Samsung’s New Galaxy S20 Devices Are Even More Expensive Than iPhone

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Samsung today unveiled a new stable of 5G-compatible Galaxy smartphones, as well as a second attempt at a foldable device and an AirPods Pro competitor.

That includes the 6.2-inch Galaxy S20, a 6.7-inch Galaxy S20+ and a 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra.

As you’ve come to expect from Samsung, the flagships all sport top-tier specifications like AMOLED displays, 120Hz refresh rates, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors and HDR10+ certifications.

The other specs pretty much line up with what you’d expect.

  1. All the devices pack 12GB of RAM, while the S20 Ultra can be configured with up to 16GB.
  2. They’re all powered by a 7nm 64-bit Octa-Core CPU, but feature a battery size between 4,000mAh (S20) and 5,000mAh (S20 Ultra).
  3. As far as 5G compatibility, the Galaxy S20 only supports sub-6GHz spectrum, while the two larger Galaxy devices are compatible with both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G.

In addition to the new Galaxy smartphones, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip, a new foldable device akin to the new Motorola Razr, and an updated pair of wireless headphones dubbed Galaxy Buds+.

All in all, it’s an impressive lineup from Samsung. But while the devices are cutting edge, they won’t come cheap.

The cheapest Galaxy this year, the S20, starts at $999. The S20+ retails for $1,199 and the S20 Ultra retails for $1,399.

Want a foldable instead? The Z Flip starts at $1,380 but doesn’t include 5G. Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+, which are meant to compete with AirPods Pro, are priced fairly competitively at $149.

How Will Apple’s iPhones Compare?

If you look at the prices for the new Galaxy lineup, you start to get the suspicion that Samsung is trying to beat Apple at its own game. Namely, premium smartphones packed with features.

You’ll find a lot of similarities between the new Samsung flagships and rumors of this year’s iPhone lineup, too. Apple’s devices may also feature OLED across the board and a 120Hz ProMotion display.

This year’s iPhones are expected to sport 5G as well. But, interestingly, current analyst predictions don’t suggest that this year’s 5G-compatible iPhones will be that much more expensive. Apple’s upcoming lineup is also rumored to sport both mmWave and sub-6GHz compatibility across the board.

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