Galaxy S20 Ultra review: something to prove

27 feb. 2020
690 346 Vizionare

Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra is a lot of phone: a lot of megapixels, a huge screen, a high refresh rate, the big battery, and something to prove. Can it beat OnePlus for screen, the Pixel 4 for camera, or the iPhone 11 Pro for video? In this review, Dieter Bohn answers all of those questions.
Read more here:
Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy here:
Order at Samsung:
Subscribe to Verge Science:
Community guidelines:
Wallpapers from The Verge:

  • Can u please help what i need to do with the skin tone yellow on the camera?

    Rosa LutchuyRosa LutchuyAcum 2 luni
  • I am the person this phone is made for so disagree with most everything in this review. That being said I totally get I'm the weird one here. Just saying I'm drooling over this phone. Was always a pixel person and this one made me switch

    Dan the manDan the manAcum 3 luni
  • This phone is a monster especially on paper but I got mine back in may the camera has gotten so much better since then the battery is awesome so is the performance and the 120hz display is a must have

    Corey BurnsCorey BurnsAcum 4 luni
  • It’s the best. Don’t know why people and you tubers are dissing it.

    ZNE05ZNE05Acum 4 luni
  • Camera is about the same as a p30 Pro with just higher availability in quality settings choices. The problem is with Samsung is. It's always MORE OF THE Same. Guys try something NEW. GREAT REVIEW very useful mate.

    P BP BAcum 4 luni
  • Frame rate has always been massively superior to pixel amount. As a long term gamer I can vouch for that for sure. Like that feature. Gaming will be great on the S20.

    P BP BAcum 4 luni
  • I'm still rocking the S8 and it works and runs great payed for no need to spend $1300.00 not that I cant hell I can go pay cash for it they're getting a little ridiculous in price

    DAWGFAN1978DAWGFAN1978Acum 6 luni
  • I can't afford this, atleast give me that wallpaper..

    Amit JaiswarAmit JaiswarAcum 6 luni
  • Is it already updated by this time in Philippines?? Sorry i have no idea

    Renemay BrinquezRenemay BrinquezAcum 6 luni
  • Wallpaper link please

    Reach DaraReach DaraAcum 6 luni
  • Ehh nothing special about this

    Acum 6 luni
  • FYI!!! I am a landlord for verzion!? Why t-mobile isn't as good with the speed or 5 g is because they are lower on the cell tower,. That's why you pay less for t-mobile. Verizon builds their towers so they are on the top!! So you may pay more but you have better service.

    Patty McCoyPatty McCoyAcum 6 luni
  • it does have face unlock which works really well... not as reliable and secure as apple.. but it works

    APM11APM11Acum 6 luni
  • tiny phone

    Vincent ReynosoVincent ReynosoAcum 6 luni
  • I bought the regular S20, and I'd say that its a waaaaay better deal than the Ultra for most people.

    Gabriel LeungGabriel LeungAcum 7 luni
  • Something to prove? No.

    CruzinthruspaceCruzinthruspaceAcum 7 luni
  • Zara’s tv gg TGIF si

    banzswervinbanzswervinAcum 7 luni
  • Good great, I want it

    potenciano munoz jr.potenciano munoz jr.Acum 8 luni
  • screen looks awesome. rest meh

    Pradeep KurianPradeep KurianAcum 8 luni
  • I just want a phone with a decent camera

    alexander peckhamalexander peckhamAcum 9 luni
  • it just got so ewie

    skimpskimpAcum 9 luni

    Malik HaiderMalik HaiderAcum 9 luni
    • Malik Haider yes but not secure

      Dylan PowerDylan PowerAcum 9 luni
  • Update fixed the out of focus around edges issue and auto focus issue.

    Joseph MJoseph MAcum 10 luni
  • Fantastic review, but you did not delve into a very important feature... Pro-mode? That is what will really change the way you take pictures and video on this phone. 😊

    Cammile1Cammile1Acum 10 luni
  • Nice video and I have to say I really like this phone. The camera needs an update though. I also back this up with plenty of photo samples in my unboxing and review. Have a look on my channel 😊

  • &:03 Nice photo...for a phone or even some cameras.

