After several months of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally launched the much-anticipated set of smartphones as part of its flagship Galaxy S20 series. For the uninitiated, the series comes with three new smartphones that include Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Several analysts believe that the new series could set a new sales record for the South Korean tech giant, and now a new report has emerged that pretty much confirms the prediction.
The report from the buyback price comparison service SellCell reveals that 58% more Samsung users have gotten rid of their old phones in the weeks that preceded the Feb 11 launch than the previous year. That, coupled with the recent findings that around 86% of existing Samsung users intend to stick with the brand on their next upgrade, could mean the new series is going to beat the sales figures of 2019 Samsung flagship models.
Research Analyst Sujeong Lim predicts the Galaxy S20 series shipments to exceed 40 million units thanks to 5G-connectivity, hardware and camera improvements, and competitive pricing. In comparison, Samsung has managed to sell about 37 million Galaxy S10 units within the first six months since launch. Although the numbers are higher when we bring Galaxy S9 sales into the picture, both Samsung and analysts don’t consider the Galaxy S10 to be a success as it is way too short of the predicted 50 million sales mark.
Could the Galaxy S20 series be the turning point for Samsung?
With Apple iPhones surpassing Samsung smartphone sales in Q4 2019, Samsung needs to up its ante in the premium phone market now more than ever before. Since the expectations on the new Galaxy Z Flip aren’t exactly high — considering the massive failure of Samsung Galaxy Fold, it remains to be seen whether the Galaxy S20 series will help restore Samsung’s dominance in the premium segment.
The new Samsung Galaxy S20 series is, without doubt, a meaningful upgrade over last year’s premium smartphones and packs all the latest bells and whistles to lure in those looking to get rid of their old handset. Some of the prominent features of the lineup include the addition of 120Hz display, radical camera upgrades, 5G connectivity, and bleeding-edge hardware specs.
Recapping the specifications
The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is available in three variants – Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. There is no budget ‘e’ option this time, although it makes sense as it was only last month that Samsung debuted a ‘lite’ variant of the Galaxy S10.
The standard Galaxy S20 comes with a 6.2-inch QHD+ display, 128GB storage, 12GB RAM, 10MP selfie camera, 4000mAh battery, and a triple-camera setup on the rear consisting of a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 64MP telephoto lens.
The ‘Plus’ variant on the other hand sports a 6.7-inch QHD+ display, 128/512GB storage, 12GB RAM, 10MP selfie camera, 4500mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup on the rear with an additional ToF sensor beside the ones in the standard variant.
Meanwhile, the priciest of the three — Galaxy S20 Pro — features a massive 6.9-inch QHD+ display, 128/512GB storage, 12/16GB RAM, 40MP front-facing camera, 5000mAh battery, ad a quad-camera setup on the rear comprising of a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 108MP wide-angle lens, a 48MP telephoto lens, and a ToF sensor.
Besides that, all three phones run Android 10 OS out of the box and are powered by Qualcomm’s latest and fastest chipset, Snapdragon 865.