No, the $1000 Samsung Galaxy S20 isn’t overpriced
The Galaxy S20 is Samsung’s most expensive halo device yet — but you get a lot for that money, and there are still other great options.
Ever since Samsung announced its trio of Galaxy S20 phones, there’s been a lot of talk about these steep new four-figure price tags. It’s well-warranted; the baseline S20 runs $100 more than last year’s Galaxy S10 at launch, and that’s not even factoring in the cheaper and more compact S10e — for which there’s no sequel. This new pricing structure puts the S20 right in line with Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, but pricier than most other Android options.
So what’s the rationale behind this price hike? And why should you buy the Galaxy S20, let alone the even more expensive S20+ or S20 Ultra, when you can get a phone like the OnePlus 7T (one of my favorite releases of 2019) for quite literally half the price?
First off, it’s definitely expensive
5G is largely to blame. The Galaxy S20 series ships with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, which features more powerful image processing, a new fifth-generation AI Engine, better power efficiency, basically everything you could ask for in a mobile processor — except a modem.
Without an onboard modem on the 865, the Galaxy S20 doesn’t have a way of connecting to even 4G networks without the addition of the X55, Qualcomm’s first 5G-capable modem.