The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is now official, although we’ve known its final design for weeks, it wasn’t until today that Samsung decided to unveil it to the world. It is the first device and it’s the model with more features.
Among all the new features that come to the new Galaxy S, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is known for its screen size, its huge battery and it mounts a sensor of 108 megapixels. This is the best way to understand “Ultra”. Here are the things we know about the new device.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications
|Screen||6.9 inches with Dynamic AMOLED technology, QHD + resolution (3,040 x 1,440 pixels), 511 pixel density per inch, 120Hz screen refresh rate and HDR10 + support|
|Main Camera||Ultra wide-angle 12 megapixel, focal 2.2 and 1.4um pixel size Wide-angle of 108-megapixels, focal 1.8, OIS (optical stabilization), 0.8um of ungrouped pixel size, 12 megapixels and 2.4um of grouped size48 megapixel telephoto, focal 3.5, OIS (optical stabilization), 0.8um ungrouped pixel size, 12 megapixels, and 1.6um grouped sizeDepthVision|
|Front Camera||Main sensor of 40 megapixels and focal aperture f / 2.2, pixel size of 0.7um ungrouped and 1.4um grouping and giving a resolution of 10 megapixels|
|Internal memory||128 GB – 512GB|
|Extension||Through micro SD cards up to 1 TB|
|Processor and RAM||Exynos 990 7nm 64-bit with eight cores|
Clock speeds of 2.73GHz + 2.6GHz + 2GHz
12/16 GB of RAM
|Battery||5,000 mAh with fast charging and enhanced wireless charging Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, fast shared charging Wireless PowerShare|
|OS||Android 10 under One UI 2.0|
|Connectivities||WiFi 4 × 4 MIMO, up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat20 (up to 2.0Gps download and 150 Mbps upload) or 5G sub-6, Bluetooth 5.0, dual band GPS (GLONASS, Beidou, SBAS and Galileo), NFC and USB type C 3.1, proximity sensor, RGB sensor, accelerometer, etc.|
|Design||Combination of glass and metal with rounded edges and slightly curved screen|
Available colors: black and gray
IP68 certification, water and dust resistance
|Dimensions||166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8 mm and 220 grams|
|Featured Functions||Space Zoom:|
Hybrid Optic Zoom 10x
Super Resolution Zoom up to 100x
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
120Hz refresh rate on the screen
|Release date||February 11, available March 9|
|Price||12GB – 128Gb at 1,399 dollars|
16Gb – 512Gb at 1,599 dollars
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 120Hz
The high refreshment rates on screens are on the rise. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra could not be less and adds to this trend, it does so with a 120Hz panel. This rate is not new, we have seen it on Asus’ phone. But it brings a gaming machine feature to the consumer sector. This refresh rate makes moving between the menus of the phone more fluid. As a result, everything about the device goes faster and responding more quickly. Likely, the 120Hz won’t be fully utilized, as only the most gifted players will take advantage of this feature. Still, it’s a positive point in the overall terminal experience.
However, if the 120Hz is to be used, it will be necessary to sacrifice in terms of resolution. This mode is not available at the maximum resolution of the screen, with 120Hz you’re halfway through the resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The decision is well reasoned and is a measure that ensures that power consumption does not skyrocket.
Without the 120Hz there is still an excellent panel, typical of Samsung’s high-end phones. It is 6.9 inches, its resolution is Quad HD+ and the panel type is Dynamic AMOLED. The brightness level is great. The colors are brilliant, both the sharpness and the contrast are at the same level and, despite having such a big size, the pixel density remains at 511.
Great Design but Probihitive for Some Hands
The size of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is undeniably prohibitive for some hands. But despite its considerable size, the weight of the terminal is relatively low. It’s 220 grams, and yes, it’s a lot, but considering that it might be considered a small tablet, it’s still surprising how much design Samsung has done.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is comfortable in hand thanks to its construction, but it feels huge and out of place. I like devices with big screens, but this one is still too much. Still, it’s well used, the frames are small, and there’s a big screen to enjoy your activities. Now, the front camera is in the center and this makes it aesthetically more symmetrical.
At the back, you’ ll find the camera module. It has a considerable size, reaches the middle of the terminal and lifts a few millimeters when the terminal is supported on a flat surface. Also, it prevents the terminal to remain stable when it is supported and, the back is a magnet of footprints as it made in glass.
The button panel is in the correct position but can be improved. The point of improvement is the volume control, they are above the unlock button and if you have small or normal hands, you may find it difficult to use. The Samsung Galaxy S20 no longer has a headphone jack, so there’s no need for a headphone jack.
Processor, RAM, and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with different combinations of storage and RAM, 128GB or 512GB and 12GB or 16GB respectively. The processor in both cases will be the same, the Exynos 990. This processor has eight processing cores and clock speeds of up to 2.73GHz. It also features a built-in 5,000mAh battery.
We have not been able to test performance with heavy games or applications. So we keep our opinions to ourselves until the analysis. It will likely perform flawlessly and be able to handle everything. The most significant doubt is in the range, although the 5,000mAh may sound like a lot, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 120Hz panel and this will take away from the overall range of the terminal.
The news doesn’t stop there, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with 5G connectivity. In addition to the extras already usual in the brand’s devices: fast wireless charging, reverse charging, on-screen fingerprint sensor, facial recognition, and water resistance.
Four Cameras with one 108-Megapixel
The photo section differentiates the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra from both the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+. It is the only one of the three to opt for a sensor with 108 megapixels. This sensor is a wide-angle sensor with a 1.8 focal length and optical stabilization. By using the full size you will have high resolution and large images, but you can also apply the pixel grouping to obtain more measured images. In this case, nine pixels will be grouped into one, resulting in 12-megapixel images and with larger pixel sizes, going from 0.8um to 2.4um.
The results when using this lens are pictures that we can zoom in on without worrying. The amount of resolution is noteworthy. The same with the rest of the lenses, although with small variations since from here to the stores little can vary in terms of the 100x zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s eye-catching zoom was tested on a tripod. Even with the stability provided by the tripod, the movement of the lens was remarkable and any vibration could change the focus of the photo. To alleviate this, Samsung introduced a second window when using the zoom. This allows us to see what we want to snap at a lower magnification, so framing is less complicated.
The other two cameras are a depth sensor called DepthVision, an ultra-wide-angle 12-megapixel camera with a 2.2 focal length.
The improvements don’t stop at photography and hardware. The camera application has been refined and includes new features. The most important ones are the 8K video which can extract frames in high resolution, and the Single Take mode. By activating this mode, all the cameras will be used at the same time. Both photos and videos will be captured with different optics. This functionality is interesting and useful.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes to the market with two different prices. Everything depends on the version you choose, if you choose the version with 5G, prices go up to 1,399 dollars for the model with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, if we want the model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, we will have to pay 1,599 dollars. It will be available this month of February, the 11th to reserve and it will arrive in stores on March 9th.