The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most complete model of Samsung's new generation of smartphones; it has a 108-megapixel camera, a 100x zoom, and a 6.9" screen that is simply enormous, even for those who are used to big phones.

For more information on the impressive features that Samsung offers in this model, check out this review.

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Design

The Galaxy S20 Ultra may not be the best for those who like compact smartphones. The 6.9-inch screen is even larger than the one of the Galaxy Note 10+, which was quite impressive for its big size.

This model stands out especially for its side curves, which helped reduce its size, this time being smoother than in previous models.

Last but not least, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a weight of 220 grams, which results in a robust and intimidating phone.

Screen

Samsung often uses its best panels from the Galaxy S series, with ultra-strong brightness, flawless black, precise colours, and a near-perfect viewing angle.

This Samsung model features a huge 6.9-inch AMOLED screen with a never-before-used refresh rate of 120 Hz.

The 120 Hz refresh rate makes a big difference in the perception of speed; you'll be amazed at how quickly this screen can flow with animations by sliding the screen from side to side. You must activate this function bu bear in mind it does not work at maximum resolution, only in Full HD+, besides it consumes a lot of battery.

Camera

The photograpic aspect is undoubtedly the highlight of this phone. It looks great with its four lenses, and an inscription that reads "100x" in elegant letters.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the first mobile phone with 8K video recording, and it works incredibly well, and there is no limit time to use it, which it's impressed, —obviously, it will depend of the memory capacity of the device. This feature is more experimental than something really useful because you're limited to 24 frames per second, far from the flow of 4K at 60 fps.

The primary camera of the S20 Ultra offers 108MP resolution through a 1/1.33-inch sensor - 3×3 pixels = 9 pixels in a "super-pixel" that incredibly improves image quality at 12MP output.

The primary sensor contains a standard 26mm wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.8. For the tele-camera, Samsung implemented a 103mm f/3.5 aperture periscope lens, which provides a 4x native zoom. The 10x hybrid combines the image from the 48MP telephoto camera and the 108MP main camera. Both cameras have PDAF autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS).

This camera takes the portrait mode to another plane with a depth of 0.3 MP, and the sensor that uses ToF 3D technology will get an incredible bokeh effect.

ToF 3D technology is a relatively new method by which it is possible to gather detailed 3D information. By illuminating a scene, usually using infrared or near-infrared light, a ToF camera can measure the distance between itself and objects within that scene.

Processor & Battery

The Galaxy S20 Ultra processor in the US version (SM-G988U) and some versions for China and Latin America are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and Samsung Exynos chips power most worldwide versions (base model numbers SM-G988F/N/B).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 does a great job in any scenario - all applications open quickly, there are no drop-off signals, and any Android game runs with maximum graphics. This chip is technically a lower chip than the Apple A13 Bionic, but no one will notice the difference at first sight.

The 5,000 mAh battery —the largest one in the Galaxy S history— is one of the largest ever placed at the top of the line with Android and can handle the demands of everyday life as long as you make good use. Perhaps Samsung has sized the battery capacity of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, considering that it will be used in 5G networks, which tend to spend more energy.

Our Verdict

The Galaxy S20 Ultra meets all the requirements of a great product. So if you're looking for a smartphone that focuses heavily on big numbers like 108 megapixels and 100x zoom, this one will surely meet all your expectations, offering; a spectacular camera, a battery that lasts a long time and a screen that is one of the best I've ever seen.

Of course, this all comes up against the price factor: the Galaxy S20 Ultra is not a cheap smartphone and will remain expensive even after the price drops.

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