Overview – Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely: Taking flagships to the next stage

When leaks began taking place late final yr, many individuals had been on the sting of their seats. I used to be one among them – scouring for each bit of data. We also covered a lot of those leaks, by the way. Then, the Unpacked occasion occurred and we had been introduced with the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely.

The brand new Galaxy S20 Extremely is a completely new lineup. It’s positioned above the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+ within the hierarchy. This can be a technological showcase with the newest cutting-edge applied sciences constructed into this smartphone.

And right here’s our in-depth evaluation of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely.

Unboxing

To start out, the field itself is fairly easy. The one factor we have to take note of is the “S20 Ultra 5G” on the backside.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Pardon my nostrils.

Digging out every little thing, we get the 25W charger, the USB-C to USB-C charging cable, the AKG USB-C earphones, and in addition a silicone case.

We now have additionally finished an unboxing video if you’d like to check out that.

Design

The Galax S20 Extremely has a brand new design language. Due to its beefy specs and particularly beefy battery, there are a lot of elements to cram into the telephone. That’s why the Galaxy S20 Extremely is slightly thick.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Once I held the Galaxy S20 Extremely for the primary time, the thickness felt like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom from a few years ago. The digicam bump can also be thicker than the telephone itself however nonetheless is protected by the lip of the silicone case.

The Galaxy S20 Extremely is barely obtainable in two colours Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray. We now have the Cosmic Gray model with us right here and I’ve to say – it seems actually good.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

For no matter motive although, Samsung moved the quantity and energy buttons to the proper aspect of the telephone and eliminated the devoted Bixby button. I suppose no Bixby button is a norm now. The ability button does have some further gestures as properly – which may be tuned within the settings menu.

Connectivity & Ports

Samsung has packed in a bunch of connectivity choices this time. First off, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely solely is available in 5G variant for Malaysia. Whereas 5G continues to be not prepared for prime time but, this telephone is future-proofing that half already.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Then comes the ports. The Galaxy S20 collection doesn’t have an audio jack anymore. There’s solely a USB-C port on the backside for charging. After all, there’s nonetheless wi-fi charging if you wish to use that characteristic.

The brand new Galaxy S20 Extremely nonetheless has a nano SIM card slot with a microSD card slot. Furthermore, the brand new Galaxy S20 Extremely can also be IP68 dust- and waterproof, like its predecessors.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Show

One of many greatest upgrades this time round is its show. This time, Samsung is utilizing the Dynamic AMOLED 2X show. I presume that the “2X” right here means it’s double the refresh charge in comparison with the final technology?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Yeah, Samsung upped the ante by skipping 90Hz completely and jumped straight to 120Hz refresh charge. I personally assume it is a nice-to-have characteristic however not essentially essential. The Samsung Galaxy S20 collection can go as much as 4K @ 60Hz or 1080p @ 120Hz.

It additionally has the Infinity-O notch, which is a tiny cutout for the selfie digicam.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Out of the field, the Galaxy S20 Extremely is utilizing the “vivid” shade profile. I turned it again to “natural” as a result of that appears extra pleasing to me.

One other factor that I noticed throughout our first hands-on session with the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the shortage of curves across the edges. I discover it slightly shocking as Samsung, the creator of curved screens, opted for a flatter display this time round whereas its rivals are curving to the purpose the place we’d like snail’s eyes to see the entire display.

Oh, by the way in which – the Galaxy S20 Extremely does include a pre-installed high-quality movie display protector out of the field.

Cameras

The largest improve of all – the cameras. It was teased for a very long time that Samsung goes to revolutionize digicam images with the brand new Galaxy S20 Extremely. And now we all know why.

Let’s begin with the specs first:

  • Quadruple rear-facing cameras
    • Most important: 108MP f/1.8; PDAF, OIS
    • Periscope: 48MP f/3.5; PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP f/2.2
    • 3D TOF digicam
  • 40MP f/2.2 selfie digicam with PDAF

To have a look at the images, please watch our evaluation video on the prime of this text.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The photographs – I’m slightly neutral concerning the colours. It’s actually punchy and I like the main points that come out of this telephone’s digicam. Furthermore, that is the primary smartphone digicam that may take 108MP footage with HDR enabled! That’s insane!

After all, you may as well zoom all the way in which in with the 100x digital zoom. This can be a characteristic that’s thrilling to see however I truthfully don’t assume I’ll use a lot. Samsung says that the 100x digicam image is enhanced and cleaned by AI expertise – which we will undoubtedly affirm because the texts look nice with 100x zoom.

The ultra-wide angle digicam is now utilizing a 120° lens as a substitute. It’s barely tighter than its predecessor’s 123° ultra-wide angle and has manner much less distortion.

Video?

