From the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the boss of the bosses. The device packs unmatched features. However, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has this one feature that really stands out among devices, the 108MP cameras and the 100x Super-Resolution Zoom, which Samsung calls ‘Space Zoom’. That’s just insane.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Design and Display
Pick up any Samsung’s flagship smartphones and you can help but admire the crisp display. And the same goes for this iteration. In fact, the Galaxy S20 Ultra does a better job than any predecessor or even among the S20 series itself. The S20 Ultra houses a 6.9-inch Quad-HD ( 1440 x 3200 pixels), Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Certified display with an optical fingerprint sensor underneath. And both the back and the front of the device are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
Sticking to the display, Samsung has now the smoothest display ever in its smartphone with a 120Hz screen refresh rate on the S20 Ultra. But there’s a takeaway, this liquid-smooth 120Hz refresh rate works when display setting is set to FHD resolution, and yes, you can still use regular 60Hz for up to QHD screen resolution setting. Nonetheless, the S20 Ultra’s 120Hz panel outshines OnePlus 7T Pro‘s 90Hz screen and still some mid-range premiums like Redmi K30, Poco X2, Asus Rog Phone 2 are on par.
With no sign of the Bixby button and clean left edge, the power button and the volume rockers sit on the right edge of the device. On the bottom edge, there’s a USB 3.1 Type C port and AKG-tuned stereo bottom-facing loudspeakers, and SIM and microSD card slot on the top. It’s not something really to complain about these days, the S20 Ultra, for sure, doesn’t sport a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Flip the phone and you’ll find an unusual massive camera bump, unlike any Samsung flagships.
108MP Quad Rear Camera
Out of all aspects, the most distinguishing factor to talk about on the S20 Ultra would be the rectangular camera array. Both in camera design and camera quality. The Galaxy S20 Ultra outstands Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus.
The quad-camera array rocks a 108 MP, f/1.8 snapper accompanied by a 48 MP, f/3.6 lens, a 12 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide sensor, and a 0.3 MP ToF sensor for 3D depth sensing. With rear lenses you shoot videos 4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps.
For the selfie camera, there’s a whopping 40 MP lens of f/2.2 aperture. The centered punch hole confines the selfie lens. With the 40MP lens, you can shoot videos 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps. Other features like Dual video call, Auto-HDR are also available.
The 100x Space Zoom
Unlike the S20 and the S20 Plus, which can perform a 3x hybrid optical zoom and a 30x digital zoom, the S20 Ultra can do up to 4x to 10x lossless hybrid optic zoom and 10x to 100x digital “Space zoom”.
To achieve such a feat, Samsung has employed a 4x “folded” telephoto lens combining with the periscope 48MP sensor. This relies on sensor working with AI to cropping, sharpening, and binning multiple pixels to combine into one big pixel. However, to aid the AI processing, the S20 Ultra also pulls the raw image data from the main 108MP sensor and combines it with the image data from the telephoto lens to produce a final result for the “Space Zoom”.
As you zoom further and further, you will notice the drop in the image quality.
Space Zoom in Action
Performance, Software, and Battery
Powering the Galaxy S20 Ultra Exynos 990 (7nm+) is coupled with 12GB and 16GB of RAM. For the GPU we have Mali-G77 MP11. Like S20 and S20 Plus, for the USA variant, we have Snapdragon 865 (7nm+) as the chipset and Adreno 650 as the GPU.
As for the storage variants, it comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, and if needed the storage can be further expanded up to 1TB via microSD. The S20 Ultra runs on Android 10.0 alongside One UI 2.0 out of the box. A monstrous 5000mAh battery fuels Galaxy S20 Ultra with 45-Watt fast charging support, and as per company claims, your device will be fully charged within 74 minutes of a plug-in. Not only that, there’s 15-Watt fast Qi/PMA wireless charging, 9-Watt power bank/reverse wireless charging and has USB power delivery 3.0. Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black are the available color variants.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Price and Availability
Galaxy S20 Ultra is ultra in every way. Not just in the name but also in the aspect of features and the specifications of the device. The 6.9-inch (nearly 7-inch) Quad-HD display, 108MP quad-rear camera module, Super Resolution 100x zoom, monstrous 5000mAh battery, 45-Watt fast charging all are packed under the hood of Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Starting Feb 11, the 12/128GB Galaxy S20 Ultra is available for €1,350 / $1,400 / AU$1,999. And for the ultra 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, the price can go as high as $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,249 / €1,550.
Given the fact, Nepal has a long way to welcome 5G connectivity, launching Galaxy S20 Ultra in the Nepali market doesn’t make sense. However, if it ever does, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra price in Nepal could be around NPR 1,60,000 for the base 12/128GB model.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications
|Release Date||February 2020|
|Display||6.9-inch, Quad HD, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1440 x 3200 pixels, HDR10+, 120Hz|
|Chipset||Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global | Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA|
|GPU||Mali-G77 MP11 – Global | Adreno 650 – USA|
|OS||Android 10.0; One UI 2.0|
|Memory||12/128GB, 12/256GB, and 16/512GB|
|Selfie Camera||40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), PDAF|
|Primary Camera||Quad-Camera Array:
|Battery||5000mAh | 45-Watt fast charging, 15-Watt fast Qi/PMA wireless charging, and 9-Watt power bank/ reverse wireless charging|
|Color Available||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black|
|Miscellaneous||Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Price||€1,350 / $1,400 / AU$1,999 (12/128GB)
$1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,249 / €1,550 (16/512GB)
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Price in Nepal||~ NPR 1,60,000 (12/128GB)|
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