Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128GB 5G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Ultra - that's where you end up when you one-up your usual Plus. In other words, Samsung's outdone itself this year and has gone above and beyond its S20+ to give us the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Leading the spring-time roster this year, the Ultra marks a shift compared to the...
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Ultra - that's where you end up when you one-up your usual Plus. In other words, Samsung's outdone itself this year and has gone above and beyond its S20+ to give us the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Leading the spring-time roster this year, the Ultra marks a shift compared to the 2019 lineup. Where last year we had the similar in most ways S10 and S10+, and then the S10e positioned below them, this time around there's a model above the mainstream S20 and S20+ - the new moniker makes all the sense then.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review

And it's ultra alright. Sure, it's got an even bigger display and packs a larger battery with faster charging than the other S20s, plus you can have it with up to a ridiculous 16GB of RAM, while the non-Ultras top out at a modest 12GB. But that's not it.

It's the camera - likely the most extraordinarily all-out setup we've seen to date. The primary cam uses a sizeable 108MP sensor which combines 9 tiny pixels into one big one with processing designed to make use of the extra data being gathered - Nonacell as Samsung calls it.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review

Then there's the telephoto shooter - it's got an unmatched combination of a big 48MP imager and a periscope lens offering 4x optical zoom over the main. Samsung has '100X space zoom' branding on the back of the phone and we'll be sure to check by just how much it misses the moon, but in any case it's a spectacularly impressive tele camera on paper.

The ultra wide isn't quite there. While it is a new unit with a big sensor and large pixels, it's still missing a vital part of what makes a truly good camera - autofocus.

Over on the front, there's yet another ultra camera touch - Samsung's fitted a 40MP selfie module to set it apart from the so familiar 10MP units on the regular S20s. It's going to be one lengthy camera section.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

  • Body: 166.9x76.0x8.8mm, 222g (220g for the non-5G); curved Gorilla Glass 6 front and back, metal frame; IP68 rating; Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black color schemes.
  • Screen: 6.9" Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1440x3200px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 511ppi; 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sensing; HDR10+ support.
  • Chipset (market dependent): Exynos 990 (7nm+): Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G77 MP11. Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core CPU (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650 GPU.
  • Memory: 12/16GB RAM, 128/256/512GB built-in UFS 3.0 storage, shared microSD slot.
  • OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 108MP, 1/1.33" sensor, 0.8µm pixel size, 26mm equiv. focal length (79° FoV), f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 48MP, 1/2.0", 0.8µm, 103mm periscope lens (24° FoV), f/3.5, PDAF, OIS. Ultra wide angle: 12MP, 1/2.6", 1.4µm, 12mm (123° FoV), f/2.2, fixed focus. ToF: 0.3MP, f/1.0.
  • Front camera: 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 8K 4320p@24fps, 4K 2160p@30/60fps, FullHD 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps. Front camera: 4K 2160p@30/60fps, FullHD 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, 45W fast charging support over Power Delivery 3.0 (25W charger supplied in the box).
  • Misc: Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W; Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W; Ultra-sonic under-display fingerprint reader; NFC; FM radio (USA & Canada only); Stereo loudspeakers; Samsung DeX support (desktop experience).

Mind you, we're reviewing the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, while an LTE-only variant will apparently also be in existence. It's not a hugely important distinction for the purposes of this review, as we have little along the lines of 5G networks in our neck of the woods anyway. We'll be omitting the '5G' for the remainder of the article. Another clarification due here is that we're reviewing the Exynos version of the handset, as is typically the case.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G unboxing

The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G ships in what's become the standard Samsung box for high-end models - black, not very flashy at all. The visuals have changed slightly and now there's an outline of the phone on the lid, with the 'S20' so big it spills over to the sides.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review

Inside, there are few surprises. You get the 25W charger as opposed to the 45W one, even though the phone supports the higher wattage, and there's a USB-C cable to complete the link. The pair of AKG branded earbuds ending in a USB-C connector are also a familiar sight from the Note10 bundle. Perhaps the only slightly unusual bit is the clear silicone case you'll find in the paper sleeve you need to pry out of the lid of the box.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G


LAUNCH

Announced

2020, February 11

Status

Available. Released 2020, March 06


BODY

Dimensions

166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm (6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)

Weight

222 g (7.83 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)


DISPLAY

Type

Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

6.9 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

 

HDR10+
Always-on display
120Hz@FHD/60Hz@QHD refresh rate


PLATFORM

OS

Android 10, One UI 2.5

Chipset

Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) - USA

CPU

Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) - Global
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585) - USA

GPU

Mali-G77 MP11 - Global
Adreno 650 - USA


MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal

128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM

 

UFS 3.0


MAIN CAMERA

Quad

108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
48 MP, f/3.5, 103mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS


SELFIE CAMERA

Dual

40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps


SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

 

32-bit/384kHz audio
Tuned by AKG


COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent)

USB

USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go


FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

 

Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation


BATTERY

Type

Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable

Charging

Fast charging 45W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W


MISC

Colors

Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, Cloud White

Models

SM-G988, SM-G988U, SM-G988U1, SM-G9880, SM-G988B/DS, SM-G988N, SM-G988B, SM-G988W

SAR

0.94 W/kg (head)     0.95 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.32 W/kg (head)     1.56 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 1,005.00 / € 997.00 / £ 899.99


TESTS

Performance

AnTuTu: 415976 (v7), 514485 (v8)
GeekBench: 12191 (v4.4), 2697 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 21fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

-23.2 LUFS (Very good)

Battery life

Endurance rating 87h

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