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Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: A good upgrade or not?

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: Time to make a choice
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If you have been looking at the prospect of purchasing a Samsung Galaxy A20 but have yet to do so, you might want to hold off and consider what Samsung has to offer in the A20s. Samsung Galaxy A20s (2019) is a minor upgrade, to be sure, but it just might be what you are looking for. Come along with me as I walk you through this Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s comparison.

Samsung releasing the Galaxy A20s is a smart move. If you have a product that is doing well in the market, you should milk it as much as possible by offering more variants and/or versions of it. As a matter of fact, Samsung has a Galaxy A20e in the market as well too. Talk about milking a popular product to the last drop.

So, if you are in the market for a budget Samsung smartphone and you are torn between the Samsung Galaxy A20 and Samsung Galaxy A20s, the information below will help you make up your mind.

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: Time to make a choice
Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: Time to make a choice

Our faithful comparison table is our first stop to see how these two devices compare.

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s Comparison Table

Here is a quick comparison table to help you see how the Samsung A20 vs A20s smartphones stand side by side.

Samsung Galaxy A20Samsung Galaxy A20s
6.4 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio Super AMOLED display6.5 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio IPS LCD display
Android 9 Pie + One UIAndroid 9 Pie + One UI
Octa-core EXYNOS 7884, 1.6 GHz (14 nm)Octa-core Snapdragon 4501.8 GHz (14 nm)
8MP selfie camera8MP selfie camera
13 + 5 MP rear dual camera with LED flash13 + 8 + 5 MP rear triple camera with LED flash
32 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 1 TB32 GB / 64GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 1 TB
4000 mAh battery + 15W fast charging4000 mAh battery + 15W fast charging
$145 (₦51,500)$160 (₦55,500)

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: The Similarities

Samsung Galaxy A20 2019 splash

Samsung Galaxy A20 and Samsung Galaxy A20s are very identical in size, with only 1 or 2 centimetres diffrence in dimensions, so you might not be able to tell them apart without a closeup side-by-side lineup. Both smartphones are very similar in terms of design, and that is understandable. Afterall, what separates one from the other is an “s”.

What else do they have in common? They both have a waterdrop display of the same resolution – 720 x 1560 pixels. They have the same internal storage and RAM. And they both run Android 9. As far as expandable memory capability is concerned, there is no difference either: both phones have a dedicated microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 1TB storage.

The battery capacity and charging standard are the same on both phones as well. The selfie cameras and fingerprint scanners are the same. The Galaxy A20 and A20s are pretty much identical twins. But even identical twins have tiny, noticeable differences. So, let’s have a look at where these two siblings differ.

Samsung Galaxy A20 and Samsung Galaxy A20s: The differences

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20

While the displays share the same resolution, that of the Galaxy A20s is slightly bigger (just 0.1″ bigger) and is no longer Super AMOLED but an IPS LCD panel. With AMOLED displays, you get deeper blacks and better contrast. They are also more expensive to fix, should you break them. So, bear that in mind.

If you look at the back side of both phones though, there is a marked difference: the Galaxy A20 has a dual camera, while the A20s has a triple camera.

On the inside, the Galaxy A20s has a more capable, more powerful processor and so delivers better performance compared to its older sibling.

Lastly, the Galaxy A20s has a 4GB/64GB variant for those who want more RAM and storage space.

Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Samsung Galaxy A20s: Conclusions

In conclusion, the A20s gives up the Super AMOLED display and compensates you with a triple camera and a Snapdragon processor. And that is pretty much the most significant things to note.

While on paper, the A20s’ triple camera is the better specc’d when compared to the A20’s dual camera, it does not necessarily mean that it delivers better photos. We need a shootout to determine that.

But we know for sure that the A20’s AMOLED display produces better contrast and depth than the LCD panel on the A20s. Why did Samsung ditch AMOLED for LCD? I have no idea.

We also know for sure that the Snapdragon 450 chipset is a more capable one. Lastly, the A20s offers two memory options – a 4GB/64GB in addition to the base configuration of 3GB/32GB. Of course, that higher variant costs more. So, let’s stick with the 3GB/32GB for now (that is what is available in the country anyway).

There is about ₦5,000 difference in the prices of both devices. Is it big enough to influence your buying decision? At the end of the day, your decision will depend on your purchasing power. But costs aside, which of these two budget Samsung phones will you opt for?

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