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The one reason I’m getting the Galaxy S20 Ultra over the Galaxy S20+

It’s that time of the year when people have to decide which of the two three models of the latest Galaxy S flagship they will be spending their money on. Usually, it’s the largest model that attracts most attention and the most customers, but this time around, Samsung is offering big upgrades with all three models.

You have displays with 120Hz refresh rate, big batteries, a primary rear camera with larger pixels in case of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ and a rear camera with a whopping 108MP sensor and digital 100x zoom capability in case of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the option of 5G connectivity, and considerably faster charging than what Samsung offered until the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ came along.

And, frankly, I think I would have been perfectly fine getting a Galaxy S20+, but there is one reason why I’m going to opt for the Galaxy S20 Ultra instead. Spoiler alert: It’s not the battery, but all those megapixels on the main camera.

It’s all about the detail

I’ve always been a sucker for detail. For example, I prefer high texture detail on the games that I play on the computer over, say, 144Hz frame rate, which is something many gaming enthusiasts lust after these days. That’s why I recently decided to make the switch to a Quad HD monitor for my desktop PC, even though it meant my graphics card would barely be able to hit 60 frames per second at maximum graphics settings in the latest games, let alone go anywhere near 144Hz.

I like detail in my photos as well. When it comes to the cameras on Samsung’s flagship phones, I’ve been very happy with their performance in general over the last couple of years. But Samsung has been using 12MP cameras on its flagships for a few years, and the photos those 12MP cameras take quickly fall apart when you start to zoom in because of the limited megapixel count. Recent mid-range Galaxy phones with their 48MP cameras do a bit better in that regard, as the higher megapixel count enables them to create pixel-binned 12MP photos that are sharper than what the flagship Galaxy phone cameras can produce.

That’s why I’m excited that Samsung has put a 108MP camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra instead of simply increasing the pixel size and calling it a day. The S20 Ultra’s camera combines nine pixels into one super pixel to create 12MP photos by default. Technicalities aside, that will mean the camera will perform better in low-light conditions and also have more detail when you zoom in compared to 12MP photos taken by, say, a Galaxy Note 10+.

And even if the difference isn’t a lot at 12 megapixels, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will offer you the option to take photos at 108MP resolution. At 108MP, the camera resolves so much detail that Samsung is literally cropping 108MP photos digitally to provide 100x zoom. While at 100x the photo may not be very sharp, it would certainly look fine at 30x, which is one of the many zoom levels available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra (and the maximum zoom level on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+).

Naturally, we will have to test the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s cameras to see how they perform in all kinds of lighting conditions, but the 108 megapixels alone are going to be the reason I’ll be picking the Ultra model over the Galaxy S20+. I’m glad that we’re finally moving past 12MP cameras, and the S20+ would have been the perfect fit for me if only Samsung has equipped it with the 108MP camera as well. That didn’t happen, so it’s the Galaxy S20 Ultra that’s going to become my next smartphone.

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insaner
insaner

In my humble opinion this year will be better for Xiaomi because of Mi10/Mi10 Pro…They have also 108mpix, SD865 and even 512GB of storage for much better price. Nowadays people counts and are able to compare specs. That’s radiculus how Samsung measures prices of own mobiles.

martindale
martindale

The page URL suggests you originally had two reasons. What changed?

https://www.sammobile.com/news/two-reasons-im-getting-the-galaxy-s20-ultra/

gtone339
gtone339

Too much for the S20 Ultra! Might as well go for the S20 if you want a more affordable S20 or just go for the middle S20+ version instead.

CroGamer1
CroGamer1

I think this is getting ridiculous price wise. People by actually cashing out so much money give companies reasons to increase profit margins every year

Gunter2
Gunter2

Very impressive lineout. If I was getting an S model I would definitely go for S20 Ultra, but I’ll be waiting for Note20 Ultra! In Turkey my friend tells me all the models come with Galaxy buds + and an additional free surprise gift with the Ultra model, which is rumoured to be a 256gb or 512gb sd card. They should do that as I cannot understand base storage of 128gb on a phone that can shoot 8k video with 5 minutes of footage using up more than 3gb. Just 30 videos will use close to 100gb, and 20gb plus… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I m more interested in the smaller s20 due to its size

Pr1m3MOD
Pr1m3MOD

This article can be just a “I’m getting the Ultra because it’s just a better overall phone”.

Don’t get me wrong but for a person that doesn’t have to worry about the money spent on his phone and doesn’t care about that extra phone size… why woudn’t you pick the S20 Ultra over the S20+?

Turbotomate
Turbotomate

NO! Samsing is not cropping 108MP fotos for 100x zoom. They are using the 48MP Telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and crop in for 10x Zoom. And then they use digital zoom to get to 100x.
This should be YOUR job, to inform people about facts.

thibaly
thibaly

For the x30 zoom, samsung use both of the lens (108 + 48 + AI).

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

The nice camera improvement and the 120HZ doesn’t really justify that high price. For that price Samsung should have put everything under the sun including headphone jack, heart rate monitor and more secured face unlock like iris / intelligent scanner or 3D face unlock. As for the S20 and S20 plus, here in the UK you can find the S10 plus and even S10 5G as low as £500-600 and I’m guessing it’s the same in many regions. Why would anyone buy those 2 instead? Only because of the slight camera improvement and 120Hz refresh rate? Samsung keeps losing the… Read more »

Cicerone
Cicerone

Maybe this is Samsung marketing strategy. The new phones, with their extra, are priced high and reduced the prices for last generation phones. In this way they can have sales from at least two generations. I am not buying anymore Samsung phones when they are announced. I am waiting for 8 months and buy an S after the Note release.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I think it’s not a good marketing strategy. It’s actually offering phones with less features like; headphone jack, heart rate monitor, more secured face unlock like the iris scanner for more money.
I might be wrong but I think one of the 2, the S20 or S20 plus shouldn’t exist. Samsung keeps flooding the market with unnecessary phones.

ijazali
ijazali

No, even if you had 108MP in s20 + , you would have still opt for s20 ultra. Then your reason would be the bigger battery. Human beings are greedy.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I agree with you! Back during the S6 days, I still stand by the S6 edge+’s 16MP camera, the daytime shots were better than the later S7s and S8s because they were 16MP at 16:9. Something that is greatly missed by today’s standard. I for one HATE 4:3 pics, but I have to take them because quality takes such a decline when at 16:9. I’m hoping that the S20 Ultra gives MUCH more flexibility in this regard.

blr29
blr29

only because of human stupidity and its name is “ultra” so you consider yourself to be “ultra-cool” over “plus-cool” in a nutshell.

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

sadly and ashamed they didnt include the 108mp in all
yet they always competes with iphone

jeffp3456
jeffp3456

I agree, it’s all about the cameras. I was planning on buying a X100V but the Ultra is the same price and more versatile and also I prefer phones…

ijazali
ijazali

Don’t worry. Nowadays you can buy a camera and buy some phone options too in it. Like the s20 ultra.

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s true and though I’ll be waiting for the Note20 Ultra, this could make my Nikon DSLR obsolete. What’s on that camera is better, at least on paper. Of course we’ll wait to see in depth camera reviews. My Note10 plus is already competing closely with my camera apart from zoom capabilities and night shots. I know daylight shots will be extraordinarily good, but I do want to see how low light shots come out. No phone has beaten a good DSLR on that count. If this phone matches it, it could spell the end of the camera as we… Read more »