On February 11th, Samsung will show its brand new flagship for this year 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20.
Like a great deal each every smartphone these days, the Galaxy S20 beautifully thoroughly publishes out to this point. So we’re finding at five variants, the Samsung Galaxy S20, the S20 5G, the S20 Plus, the S20 Plus 5G, and of course the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, because why not. So in inclusion to 5G is an option across the entire range.
we’re also searching at a ton of major improvements on the spec front. So cameras, particularly this year, look to be a major focus. We’re talking about four cameras on pretty much all the Galaxy S20s. So on the standard S20, S20 Plus range, we’re looking at a 12-megapixel camera, a 64-megapixel camera, as well as a three-times optical zoom, as well as the little sensor for depth of field. Depth of what, no, no, what is it? Time of flight. – Time of flight, thank you very much. Time of flight.
What would I do without you? Be wrong, I would be wrong. Jump up to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the glass gets even more ridiculous. So the main camera’s upgrade to 108 megapixels. Sorry, I’m just gonna let that sink in, 108 megapixels. Oh, and it’ll also record 8K video, because why not.
You’ll also keep a 10-times optical zoom camera with 48 megapixels, which is kind of cool. I’m, like, kind of excited for that one. We even have 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, also that very same flight sensor. Here is a lot of ridiculous specs here, and that is just on the camera side. And once you go up to the Ultra edition, that is getting to have a choice to go 16 gigabytes of RAM on your phone, also 512 gigs of storage which you’ll copy with a one-terabyte micro SD card. Cause obviously, 1.5 terabytes of storage is about what I need on my phone.
Now, this is all being powered by a 5,000 milliamp-hour battery, according to the rumours. And all of the S20 models supposedly will be taking advantage of a 120 Hertz display this year. Now when you look at all of these specs, it is very clear, Samsung is going hard for the most spec-ripped, over-the-top ridiculously powerful phone that they can do. But really, what I’m interested is about is it worth it? See, I got the Is It worthwhile It in there.
You didn’t see that one coming, did ya? The real question here is The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and just about all the 2020 flagships are getting to be insanely high end. You’ve got all the specs you’ll ever hope for. But at what point does it not matter anymore? I mean, sure, I’m a nerd, I’m a geek, I like that sweet Geekbench score which extra 37 megapixels on my camera.
But at the end of the day, we’re all doing very similar things on our phones. And while, yes, I love to have a 100-megapixel camera, everyone’s looking at that photo on Instagram.
Does it make a huge difference, and is it worth spending that $1,000 plus to upgrade? Probably not.
The real differentiator as we go into this decade for smartphones, I think is on the software side of things. To go a little deeper, I sat down with my good friend Myke Hurley, who’s the co-founder of Relay FM and the host of many excellent podcasts, including Cortex, as well as Connected, and many more. What exactly can you do to differentiate? Because everyone’s using numerous of an equivalent part. And I argue what you are doing to differentiate is you specialise in software because that’s really what makes these phones different.
That’s the only thing that gives you some quiet sense of a, oh look, my phone will take better photos due to the software. It’s faster because it’s better optimized. Whatever the case is, the software is the key that is making of these phones, not just the precise same thing every year. – Yeah, ’cause otherwise you’ve got gimmicks. – Not everyone needs a brand new phone per annum, every two years, every three years. And I think the software may be a huge a part of why that differentiation can even happen.
Now, I’ll single out Samsung for this specific point, because software, I think, entails a lot of different aspects of a phone. One of the things I think goes under the radar a lot is software support. I think in this day and age, a lot of phones are outdated not because of their hardware breaks, not because the batteries are out, but because they no longer receive timely software updates. And that’s something I will be able to Apple huge props for. The iPhone 6s, which is like four or five years old at now, still gets absolute day-and-day updates with every other iPhone out there.
Take a glance at a Samsung Galaxy S9 even, or an S8, and you’re lucky to urge a few years of updates if even at that. And it sometimes it takes your forever to truly get proper at the right time, you would possibly s be six months behind. I mean, it’s an absolute mess. So once I say that software is incredibly important going into this decade, I mean that in a lot of contexts.
Samsung, for a short time, was really on top of the Android game, as far as design, right? So especially when like– – Oh, there was like a few years where they were making better-looking phones than Apple. Thanks.
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