The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most advanced model in the S20 series. With a specification list to make everyone jealous, including a 108 megapixel camera with 100x zoom, extremely fast charging and only the most premium materials. And, of course, that includes a price tag that reaches for the skies. Whether this is justified we will investigate here.
A bit boring appearance
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a new addition to the Galaxy S family. One we have never seen before and which is even more over the top than the Plus version was at the time. For the best specifications, the most extensive features and the most beautiful and exclusive materials. For example, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is completely built from sturdy Gorilla Glass 6. The Galaxy S20 and S20+ only have it at the front. The less strong Gorilla Glass 5 is at the back. The rest of the housing looks, let's be honest, a bit boring. It's only available in gray and black when it comes out. The only thing that really stands out is the large camera module on the back.
108 megapixel shooter with Space Zoom
At first glance, that camera looks quote promising. And for good right. It's equipped with a 108 megapixel camera sensor. Far too much for normal use, but Samsung uses it cleverly. This time, 9 pixels are merged into 1 so that in most cases you shoot 12 megapixel photos. But with much more detail and sharpness. What it really excels at is its zoom possibilities. You can zoom in 10x optically, without loss of quality and an unprecedented high 100x digital. With this Super Resolution Zoom, also called Space Zoom, you not only humiliate other phones, you literally bring the invisible up close. Zoom in on the moon. Samsung has also improved the video possibilities. This time, for example, you can shoot video in up to 8K for when you have an 8K TV at home. All that content can be stored on the S20 Ultra 5G itself. The storage memory is 512 GB and can even be expanded by another 1 TB thanks to its memory slot.
Main Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G specifications
Very substantial 6.9 inch Infinity-O Display with 120Hz and rugged Gorilla Glass 6
108MP camera with 100x Space Zoom, 48MP telephoto camera, 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera and depth camera
Memory card slot to expand up to 1 TB of memory
Sharp 40 megapixel selfiecam with autofocus and f/2.2 lens with 80° angle of view
Support for 5G internet (but also suitable for 4G)
Premium housing made entirely of Gorilla Glass 6
Quick screen, large battery
This 5G version of the Galaxy S20 Ultra features a generous 16GB of RAM so you can quickly launch apps and switch between them. It's also the model with the largest battery available from Samsung: 5000 mAh. The largest of all S20 models. This is also necessary because with a screen diagonal of 6.9 inches, the S20 Ultra is no small guy. Samsung uses an AMOLED panel, which means nice and bright colors that can even be viewed in direct sunlight. The highest resolution is Quad HD+. That's 1440 pixels horizontally times 3200 lines. New this year is the higher refresh rate of 120Hz. This makes animations such as scrolling through lists look smoother. It also feels a bit faster which is always nice for a phone costing this much.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is equipped with the most extensive specifications, the most beautiful materials and the best functions. We have discussed all of them but one, and that is the extra fast charging. The included quick charger goes up to 45 Watt, while the other S20 models use only 25 Watt. So you can get back to work faster when your battery runs dry. All this beauty is housed in a fairly large body. It is therefore not very compact and inconspicuous. Unfortunately, this also applies to its price tag. Do you want the best of the best then you have to pay the price that comes with that. So search and compare prices and contracts before you buy one.
The megapixel race. That's something way behind us by now, wouldn't you think? Still, at Samsung like to look ahead and imagine a world where phones have a 600 megapixel camera. What does that look like and above all, what's in it for you?
We do see the number of megapixels in phones increasing steadily in recent years. This is not to stay friends with the marketing department, but because of something called 'pixel binning'. Pixels are grouped into so-called super pixels. This increases the signal-to-noise ratio so you can shoot better exposed photos in the dark. A 48MP sensor shoots pictures in 12MP by combining 4 pixels.
A 108MP camera is no longer a rarity. You can find them in the S20 Ultra, edge+ and the Mi 10T Pro. Samsung wants to increase that to 600MP. That is more than the roughly 576 megapixels the human eye can see. Samsung could simply increase the surface area of the sensor. The disadvantage is that a quarter of your phone's back side consists of a camera. The sensor would also be 22 millimeters thick. Of course, that is never going to sell.
