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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: top of the range but not for everyone

After analyzing and reviewing Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus we dedicate ourselves to the true top of the range Samsung for 2020 in the review of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The swimming flagship of Samsung which, in all respects, presents itself on the market as the Android smartphone to beat thanks to an innovative camera, many functions and great power. Let's find out what's new, beautiful and valid about this new technological jewel.

package

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra packaging

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra packaging

Inside the Galaxy S20 Utra box we find a classic but complete equipment: USB power supply, USB-C cable and AKG earphones , in addition to the usual and useless manuals. The earphones are of excellent workmanship and guarantee good audio quality, in the package you will also find rubber pads of various sizes to adapt them comfortably to your ear pavilions. L'25W power supply and guarantees excellent charging times but, it should be noted, that the Samsung S20 Ultra also supports the 45W recharge. Any covers and protective films must be purchased separately.

Design and construction

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra design

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra design

The first point to analyze is that relating toaesthetics and construction of the device. There aluminum body with the front and rear made of Gorilla Glass 6. Both sides are curved, especially the back and this shape allows for sufficient ergonomics, despite the significant size of the smartphone. As far as waterproofing is concerned, we have the IP68 certification which waterproofs the phone and protects it from water and dust.

The dimensions are really ultra: 166.8 x 76 mm x 8.8 mm with 222 grams of well balanced weight. More than a smartphone, it would be correct to speak talk about a phablet. Striking the aesthetic aspect of the S20 Ultra is the eye-catching camera island. This part of the smartphone made with a different color than that of the body, but what is most striking is the impossibility of keeping the smartphone on a smooth surface. This discomfort increases when the device has the active vibration and you receive a call: the noise is very annoying and the device tends to move. The usual problems that we are used to seeing and that can be solved by using a cover.

Hardware

Hardware Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Hardware Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

From a technical point of view, the Ultra puts in its hands the best currently available on the smartphone market. Galaxy S20 Ultra mounts a 3.7GHz octa-core Exynos 990 processor flanked by a Mali G77-MP11 graphics processor. The 12GB of RAM and the 128GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 1TB) are sufficient but certainly exaggerated, especially if you are passionate about photography or need to bring large amounts of data with you. Better to bet on the more expensive version with 512GB of memory and 16GB of RAM.

From a technical point of view, then the presence of the support to be recorded dual-Nanosim and at new eSIM. Both the radio and the 3.5mm audio jack, but a trend to which it seems we must resign ourselves. The fingerprint reader, of the ultrasonic type, works very well even if you have to take the position to be able to correctly position your finger to unlock your smartphone quickly.

The audio sector is a real wonder thanks to the two capsules, both the lower and the upper (integrated under the screen) able to guarantee stereo sound with a good maximum volume and excellent quality.

Technical characteristics of absolute leader as regards the connectivity. The Samsung S20 Ultra, in fact, provides: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6 ax dual-band, NFC chip, support for Android Auto and Dex, the GPD A-GLONASS, BDS and Galileo, as well as the 5G support. This is a technology that is starting to spread rapidly also in Italy, but those who buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a smartphone ready to take advantage of the benefits of this new era of telecommunications.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra display

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra display

The masterpiece of this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is probably the display, as large as it is exaggeratedly beautiful. a 6.9 panel with QHD + resolution (1440x3200px) and a format in 20: 9. C support for HDR10 +, at 120Hz refresh rate (usable only in FullHD + resolution) and a high brightness that give fluidity and visibility in any condition. The curvature of this display is less than in the past and this choice allows you to make the more functional view. The much more discreet front camera hole also appears to be a winning choice on the whole of this display.

The dimensions of this display have the effect of reducing the capacity of one-handed use. Without considering how complicated it becomes to be able to put it safely in the pants or jacket pockets.

Software

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra software

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra software

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra you obviously have the latest version of Android 10 with the March security patch and lOne UI 2.1 interface. The fluidity of the operating system is excellent, as well as the various features, among all the extended screenshots. Support for advanced connection with Windows, support for payments with Samsung Pay and Google Pay, as well as the ability to record the screen. There are settings dedicated to gamers (Game Launcher) as well as a series of features to better manage apps. Everything, of course, managed with great stability, fluidity and speed.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera

The other big reason of interest for those who want to buy Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the one related to the photographic sector. We have seen that rear cameras take up a lot of space, let's see if this choice pays off. From the point of view of numbers c to be amazed. The Samsung S20 Ultra, in fact, has 4 cameras, the main one being 108MP with f / 1.8 aperture, which are flanked by a 12MP wide angle (f / 2.2), a 48MP telephoto lens it's a ToF sensor to improve the details and depth of photographic shots. An aspect worthy of note is the camera dedicated to zooming, positioned differently from the others, and which allows you to reach i on paper 100x zoom (Space Zoom). This a digital zoom, while we also have one 4x optical zoom is one 10x hybrid. Overall, all three work in an exemplary way that allows to reach impressive quality levels. The quality of the images is naturally high and professional shots can be achieved even in low or almost completely absent light conditions.

Wonderful and surprising even the video footage, which reach the 8K resolution: truly spectacular. Excellent also 40MP front camera (f / 2.2) which allows you to take perfect selfies, but also to shoot videos in 4K at 60fps.

Battery

On paper the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra mounts a battery from 5000mAh, therefore more capacious than that of other devices, but to test the facts we would have expected something more. With intense use you can cover a stress day and get to dinner without any particular problems but you will hardly be able to go further. With a milder use, however, it covers a whole day without problems. By making the most of the potential of this device, such as the 120Hz refresh rate, in fact, lautonomy is greatly affected. Excellent support for 45W fast charging, as well as reverse charging to recharge accessories.

Price

Here we are at the fateful problem of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: the price. We are over the one thousand four hundred euros, more than an average salary. Yes, there is 5G, crazy cameras and a huge and wonderful display, but they always are really a lot of money.

Conclusion

An Ultra device from all points of view, even that of the price

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Here we are at the conclusion of this review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The judgment must take into account all the factors, but must make some clarifications. From a technical point of view, the LS20 Ultra is certainly a remarkable device, but differs from the S20 and the S20 Plus only for the display and cameras. Processor, RAM and internal memory are the same as those of the younger brothers. The 5GFurthermore, it is also present in the Plus version. And the battery, although more powerful, does not significantly affect the battery life (except for future software optimizations).

So what can we say? You pay, and dear, the cameras and the display which, in practice, are the best components of this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the best on the market. Probably the choice of dimensions, together with the cost, ultra in all senses, will prevent this device from reaching a large slice of the market. For those who love or use for work device of this size can certainly find in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra an excellent, powerful and beautiful smartphone. Who loves taking pictures I can count on S20 Ultra for years.

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Final judgement

Our opinion

You pay, and dearly, for the best cameras and displays on the market. Probably the choice of dimensions, together with the cost, ultra in all senses, will prevent this device from reaching a large slice of the market. But, for those who love to take photos or use large devices, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a smartphone to buy light-hearted: an excellent, powerful and beautiful device.