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Galaxy S20 Ultra teardown video shows Samsung’s superior periscope zoom camera tech


Last updated: March 13th, 2020 at 08:48 UTC+02:00

We’ve already seen a teardown video of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which Samsung launched last week. However, a new teardown video of the phone takes an in-depth look at the South Korean electronics giant’s periscope camera technology and the ultrasonic fingerprint reader from Qualcomm.

JerryRigEverything’s latest teardown video shows how hard it is to take apart a Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (South Korean version). As usual, a heat gun is required to remove the back panel safely, but one needs to be extra careful as the corners of the rear panel can be easily cracked if they are not handled with care.

The phone has a Qi-compatible wireless charging coil, which can also reverse charge other devices. Removing the wireless charging coil reveals the 5000mAh battery, which is held into its place using lots and lots of glue. As we know already, the use of glue inside a phone makes it much harder to repair.

There are four cameras on the rear, and they are all safely (and tightly) packed into a metal assembly. The 108MP wide-angle camera and the 48MP telephoto camera are optically stabilized. The periscope-style 10x hybrid optical zoom mechanism is a bit special, though, at least compared to periscope cameras from the rivals. Samsung has stabilized the prism and the middle lens using a set of five electromagnets, making sure that the images and videos aren’t blurred or shaken.

There are no mmWave antennas inside the Korean version of the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G since the carriers in the country do not use the mmWave technology. So, if you plan on using the Korean version of the phone in the US, it won’t be able to latch onto the fastest 5G networks.

Coming to the in-display fingerprint reader, it appears that Samsung is still using the first-generation ultrasonic fingerprint reader from Qualcomm, which can read only a small portion of a user’s finger. The second-generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are bigger and faster, but the South Korean firm seems to have decided against using them in the Galaxy S20 series.

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