The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the South Korean electronics giant?s latest flagship smartphone. It comes with some eye-catching basic specs: there?s a huge 6.9-inch AMOLED display, a high-end Exynos 990 chipset (Snapdragon 865 in the USA), and a massive 5000mAh capacity battery to keep you shooting all day.
The S20 Ultra packs more photographic possibilities compared to its S20 and S20 Plus sister models, too, thanks to a quad-camera configuration that features an additional time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor, a higher-resolution primary camera, and a longer focal length tele-camera.
The S20 Ultra?s primary camera offers an updated version of the 1/1.33-inch 108MP-resolution sensor that we saw on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. The S20 Ultra now uses 3×3 pixel binning (instead of the 2×2 of the Xiaomi), combining 9 pixels into one super-pixel that results in a bigger effective pixel size of 2.4?to help improve image quality in the 12MP image output. The primary sensor is coupled to a standard wide-angle 26mm-equivalent lens with f/1.8-aperture.
Samsung has also made some changes to the ultra-wide camera on the S20 Ultra compared to previous generations, although they’re slightly less dramatic than the primary sensor resolution and tele-camera upgrades. The new model now features a 13mm f/2.2-aperture lens and 12MP sensor, compared to the wider 12mm f/2.2 optic and higher-resolution 16MP sensor on the S10 Plus. The lower resolution ensures a bigger pixel size of 1.4on the latest model, and the 12MP resolution remains perfectly adequate for the majority of smartphone shooters.
Finally, the S20 Ultra’s rear quad-camera features an additional depth sensor. Activated in Portrait mode, the 0.3MP depth sensor uses ToF 3D technology to help improve subject segmentation when applying a bokeh effect.
The newly-designed sensor on the primary camera now enables 8K video capture on the S20 Ultra at 24 frames per second. While 24fps is the only frame rate available for 8K video, drop to 4K and you can capture videos at 30fps or 60fps. Frame rates of up to 960fps are available at 720p resolution. Video features also include Samsung’s HDR10+ video processing that promises improved dynamic range, color, and contrast. For stabilization, both gyroscope-enabled electronic image stabilization (EIS) and optical image stabilization (OIS) are activated in all of the S20 Ultra’s video formats.
NETWORK: Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE | Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY: 6.7″ Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X | Infinity-O Display (3200×1440) | 525 ppi | HDR10+ certified | 120Hz refresh rate support
PLATFORM: OS: Android 10.0; One UI 2 | Chipset: Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global | Qualcomm: SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA | CPU: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz) – Global | Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA | GPU: Mali-G77 MP11 – Global | Adreno: 650 – USA
MEMORY: Card slot: microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) | Internal: 128GB, 8 RAM | UFS 3.0
CAMERA: MAIN Camera : Triple: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS | 64 MP, f/2.0, (telephoto), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom | 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video | Depth Vision Camera | Features: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama | Video: 4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS | SELFIE Camera: Dual 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF | Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR | Video: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
SOUND: Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers | 3.5mm jack: No | 32-bit/384kHz audio
COMMS: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot | Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE | GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO | NFC: Yes | Radio: FM radio (USA & Canada only) | USB: 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES: Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer | ANT+ | Bixby natural language commands and dictation | Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery | Charging: Fast battery charging 25W | USB Power Delivery | 3.0 Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W