Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is an exaggerated smartphone, in every sense. It is in relation to the technical data sheet, which is made up of the best technologies currently available on the market. It is so with regard to the size, cross, and delight of this product. It is so with regard to the price, given the positioning starting from $ 1,399.99. In short, an all-round top of the range, with some burrs (which device does it have?), But able to offer a general user experience that has few equals on the market.
The operation put in place by Samsung, on a purely commercial level, is however very courageous. The South Korean company, with this product, is, in fact, trying to give new life to a segment – that of the phablet – which in fact has almost disappeared. After all, almost all smartphones now have at least a 6-inch screen and, especially the top-of-the-range models, have historically tried to meet the needs of users who, given in hand, for the most part, do not like excessively large displays.
We can begin to get a fairly clear picture of the effectiveness of this “project” for the South Korean company. Meanwhile, the ten days of his company reminded me of how much I loved these big screens, but at the same time, my colleagues showed me with smaller hands how hard it was for them to hold this smartphone.
Screen Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 12 broke the record in detailed technical analysis conducted by the well-known DisplayMate portal. This has been Samsung’s measure of work with this tablet for a while. Dynamic AMOLED technology has now reached full maturity, and the very small flaws that we highlighted in the Galaxy S10 displays have practically disappeared – first of all, color saturation. In short, it’s a board with just a few equalizers on the market.
Perfect outdoor visibility, the support of the color space touches 110% of the DCI-P3 range and even 139% of the sRGB space, the contrast is the absolute one that the AMOLEDs have accustomed us to. I also appreciated Samsung’s choice to significantly reduce the curvature at the edges compared to previous models. This makes the screen much more functional and significantly disturbs the visibility of images and videos. The same goes for the hole that houses the front camera, much more discreet than the iPhone-style notches.
The display has a resolution of 1,440 x 3,220 pixels, with the classic refresh rate at 60 Hz. However, going down to Full-HD + resolution (it is possible to do it directly from the settings), the refresh rate rises to 120 Hz, giving the panel a smooth reproduction truly exceptional. There is also support for the HDR10 + standard (which allows you to view the contents of platforms such as Netflix and Prime Video at the highest quality), while screen protection is guaranteed by Gorilla Glass 6. The screen also integrates the biometric sensor for fingerprints digital, which works well but occasionally lacks speed.
All this, however, involves a price to pay. The 6.9-inch diagonal of the screen, together with the 5,000 mAh battery and the seen rear photographic module, inevitably made the size of the smartphone rise. Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is 166.9mm tall, weighs 222 grams and is 8.8mm thick. To get a yardstick, just think of the 158 mm height of the iPhone 11 Pro Max (8.1 mm thick), or the 221 grams of a giant like Xiaomi Mi Max 3. In short, the new Samsung creature is bulky, little to add.
This means not being able to use it with one hand, having difficulty inserting it in the trouser pockets and, above all, being able to manage its slipperiness with greater difficulty. Yes, because the shell is made entirely of glass (there is IP68 waterproof certification) and creates an inevitable soap effect, so the advice is still to use the smartphone in combination with a cover. Of course, those who buy a product with a 6.9-inch screen are aware of the dimensions, but in my opinion, it was not impossible to optimize them a little more.
Top photographic compartment with some imperfections
On the rear four cameras: main 108 Megapixel f / 1.8 with optical image stabilization; 12 Megapixel wide-angle f / 2.2; 48 Megapixel f / 3.5 telephoto lens, also optically stabilized; 0.3 Megapixel ToF depth of field sensor. Thanks to the different focal lengths, the telephoto lens enables a 4X optical zoom, 10X hybrid (given in itself, already remarkable), while the digital one can even go up to 100X, effectively setting a new standard.
Let’s start with the zoom. Compared, for example, to the periscopic one of Huawei’s P30 Pro or Oppo Reno 10X, on what levels are we? From my point of view, a little step backward. The level of detail offered by Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is excellent, but lower than that of the other two models, at least up to the hybrid part. In particular, the Samsung smartphone suffers a little more at night, especially in the management of artificial lighting.
As for the fully digital zoom, the discussion already done in the past applies. Being able to go up to 30, 40 or 50X (in the specific case, even 100X) can also be useful in certain circumstances, but they are certainly important numbers especially for marketing. From this point of view, however, Samsung has worked better than Huawei and Oppo and, personally, I found the most effective digital zoom on the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. In general, however, the telephoto lens provides excellent versatility of use.
