Here comes the 2020 top tier flagship from the tech giant Samsung
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: A worthy buy over it’s rivals?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: A worthy buy over it’s rivals?

FIRSTLY LETS KICK START OUR DISCUSSION WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS THIS BEAST HAS TO OFFER

BODY

Dimensions 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm (6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)
Weight222 g (7.83 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
SIMSingle 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
Size6.9 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
 HDR10+
Always-on display
[email protected], [email protected]

PLATFORM

OS Android 10.0; One UI 2
ChipsetExynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA
CPUOcta-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA
GPUMali-G77 MP11 – Global
Adreno 650 – USA

STORAGE AND SUPPORT

Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
 UFS 3.0

CAMERA AND FEATURES

REAR
CAMERA:
Quad Camera
108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
Periscope 48 MP, f/3.5, 103mm (telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS
SELFIE CAMERADual40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF
FeaturesDual video call, Auto-HDR
Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]

AUDIO OUTPUT

SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
 32-bit/384kHz audio
Tuned by AKG

CONNECTIVITY

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFCYes
RadioFM radio (USA & Canada only)
USB3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES

Sensors Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
 ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

BATTERY AND CHARGING

Battery  Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 45W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W

PRODUCT VARIANTS

Colors Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black
ModelsSM-G988, SM-G988U, SM-G988U1, SM-G9880, SM-G988B/DS, SM-G988N
SAR0.94 W/kg (head)     0.95 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU0.32 W/kg (head)     1.56 W/kg (body)   

THE RIVALS TO THIS BEAST FROM SAMSUNG ARE: 1] Apple iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max 2] LG V60 3] Huawei Mate series 4] OnePlus 7T/ 7T Pro (2019 flagship, yet good enough to compete with this device)

BUDGET FLAGSHIPS FROM 2020 1] iQoo 3 (5G) 2] Realme X50 Pro (5G)

NOW THE MAIN QUESTION: A worthy buy over it’s rivals?

Looking closely to its rivals , the new galaxy is pretty great on paper, but is it actually any better than its rivals?… Certainly yes. The feature packed Galaxy S20 Ultra (5G) has a rich display, with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch response rate, thus making it pretty high end from its closest rival i.e. the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone though lacks the 120Hz refresh rate, but the touch sensitivity along side the IOS, makes it buttery smooth to use, and from an end users perspective it is great. So in order to conclude on the display portion, the S20 Ultra is the real Ultra! and you will never regret getting one if you are specially a content creator and you have to always hover around pictures, videos and also some netflix, because the screen also supports HDR10. The screen is the best in the market right now, and no other display is any way near to the S20 Ultra, plus the special AMOLED Display, which Samsung produces has always been the best in any smartphone, and finally the punch hole camera is a cherry on top.

The 5000 mAh battery is also no exception, it powers the whole device for a long day. If you happen to be a heavy user it would definitely last you for a complete day, and for moderate users, even 2 days. Even with 120Hz always On, you would hardly notice any battery issues in terms of screen on time.

The processor is the main pro and con at the same time, Samsung as you all know uses either its own Exynos or the latest snapdragon chipsets in their flagship depending on the region you get thew device from. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the exynos, but to be honest for gamers this chipset isn’t that powerful as compared to the SD 865. No doubt the flagship processor is good and definitely outperforms other older generation flagship processors, but still from a hard core gamer and multi thread user perspective, it lacks some point. This is the place where the SD865 take its leap, it happens to be the best of the best, the best in gaming, and processing. But still being reviewer i will say the exynos is still a great chipset, it does make you feel that you are using a flagship and one more thing, due to being a Samsung processor in a Samsung device, it provides extra security options and also a better battery management, along side superior memory management where the SD865 lacks.

The camera is a beast, really a beast, on paper its massive, and on real life is crazy awesome. the rear camera with its 108MP camera is superb when it comes to colour reproduction and night shot pictures, the ultra wide is also amazing, and one more thing, this is the first device to come with 8K shooting capabilities, the front camera is no exception, and is equally great. But in order to be doubly sure do check out YouTube videos for camera comparison.

NOW, THE MAIN ANSWER, SHOULD YOU BUY IT? The answer is Yes, if you have the budget, the device starts above $1000, making it pretty expensive, but still you will never regret buying it, because it will definitely last you for a long time. Yes we are now at the end of our review, and thank you for hovering here for such a long time. I guess you liked our reviews, because even we are customers,and we can feel you necessities. If you find the cost of the device OK with you, just go for it! advance congratulations for your purchase.

Thank you,

Arghajyoti Bagchi (pollenset.com)

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