According to RAE, "Ultra-" is the attribute to be used in reference something that has been raised to an extreme degree. And the fact is that Samsung's decision to give this last name to the new crown is paid for its phone catalog it makes sense when we look at this definition.
Because the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra it is a phone like no other that we have seen leaving the South Korean factories to date; it is loaded on the teeth with the latest technology developed by the company, and which should be the ultimate goal the last phone.
And it is precisely the goal that ambition does The Glass S20 Ultra may disappoint. For now, we were accustomed to a slight increase in the price of the new SG series. But what we may not be ready to accept a phone of 1,359 euros that continues to drag on some of the old events, and most important enhancements may turn against you.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, features and features
|Dimensions||167 x 76 x 8.8 mm
|Screen||The 6.9 inch is infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED
Refresh rate of 120 Hz
|The decision||WQHD + (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) 511 ppi|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 990 5G|
|RAM||12/16 GB LPDDR5|
|An operating system||One UI 2.0 based on Android 10|
|Storage||128/512 GB of UFS 3.0 enhanced by Micro SD up to 1 TB|
|Cameras||After: 108 MP (main) ƒ / 1.8, OIS. 12 MP (wide angle) ƒ / 2.2. 48 MP (telephoto) ƒ / 3.5, 4X light zoom
10X hybrid, 100X digital, OIS. Sensor Sensation
Forward: 40 MP ƒ / 2.2
|Battery||5,000 mAh for 45W fast charging (25W charger included)
Wireless PowerShare returns wireless charging
|Other||IP68, 5G protection, Dolby Atmos Stereo speaker with AKG speaker, ultrasonic fingerprint reader on screen.|
|Colors||Cosmic gray, cosmic black|
|Price||From 1,359 euros|
Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
It's hard not to fall in love with the massive 6.9-inch SuperAMOLED Galaxy S20 Ultra. As it was already difficult to do that for the Galaxy Note10 +, or that of the Galaxy S10 + a few months ago.
What I'm trying to say is, there again, Samsung also shows why it's the queen of AMOLED panels Thanks to a better screen than any other mobile phone we've never really tried in any aspect you can imagine. Even after using the Pixel 4 XL for months, it was selected by one of the best phones in the market Matte display, the height of the S20 Ultra screen is clear from the moment you first unlock it.
But otherwise excellent viewing angles, level superfluous high brightness or reliable color reproduction – as long as the "natural" color is retained -, the Galaxy S20 Ultra screen produces an add-on that no other carrier has covered so far: 120Hz refresh rate
The S20 Ultra screen surpasses that of any other mobile phone that you have never really tried in any aspect you can imagine.
By simply doubling the content of the screen, The motion pictures and movements occur at extremely high speeds, which improves the experience when using the Internet, you do scroll, play related topics or simply open and close menus because yes, to enjoy only the excess flow provided by the 120Hz.
But Samsung, unlike other companies, has chosen a policy that compels the user to choose between a smooth display or a high resolution. That is, even if the final screen has a traditional resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, if you want to use a panel at its maximum refresh rate you will need to comply with a limited resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. In addition, by default the panel refresh rate is used 60 Hz to improve autonomy – in theory, the improvement is 10% – and the device software can't change the refresh rate of a panel based on the content from the screen.
In any case, I have to admit that activating 120Hz is one of the first things I can do As soon as I started the device, and in no time I felt the need to go back to 60Hz to enjoy a higher resolution or a little more autonomy.
No matter the features of the panel itself, Samsung seems to have heard our prayers and has finally decided Remove curves labeled "edges" that years were present on the mobile screens of this series. Instead, the firm is now committed to very deep curves that help you run the system be more comfortable and in their transfer they avoid the emergence of the great ghost touch habit where many seem to have become accustomed to life.
Performance and the whole experience
In addition to the special screen, there are other things in the S20 Ultra formula that do The experience when using the phone is really exciting. Perhaps most important of all new processor, Exynos 990 5G produced at 7 nanometers and composed of 8 cores, corresponding to them 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM in the version we tested, with 128 GB of internal UFS 3.0 storage powered by MicroSD.
