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SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 ULTRA REVIEW

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is at the top of the specs and as the name suggests it is ultra in every aspect. The new high refresh rate display of 6.9 inches, an even bigger battery of 5,000 mAh, a new camera system of 108MP with 100x camera zoom and 5g. This is the biggest and greatest of Samsung right now but it doesn’t come cheap.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Behind all this praise, there is powerful new chipset, it can either be Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 (depends on where you live) with 12GB or 16GB of RAM. You have storage option of 128GB or 512GB  and also have SD Card support up to 1TB. A beautiful AMOLED display of 6.9 inches with 120 Hertz refresh rate. You’ll get five cameras with 100x digital zoom. All this is powered with gigantic battery of 5,000mAh which is increased even more from Galaxy S20. All is good but there is one thing this time, most of you will dread about Samsung. Yes you got it right; there is no more headphone jack. This is the first phone of the S series to drop this great feature.

DISPLAY:

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has 6.9 inch display which is 0.7 inch bigger than its other model Galaxy S20 and has the same display resolution of 3200 x 1440 (QHD)
Because of the bigger screen size it has aspect ratio of 20:9 which makes it more taller than wide and of course you’ll need two hands to use this big boy.

Bigger display means time to check screen to body ratio which is wow…just wow, it’s brightness levels and support display standards like HDR10+, you can’t go wrong with this display it’s the best out there.

You can also have the option to use the display resolution of 2220 x 1080 (FHD+) by default which looks as good and consumes less battery. To switch to higher resolution display, we can change it from settings.

The biggest upgrade for Galaxy S20 display is the refresh rate. This time we get 120 Hertz of refresh rate which is highest of almost most of other phones as well as previous Samsung devices which had 60 Hertz refresh rate. It’s not a gimmick, higher refresh rate means scrolling and animations becomes a lot smoother.

It also gives gamers richer and smoother experience. With higher refresh rate touch sensitivity is also doubled from 120Hz to 240Hz. On day to day usage you won’t find this noticeable but for mobile gaming you find it more noticeable as it makes games more responsive to touch, by sensing your finger brushes on the screen at a much higher rate than previously.

Downside is 120 Hertz works only with resolution of FHD+, so it’s up to you to decide if you want higher refresh rate or higher resolution.

DESIGN:

The design of Galaxy S20 Ultra is same as it’s other counterpart Galaxy S20 with two pieces of glass sandwiching an aluminum frame. Also has the edge display with curves on left and right which means there are accidentally presses along the edges of the display.

Sadly as its counterpart it has no headphone jack. You can use an adapter (not included in the box) or you can buy headphones with USB-C connection.

As of now most of the flagships phones are coming without headphones jack so it won’t be a deal breaker, as most of us are using wireless earphones, headphones now a days.

The phone looks very premium and expensive with its aluminum and glass body.

Ultra model is more thicker and heavier than other S20 models and has noticeable camera bump but what can you expect for getting gigantic battery of 5,000mAh, fast 5G mmWave technology and gorgeous 108MP camera in a single body.   

It comes in just two color variations Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.

CAMERA:

Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with five cameras. 108MP main shooter, 48MP telephoto lens, 12MP ultra wide shooter, 0.3MP Depth sensor with support upto 8K video recording and 40MP selfie shooter with video recording up to 4K.

Camera sensor upgrade is the biggest since Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge but bigger doesn’t mean better as 108MP shooter captures the same photo as main camera’s default 12MP mode.

But these extra-large photos gives you ability to crop these photos without much quality loss. Also recording 8K video even if you don’t have 8K display to watch it on gives you option to crop and edit videos without sacrificing any details.

But Samsung’s 108MP mode has a tendency towards overexposing images while its overaggressive image processing can smooth out faces and textures, and we had difficulty with the autofocus in several of our tests. Another issue: once we snapped good 108MP shots, we had issues with uploading the 20MB files to some social media networks, as they had a 12,000 x 9,000-pixel resolution. Twitter didn’t just downsize the pictures, it flat-out rejected them.

That’s troubling for such a pricey camera phone. You also lose some features in 108MP mode, including motion photos (fine) and beauty mode (won’t miss that), and there seems to be some baseline skin smoothing you can’t control (not good).

CAMERA SAMPLES:

5G:

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the few consumer smartphone with 5G. S20 Ultra  will have fastest peak download speed than 4G but limited in range.

PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE:

The Galaxy S20 comes with two chipset variants depend on where you live. If you live in US you’ll get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset for rest of the world you’ll get Samsung’s very own high-end Exynos 990 chipset.
It is powerful enough to give us outstanding performance in everything including loading apps and playing games (such as Call of Duty, Asphalt 9 and PUBG).

The Galaxy S20 comes with two chipset variants depend on where you live. If you live in US you’ll get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset for rest of the world you’ll get Samsung’s very own high-end Exynos 990 chipset.
It is powerful enough to give us outstanding performance in everything including loading apps and playing games (such as Call of Duty, Asphalt 9 and PUBG).

BATTERY LIFE:

Everyone knows that with 5G the super-fast internet battery will drain faster than any other task on your phone, which is where the gigantic 5,000mAh battery comes to work. It has a solid battery life which can easily see through a day with typical use. Sometimes you can have some left even after 24 hrs of typical use. But with 5G it comes to 12 to 13hrs and further comes down to 9hrs if you use 120Hz refresh rate.

With Samsung’s fast charging you can charge your phone from 0 to 63% in just 30 minutes with 25W charger which comes in the box, there is also Samsung’s “Super-Fast” charging with 45W charger but that’s optional you have to buy that charger separately

PROS:

One of best display so far        
Great camera camera zoom range
Powerful and 5G  

CONS:

One of best display so far        
Great camera camera zoom range
Powerful and 5G  

BUY IT IF...

You want 5G phone
You want Big, beautiful and the best display so far
You want to show off 108MP and 100x zoom

DON'T BUY T IF...

You are on a budget
You are looking for smaller display size
You want to be best in photography

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