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 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.
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).
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
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
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)
Announced 2020, February 11
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, March 6
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)
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
120Hz (up to FHD resolution)
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
Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
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
Dual 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), PDAF
Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
Tuned by AKG
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
Radio FM radio (USA & Canada only)
USB 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
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
Colors Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black
Models SM-G988, SM-G988U
Price About 1350 EUR