Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the Samsung Galaxy S 20 altra 5g we're in the United States so we have the snapdragon with the 5g modem inside yes there been other reviews and they've been earlier we got in a couple of days later than some reviewer friends out there and also I was waiting a bit longer because there was where the Samsung had a camera software update that had been out in Korea I thought maybe we would get it here no such love so it's time to review this absolute beam of a phone we're gonna look at it now this phone is gonna have a hard time obviously because of its price tag it's

$13.99 that's $1400 for the base model in the United States so for that much money you're expecting a lot it doesn't flip and Bend like the samsung galaxy Z flip which is actually 20 cheaper but it is Samsung's new phone that goes even above there already flagship s 20s 20 plus line to try to throw in every possible high-end feature you can think of and I will give them credit for that of course you still get the same processor and in the same technology for RAM and storage if you go with the S 20 or the S 20 plus you get that snapdragon e8 65 with the X 55 5g modem inside but

What you get here is five thousand milliamp battery so that's the biggest among all of them yet for battery capacity you get the fanciest cameras and believe me we will talk about the cameras some it's got the biggest display 6.9 inches versus six point seven inches for the s 20 plus now 0.2 inches which is five millimeters isn't a huge difference yet this phone is a lot bigger I don't talk about that in a minute – you've got a K video recording which you do get on the other phones as well so here's our already thing some of the problem is that the less expensive

Phones had some of the same features now granted the S 20 plus is still 1199 $1200 your base s 20 is $1000 blame part on that of that on the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and modem which adds about $200 to the price tag and Qualcomm is charging manufacturers considerably more than they did with the outgoing processor so if this was a 1200 our phone may be a little bit more forgiving you get the idea there when it comes to the size even though it's only 0.2 inches bigger and screen size than the s 20 plus it's considerably thicker about a millimeter thicker than the s 20

Plus and it weighs 220 2 grams this is a half pound phone the thickness and the weight will have worn on me if you watched my Smackdown between the S 20 plus and the ultra you know this or even my S 20 review watch that too if you're interested in that phone it's fine when you play with it and the store do you think oh I can handle this not much of a difference you live with it for a week or two weeks and it's a consideration and then when you consider the case you're gonna have to put on there which is gonna have to be thicker than normal to cover that very large camera hump on

The back it's a bit of a physical Beast and it comes in your choice of black which is perfectly fine and a lot of people like a black phone and your other option is gray I know gray right I mean we talked about it's a great day battleship gray not the greatest of connotations and surprising for a flagship e of flagship e phones usually get the most awesome color options there to try to upsell you to that really pretty color but know if you go with the other s 20-miles you'll actually get a more broad color selection with some very pretty color alright I am picking

On the phone what's good about the phone is it's fast it's solid it's stable it's very competent that snapdragon 865 is a performer you get 12 gigs of ram on the basement which is more than enough for even power users believe me and you get 128 gigs of storage which is slightly depressing for the price but there is a micro SD card slot you can go up to 16 gigs of ram which you really don't need and 512 gigs of storage which is up to you if you do need but then you're looking at a $1600 phone so in terms of 1ui 2.0 and android 10 on this the phone is fast its fluid and the days of

Samsung in TouchWiz are long over I don't expect this phone to slow down I haven't encountered any weird thuggish other than the challenge with autofocus on the camera but that's a separate kind of issue it's a good phone and it has the top of the line of everything so that's what stands in its favour and for those who can really like big honking phones in your hand even this might be the phone for you and if you like big honking phones well at least it is less expensive than the samsung galaxy phone right so let's talk about that Jegs space zoom for a minute I know some

Of you are just making jokes about it's the perv camera or something like that no obviously it's marketing yes it can go out to 100x and you can take moonshots with it which is fun for some people it's there so you can do that and say look at my picture of the moment beyond that obviously the sweet spot is gonna be at lesser zooms and that's where it really can be useful who is this for also this phone is for those who would like to shoot Birds Wildlife Zoo like I like to do without having to bring along something insane when I go to the zoo this is what I take away it

