Packaging and accessories
In the elegant, black box, on which the inscription indicates from a distance what model we are dealing with, we found the most necessary accessories. There is a charger here (PDO: 5V-3A, 9V-2.77A; PPS: 5.9V-3A, 11V-2.25A), supporting Super Fast Charging 25W, USB-C cable and in-ear AKG headphones with replaceable rubber bands , pin to open the SIM/microSD card tray and some papers.
Construction and screen
The smartphone has the stately dimensions (73.7 x 161.9 x 7.8 mm) and weight (186 g), but draws attention to the high quality and relatively slim housing. The design is not very original - we have here two glass panels connected by an aluminum frame. The frame is quite small, because the glass panels overlap the edges of the device - which looks cool, but raises concerns about the durability of the phone in the event of a fall. The whole is quite long and you will probably not be able to conveniently operate the screen with one hand.
The colour of the housing is not typical - it's Cloud Blue, a pale shade of blue, which in addition gives an interesting iridescent effect in light - certainly stands out from the crowd, although this is obviously not the only colour option. Generally, S20+ 5G is a handy and comfortable device, properly rounded, with a large screen, filling almost the entire surface of the front panel. What's more, it is a dust and waterproof device - in accordance with the IP68 standard.
The screen in S20+ 5G is a real gem. It's Dynamic AMOLED, with deep, saturated colours, with a 6.7-inch WQHD display (3200 x 1440 pixels), which gives 525 ppi. I have no objections to colours, viewing angles, brightness - the screen is simply a jewel in the crown. In addition, it supports HDR10+. People who use polarized glasses will have no problems with either vertical or horizontal image orientation.
What's more, following one of the latest cellular trends, Samsung provides here two refresh rate options - next to the standard 60 Hz (i.e. the screen refreshes 60 times in a second) the entire S20 series also offers 120 Hz refresh. It is worth noting that the screen resolution is then reduced to FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) or HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels). What are the benefits of this? First of all, it allows you to use the full potential of games adapted to the 120 Hz screen and improves the smoothness of the animation when navigating the interface, especially during fast scrolling. Although you need to be aware that this translates into significantly higher energy consumption. I will add that the default value is 60 Hz and there is no tool here to automate the frequency selection process, for example after detecting games that support the 120 Hz screen.
Within the screen there is, firstly, a hole with a selfies camera, which also supports face recognition, and secondly, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (3D Sonic Sensor). With both of these biometric security solutions, I prefer face recognition (or at least as long as there is sufficient lighting). Of course, the reader placed under the screen has many followers, but for me it is less intuitive and slower than a traditional capacitive scanner - you need to accurately hit the scanned area with your finger and press your finger long enough. Without looking, there is no option to unlock the screen, and the correctness of the readings here is about 75%. And what is happening around it? The display is surrounded by narrow frames, and the whole is covered by a rounded layer of reinforced glass. In the almost invisible gap above the screen there is a conversation speaker, which is part of the stereo system.
The back panel of the device has a pastel, light blue colour, and its surface is smooth and shiny (although, to tell the truth, due to the appearance and lack of fingerprints I would love to see a matte version here). Within the housing there is a black, rectangular module, slightly protruding above the housing, which houses a quad camera (including ToF sensor), a diode and an additional microphone. The manufacturer's logo appeared in the lower part, and almost invisible markings and certifications were printed.
The edges of the phone are well-profiled, thanks to which everything fits perfectly in your hand. They are made of aluminum and are interrupted by antenna strips. On the left there is nothing (I am especially pleased that the manufacturer did not place the Bixby button here), while on the right there are two physical buttons - oblong to adjust the volume and a smaller one to turn on the phone and unlock the screen. On the bottom edge there is an external speaker, which, together with the talk speaker, is a tandem stereo system. There is also a microphone hole and USB-C port - unfortunately, as in other recent Samsung flagships, there is no universal headphone jack.
On the upper edge there is an additional microphone and a tray for SIM cards (2xnano) and a microSD card. This is a hybrid solution - which means that we can mount either two SIM cards or a storage medium instead of one of them.