The S20 Ultra is a beast if you value phone photography. While the vaunted 100x zoom isn’t all that practical, and focusing issues keep the device from fulfilling its potential,Samsung’s hardware is still capable of taking excellent photos in a wide variety of situations. It’s also quite capable when you’re not taking pictures thanks to the responsive 6.9-inch 120Hz display, speedy Snapdragon 865 chip, 5G wireless and a multitasking-friendly 12GB of RAM. At $1,099, it would be easy to choose this over the rest of the S20 lineup and the Note 20 Ultra.
There are some caveats. The Ultra is a big, heavy phone even compared to other handsets in its class — this is explicitly for two-handed use. It’s also a classic Samsung phone loaded with software features you may only ever use once or twice, such as limited 8K video recording and Bixby Routines. Our biggest reservation was the price, though, and that clearly isn’t an issue with a discount this large.
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