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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G - 2020's best Google Android phone
4.7Overall Score
Name: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Price (RRP): $1999/2249
Manufacturer: Samsung

We have the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G for a short-term review. It is Samsung’s uber screen, camera, 5G, everything model that is easily the best Google Android smartphone of 2020 – so far.

Not to take away from the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G in any way – it is incredible! But as time progresses, others will try to beat it. Apart from the Galaxy Note20 later this year, we are confident that it will remain the king of the 2020 Google Android flagship heap.

But we must ask if the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G at $1999/2249 for 128/512GB is a need or a want?

As far as GadgetGuy is concerned, 5G is a great flop. It is a hoax that does nothing for an average user – even if they could get mythical reception. We will change our opinion when coverage is ubiquitous (2025+), and 5G phones cost no more.

We are not yet past the point where non-5G models like the S20 at $1349 or the S20+ are $1499 – both $150 cheaper than the 5G models – are exquisitely adequate for flagship buyers.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Model SG-988B/DS

Australian Website here

Warranty: 2-years (optional Samsung Care+ 2-year device swap $249)

We issue the caution that this is the Australian model using the Exynos 990/5123 SoC/modem. The eSIM IMEI is registered with the three Australian Telcos. Only buy from Samsung approved retailers – here. Samsung and most Telco’s offer trade-in programs or 24/36-month interest-free payments.

First a little proselytizing

New statistics from the US show that fewer than 9% of smartphone users will spend more than US$500 (A$1000). They also show that the replacement cycle in for these phones has blown out to 2.62 years. It is likely to increase to three-plus years in 2020 due entirely to the 5G kerfuffle where Gen 1 5G smartphones needed a different model locked to specific US carriers.

Oh, and the US, like Australia, is an Apple stronghold. It is waiting for the iPhone12 launch in September to decide whether to upgrade.

5G awareness is now 73% (up 44% from 2019), but users are saying that unless the 5G option costs no more, we will see little traction in 2020.

Why buy?

You want

  • The best Google Android smartphone you can get in 2020
  • A 108MP, 100x Space Zoom camera that is going to set new standards in smartphone photography.
  • A 6.9”, 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED screen
  • You are a brand snob

Me – the Galaxy S20/S20+ (non-5G) at $1349/1499 are the sweet spot.

But back to proselytizing – you are going to see some fantastic 5G phones including Samsung’s A-series at well under A$1000 soon. The decision will be driven by value over raw horsepower, a 100+ point camera over 130+ point (DxOMark) and a good battery life. The most competitive segment will be $799-999.

Base Differences

Samsung Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Price* 4G
5G
1349
1499
1499
1699/1899
N/A
1999/2249
Colours Cosmic Grey Cloud Blue Cloud Pink Cosmic Black Cosmic Grey Cloud Blue Cosmic Black Cosmic Grey  
Memory 8/128
12/128 5G
8/128
12/128/512 5G
12/128
16/512
Screen Size 6.2″ 563ppi 6.7″ 525ppi 6.9″ 511ppi
Camera MP 64/12/12 64/12/12/ToF 108 (binned to 12MP) /48/12/3D ToF
Selfie 10MP 10MP 40MP (binned to 10MP)
Space (hybrid digital) Zoom 12x 30x 100x
Battery 4000mAh 4500mAh 5000mAh
Size
Weight
151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9
163
161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8
186
166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8
220

*Pre-orders receive a pair of Galaxy Buds+ valued at $299