Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: A Comprehensive Review

  • Design overview
  • Camera overview
  • Price and Availability

Having a smartphone is now considered a necessity, not only to make calls or to send messages but also for lots of other various purposes such as surfing the web. This is one of the reasons why smartphone manufacturers ensure that users will be able to connect seamlessly to the internet through their devices.

Aside from being able to connect to Wi-Fi networks, smartphones are also now equipped with 4G LTE or even 5G capability, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. It's noteworthy to take a closer look at this premium phone from Samsung.

Details of this review in brief:

  • Design
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Software
  • Performance
  • 5G Capability
  • Battery Life
  • Price and Availability

Design

Unlike the other Samsung releases with phone versions made of ceramic, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is only made of glass and aluminum.

You also get to choose only between two colors for your handset. Either you go for a cosmic grey or black because the cloud blue is exclusive to the S20 and S20 Plus. 

You will notice that the phone has less screen curve on the right and left edges but you may still encounter accidental touches. It is also comparably thicker than any of the other phones in the S20 series and it is also heavier. There is also a small girth and a camera bump but this is negligible.

Display

The AMOLED display of this phone is massive, spanning an edge-to-edge length of 6.9in which is even larger than the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The aspect ratio of this phone is 20:9 and its resolution is at 3400x1440. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate that works at full high definition. A lower resolution option is also available by default, which greatly saves battery life. 

Because of the phone's refresh rate and screen fluidity, it is perfect for fast-playing games. Even scrolling through social media feeds is more seamless with this phone. Perhaps the only drawback is that almost all games and media currently available in the market are not yet optimized for a 120Hzrefresh rate.

Camera

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a total of five cameras. However, you may be surprised to know that shots from the very much-hyped 108MP camera mode don't make a significant difference when compared to the shots taken from the default 12MP camera mode. There is even a tendency that the shots taken using the 108MP mode may be overexposed. 

On the other hand, the front-facing 40MP camera has the capability to generate amazing selfies. With this phone, there is also the "Smart Selfie Angle" that automatically zooms out group selfies. The "Live Focus" feature or the portrait mode is great in capturing photos during the day, but you may struggle with it during low light conditions.

It also boasts of a 10x lossless zoom and a 100x zoom capability but you may find that the shots that you capture from the 100x zoom may be remarkably blurry. Another camera feature that stands out from this phone is the Single Take mode that records 10-second videos and snaps multiple images from it. This will yield a gallery of options for you to choose from. However, this feature seems to be reserved for taking shots when you have a unique subject in motion.

Needless to say, Samsung still provides the best camera and camera features compared to other smartphones in the market.

Software

The S20 series of Samsung Galaxy all come with the One UI 2 software that significantly simplifies the interface. In this case, you will be able to jump from one app to another with ease. The handset also comes with an Android 10 operating system that includes new features such as a Smart Reply, as well as an enhanced notification and privacy controls. You also get to experience MusicShare which is a great feature for sharing your Bluetooth connection with your car or other devices.

Performance

Like with the other S20 series, Ultra is integrated with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 processor. This processor promises faster performance, as well as reduced power consumption. This is paired with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. But you also have the option of getting an Ultra with 16GB of RAM with 512GB of internal storage. Of course, the latter will be pricier. There is also the option for you to expand your phone's internal memory up to 1TB with a micro SD card.

Because of these specifications, expect that this phone will be able to handle multitasking, as well as extensive mobile gaming. 

5G Capability

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is capable of both the mmWave technology and sub-6 GHz bands. The latter offers a greater range but the speed of your connection is similar to that of LTE. Conversely, leveraging mmWave technology may provide a better speed but this requires a line-of-sight with a nearby node.

Battery Life

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is equipped with a 5000mAh battery which is one of the biggest ones in the S series. This is for the device to keep up with the 120Hz and 6.9in lit-up display, as well as a speedy 5G connection. The great news is that within an hour or so, you will already be able to power up your battery to full from zero. 

Price and Availability

With all the specs listed above, you may need to shell out a couple of thousand dollars to get this phone in your hands if you want to pay for it outright. Nevertheless, you have the option of paying for a monthly plan offered by Telstra, Optus, as well as Vodafone. 

The Bottomline:

With a great screen and an excellent battery life, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is indeed a high-performance phone that is worth considering. You will be delighted with its camera's astonishing zoom and confirmed fast 5G speeds. Its over-the-top internal specs are even comparable to some of the best laptops. Thus, it's not surprising that you need to pay a hefty sum for this phone.