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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra one year later: Is it still worth buying?



Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra one year later: Is it still worth buying?


Progress always continues. Samsung has shown this concept itself over and over again. Every year since 2010, Samsung has treated us as a new Galaxy S phone. In 2021, that killer device Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. You can see how much we liked it. Full review.

Due to the release of the S21, Samsung’s flagship product last year Galaxy S20 Ultra. It was a polarized phone with a fair share of fans and enemies. Of course, the S20 Ultra was Samsung’s top-of-the-line handset with all the features stacked inside a large frame. The big footprint coincided with the big price tag. We wondered how the phone has endured last year and is it worth the hard earned money today.

Let’s check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra a year later to find out.

About this Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra long term review: Until August 2020, I was able to turn the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra on and off for about 6 months. I recently used my phone once again for this article. The phone ran Android 11 and One UI 3.1.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review summary

Haven’t you thought about the Galaxy S20 Ultra in a while? Don’t be afraid. Samsung’s Galaxy S series is an annual event and it’s easy to mix up. The S20 Ultra debuted for the first time in February 2020. You can read the original. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review, Our 6 months review, Or watch the video review above to bring back your memories.

Still a physical beast

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra angle profile
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra angle profile

credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Anything about the S20 Ultra is subtle. It’s a huge device that grabs your attention whenever you hold it. With a 6.9-inch screen, it is one of the largest Samsung phones ever. Don’t forget that it weighs a whopping 220g (half. a. frickin’. pound). Glass and metal materials tolerate well in terms of fit and finish, but the gray color I tested is flawed. I much S10, Note 20 and S21 series devices.

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The hardware fits a lot. It has fast USB-C, good sounding stereo speakers, and sturdy buttons. This phone supports microSD memory cards not supported by the S21 family, and its IP68 rating protects the chassis from water and dust damage. There’s no headphone jack, but it’s the water under the bridge at this point in premium smartphone gaming.

The camera module is still ugly. The Note 20 and S21 phones also have incredibly massive camera modules, but they enjoy a more cohesive design. I’m not a big fan of the large camera rig in modern cell phones, despite the good reason for the large array (better camera). Samsung could have done a bit better here.

If you buy this phone, it is better to buy it for your screen.

A screen that measures almost 7 inches is a freak. This display is an excellent panel suitable for all your smartphone needs. It offers Quad HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ for watching videos. If you buy this phone, it is better to buy it for your screen. There is no doubt that the display is a defining feature of the S20 Ultra.

A small blow to performance

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back profile

credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Samsung included the best specs available at the time of launch, and it’s not surprising to find the S20 Ultra tolerate pretty well a year later.

Let’s talk about speed. Mobile phone for the first time Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 It included the normal allocation of the processor (at least in the US), 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The Snapdragon 865 cannot be compared to the latest one. Snapdragon 888, But as far as 865-based phones are concerned, the S20 Ultra is well tolerated. Despite my age, no indicators of phone sluggishness or other problems were found. The downloaded game also ran really well.

See also: History of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series

I ran some benchmarks on it and the phone scored on par with other Snapdragon 865 phones, such as: OnePlus 8, Easily surpassed the Exynos variant of the S20 series. The only phones that surpassed this were the Snapdragon 865 Plus or Snapdragon 888. The S20 Ultra’s processor is still a mess.

As expected, battery life is not as good as it was at the time of launch. This phone has a sturdy 5,000mAh battery under the hood and is still competitive when it comes to competing with the 2021 flagship. I sailed all day without problems with a ready-to-use configuration (Full HD+, 60Hz). In fact, it often pushed well until the second day without sweating. Increasing the resolution and/or refresh rate will affect battery life. If you choose this option, your phone will last all day, but barely. Whether plugged in or plugged into a wireless charger, the phone still charges quickly. We saw slightly better numbers when the phone was new.

A year after launch, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is actually a better 5G phone than the first.

A year after launch, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is actually better. 5G phone Than the first time. That’s not what the phone does. Rather, the US wireless network has expanded its support for 5G below 6GHz. Using a Verizon SIM card, the S20 Ultra discovered the Big Red 5G signal and showed quick results. It wasn’t possible at first. Good news if you have any new plans for Verizon. Both AT&T and T-Mobile have expanded their mid-range 5G networks, so there is a reason the S20 Ultra will see improved 5G performance in those networks.

The software story is better too. The phone originally came with One UI 2.5. While it was an acceptable software to manage your phone, Samsung made great strides with software from 2020 to 2021. Now the device is running One UI 3.1 and it is much cleaner and more stable. However, the phone that can’t set up Google feeds as the far left home screen still annoys me.

Cameras are ahead of new cell phones

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Camera Profile

credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Everything up to this point may suggest that the 2020 Galaxy S20 Ultra may have its own with the latest hardware. Most of the time it is possible, but it is not enough compared to the camera. Not surprising.

Samsung stumbled badly with the S20 Ultra’s camera software. The 108MP sensor had problems focusing Often gives rough and smooth results. The subsequent updates made things a bit better, but the phone wasn’t always great in terms of camera settings. The same is true today and there are many system updates in the future. A good camera phone, but not a good one. The biggest problem is that focusing is still a slow and soft touch. This is not the end of the world, but it is embarrassing nonetheless.

Apple, Google and Samsung themselves have surpassed the S20 Ultra with their latest devices. For example Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max A great camera is included. Google’s Pixel 5, And Samsung itself Note 20 Ultra and S21 Ultra. All of these phones give better camera results, but each does it in its own way. The most important thing here is that Samsung can fix the S20 Ultra’s errors on the Note 20 Ultra and S21 Ultra. That’s encouraging.

The S21 Ultra is better in every way.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

credit: Adam Molina / Android Authority

Don’t beat around the bush. Samsung The best with the Galaxy S21 series. The new 2021 device is a more cohesive product overall. The design is simply excellent. The camera module is still huge, but at least is included in the design in a more seamless and integrated way. It’s a subtle upgrade, but welcome. The matte color of the S21 also looks cleaner and more sophisticated than the glossy S20 Ultra. The improvement of the screen is also quite obvious.

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While Qualcomm’s latest chips are better than their predecessors, the Snapdragon 888 offers other advantages over raw speeds, such as coordinated power management, improved gaming, and better image processing. That said, the S21 has a long battery life, a graphics powerhouse, and a better fix overall.

And there is a price. Samsung priced the S21 Ultra at $1,199. High value $1,399 S20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra long-term review: the verdict

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra back panel

credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

When the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was released, it was a bit motivated. Others have shared the opinion that the phone is a freak, the camera is problematic, and the asking price is too high. Not all of these things have really changed.

Samsung has designed top-notch hardware that has turned out to be too big for many. That complaint aside, the phone provided a lot of basics, but it still does. The performance is good, the battery life is still good, and the 5G and software story has improved. The camera is good, but it can’t be compared to the latest rated flagship.

There is no mystery here. Don’t buy the S20 Ultra. Instead, buy the S21 Ultra.

The price is a real deal breaker here. Samsung still sells the phone at full price through its own website, carrier and other retailers. There is no discount at all if not included in the sale. Samsung is still looking for a total of $1,399. It won’t happen. With old hardware, this phone should be permanently discounted to hundreds of dollars. However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is $200 cheaper. You can get a much better newer model for a $200 cheaper price, why would you spend $1,399 on a one-year-old phone?

There is no mystery here. Don’t buy the S20 Ultra. Instead, buy the S21 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

From 5G connectivity to 100x zoom, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best phones Samsung has to offer.


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