Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the newest flagship contribution from Samsung and here’s an unboxing and initial response video. It’s better than the last one, more valuable than the last one. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra is using that formula to a whole new level with that gigantic screen and camera that appears with an insane price tag too. Let’s notice if it’s worth over Samsung’s 2019 flagships.
So I’ve been through this so many times in the past. Samsung has a new flagship phone. It’s better than the last one, more expensive than the last one. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra is taking that formula to a whole new level with that gigantic screen and a crazy camera that comes with a crazy price tag too. With that said, after almost one eternity later they finally delivered this bad boy to me.
I know it’s too late and that’s why I’m not going to make this an unboxing video but rather share some thoughts on some of the things about this handset and also at the end of the video, I’ll share my honest opinions whether or not the Ultra is worth upgrading to if you have the Galaxy S10+ or Note 10+.
First of all, these are the things you get inside the box, Samsung also bundles this free case with the box which is pretty nice. One of the first things a lot of you do when you get a new phone is slap a screen protector on, and since the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 came with one, many have been wondering if the Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a screen protector too.
The answer is Yes, it does come with the screen protector. In fact, all three models in the S20 lineup have a screen protector installed right out of the box. It’s basically a thin sheet of plastic so it’s not that obvious. Let me take it off so that you can see.
Some third-party screen protectors don’t function properly with in-display fingerprint sensors. So it’s better for Samsung to provide a basic protector out of the box instead of having customers go through the hassle of finding the right one. Anyway, Samsung for some reason has decided to tone down the curved edges on this thing. As you can see compared to the Note 10+ and even the S10+ it’s very noticeable and that really sucks to be honest.
I really liked these curves, and I can understand why Samsung toned them down, a lot of people actually complained about accidental touch activations but the thing is I’ve been using the Note 10+ ever since its release and I barely have that problem, I had it on the S10+ though but not on the NOte 10+, maybe it’s due to the boxier design of the Note. In any case, I’m really disappointed that they are getting away from curved edges. The Ultra feels more like it has a 2.5D glass rather than their signature curved glass and that really sucks.
The in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is basically the same. I don’t see and feel any improvement compared to the Note 10+. A few months ago Qualcomm has showed their upgraded ultrasonic scanner that has 17 times more surface area and can register two fingerprints at once. Unfortunately that didn’t make it to the S20.
Hopefully, Samsung would bring it to the Note 20 later this year. Samsung also issued an update to the camera to fix the autofocus issue that plagued the S20 devices.
Thankfully the update was ready right out of the box and I haven’t faced any issues so far as far the auto focus goes. Samsung has also issued an update to the Snapdragon variants, so the folks over at the US should get it today itself. The display is so freaking beautiful.
The 120Hz indeed makes a ton of difference and it’s very pleasant to the eyes but at the same time, it also spoils you. I mean every other display with 60Hz feels like crap after you use this Ultra. Right now, you can only experience the 120Hz in the system UI and on some web pages while scrolling.
There are no 120fps videos right now and almost all of the mobile games don’t support this higher frame rate either so the experience is limited so far but it’s pleasant nonetheless. So now is the Galaxy S20 Ultra worth upgrading to if you have the Note 10+ or even the S10+. The answer is no unless you want to experience the latest and greatest.
I’ve been using the Note 10+ for over 6 months now and coming from it, I don’t notice much difference except for the higher refresh rate and camera zoom. The fact is flagship phones have gotten so better these days that it doesn’t make much sense to upgrade year over year because the changes are so minimal and you wouldn’t notice them.
So don’t upgrade if you have the 2019 flagships, it’s for those who have 2018 flagships or lower. But hey like I’ve said if you want the bleeding edge tech and money isn’t an issue then just go for it for that higher refresh rate display alone. Of course, do let me know your thoughts down in the comments and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!