The compilation of all these components, added to the software much more than in the previous editions of this series, results in excellent performance under any kind of condition. Of course, that shouldn't surprise anyone who thinks about the phone price.
And speaking of software, I find it necessary to stop commenting at this stage. Because for the first time since I've been auditing corporate companies, I've decided do not install software as one of the bad points of the device. Not because one UI changed overnight and became a nice custom layer, but because at least now nothing exceeds the figure, and its functionality, at least on a mobile device for this category, is already standard for other Android based "cleaner" applications.
Among the most exciting news introducing the One UI version based on Android 10 is the one complete body movement, which was inherited directly from the latest version of the app developed by Google. Using this navigation system – which, by the way, doesn't come automatically and automatically – completely changes the feeling when using the device, and makes navigating between apps or menus a much easier and more efficient process. Of course, if you intend to use it, you will have to win Samsung's first launcher, because gesture navigation no longer corresponds to a third-party startup in One UI 2.1.
Without all that, there is no shortage thousands of different functions with which Samsung offers its own custom layer, some of which are especially useful, and others that most will not –ahem, Bixby and Samsung Daily-. We have "One-handed mode" is much simpler for a mobile phone, filmed inside the screen, "action-packed" – without screen elimination – is a fantastic integration with Windows that will be very useful to computer owners with Microsoft's operating system, and endless with additional features and tools that will keep you in touch with the phone for hours if your aim is to get used to it all.
Another fun feature integrated into One UI 2.1 is when Samsung lets you get a little more out of it 12 or 16 GB of RAM phone is possible keep the programs open to speed up your opening and prevent the operating system from shutting down automatically when they are in the background. Maximum number of apps to set is 3 or 5 depending on the memory configuration selected.
That said, I think you are simply not welcome that, by mid-2020, Samsung is moving on without changing its renewal policy, and that only 1,359 euros have insurance. two major app updates.
Samsung has also decided to upgrade – or at least try – independently. Because unlike things like pictures, when we talk about batteries higher values often lead to better results. And the 5,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a great example.
Given that Ever since I got this device I've kept the screen refresh rate at 120Hz, the fact that the S20 Ultra allowed me to get through the day to spend about 5:30 or 6 hours on screen seems to me good result. And I have no doubt that using the device as it comes out of the box – that is, with a 1080p "panel" resolution and a refresh rate of 60Hz – can provide much greater independence. However, at least in my opinion, does not compensate.
Unlike other categories, when mentioned in drums, larger numbers almost always translate into better results.
And a little compensation if you think about that the phone is capable of charging at a high speed using a 25W box charger installed in the box, and there's also wireless charging support. Of course, I think that too the 45W charger that Samsung sells separately at a price of 50 euros It would be an addition that would add some points to the brand type to try to justify a higher phone price.
The worst with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
At what point did we decide that phones weighing in pounds were acceptable? With about 17 inches high and weighing 220 grams, The Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the biggest phones in our hands. More than any other Galaxy S or Note series cell phone, and even more so was the Samsung Galaxy Mega launched in 2013 whose size reminds us more of a tablet than a cell phone.
Using the Global S20 Ultra without charge is a serious underdog.
It is also bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and although the Korean model is a bit simpler, the the weight of a very large camera model It causes your weight to be completely uneven, and to use it for a long time is an odyssey.
In other words, using the Galaxy S20 Ultra without charge is less than a dangerous game, And not only because of its weight and size; its construction of glossy glass and aluminum makes it especially mobile that is slippery and weak. At least Samsung has decided to include a virtual gift case near the terminal.
However, there are many factors that do The design of the S20 Ultra is not one of its strengths. As usual, Samsung also offers a a well-built phone, with well-finished edges and curves that give it elegance from time to time. Otherwise, her physical appearance is nothing special except for a camera system that uses a good portion of the face in the back and highlights a few millimeters.
