Samsung’s big Galaxy S20 upgrade has been an open book for some time. So today the shock is not that the company accidentally leaked the phone on its website, confirming everything we knew. It’s the range’s leaked prices which have caused jaws to drop.
Samsung Galaxy S20 render based on multiple leaks
Dealing with Samsung’s accident first, credit for the spot goes to WinFuture who managed to get screenshots showing Samsung briefly list the Galaxy S20 inside a new LED hard case. The case obscures a clear view of the new phone’s remarkably thin bezels, but it does confirm the new centralised front camera and, more importantly, the massive new rear camera housing with all-new triple cameras up to 108MP (more details here).
Samsung just leaked the Galaxy S20 on its own website
Instead, the real shock instead comes from new price leaks. Tapping up a source within Verizon, vociferous YouTuber Jon Prosser today revealed the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will start from $999, $1,199 and $1,399 respectively. And here’s the real shocker: much like the iPhone 11, the new Galaxy S20 is actually the successor to the entry-level Galaxy S10e while the Galaxy S20+ replaces the standard Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra takes over the role of the Galaxy S10+ as the range’s new flagship. Prosser remarks, “You may riot now” and it’s easy to see why.
Prosser also states T-Mobile will match these prices, though he notes AT&T will sell the phones for $100 less, which may give Galaxy fans a crumb of comfort. A further one is these are 5G variants, which could push 4G models into $799, $999 and $1,199 brackets though I’d expect resale prices for the 4G models to be significantly lower when you come to sell/trade-in in a few years time.
Interestingly, Samsung has already opened Galaxy S20 pre-orders. The registration page currently has no prices, so those who have already signed up already are set for a rude awakening. Even with Samsung’s thinly disguised promotional offer.
Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra official leaked renders
Could the phone’s be worth it? The answer will depend on your level of Galaxy devotion, but we do know they deliver substantial upgrades following several iterative generations. The big news is the aforementioned redesigned camera system with super-high resolutions and up to 10x optical zoom, as well as a crowd-pleasing 120Hz display (with some limitations) and big battery capacity increases. Controversially, though in my opinion correctly, the Galaxy S20 range also marks the end of the edge display.
For a full rundown of the Galaxy S20 range’s new features you can read my upgrade guide, but with just a week to go before the big launch don’t be surprised if Samsung finds more ways to spoil its own party yet.
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