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  1. The next Samsung smartphone on the high end is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, if rumors stay accurate. We’ve read the lists and listed the specifications, now it’s time to get a clearer look at what Samsung’s likely got in store for February 11, 2019. This is not the most cost-efficient way to gain access to 5G connectivity, of what you can be sure. But it might just be the prettiest. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was rendered this week by the designer named Ben Geskin. This creator previously brought us images of a whole bunch of next-gen smartphones from Samsung, Apple, and others. This particular render is based on rumors and insider tips, as well as some actual photos of the phones that’ll be released alongside the Galaxy S20 Ultra. That’d be the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, or Galaxy S20 Plus. The phone rendering you’re looking at above largely relies on the image you see below. This was rendered by the leaker / designer Ishan Agarwal. He’s got a basic handle on the look of the final design, where Geskin puts on some extra shine. That back-facing camera will have specifications like what follows. The list you see here is quite likely accurate, given the batting average of the leakers from whens the information arrived. This set of specs makes the Ultra significantly more powerful than the other two Samsung Galaxy S20 devices in the photography department. Galaxy S20 Ultra camera specs: • 108MP main camera (wide angle lens) • 48MP telephoto lens (10x optical zoom!) • 12MP wide camera (ultra-wide-angle lens) • ToF sensor (looks like a camera, for depth-sensing, AR) If you take a peek at the collection of three S20 units in leaks from last week, you’ll find the other two (S20, S20+) almost matching, while the S20 Ultra takes the line to a higher level. The pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will match that of the above-and-beyond nature of the specifications therein. If the first Galaxy S10 5G phone’s price is any indication, this Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a base cost that’s higher than any Galaxy smartphone that’s come before. There’ll definitely be cheaper ways to get 5G phones in 2020, without a doubt. We’ll know more on February 11, 2020! source
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a dedicated security chip Samsung is joining the likes of Google and Apple in including a chip specifically for security on its devices. The Galaxy S20 series comes with a Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ certified Secure Element which comprises of the S3K250AF security chip and software optimized for it. This is the highest level of certification for a mobile component. Samsung has so far solely relied on software-based security measures but with the Galaxy S20, the company is turning a new leaf. The Secure Element on the Galaxy S20 series works in the same manner as it does on the likes of the iPhones and Pixels. It has a separate memory for storing private and confidential information like passwords, PINs, crypto-currency credentials, and more. Dongho Shin, senior vice president of System LSI marketing Samsung Electronics said: “Strong security measures have become a crucial feature in today’s smart devices as they evolve into essential tools that hold the key to our personal data connected to various services such as the cloud and financial transactions. Samsung has a long and proven history in security solutions such as smart card ICs, IoT processors and other semiconductor products that require robust security. Our new turnkey SE solution for mobile devices will not only keep user data safer on the go but also enable new mobile applications that will broaden and enrich our everyday lives.” The Secure Element will fend off reverse engineering attempts, power glitches, laser attacks, and more in a bid to protect sensitive data stored on your Galaxy S20. The chip is already in mass production and should also be found in future flagship Samsung devices. Interestingly, Samsung is also going to make this chip available to other OEMs for use in their mobile devices. Source: Samsung Source: Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a dedicated security chip (Neowin)
