Decoding the Galaxy S20's different 5G combinations (The Daily Charge, 3/2/2020)
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It's Tuesday, March 3rd.
I'm Robert Cheng.
And I'm Eli Blumenthal.
And let's see what has us charged up to today.
Are you looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 to tap into one of those new fandangled 5g networks.
There are a lot of factors to consider and I've got Eli Blumenthal here to lay out all of your five 5g options and there are a lot so let's just kind of break it down simply first before we even get to the networks Let's talk about the phones, right?
We've got how many phones?
So for the S20 they have three main phones.
The S20, the S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
All three are on all four current major carriers, and I say current [INAUDIBLE]
And they all have 5G, correct?
And 5G's default, at all level.
So at least that make things simple, sort of.
Now where we get a little bit complicated is when you look at.
How each phone acts on each carrier, right?
That's where things get a little bit more complicated.
Yes, and even before we even go there.
The S20 is different than the S20 Plus and Ultra.
If you want all of 5G, the millimeter wave plus the midband plus the lowband, to be the most future proof that you can be on 5G you gotta get the Plus or Ultra.
If you get just the regular S20 on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint You won't have millimeter wave.
So just a little wrinkle.
And let's let's break that down for our listeners and our viewers.
What What does that mean when you've got all those different bands and we've I know we've talked about this before, but let's break it down again like, what does that mean that you can get all these bands versus having just, you know the mid low bands Right so the millimetre wave is the missing piece and that's what Verizon has been touting very heavily.
That is the speeds that are super fast, right?
These are the gigabit plus speeds that you'll find on a handful so the blocks it doesn't work really great door.
Range is not that great range is not that great.
Are there a whole host of other issues that we've encountered over the last year testing this type of new service But it does have the best throughput that you'll find on these devices right?
When it comes to low Ben and Ben, they all support it.
And if you're on T Mobile or sprint that means you should be able to work assuming this merger.
That's I guess nearing the final stages.
Yeah, close enough.
I think that's fair to say it's nearing.
When that goes through, that device will work with Sprint's mid-band spectrum, T-Mobile's low-band spectrum, or at least it should in theory, at least on T-Mobile's devices.
Which right now is sort of the optimal combination.
I think that's Combination you're seeing, for one, the networks around the world are largely using that mid band spectrum, which is the kind of the sweet spot right now.
Cuz it's got a good compromise between range and speed right.
Faster than your normal 4G network but the range is not as crazy short as it is on [UNKNOWN] right.
Compromise is the exact way to describe it.
It's the middle, whereas low-band has great range but the speeds are basically the same as a good 4G connection.
If you get high frequency millimetre wave yet it's super fast but no range mid band gets you both get you some decent speed improvements ,while allowing you to use your phone indoors or outside or wherever you wanna use it with a speed boost.
So given that t mobile and sprint are looking to really focus on on millimetre or mid band and low band And the millimeter wave thing they have some bits of it.
I mean, is it worth it to buy an ultra to get the access to potential millimeter wave spectrum?
We don't necessarily the ultra you can buy a plus 2.
And if you're on Verizon and want the S20 there will be a special version of Verizon 5G right now.
It's just millimeter wave.
There will be a special version of the S20 that works with millimeter wave.
For Verizon and presumably work with low band and mid bed when Verizon eventually rolls out, 5g across other bands, which it has said it will do this year.
So we don't know when exactly that will happen, but we know that's coming.
[UNKNOWN] work with that.
As for buying the Ultra, we actually have the Ultra here and the Plus.
Yeah, we've got the Plus.
I don't know which-
Here, I'll hold it up right here.
There we go.
Yeah, there we go.
These are big phones.
They're flanking my face right now, so.
Yeah, particularly the Ultra, I mean Which was this is Ultra.
That's the Ultra, you can put it next to your face, it is-
Here we go, let's [UNKNOWN].
This is a monster.
No one wants to see my face, so let's do this.
And then check out the camera modules.
And it's thick, it is a thick phone.
And that is to accomodate largely the-
5,000 milliamp hour battery and-
The giant battery.
Insane camera Cameras
The same camera as well all the different radios right so and granted the radios are here as well.
I think it's more of the cameras anything else this has the 100 x space zoom which you could see on the bottom that big sensor.
By the way, if you're not a fan of things popping out the back of your phone, this is gonna drive you crazy.
Just put a flat down on here it does not lie flat at all.
So let's There we go.
This thing is it's hard to describe but it's just really thick, this camera module.
Alright speaking of this ultra, we had a chance to actually test out the durability of the galaxy 20 Ultra.
With the drop test and well let's roll some of the footage cuz it did not fare well.
There we go.
So there's around Vanessa.
She dropped the phone a couple of times and actually after the very first drop at three feet or basically pocket height, it cracked Yeah, that was kind of disheartening
You just spent $1400, that's what the phone costs.
Right, [CROSSTALK] it is a beautiful phone, covered in glass everywhere.
Real glass six I believe.
Real glass six.
Yeah, this is the only one wi Gorilla Glass six and both front and back
I think so but obviously that didn't
That didn't help because yeah there's a screen protector there she's peeling off I mean it didn't really help a lot with the edges.
She kept dropping it I think she dropped it one more time at three feet a crack some more and then she raised the six feet twice.
Yeah, you're gonna want to case on these things.
I was Impressed with the cameras
Yes surprisingly the only things are
Drying out and you would think they'd take the brunt of the impact.
It actually was the one that like what stood all the damage
Everything was on it.
I that just boggles the mind.
It doesn't make any sense but you know, credit to Samsung there, maybe put that gap that glass [LAUGH]
On every other part of the phone?
Maybe there's some sort of experimental Gorilla Glass 7 we don't know about that [INAUDIBLE]?
Or Sapphire or something else that they're doing.
Yeah, it could've been Sapphire, that would explain the giant price tag on this thing.
Well, Sapphire for cameras isn't uncommon.
Right, right.>> I think Apple's been doing that for years.
Apple does that, yes.
But I'm wondering if it's over the lens, or this entire module.
Right I don't have the answer to that.
So cuz that would be more costly.
Yes, that is a I mean you could just look at it, it's a giant piece of the back of the phone.
You can't see it here but it's got space zoom written here, 100x zoom which I was talking to someone.
When I mentioned this feature they immediately reacted It's a creeper camera, cool.
So there you go.
Yeah, the quality of zooming in with that also is just not-
A little dubious?
It's not great, yeah, but that definitely is one interesting way that your friend immediately jumped to that's the use case for it.
[LAUGH] It wasn't my friend, it was just a random person-
I was talking to, cuz I talk to random people, that's what reporters do.
For Daily Charge, I'm Roger Chang.
I'm Eli Blumenthal.
Thanks for joining us.