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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra:powerful smartphone review

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra:powerful smartphone review

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review

smartphone is supersized in all dimensions with a giant 6.9in screen, massive zoom camera and ginormous price

Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 Ultra superphone is packed to the brim with chart-topping features, including 100x zooming, 108MP cameras, a ginormous screen and 5G

The £1,199 S20 Ultra leads an important new lineup of 5G-as-standard smartphones from Samsung, which looks to make the technology a normal part of mobile life rather than an expensive add-on for early adopters

But in 2020 5G alone isn’t enough to stand out, so the S20 Ultra has a smorgasbord of stats and features that, on paper at least, make it unbeatable

It has a 6.9in QHD+ display, which is practically the size of a tablet. It is 222g in weight and 76mm wide, which is right at the limit of what I can handle. The 166.9mm length makes it difficult to pocket without injuring yourself or the phone when you sit down

The glass is slippery when cold or put on the sofa, but the phone is so big I can’t see many using it without some sort of case or a handle

The screen’s 120Hz refresh rate is twice the standard 60Hz, and faster still than last year’s OnePlus 7 Pro and Pixel 4. Animations and scrolling through lists, sites and other content is so much smoother at 120Hz that it’s difficult to go back to 60Hz, even if

Flip the phone over and you’ll find the super-sized lump containing four cameras and a flash in the top left corner. It’s big, sticks out miles and you can feel it with your fingers when you use the phone

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra:powerful smartphone review


Specifications
Main screen: 6.9in QHD+ Dynamic Amoled 2X (511ppi)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 990 (EU) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (US)
RAM: 12 or 16GB of RAM
Storage: 128, 256 or 512GB (UFS 3.0) + microSD card
Operating system: One UI 2.1 based on Android 10
Camera: Quad rear camera: 108MP wide angle, 12MP ultra-wide angle, 48MP telephoto, depth sensor; 40MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: 5G, dual nano sim, USB-C, wifi6, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and location
Dimensions: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm
Weight: 220g
Great performance and good battery life

The S20 Ultra is the first smartphone to ship in Europe with Samsung’s latest Exynos 990 processor. In the US it has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 instead. Both variants come with 12 or 16GB of RAM, which is more than most laptops

Performance all round was brilliant. Snappy, responsive and smooth, even with graphically intensive games. Like everything else, the battery is supersized in the S20 Ultra, with a capacity of 5,000mAh, which is about 1,000mAh bigger than the one in the iPhone 11 Pro Max or OnePlus 7T Pro, and bigger than the 4,500mAh battery in the S10 5G


Battery life ranges from an excellent 42 hours on 4G with the screen set to FHD+ at 60Hz, to 40 hours with that upped to 120Hz, and a solid 38 hours on Vodafone’s 5G with 120Hz active. The S20 Ultra will get through even the heaviest of days without needing a charge

Fully charging the S20 Ultra took 70 minutes with the included power adapter, but closer to two hours with other 30-45W USB-C chargers. Fast 15W wireless charging and 7W wireless power-sharing is also available – great for charging your Galaxy Buds+ or other Qi-compatible phones from the back of the S20 Ultra