Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Vs Galaxy Buds: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G in the house.
Yes, I know it’s late, I’m sorry.
I tried my best to get a hold of this as soon as possible.
But sometimes, things are late in the UK, what can we do.
Now, to make things a little bit different, I’m also going to be unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ as well as some Samsung cases.
So we’ve got the Smart LED cover here as well as a few others.
So, hopefully, that will make it a little bit different.
Let’s go ahead and straight away start off with S20 Ultra.
So, on the box itself we have kind of the shape of the S20 Ultra, and the S20 logo kind of leaks off the shape, and that’s to kind of emphasis on the almost bezel-less display that we have.
The S20 Ultra 5G logo is here.
Let’s open this up.
Here it is.
Now you can see that I’ve got the Cosmic Gray version and there is also a Cosmic Black.
But those are the only two color options available.
Let’s put this aside for a second so we can see what else we get inside the box.
Now first things first, there’s actually a smaller box that’s kind of tucked away in this top half portion.
It’s something that a lot of people have missed for other devices, and this has some paperwork, as well as the SIM card tool.
And then in the main box, we do have a power brick.
Now, this is going to vary depending on your region, I’ve got the two-pin European version here.
This is a 25-watt fast charger.
But the S20 Ultra does support 45-watt charging.
But that charger you would have to buy separately.
We do have a USB type C to USB type C cable.
And finally, we’ve got some braided AKG USB type C earphones.
Right, now let’s get to the device and the first thing we have to look at is this absolutely beautiful 6.9 inches dynamic OLED display.
This thing is absolutely beautiful.
It’s got great viewing angles, it’s got amazing colors, it’s a Quad HD+ screen, so it’s also very very sharp.
And what’s interesting this year, because it’s not as curved as Samsung screens have been in the past, so Samsung’s kind of going
away from that curve trend, which I’m definitely for.
And instead, the back is a little bit more curved which makes it more comfortable to hold, despite its large size.
As well as its 220-gram weight.
Now by far, the most important thing for me on this display is the fact that it can support up to 120 Hz.
So it’s got a high refresh rate screen.
Now there is a bit of a disclaimer that as soon as you do switch to 120 Hz, it is going to switch to 1080p, so you’re not going to be
getting that Quad HD+ resolution.
But nevertheless, things are going to be super smooth.
And generally speaking, at 1080p, things still look pretty good.
Now, this isn’t on by default, you do have to go into the settings and switch on the high refresh rate.
But once you’ve done that, things are so so smooth.
Absolutely love it.
Now the bezels are also smaller compared to last year.
So we are getting pretty much all screen here.
And there’s a single punch out.
So this is for the front-facing camera.
The punch-out is actually smaller compared to what we had on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, and of course, on the S10+ we had the two cameras.
The front-facing camera it’s 40MP with an f2.2 aperture, and it can record 4K up to 60 frames a second.
But let’s go ahead and flip this over and take a look at these bad boys.
So we have a quad camera setup here on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
There is quite a bit of a camera bump, I have to say.
This will be flatted out if you use a case or something.
And it’s a rectangular camera module.
One of the biggest camera modules that I have seen on any smartphone and it’s toward the left-hand side.
Now the reason why this camera module is so big is that we have some big improvements for the cameras.
So first up, let’s talk about the primary camera.
The primary camera is a 108MP camera with an f1.8 aperture.
Now what’s important about this camera is not just the megapixels, it’s the fact that the sensor size is much much bigger compared to what we’ve had in previous years.
It can capture three times more light compared to the S10.
Now although we have 108MP, by default, you are going to be shooting at 12MP, but what that’s going to enable is for you to have 9 pixels combined into one.
And that’s going to give you much better low light sensitivity.
And then we have the ultra-wide camera.
This is 12MP, with an f2.2 aperture.
It’s going to allow you to get lots more into your shots.
And for me personally, the Note 10+ last year was my favorite ultra-wide camera.
So it’d be interesting to see how this one holds up.
There’s a time of flight camera, this is going to help with depth information, so this should be really useful for your portrait shots.
And finally, we have the telephoto zoom camera.
Now, this is using para scope technology, similar to what we saw in a few devices last year.
But this does take things a bit to the extreme.
So it’s a 48MP camera, with an f3.5 aperture.
It’s going to give you about five times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom, and it’s going to give you up to 100 times digital zoom.
Samsung is calling this space zoom, as you can see on this logo.
Now, I’m obviously going to be testing this out, putting it through its paces.
From what I’ve been seeing from it so far, 100 times it’s nice to really get close into subjects but it’s doesn’t really give you too many usable results.
But nevertheless, somewhere around 30x you’re still going to be getting some really good results.
Now, of course, guys, of course, I know all of you guys have been waiting for this.
And my tweeting box, my Instagram all of them have just been absolutely spammed with, when are we going to see the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, camera comparison versus the iPhone 11 Pro Max?”
And now that I’ve got it in-house, it’s going to be coming very very soon.
I’m going to be going out with this in a minute, it’s almost midnight, but I’m going to be going out with this camera, and doing lots of low light tests.
There are going to be so many tests in this upcoming video, make sure you don’t miss it.
In addition to the image read, we also have improvements in the video.
We do have 8K out to 24 frames a second.
Once again, really looking forward to putting it through its paces.
But the fact that you can record 8K on a smartphone is absolutely insane.
Looking at the build and design, we do have a metal frame with the glass at the back, the glass is curved as mentioned and it is IP68 water and dust resistant.
Now there is a pre-applied screen protector on the display, this is a plastic screen protector.
And there is the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner which is similar to what we had last year.
Works really well, very very fast.
Now taking a look around the device, at the bottom there is the USB C input, there is a button for a speaker.
