The new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a phone like no other we’ve seen leave the South Korean factories so far. Loaded to the teeth with the latest technologies developed by the company, its ultimate goal is to become the ultimate phone . But do you really have what it takes to achieve upcoming mobiles in Bangladesh it?
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According to the RAE, “Ultra-” is the prefix that we would use to refer to something that has been raised to an extreme degree . And the truth is that Samsung’s decision to give this last name to the new jewel in the crown of its telephone catalog makes much more sense when we allude to this Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G Price in Bangladesh definition.
It is precisely that aforementioned ambitious goal that makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra disappoint.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, features and specifications
|Dimensions||167 x 76 x 8.8mm221 grams|
|Screen||6.9-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED120 Hz refresh rate|
|Resolution||WQHD+ (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) 511 ppi|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 990 5G|
|Operating system||One UI 2.0 based on Android 10|
|Storage||128 / 512 GB UFS 3.0 expandable by micro SD up to 1 TB|
|Photography||Rear : 108 MP (main) ƒ/1.8, OIS. 12 MP (wide angle) ƒ/2.2. 48 MP (telephoto) ƒ/3.5, 4X hybrid 10X optical zoom, 100X digital, OIS. Depth Vision sensor.Front : 40 MP ƒ/2.2|
|Battery||5,000 mAh with 45W fast charging (25W charger included)Wirelesscharging Reverse wireless charging Wireless PowerShare|
|Others||IP68 protection, 5G, Dolby Atmos Stereo Speaker by AKG, ultrasonic on-screen fingerprint reader|
|Colors||Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black|
|Price||From 1,359 euros|
The best of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
It’s hard not to fall in love with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s mammoth 6.9-inch SuperAMOLED display . As it was already difficult not to do it from the Galaxy Note10+ , or the Galaxy S10+ a few months before.
What I’m trying to say is that, once again, Samsung once again shows why it is the queen of AMOLED panels thanks to an excellent screen that surpasses that of any other mobile we have ever tested in basically every imaginable aspect. Even after using a Pixel 4 XL for months , chosen as one of the phones with the best panel on the market by Display Mate , the superiority of the S20 Ultra screen is obvious from the first time you turn it on.
The S20 Ultra’s screen outperforms any other phone we’ve ever tested in basically every aspect imaginable.
But Samsung, unlike other firms, has opted for a policy that forces the user to choose between extreme fluidity or maximum resolution . That is why, although the terminal screen has a native resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, if you want to use the panel at its maximum refresh rate, you will have to settle for a resolution limited to 2,400 x 1,080 pixels.
Be that as it may, I have to admit that activating 120Hz was one of the first things I did as soon as I started the device, and at no time have I felt the need to return to 60Hz to enjoy a higher resolution or a slightly longer autonomy.
Regardless of the characteristics of the panel itself, Samsung seems to have heard our prayers and has finally decided to get rid of the pronounced “edge” curves that have been present on the screens of this series of phones for years. Instead, the firm is now committed to much shallower curves that help make using the device more comfortable and incidentally prevent the appearance of the classic phenomenon of “ghost touches” with which many already seem to have gotten used to living.
Performance and overall experience
Beyond the exceptional screen, there are other elements to the S20 Ultra formula that make the experience of using the phone a real delight. Perhaps the most important is its new processor, the Exynos 990 5G manufactured in 7 nanometers and made up of 8 cores, accompanied by 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM in the version we have tested, and internal storage UFS 3.0 of 128 GB expandable by micro SD.
The coalition formed by all these components, added to a much more polished software than in previous editions of this series, results in simply excellent performance under any type of circumstance . Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone considering the price of the phone.
And speaking of the software, I consider it necessary to stop and comment on this section. Because for the first time since I have been analyzing the company’s terminals, I have decided not to include the software as one of the negative points of the device . Not because One UI has changed overnight and has become the perfect customization layer, but because at least now it doesn’t subtract more than it adds , and its operation, at least on a mobile in this category, is already at the level of other “cleaner” Android-based operating systems.
Among the most interesting new features introduced by the version of One UI based on Android 10 is fully gestural navigation , inherited directly from the latest version of the operating system developed by Google. Using this navigation system –which, by the way, is not activated by default– completely changes the experience when using the device, and makes moving between applications or minus an even smoother and more intuitive process. Of course, if you intend to use it, you will have to settle for the original Samsung launcher , since gestural navigation is still not compatible with third-party launchers in One UI 2.1.
