Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - review/Design and Look/Specification/Battery/Performance/Camera/

 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung galaxy S20 Ultra Review

          The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is the best Samsung has at the moment. Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series as the successor to the Galaxy S10 series, a giant leap in naming strategy. These phones are definitely more powerful and run the latest software from Samsung. The highlight of this series is the Galaxy S20 Ultra. This is the first time that Samsung has used Ultra in the name of a flagship smartphone, and this model is consistent with its name. It is large, powerful and expensive. Priced at 97,999 in India, the Galaxy S20 Ultra demands a serious premium over its siblings, but does it deliver? We put Samsung's best through our paces to explore it.

Design and Look

      If the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra ( Rs. 86,999 ) was the  Avenger, it would be the Hulk in the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit. This smartphone is large and filled with everything Samsung has to offer. The size gives Samsung enough real estate to cram everything, it may not attract a lot of people. The Galaxy S20 Ultra's display measures 6.9 inches, and weighs 220 grams, which would be enough to make it out of consideration for many. One-handed is not easy and you have to shuffle the phone in your hands to get to the top of the display. This phone is easy to use with two hands and also reduces the chances of leaving it.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra Sports is an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner that is well placed. This is a multiple over the Galaxy S10 +(review) , at the price of 39,999 inr, which is a good decision as it reduces the chances of the phone trying to unlock the phone. The power button is easy to reach but we cannot say the same about the volume button. 

Samsung has succeeded in keeping the bezels thin, and they are barely noticeable. With Dark Mode enabled, the experience is immersive, as this AMOLED panel has excellent black levels. The display is easily curved at the edges, and it is only when you swipe from the side that you will notice the screen protector already applied.

There is a selfie camera embedded in the top-center of the display. The earpiece sits between the display and frame of the smartphone. The frame is thin, as does the black glass receding at the edges of the smartphone. There is no button on the left, as Samsung now lets you use the power button as the Bixby button. The SIM tray and secondary microphone are at the top while the speaker grill, primary microphone and USB Type-C port are at the bottom.

Rotating the phone shows that we have seen the largest producing camera module in recent times. It has four sensors, and has 100 space zoom 100X ', which indicates what it is capable of. More on that in a bit. The back panel is made of glass and has a premium feel. It is a fingerprint magnet that picks up smoothies, not easily. We used the case given in the box by Samsung to keep this phone clean. Speaking of what's in the box, you get a pair of AKG-tuned Type-C headphones and a 25W fast charger.


The Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch QHD Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, the largest in the company's current lineup. You have the option to move the resolution down to QHD + or HD +. There is a 120 hz refresh rate option which helps in giving a smooth experience. The display is absolutely stunning and received an A + rating from Display mate. Samsung has shipped the Galaxy S20 Ultra with the Exynos 990 SoC, with two Exynos M5 cores clocked at 2.73GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores at 2GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz.

Samsung has also packed a large 5,000mAh battery which is quite generous. This is not the largest battery Samsung has put into a smartphone - the budget-friendly Galaxy M21 at Rs. 13,999, which we reviewed recently, was packed into a larger 6,000mAh battery. You get a 25W charger in the box, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra supports 45W fast charging if you buy a compatible charger. It has 12GB RAM and 128GB storage, and is the only configuration for sale in India. Samsung offers up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in other countries. Storage is expandable up to 1TB using a microSD card slot.

The Galaxy S20 series only supports 4G in India, as opposed to international variants that support 5G connectivity. This is not a very big issue or 5 breaker as 5G networks are not yet available in the country. The Galaxy S20 Ultra features IP68 rating, NFC and four satellite navigation systems for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, stereo speakers, dust and water resistance. It also supports Samsung Pay using MST.

On the software front, the Galaxy S20 Ultra runs the latest One UI 2.1 on top of Android 10.1. Our unit was running an April security patch. The UI is well designed and we never had any issues we were looking for. It also has some dull Android features like Dark Mode and Digital Wellbeing. Some Microsoft, Google and Samsung apps are preloaded with Facebook and Netflix. The My Galaxy app sends push notifications at once, but can be easily disabled.

A feature called Link to Windows, which lets you push notifications and text messages to a Windows PC, is available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It also has gesture navigation which makes it easier to use this large smartphone rather than accessing the small navigation buttons at the bottom of the display.

Battery durability and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is an excellent device for media consumption. The AMOLED panel is one of the best we have seen to date and has excellent viewing angles. Stereo speakers add to the overall feel, however, these speakers are not equally powerful and we found the downward firing doing most of the work.

Samsung's ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner is fast and we have no problem. A center-mounted selfie camera can be used to unlock a smartphone with face recognition. It was also fast, but we preferred the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, especially in low-light conditions.

We really had no doubt regarding performance, as 12 GB of RAM is sufficient for any type of multitasking. Since we have already benchmarked the Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Review), we had a good idea of ​​how the Exynos 990 SoC would perform. Nevertheless, we did all the same tests on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and it performed quite well. At AnTuTu, it scored 4,77,373 points, while managing 931 and 2,773 in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests. The Galaxy S20 Ultra achieved 39fps and 22fps in GFXBench's Manhattan 3.1 and Car Chase sequences, respectively.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle popular titles like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile without any issues. We played PUBG Mobile on this smartphone and it defaulted to high preset which worked fine. After 20 minutes, we saw that the smartphone became hot to touch.