And that, in which should be the show's most secret and the biggest company – with the permission of the wrap – is a problem. So much more if some manufacturers have already begun betting on durable or specialized materials than aluminum and glass that make up the Galaxy S20 Ultra as they are stainless steel or ceramics, and it's mainly because Samsung has increased the quality on its bottom lines so that, at present, there are no significant differences between the design of models like the Galaxy A51 or Galaxy S10 Lite with this Samsung S20 Ultra. Because Samsung's special design brings nothing new which we haven't seen in other product type calls, even those that cost half the price of this terminal.
And Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra cameras
At the moment no one should question that category of images This mobile is a basic feature that distinguishes it from another cell phone, and which Samsung will try to add some power to convince you to pay 1,359 euros the S20 Ultra costs for you instead of the 909 or 1,009 euros of the Galaxy S20 and S20 + worth it. And just look at their numbers to understand you.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a a total of six different cameras, five of which are located on a large rear module, one on the front, inside a small hole where Samsung decides the signal OLED panel.
Starting with the background program, we see a 108 megapixel high resolution camera f/1.8 that is, by default, it captures 12 megapixel images based on the Samsung pixel group process put in by Samsung I don't know. However, Samsung does offer the opportunity to take photos at the maximum resolution that the sensor can offer with a hidden option in the camera app.
An incident occurred. "telephoto" sensor
The most important of the central senses, without a doubt, this is 108 megapixels. Given its large size – three times larger than the Galaxy S10 – it is capable of capturing far more light than any other cell phone with a smaller sensor. And if you want too much detail, just activate the "108 MP" mode to produce more detail – at least that's the idea – in exchange, for files whose weight is created more than 25 MB in some cases.
As the exciting news is presented to this generation Some Function To Hold. With it, it's a tool will take various pictures and videos of the same incident using various methods integrated in the camera app. Although this process will take longer than taking a "normal" picture, it is a powerful solution that prevents us from deciding on our own. Image mode to use so that the software is responsible for doing the work for us.
And the power of the device in terms of zoom can be overlooked. However, Samsung has embedded the words "SPACE ZOOM 100X" into a module that incorporates the unique sensors that make up this system.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 +, The Galaxy S20 Ultra has good zoom. It is a "curved lens" at the bottom of the camera module, which works like a periscope. At Samsung's official website, it is described in great detail How does this sensor work when taking a photo:
"The light coming from the back of the phone is redirected by a prism to the lens, then back to the right 90 degree angle with a series of integrated features that maximize focal length, in the same way that the periscope works.
This technology, added to the 48-megapixel sensor capabilities supported by the pixel group process, allows the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera capture photos at 4x zoom and digital up to 100.
But a wild mathematical parade continues: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra which is one of the first phones that can capture video with an 8K resolution, although this method is limited to a maximum of 24 FPS. In addition, its front camera has 40 megapixel resolution, and as a great sensation, it is possible take pictures at high resolution if you want to get the highest detail a camera can capture.
All right now How do you translate all these numbers into a routine? If you've read the title of this commentary, I'm afraid you can emulate it where to shoot.
Date, drawings and night mode behavior
Let's start at the beginning: The phone's primary camera allows you to capture high-quality images almost in most cases where the light is in contact with it. Large resolution and large size translate to bright pictures with high detail – though not significantly higher than those taken with mobiles such as the Pixel 4, leading us to question the need for such a large and expensive sensor. However, as has been the case with each of the Glass series models we have been able to test so far, the software responsible for image processing is back in play to give your capture. see company behavior, which overrides i extremely smooth, especially when a human face at the scene, and by "maximizing" the shadows indiscriminately, thus significantly removing the contrast of the image and adding sound – less than in previous years, of course – completely unnecessarily. Interestingly, these two issues disappear significantly when using the "Pro mode" of the camera.
The main camera fails at night scenes and, unless we find ourselves in the dark about, there is no need to enable "Night Mode" installed on that camera app
If you want, you can take 108 megapixel resolution images using the phone's primary camera. In a sense, this mode is intended to include more details of each event, so that it can happen later photos of plants without losing quality. The truth is that in many cases does not compensate that you use this option every time you want to use it, especially because it's in default mode the camera is already able to capture enough detail so that you do not miss such work.