Apart from that, there is no shortage of thousands of different functions with which Samsung endows its customization layer, some of them especially useful, and others that for most will be irrelevant — ahem , Bixby and Samsung Daily–. We have an extremely convenient “one-handed mode” on a phone of this size , built-in screen recorder, “edge actions” –despite the removal of the screen’s side curves– fantastic Windows integration that will result in especially useful for owners of a computer with the Microsoft operating system, and a host of other features and tools that will keep you glued to your mobile for hours if your intention is to familiarize yourself with all of them.
Another interesting function integrated into One UI 2.1 with which Samsung allows you to get even more out of the phone’s 12 or 16 GB of RAM memory is the possibility of keeping applications open to speed up their opening and prevent the operating system from closing them automatically. when they are in the background. The maximum limit of apps that can be set is 3 or 5 depending on the memory configuration that has been chosen.
Having said all this, I consider it simply inadmissible that, in the middle of 2020, Samsung continues its update policy without changing it, and that a 1,359-euro mobile only has two major operating system updates guaranteed .
Samsung has also decided to raise the level – or, at least, try – in terms of autonomy. Because unlike aspects such as photography, when we talk about batteries, higher numbers usually translate into better results . And the 5,000 mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a good example.
Considering that since I received the device I have kept the screen refresh rate at 120Hz, the fact that the S20 Ultra has allowed me to reach the day of use with around 5:30 or 6 hours of screen on seems to me a good result . And I have no doubt that using the device as it comes out of the box -that is, with the panel resolution “capped” at 1080p and the refresh rate at 60Hz- would offer a much higher autonomy. But, at least in my opinion, it doesn’t make up for it .
Unlike other sections, when talking about drums, higher numbers almost always translate into better results.
And it makes up even less considering that the phone is capable of high-speed charging using the 25W charger included in the box, and there is also support for wireless charging. Of course, I also think that the 45W charger that Samsung sells separately at a price of 50 euros would have been an addition that would add some points to the brand’s objective of trying to justify the high price of the phone.
The worst of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
At what point did we decide that mobiles weighing around a quarter of a kilo were acceptable? At almost 17 centimeters tall and weighing 220 grams , the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the largest phones that has ever passed through our hands. More than any other mobile in the Galaxy S or Note series, and even more than that gigantic Samsung Galaxy Mega launched in 2013 whose dimensions reminded us more of a tablet than of a mobile phone.
Using the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra without a case is nothing short of a risky sport .
It’s also bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max , and while the Korean model is slightly lighter, the weight of the gigantic photo module on the back means its weight isn’t quite balanced, and using it for periods of time relatively long turns into quite an odyssey.
In other words, using a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra without a case is little less than a risky sport, and not only because of its weight and size; its construction in shiny glass and aluminum makes it an especially slippery and fragile mobile. At least Samsung has decided to include a transparent gift case next to the terminal.
However, there are more factors that make the design of the S20 Ultra not exactly one of its strengths. As usual, Samsung once again offers a well-built phone , with well-finished edges and curves that give it an aesthetic in keeping with the times. Beyond that, its physical appearance has nothing special except for the photography system that occupies a good part of the surface of the rear and stands out by several millimeters.
And that, in what should be the most cutting-edge and representative mobile of the company –with the permission of the folding ones–, is a problem. Even more so when other manufacturers have already begun to bet on more durable or exclusive manufacturing materials than the aluminum and glass that shape this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra , such as stainless steel or ceramic , and especially since Samsung has elevated both the level in its lower lines that, currently, there are hardly any notable differences between the design of models such as the Galaxy A51 or the Galaxy S10 Lite and that of this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra .
Because the design of Samsung’s most special mobile does not add anything new that we have not already seen in other mobiles of the brand, even those that cost half the money of this terminal.
This is how you take photos and record the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
At this point, no one should doubt that the photographic section of this mobile is the main aspect that differentiates it from any other mobile, and the one that Samsung is going to try to squeeze the most to convince you to pay the 1,359 euros that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra costs Instead of the 909 or 1,009 euros of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ , it is worth it. And it is enough to take a look at their numbers to realize it.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a total of six different cameras, five of them located in the gigantic module on the back, and one on the front, inside the small hole with which Samsung cuts out the OLED panel of the terminal. .
Starting at the rear system, we see a 108-megapixel f /1.8 resolution main camera that, by default, captures 12-megapixel images based on a pixel binning technique Samsung calls nonabinning . However, Samsung offers the possibility of capturing images at the highest resolution that this sensor can give itself through a hidden option in the photography application.