The usefulness of 600MP
And so Samsung faces the challenge of making the sensor more compact. The individual pixels need to be smaller than the current 0.8nm. More pixels could lead to better photos, but it doesn't have to be. Apple and Google work with 12 megapixels for a good reason. They use whats known as computational photography. Here the emphasis is mainly put on software instead of hardware. Yet you need both and so it's a good thing that the hardware development doesn't stand still. Just don't stare at it blindly.
When you first hear about the 108 megapixel camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you might think: do you really need that many pixels? More doesn't mean better for cameras. Samsung would therefore like to explain more about its 108MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor with Nonacell technology.
The megapixel race has been behind us for a while now. However, it seems to flare up again now that Samsung has come up with a 108 megapixel sensor. They have spooned them into the Galaxy S20 Ultra which results in next to an enormous amount of pixels an almost impossibly large camera block on the back. Still, Samsung applies that amount of pixels well and cleverly. Just like many other popular camera sensors, multiple pixels are combined to 1. Pixel binning is called that. Many other phones use 4 pixels, the S20 Ultra combines 9 pixels to 1.
The result is a much better light sensitivity. This is especially necessary in the dark to take well-exposed photos. The larger the surface area, the more light it captures. If 9 pixels are combined to 1, you can make the following sum; divide 108 megapixels by 9. You will then effectively get 12 megapixel photos. The Latin name for 9 is 'nona' and therefore the term Nonacell is based on it. Samsung is the first to use this nonacell technique where others mainly use tetracell (4 cells).
Natural lossless zoom
Another advantage of such a large sensor with many megapixels is that you can zoom in on the sensor alone. For a little sharp photo you don't need more than 12 megapixels. Samsung keeps it safe and packs 36 megapixels. This allows you to zoom in up to 3 times lossless, without making it difficult to do with lenses. For comparison, the S20 and S20+ require a separate 64 megapixel telephoto lens. So the S20 Ultra is a true masterpiece.
A lot of professional jargon but it comes down to shooting clear pictures, with more detail and less noise even in the dark. We await the test results to see if the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will do the honours but on paper it looks promising.
With half a week to go, Samsung will be spared nothing; everything from the Galaxy S20 series and Z Flip is leaking out. The same goes for the official posters that are supposed to advertise the 2 most expensive models.
In the meantime, what's new about the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and Z Flip? The honest answer is nothing. Everything on both phones has been on the street for weeks. In that respect, Samsung will have a task in the coming year; from now on it is better to keep your unannounced products secret.
Of course, we don't mind talking about unofficial phones beforehand. But also the competition reads along and they know quite early on that you are busy with phones with improved night mode and buzzing capabilities. And they now have time to work on their own 'Space Zoom'. Something that can also be read quite ostentatiously on the back of the S20 Ultra. It must have become clear from the name that the aircraft will continue to have 5G at its disposal.
Galaxy Z Flip
Then the Galaxy Z Flip. He, too, has few secrets from us anymore. The flip-up aircraft will have a striking pink/purple colour version, but that was already known. Only his final price seems to be a question mark. Earlier we assumed a sub-thousand euro price tag, by now we're already around 1600 euro.
We'll all hear it Tuesday, February 11th. Then Samsung holds its Unpacked Event in San Francisco. If the current Coronavirus outbreak doesn't throw a spanner in the works, we'll hear all the missing details.
The upcoming Galaxy S20 Ultra weighs 221 grams clean on the hook. That's big for a cell phone. Now the S20 Ultra is quite big but that still doesn't explain the big difference between it and the equally big S20 Plus. A new rumour has shed light on this high weight.
According to insider Max Weinbach, the frame of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is made of stainless steel. And that obviously weighs more than the aluminum frame of the S20 and S20+. Samsung is by no means the first with phones made of stainless steel. Apple in particular has applied it in recent years, for example in the iPhone 11 Pro and Max.
We used to see stainless steel more often but because phones were even smaller then this was not such a problem. You don't want to make your cell phones too heavy. Now we find the expected 221 grams of the S20 Ultra already on the high side. Stainless steel (stainless steel) feels more premium and stays beautiful longer, not surprising that we will see it on the more expensive Ultra.