Battery life on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is very good, but it depends to a large extent on what you are doing with the device. Battery is drained faster than normal using gaming and camera. With our use, which included browsing the web, taking some photos, gaming, and watching YouTube videos, the phone lasted a day and a half without the need to plug it in. We also ran our HD video loop test. The Galaxy S20 Ultra lasted for 17 hours and 54 minutes. Charging is quick using the supplied charger. The phone dropped to 59 percent in 30 minutes and it took about an hour to fully charge.

Camera and Image Quality

The camera module on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the largest we've seen in recent times, and it packs in a lot of hardware. The star of the show here is undoubtedly the 108-megapixel wide-angle primary camera. This is one of the largest sensors that we have seen on a smartphone. Along with this, the 108-megapixel primary sensor is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. Next to them is a depth vision camera and flash. For the selfie, there is a 40-megapixel front camera.

The camera UI is similar to what we've used in the past on other Samsung devices. There are several camera modes to choose from, including Pro mode for photos as well as video, which gives you full control over various parameters. You also have the option to shoot stills at full 108-megapixel resolution.

We took a lot of photos during this review, and using the zoom camera was the best part of our experience. Since this is the main attraction of this smartphone, then let's talk about it. We saw that for zooming up to 3.9x, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will use the primary sensor. 4x and beyond, it will convert to a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. Samsung claims that the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers information on introducing a "10x hybrid optic zoom" from a 108-megapixel primary camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. In addition, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is capable of up to 100x zoom using a combination of sensor cropping and digital magnification, which is harmless. We previously thought that it would be artificial and the phone might not deliver a fast output, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra drops our jaws to the floor.

Tapping the telephoto camera button increases the 5x zoom. Other zoom level shortcuts pop up on the screen, all from 0.5x to 100x. You can also pinch to zoom to any magnification you want.

Camera zoom performance is impressive, and text at a distance is also legible. At higher levels of zoom, you'll need to hold the device steady for a clear shot. Samsung also shows you what the camera points at a small window in the viewfinder which is very helpful. Photos are not very sharp at the highest zoom level, but we can pretend that since we have not yet been able to produce better results on any other device. In low light, the results are not as good as daylight, as there is a large grain due to the softening in production. However, the larger text was still legible.

The primary 108-megapixel camera takes 12-megapixel shots by default. It has a good dynamic range and the shots we took had excellent detail. The objects were also reproduced well in the shadow. We took the same shot at 12 and 108 megapixels, resulting in a much larger file size. High resolution allows you to zoom further. In 100 percent of the crop, some light grains were present in production, but this may be excusable.

In low light, the phone can meter the scenes correctly, and manages fine details. The text is legible even in bright areas. With Night Mode, the entire scene is brighter, and details in the shadows are better. The zoom is limited to 10x when using night mode, and the phone uses only primary sensors.

Close-up shots have excellent detailing, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra manages a natural depth effect while keeping the subject sharp. The edge detection was also very good, and it managed to properly separate the background from the subject. In low light, close-ups with a neatly blurred background were still sharp.

Live Focus mode lets you set the level of blur before taking a photo, and notifies you when the phone is ready for a shot. You can edit the shot later to change the blur level or even change the blur effect.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a single take mode similar to the Galaxy S20 +, which allows you to record 9–10 seconds of clips and then automatically apply music and filters. This is useful for capturing activities for quick sharing.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra relies on a single selfie shooter instead of dual front cameras on the Galaxy S10 +. The camera has a wider area, but it crops by default to deliver 6.5-megapixel shots. You can switch to a wider frame that will be saved as a 10-megapixel shot. You can also take photos at full 40-megapixel resolution. By default the selfie looks smoother. Before taking a shot, you can turn it off, and we saw better detail while doing so.

Video recording maxes out at 8K for the primary camera and 4K 60fps for the selfie shooter. We recorded the footage in 8K, but not all PCs and other devices would play this kind of footage properly. For 4K as well as 1080p, the output has excellent stabilization. In low light, there was a slight stuttering, especially with 4K recording, but overall the quality is very good. The Super Steady mode uses an ultra-wide-angle camera and manages to stabilize footage well even in low light, but the output is not nearly as bright as that recorded with the primary sensor.


The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best devices Samsung has put out so far, and we hope that this camera technology comes down soon for other models. The camera system on the device is excellent, and you are going to get very good shots regardless of the lighting conditions. We were also pleased with the video recording performance of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

However, at its price of Rs. 97,999, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will definitely make buyers think hard before pulling the trigger. It packs in top performance, but is also hot under load. While the larger AMOLED display is an unmistakable treat to enjoy on video, this phone is a bit heavy for comfortable day-to-day use.

The 100x zoom capability is the main party trick of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as often as you actually put it to use, it may not be worth the huge investment for everyone. If this is the 108-megapixel camera you want, you can choose the less expensive Motorola Edge + at Rs. 64,999 or Xiaomi Mi 10 5G (Review). The Xiaomi option costs around half that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and gives good performance for its price. However, if you want the absolute best in terms of camera features as well as quality, there are not many other options that come close. If you want the best bits of the Galaxy S20 Ultra at a more affordable price, the Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Review) may be a reasonable compromise.

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