Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – See All You Need to Know

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the first of its kind in a new class of Samsung flagships. It is even more premium than the Samsung Galaxy S20+. The camera department is entirely different from that of the S20 and S20+, featuring several firsts for the Galaxy lineup and the industry in general.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – See All You Need to Know

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Features

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra main camera features a large 108MP sensor. Using 9-in-1 pixel binning, the camera can capture 12MP photos with the equivalent of 2.4µm pixels, which promises to set a new benchmark for low-light photography. This camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) and an f/1.8 aperture.

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra can record 8K video, which you can upload to YouTube and share with those few who own an 8K TV. With Super Steady 2.0 that promises dolly-like stability, Samsung promises “professional-level filming”.

The telephoto camera uses Samsung’s first periscope lens. It is built around a very large 48MP sensor, which supports 4-in-1 pixel binning for 12MP shots. Samsung says this camera delivers 10x hybrid optical zoom and up to 100x Super Resolution Zoom. The periscope lens also features OIS.

The phone has a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera and Depth Vision sensor. The Single Take feature captures photos from all cameras simultaneously and uses the on-board AI to recommend the best shot to keep.

The 40MP selfie camera is another big step up. The higher resolution sensor enables pixel binning (4-in-1 to 10MP), resulting in 1.4µm pixels. This will improve the image quality relative to the S20 and S20+ (which have a basic 10MP selfie cam). This is the highest resolution dedicated selfie camera we’ve seen yet (not counting phones that use their main cameras for selfies).

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Among the S20 phones, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the largest battery – 5000mAh. The phone supports faster 45W charging, but Samsung only includes a 25W adapter in the box, so you will need to buy a more powerful charger separately. Wireless charging can push 15W to the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra itself is the largest of its siblings having  a 6.9 inch screen. The Dynamic AMOLED panel is HDR10+ certified and has 1440p+ resolution. Behind the screen is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader. This screen features 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sensing rate, just like the other two S20 models.

As it is the premium model, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with the best memory configurations – the top-specced model boasts 16GB RAM – a first in the world – and 512GB storage. The base numbers are 12GB for RAM and just 128GB storage. You also get a microSD slot (which supports cards up to 1TB), but 128GB doesn’t last long if you are going to shoot 108MP stills and 8K video.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is available for pre-order starting from today. The price is €1,3450/$1,400 for the 128GB option, but if you want the extra RAM and storage, you will have to part with €1,550. The phone comes in 4G and 5G versions (the latter supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz). You can choose between Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray colours.

Pre-ordered phones should ship out in early March 2020, and will come with a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (MSRP €170).

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specification

NETWORK

Technology   GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G

2G bands       GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (Dual SIM model only)

                        CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMA

3G bands       HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

                        HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

                        CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G bands       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)

5G       5G band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 40(2300), 77(3700), 78(3500); SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave

Speed            HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2000/200 Mbps; 5G (5+ Gbps DL)

LAUNCH

Announced   2020, February 11

Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, March 6

BODY

Dimensions  166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm (6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)

Weight           222 g (7.83 oz)

Build   Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), metal frame

SIM     Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

            Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)

IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

Type   Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size    6.9 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution    1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)

Protection      Corning Gorilla Glass 6

                        HDR10+

Always-on display

120Hz (up to FHD resolution)

PLATFORM

OS      Android 10.0; One UI 2

Chipset          Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global

Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA

CPU   Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.60 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global

Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA

GPU   Mali-G77 MP11 – Global

Adreno 650 – USA

MEMORY

Card slot        microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal          128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM

                        UFS 3.0

MAIN CAMERA

Quad  108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF, OIS

Periscope 48 MP, f/3.6, 102mm (telephoto), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom

12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, AF, Super Steady video

0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)

Features        LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video  3240p@30fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS

SELFIE CAMERA

Dual   40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), PDAF

Features        Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video  2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack    No

32-bit/384kHz audio

Tuned by AKG

COMMS

WLAN            Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth       5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC    Yes

Radio FM radio (USA & Canada only)

USB    3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors         Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

ANT+

Bixby natural language commands and dictation

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

BATTERY

Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery

Charging       Fast battery charging 45W: 100% in 74 min

USB Power Delivery 3.0

Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W

Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W

MISC

Colors            Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black

Models           SM-G988, SM-G988U

Price   About 1350 EUR

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