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Galaxy S20 Ultra camera has improved with the first firmware update

Although the Galaxy S20 series has yet to ship to customers around the world, Samsung has seemingly begun rolling out the first firmware update for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. According to a screenshot that we assume was captured on a review unit in South Korea and passed along by TizenHelp, the update introduces camera improvements as well as the March 2020 security patch. This makes the S20 Ultra the first Galaxy device to receive the latest Android OS security fixes.

The software package weighs around 418MB and it’s identified by firmware version G988NKSU1ATBR. It claims to improve the camera quality of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and fix an issue with the auto flash. The Galaxy S20 Ultra already is a very impressive ‘camera phone,’ and we’ll tell you all about its crazy camera capabilities in our upcoming review, so stay tuned.

We assume that Samsung will release a similar firmware update for the standard Galaxy S20 as well as the Galaxy S20+. Either way, this new update should be immediately available for download once the Galaxy S20 Ultra starts shipping to customers around the world, or at the very least, the initial rollout will take place in South Korea but other regions will follow suit. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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lotiaal1
lotiaal1

I’m extremely upset with my s20 ultra. I spent 2100 cad on this damn phone and my friends pixel 3 takes much much better photos. After all the up selling on the camera, it’s over exposed over saturated and grainy at night time (I don’t care about the zoom). Samsungs hardware might sound great but I hope the small pixel sizes from the 108 mp camera or lack of initiative doesn’t prevent Samsung from improving their software significantly. Every day I hear about the software update that will supposedly improve the cameras but I’m afraid of losing the time I… Read more »

Landon A
Landon A

Ray Wong (@raywongy on twitter) wrote an EXTENSIVE review with photos comparing the S20 Ultra, Note 10, iPhone 11 Pro, and Pixel 4. Check that out while we await SamMobile’s review.

Jairus24
Jairus24

Auto flash or auto focus? I read on other sites that it is the auto focus so I hope it’s the latter because some camera reviews on YouTube are showing issues with the auto focus especially when video recording in 8k. I understand the slower auto focus due to the lack of dual pixel PDAF on their 108mp sensor but at least they could make auto focus more accurate. I will surely miss dual pixel AF from my Galaxy S9+ when I get the Ultra on March. On a positive note, I really like the video stabilization on the Ultra,… Read more »

JFreiman
JFreiman

Two things.
1. If you haven’t seen before and after images with the new update, then we don’t really know if or what was improved.
2. Can it really be improved if the product hasn’t even shipped yet? I think improved should be reserved until after the phone starts shipping to consumers.

Landon A
Landon A

Nice, glad to see camera improvements, already!! Danny Winget’s S20 Ultra(with March update) vs iPhone 11 Pro Max comparison is quite disappointing, I must say. As we expect from Samsung though, the S20 Ultra still produced some impressive shots!! However, the iPhone still crushes us overall in video, especially at night. Of course, aside from stabilization and 8K, which is an incredible feat for a smartphone camera. One could even argue that they are still better at photos -aside from zoom capabilities – despite our hardware advances. I paused on each photo and analyzed each video with my wife and… Read more »

gduhachek
gduhachek

I’m in the same boat as far as my impressions from Danny’s review. In all honesty, I like to switch between Samsung and Apple to stay up on both platforms and currently have an 11 Pro Max in my pocket with an S20 Ultra on pre-order. I’m still excited about the Ultra, I just expected much more, so here’s to hoping this update helps!

MarkSOceanDem
MarkSOceanDem

Nothing about it fixing the auto focus issue Danny identified (and which really shook my confidence in pre-ordering the Ultra). Hoping for the best

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Not just Danny W’s video, I’ve seen other videos comparison and it’s not really the bone crusher I was expecting given all the hype around the camera.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

You’re preaching truth. And to add insult to injury, Samsung doesn’t even support 3rd party apps which would improve the camera experience significantly.
If there’s one positive thing I’ve taken from S20 camera comparisons, it’s: I don’t have to worry about giving up camera quality if I go for the Fold 2 instead of the Note 20 (which will likely have the S20 Ultra array).