8.2/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 70 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great multitasking and gaming
  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Beautiful 120hz HDR screen for movies and videos
  • All-day battery life
  • 5G support

What's bad

  • Fingerprint scanner is slow
  • Tons of pre-installed apps
  • No headphone jack
  • High price tag

Sitting at the top of Samsung's 2020 high-end phone lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra represents the best the company has to offer. But it also comes with one of the highest price tags in mobile history.

In many ways, the phone is simply a larger version of the Galaxy S20+ -- which is, in turn, a larger version of the standard Galaxy S20.

When compared to the standard S20, the extra price on the S20 Ultra affords you:

  • A larger 6.9-inch display
  • Improved 5G support (mmWave)
  • A larger 5,000mAh battery good for more than a day of usage with no problems
  • A different camera array featuring a 108MP/48MP/12MP triple-lens arrangement

Reviewers found the upgraded camera the most noticeable difference. However, whether that was a good thing is debatable. While Samsung touts a massive 100x digital zoom on the phone, reviewers found anything over 30x nearly impossible to use without a tripod. More so, while the ultrawide sensor, time-of-flight sensor, and nine-pixel binning 108MP lens offered flexibility in creating interesting shots, reviewers weren't sure it was worth the additional price over the standard S20 or improved S20+.

Otherwise, you'll find identical specs and features in the smaller Galaxy S20. Be sure to check our Samsung Galaxy S20 review for more on what to expect with this new release.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.9"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Good Housekeeping

Expensive but worth every penny, this is an excellent smartphone. The camera takes fantastic photos and has excellent battery life. The screen makes watching movies and TV shows a very pleasant experience.

- Good Housekeeping
India Today

As a package, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has everything and more you'd need from a phone. It has the looks, the gorgeous display, massive footprint, powerful cameras, and more. However, all this comes at a hefty price. If money isn't a bottleneck, then the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a brilliant option, one that...

- Sushant Talwar, India Today
NDTV

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best devices that Samsung has put out yet, and we hope that this camera technology trickles down to other models soon. The camera system on the device is excellent, and you are going to get a good shot pretty much irrespective of lighting conditions. We wer...

- Aditya Shenoy, NDTV
Photography Blog

Big, bold marketing claims about the 108 megapixel sensor, 8K video recording and 100x 'space zoom' may draw you in to look at the Samsung S20 Ultra and perhaps even convince you to choose it over others. While it's clear that the claims made in the high-profile advertisements you might have seen ar...

- Amy Davies, Photography Blog
Pickr

As it stands now, this big full-featured phone has a big camera system that just feels a little let down. Great phone all the way through, though that big camera needs some work. If slash when Samsung gets that work complete, it might just have the world’s best camera system for 2020. For now, it’s...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S20 Ultra on March 6, 2020.


The Galaxy S20 Ultra price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra prices from around the web here on The Informr.



Samsung backs up the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S20 Ultra has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.9"

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's screen size is 6.9 inches with 1440 x 3200 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 40+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1460 minutes, 632 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S20 Ultra Specs

Overview
Release date March 6, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/850/1500/1700 /1900/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
5G:
2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512 GB
RAM 12/16 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.94 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Standard Battery, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 773 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 632 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 1020 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1460 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Cosmic Black, White, Cosmic Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.69 x 7.6 x 0.88 cm (6.6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 222 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel density 509 pixels
Size 6.9 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Infinity-O Display, HDR10+ certified, 120Hz display support
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 3.6
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (0.3 MP, TOF 3D), 4th camera feature (108 MP, F1.8), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
40+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps Samsung Apps, Google Apps, Outlook, LinkedIn, Office Mobile, OneDrive, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify
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Critic Reviews


Good Housekeeping

This flagship Android smartphone is a must for photography fans

Good Housekeeping

Expensive but worth every penny, this is an excellent smartphone. The camera takes fantastic photos and has excellent battery life. The screen makes watching movies and TV shows a very pleasant experience.

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Expensive but worth every penny, this is an excellent smartphone. The camera takes fantastic photos and has excellent battery life. The screen makes watching movies and TV shows a very pleasant experience.

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India Today

The best smartphone from Samsung to date

from India Today

As a package, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has everything and more you'd need from a phone. It has the looks, the gorgeous display, massive footprint, powerful cameras, and more. However, all this comes at a hefty price. If money isn't a bottleneck, then the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a brilliant option, one t...More

As a package, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has everything and more you'd need from a phone. It has the looks, the gorgeous display, massive footprint, powerful cameras, and more. However, all this comes at a hefty price. If money isn't a bottleneck, then the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a brilliant option, one that should definitely be considered if you are in the market for a flagship from the premium end of the smartphone market.

