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Samsung launches Galaxy S20 series with 5G connectivity, camera tech innovations

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

San Francisco, United States  /  Wed, February 12, 2020  /  05:01 pm
Samsung launches Galaxy S20 series with 5G connectivity, camera tech innovations

Samsung "unpacked" its new Galaxy S20 series as well as Z Flip on Tuesday at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

The wait is finally over. Samsung “unpacked” its new Galaxy S20 series on Tuesday in San Francisco, which The Jakarta Post witnessed at the invitation of Samsung Electronics Indonesia.

Comprising three variants namely the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra, the new series is synched to new 5G telecommunication networks and is said to offer a significant leap in technology, in the same way its name made a leap to “S20” from the preceding S10 series.

Samsung Galaxy S20 (left) is equipped with a triple camera while the S20+ (center) and S20 Ultra (right) are equipped with quad cameras.Samsung Galaxy S20 (left) is equipped with a triple camera while the S20+ (center) and S20 Ultra (right) are equipped with quad cameras. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

As there is a growing demand for phone cameras to be more reliable for daily use, Samsung through this new Galaxy S Series offers a number of innovations.

The Galaxy S20 is equipped with a triple camera while the S20+ and S20 Ultra are equipped with quad cameras. The multiple rear cameras comprise ultra-wide, wide-angle, telephoto and time of flight (TOF), delivering a wide range of image resolutions from 12MP to 108MP.

Furthermore, the S20 Ultra has the capability of 10-times hybrid optic zoom, as well as up to 100-times super resolution zoom. Meanwhile, the S20 and S20+ front-facing cameras deliver 10MP resolution, and the S20 Ultra delivers 40MP resolution.

Denny Galant, head of product marketing, IT and mobile, Samsung Electronics Indonesia, said in a media briefing in San Francisco that the new technology in the camera, video and also the phone display aimed to meet the requirements of those who like to express themselves through social media platforms using smartphones.

Those who have anticipated the launch of this new series might also be excited about the “single take” feature, where they can capture a moment in motion and be given a choice of photos and videos to keep, made possible by the AI technology within the camera.

Meanwhile, speaking of the S20 Ultra camera, Denny said the technology behind it was the aperture of its tele lens, which is f/3.5, with the smallest aperture number of f/1.8.

“It is not to be compared with the one previously launched in which the smallest aperture number was f/1.7, because the processing technology for the lighting is different, […] as we also use pixel-binning technology,” Denny explained.

The Galaxy S20 also has a pro-grade filming capability, which allows users to record video in 8K resolution that provides more vibrant colors. The video can be viewed on a Samsung QLED 8K television, apart from the phone itself.

Read also: Samsung said to be planning a new folding-screen clamshell smartphone

Aside from Galaxy S20 series, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip, a foldable glass smartphone that boasts exciting functions, from more expressive video calls to dynamic selfies and video-making.Aside from Galaxy S20 series, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip, a foldable glass smartphone that boasts exciting functions, from more expressive video calls to dynamic selfies and video-making. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

To the audience’s excitement during the “Unpacked” event, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip, a foldable glass smartphone that boasts exciting functions, from more expressive video calls to dynamic selfies and video-making.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip had attracted the audience during the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip had attracted the audience during the "Unpacked" event in San Francisco on Tuesday. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

The Z Flip, which had attracted the audience during the “Unpacked” event in San Francisco, was offered for online pre-order on Tuesday, 12 p.m. in Indonesia. However, according to a statement released by Samsung Electronics Indonesia a few hours after the online pre-order time, all stocks available had been reserved within only 66 minutes.

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