That said, it is permissible to say that the process of photographing this decision is surprisingly fast taking into account the computational burden involved in capturing and processing the image of this size. One of the benefits of having a bit of RAM – obviously – is that it is far away.
Some details of the main room that I think are worth the wear the smallest depth of field created by the agent naturally, and that sometimes they make drawings or "blurry" mode less necessary, by default, the photos will just have a nice and natural blur of the background. Of course, this can also be a problem because, sometimes, edges of the previous article they may not function without focusing or displaying object art because of the reduced field of sensors.
But the zoom, I'm very afraid that today, The Green S20 Ultra is a mobile with the best zoom in the market within the range of 4 and 10. Aside from that, the quality loss is very noticeable up to 30 hundreds, and the zoom in with 100 enhancements made by Samsung alone allows for a lot of blurry images and lack of detail, no matter how impressive it is to be able to scale up to that distance using a portable camera.
Feel with him Ultra wide angle sensor It is different from what other sensors see: basically there are no interruptions. Despite its low resolution, it still manages to capture a good amount of scenes detail, in addition to producing colors that are inconsistent with those found using the phone's entire cameras. I would like to say that, today, it is very possible The Green S20 Ultra is the best camera of this kind available in the market, which goes with the iPhone 11 series models.
And we must not pass that on, today, that would be The biggest problem for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera, and none other than failure of the focus system we both record video and take photos that many people have reported, and that we have been able to hear from our unit, without upgrading to the latest version of the software provided by Samsung. However, the company says it will continue to work to eliminate the problem. Until then, it is certainly something to remember.
All that is said about the Galaxy S20 Ultra main camera can be released on the front sensors so that selfies: Due to its 40 megapixels, you can take more detailed photos, but also, image processing captures a good portion of the facial features due to the tendency to soften their face, or release the "beauty mode" that Samsung has installed on its camera system.
The crown jewel of this photographic program depending on the video recording is possible capture clips for 8K resolution. But like 100x zoom or 108 megapixel images, I'm afraid of that there are a few reasons to record a video for this adjustment. First of all, due to the aforementioned problems, which seem to be shown to a great extent when using this mode, and also because when you are recording an 8K video the camera app cuts both events that, in most cases, it will be forced to move away from the subject that will be loaded to make it fully visible in the video.
Apart from this, it is undeniable that it is a exciting work, and the opportunity to be informed capture 30 megapixel resolution images at the time of filming.
Given the disadvantages of using this mode, I'm afraid it's better to go back to them 4K video capture, or even in Full HD + and likely benefit from the excellent "superstabilization" mode installed by Samsung. In any case, The results obtained while recording a video will surpass most of the Android devices on the market, and will be much better as long as Samsung is able to solve focus problems.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Andro4all's last thoughts and feelings
With the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung did not fix the cost. South Korea's last star phone has the largest data sheet we've ever seen on a mobile phone so far. Technical sheet there numbers They look like the most important.
And while there are some kind of statistics that add points to the experience with the device, they are similar 120 Hz display, 5,000 mAh battery or new memory technologyOthers, such as the 108 megapixel camera, 100x zoom or 8K video, offer little, without directly affecting the price of the phone in the same way as the original model.
Ideally, to recommend the purchase of the S20 Ultra It's especially difficult when there is a Samsung Samsung S20 +, a 90% mobile phone capable of doing the Global S20 Ultra, at less than 350 euros.
Price and where to buy Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung offers that it is possible to book a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra from the same day of launch, at a price of 1,359 euros model with 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, 1,559 euros of more expensive variants with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. In addition, the brand offers a 400 euros recovery opportunity when you bring an old cellphone when you buy a new machine.
Those who reserve the phone before March 8, will receive it from day 9. For the remainder, they can purchase it through authorized distribution channels starting March 13.
|Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra?|
|Conclusions||The numbers aren't everything, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a great example. With what should have been its best mobile phone so far, Samsung is so focused on showing how far it can go, it seems like it never stops to think about whether it really needs to be done.|
8.5Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
It's easy to spot errors on such a large phone.