Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, tries to pack every single modern phone feature and the kitchen sink, and it mostly succeeds. It is Samsung’s most expensive smartphone yet (not counting the foldable) and for the first time, the starting price is actually higher than on arch-rival Apple’s top device, the iPhone 11 Pro Max
In exchange for that high price, you get more features: the S20 Ultra comes with 5G connectivity that the iPhone lacks, it comes with a zoom camera that allows you to see things so far away that your eye cannot see them, and its screen now refreshes at double the rate for a buttery smooth experience. All of that is powered by a huge, 5,000mAh battery cell that lasts on and on.
There are a few camera kinks like wonky autofocus in video and there are a few inconsistencies and smaller issues with the camera. Samsung has promised an update that would fix those camera issues, but while we are optimistic, we do feel like this phone has been rushed a bit. The interface is also starting to get a bit overwhelming with settings. Overall, though, the S20 Ultra will likely impress you, especially if you can stomach its $1,400 price.
You might be quite intimidated when you read that the S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch screen. The S20 Ultra is definitely not as big as tablets back in the day. The reason for this is the aspect ratio that used to be more squarish on older devices, and these days, the S20 Ultra has a much taller and also a much narrower display (it uses a 20:9 aspect ratio). In fact, the S20 Ultra is quite the tall phone, yet at the same time it’s even narrower than the 6.5″ iPhone 11 Pro Max which uses a different aspect ratio.
Compared to its S10 predecessors from last year, it’s noticeably bulkier and heavier too. The materials Samsung uses for this smartphone are the familiar combination of toughened glass for the front and back, and polished, glossy aluminum for the middle frame of the device.