  3. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 120Hz display is a huge battery hog It recharges quickly though, thanks to world's first USB Fast Charger Certification (Image credit: Future) One of the star features of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship smartphone is its ability to run its display at a silky smooth 120Hz, but as discovered by our sister site Tom’s Guide, this optional setting doesn’t play nice with overall battery life. The team conducted a series of tests that compared the beastly 6.9-inch handset’s battery life in both 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rate modes, measuring how long it would last on average while continuously surfing the web with a screen brightness of 150 nits. Tom’s Guide found that the phone’s massive 5,000mAh cell would last on average about 12 hours in the 60Hz mode, but when the same was done in the 120Hz mode, the test results weighed in at just over 9 hours, representing almost 3 hours (or 25%) less battery life than in the default 60Hz mode. A larger battery drain when using this boosted mode isn’t necessarily surprising, but the extent of its impact is worth noting for those trying to eke out extra life from their Galaxy S20 Ultra. As mentioned, the 60Hz mode is enabled by default, and with it you get an increased resolution (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) compared to 120Hz mode (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), so we’d recommend only switching it on when gaming or if you’re not that bothered by a shorter battery life. Officially fast Thankfully, battery-life related news on the S20 Ultra isn’t all bad today, with the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announcing that the Galaxy S20 range of smartphones has just become the first ever to receive its USB Fast Charger Certification. While plenty of handsets have already been released with some form of fast charging, what separates the Galaxy S20 range (according to USB-IF) is its support for the Programmable Power Supply (PPS) feature. In brief, this should allow Samsung’s latest flagships to manage heat more effectively while charging rapidly and, in turn, work more optimally with any third party fast charger... so long as that charger also has the same certification and is able to produce the required current and voltage. Without PPS, the phone and charger aren’t able to effectively communicate with each other in order to determine the maximum speed at which the charger can charge, so instead it would default to a slower, safer option. The certification is great news for the future of fast charging, but at present, there aren’t too many options available that support the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus 25W fast charging, and even fewer for the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 45W, so sticking to a Samsung-made charger is still (and perhaps unsurprisingly) recommended. Source: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 120Hz display is a huge battery hog (TechRadar)
  4. Galaxy S20 Ultra to come with a whopping 16GB of RAM How much RAM is too much RAM? First image of article 3 image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. After the recent leak of live pictures of Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S20, more details have started to trickle in about the upcoming device. First, a recap: the Galaxy S20 is the follow-up to last year's Galaxy S10. Samsung's naming scheme is apparently changing, and a "Galaxy S11" is not a product that will be happening. It looks like it's now going to be "Samsung Galaxy S [current year]" so this year it's the S20. The model lineup is also changing, too, and we're getting three sizes: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the highest-end phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra. In the US, they're all going to be 5G with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoCs, and internationally you should be able to find 4G and 5G versions with Samsung Exynos chips. Now, the new stuff: Max Weinbach, the XDA author who scored the live pictures of the Galaxy S20, has some spec info. 16GB of RAM would be a new high point for smartphones. That is an absolutely ridiculous amount of memory and would outclass many laptops out there, which typically start at 8GB of RAM. As for what you're supposed to do with all that memory, it might be useful for Samsung's DeX desktop mode, which lets you kick the phone over to a full windowed PC interface by hooking it up to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. A baseline of 12GB—the highest-end config for the Galaxy S10—would be a big increase, too. As connected Samsung leaker Ice Universe points out, this will most likely be LPDDR5, which Samsung has already put into production. The Galaxy S10 came in storage tiers of 128GB, 512GB, and 1TB, so the listed S20 tiers of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB would be a downgrade. The good news is that there's still a MicroSD slot—on the "Ultra" model, at least. A 5000mAh battery sounds like a significant leap over the 4500mAh battery in the biggest Galaxy S10, the "5G" version, but keep in mind it's going to be doing a lot of heavy lifting. In the US, it's going to have to deal with the extra power draw of the Snapdragon 865's separate 4G/5G modem, which should impact the battery more than a fully integrated solution. With speedy display panels being all the rage in 2020, the Galaxy S20 is also