Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: flagship with a huge 120 Hz screen and a “space” camera


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In February, Samsung held its traditional event, which introduced its new flagship

line of smartphones. It, like last year, included three models at once: Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Instead of a logical index in terms of sequence 11, the company decided to use 20. Consonant with the current year. We have already managed in general terms to get acquainted with the entire line. Smartphones have received a lot of innovations compared to their predecessors. This also applies to design, screens, processor, and brand new cameras. Now it is time to evaluate in more detail the capabilities of each model in the line and we will start with the older Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

  1. What is it?
  2. What makes him interesting?
  3. What will be included?
  4. What does the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra look like?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What are the unlock methods?
  7. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  8. How convenient is the interface?
  9. How good are the cameras?
  10. In the dry residue

What is it?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - flagship smartphone withlarge DynamicAMOLED 2X display with a diagonal of 6.9 inches and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a powerful Samsung Exynos 990 processor, 12 GB of RAM, a 108 MP main camera with four modules, dust and water protection and a 5000 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

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What makes him interesting?


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In a smartphone, the company decided to fullyjustify the word Ultra in the title. The smartphone turned out to be very large, weighty, and the screen diagonal is as much as 6.9 inches, which is even larger than the Galaxy Note10 +. The new Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with a resolution of 3200x1440, a round neckline for the front camera and a refresh rate of 120 Hz is used. The rear quad camera boasts a main 108-megapixel module and 100x “space zoom”, as well as the ability to record video in 8K resolution. Inside - the new flagship 7-nm EUV Samsung Exynos 990 platform, 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card. The tray, of course, is hybrid. The smartphone is dustproof, and waterproof according to IP68, there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack. And standard adapters do not work. Battery capacity - 5000 mAh. Declared support for fast wired (45 W) and wireless (15 W) charging, as well as reverse wireless charging (9 W). The interfaces have dual-band Wi-Fi with support for ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0 with support for aptX and aptX HD codecs and, of course, NFC.

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What will be included?

Only traditionally came to our editorial officesmartphone, but the configuration of commercial designs is already known. The box will contain a smartphone, 25 W power supply, USB-C - USB-C cable, clip for removing the SIM card tray, AKG USB Type-C wired in-ear headphones with interchangeable nozzles and documentation.


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What does the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra look like?


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Externally, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is feltevolutionary development of the line: the frames around the screen are narrower, the cutout for the front camera is smaller, the bends of the screen on the sides have almost disappeared, but in general the outlines and streamlined shapes are familiar. This is not to say that this is bad: the smartphone looks healthy and expensive. Traditionally, this is a “sandwich” of two pieces of glass (Gorilla 6 in this case) and a metal frame between them. The only important (and obvious) note is the size and weight. The smartphone is really big and weighs about 220 g, so coping with one hand will not be easy.


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The screen and back panel are curved on the sides and tothe side edges of the smartphone narrows. All buttons are placed habitually, on the right side. This is the standard twin volume rocker and power button. It seems that the company refused to experiment with the placement of buttons and adding a separate one for Bixby and returned to the usual solutions.


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At the top there is an additional microphone and a tray for SIM / MicroSD.


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The tray is hybrid; instead of the second SIM, you can install MicroSD. The standard solution for flagships (and not only flagships).


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The left end is empty.


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Below is a talking microphone, an external speaker andUSB Type-C connector. There is no 3.5-mm connector, which is not surprising (although not happy). The only thing potential owners need to know is incompatibility with standard adapters. Just look for branded adapters, or USB Type-C DACs:


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The controversial turned out to be the back of the smartphone. More precisely, the main camera of the smartphone: the module turned out to be huge both in linear dimensions and in height. A kind of black rectangular blamb, which is half the width of the smartphone and protrudes very noticeably. On the other hand, it’s worth considering the configuration of the cameras and the dimensions of the main sensor: all this stuff takes up decent places. And to make the body even thicker and, accordingly, even harder so that the camera does not protrude is not the best solution.


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The back cover itself is glass, black orgray color. Both options look expensive, although not too original. On the other hand, it was strange to wait for some multi-colored gradient colors. Still, the smartphone is positioned as a conditionally “business class”, so the colors are appropriate. The gray version seemed to me more interesting.


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How good is the screen?


