Galaxy S20 Ultra review: something to prove

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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.
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Dan the man
Dan the man 27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
Corey Burns
Corey Burns ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
ZNE05 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
It’s the best. Don’t know why people and you tubers are dissing it.
P B 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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 B 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
DAWGFAN1978 3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
Amit Jaiswar
Amit Jaiswar 3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I can't afford this, atleast give me that wallpaper..
Renemay Brinquez
Renemay Brinquez 3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Is it already updated by this time in Philippines?? Sorry i have no idea
Reach Dara
Reach Dara 3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Wallpaper link please
Josh 3204
Josh 3204 3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ehh nothing special about this
Patty McCoy
Patty McCoy 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
APM11 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
it does have face unlock which works really well... not as reliable and secure as apple.. but it works
Vincent Reynoso
Vincent Reynoso 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
tiny phone
Gabriel Leung
Gabriel Leung 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I bought the regular S20, and I'd say that its a waaaaay better deal than the Ultra for most people.
Cruzinthruspace 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Something to prove? No.
willvuitton_ 4 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Zara’s tv gg TGIF si
potenciano munoz jr.
potenciano munoz jr. 5 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Good great, I want it
Pradeep Kurian
Pradeep Kurian 5 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
screen looks awesome. rest meh
alexander peckham
alexander peckham 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I just want a phone with a decent camera
faté 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
it just got so ewie
Malik Haider
Malik Haider 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Dylan Power
Dylan Power 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Malik Haider yes but not secure
Joseph M
Joseph M 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Update fixed the out of focus around edges issue and auto focus issue.
Cammile1 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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. 😊
TECHSOME 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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 😊
Vikingdescendent 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
&:03 Nice photo...for a phone or even some cameras.
President Muhammad Asyraaf Abd Aziz
President Muhammad Asyraaf Abd Aziz 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Fun fact!: in my country(Malaysia🇲🇾) Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is slightly more affordable than iPhone 11 Pro😁.
SaulsieBerries 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Watching this from my Ultra. Regret nothing! Also, I may just have that intro sting on loop..
Sovv Suh
Sovv Suh 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
ali hussein ali
ali hussein ali 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
this man remind me of dr strange.
Sobrak Sobrak
Sobrak Sobrak 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
BurstFire NO1
BurstFire NO1 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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...
Jared Jaster
Jared Jaster 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
TBH I was mad when I heard headphone Jack's were being removed from phones but realy havent used mine in multiple months
TechUnbox TV
TechUnbox TV 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Please check my channel for S20 Ultra unboxing and moon zoom test! 🌚❤
Agorth Exodus
Agorth Exodus 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
i finally thought of a spec that s20 ultra doesn't have:a headphone jack
David T
David T 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
samsung must have added face recognition after this vid because I have it activated on my ultra right now
Diaby De Rossi
Diaby De Rossi 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Samsung it is for poor people.
SVT Whines
SVT Whines 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
can't afford it.
Dylan Power
Dylan Power 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
SVT Whines don’t worry. When the next a phone comes out it will be £300
Murph Diggity
Murph Diggity 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I've been trying to figure out how they get the phones to stand up for so long…
Murph Diggity
Murph Diggity 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
How do they get the phones to stand up like that?
Montavio 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I cant wait til September til this phone drops half price to $700
Dylan Power
Dylan Power 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Montavio then $300 when the next S comes out.
mimicro83 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.☹🙄🤔😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
Alejandro Ordóñez Villar
Alejandro Ordóñez Villar 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Surya Wiguna
Surya Wiguna 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Dieter "Alot" Bohn 😂
kristoffer batu
kristoffer batu 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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 👍
remco moerland
remco moerland 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The megaphone
Taek Oh
Taek Oh 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
You should just make your own channel
Gediminas R
Gediminas R 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Stupid review. Politics magazine tries to understand technology. Funny.
Gediminas R
Gediminas R 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
@OhsHiasTheres It was. Not anymore.
OhsHiasTheres 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
the verge is not a politics magazine
Hymenoptera _2
Hymenoptera _2 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Hey Dieter Bohn are you an Android user or iPhone user
Slightly Bonkers
Slightly Bonkers 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Who is really excited anymore for bloody phone reviews?
Debra Dukes
Debra Dukes 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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 😉👍✌
Richard McClure
Richard McClure 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Too big, too thick and too expensive
Anonymous Freak
Anonymous Freak 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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 Freak
Anonymous Freak 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
"Bixby makes it worse." Truer words...
