanced camera tricks of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, it still has an impressive range of high-end features specs. The affordable price combined with these features all point to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G being a very good option in todays’ market. So, does the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G get the balance right? That's a decision you can make at the end of this review.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a barely curved 6.2-inch 1440 x 3200 Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen. Compared to the average smartphone, it would be considered compact. That resolution allows for 563 pixels per inch, so it’s sensationally sharp and it has a very high quality level, as well as supporting high-end features like HDR10+ and a 120Hz refresh rate.
Thus, interactions feel very smooth compared to most other smartphones, which tend to have just a 60Hz refresh rate (as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10 among most others), or in a few cases a 90Hz one (as seen on the likes of the Google Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T).
However, the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G only supports a 120Hz refresh rate if you drop the resolution down to FHD+, so you are only able to choose between a high refresh rate and a high resolution. Overall, this is one of the very best screens ever put on a phone at the time of writing.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a great but slightly familiar design. There’s a relatively curved screen on the front with hardly any bezel around it. Instead, the front-facing camera is embedded in a cut-out hole, and the fingerprint scanner is built into the screen itself.
With a metal chassis and glass back, the S20 5G has a sleek, premium design, but one which looks significantly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 range, among numerous other phones.
It’s worth noting though that the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is IP68-certified, which means that it can resist submersion in up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. That’s always a reassuring thing to have for when your toilet phone browsing session goes horribly wrong.
One thing you don’t get is a headphone jack, so you’ll have to use an adapter or wireless headphones with this.