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One of the important highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra- A huge 6.9-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a resolution of 3200x1440 (aspect ratio 20: 9), the pixel density is 511 ppi. The screen supports HDR10 +. But the most interesting innovation is support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It looks really very cool: the interface, scrolling lists and other things look very smooth. In games, such a screen also feels gorgeous. Moreover, iron allows you to run all the games "at maximum speed." But only if the game is optimized for screens with a high frame rate. For example, Shadow Fight 3 seems to work exclusively at 60 Hz, as a result, everything happens just 2 times faster. The rest of the screen makes a very good impression, both in color rendering and in brightness margin. Although it would be strange to expect something else from the flagship Samsung.

In the screen settings you can zoominterface elements, font, its size, enable night mode (black theme of the interface), blue filter, set Always on Display, select resolution and display frequency. And here there is one important point: the picture can be 3200х1440 (WQHD +), 2400х1080 (FHD +) or 1600х720 (HD +), but with a maximum resolution of 120 Hz it is not available.


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There are two color display modes: “Saturated” with manual color adjustment and “Natural”. Natural in terms of color gamut closer to sRGB, Saturated - with an extended, typical for AMOLED color gamut, brighter colors.


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Indoors in “saturated” mode with manualsetting, the maximum brightness was 408.388 cd / m2. Although in automatic mode, in bright conditions, the screen produces a much higher brightness. The screen feels great in the bright sun. In this mode, there is a slight excess of blue, and the color gamut is much wider than sRGB, which is typical for AMOLED:


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In the “natural” mode, the screen is closer to the reference indicators, the average color error ΔE is 4.6, the color gamut is close to sRGB, and the brightness is slightly lower, 386.327 cd / m2:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
408.388
0

Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
387.745
0

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
0

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

Samsung Galaxy Note9
340.32
0

What are the unlock methods?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra got a standardA modern set of identifying the owner’s face using the front camera and a fingerprint scanner below the screen. As with all flagship Samsung models, it is ultrasonic and can work with wet fingers as well. It works quickly and accurately, no problems arose. In speed it is very close to standard capacitive scanners, which until recently were used in the vast majority of models.


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There is a face recognition system, it uses an exclusively front-facing camera without additional sensors, so this is not the safest locking option. But it works fast.


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

Version for USA (and Hong Kong probably) gotQualcomm Snapdragon chip, the global version traditionally uses a proprietary flagship processor, in this case the new Samsung Exynos 990. It is produced using the EUV 7-nanometer process technology (photolithography in deep ultraviolet). The first processor that was manufactured using this technology was Exynos 9825, which is used in the flagship Samsung Galaxy Note10 + and Galaxy Note10. Exynos 990 includes a block of two custom high-performance 2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 cores, two 2.5 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and four 2 GHz energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The Mali-G77 MP11 accelerator is responsible for the graphics, and the dual neuroprocessor is responsible for operations with machine learning. RAM 12 GB, internal - 128 GB, uses fast memory UFS 3.0. Options with a more capacious drive are not sold here (at least for now). The memory can be expanded using a microSD card, which is installed instead of the second SIM card. The performance of the smartphone, of course, is at the flagship level. Of course, there are no problems with the operation of the interface and any applications in any quantities. In benchmarks, the results are also very high, although not maximum. The top Snapdragon 865 shows better results.


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With games in general, the smartphone copes perfectly. In any case, with most of them, including Call of Dutuy Mobile, PUBG and so on. Of the problems noted - NFS No Limits, which is generally “famous” for its optimization curve. There are some problems with textures, maybe in the screenshots below it will be noticeable. And Shadow Fight 3: the game does not know how to work with 120 Hz screens (as we mentioned above).


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Game Launcher app and Game Booster overlayreceived the next update. But it mostly relates to the visual component. Functionally, everything is already familiar: tuning the performance level for games, turning off notifications, video recording of the game process, monitoring time in games, and so on:

As the CPU Throttling Test showed, the new platformExynos 990 overheats slightly during long peak loads and reduces performance by up to 83%. In reality, it will be difficult to load the processor like that. The smartphone case heats up a little only with prolonged use of the camera.


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In terms of communication capabilities, everything is fine: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (Wi-Fi 6) 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE with aptX and LDAC, ANT +, NFC, and for wired connection - fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-C). Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo. The smartphone produces stereo sound using the main and conversational speakers. In terms of volume and quality, the speakers of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are very good. It is difficult to evaluate the sound quality over the wire: there is no 3.5 mm jack and standard adapters are not supported, so there is technically no way to connect high-quality “audiophile” headphones. The kit comes with branded wired in-channel AKG with Type-C. They sound very sensible.