The entire Galaxy S20 collection of smartphones can document as much as 8K 24fps movies. We now have a pattern of that video proper right here.

The Galaxy S20 collection additionally has the brand new Tremendous Regular which mixes each OIS and EIS to provide gimbal-like stability and movement. It does have gimbal-like movement, but it surely makes use of the ultra-wide angle digicam – which implies there isn’t a autofocus.

We now have additionally included a pattern video of the Tremendous Regular within the evaluation video on the prime of this text.

Software program – Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.1

It goes with out saying that the newest flagship smartphone will include the newest software program. There are some UI variations right here and there, however typically very minor.

One factor I discover humorous is the Edge Panel on the Galaxy S20 Extremely is almost invisible. The Edge Panel is extra clear than earlier than and because the display isn’t as curved as earlier than, I genuinely couldn’t discover the Edge Panel at first.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung additionally added a brand new characteristic known as “Music Share”. Right here’s the gist of it. Think about you’re driving together with your Galaxy S20 collection of smartphones linked to your automobile’s Bluetooth and taking part in music. By the ability of Bluetooth 5.zero, different units can piggyback off your telephone and play their music with out having to re-pair the Bluetooth connection.

That sounds useful… however I can’t get it to work with the Galaxy S10+ or the Xiaomi Mi 9. Maybe it is a Galaxy S20-only characteristic.

Efficiency & Gaming

It’s no shock that the Samsung Galaxy S collection of smartphones all the time include the corporate’s cutting-edge expertise on the subject of efficiency. This time, the Galaxy S20 Extremely has:

  • 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X show with Infinity-O notch
    • As much as 3200×1440 @ 60Hz or 2400×1080 @ 120Hz
  • Exynos 990 chipset
    • 2x Exynos M5 @ 2.73GHz
    • 2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.5GHz
    • 4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB of UFS 3.zero inner storage (expandable through microSD)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    • Helps as much as 45W, 25W charger included

So let’s check out the benchmarks first. I’ve damaged the benchmarks into two elements – the primary one is at 1080p @ 60Hz to check with different units as a result of that’s what most individuals will use, and secondly will evaluating the Galaxy S20 Extremely itself with totally different resolutions and body charges.

Evaluating the Galaxy S20 Extremely with different units

No shock – this flagship gadget is topping the benchmark charts.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 3DMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra VRMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Geekbench 4 benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Antutu 7 benchmark

Evaluating the Galaxy S20 Extremely with totally different decision and body charges

That is attention-grabbing. Take a look at VRMark. That is the place the benchmark begins to fail because the rating scales in response to the refresh charge of the gadget. The upper the body charge, the upper the rating.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate 3DMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate VRMark score benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate Geekbench 4 benchmark Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate Antutu 7 benchmark

To treatment this, I added one other VRMark column – the flexibility to maintain operating at its most body charge. It’s right here we will lastly see tangible variations between decision and body charge – and the Galaxy S20 Extremely can’t keep 120fps at 1080p, similar to the ASUS ROG Cellphone 2.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate VRMark average frame rate benchmark

Battery & Charger

Samsung additionally upped the ante by together with an enormous 5,000mAh to the Galaxy S20 Extremely. It is among the the reason why this telephone is thick – however that’s okay. I slightly have a thicker telephone than to hold an influence financial institution anyway.

At 1080p 60Hz, the Galaxy S20 Extremely can final for greater than 12 hours in our battery check with Bluetooth turned on, which is surprisingly good.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra battery life benchmark

After we in contrast the battery life with totally different resolutions and refresh charges, that 5,000mAh isn’t going to final lengthy – particularly whereas operating at 1080p at 120Hz. The ASUS ROG Cellphone 2 truly carried out worse with its 6,000mAh battery at 1080p 120Hz.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with different resolution and refresh rate battery life benchmark

Charger

The Galaxy S20 Extremely makes use of the Galaxy Note10+’s charger (review). Contained in the field, it comes with a 25W charger however Samsung has as soon as once more acknowledged that the Galaxy S20 Extremely helps 45W charging.

Since we should not have the official 45W charger from Samsung, we’ll solely be testing the 25W charger. That’s plentiful because the 5,000mAh goes to final by means of the day and I solely cost my telephone after I sleep.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely takes about an hour to cost from 15% to 100%. That’s fairly good contemplating that the charging velocity is sort of constant all through your complete hour.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra fast charging battery benchmark

Wrapping up the Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely evaluation

Alright, so we’ve talked quite a bit concerning the telephone. On the finish of the day, the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely goes to be the smartphone that Samsung is exhibiting off their technological prowess to the world.

For the worth of RM4,999, you possibly can be on the reducing fringe of smartphone expertise. 100x zoom, humongous battery, nice efficiency, and in addition a unbelievable consumer expertise with Samsung One UI.

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