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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Operating system

    Android 10.0

  • Screen size

    6.9 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.73 GHz

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Samsung's goal with its variations of its flagship camera (the Galaxy S20) is to offer even better versions in a specific field or in an even larger format. The Galaxy S20 Ultra thus has all the power and photo sliders at the top.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is a big, heavy and imposing smartphone: it's not without impact on its grip, and often fatigue is felt, despite the cleverly located physical keys and full of software tricks. To save space and not clutter up the back of a fingerprint reader, the device unlocks by facial identification (with real success, but less powerful than Apple's) and by fingerprints under the screen. The most disturbing thing about the S20 Ultra is the photo module, which is prominent and gives the smartphone sensitive relief, which is not very successful from an aesthetic point of view and makes it impossible to lay it flat. In terms of connections, everything is there, from the micro-SD or second SIM port (with the possibility of an eSIM) to the USB-c port, and the waterproofness is also there.

The 6.9-inch screen, which is rather elongated in size, is a total success. With several resolutions, more or less energy-saving, it allows you to benefit from a display that is always very thin, and even more so with the maximum resolution, ideal for reading a long text without fatigue. The high refresh rate of the panel and its infinite contrast are also advantages here, and after a quick change of settings, you benefit from an ideal respect for colours and their temperatures. The only regret is the strong propensity for reflections, which is fortunately counterbalanced by the very high luminosity.

As far as sound is concerned, the mini-jack port is no longer in use and there is not even a USB-c adapter to convert an old pair of headphones for example. As for the speakers, the Korean company has managed to offer the most correct sound, which can even accommodate music.

The power is certainly there for this model called Ultra, and the vast majority of uses do not suffer from any latency, especially when changing applications. One can however be legitimately disappointed by the lack of power for a playful use, hardly acceptable at this price level, because the competition often does better.

For the photo, Samsung has equipped this smartphone with everything. The main sensor is the pride of the firm, with its 108 million pixels and wide-angle optics. The number is impressive, and if it can operate in only 12 million pixels, it's when it's used to its full potential that it gives impressive results. The rendering is immensely precise, the details are perfectly marked and the rendering very natural, and the same is true when light conditions deteriorate. The ultra-wide-angle module, with its 12 million pixels, is a little less impressive. It lacks a little bit of sharpness, but for the rest the exposure is correct and there is not too much processing. In the dark, the shots are much less flattering, as too often with this type of optics. Finally, the third module is a telephoto lens that goes up to 4x and comes out with honors, with readable pictures even if they are obviously perfectible. Here again, darkness greatly affects the rendering and precision of the photos. For video, we can benefit from 8K, but the fluidity will be much better in 4K and the quality more than satisfactory. The selfies benefit from a lens that can go up to 40 million pixels, and at this resolution, the photos are very successful and the cropping successful.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra shows Samsung's progress in terms of range, but there is still room for improvement. The deluge of power will still exhaust the battery in a big day of use if it is intensive, but recharging is fast.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra done by Julien Hany the 2020/05/22

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Key points

PPI

509

Capacity

5000 mAh

Photo resolution (Front camera)

40 MP

Photo resolution

108 MP

Screen size

6.9 in

Processor frequency

2.73 GHz

RAM (Version 512GB / 16GB RAM, Dual SIM)

16384 MB

Internal storage (Version 512GB / 16GB RAM, Dual SIM)

512 GB

eSIM

Yes

CDMA

Yes

Rugged

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Weak points

Video resolution

12 p

Weight

222 oz

Audio

No

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Technical specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has several versions, you will find the features of the 128GB / 12GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (256GB / 12GB RAM, Single SIM, 512GB / 16GB RAM, Single SIM, 128GB / 12GB RAM, Dual SIM, 256GB / 12GB RAM, Dual SIM, 512GB / 16GB RAM, Dual SIM) alternative versions, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 10.0
Available Yes
Released (US) March 2020
Original price (US) 1359 $
Released (FR) March 2020
Street price (EUR) 1359 €
Design Candybar
Color
Grey
Black
SAR 0.66 W/kg
Rugged Yes
Type Waterproof
Dust
Ingress Protection IP 68
Display
Screen type Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Resolution 3200x1440 pixels
Screen size 6.9 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 509
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA Yes
CDMA Frequencies 800
1900
2000
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1700/2100
1800
1900
2100

2500
2600
5G Yes
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 108 MP
Video resolution 12 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Optical zoom 10 x
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 40 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
76 in
8.8 in
166.9 in
222 oz
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Height 166.9 in
Width 76 in
Thickness 8.8 in
Weight 222 oz
Hardware
CPU Samsung Exynos 990
Processor frequency 2.73 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 12288 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage Yes
Memory card microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11ax
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version 3.2
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM Yes
eSIM Yes
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio Yes
FM Transmitter No
Battery
Battery type Lithium-Polymer
Capacity 5000 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB
Hardware
Internal storage 512 GB
RAM 16384 MB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
Internal storage 512 GB
RAM 16384 MB



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