Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Design, Display and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most premium of the three Galaxy S released in 2020 by a Korean manufacturer. A 7-inch screen close to 120Hz, 108Mpx, zoom X100, video recording 8K, and flagship cards of Korean giants are overflowing.
With dimensions of 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm, the Samsung Galaxy S20 UItra goes unnoticed. He also weighs 222 grams on the counter. It feels great to use, this Ultra version is far from the most manageable of the three, despite its 20:9 format. For comparison, the Galaxy S10 5G measures 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9mm for 198g, and the Note 10+ measures 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm for 196g. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s 263g, the S20 Ultra has a margin, but it’s still pretty close.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and a resolution of 511 DPI. You won’t go back to this screen technology to benefit from the “infinite” contrast ratio, and like the previous generation, this panel is HDR10+ compatible. By default, “Vivid” screen mode is selected, but if you are not familiar with the well-pronounced colors of Korean manufacturers screens, you can choose “Natural” mode. The screen on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is also very bright, so you can read comfortably even in direct sunlight. To watch a series on Netflix or on Amazon Prime Video in bed at night, one reaches a very correct level by lowering the brightness to the maximum.
In addition to the possibility of setting these options, you can change the refresh rate of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which offers either 60Hz or 120Hz. Unlike Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL or OnePlus 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro, the refresh rate is not limited to 90Hz. So the S20 Ultra joins the Asus ROG Phone 2 and Realme X50 Pro 5G. However, if you choose 120Hz, you won’t be able to watch content in WQHD+ (1440 x 3200 pixels) yet. The acceptable sacrifice due to this high refresh rate greatly improves the navigation of the S20 Ultra’s interface and applications.
The technical configuration of the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra is centered around the SoC Exynos 990. This year, Europe was still robbed of Snapdragon’s latest high-end processor, the 865. As of now, only the 12+128GB version is available in France, but Samsung will soon release a model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal memory. In both cases, it’s a UFS 3.0 storage space that can be expanded via microSD.
The basic skill set is good enough to score very high on various benchmark tools. So the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra scored 520,687 points on AnTuTu, 522 points on Single-Core, 2683 points on Multi-Core on Geekbenck, and 6850 points at the end of the 3DMark Slingshot Extreme test. Again, the smartphone prototype of the Snapdragon 865, which we were able to test at the Qualcomm Tech Summit, scored higher for these various applications.