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How is Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra different from other S20 Models?

Samsung has today announced the Galaxy S20 series which is made up of three new phones:

  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra

While we are used to two flagships for the S series, this is the first time Samsung has decided to have a third variant. And they’ve opted for the title ULTRA and not PRO.

It packs crazy specs. The numbers are overwhelming. And it looks to be one of, if not, the best phone of the year. But that’s too early to say since we don’t know what other companies will be working on, and releasing in the course of the year.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Kenya
S20 Ultra cameras

The S20 Ultra features a very sophisticated camera system. There’s a 108MP Main lens, a 48MP periscope lens, a 12MP ultra wide angle lens, and a 0.3MP depth sensor. The 48MP periscope lens is what allows the phone to be able to do 100X hybrid zoom – which is the craziest zoom on a smartphone camera to date.

The S20 Ultra also packs 16GB of RAM – which is basically getting into certain ‘PRO’ laptop areas. This is a huge leap in both specs and perception as to what smartphone power is.

With the S20 Ultra, you’re getting a powerful phone, with a huge display, and to power all that you get a huge 5000mAh battery. You can fast charge that with a supported 45W fast charger where Samsung promises 0-100% in 74mins.

All the Galaxy S20 Series Phones
S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra

So how does the S20 Ultra compare with the other S20 models? What are the similarities and the differences? Well, you get the same design, and build quality. Most of the specs are also the same, the table below breakdown everything clearly.

Differences between Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S20+, S20:

Galaxy S20 UltraGalaxy S20+ and S20 Normal
PRICEOfficial price: $1399
Expected in Kenya: KES. 150,000
Official price:

Galaxy S20+: $1399

Galaxy S20: $999
Display6.9″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio
120Hz Display
Always ON
Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
Galaxy S20+: 6.7 inch
Galaxy S20: 6.2 inch

Both: SAME display specs as S20 Ultra
Rear CameraQuad Setup:
108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF, OIS
Periscope 48 MP, f/3.6, 102mm (telephoto), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, AF, Super Steady video
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)

ZOOM: 100X
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.0, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x hybrid optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), AF, Super Steady video

Galaxy S20+: features an extra 0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)

Front CameraSingle:
40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), PDAF
Both: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
ChipsetExynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA
GPUMali-G77 MP11 – Global
Adreno 650 – USA
RAM12GB Or 16GB RAMBoth: 12GB RAM standard.
Storage128/256/512GB Storage UFS 3.0
MicroSD Slot up to 1TB (dedicated)
Galaxy S20+: 128/256/512GB

Galaxy S20: 128GB

Both: MicroSD Slot up to 1TB (dedicated)
Operating SystemAndroid 10, OneUI 2.0SAME
BatteryNon-removable 5000mAh battery
45W Fast Charging
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 9W
Galaxy S20+: 4500mAh battery

Galaxy S20: 4000mAh battery

Both: 25W Fast Charging

Other things: SAME
Network2G, 3G, 4G
5G Support – mmWave 5G
Both: 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G

Difference is they don’t support mmWave5G standard.
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Samsung DeX
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5 meters for 30mins)
SecurityUltra-sonic Under-Display Fingerprint ScannerSAME
Colour optionsCosmic Grey, Cosmic BlackGalaxy S20+: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black

Galaxy S20: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink


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