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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • On February 11th, Samsung will unveil

  • their brand new flagship for this year,

  • the Samsung Galaxy S20.

  • Like pretty much each every smartphone these days,

  • the Galaxy S20 is pretty thoroughly leaked to this point.

  • So we're looking at five variants,

  • the Samsung Galaxy S20, the S20 5G,

  • the S20 Plus, the S20 Plus 5G,

  • and of course the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G,

  • because why not.

  • So in addition to 5G being an option

  • across the entire range, we're also looking

  • at a ton of major upgrades on the spec front.

  • So cameras, specifically this year,

  • seem to be a major focus.

  • We're talking about four cameras

  • on pretty much all the Galaxy S20s.

  • So on the standard S20, S20 Plus range,

  • we're looking at a 12-megapixel camera,

  • a 64-megapixel camera,

  • as well as a three-times optical zoom,

  • as well as the little sensor for depth of field.

  • Depth of what, no, no, what is it?

  • - [Ken] Time of flight.

  • - Time of flight, thank you very much.

  • Time of flight, thanks, Ken.

  • What would I do without you?

  • Be wrong, I would be wrong.

  • Jump up to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

  • and the specs get even more ridiculous.

  • So the main camera's upgrade to 108 megapixels.

  • Sorry, I'm just gonna let that sink in, 108 megapixels.

  • Oh, and it'll also record 8K video, because why not.

  • You'll also have a 10-times optical zoom camera

  • with 48 megapixels, which is actually kind of cool.

  • I'm, like, kind of excited for that one.

  • We also have 12-megapixel ultra wide camera,

  • as well that same time of flight sensor.

  • There's a lot of ridiculous specs here,

  • and that's just on the camera side.

  • All of the S20 models this year should be taking advantage

  • of either the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990.

  • And when you go up to the Ultra edition,

  • that is going to have an option

  • to go 16 gigabytes of RAM on your phone,

  • as well as 512 gigs of storage which you could back up

  • with a one-terabyte micro SD card.

  • 'Cause obviously, 1.5 terabytes of storage

  • is about what I what I need in my phone.

  • Now this is all being powered

  • by a 5,000 milliamp-hour battery,

  • according to the rumors.

  • And all of the S20 models

  • supposedly will be taking advantage

  • of a 120 Hertz display this year.

  • Now when you look at all of these specs, it is very clear,

  • Samsung are going hard for the most spec-ripped,

  • over-the-top ridiculously powerful phone that they can do.

  • But really, what I'm curious about

  • is is it actually worth it?

  • See, I got the Is It Worth It in there.

  • You didn't see that one coming, did ya?

  • The real question here is obviously the Galaxy S20,

  • and pretty much all the 2020 flagships

  • are going to be insanely high end.

  • You've got all the specs you could ever hope for.

  • But at what point does it not matter any more?

  • I mean, sure, I'm a nerd, I'm a geek,

  • I love that sweet Geekbench score

  • and that extra 37 megapixels on my camera.

  • But at the end of the day,

  • we're all doing very similar things on our phones.

  • And while, yes, I love to have a 100-megapixel camera,

  • everyone's looking at that photo on Instagram.

  • Does it really make a huge difference,

  • and is it worth spending that $1,000 plus to upgrade?

  • Probably not.

  • The real differentiator as we go

  • into this decade for smart phones,

  • I think really is on the software side of things.

  • To go a little deeper,

  • I sat down with my good friend Myke Hurley,

  • who's the co-founder of Relay FM

  • and the host of many excellent podcasts,

  • including Cortex, as well as Connected, and many more.

  • What exactly can you do to differentiate?

  • Because everyone's using so many of the same parts.

  • And I argue what you do to differentiate

  • is you focus on software,

  • because that's really what makes these phones different.

  • That's the only thing that really gives you

  • some kind of sense of a, oh look,

  • my phone will take better photos because of the software.

  • It's faster because it's better optimized.

  • Whatever the case is, software is really the key

  • that is making all these phones

  • not just the exact same thing every year.

  • - Yeah, 'cause otherwise you've got gimmicks.

  • - Not everyone needs a brand new phone every year,

  • every two years, every three years.

  • And I think software is a huge part

  • of why that differentiation can even happen.

  • Now, I'll actually single out Samsung

  • for this specific point, because software, I think,

  • entails a lot of different aspects of a phone.

  • One of the things I think goes under

  • the radar a lot is software support.

  • I think in this day and age, a lot of phones are outdated

  • not because their hardware breaks,

  • not because the batteries are out,

  • but because they no longer receive timely software updates.

  • And that's something I will give Apple huge props for.

  • The iPhone 6s, which is like four

  • or five years old at this point,

  • still gets absolute day-and-day updates

  • with every other iPhone out there.

  • Take a look at a Samsung Galaxy S9 even, or an S8,

  • and you're lucky to get a couple

  • of years of updates if even at that.

  • And it sometimes it takes your forever

  • to actually get the correct update at the right time,

  • you might be six months behind.

  • I mean, it's an absolute mess.

  • So when I say that software is incredibly important

  • going into this decade, I mean that in a lot of contexts.

  • Samsung, for a while,

  • was really on top of the Android game,

  • as far as design, right?

  • So especially when like--

  • - Oh, there was like a few years

  • where they were making better looking phones than Apple.

  • - [Austin] Absolutely. - Like, without a doubt.

  • - Like with the S7 when they started doing, like,

  • the curved edges and everything was super smooth.

  • But now it's like, okay, cool,

  • you've kinda pushed that design as far as you can.

  • Now obviously, companies like Huawei are, like,

  • doing the full waterfall design

  • where the screen almost wraps all the way around.

  • That, to me, kinda feels a lot like a gimmick.

  • It doesn't really change the fact

  • that this sort of, as of now in 2020,

  • is sort of like the ultimate in smart phone design.

  • What it comes down to

  • is that phones today are all excellent, right?

  • Now, back in 2012, 2013, there were massive differences

  • between going for the Samsung, or the HTC, or the iPhone.

  • And while, of course, there are still differences,

  • and some of them can be significant,

  • we are very quickly hitting a point

  • where pretty much any phone,

  • even budget phones, are good enough.

  • I mean, there are a ton of manufacturers

  • who exclusively focus on phones that cost, like, two, three.

  • I mean, even the Google Pixel 3A that was $400

  • was absolutely fine for almost everyone.

  • And it didn't really sacrifice

  • on a lot of major areas, such as the camera.

  • Now as we continue to go, and as we continue

  • to look at these ridiculous overkill phones,

  • I get why Samsung and Apple and everyone

  • are trying to innovate by, like,

  • oh look, we have four cameras on the back,

  • or five, or we have 16 gigabytes of RAM,

  • or whatever the case is.

  • But at the end of the day,

  • these phones are incredibly expensive,

  • and you have to justify that to consumers.

  • To really illustrate one of the biggest differences,

  • or rather, one of the biggest

  • similarities between phones lately,

  • let me play you a clip from my review

  • of the Galaxy S10 from last year,

  • just with some slight edits to fit the Galaxy S20.