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