A new decade, a new smartphone – here’s what we know about 2020’s newest generation of Samsung handsets, the Galaxy S20, that launched on February 11
After the success of the Samsung Galaxy S10 the Japanese tech giant have set the bar high – and their new generation of smartphones launched in February haven’t disappointed. Samsung have brought us three brand new editions this month:
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Here’s what we know about the high-end handset known as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
At a glance
|Display||6.9-inch AMOLED infinity display, WQHD+|
|Resolution||3,200 x 1,400p|
|Front Camera||40MP wide-angle|
|Rear Cameras||108MP main + 48MP telephoto + 12MP ultrawide + Time of Flight Sensor|
|Storage||128/512GB with microSD|
Starting at 12GB RAM
Availability and price
The year-long wait for Samsung's new handsets is almost over, with the new Galaxy S20 range launched on February 11 – and set for a UK release date of March 11.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the top-end model in the range, a fact reflected in the starting price of around £1,199.
Design and display
Following the launch we’ve learned plenty about what’s in store for Samsung Galaxy customers this year. Here’s what the tech giant have confirmed:
- The front and back of each model will be made from Corning Gorilla Glass
- They’ll also be edged with ultra-thin bezels
- The punch-hole camera will be placed centrally
- The headphone jack is to be no more
- The S20 Ultra will come in ‘cosmic grey’ and ‘cosmic black’ – that’s ‘grey’ and ‘black’ in case you were wondering…
As for the display, each of the handsets will offer a 120Hz refresh rate, double that of the S10, but only when you’ve set the display to Full HD+. If you’re upping it to WDHD+, you’ll have to make do with the standard 60Hz.
The S20 Ultra’s Super-AMOLED display is a whopping 6.9 inches – offering a resolution of 3200x1440. It, like the other phones in the range, will contain an in-screen ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner.
Camera and features
Samsung have upped their camera game yet again, offering one of the most powerful lens setups of any smartphone available:
- The S20 Ultra’s photography package outstrips that of the S20 and S20 Plus, offering an incredible 108MP main lens, plus a 48MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide as well as a time-of-flight sensor
- The telephoto lens is capable of 10x optical and 100x digital zoom
- It’s also equipped with a 40MP wide-angle selfie camera
- You’ll be able to shoot video in outstanding 8K at 24fps
The S20 Ultra, like its siblings, offers Super Steady stabilisation – though this is confined to 1080p mode and not available in 4K or 8K recording. It will also offer a ‘Single Take’ feature than takes a short video through each of its four lenses and cycles through various camera modes, then uses its AI to select the best photos.
All three handsets will be 5G equipped, however the S20 Plus and Ultra both come with mmWave antennas that bolster connection speeds even further.
Each model houses the same chipset – in North America this is the Snapdragon 865, while everywhere else it’s the Exynos 990 – upgraded from its current iteration.
Like the S20 and S20 Plus, the Ultra also offers 12GB RAM and 128GB storage, as well as a microSD slot for expansion – though unlike its little siblings the Ultra is also available with 16GB RAM and 512GB.
We’ve seen improvements in battery life for all three handsets, with the S20 Ultra encasing a 5,000mAh cell. They’ll all also be capable of 45W fast-charging and 25W wireless charging, seen previously in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Additionally, they’ll each be IP68 waterproof and dust-resistant.
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G specs
|Release Date||21/08/2020 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||76mm x 8mm x 167mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Polymer|
|Display Size||6.9 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 3200 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||511 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 512|
|External Storage||Micro SDXC|
|Primary Camera||108 MP|
|2nd Camera||45 MP|