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NDTV

Big, powerful, and expensive

from NDTV

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best devices that Samsung has put out yet, and we hope that this camera technology trickles down to other models soon. The camera system on the device is excellent, and you are going to get a good shot pretty much irrespective of lighting conditions. We...More

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best devices that Samsung has put out yet, and we hope that this camera technology trickles down to other models soon. The camera system on the device is excellent, and you are going to get a good shot pretty much irrespective of lighting conditions. We were also happy with the video recording performance of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Photography Blog

Very impressive phone, but you pay a premium price for it

from Photography Blog

Big, bold marketing claims about the 108 megapixel sensor, 8K video recording and 100x 'space zoom' may draw you in to look at the Samsung S20 Ultra and perhaps even convince you to choose it over others. While it's clear that the claims made in the high-profile advertisements you might have seen...More

Big, bold marketing claims about the 108 megapixel sensor, 8K video recording and 100x 'space zoom' may draw you in to look at the Samsung S20 Ultra and perhaps even convince you to choose it over others. While it's clear that the claims made in the high-profile advertisements you might have seen aren't quite as strong as they might have you believe, the S20 Ultra is still one of the best phones you can pick up today if the quality of the onboard camera is your main priority.

Read full review

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Pickr

A big full-featured flagship

from Pickr

As it stands now, this big full-featured phone has a big camera system that just feels a little let down. Great phone all the way through, though that big camera needs some work. If slash when Samsung gets that work complete, it might just have the world’s best camera system for 2020. For now,...More

As it stands now, this big full-featured phone has a big camera system that just feels a little let down. Great phone all the way through, though that big camera needs some work. If slash when Samsung gets that work complete, it might just have the world’s best camera system for 2020. For now, it’s a big flagship that falls a little short, despite that impressive zoom range.

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XDA Developers

Overpriced and expensive but worth it

from XDA Developers

Its price is insanely high for a normal, conventional glass slab phone. Hell, the Galaxy Z Flip cost $20 less than the Galaxy S20 Ultra and it’s a more charming and fun device. Some people will argue there is no reason to spend over $500 on a phone, and maybe for some, that’s true. The camera...More

Its price is insanely high for a normal, conventional glass slab phone. Hell, the Galaxy Z Flip cost $20 less than the Galaxy S20 Ultra and it’s a more charming and fun device. Some people will argue there is no reason to spend over $500 on a phone, and maybe for some, that’s true. The cameras, performance, display, and battery life will all be good enough on those devices. The Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t about good enough. It’s about the best phone a power user can get and it’s going to cost you a lot to get that.

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DxOMark

Good choice for selfie enthusiasts

from DxOMark

Generally good exposure, wide dynamic range, pleasant bokeh shots, low noise, and reliable autofocus delivering sharp faces with the camera at different distances from the subject all help ensure excellent images. Add to that class-leading front camera video, and photographers will be more than h...More

Generally good exposure, wide dynamic range, pleasant bokeh shots, low noise, and reliable autofocus delivering sharp faces with the camera at different distances from the subject all help ensure excellent images. Add to that class-leading front camera video, and photographers will be more than happy with the results from the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s selfie camera.

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Fone Arena

Bragging rights

from Fone Arena

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a multimedia powerhouse with an iconic design centred on a really capable set of high resolution cameras. It definitely delivers on the promises of the Samsung Brand, for which, we pay a price of Rs. 92,999/-

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a multimedia powerhouse with an iconic design centred on a really capable set of high resolution cameras. It definitely delivers on the promises of the Samsung Brand, for which, we pay a price of Rs. 92,999/-

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DxOMark

A good all-rounder for smartphone photography

from DxOMark

Its ultra-wide camera and bokeh effects in Portrait mode are particularly impressive; and with good video performance in 4K mode, together with a host of other resolution and slow-motion recording settings, there are plenty of possibilities for capturing moving images, too. Issues with close-rang...More

Its ultra-wide camera and bokeh effects in Portrait mode are particularly impressive; and with good video performance in 4K mode, together with a host of other resolution and slow-motion recording settings, there are plenty of possibilities for capturing moving images, too. Issues with close-range zoom, slow autofocus in low light, and slightly underwhelming night shots prevented the S20 Ultra from challenging the best devices at the top of our database, however.

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Daily Express

Samsung's new flagship is all beast but no beauty

from Daily Express

This is the most powerful phone Samsung has ever made and it had plenty going for it. Sadly, its ugly camera bump, huge design and high price means it won't be for everyone.


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This is the most powerful phone Samsung has ever made and it had plenty going for it. Sadly, its ugly camera bump, huge design and high price means it won't be for everyone.


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