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The smartphone has a very impressive5000 mAh battery, for flagship smartphones this is a record high. But it is worth considering the presence of a powerful processor, a huge display with high resolution (or high frame rate). And in reality, there are no breakthroughs in autonomy: with active use, the smartphone has to be charged once a day. Yes, in case of urgent need, you can use the energy saving modes and hold out up to 1.5 days, but globally nothing unusual can be expected.

Included is a 25 W charger, with whichThe smartphone charges in an hour and a half. An even faster version of 45 W is also supported, but you will have to buy the corresponding memory separately. Wireless charging - up to 15 watts, and there is also a 9-watt reverse wireless charging function


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What about the interface?


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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra runs on Android OS10 with One UI version 2.1 shell. The company continues to improve its corporate identity and mainly the work is aimed at optimization, and some radical changes do not occur so often. More recently, we had a review of Galaxy Note10 Lite with One UI 2.0 and the current version is close to it. The changes mainly relate to the capabilities of the new flagships, as well as minor improvements. The interface is convenient, functional and fast. Of course, the whole design is its own, including icons, animations and a color palette. The organization of the workspace is traditionally in two versions: only desktops, or they are together with a separate application menu. Separately, there is a simplified mode with large icons. Both the desktop grid and the application menu can be selected from various options. For the convenience of one-handed operation on large screens, all system menus, when turned on, are shifted to the bottom of the screen, and there is also a smaller window mode. When working with a giant like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, this will not be superfluous at all:


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Since the second version of One UI, a verya useful improvement in the form of gesture control from the edges of the display, which was not before. There was only a standard panel with buttons and gesture navigation from the bottom edge, which is not very convenient. But the latter was actually a duplication of the same buttons, only they did not have to make money, but pulled up from the desired part of the bottom edge of the screen. Now the movement from the right or left edge of the screen, home - from the bottom, the application manager - also pull from the bottom edge and hold your finger:


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The application manager is familiar from previous versions: standard horizontal carousel of cards. In addition to the two-window mode, it is possible to launch applications in a window with an adjustable size and transparency:


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Edge panels are present in approximately the same form as they were, there are various useful things in the form of a compass, a ruler, a quick turn on a flashlight, access to the player, clipboard, and so on:

Traditionally for Samsung there is an impressivenumber of branded applications. As your own variations on the topic of a file manager, voice recorder, player, notes, S Healt’s own application for tracking activity, Bixby virtual assistant and so on. So are applications for interacting with devices of the Samsung “ecosystem” (if I may say so). Including headsets, smart watches and more.


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All latest flagship models support“Desktop” DeX mode. The smartphone connects to a monitor or PC and we get a kind of desktop “computer” type, but based on Android. It is possible to connect and use keyboards and mice, and the smartphone screen itself can be used as a touchpad.


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How good are the cameras?


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Of course, one of the most interestingThe smartphone's specialty is its camera. It includes four modules (which is not new in itself), but these modules are very intensive. The main camera received a self-developed 108-megapixel sensor with a size of 1 / 1.33 ″, a sub-pixel size of 0.8 microns. But a scheme is used in which the subpixels are combined not in four, but in nine; as a result, photos are obtained in 12 megapixels, although you can also enable 108 MP mode. Optics f / 1.8 are used, there is optical stabilization and Dual Pixel phase autofocus. The telephoto module is periscopic (previously Samsung did not use such solutions) at 48 megapixels. Aperture f / 3.5, EFR 103 mm, there is phase detection autofocus and optical stabilization. 12MP wide-angle camera, f / 2.2, no autofocus. The third camera is a 3D TOF depth sensor. The front camera is 40-megapixel, f / 2.2. A smartphone can write videos up to 8K. So far, there is not much practical benefit from this, but rather, it has touched the future: there are very few TVs with 8K (as well as content for them). Theoretically, another application: with 8K, you can “sprinkle” the desired piece.

All the main controls in the applicationlocated in the usual places. Modes traditionally scroll. They can be configured both in order and remove unnecessary, add the necessary. On the main screen there are flash settings, a timer, aspect ratio, enable the stabilizer (in the video), go to all settings and create animated photos. The camera and zoom switch is next to the shutter button. There is a fully manual Pro mode. Interestingly, the photo modes in 108 MP and video in 8K are included in the aspect ratio settings of the frame. Also, a new “Multi-shot” function has appeared, in which photos and short videos are taken on all cameras, after which you can choose the best option.


