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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: This phone packs a punch

By Koh Wanzi - 18 Apr 2020
Launch SRP: S$1898


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

One big Galaxy

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is all about extremes. First there's the Ultra moniker, which tantalisingly hints at what the phone is capable of. Then there's how heavy and big the phone is – it's got a 6.9-inch screen, and this isn't even a Note device! One also cannot look at the phone and not notice the camera bump. Like the rest of the phone, it is large and expansive, and it's probably the biggest camera module on a modern smartphone in recent memory. 

Turn your glance to the spec sheet, and you'll notice that it is peppered with big numbers too. It's got a 108MP main camera, 100X Space Zoom, and a 5,000mAh battery. Add to that a 120Hz refresh rate screen with a 240Hz touch screen polling rate. It can even capture 8K video. 

The price rounds out this collection of impressive numbers, but in a less palatable way. Only the 128GB version of the S20 Ultra is available to buy here, but it will still cost you a whopping S$1,898. Still, Samsung is pushing the limits in almost every direction it can, and I think it has paid off.

That said, the S20 Ultra is not a phone for everyone. Plenty of people still prefer smaller phones that they can use more easily with just one hand, and the bulky dimensions and camera bump may even strike others as clunky. However, for those who want a powerhouse device that can handle anything you throw at it, the S20 Ultra steps up to the plate wonderfully. The Exynos 990 SoC is a decent upgrade, and you get an excellent camera, great battery life, and a gorgeous display. If you're willing to pay the price for it, what's not to like? 

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  • Design 9
  • Features 9.5
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Bright edge-to-edge 120Hz display
Large 5,000mAh battery
Great camera with standout features
One UI 2.1 adds far more intuitive gestures
eSIM support
The Bad
Large and thick camera bump
Very expensive
Headphone jack is gone
Glass back is a fingerprint magnet
128GB internal storage could be limiting
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