rumored to support a 120Hz display. More power draw from the display itself and more power draw from the CPU and GPU having to render everything at 120 frames per second should also affect battery life. And speaking of that 120Hz display, the one disappointing Galaxy S20 rumor comes from Ice Universe, who claims that the Galaxy S20 will need to reduce its screen resolution to run at 120Hz. It sounds like the two options will be a full-resolution 1440p image at the normal 60Hz or a reduced-resolution 1080p image at 120Hz. Do you want a clear image or faster scrolling? It's not clear why Samsung would do something like this. Reducing the rendering resolution doesn't have a huge impact on battery life, so are the CPU and GPU the issue? Maybe the phone is just not fast enough for a 1440p, 120Hz image. Weinbach lists a 108MP camera for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which would use pixel binning to combine nine pixels into a single pixel for better light collection, outputting a 12MP image. We're still not clear how the cameras will pan out across the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra or how the camera block designs will look. There are real-life pictures of the S20+ camera arrangement, but what about the other models? The earlier render with the weirdly disorganized camera array was for the "Galaxy S11+," aka the biggest version of the 2020 Galaxy S line. Under the new naming scheme, the biggest version of the Galaxy S isn't the S20+, it would be the S20 Ultra, which we haven't seen yet. So no one knows if the crazy camera array is really happening or not. The phone is scheduled for a launch event on February 11, but there will no doubt be more leaks between now and then. Source: Galaxy S20 Ultra to come with a whopping 16GB of RAM (Ars Technica) (To view the article's 3 image gallery, please visit the above link)
  5. New Samsung Galaxy S20 leak points to a 120Hz display, but no headphone jack The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus display said to be taller, too (Image credit: TechRadar) There are almost too many Samsung Galaxy S20 to keep up with this week, with the latest news strongly hinting at a 120Hz display but no 3.5mm headphone jack. And by 'strongly hinting' we mean 'nearly definitively confirming', as someone has had time with an alleged S20 Plus phone well before the February 11 launch event. This is essentially the Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus, of course, though all of the rumors have been coalescing around the Galaxy S20 name for Samsung's new phone series. Taking that into account, this S20 news backs up a previous leak, back when we were all calling it the S11, which first mentioned a choice between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates as an option within the Samsung OneUI beta software. Today's S20 Plus leak for the basically confirms those options in the larger handset, according to XDA Developers contributor Max Weinbach. He has photo evidence from a source with alleged access to one of the S20 Plus handsets. In other words, this could be coming to the whole Samsung smartphone line in 2020. (Image credit: XDA Developers / Max Weinbach) This leak also suggests the S20 Plus will have a 3,200 x 1,440 WQHD+ resolution display, which are longer dimensions thanks to a 20:9 aspect ratio. But you won’t be able to get 120Hz at this max resolution – the faster refresh rate will be capped at FHD+, per the leak. By default, Samsung's top-end flagships in recent years have all had QHD+ displays, but by default resolution has been 1080p out of the box. You had to change to QHD+ in the settings menu, which did drain the battery life faster. We're not certain most people notice the pixel-packing difference on handsets of this size. So the 120Hz existing only at FHD+ may be non-factor. Today's S20 news comes shortly after OnePlus revealed it’s working on 120Hz screen tech after releasing phones with 90Hz displays in 2019, while older rumors suggested the iPhone 12 line could get 120Hz displays as well. No headphone jack for the Galaxy S20 Plus? The XDA leak included another tidbit: a hands-on video from the source. This short video shows the ‘domino’ style rear camera block, though further info supplied to XDA affirms that the headphone jack is nowhere to be found. If true, and following the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 omission of a 3.5mm port, this finally spells the end of headphone jacks for Samsung flagships. And, appropriately, this should be the end of Samsung's long sneering at Apple for ditching the headphone jack starting with the iPhone 7. Samsung started down this road by losing them in the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus six months ago. Samsung reps justified the removal by claiming it allowed a bit more (100mAh) battery and improving haptic feedback. It’s not completely gone from Samsung top-line phones in 2020: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a headphone jack, as we saw at CES 2020. Lastly, the XDA leak affirmed that the S20 phones would be retaining its predecessors’ in-screen ultrasonic scanners instead of swapping them out for optical scanners. Source: New Samsung Galaxy S20 leak points to a 120Hz display, but no headphone jack (TechRadar)
