Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the most important phones of the year but compared to the Galaxy Z Flip that launched alongside it. It’s also sort of boring the S20 Ultra doesn’t fold in half to become more compact or fold out into a big tablet but it absolutely nailed the fundamentals and of course, you get this gigantic new camera system so let’s talk about whether you should spend 1400$ on Samsung’s latest flagship.
So S20 Ultra has a lot of features almost too many features and while that sounds like a complaint, it’s really not for all the creator’s power users and people who demand the cutting edge features on their device, the S20 Ultra satisfies.
This phone pushes everything to the absolute limits you get a 6.9 inch of the display at 120 hertz, Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 or 16GB ram up to 512gb of fast storage with MicroSD card support, 5000 mAh battery, 108-megapixel camera and up to a 100x zoom but all that comes at one limitation being the price tag as you likely know this is a very expensive phone.
Display & Design
The design is gorgeous, Samsung hardware these days and the phone are only feels great to hold, and it feels great to use, it’s not too thick not too heavy and God are those really drastically curved glass display edges that made previous Samsung phones kind of a pain to use and the subtle curve in the front is just enough .
Ergonomically, the phone has softer corners and despite being a really big phone you can still use it pretty comfortably because the display is narrow, it’s easy to hold but the bigger problem is to carry it in your pockets cause it has a 6.9 inch of display almost 7 inches.
Also with the design, there’s no headphone jack but you do have a micro-sd card slot, water resistance IP68, and ultrasonic display fingerprint scanner that’s kind of the same as last year but this one is reliable and it’s pretty quick.
Now, speaking of the display it’s honestly the best it’s bright vibrant insanely good black levels and contrast and 120 hertz make a display feel alive to your touch for reference. Previous Samsung phones were 60 hertz and most phones are 60 herts there are some 90-hertz display phones but 120 hertz plus AMOLED is crazy, with 1080p.
Once you lay eyes on this phone display you’re going to be instantly in love. It is just amazing everything is so smooth and it makes the phone feel even faster than it actually is and combined with those specifications I mentioned.
It feels unstoppable no apps reloading and multitasking gaming is an incredible day to day usage is absurdly good and using the phone expect a guaranteed day of usage in 120 hertz.
The 5000 mAh power battery in this phone was definitely a good call by Samsung for most people this phone is a guaranteed day and a half or 2-day phone easily
And, of course when its time for charging you have fast charging fast wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging for charging of other devices or truly wireless earbuds with wireless charging enabled, its all here so you’re covered great battery life and great fast charging options that’s the dream and this phone delivers.
The cameras are possibly Samsungs biggest focus on this device you have a 40-megapixel selfie camera that takes such great selfies that you see every detail it is ridiculous, there are two really great things about the Galaxy S20 ultras front-facing camera that make it kind of the best on any device.
First of all, it shoots in 4k, and second, it actually has autofocus you can get really close to things and the camera will actually focus on them.
On the back that bumps house is a 108-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto camera with a hundred times zoom, and a depth vision depth-sensing camera.
Photos with the main camera are excellent, taking photos with the 12-megapixel mode, not the 108-megapixel mode as it gives access to the other camera modes like wide-angle and telephoto a lot easier.
108 megapixel shots are mostly great unless you actually zoom in quite a bit in post to see details it is unreal. it takes a lot longer to actually capture photos and regular shots.
The 12-megapixel mode also is a larger sensor there’s much more natural depth of field that occurs and it is pretty awesome, that being said though a lot of stuff in close up shots is completely blurred, as it captures what’s in the center of the frame with the absolute most clarity while everything else is kind of just out of focus.
The 108-megapixel mode is not for everyday day to day shots stick with the 12-megapixel mode for most of your things but for a certain scenario, we want more details want to be able to crop in even more having this power to take a 108mp shots is pretty sick.
At night also expect excellent results with just the standard main camera mode. You can also switch to night mode and have brighter and more detailed shots.
You can also use the wide and telephoto cameras in the night mode which is pretty sweet so of course the phone also has that now-famous a100x zoom. Samsung even printed it on the back of the phone’s camera.
Now of course you don’t need to always use a 100x zoom its more of a bragging right there than an actual useful feature, you’re zooming in a 100 times on a subject with a phone camera.
If you stick to the 5 times zoom or even 30 times zoom it is much more usable in some cases kind of useful.
The phone also shoots 8k video, shoots at 24 frames per second has a cropped field of view and you’re gonna have massive file sizes, and I guess it’s cool to have.
But 4k videos are gorgeous natural stabilization stunning colors.
Samsung is back here again with killer video recording.
Now finally a quick discussion on Samsung software experience on this phone with ONE UI, well, it is android and it is fully customizable and there are some excellent features here, Like split-screen and floating window multitasking which is quite advanced and also low key, new navigation gestures, and the haptic on this phone are pretty incredible as well ONE UI just gets better and better.
To conclude the Galaxy S20 Ultra gives you so much in a phone almost too much at times, it’s not a complaint as these things are pretty amazing but if I’m being honest and I try to be as much as possible I truly believe the S20 and S20 Plus are better options.
If you don’t have $1400, you get almost all of the main highlight features on the cheaper S20 and S20 Plus, the ultra does give you better battery life a nearly 7-inch display crazy amounts of extra RAM up to a 100x telephoto zoom and 108-megapixel camera.
Those sound like huge phone features on paper but when you consider if you actually need or will use those things daily they don’t feel necessary but if you want to have everything on your phone and more the ultra is still pretty amazing but give us your thoughts in the comments.
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