    VikingdescendentVikingdescendentAcum 10 luni
  • Fun fact!: in my country(Malaysia🇲🇾) Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is slightly more affordable than iPhone 11 Pro😁.

    President Muhammad Asyraaf Abd AzizPresident Muhammad Asyraaf Abd AzizAcum 10 luni
  • Watching this from my Ultra. Regret nothing! Also, I may just have that intro sting on loop..

    SaulsieBerriesSaulsieBerriesAcum 10 luni
  • saying not to buy a phone just because its a 5g phone is wrong because in Korea, there is 5g in so many more places than the usa.

    Sovv SuhSovv SuhAcum 10 luni
  • this man remind me of dr strange.

    ali hussein aliali hussein aliAcum 10 luni
  • Llagiuind

    Sobrak SobrakSobrak SobrakAcum 10 luni
  • One thing hated so much about this Galaxy is that it tends to to take too UNREALLY soft pictures, almost destroying whats "real", which is not good. Hope they've done somthin it this time...

    BurstFire NO1BurstFire NO1Acum 10 luni
  • TBH I was mad when I heard headphone Jack's were being removed from phones but realy havent used mine in multiple months

    Jared JasterJared JasterAcum 10 luni
  • Please check my channel for S20 Ultra unboxing and moon zoom test! 🌚❤

    TechUnbox TVTechUnbox TVAcum 10 luni
  • i finally thought of a spec that s20 ultra doesn't have:a headphone jack

    Agorth ExodusAgorth ExodusAcum 10 luni
  • samsung must have added face recognition after this vid because I have it activated on my ultra right now

    David TDavid TAcum 10 luni
  • Samsung it is for poor people.

    Diaby De RossiDiaby De RossiAcum 10 luni
  • can't afford it.

    SVT WhinesSVT WhinesAcum 10 luni
    • SVT Whines don’t worry. When the next a phone comes out it will be £300

      Dylan PowerDylan PowerAcum 9 luni
  • I've been trying to figure out how they get the phones to stand up for so long…

    Murph DiggityMurph DiggityAcum 10 luni
  • How do they get the phones to stand up like that?

    Murph DiggityMurph DiggityAcum 10 luni
  • I cant wait til September til this phone drops half price to $700

    MontavioMontavioAcum 10 luni
    • Montavio then $300 when the next S comes out.

      Dylan PowerDylan PowerAcum 9 luni
  • Why can't Samsung make enough phones with Snapdragon SoC. It's discrimatory to ship some S20 with Snapdragon SoC to some regions and ship those with less reliable Exynos/Mali GPU to other regions all for the same price.☹🙄🤔😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

    mimicro83mimicro83Acum 10 luni
  • "Look"

    Alejandro Ordóñez VillarAlejandro Ordóñez VillarAcum 10 luni
  • Dieter "Alot" Bohn 😂

    Surya WigunaSurya WigunaAcum 10 luni
  • So technically, dieter has informed most of us that the s20 ultra will not be worth the price and features as everything is in it BUT 1 or 2 things only is done right And yes 5g doesnt matter YET 👍

    kristoffer batukristoffer batuAcum 10 luni
  • The megaphone

    remco moerlandremco moerlandAcum 10 luni
  • You should just make your own channel

    Taek OhTaek OhAcum 10 luni
  • Stupid review. Politics magazine tries to understand technology. Funny.

    Gediminas RGediminas RAcum 10 luni
    • @OhsHiasTheres It was. Not anymore.

