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Come 6 March, Samsung’s latest flagships the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, priced at 66,999 and 73,999, respectively, will be available in India for the pre-bookers. The more premium, Galaxy S20 Ultra, with 108MP camera, will be available from March 13 at 92,999.

Here is our first impression of the Galaxy S20+ Cosmic Gray variant. The handset also comes in Cloud Blue and Cosmic Black colour options.

As the name suggest, the Galaxy S20+ is the bigger variant of the Galaxy S20, and has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen to the latter’s 6.2-inch screen. It has tiny cut-out for the front camera with minimalistic looking bezels around the screen, giving it a truly immersive look. While its looks impressive, Samsung isn’t alone at pulling it off. OnePlus’ 7T Pro has very tiny bezels too and a large 6.7-inch screen.

Despite the big screen and a 4,500mAh battery inside, the Samsung smartphone is quite compact, handy to use and weighs just 188g. It is also water-proof and is IP68 certified. The OnePlus 7T Pro tips the scales at 206g, but has matte finish that feels more premium than the glossy back on Galaxy S20+.

The other highlight of the Galaxy S20+ that makes it stand out is the 120Hz refresh rate, which is twice the 60Hz available on most smartphones. Even the OnePlus 7T Pro has a 90Hz screen. Higher refresh rate leads to smoother gaming experience. However, the 120Hs refresh rate only works in Full HD resolution and switches back to 60Hz with WQHD+ (3,200x1,440p) resolution.

The Galaxy S20+ has a touch refresh rate 240fps, which is available on very few handsets. High touch refresh rate means the screen will respond faster and more accurately to touch gestures during games.

For camera buffs, the phone has a 64MP telephoto camera, 12MP ultra wide, 12 MP wide angle and depth vision camera. There is a 10MP camera on the front for selfies. Leveraging the various cameras are the multiple features meant to enhance the user experience such as 3x hybrid optical zoom to up to 30x super resolution zoom, which looks like digital zoom enhanced with some AI tool. There is a single take feature which lets users capture 3 to 10 second videos and the camera app will use AI to turn them into multiple still hosts. The camera can also record 8K videos with 8K video snap features which captures a particular moment in the video.

The Galaxy S20+ runs Android 10 with Samsung’s proprietary One UI 2.1 on top.

Like many premium smartphones, the Galaxy S20+ also doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack and relies on the USB type-C connector for charging as well as audio playback on wired headphones.

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