8.2/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 74 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...


TheCanadianTechie

Samsung has done a great job this year with their Galaxy S20 Ultra. It builds upon past Galaxy S devices but has some issues like it being an absolutely huge phone, a high price tag and the 100x Space Zoom feature being kind of useless.

- Sachin Bahal, TheCanadianTechie
BGR

The camera system on S20 Ultra is fantastic. It’s a huge leap for Samsung’s smartphone camera system and you’ll enjoy it. All those Samsung flagship users, who have complained about slow battery charging and less battery backup time, will rejoice its 5,000mAh battery with 45W Super Fast charging. Al...

- Hitesh Arora, BGR
Tom's Guide

If you demand the biggest screen and most powerful zoom, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the ultimate Android phone — if you're willing to pay the ultimate price.

- Adam Ismail, Tom's Guide
GSMArena

We're not picking on the S20 Ultra because it's bad, we're picking on it because while very good, it narrowly misses out on being 'the one.' The one to instantly recommend by default to anyone looking for a top dollar Android device. Otherwise, the S20 Ultra is a true 2020 flagship. But just as the...

- GSMArena
TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra goes big in every way imaginable, with 108MP photos, a 100x camera zoom, 40MP selfies, and a 6.9-inch 120Hz display. With over-the-top internal specs on a par with laptops, you'll pay more for this phone than any non-foldable phone before it, but that's not surprising –...

- Matt Swider, TechRadar


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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
10x optical, 10x digital
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
Yes
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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