      Gediminas RGediminas RAcum 10 luni
    • the verge is not a politics magazine

      OhsHiasTheresOhsHiasTheresAcum 10 luni
  • Hey Dieter Bohn are you an Android user or iPhone user

    Hymenoptera _2Hymenoptera _2Acum 10 luni
  • Dieter Awesome Video really enjoyed and absolutely think some are missing where you could use the Zoom lens when you are looking for a place and you want to see or when you get lost like I did while walking instead of jumping in car could have used it,Also for being at a event and you are not up close enough so I can see where it will be useful so actually like that.I also have to go see it in person because we all know that Samsung devices have incredible displays so must be Awesome on this one.Great Video always enjoy Deb 😉👍✌

    Debra DukesDebra DukesAcum 10 luni
  • Too big, too thick and too expensive

    Richard McClureRichard McClureAcum 10 luni
  • I don't get why they use lower MP sensor on the ultra-wide camera. That's the one that would be the MOST useful to have extra pixels, so you could "zoom in" after the fact. Hell, put the 108 megapixel sensor on the ultrawide camera, and suddenly it can "zoom in" to 12 megapixels to 9x zoom - more zoom than the actual folded-optics zoom!

    Anonymous FreakAnonymous FreakAcum 10 luni
  • "Bixby makes it worse." Truer words...

    Anonymous FreakAnonymous FreakAcum 10 luni
  • "The biggest number of all" isn't 108 Mpxls, Dieter. I'd say the biggest number of all is "a starting price of $1,399."

    David FloroDavid FloroAcum 10 luni
  • Surprised that the Note 10+ did not make it to this comparison.

    Md. Mostafa KhanMd. Mostafa KhanAcum 10 luni
  • An iPhone user would be overwhelmed with this phone. The reviewer proves this point.

    MasquirrelMasquirrelAcum 10 luni
  • You have face unlock too😒

    krisx 89krisx 89Acum 10 luni
  • Please put in some work into the script writing as much as you put into the presentation. It feels too spontaneous.

    omegaomegaAcum 10 luni
  • Wins in everything... except headphone Jack :'(

    Dann CraigDann CraigAcum 10 luni
  • I think its ok for samsung to remove headphone jack because they include galaxy buds+ for free when you pre order. But having headphone jack still a + point for me.

    ananta bintangananta bintangAcum 10 luni
  • Anyone know where to get that wallpaper shown on the S20 Ultra in the beginning of the video?

    Bellissima2kBellissima2kAcum 10 luni
  • Samsung: "let's just forget S11-S19 and jump straight to the S20!"

    NickNickAcum 10 luni
  • This phone is SURPRISINGLY light

    KevinKevinAcum 10 luni
  • I quit buying Samsung phone since the note 5 due to bloatwares and junk features like they kept making like bixby.

    Got Pho?Got Pho?Acum 10 luni
  • iPhone has a better camera then the pixel and the pixel got a better camera then the s20 ultra

    Shane HorneShane HorneAcum 10 luni
  • When Vlad Savov left I was like :( but Dieter has turned that frown upside down

    Kaeside IwuagwuKaeside IwuagwuAcum 10 luni
  • Imagine the note 11 🥺

    PrincessPrincessAcum 10 luni
  • I personally like the 8K footage in S20 series and 100X zoom in S20 ultra. The camera is incredible in S20 ultra. But i hate the camera bumo of S20 ultra it will get scratches easily. I have pre-ordered the phone and also ordered a black camo skin from gadgetshieldz to reduce the camera bump and protect the camera from scratches.

    Hari KrishHari KrishAcum 10 luni
  • T-Mobile has it for $1249 but 2 get $900 off the second lol so no one really pays in full

    hadi allahbakhshihadi allahbakhshiAcum 10 luni
  • apple users on the video be like, "ITS NOT BETTER THAN APPLE BECAUSE APPLE IS THE BEST" me literally looking at a figet spinner phone

    isagani velasquezisagani velasquezAcum 10 luni
  • Theirs literally an app about zoom in phones on the google appstore that is compatible to any android with high versions

    Anime DaisukiAnime DaisukiAcum 10 luni
  • Considering how big that main sensor is, it seems like it would have been better to just have a 24-35MP sensor. The low light performance would have been far better and there wouldn’t need to be the processing, or far less, for pixel binning, etc.

    TheSH1N1GAM1TheSH1N1GAM1Acum 10 luni
  • Ok without headphone jack. We'll, wait till Xperia eats yours market share. Or maybe not

    Arief BudiArief BudiAcum 10 luni
  • Solid review, but there are ways to get around the camera issue. Instead of shooting with the Samsung software, use Adobe Lightroom and take photos in RAW format. That format preserves EVERY detail caught by the lens, without the combination of pixels. But yeah, don't use the crappy Samsung camera software. If you're serious about taking good pictures, never let the software edit for you.

    Gregory James GonzalesGregory James GonzalesAcum 10 luni
  • I've heard that turning off beauty mode fixes the face thing

    cooscoecooscoeAcum 10 luni
  • Im not impressed, because of this phone updated only based of carema activities???

    Ddm PioDdm PioAcum 10 luni
  • I’m waiting for that update so you can enable 120hz at 1440p. I don’t care about battery drain.

    Rogue LeaderRogue LeaderAcum 10 luni
  • Dud. 16:9 pls

    Tobi OlusolaTobi OlusolaAcum 10 luni
  • Almost Sounds like a hater video

    Alex TrujilloAlex TrujilloAcum 10 luni
  • Watching on iPhone 4S running IOS 6!!!!!!

    sammy davissammy davisAcum 10 luni
  • Really, I'm OK with no 3.5, but I do think dual type-c(even one is not full-featured) is a neat idea.

    Hayakawa KenHayakawa KenAcum 10 luni
  • Samsung Keep making your phones HEAVY It feels good When you hold it, and Flatter screens

    《 Wicked 》《 Wicked 》Acum 10 luni
  • this dude is a iphone lover s20 is way better than iphone

    Ronnie HodgesRonnie HodgesAcum 10 luni
  • Love your watch strap, may I know what brand that is?

    Lawrence MallariLawrence MallariAcum 10 luni
  • Does it have a headphone jack???

    Samuel SylvesterSamuel SylvesterAcum 10 luni
  • Why only128 gigs???

    David YasharDavid YasharAcum 10 luni
  • that so called zoom is still just digital zoom. pointless. "our camera can zoom in 100X" you can literally do that on any phone that can run a photo editing app. just zoom in on the photo in the app after you take it. its literally the same thing.

    buddyroachbuddyroachAcum 10 luni
  • yall ever wonder who popped iJustine's cherry

    TurnTurnAcum 10 luni
  • This guy actually pronounced Huawei right. Awesome video btw

    Julius TanJulius TanAcum 10 luni
  • Clean and smooth shots but dirt gadgets, it's not the first time.

    Anthony TrujilloAnthony TrujilloAcum 10 luni
  • Nice. Burn in? Of course! In three months ....

    RudthemightyRudthemightyAcum 10 luni
  • I'm asking everyone that's making a video for the s20 is it vr compatible!????

    Frankie CuellarFrankie CuellarAcum 10 luni
  • Poor Samsung is trying so hard, I will just stay with my 4XL

    Tony J TuzzoTony J TuzzoAcum 10 luni
  • I hate those camera bumps >

    Kenny WilsonKenny WilsonAcum 10 luni
  • That's TMobile low band and not mid band. Mid band isn't a thing on T-Mobile until the merger completes.

    Jake SimsJake SimsAcum 10 luni
  • S20 Ultra, year 2020: Huge sensor with HUGE binned pixels Nokia 1020, year 2014: HOLD MY PIXELS

    BigBadBoogieBigBadBoogieAcum 10 luni
  • With that $1,400 starting price, I can't help but feel that the S20 Ultra's base storage should've started at 256 GB, same as the Note 10 Plus.

    Karen PageKaren PageAcum 10 luni
  • Ga y review.

    filip dimitrovfilip dimitrovAcum 10 luni
  • I still prefer a finger print sensor to any sort of face unlock.

    NewspeakNewspeakAcum 10 luni
    • Jeff Walenta have u tried Face ID ever on the iPhone

      Dylan PowerDylan PowerAcum 9 luni
  • The ultra has stainless steel not ali..its a great phone

    kevin claytonkevin claytonAcum 10 luni
    • kevin clayton no. It’s polished ali

      Dylan PowerDylan PowerAcum 9 luni