Gets worse when they zoom it out this is how long it gets okay this is a 300 millimeter lens this thing weighs several pounds this is not fun to carry anybody who travels with me to the zoo is always like can you spend less time playing with your giant camera and all that sort of thing so anything of it it's a miracle yes it's $1400 fun but still it can sort of stand in for this you're not gonna get the same clarity on zoom but if you're zooming at 5x it looks really good if you're going to 10x it's still pretty usable not I wouldn't put them on Flickr at 10x mind you but

For using something like Instagram and your social media shares and all that stuff it's actually pretty good and it doesn't weigh 5 pounds like this whole thing does which is a Sony a7 3 by the way in case you're wondering the display on this is lovely I wouldn't say that the S 20 plus or the S 20 or any less lovely they're just smaller and smaller depending on which one you pick same resolution so the PPI the pixel density is slightly lower actually on this one because you're stretching out to a bigger screen but it's still 511 PPI which is so beyond what even the most

Eagle-eyed of us can see that hey it's great 120 Hertz display which is available across all the s20 models is here and I really like that it means less blurry motion blur it makes your phone feel faster it's a little easier on the eyes you can only use right now that hundred twenty Hertz at the default resolution that Samsung always ships these phones at which is the full HD plus resolution so it's like 24 hundred by 1080 resolution it's still super sharp at that so I've been rolling with that they say there are gonna have an update that lets you run it at the max

Resolution which is insanely high you can see the specs on screen I'm sure that will tank your battery life News is here with specially with this five thousand milliamp battery running in at 120 Hertz maybe shorter by about half an hour for run times versus running into default Full HD plus 60 Hertz so it's totally worth it in fact I find that running it the full qhd+ resolution is actually gonna kill the battery faster than 120 Hertz does so cool the display just like the other models is less curvy on the sides which is one of my favorite things so less

Accidental edge presses and a little hand friendlier it just feels a little better ergonomically I'm thrilled with that and yes it has a fingerprint scanner under the display they have changed location a little bit to make it easier to actually hit it but it's the same technology as the s10 family which means it's sometimes a little bulky better software I would say I get fewer fails but I still get some which is a little infuriating there's 2d facial recognition which isn't the most secure you couldn't very fool it with a big picture of you for example but it's

There for those quick unlocks when you're at home and you're not hopefully worried about your family unlocking it on you or something like that you've got Samsung pay as you would expect the usual knocks for security and fast wireless charging and also bi-directional charging so you can charge Samsung Galaxy buds or your samsung galaxy watch active – you get the idea and it supports fast or super fast as they call it now wired charging and a twenty five watt charger in the box it also supports 45 watts a twenty five watts is a lot faster than your

Standard charger going up to forty five doesn't make that much of a difference bomb because they have to keep heat in check while charging it it has a 40 megapixel selfie camera which can also shoot a 10 megapixel doing pixel binning which is the same resolution as the lesser as 20 models and it's fine if you turn off all the features they can possibly do like you know Expedia and filters and all that sort of thing you can get some detail and clarity but to me it still looks a little bit more smooth and soften than say the S 20 + or competing cameras the main cameras are

Obviously the big selling point because Samsung has pushed them aside it's not the first time we've seen 100 plus megapixel sensors on cameras but so far the ones I review them in moderate fails in terms of the image processing not being there compared to other phones with this megapixel count which is 108 Samsung is doing really well here it's not perfect well I have to give them credit for having the on average nicest most crispy most color balance that I've seen so far that's not to say it's perfect as you know by now probably there are autofocus

Issues it's using phase detection autofocus which is not as good as the usual dual pixel autofocus that we see on the regular s20 models and other camera phones it's a little bit slower how fast they can ever make it I don't know but there supposed to be a fix out there to improve it and to stop it from hunting the hunting is most noticeable when you're shooting video because that's continuous and you can see it focusing in now sometimes as it has a little fail but I've gotten plenty of nice shots on it but occasionally I've gotten somewhere I do wonder exactly