The different situations for the 108 Megapixel main sensor, whose yield has few equals on the market. The ability to capture the details of this camera is truly top-notch, as is the color rendering of the images. Initially, there was a tendency to oversaturate the colors at night, a problem that disappeared with the latest software update released by Samsung. A clear sign of how this photographic sector can further improve over time.
The wide-angle sensor is excellent, as is the 40 Megapixel front camera, capable of achieving excellent bokeh effects. But that’s not all, because this smartphone is capable of recording videos in 8K at 24 fps. In this case, the hardware platform is put under particular stress, so much so that the software begins to show evident slowdowns. These, however, are not reflected in the final videos which, compared to the first impressions in the preview, are really excellent, very useful for making – in post-production – 4K videos with a greater level of detail.
Excellent performance, there is room for improving independence
Also this year, Samsung decided to bring in higher-end versions with Exynos processors, while retaining Snapdragon SoC. So Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G can rely on Exynos 990 with 12 or 16 GB RAM depending on the version chosen (we tested the model with 12 GB and 128 GB storage space). I don’t say anything about performance, I found a device that perfectly matches the upper market limit.
By contrast, these days only, I have the Oppo Find X2 Pro phone, which is equipped with Snapdragon 865 memory and 12 GB RAM. The feeling is that Qualcomm SoC has more performance inspiration, which is definitely facilitated by a software interface like the Chinese company’s interface which, compared to Samsung’s One user interface, runs more aggressively in background operations. Small things, however, are both very high levels.
5000 mAh is plenty, and it definitely lets you support all the technology that the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G provides, but still needs some precautions. For example, by setting the screen resolution to Full-HD, I was able to touch 5 hours of the screen on, with my usual use: mixed between LTE and Wi-Fi, push mail accounts, hundreds of notifications from social networks and the instant messaging app, More than two hours of phone calls, about 16 hours of total use. However, when the screen is left at QHD resolution, independence decreases.
They are results that fall within a higher range standard, but can be improved with future software updates, and are able to take full advantage of the 5,000mAh battery (however, there is fast charging and wireless charging). The connection is definitely full: Wi-Fi 6 ax dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS A-GLONASS BDS Galileo, 5G support. Unfortunately, the audio jack is missing, while the internal memory can be expanded via micro-SD.
The audio part is entrusted to the two stereo speakers equalized by AKG, of excellent quality, while the software for Android 10 customized with Samsung’s One UI interface. The latter is confirmed, once again, as one of the best in the green robot landscape, able to offer a minimal approach to the user experience, without sacrificing any functionality. In this sense, there is no lack of support for DeX functionality.
Conclusions: who should buy it?
If you have no budget limits and the dimensions do not scare, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is simply one of the best choices that can be made today in the smartphone market. The display represents absolute excellence, the photographic sector has taken a clear step forward compared to that of the already excellent Galaxy S10 +, connectivity and performance are what we can expect from a top of the range in the first half of 2020.
Too bad for the price. The starting 1,379 euros further raise the bar in a market, that of the top of the Android range, which has now aligned itself with the Apple list. The hope is that, also this year, the downward trend over time invests in the world of the green robot, especially in the high end of the market. In any case, Samsung has responded in its own way to the continuous advance of Chinese brands: the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is an excellent product.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
With the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Samsung has raised the bar even further. The two key points of this smartphone are: on one side the photographic sector, characterized by four rear sensors, with the main one from 108 Megapixels and periscopic zoom at 100X; on the other, the Dynamic AMOLED screen, certainly one of the best on the market, with a 6.9-inch diagonal, 1,440 x 3,200 resolution, support for the HDR10 + standard and 120 Hz refresh rate.
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is a smartphone with no middle ground. The important dimensions, linked above all to the imposing 6.9-inch screen, represent the real discriminant of purchase. For those who do not represent a problem, inevitably compromised ergonomics, one of the best products offered by the mobile market will be found in their hands, with a wonderful display and a top photographic behavior. Too bad for the important sale price, however partly justified by the presence of 5G which, of course, will give this device greater longevity over time.
Samsung Smartphone Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G