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There are various AR pieces, including a 3D scanner and a virtual ruler. And using the front-end you can make a personal emoji:

The main camera shoots great in mostcase and under almost any lighting conditions. Very good detail and dynamic range. In the evening, colors do not always turn out to be natural: image processing algorithms affect. But all modern smartphones suffer from this. The 108 MP mode may come in handy for subsequent cropping, but at maximum approximation, matrix noise is already a little visible. Originals, including 108 MP, can be found here.


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The wide-angle is generally similar to past flagships. She takes sensible photos in good light, but the detail drops significantly in the evening, and still I would like autofocus:


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Zoom does a great job down to 10x. Further, everything very much depends on the evenness of the hands and the amount of lighting.


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100x zoom is a controversial thing. Yes, I believe that you can get something adequate from a tripod, but it’s extremely difficult to do it by hand. Due to the processing, something more like a picture of some gouache is obtained. But the modes with a lower magnification factor are very good.


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Background blur (including the front camera):


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4K 60 FPS video recording example:

Stabilized video:

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In the dry residue

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - definitely one ofthe most interesting, technologically advanced and functionally rich flagship smartphones of this year. He really has a huge amount of strengths. These include an excellent huge display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and a new flagship platform with excellent performance, and a main camera that shoots well in any conditions. It is traditionally perfectly assembled from quality materials, has dust and moisture protection, supports fast charging, both wired and wireless, packed with all the most modern interfaces. The proprietary shell One UI traditionally pleases with its thoughtfulness, functionality and speed. On the other hand, it cannot be said that the smartphone offers something so unique that no one else has: 8K video recording is not yet very relevant, rather touched on the future, and 100x zoom is not particularly useful in real conditions. Everything else can be found in the flagship smartphones of other manufacturers, so the competition will be serious. Moreover, the smartphone is impressive 38 000 UAH, and controversial issues still remained. In particular, this concerns the lack of autofocus in the ultra-wide-angle camera, a headphone jack and support for standard adapters with Type-C to 3.5 mm. Dimensions, weight and design of the main camera are also for everybody. Although, despite these points, in terms of the combination of capabilities, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will definitely not disappoint future owners.

6 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra:

  • excellent screen of a large diagonal with a frequency of 120 Hz;
  • top performance;
  • high-quality materials and assembly, dust and moisture protection;
  • excellent main camera;
  • high-quality sound from speakers and headphones;
  • functional and quick shell One UI.

3 reasons not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra:

  • very high cost;
  • ultra-wide camera still without autofocus;
  • there is no headphone jack and support for standard adapters with Type-C to 3.5 mm.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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Flagship smartphone with a large displayDynamicAMOLED 2X with a diagonal of 6.9 inches and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a powerful Samsung Exynos 990 processor, 12 GB of RAM, a 108 MP main camera with four modules, dust and water protection and a 5000 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

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Specifications Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 6.9 inches, 3200 × 1440 (20: 9 aspect ratio), 511 ppi, HDR10 +, Gorilla Glass 6, 120 Hz (FullHD +)

Housing
dimensions: 166.9x76x8.8 mm, weight: 222 g

CPU
64-bit 7-nm Samsung Exynos 990, 2xExynos M5, 2.73 GHz, 2хARM Cortex-A76 2.5 GHz, 4хARM Cortex-A55 2.95 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU), ARM Mali-G77 MP11 graphics

RAM
12 GB

Flash memory
128 GB, microSD

Camera
107 MP (f / 1.8, 26 mm EGF, 1 / 1.33 ″, 0.8 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS) + 48 MP periscopic telephoto (f / 3.5, 103 mm EGF, 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.2 µm, PDAF, OIS, 10x) + 12 MP ultra-wide, (f / 2.2, 13 mm EGF , 1.4µm) + 3D TOF, video 4320p @ 24fps, 2160p @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 240fps, 720p @ 960fps; front camera: 40 MP f / 2.2 with autofocus

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac / ax (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, ANT +

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
5000 mAh non-removable; wired charging: up to 45 W; wireless: 15 W; reverse wireless: 9 watts

operating system
Android 10 + One UI 2.1

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
dust and water protection IP68, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the screen

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