The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has been unveiled. And this truly marks the beginning of Samsung’s new era with top of the line specs — even better than their “Plus” series phones. To call this phone a premium device would be an understatement as Samsung has cramped every possible bit of technology inside it. A huge camera lens at the back, a mega screen, a RAM to that of PC, and to back it all, a mammoth of a battery. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is something all tech fanatics had once dreamt of.
To begin with the camera, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has almost no connection to the other two S20s; i.e. the Galaxy S20 and S20+ — bringing several debuts in the smartphone camera industry. The primary camera sees an impressive 108MP sensor that uses 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. This means the camera can capture 12MP images which equal to 2.4µm pixels that could offer a new dimension in low-light photography in smartphones. The camera has OIS and an f/1.8 lens with an ability to capture 8K videos.
Accompanying the huge sensor is a 48MP periscope lens, which is Samsung’s first. The sensor supports 4-in-1 pixel binning for 12MP shots. Samsung says that this camera offers 10x hybrid optical zoom and up to 100x Super Resolution Zoom. The periscope lens also has OIS.
Nestled on the huge square, alongside other sensors, is also a 12MP ultrawide camera and DepthVision sensor. The camera has the Single Take feature that captures photos from all cameras at once and makes use of the onboard AI to recommend the best shot for you to keep.
The selfie camera on the S20 Ultra sees a huge upgrade as well. The device gets an impressive 40MP selfie camera with 4-in-1 pixel binning enabled for 10MP shots, offering 1.4µm pixels. This should help increase the quality of selfie over the S20 and S20+ which has 10MP sensors. Also, the phone’s selfie sensor is one of the highest resolution cameras we have seen to date.
Shifting the focus to the front, the S20 Ultra sports a huge 6.9-inch screen (remember the iPad Mini measures only 7.9-inch). It’s a Dynamic AMOLED panel that supports HDR10+ with 1440p+ resolution. Underneath it is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
The screen supports 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sensing rate, alike the two other S20 models.
Like said, as something like a Pro model, the S20 Ultra gets up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. On the other hand, the base model also gets 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to start with. Although the 128GB storage doesn’t sound as sufficient as it is, especially if you shoot 8K videos, the phone does offer expansion via microSD card up to 1TB. Inside, the phone rocks the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC and Exynos 990, depending on regions.
This beastly phone gets its juice from an impressive 5,000mAh battery, which sounds just about right for powering the huge 120Hz screen. If in case the battery runs out, you can top it up using the provided 25W charging adapter or buy the 45W charging adapter separately, which this phone supports.
As for the availability, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is available for pre-order starting today, while for pricing, the 12GB/128GB variant starts at a whopping $1,399, while for extra RAM and storage you’ll have to shell out an extra $200 if in case you need it.