What it was focusing on it's just not as sharp as it should be but overall you can take some beautiful pictures with this and it does have a little bit better dynamic range it has a bigger overall sensor to work with which helps there's a lot of clarity you can shoot in 108 megapixel mode but I do recommend the default pixel bending mode where it combines the data and gives you a sharp shot there's even some natural bokeh happening be given the the size of the aperture which is F 1.8 and the size of the sensor together so you don't always have to rely on portrait mode but there

Is a time of flight sensor our depth sensor on this phone so just like the s 20 plus so I can do bokeh mode or portrait mode nicely and it has very good edge detection this one place where it does beam at the iPhone you don't get as much of a haircut for example when using portrait mode and somebody with little flyaway hair like mine the wide-angle camera is 12 megapixel it's perfectly competent is the same Sony sensor that we see on the other s 20 phones and I like it quite well you do have night mode on that which is something that the iPhone still doesn't

Offer on the wide-angle lens the tele lens is 48 megapixel which is actually less than the s20 pluses when I had 64 but this one actually is a true telephoto the s20 pluses is not watch my s 20 review s 20-plus review to learn more about that but it the telephoto does a pretty good job the challenge is going to be keeping the camera stable when you're shooting it longer zoom ranges just like with that big honking camera I showed you anything with that kind of lens magnifies movements so overall with the telephoto lens the default when you

Choose a telephoto lens is to go to 5 X 4 X is actually its optical zoom maximum range but 5 X takes very nice shots it's not gonna compete with that Sony a7 3/4 telephoto shots though sometimes for standard range shots it can but the telephoto is are pretty good you'll see a little bit of artifacting here in there a little bit of interpolation but mostly really quite nice you might even share some of them on Flickr 10 X can be usable but I would keep it to smaller presentation modes again not big monitor showing off your kind of pictures but nice

Anything beyond that gets a little iffy it's pretty cool and you can zoom to the crane on the top of the building and use 30x zoom which is about the maximum for it's a mess and yes there's a came video recording only 24 frames per second and you don't get any stabilization on it so it's good if you want to crop in maybe for video but other than that again they're doing it better than any phone I've seen with a came video recording we've reviewed just a handful of those that even tried to do that and it really is remarkable how good it looks but there are some limitations so

Other things to keep in mind when considering this phone is 5g so it covers all the 5g bands that are low men and millimeter wave high band there's not a lot of coverage right now except for t-mobile has a pretty decent rollout of low band 5g and I've been running it actually with the t-mobile SIM most of the time and yeah what what is interesting though is the speed differences the notice in 4G LTE coverage zones on both AT&T and t-mobile it's actually faster at download upload speeds on those versus the s10 plus and even the galaxy Z flip running on the

Snapdragon 855 and 855 plus and their modems respectively so you know get faster data speeds even on regular 4G networks that's nice for those who are buying the unlock model direct from Samsung or wherever in the United States it is compatible with all major carriers CDMA GSM I get Wi-Fi calling on t-mobile I'm getting voiceover LTE on even AT&T they're finally supporting that for unlock phones and of course on t-mobile and on Verizon so you can buy the unlock model it's totally safe oh one last thing if you shake your phone I don't know how

People even notice it and do this but to shake the phone and you hold it close to your head you hear a slight bitter radley that's the oh is the optical image stabilization what it is is basically a gyroscope that the sensor mounts to to keep it from level so it can move around and stay level so there's nothing wrong with your phone if you hear that that's just the OIS assembly in fact once you engage the camera you probably won't hear it because it's locking in the stabilization at that point so there you have it the Samsung Galaxy S 20 altra

Samsung has yet another notch up above the s20 line for 2020 is it a good fast stable phone with a really pleasing display and promising cameras that might not deliver everything we hoped for for $1400 and all the promises well yeah but for those who really want a big phone and have it used for that zoom range it's here for you i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this vid

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