Review of the Galaxy S20 Ultra: is your camera the best?
"The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most expensive model of the S20 series, but it is also the one that offers better qualities in terms of camera, battery and performance."
A battery that resists a whole day
High quality photographs
Record video in 8K
100x digital zoom is not good
The rear camera takes up a lot of space
A few days ago, I arrived at the office of Digital Trends in Spanish one of the new phones of the Samsung S20 series: the Galaxy S20 Ultra. And of course, from day one, take the opportunity to test the great qualities that the manufacturer has highlighted, such as its camera and its 5G technology.
This is what I think of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra.
A heavy telephone among the light range
The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a great Dynamic AMOLED 6.9-inch screen that looks excellent and very aesthetic, since it covers almost the entire front of the phone.
At the top and center of the screen, you will find the single lens selfie camera and without the popular notch, which makes it look more minimalist. The camera not only serves to take photos, but also to unlock your phone through facial recognition.
The weight of the new Galaxy S20 Ultra is 220 grams, which is much greater compared to the 180 grams of the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S10 Plus.
The first time I had it in my hands, I thought it was a heavy phone, maybe because for almost a year I have been using the Galaxy S10 and I thought the weight will be the same, or maybe even a little lighter, But it wasn't like that. And it is worth noting that in the tests that realic did not add any extra case to the new Samsung phone.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a great 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that looks excellent and very aesthetic.
Although its weight (considerably higher) should not become any impediment to perform any activity or lift it with one hand, it is a feature that you should consider, especially if you like extra light devices.
An adjustable screen resolution
The 3,200 x 1,440 pixel screen resolution offered by the Galaxy S20 Ultra is really good, however, we must admit that it is not always necessary to have this resolution activated, especially if in certain occasions, your priority is to protect the life of the Battery as long as possible.
And the truth is that Samsung is aware of that. Therefore, in this device, you will find two more resolution options: the HD + 1,600 x 720 pixels and FDH + of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, which although they are smaller, are very compliant.
A battery that resists the day without problems
Of the three models that make up the Samsung S20 series, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has the largest battery, although it also has a huge screen, which means it spends much more energy.
The battery size of this phone is 5,000 mAh, which is not only great on paper, but also in reality. In the tests I did, I managed to resist a full day of continuous activity without problems. In addition, other features that I loved was the fast load of 45 W, which allowed me to charge the phone from zero to 100 percent in less than an hour.
His magic is in the camera
In the Galaxy Unpacked 2020, Samsung said that the rear camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra has three impressive lenses: a 108 megapixel lens, a 48MP telephoto and a 12MP ultra wide angle, which combines artificial intelligence with the image sensor largest we have seen on a Samsung phone.
And what does that mean? Simply that unlike other cameras on the market, it should project a greater resolution in the captured images, both in terms of color and sharpness, as if they were professionals, so that you can edit them or zoom into them without problems.
In addition, thanks to this great improvement in the lenses, more light should enter, which helps to raise the quality of the images in poorly lit situations.
In the tests that I did, I realized that Samsung was not playing when it referred to the great quality of images that could be captured with its camera. When taking photographs in both natural and artificial light, I noticed not only a great sharpness and color projection, but also, when there are low light conditions, it is able to take the maximum possible rays so that it looks clear and illuminated.
But the great qualities of the rear camera of this phone not only have to do with the megapixels of the lenses, but also with the zoom. Now thanks to technology Space Zoom, The Galaxy S20 Ultra is capable of obtaining a 10X optical zoom, and a 100x digital zoom so you can capture that animal, person or landscape you want, even if you are far from it.
The truth is that, when I saw this function of the camera, it seemed amazing. I couldn't believe that digital zoom could now get me closer to anything, no matter how far it looked. However, when I tried to test the function, the results were not as good as I wanted.
Although I did not have problems at all when using the optimal maximum zoom, I did not have the same problem when I used the 100x digital zoom.
I did several tests with both natural light and artificial light, and the truth is that the digital zoom works well until you reach 30x. After that, the image begins to look blurred, not very clear and added to the fact that it is often difficult to maintain the pulse, the image does not come at all well.
I couldn't believe that digital zoom could now get me closer to anything, no matter how far it looked. However, when I tried to test the function, the results were not as good as I wanted.
I believe that Samsung's 100x digital zoom initiative is very good, but it needs more work on it to achieve a truly satisfactory result. Nice try, Samsung … but be for the next.
On the front, we find a good selfie camera, which I particularly loved and is capable of taking photos up to 40 megapixels.
Videos with the best possible quality
Another great innovation that we could appreciate in the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the quality of the videos. For the first time in history, Samsung offers the possibility of recording 8K at 30 fps. Without a doubt, this is impressive, taking into account that the 8K technology is still very new and has only been seen on some televisions that were presented at CES 2020.
In addition, it offers a new function of tracking people and stabilization to achieve more professional videos and without losing the picture to the main protagonists.
In our tests, we loved the image that your videos projected. Not only were they sharp and colorful, but they also look very real.
Now, if you want to see the videos you recorded in 8K at the same quality and outside your phone, you have to buy one of the new and expensive 8K TVs.
5G network, present
Like its other brothers in the S20 line, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has support for 5G connectivity and is also compatible with sub-6 and mmWave technologies, which should save you a few headaches when it comes to connection.
Price and availability
The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in two color options, black and gray, and its value in the United States is $ 1,400 dollars.
Be officially available from March 6, however from February 21 you can book it at Samsung stores and some telephone operators.
If you buy the unlocked model directly on the Samsung page between February 21 and March 5, you will have a special discount of $ 200 dollars.