Also on the scene is a 48-megapixel f /3.5 “telephoto” sensor with four times optical zoom, a 12-megapixel f /2.2 “super wide angle” and a “DepthVision” camera equipped with a ToF sensor , intended to capture information. deep.
The most important of the main sensors is, without a doubt, the 108-megapixel one . Given its large size – three times larger than that of a Galaxy S10 – it is capable of capturing much more light than any other mobile with a smaller sensor. And in case you want even more detail, just activate the “108 MP mode” to generate captures with much more detail –at least that’s the theory– in exchange, yes, for files whose weight shoots up to exceed 25 MB in certain situations.
An interesting novelty that is introduced in this generation is the Single Capture function . With it, the device will capture different images and videos of the same scene using the different modes integrated into the camera app. Although the process will take a little more time than taking a “normal” photo, it is a curious solution that avoids having to decide for ourselves which image mode to use so that the software is in charge of doing the work for us.
The capabilities of the device when it comes to zooming cannot be overlooked either. After all, Samsung has stamped the words “SPACE ZOOM 100X” on the module that houses the various sensors that make up this configuration for a reason.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ , the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra does have an optical zoom. It is a “folded lens” located at the bottom of the photography module, whose operation is reminiscent of a periscope. On Samsung’s own official website, it is explained in more detail how this sensor works when capturing an image:
“Light entering from the back of the phone is redirected by a prism towards the lens, refracting to the right at a 90 degree angle through a series of stacked optical elements that increase the focal length, in the same way in that a periscope works.”_
This technology, added to the capabilities of the 48-megapixel sensor supported by the pixel binning technique, allows the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera to capture images with 4x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom.
But the parade of insane figures continues: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the first mobiles on the market capable of capturing video at 8K resolution , although this mode is limited to a rate of 24 FPS. In addition, for the selfie it has a resolution of 40 megapixels , and as the main sensor, it is possible to take pictures at the highest possible resolution in case you want to get the maximum detail that it is capable of capturing.
Now, how do all these numbers translate into practice? If you have read the title of this analysis, I am afraid that you can deduce where the shots are going .
Behavior of day, portrait mode and night with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Let’s start at the beginning: the main camera of the phone allows you to capture almost outstanding images in most situations where the light is good. The high resolution and the larger size translate into bright photos with a high level of detail – although not much more than those taken with mobile phones like the Pixel 4 , which leads us to question the need for such a large and expensive sensor. –.
Interestingly, both of these issues largely disappear when using the “Pro mode” of the camera.
The main camera doesn’t falter in night scenes either, and unless we’re in almost total darkness, there’s almost no need to enable the “Night Mode” included in the camera app which , useful as it is, is still not up to par. included in the latest Apple and Google phones, especially when it comes to calculating the white balance – in general, it tends to overshoot towards the warmer side.
If you want, you can also take 108-megapixel resolution photos using the phone’s main camera. The reality is that in most situations it is not worth having to activate this option every time you want to use it, mainly because in the default mode it is already capable of capturing a sufficient amount of detail so as not to miss one. function of this type.
Having said this, it is worth mentioning that the process of capturing images at this resolution is surprisingly fast considering the computational load involved in taking and processing a photograph of this size. One of the advantages of having an amount of RAM –apparently- unreasonable.
Another detail of the main camera that I consider worth highlighting is the shallower depth of field that the sensor generates naturally , and that on certain occasions makes the portrait mode or “dynamic blur” totally unnecessary since, in a way By default, your images will already have a very nice and natural background blur. Of course, this can also be a problem, since sometimes the edges of the subject in the foreground can be out of focus or show artifacts due to the sensor’s shallow depth of field.
As for the zoom , I am very afraid that today, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the mobile with the best zoom on the market within the range of 4 and 10 increases. Beyond that, the loss of quality is very evident up to 30x, and the 100x zoom that Samsung boasts so much only allows extremely blurry images lacking in detail, however impressive it may be to be able to zoom up to that distance using a mobile.
Despite its lower resolution, it is still capable of capturing a good level of detail in the scenes, as well as generating colors that do not clash with those obtained using the rest of the phone’s cameras. I would venture to say that, as of today, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is most likely the best camera of this type available on the market , even surpassing that of the iPhone 11 series models.
However, the company states that it will continue to work on completely eliminating this problem. Until that moment arrives, it is certainly something to keep in mind.