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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, analysis with price, features and opinion

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, featured image

According to the RAE, “Ultra-” is the prefix that we will use to refer to something which has been elevated to an extreme degree. And the truth is that Samsung's decision to grant this last name to the new crown jewel of its telephone catalog it makes a lot more sense when we allude to this definition.

Why the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra it is a telephone like no other we have seen leaving the factories of South Korea until now; loaded to the teeth with the latest technologies developed by the company, and whose ultimate goal is to become the final telephone.

And it is precisely that ambitious goal that makes The Galaxy S20 Ultra may disappoint. Because by now, we have become accustomed to the slight price increases of each new generation of the Galaxy S series. But what we might not be prepared for was to welcome a phone of 1,359 euros that continues to drag some of the classic inconveniences, and whose most important developments may even turn against you.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, features and specifications

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Dimensions 167 x 76 x 8.8 mm 221 grams
screen 6.9-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED 120 Hz refresh rate
Resolution WQHD + (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) 511 ppi
Processor Samsung Exynos 990 5G
OS One UI 2.0 based on Android 10
Storage 128/512 GB UFS 3.0 expandable by micro SD up to 1 TB
Cameras Rear: 108 MP (main) /1.8, OIS. 12 MP (wide angle) /2.2. 48 MP (telephoto) /3.5, 4X optical zoom
10X hybrid, 100X digital, OIS. DepthVision sensor.Frontal: 40 MP /2.2
Battery 5,000 mAh with fast 45W charge (25W charger included) Wireless charging Wireless reverse charging Wireless PowerShare
Others Protection IP68, 5G, stereo speakers Dolby Atmos Stereo Speaker by AKG, ultrasonic fingerprint reader on screen
Colors Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black
Price From 1,359 euros

The best of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Your screen

It's hard not to fall in love with the giant 6.9-inch SuperAMOLED screen of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. As it was already difficult not to do that of the Galaxy Note10 +, or that of the Galaxy S10 + a few months before.

What I am trying to say is that, once again, Samsung demonstrates again why it is the queen of AMOLED panels Thanks to an excellent screen that surpasses that of any other mobile that we have never tried in basically any imaginable aspect. Even after using a Pixel 4 XL for months, chosen as one of the best mobile phones in the market for Matte Display, the superiority of the S20 Ultra's screen is clear from the moment you turn it on for the first time.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, screen

But beyond excellent viewing angles, a level of absurdly high maximum brightness or a faithful color reproduction – as long as the “Natural” color mode is kept activated -, the Galaxy S20 Ultra's screen stands out for an addition that no other mobile of the company had included to date: a refresh rate of 120Hz

The screen of the S20 Ultra surpasses that of any other mobile that we have never tried in basically any imaginable aspect.

By doubling the frequency with which the screen content is updated, animations and movements happen with extreme smoothness, thus improving the experience when surfing the Internet, doing scroll, play compatible titles or just opening and closing mens because S, only to delight in the extreme fluidity that 120Hz grants.

But Samsung, unlike other firms, has opted for a policy that forces the user to choose between extreme fluency or maximum resolution. That is why, although the terminal screen has a native resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, in case you want to use the panel at its maximum refresh rate you will have to comply with a resolution limited to 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. In addition, by default the panel update frequency is set to 60 Hz to improve the autonomy – in theory, the improvement is 10% – and the device software is not able to change the refresh rate of the panel dynamically based on the content that appears on the screen.

Be that as it may, I must admit that activating 120Hz was one of the first things I did Nothing else to start the device, and at no time I felt the need to return to 60Hz to enjoy a higher resolution or a slightly higher autonomy.