Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra: Better Cameras And Bigger Than Ever

With several leaks revealing nearly everything about Samsung’s upcoming new flagship, it’s already worth looking at early comparisons between models. The Galaxy S20 series, like previous generations, will be released in three sizes: the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra. Samsung might have felt “Plus” simply didn’t cover how beefy the largest model will be, so they took it further to “Ultra”. Here’s how the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra stack up against each other.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S20 Cloud Blue
PriceComing SoonComing Soon
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED Display
Screen Size6.2″6.92″
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels3200 x 1440 pixels
Pixel Density563 ppi511 ppi
Dimensions152 x 68 x 7.9 mm167 x 76 x 8.8 mm
Weight164 g221 g
CPUExynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM12GB12GB/16GB
Storage128GB, 256GB128GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide108MP Wide, 48MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide, ToF Camera
ZoomUp to 3X Optical Zoom and 30X Digital ZoomUp to 10X Optical Zoom and 100X Digital Zoom
Front Cameras10MP IMX 37440MP
VideoBack: up to 8K 30 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Back: up to 8K 30 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Battery4000mAh5000mAh
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 is much bigger than the Galaxy S20.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Design
You might find the size difference between the Samsung Galaxy S20 (left) and Galaxy S20 Ultra (right) to be intimidating. (Credit: Ishan Agarwal)

In case you thought the Galaxy Note 10 Plus wasn’t big enough, here comes Samsung with a bigger one. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the company’s largest and heaviest smartphone yet, considerably dwarfing the Galaxy S20. You’ll easily be able to tell the two apart since the S20 Ultra will look oversized when held, but there are also indications in the back.

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For only the third time in the Galaxy’s long list of smartphones, Samsung has moved the traditionally centered camera array to the top left. And that panel is now huge, especially on the S20 Ultra. In contrast, it’s a much narrower strip on the Galaxy S20, and the lack of an extra camera lens is also easy to spot.

Aside from that, it’s also rumored that the Galaxy S20 Ultra will come in a stainless steel body versus the aluminum of the smaller models. All three have an IP68 water-resistant rating of up to 5 meters, which is an upgrade over the current crop of Galaxy phones. Four colors will be available during launch, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.

Display

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Display
More interesting perhaps is that all Galaxy S20 models will have displays with a max refresh rate of 120Hz. (Credit: OnLeaks, 91Mobiles)

With a whopping 6.92-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is practically a mini tablet. Samsung made all three models a bit taller though, with a 20:9 ratio versus the 19.5:9 of the current flagship phones. They will also have a maximum resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels, which translates to an eye-popping 563 ppi for the 6.2-inch Galaxy S20 and 511 ppi for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

At those resolutions the displays will only refresh at a rate of 60 Hz. Samsung will let you double that though, to 120 Hz, matching the best that other Android flagships can muster. It will make the screen look silky smooth and highly responsive, although the default WQHD+ resolution will drop to 2400 x 1080 FHD.

Introduced in the Galaxy Note 10, the cutout for the front camera is even smaller on the Galaxy S20 models. It’s still unconfirmed whether this new generation can top the extremely high body-to-screen ratio of the Note 10, but it’s likely so.

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Performance

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Performance
The same chipset and RAM will provide the muscle for all S20 models.

Galaxy S20 units released in North America will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while those everywhere else will have the Exynos 990. Their architecture might be different but relative performance is neck and neck. All three S20 sizes will have these chipsets as well as 12GB RAM. However, it’s speculated that Samsung might offer a 16GB variant for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. If so, this will propel its performance far ahead of the others.

We can look at benchmarking scores posted by Qualcomm’s prototypes for the Snapdragon 865 to gauge how fast this new CPU might be. It’s actually impressive, as it managed to nearly close the lead set by the powerful A13 Bionic chip of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. With the larger potential RAM of the Galaxy S20, Samsung might actually outmuscle Apple in year-by-year releases.

With Android 10 Pie and One UI 2.0 running in all S20 phones, they will have the latest and best that the platform can offer. There are a new features we’ll likely see though, such as Quick Share, which enables AirDrop-like functionality for Galaxy devices. It remains to be seen what else Samsung has in store software-wise, so we’ll have to wait until the official reveal.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has more powerful cameras than those on the Galaxy S20.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Cameras
Samsung is giving the Galaxy S20 Ultra (right) the best cameras it has, so expect to be impressed.

Considering that the cameras on the S10 and Note 10 have been big jumps from previous years, it looks like Samsung is pushing it hard for the Galaxy S20. The smallest S20 will have a 12MP main Wide camera, a 12MP Ultra-Wide lens and a 64MP Telephoto that has at least 3X optical zoom. Amazing as those numbers might be, they pale in comparison with those on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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The primary Wide camera on the Ultra is an eye-popping 108MP, which uses a larger Isocell Bright HMX sensor. It will have the same 12MP Ultra-Wide lens as the smaller S20 models, but its 48MP Telephoto sensor is capable of up to 10X optical zoom. This lets you magnify shots with up to 100X digital zoom, compared to the 30X limit of the Galaxy S20. Furthermore, there’s an additional Time of Flight (ToF) depth-sensing lens on the S20 Ultra, which won’t be available on the smaller S20. Its front selfie camera also has a 40MP sensor, the highest ever on a Samsung phone, outshining the 10MP of the other S20 models.

Already, there are several new S20 camera features being discussed such as Single Take Photo. This mode lets you pan your camera around a scene while it automatically takes photos and video clips for your perusal and approval. Another is QuickTake, which as it implies simply grabs a photo using all three sensors so you can choose the best one. It’s almost a certainty that there are more camera innovations to be revealed, including an improved night shooting mode.

Battery and Other Features

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 Ultra Battery and Other Features
If you like, you can grab one of these protective cases for any Galaxy S20 on release. (Credit: Ishan Agarwal)

Samsung is packing the Galaxy S20 with bigger batteries than ever. The Galaxy S20 will come with a 4000mAh pack while the Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a 5000mAh battery. It remains to be seen what their listed battery life will be, since they’ll be sporting new hardware and displays. In addition, despite the difference in battery capacity between the smallest and largest S20 model, the bigger display and more impressive cameras of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is likely to require a lot more power.

Internal storage options also differ between these models. You can choose either 128GB or 256GB for the Galaxy S20, while it’s 128GB and 512GB for the S20 Ultra. The larger storage size is particularly attractive since its photos and videos are likely to take up more space too. A MicroSD slot in all S20 sizes is very welcome though, increasing potential storage up to 1TB.

Sadly, as happy as Galaxy fans might get at the inclusion of the MicroSD, they’re likely to sorely miss the headphone jack more. Samsung is also pushing wireless earbuds and it’s been revealed that a pair of the latest Galaxy Buds+ will be bundled with pre-orders of the S20 Ultra and S20+ free of charge.

Another accessory that’s surfaced include rugged and stylish cases for all Galaxy S20 models. You can get an LED View Cover, Clear View Cover and Protective Standing Cover for an undisclosed extra cost during launch.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a lot more than the Galaxy S20, but at a considerable cost.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 Cloud Blue

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Cosmic Black

Launch prices for any of the Samsung Galaxy S20 models are yet to be announced, although it’s speculated that they will roughly parallel those of the Galaxy S10 last year. Still, expect a big price jump from the Galaxy S20 to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as the latter promises the best that the phone manufacturer has to offer this year. Whether it’s worth it will depend on final specifications and full list of features, in addition to your budget.

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