Samsung Galaxy S20 or S20+ – A Tough Decision?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ have already made their way to the list of the best smartphones in the market.

As both the phones are pretty close to each other in terms of features, a lot of people are finding it difficult to make a decision on whether they should go for a Galaxy S20 or S20+.

Let us have a detailed comparison on 4 major decision making factors of either phones and in the end, we will tell give you a recommendation as to which phone could be a better choice.

Display

With most of the design elements being similar, the most easily notable difference between the s20 and the s20+ lies in their screen size. If it weren’t for the difference in size, it is literally impossible for someone to look at the front end and distinguish these phones.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ | Source – Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy 20 hosts a 6.2 inch dynamic OLED display at 563 ppi whereas the Galaxy 20+ hosts a 6.7 inch dynamic OLED display at 525 ppi. Other display features such as Quad HD+ resolution, HDR1O+, and 120 Hz refresh rate remains the same in both the phones.

Having a smaller display and thereby an overall smaller size makes the Galaxy S20 portable and very easy to use with a single hand. The S20+, on the other hand, is pretty large making it less portable, and quite difficult to use with one hand.

When it comes to watching videos, the S20+ with its larger screen could provide a better experience. However, it is to be noted here that the 120 Hz refresh rate is most profound in the case of the smaller S20.

Having a larger screen in the S20+ provides a better texting experience as the large display give way to a much bigger keyboard and keys. This makes the S20+ a good option for the people with bigger hands or those who text frequently.

Camera

Camera is a very important parameter when it comes to choosing a smartphone. Both the Galaxy S20 and S20+ comes with some of the best cameras in the market.

Samsung Galaxy S20 | Source – Samsung

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ have similar camera setup with 12 MP Wide, 64 MP telephoto, 12 MP Ultra-Wide lens and also the same 10 MP front camera. The main difference in the camera of either models is the presence of the Time-of-flight sensor in the Galaxy S20+.

Similar camera setup means that regular photos and videos taken using the S20 and the S20+ may not have much differences. However, having a Time-of-flight sensor will make a difference in the photo of the s20+ when you are taking pictures of subjects or objects requiring varying depth level focus. The TOF sensor is also expected to improve the quality of photos taken in low light, and assist with the AR mode.

For an everyday use, the S20 and the S20+ share similar camera performance.

Performance

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ scores equally well when it comes to performance. Both the phones come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and 12 GB of memory. Be it gaming, multi-tasking or video editing, both the phones perform equally well.

Coming to battery, the Galaxy S20 comes with a 4000 mAh battery whereas the S20+ comes with a 4500 mAh battery capacity. A larger battery does not always mean a good battery life. The additional 500 mAh battery capacity carried by the S20+ is compensated by its larger screen to some extent. Hence, the battery life of both the phones are identical.

Mike O’Brien in one of his videos can be seen as measuring the battery life of both the phones by playing the same video for an hour. At the end of one hour, the battery dropped by about 11% for both the phones.

Pricing

As of now (when this article was published) the Galaxy S20+ comes at $1,200 and the S20 comes at $1,000. Both the phones differ by a huge margin of $200.

Samsung Galaxy S20 or S20+ – Which One to Buy?

Considering all the above mentioned aspects, we recommend buying a Galaxy S20 as it gets the job done with a $200 less price tag as compared to the Galaxy S20+. The S20 is compact, portable, easy to use, takes really great photos, and performs really well when it comes to gaming and multi-tasking.

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