Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Fast SoC
  • Impressive battery life
  • Great cameras
  • Not as powerful as the Galaxy S10+

Summary

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of Samsung's biggest Android phones, which at launch was its most daring sales pitch. Its cameras are a nice jump from the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, although issues with inconsistent autofocus and overexposure kept the Ultra from being the best camera phone even at launch. The new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra offers a slight spec upgrade and better camera performance, but has a lower launch price of $1,199.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
System performance of the new Galaxy S20 Ultra is an interesting topic, as there are several new aspects to this year's flagship phone. In this first instance, we're testing the Snapdragon 865 variant of the Galaxy S 20 Ultra. This is also the first time we're able to showcase the sustained performance on the new generation SoC.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent system performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent SoC selection
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the QRD865

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is a lavishly-equipped device with an extravagant price tag. $1,400 gets you an opulent 7-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Despite its robust stats, this heavyweight was initially held back from becoming the undisputed champ among the best camera phones this year.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 6.9-inch display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent camera setup
  • 5G compatibility with all major networks
Cons[**]
  • Camera performance could be better

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The main camera in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G always shoots nice photos with great detail reproduction. Under optimal lighting conditions, the pictures are rich in detail and show beautiful, though sometimes painfully vivid colors. Samsung's noise reduction shoots way beyond the mark, transforming the low-light images into a wild mixture of almost comic-like, sharply drawn and roughly muddled image areas.
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Pros[**]
  • Ultra-wide-angle camera
  • Great detail reproduction
  • Fivefold optical zoom
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • HDR-automatic eats nasty color edges

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is impressive with its 511 ppi pixel density and HDR10+ certification. In Europe and other selected markets, all S20 models are equipped with Samsung's own Exynos 990. The performance of the cameras in combination with the current Snapdragon 865, or in Europe with the ExynOS 990, also demonstrates a very special feature: 8K video recording.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 120Hz display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Long battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Only available as a 5G model

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
For this comparison, we are going to look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. All of these high-end smartphones cost roughly the same, and neither OnePlus nor Xiaomi, brands that built their initial image as flagship killers, are particularly cheap.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good camera quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Low-contrast display
  • Mediocre camera performance

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 53%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The S20 Ultra is the largest and most expensive member of Samsung's current Galaxy S20 series. The 6.9-inch dynamic OLED display is even slightly larger than the Note10's. It runs at a native resolution of 3200 x 1400, resulting in a pixel density of 506 DPI. Samsung's Exynos SoC does not support mmWave, and thus no fast 5G data rates.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
Cons[**]
  • Slow SoC performance
  • Only one-handed mode

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a groundbreaker that defines what we'll be doing with our phones, and with 5G, for the next few years. The Ultra is literally the most phone possible right now, with the most screen, the most battery, and the most processor. But after several weeks of handling the phone, it hasn't gotten much more appealing. If you're overwhelmed, as I am, you can go for the smaller Galaxy S10 or S20+.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, high-contrast screen
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
While fantastic in many circumstances, the camera setup has some obvious weak points that make photo quality inconsistent. Battery life on the international model is poor despite a huge cell. Samsung is asking you to compromise on size, design, battery, and price all for the sake of souped up specs and a camera that just isn't the best around.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Fantastic camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Poor camera setup
  • Poor battery life

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of Samsung's biggest Android phones. It has a massive 6.9-inch display with next-gen fluid-scrolling tech. It also has five cameras to capture 108MP photos, 40MP selfies and 8K video. It's a nice jump from the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus cameras, but issues with inconsistent autofocus and overexposure kept the Ultra from being the best camera phone even at launch.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.9-inch display
  • Fantastic camera performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera issues with inconsistent autofocus and overexposure

theverge[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Samsung is trying to leap ahead of the competition by using a new kind of technology for smartphone cameras. The S20 Ultra has five cameras, if you count the depth sensor on the back. Most of them feature very high megapixel counts: 40 on the selfie camera, 48 on the telephoto, and a whopping 108 megapixels.
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Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • 120Hz refresh rate option
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • The screen wobbles when you tap near the top of the screen

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
If you're looking for a beast of a phone without the price tag the Galaxy S20 Ultra is still a very capable option. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, which starts at $1,199, means the price has already started to drop. Samsung's camera system has a lot going for it, including a 108MP sensor that captures highly detailed images.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic camera system
  • Excellent battery life
  • Strong performance
Cons[**]
  • S-Pen isn't for everyone
  • Camera glitches

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the first true flagship to arrive this year. It features an outright huge 6.9-inch display that covers the majority of the front and curves slightly around the phone's edges. Samsung advertises Space Zoom can go up to 100x and, while it can, I wouldn't advise using it for anything more than a quick play around when you first unbox the phone. The phone is a boring phone to look at and it feels like a real step in the wrong direction for Samsung visually.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.9-inch OLED display
  • Superb battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The S20 Ultra heads up the just-announced Galaxy S20 series. It boasts a quad-camera system that comprises a 108MP lens and is capable of 100x zoom. It also has a whopping 5000mAh battery, a 6.9in, 120Hz screen, and a maximum 16GB RAM option. The S20 (8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB storage) and S20+ will be on sale from 13th March in Europe, priced from $999.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superfast 5G
  • Superb camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon 865) Quick Performance Preview: Impressive. Anandtech. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: Five months later, brains match brawn. Digitaltrends. 02 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera review: overwhelmed by new possibilities. Nextpit. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: perfection exists only on paper. Nextpit. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Camera Test: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Huawei P40 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro – low-light fiasco for Samsung. Notebookcheck. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - High-End Smartphone Reeks of Poor Implementation. Notebookcheck. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review. Pcmag. 27 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review. Techadvisor. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review. Techradar. 02 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: shutter bug. Theverge. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review. Tomsguide. 05 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. 12. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review. Trustedreviews. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  13. 13. ^ Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review. Whathifi. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  14. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  15. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  16. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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