The first thing to know about Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 phones is that they aren’t upgrades to last year’s Galaxy S10—at least not in the way that the S10 was an upgrade to 2018’s Galaxy S9, and so on all the way back to the original Galaxy S in 2010.
Instead, with the Galaxy S20’s launch today in San Francisco, Samsung is establishing a whole new hyperpremium tier of phones. In the U.S., for instance, the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra will all come standard with 5G connectivity, a feature that your current phone—be it from Samsung or anyone else—almost certainly doesn’t have. That in itself makes them part of the future of smartphones.
The S20 phones also have some of the most ambitious camera technology that anyone has ever stuffed into a phone. Their sensors are larger, and so are their megapixel counts and zoom ranges, by a lot—with up to a startling 108 megapixels of resolution and 100X zoom range in the case of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.