We also have the secondary stereo speaker in the earpiece.
On the right-hand side, we’ve got a power button as well as a volume rocker.
Now, this on the Note 10+ for instance was on the left-hand side, so Samsung has now moved it onto the right-hand side.
There’s nothing on the left-hand side.
Then on the top, we have the SIM card tray.
Now what’s interesting is, that Samsung is still providing a micro SD card slot, so you can expand the storage on the S20 Ultra which is definitely a nice touch.
It comes with a base of 128GB, so if you are past 3.0 storage you can also get a version with up to 512GB.
There’s a base of 12GB of RAM but you can get up to 16GB of RAM, that’s absolutely insane on a smartphone.
And this is powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset or Exodus 990 depending on your region.
I’m here in the UK, so this is the Exodus version.
That’s something else I also want to test out, I’ve been trying to get a hold of the Qualcomm Snapdragon version as well.
Using them both, day today, and I’ll cover my experience in the full review.
For the battery, you do have a massive 5,000 milliamp power battery.
So this should get you through the day pretty easily.
It’s something that I will be definitely be testing out.
We’ve got a 25-watt fast charging out of the box, up to 45-watt fast charging bought separately.
But we do have support for wireless charging and this is pretty fast wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging.
So this is wireless power share, where you’re going to be able to charge other devices on the S20 Ultra, such as these.
These Samsung Galaxy Buds+.
So let’s now move over to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ and have a look.
So if you want to go ahead and pick that up.
But it’s starting at around £1200 in the UK or $1400 in the US.
The good news however is that if you do pre-order the S20 Ultra before a particular date, I can’t remember exactly what date that is?
You’re going to be getting these Samsung Galaxy Buds+ for free.
So definitely something to consider.
Let’s just have a quick look at some of the key features here at the back.
11 hours of playtime, so this is actually almost double of what we had on the previous generation of Galaxy Buds.
Two-way speakers for rich sound.
Triple mics for clear voice calls.
This is something that definitely could have been improved on the Galaxy buds, so I can’t wait to test this out.
Sound by AKG, compatible wireless charging.
Let’s open these up.
So I have the black version here, there is also a white version as well as the kind of like a blue version.
So as well as the Galaxy Buds+ you do get the USB type A to USB type C cable.
You get some spare inner ear tips of different sizes, as well as some different outer ear tips, which you know will help keep those in your ears.
And these for me, like Galaxy Buds last year, were really really good, when it came to staying in my ears, compared to lots of other earbuds.
So that’s something that’s I’m really looking forward to.
Glassy finish, so that’s interesting.
We have a glossy finish this time, compared to the more matte finish that we had last time.
And we have a USB type C input, let’s go ahead and pair these up, straight away to the S20 Ultra and see how easy this whole process is.
And there we go, straight away, we’ve got Galaxy Buds+ new device has been detected.
Now they look very similar to previous years’ Galaxy Buds.
And they also fit very similarly, and I’ve got a very very good fit.
Honestly, I can have these on for a run, if I’m in the gym, if I’m on the plane, they just don’t fall off, and that’s because we have these hooks, which really do help keep these into your ears.
Let’s have a listen and see how they are.
We do have the app setup is very very easy.
And with the app, you can kind of go through the different ambient sound settings, which is interesting.
Okay, so we’ve got low, now I can definitely hear myself, now I can definitely hear myself even more.
We’ve got the equalizer, and we’ve got to find my earbuds as well in case you do lose them.
Definitely quite interesting.
We don’t have noise cancellation but relatively speaking because these do have quite a snug fit, they do block out quite a bit of the outside noise.
Especially considering the price that they’re coming in at, they’re coming in a lot cheaper than lots of other ear buds, that do have active noise cancellation.
So considering the price, I think these are really really good.
I’m going to have a bit of a listen.
Can definitely hear more bass compared to last year’s model, and there seems to be, I wonder if they’re a little bit more sturdy in terms of the case and if it’s going to flip out as quickly.
The case seems to be a little bit stiffer, compared to last year.
So I’m going to be using these as my primary earbuds for the next few weeks, and I’ll see how it goes with those.
Now let’s go ahead and have a look at some of those cases.
So first up, we have the standard silicon cover which looks pretty straightforward.
This is the blue color, I’m sure there’s going to be lots of other colors available as well.
So pretty standard, it has a yellow color inside and blue outside.
A pretty good fit, and that way the camera bump isn’t going to be as pronounced.
Nice soft feel, pretty standard case, now let’s have a look at the small LED view cover.
Okay, so this does come with a bit of a quick start guide.
And we can place this here, and right away it has detected that we have the LED view cover.
It’s asking us if we want to download some additional features.
And when we do close the case there you can see that it is now lighting up the time.
It’s also going to light up things like you’re notifications.
It’s got a nice material finish, so it does feel really good and premium.
I’m not usually a fan of flip cases, but the fact that this does have the LEDs might make it a bit more compelling.
And the final case that we’ve got is the Smart Clear View cover.
So let’s open this one up.
Once again a flip case.
And it goes on very easily.
Straight away, we’ve got a “Congratulations on your new case.”
So it’s detected that we’ve got this new case and it’s got a few different themes as well that we can use.
And when we do close this then we see the always-on display come into effect.
So we’ve got the time, we’ve got the date, the battery percentage, and things like your notifications also going to pop up on
here which is quite nice.
I definitely like the feel of this.
This looks a lot slicker in my opinion, it just looks very very clean.
And that is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
What do you guys think of it?
What coverage would you like me to do with it SuperSaf style?
Definitely drop me a comment below, let me know your thoughts.
And as mentioned it’s going to be lots of coverage coming up here.
I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful.