Samsung at its annual Galaxy Unpacked hardware event in San Francisco, USA, not only unveiled its second attempt at foldable smartphones – the Galaxy Z Flip, the Galaxy S2, S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra were also launched to the full glare of the public. The S20 and S20+ are the mutual successor to the S10 and S10+ respectively, so the Galaxy S10e got no sequel. Instead, Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy S20 Ultra model which is unarguably the best of the trio.
The S20 Ultra gets a similar design as with the S20, and S20+, and that includes the same curved QHD+ Infinity-O display, 120Hz refresh rate, and a Quad camera setup on the back panel. There is also the single circular cut out on the display that houses a single selfie camera.
Speaking of the display, the Galaxy S20 ultra flaunts a display size never seen before on any Galaxy S and even the Galaxy Note series. With a display size of 6.9-inches, the S20 Ultra is larger than the Galaxy Note10+ which boasts only a 6.8-inch display. The device is considerably thicker than both the S20 and S20+, as well as the entire Galaxy S10 smartphones, thanks in part to the 5,000mAh battery. Speaking of the 5,000mAh battery, the device supports 45W wired fast charging and Fast Wireless Charging as well as a new Wireless PowerShare feature to charge Qi-compatible devices on the back of the phones.
Much like most modern flagship smartphones, the S20 Ultra is all focused on its camera prowess. And for that, Samsung has employed a 108MP sensor with OIS. The sensor uses Pixel binning to combine nine pixels into one, ending up with a 12MP photo that’s ostensibly much, much clearer. Other than the 108Mp sensor, the S20 Ultra has a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide Lens with a 120-degree field of view, 48-megapixel Telephoto lens with OIS with Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X and a depth sensor. The phone features a 40-megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specifications
- 6.9-inch Quad HD+ (3200 × 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display, HDR10+, 511 PPI, 120Hz refresh rate
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU / Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 990 7nm EUV processor with ARM Mali-G77MP11 GPU
- 12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 128GB storage (UFS 3.0) / 16GB LPDDR5 RAM with 512GB storage (UFS 3.0), expandable memory up to 1TB with microSD
- Android 10 with OneUI 2.0
- Single / Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
- 108MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 48MP Telephoto lens with 24° FoV, f/3.5 aperture, PDAF, OIS, Hybrid Optic Zoom 10X, Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X, 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, Depth Vision camera
- 40MP front-facing camera with 80° wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture
- Water and dust resistant (IP68)
- Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos
- Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor
- Sensors – Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
- Dimensions: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm; Weight: 220g (222g for 5G)
- 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz), HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM, Bluetooth 5, GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST
- 5000mAh (typical) / 4,855mAh (minimum) battery with 45W fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging, Wireless PowerShare
Galaxy S20 Ultra Pricing and availability
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 4G 12GB +128GB — 99,990 Russian Ruble (US$ 1,580 / Rs. 1,12,500 approx.)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 12GB +128GB — $1399.99 (Rs. 99,840 approx.) / £1199 / €1349
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 16GB + 512GB — $1499.99 (Rs. 1,06,975 approx.) / £1399 / €1549
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is available only in Cloud Gray and Cosmic Black and will be available for pre-order starting from February 21, 2020, and go on sale from March 6, 2020.