There are not many phones in the market right now that would boast of the ‘Ultra’ status right now. But within Samsung 2020 offerings is one Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, a device stocked with some of the top-notch specifications available in the market right now. The best 120GHz in the market, a five-camera configuration, huge battery and an all-new powerful chipset. So, did this outrageous phone get to live to its Ultra status? Let’s take a look
Design and display of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is massive, make no mistake. The huge 6.9 inches dynamic 2x AMOLED display comes with the infinity O centre punch-out design to accommodate the front-facing camera, achieving a screen to body ratio of 89.9%. The bezels and chin are visibly reduced, and with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate screen, the best available in the market, the screen feels like butter. The FHD+, QHD+ and HDR 10+ supported screen is great for consuming content, with animations faster than the eye can see. The frame is aluminium, blending into the glass back, where lies a conspicuous and huge camera bump that houses the five cameras. It comes IP68 certified for dust and 1.5m water for up to 30 mins.
Performance and storage
The SoC in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in 2 variants. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 for the US and the new in-house Exynos 990 for the rest of the globe. Likewise, the variants of the CPU include an octa-core up to 2.85 GHz Kyro 585s for the US version and the 2×2.73GHz Mongoose M5, a 2×2.50GHz Cortex A76 and a 4×2.0GHz Cortex A55 for the global edition. The GPU comes in either Adreno 650 for the US or the Mali G77 MP11 for the global edition. It comes with a massive 12GB of RAM and 128/256/512GB of UFS3.0 mass storage on board. In case you are in need of expandable memory, we have a microSDXC option that shares a hybrid slot with the sim card for an extra 256GB of extra space. This raw power is at the very top of flagship status, an overkill even, making more powerful than even the most powerful gaming phones in the market, and that should mean something. It is pretty much future proof and a contender for the most powerful device in the world for a while.
The camera in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has that wow effect, imply at the massive sensors crammed at the back of the phone. The primary sensor in the massive 108mp sensor 26mm wide, shadowed by a Periscope 48mp 10x hybrid optical zoom telephoto with OIS, a 12mp 13mm ultrawide with Super Steady Video, and a 0.3mp Time of Flight 3D depth sensor. The results are nothing short of impressive. At default, the 108mp camera uses a 9-to-1 binning system, compressing the images to a manageable 12mp. However, if one needs to shoot in raw108mp, it is very much possible. The dynamic range is impressive, detailed and with true to life colour. The much talked about 100x hybrid zoom off the 10x optical zoom telephoto lens is industry-leading, although the final image is not very useful due to lack of detail and unstable, especially if one is not using a stand. It can shoot 8K at 24fps, but there are hardly any screens to watch that kind of content on. So 4K at 60fps is the usual resolution going down. The selfie camera is a very much capable 40mp, capable dual video call and records 2160p video at 30/60fps.
Unlike the flagships before it, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with the huge 5000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery, a welcome addition in support of the battery hungry 120Hz screen and monstrous camera module. For the average user, this could last 2 days easily at the lower 60Hz refresh rate but for 120Hz, it lasts the whole day with some juice leftover. It supports up to 45W fast charging, which impressively fills the massive battery in about 1 hour, although straight out of the box is a 25W charging brick. It supports Qi-certified 15Wireless charging and 9W reverse wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with the newest OS iteration, Android 10 based One UI 2.1. this comes with a more fluid and simplified experience, less bloatware but more in-house Samsung productive apps. Quick share, for example, is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Airdrop, Music share that lets other Bluetooth devices “eavesdrop” and plays using its output and a new Goggle Duo video integration in the calling app. Others include a system-wide dark mode, Samsung Dex and a dedicated gaming mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is truly an ultra-phone, ticking the top flagship device box with ease. It has the best screen in the market, the biggest primary sensor, the highest hybrid zoom available and a battery to match. It is a statement unto the competition, an all-out effort that could be considered overkill, because, in retrospect, it really is too much phone for anyone. It, however, is an interesting take on what all-out means to Samsung and boy, aren’t we all impressed.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G||Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)|
|Dimensions||166.9mm x 76mm x 8.8mm|
|Body Material||Gorilla Glass 6 Front/Back, Aluminum Frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Size||6.9 inches (89.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Type||Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors|
|Resolution||1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio, (511PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Operating System||Android v10; One UI 2|
|Chipset||Exynos 990 (7nm+)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes, microSDXC|
|Back||Quad: 108MP, f/1.8, 26mm-wide, PDAF, OIS
Periscope 48MP, f/3.5, 102mm-telephoto, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom
12MP, f/2.2, 13mm-ultrawide, AF, Super Steady video
0.3MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth sensor)
|Features||LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama, 4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS|
|Front||Single: 40MP, MP, f/2.2, 26mm-wide, PDAF|
|Features||Dual video call, Auto-HDR, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, stereo speakers, 32-bit/384kHz audio, Tuned by AKG|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Radio||Yes - Canada & US only|
|Fingerprint||Yes (under-display, ultrasonic)|
45W Fast battery charging
15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging
9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging
|COLORS||Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey|