Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G: It’s All In The Cameras

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S20, is hitting the shelves in March, promising to bring some serious upgrades for fans. But even before its official reveal in February there are already numerous leaks showcasing its design, specs and cameras. We compare each of the three models with each other to help you prepare for your choice. Here’s a side-by-side look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and the Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5GSamsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Cosmic BlackSamsung Galaxy S20+ Cosmic Grey
PriceComing SoonComing Soon
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED Display
Screen Size6.92″6.7″
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels3200 x 1440 pixels
Pixel Density511 ppi525 ppi
Dimensions167 x 76 x 8.8 mm162 x 74 x 7.8 mm
Weight221 g188 g
CPUExynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM12GB/16GB12GB/16GB
Storage128GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB
Rear Cameras108MP Wide, 48MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide, ToF Camera12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide, ToF Camera
ZoomUp to 10X Optical Zoom and 100X Digital ZoomUp to 3X Optical Zoom and 30X Digital Zoom
Front Cameras40MP10MP IMX 374
VideoBack: up to 8K 30 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Back: up to 8K 30 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Battery5000mAh4500mAh
Water ResistanceIP68IP68
Android VersionAndroid 10.0 with One UI 2.0Android 10.0 with One UI 2.0
MicroSDYesYes
3.5 mmNoNo
Colors44

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Design
Though the Galaxy S20 Ultra (left) is only slightly bigger than the Galaxy S20+ (right), you’ll feel the difference in your hands. (Credit: Ishan Agarwal)

Samsung is making sure that any product they’re tagging with “Ultra” deserves it. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is huge, featuring the biggest display on a Samsung smartphone yet. It’s also packing some serious heft, making you wonder how long it would take your hand to feel some strain from holding it. As the mid-sized model, the Galaxy S20+ 5G looks and feels large, while being as thin as the smallest S20.

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Aside from size differences, all Samsung Galaxy S20 models look identical in front. A tiny punch hole sits at the top center of the touchscreen, shifting from its previous top right location in the previous generation. Its bezels are slimmer than ever, almost like the Note 10 Plus, so you’ll get as much screen real estate as you want. Flip it over and look at their backs though and you’ll discover a big dissimilarity.

No longer are the camera arrays in the middle, as they’ve nearly always been on Galaxy smartphones, they’re now in the top left, and are bigger and more prominent than before. Moreover, the sensor panel on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a lot wider than that of the S20+, due to a more impressive telescopic lens. In addition, the S20 Ultra might be coming in stainless steel, while the Galaxy S20+ will be cased in sleek aluminum.

Build quality will also see further improvement, as all S20 models will have an IP68 rating. They’ll be water resistant up to 5 meters, a nice step up from the previous limits of 1.5 meters. You’ll also be able to select between four different color options: Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a larger display but smaller pixel density than the Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Display
Each of the Samsung Galaxy S20 models will sport the same resolution and refresh rate. (Credit: OnLeaks, Pricebaba)

Samsung equips the same Dynamic AMOLED display technology and functionalities in each Galaxy S20 model. They’ll have a maximum resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels and be capable of a 120 Hz refresh rate. Finally, Galaxy smartphones can go toe-to-toe with other Android flagships in offering this smooth and responsive interface to users. Similarly, resolution drops down from WQHD to 2400 x 1080 FHD+.

With similar resolutions and different display sizes, the pixel densities between Galaxy S20 phones will differ. The 6.7″ Galaxy S20+ has a slightly higher 525 ppi compared to the 511 ppi of the 6.92″ Galaxy S20 Ultra. Actual sharpness will be pretty tough for the naked eye to discern, but even with the lower FHD+ resolution these are still crisper than most current flagship smartphones.

It’s not confirmed yet, but the Galaxy S20 series just might beat the record set by the Galaxy Note 10 Plus on screen-to-body ratio. Its Premium Hole Infinity Display has a much smaller cutout for the front camera and the screen reaches the edges of the sides. Samsung also continues to work on ultrasonic technology, so we can look forward to improvements on the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor of its touchscreen.

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Performance

Both Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and Galaxy S20+ 5G will have the same processing power.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Performance
All S20 models will use chipsets depending on region, although the Galaxy S20 Ultra might be available in a 16GB RAM variant.

Just like in previous Galaxy phones, Samsung will arm the S20 with a different chipset depending on region. North America will receive Galaxy S20 units with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while the rest of the world will get the Exynos 990. Both chip systems will provide comparable processing power, and they’ll utilize 12GB RAM across all three models. There might be a 16GB RAM variant for the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G though, so that will push it ahead of the pack.

As to actual performance, we’ll have to wait until we can get our hands on actual units but we can cite scores posted by a Snapdragon 865 reference prototype from Qualcomm. Interestingly, it almost reached the benchmark scores of the current fastest mobile gun in the west, the iPhone 11 Pro Max which has Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip. That was last year though, so we might yet see small tweaks to take it up a notch. RAM size will also play a role, so a potentially 16GB RAM S20 Ultra just might climb to the top in a few months’ time.

The S20 will have the latest Android 10 Pie and One UI 2.0. There are additional software features rumored to be added for the Galaxy S20, such as Quick Share, an AirDrop-like file sharing functionality for Galaxy devices. Expect 5G connectivity in all Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered models, as it’s one of the built-in features of the chipset.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has more powerful cameras than the Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Cameras
You can just make out the Space Zoom 100X etched out on the camera hump of the Galaxy S20 Ultra (left).

One of the top highlights of the new Galaxy S20 series are its cameras. Samsung is piling upgrades on nearly every sensor, especially on the larger Galaxy S20 Ultra. It will have the highest MP selfie camera on a Samsung phone ever, courtesy of a 40MP sensor using the brand’s ISOCELL tech. Meanwhile the front camera of the smaller S20 models is a 10MP Sony IMX 374, the same one on the Galaxy Note 10 and S10.

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The rear main cameras further widen the gap between the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the S20+. While both feature a 12MP Ultra-Wide sensor and Time of Flight (ToF) camera, the S20 Ultra sports a massive 108MP primary Wide camera versus the 12MP Wide lens of the S20+. It will use pixel binning technology to create larger pixels and reduce signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in better images in low light conditions.

Perhaps even more impressive is the Telephoto lens on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It’s only 48MP compared to the 64MP of the S20+, but it’s capable of up to 10x optical zoom, letting you close in on subjects much nearer than the 3x optical zoom of the latter. It uses a periscope lens system to go up to 30x hybrid zoom and 100x digital zoom, a crazy number that we’re excited to test. Etched at the back right beside this sensor is the words “Space Zoom 100X” just to remind you what it’s capable of.

The Space Zoom term might allude to further nighttime and sky photography features yet to be revealed by Samsung. The company has already been making strides towards sharper dark and low light images and this might be its best attempt yet. All Galaxy S20 models will be featuring the same new photography features, such as QuickTake and Single Take Photo, though we expect a few that’s solely available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.

Battery and Other Features

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has a bigger battery than the Galaxy S20+ 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Galaxy S20+ 5G Battery and Other Features
Samsung will also be releasing protective cases such as these during the Galaxy S20 launch. (Credit: Ishan Agarwal)

Given the upgraded cameras, more powerful chipsets and larger displays of the Galaxy S20 5G models, all three will be packing bigger batteries than the current generation. The S20 Ultra has a 5000mAh pack while the S20+ has a 4500mAh battery. Runtimes for all versions is yet to be announced but we can expect similar, if not better, battery life as last year’s Galaxy smartphones.

Owing to the larger images you’ll accumulate with the S20 Ultra’s cameras, the largest Galaxy S20 will come in 128GB and 512GB internal storage sizes. Meanwhile, the smaller S20 models will only be able to go up to 256GB. Fortunately, Samsung will be leaving in a MicroSD slot for expandable storage of up to 1TB.

Unfortunately, it comes at the cost (maybe) of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which will no longer be present in this year’s release. An early adopter promotion for the Galaxy S20, which looks to commence after the Galaxy Unpacked reveal event, bundles the Galaxy Buds+ for free on pre-orders of the S20 Ultra and S20+ from select regions. Renders of protective cases have also surfaced, showing rugged casings and LED covers that show notifications.

Verdict

Get the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G if you want the best cameras that Samsung will offer this year.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Cosmic Black

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20+ Cosmic Grey

Price tiers for these upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartphones are still unconfirmed, though they all indicate a big jump between the Galaxy S20+ and the S20 Ultra. As it packs the best cameras along with a larger display, it’s only natural that it’s likely to burn a hole through your wallet. The official reveal along with actual testing will show whether it’s worth splurging for the S20 Ultra 5G, or if the smaller S20+ 5G is simply more cost-effective.

Stay tuned as we update this post with more information after Samsung releases official specs, features and pricing information.