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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is… a lot. It has a big screen with a very high refresh rate, a very sharp selfie camera and support for speedy 5G. It also features a trio of advanced cameras on its rear that can shoot up to 108-megapixel-sharp pictures, 8K video and get as close as 100x to a subject. But Samsung’s camera software is pretty rough. Plus, the Ultra’s size and weight make it unwieldy and basically impossible to fit most pockets. The S20 Ultra is a good phone, But for a whopping $1,400, it needs to be more than good. And sadly it falls shy of greatness.

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Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Vibrant display
  • Versatile camera setup
Cons
  • Heavy build
  • Exorbitant price
80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

365体育备用The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

80
 

User Reviews

70
Shirley
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
Charlie
Incredible phone in many ways. First, the weight difference: coming from the...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
60
PC Mag
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is full of unmatched hardware innovations. It genuinely takes camera capabilities to a level never seen before in the US. Its spec sheet promises that it'll keep up with 5G improvements for at least another year. At the moment, however, it has significant bugs.
 
90
Android Authority
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is ultra-everything. It offers every possible feature anyone could want in a phone and more. While the device boasts an impressive display, rapid performance, and powerful cameras, the price tag is so high that the phone is unaffordable to many. If you want the ultra-mate phone, you'll pay the ultra-mate price.
 
90
Tom's Guide
A wider majority of people will do just fine with the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. You'll get the same fast Snapdragon 865 processor, 120Hz displays and improved cameras (minus the powerful zoom). However, Just as its name suggests, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the ultimate phone -- if you're willing to pay the ultimate price.
 
80
TechCrunch
The biggest updates to the S20 line feel like future-proofing. Elements like like 5G, 100x zoom and 8K video record don’t always make a ton of sense as of this writing, but much of Samsung’s biggest plays have been centered around getting out in front of the curve. With 5G, for example, there are still coverage barriers, but with users holding onto their handsets for longer, it’s almost certain that the next-gen wireless technology will be ubiquitous before the time comes for many users to upgrade.
 
80
Wired UK
But can the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra justify the cost? Not with its headline-grabbing 100X Space Zoom images. 5G is less notable this year too, particularly as it is available to the entire S20 family. However, the Ultra’s five cameras offer about as much fun as you can have shooting with a phone. It’s an action video camera, has a great 10x zoom, and makes all this tech seem fairly intuitive.
 
90
Gizmodo
The S20 Ultra is Samsung doing what Samsung does best, putting class-leading hardware on devices before anyone else. And if Samsung can address some of the quirks with its camera, the S20 Ultra will fully prove it deserves to hang around with other top-tier smartphone cams. In the end, the only major sticking point about the S20 Ultra is its price.
 
70
The Verge
Samsung’s new hardware for its cameras may give it an edge someday, but right now, it hasn’t fully wrangled all of those pixels with its software. That means that while it’s very competent, it’s also very inconsistent. It’s worth waiting to see if Samsung can update its camera software to resolve the focus and face issues.
 
80
CNET
Photography enthusiasts will no doubt have a blast incorporating the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 108-megapixel setting and 100x zoom into their repertoire, but for most of the people I talk to, these extra settings are academically interesting, but not at all sought-after.
 
80
Android Central
Samsung went all-out with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, skipping concerns over size and price to just give you the biggest and best in all aspects. You get absolutely everything in this phone, with a glorious display and the highest-end specs. The new camera system is easily Samsung's best, and battery life is exceptional so long as you don't turn on the 120Hz display mode.
 
70
Android Police
The phone's build quality is also solid, but I do wish Samsung would try to innovate with materials a bit more. Most of the things that make the S20 Ultra good are available on the cheaper versions. The camera is the main differentiator, and it doesn't feel like it belongs on a $1,400 phone.