Other specs S20 Ultra
If all other rumors are true, the Galaxy S20 Ultra promises to be a 6.9-inch device with WQHD+ resolution, 5000 mAh battery and Exynos 990 processor with 128 or 512GB of storage. The S20 Ultra will also be the camera with the most impressive cameras. It is only this model that will be equipped with the new 108 megapixel camera sensor. Combined with a 48 megapixel periscope lens, it is capable of up to 100x hybrid zoom. A 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and ToF depth camera complete the picture.
Samsung announces the device along with all other S20 models at an Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 11, 2020. It is possible that Samsung will also show the Galaxy Z Flip; the second foldable device that gets a consumer release. Contrary to previous rumours, it will not be priced below a thousand euros but probably just a little lower than the Lenovo Motorola Razr 2019.
Prices Galaxy S20 family and Z Flip
So we take into account a price tag for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in the direction of 1400 euro. The boarding S20 costs between 900 and 1000 euros, just like the S10 at the time. For the S20+ you have to bring between 1050 and 1100 euro. At first glance, this seems cheaper than with the S10+. If you want the best of the best you can put 1300 euro aside, only then you have enough for a S20 Ultra.
Based on rumors, we already know quite a bit about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 series. Specs, appearance and future judging; it's almost all known. However, renders are occasionally updated on the basis of the latest rumors. So did the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
It is in fact the Galaxy S20 Ultra which is the only S20 model equipped with a 108 megapixel camera sensor. It is capable of an unprecedented high hybrid 100x zoom, something Samsung calls 'Space Zoom'. It is sufficient to photograph the surface of the moon. With your mobile! Who would have thought that 10 years ago?
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra promises to be a big boy. With a 6.9 inch screen with 3200 by 1440 pixels, that's no different. The weight is even 221 grams. The new Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display can handle a high 120Hz refresh rate and there are stereo Dolby Atmos speakers tuned by AKG.
10x optical zoom, 100x hybrid zoom
In the camera area, the new S20 Ultra should offer the best of the best. The 108 megapixel camera sensor debuts on the Ultra, along with a 48 megapixel telephoto lens, 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a ToF depth sensor. The device can shoot video in up to 8K but the most impressive is its zoom capabilities. With 10x optical zoom and up to 100x hybrid zoom, the S20 Ultra beats any other mobile phone today.
Samsung announces the S20 Ultra along with the S20 and S20+ on February 11 in San Francisco during an Unpacked Event. That starts at 20:00 Dutch time. As usual, that event can be followed live at home via a webstream. It is quite possible that Samsung pulls a 'One More Thing' out of its top hat. That could be the Galaxy Z Fold2; the South Korean manufacturer's second folding device.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is coming, consisting of the S20, S20+ and the S20 Ultra. But what are the differences? That question will be answered today. At least when it comes to the cameras.
The answer can be read at MySmartPrice which claims to have received the information from Ishan Agarwal; a generally reliable source. The most striking thing about this is that the 108 megapixel camera sensor mentioned seems to be only predestined for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The Galaxy S20 on the other hand gets a 12 + 64 + 12 megapixel camera with 10 megapixel selfie shot. The screen size goes up to 6.2 inches and the battery grows to 4000 mAh. The Galaxy S20+ also gets a 12 + 64 + 12 camera with 10 megapixel self-image camera but has a ToF sensor. The screen size of the Plus version is 6.7 inches. On paper, this is considerably larger than the 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel in the S10+.
10x optical and 100x hybrid zoom
The self-developed 108 megapixel sensor will only end up in the Galaxy S20 Ultra; currently an as yet unknown version in the Galaxy S-line. It'll also be the Ultra running off with the periscope zoom camera. This 48 megapixel camera features 10x optical zoom and 100x hybrid zoom. The latter will be advertised as Space Zoom because you can zoom in on the moon. The model also features a 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a ToF sensor for enhanced depth recognition.
12 GB of RAM
Also noteworthy is that all S20 versions come with at least 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage memory. Only the Ultra will be available in higher 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. New to the screen is the higher 120Hz refresh rate which makes animations smoother. Samsung announces the S20 series (possibly together with the Galaxy Z Flip) on February 11th.