David Floro
David Floro 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
"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."
Md. Mostafa Khan
Md. Mostafa Khan 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Surprised that the Note 10+ did not make it to this comparison.
Masquirrel 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
An iPhone user would be overwhelmed with this phone. The reviewer proves this point.
krisx 89
krisx 89 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
You have face unlock too😒
omega 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Please put in some work into the script writing as much as you put into the presentation. It feels too spontaneous.
Dann Craig
Dann Craig 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Wins in everything... except headphone Jack :'(
ananta bintang
ananta bintang 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Bellissima2k 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Anyone know where to get that wallpaper shown on the S20 Ultra in the beginning of the video?
Nick 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Samsung: "let's just forget S11-S19 and jump straight to the S20!"
Kevin 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This phone is SURPRISINGLY light
L. GT 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I quit buying Samsung phone since the note 5 due to bloatwares and junk features like they kept making like bixby.
Shane Horne
Shane Horne 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
iPhone has a better camera then the pixel and the pixel got a better camera then the s20 ultra
Kaeside Iwuagwu
Kaeside Iwuagwu 7 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
When Vlad Savov left I was like :( but Dieter has turned that frown upside down
Kai 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Imagine the note 11 🥺
Hari Krish
Hari Krish 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
hadi allahbakhshi
hadi allahbakhshi 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
T-Mobile has it for $1249 but 2 get $900 off the second lol so no one really pays in full
isagani velasquez
isagani velasquez 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
Anime Daisuki
Anime Daisuki 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Theirs literally an app about zoom in phones on the google appstore that is compatible to any android with high versions
TheSH1N1GAM1 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Arief Budi
Arief Budi 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ok without headphone jack. We'll, wait till Xperia eats yours market share. Or maybe not
Gregory James Gonzales
Gregory James Gonzales 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
cooscoe 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I've heard that turning off beauty mode fixes the face thing
Ddm Pio
Ddm Pio 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Im not impressed, because of this phone updated only based of carema activities???
Rogue Leader
Rogue Leader 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I’m waiting for that update so you can enable 120hz at 1440p. I don’t care about battery drain.
Tobi Olusola
Tobi Olusola 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Dud. 16:9 pls
Alex Trujillo
Alex Trujillo 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Almost Sounds like a hater video
sammy davis
sammy davis 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Watching on iPhone 4S running IOS 6!!!!!!
Hayakawa Ken
Hayakawa Ken 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
《 Wicked 》
《 Wicked 》 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Samsung Keep making your phones HEAVY It feels good When you hold it, and Flatter screens
Ronnie Hodges
Ronnie Hodges 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
this dude is a iphone lover s20 is way better than iphone
Lawrence Mallari
Lawrence Mallari 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Love your watch strap, may I know what brand that is?
Samuel Sylvester
Samuel Sylvester 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Does it have a headphone jack???
David Yashar
David Yashar 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Why only128 gigs???
buddyroach 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Turn 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
yall ever wonder who popped iJustine's cherry
Julius Tan
Julius Tan 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This guy actually pronounced Huawei right. Awesome video btw
Anthony Trujillo
Anthony Trujillo 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Clean and smooth shots but dirt gadgets, it's not the first time.
Rudthemighty 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Nice. Burn in? Of course! In three months ....
Frankie Cuellar
Frankie Cuellar 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I'm asking everyone that's making a video for the s20 is it vr compatible!????
Tony J Tuzzo
Tony J Tuzzo 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Poor Samsung is trying so hard, I will just stay with my 4XL
Kenny Wilson
Kenny Wilson 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I hate those camera bumps >
Jake Sims
Jake Sims 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That's TMobile low band and not mid band. Mid band isn't a thing on T-Mobile until the merger completes.
BigBadBoogie 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
S20 Ultra, year 2020: Huge sensor with HUGE binned pixels Nokia 1020, year 2014: HOLD MY PIXELS
Karen Page
Karen Page 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
filip dimitrov
filip dimitrov 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ga y review.
Jeff Walenta
Jeff Walenta 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I still prefer a finger print sensor to any sort of face unlock.
Dylan Power
Dylan Power 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Jeff Walenta have u tried Face ID ever on the iPhone
kevin clayton
kevin clayton 8 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The ultra has stainless steel not ali..its a great phone
Dylan Power
Dylan Power 6 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
kevin clayton no. It’s polished ali
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