  6. Real-world photos confirm Samsung’s next flagship phone is called the Galaxy S20 Because 20 is higher than 11, you see There will be no Samsung Galaxy S11. Instead, Samsung is jumping ahead to the S20. Rumors had been swirling about the branding change in recent weeks, and today XDA Developers published the first real-world shots of the Galaxy S20 Plus. The phone’s startup screen confirms the new name; maybe Samsung is naming by year now. And we also see that the front of the device has a center hole-punch cutout that’s similar to the selfie shooter from the Galaxy Note 10. Samsung has significantly toned down the curved sides of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, with XDA’s source saying that the S20 Plus feels largely flat in hand. On the back, we get a look at Samsung’s large camera array for the S20 Plus, which is rumored to contain a regular wide lens, an ultra-wide, portrait, and a macro lens as the new, fourth option. On back is also one of the more optimistic, hopeful confidentiality stickers I’ve ever seen: it actually just flat out says “do not leak info.” So much for that. Samsung will unveil an entire line of Galaxy S20 devices at its Unpacked event on February 11th, including multiple screen sizes and some models with 5G connectivity. The company’s next foldable phone, perhaps called the Galaxy Bloom, is also expected to debut next month. Source: Real-world photos confirm Samsung’s next flagship phone is called the Galaxy S20 (The Verge)
  7. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra real-life photos show massive camera hump The Samsung Galaxy S20 series has already leaked in renders and press photos. Now, real-life photos of the Galaxy S20 Ultra courtesy of @jon_prosser have made their way online showing the massive camera hump at the rear. The photos only show the device from the rear and while they are of relatively low resolution, they do a good job of showing the massive camera hump which houses four different camera sensors along with an LED flash. The photo also shows the camera hump having a 100X Space Zoom moniker to highlight the zoom prowess of the device. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is rumored to come with a 108MP camera that will allow it to record videos in 8K resolution as well as offer 100X digital zoom. The camera hump on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is so massive that it makes the quad-camera setupray of the S20 Plus look small in comparison. The latter will miss out on the 100X Space Zoom feature as it will only have a 64MP camera instead of a 108MP one like on the Ultra variant. Samsung is all set to announce the Galaxy S20 series alongside the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Buds+ at its Unpacked event on February 11. The company intends to launch its flagship handset in three different variants and in 4G and 5G flavors. The detailed pricing and specs of the Galaxy S20 lineup have also been leaked. If you want to know more about the Galaxy S20, make sure to read our rumor roundup. Source: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra real-life photos show massive camera hump (Neowin)
  8. The Samsung Galaxy S20 has more RAM than most laptops – and that’s stupid More RAM than a Paul McCartney solo album (Image credit: Shutterstock) You might have noticed that Samsung has released several new phones recently, and the Galaxy S20 range are the latest handsets to come with a frankly ludicrous amount of RAM: a choice of 8GB and 12GB of the stuff. And I’m not saying that in a ‘woah, that’s an awesome amount of RAM’ way, but in a ‘this is just silly, what smartphone needs that much RAM?’ kind of way. After all, most Windows 10 laptops have 8GB of RAM or less. The fact that Samsung is pushing phones with that kind of memory is at best pointless, and at worse insulting to customers who are paying for RAM they shouldn’t need. There’s another negative aspect as well, which I’ll get to in a moment. But let’s address the main issue. Does a smartphone really need 8GB of RAM – or more? I honestly don’t think so. After all, I recommend that people buy Windows 10 laptops with 8GB of RAM, but then you’re usually performing more intensive tasks – often at the same time – with a laptop compared to a smartphone. Packed with RAM (Image credit: Future) Gaming PCs that run graphically-demanding titles can also benefit from that level of RAM – and while mobile games are more impressive than ever, they still don’t compare with the best PC games. And if you’ve got a gaming PC