Samsung made it clear that Ultra means Ultra! It is the big brother of the S20 and S20 plus. It is big in size and weight, and it offers an extremely enjoyable 6.9-inch screen that will take your gaming and watching videos experience to a new level.
The high refresh rate display of 120Hz makes it perform better than ever! The battery update is impressive. But when it comes to expectations we had with the 108 MP camera… well it didn’t really deliver.
- Great battery performance.
- High refresh rate display 120 Hz.
- No notch at the top.
- Camera tends to over-process photos.
- 108 megapixel camera isn’t much.
- Expensive phone.
- Finger-print scanner can face issues.
- Starting Price: $1399.99
- Display: 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display, 120Hz refresh rate.
- CPU: Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990.
- Storage: 128/12 – 256/12 – 512/16 GB “Storage/RAM”. External storage up to 1TB.
- Cameras (Back): Quad cameras (12 Ultra wide – 108 Wide-angle – 48MP Telephoto – DepthVision)
- Cameras (Front): 40 megapixel.
- Battery: 5000mAh. Type C with a fast charger in the box.
- OS: Android 10. One UI 2.
Samsung went with the same design of the S20 and S20 plus for the Ultra model, it has the same elegant rounded edges and the Samsung brand is written on the bottom of the back of the phone. The buttons have the same positions as before; Samsung seems pretty happy with its design patterns that there were no obvious upgrades regarding the design. The cameras are now grouped in one camera pump on the corner of the phone. But what makes the design of the Ultra model different from its previous brothers is that it’s bigger in size and weight. And its eye capturing design of the Telephoto Camera with the 100X Space Zoom written right there on it! It makes this phone stand out in any hand, making it obvious it is THE Ultra model.
- Size: Height 6.57 inches. / Width 2.99 / Thickness 0.35 inches. And the weight is 7.83 ounces.
- Aluminum frame and a glass back (Gorilla Glass 6).
- Water resistance in 1.5 meters for 30 minutes! No more worrying about spilling coffee on your phone or dropping it into the pool.
- As for the colors, It’s really a step down when choosing the Ultra, because the color options are limited to two only. You have the cosmic gray which seems prettier than a normal plain gray. And the cosmic black.
- Quad cameras (12 Ultra wide – 108 Wide-angle – 48MP Telephoto – DepthVision)
- 8K video recording at 24 fbs.
The Ultra has a simple 12-megapixel camera, which behaves surprisingly good in dim light. A 108 megapixel wide-angle camera that uses its power to capture 9 mini pixels into a big one! We also have the Telephoto camera of 64 megapixel and the selfie camera is 10 megapixels. Samsung is using these extra megapixels to improve zoom capabilities. The huge number of 108 might get you dazzled, but that number resulted that the camera couldn’t capture as much details as it should be! We got our hopes up with that superhero number we saw but it didn’t really match up to photos that were taken by the very S20. It also has huge issues with its auto focus. The camera in this case can’t seem to find the right object to focus on and you might find that really annoying! Samsung said that this issue will be fixed in future system updates, but we’re still hoping it will cure this once and for all. The overall downside of the camera is that it oversmooth faces! It can be too obvious that the skin looks extra smooth, but if you turned to the Pro mode and turn of the beauty filters, it may make the pictures look closer to life. And last but not least, the Night Mode gave well-balanced pictures! Comparing them with the iPhone 11’s night mode, the iPhones pictures were a lot closer to life in my opinion, but still the Ultra still gave good quality yet a bit processed photos.
The battery has 5000 mAh, which can approximately give you 9 hours of 120Hz screen-on time. This battery functions really good with gaming, watching movies and scrolling down on social media, and still last for further functions. It is a good battery boost since the S20 with the 4000 mAh, but if you change the refresh rate in the settings to 60Hz, it will help you keep your phone alive for few more hours on a long day.