or laptop, then unless you’re live streaming at the same time, you don’t really need more than 8GB. Meanwhile, some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20 come with 12GB of RAM. One of the reasons I suggest people get a laptop with 8GB of RAM compared to 4GB is because Windows 10 is a big old bloated beast of an operating system. More streamlined and better optimized operating systems, like Chrome OS and Linux, don’t need that kind of RAM. That’s why you see Chromebooks with 2GB and 4GB of the stuff – and they run absolutely fine. Android, the operating system the Samsung Galaxy S20 runs on, is the most successful operating system in the world for a reason – it’s lightweight and versatile enough to run on billions of smartphones and tablets, the vast majority of which have nowhere near 8GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Android apps that you’ll be running on the Galaxy S20 will be designed for the bulk of Android devices which have limited RAM capabilities. What this essentially boils down to is that you’re very unlikely to need that 8GB of RAM in the Samsung Galaxy S20, unless you’re doing something like 8K video recording, which while a nice feature to have, isn’t going to be that widely used by people. An acceptable level of ram (Image credit: Shutterstock) Why has Samsung gone overboard with RAM? So why has Samsung packed the Galaxy S20 range with so much RAM? I think the short answer is that it’s a nice big number that sets it apart from handsets by its competitors. By cynically including that much RAM, Samsung seems to be hoping that it will convince people that its phones are better than, say, the iPhone, because it has more RAM. And, let’s face it, smartphone design and innovation has been boring recently. Smartphone makers want to find ways to encourage people to upgrade their phones every two years, and they are running out of ideas, I think. If you still think your two-year-old phone does the job fine (and unless it’s a Windows Mobile phone, you’d be right), then why spend money on a new phone? That’s why smartphone makers (like – and I’m pulling a name out of a hat at random here – oh let’s say Samsung) have been foisting new foldable form factors on us which are overly expensive, don’t offer any real benefits and are plagued with problems. The same goes for RAM. Samsung hopes you’ll look at your current handset with a paltry 512MB RAM and think ‘hey that new Galaxy S20 has 8GB RAM! It must be much better, and will allow me to phone people/check WhatsApp/play Pokémon Go so much faster!’ when, of course, that’s not going to be the case. Oh good a foldable phone. Thanks. I hate it. (Image credit: Future) What’s the problem? However, if Samsung wants to put 8GB or 12GB in its flagship smartphone, what’s the problem? Well, while Samsung is of course allowed to do whatever it likes with its products (as long as they don’t explode), there is something I take issue with. Putting that much RAM into a smartphone isn’t cheap – and the Samsung Galaxy S20, at a price of $999 / £899 / AU$1,499, is one of the most expensive smartphones ever. It’s $100 more than what the Galaxy S10 launched at, and a big part of that high price will be because of the RAM. That means that Samsung is charging people for something I just don’t think they are going to use. That’s not good. There’s also more serious longer term repercussions of Samsung using this much RAM, however. You see, if this encourages smartphones to contain ever-more RAM, we could see smartphone OSes and apps becoming ever more bloated. If they have all that RAM to play around with – why waste all that time trying to optimize them? We’ve seen something similar happen with computing and games. My first PC was an Amiga A500+. A fantastic device that had some of the best games and tools of its time. It had a minuscule 512KB RAM and no hard drive at all – you had to rely on 1.44MB floppy disks. This is better than any phone Samsung will ever make (Image credit: Future) These constraints led to some of the most innovative games and applications ever made, with stunning graphics and audio for its time. For anyone who’s had to download a 50GB game (or install one from a disk) and then download a 10GB day-one patch, the idea that an entire, finished, game could be put on a 1.44 floppy disk (or 12 of them if you’re as awesome as Monkey Island 2) will seem like some of highly-optimized utopia. But the point I’m making is that if the majority of phones start coming with 12GB of RAM, you can be damn sure that apps and operating systems will begin making use of that RAM. In some cases, it will involve adding great new features. In many cases, though, it will simply mean the software isn’t as optimized as it once was. And no one wants that. Source: The Samsung Galaxy S20 has more RAM than most laptops – and that’s stupid (TechRadar)
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