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            IS the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. And, there's a lot going on. It is big, it has 5G, 108 megapixel camera, four other cameras, a massive screen, a high refresh rate, a 1399 dollar starting price. It's just a lot. If there's a spec that you can think of for a phone, this phone is trying to beat that spec.

                                  The S20 Ultra goes big, I mean you know, literally big, look at the phone. And looking at it I think one thing is blindingly obvious.              Samsung feels like it has something to prove. Let's see if it can. The best word that I can come up with to describe the S20 Ultra is, imposing. It has this giant, giant camera bump on the back which sometimes can be a problem on a table. But look, the thing looks like a Galaxy phone overall. Just kind of taken to the limit. It is as large and nearly as heavy as pretty much any phone that I've ever used. It's a monolith. It sees your puny attempts at using a phone one handed and it laughs at you. Now the main reason this phone is as big as it is is so that you can have this screen which is 6.9 inches diagonally. And because this screen doesn't have a face unlock sensor on it, it can cover nearly the entire front of the phone. Now I figured that I'd be annoyed at having to go back to an in-screen fingerprint sensor instead of face unlock, but I really wasn't. The sensor is fast and accurate enough for me, so I've got no complaints. But the real reason I think that this screen shows that Samsung has something to prove with the S20 Ultra, is they finally added the option to switch it to 120 hertz refresh rate. Now, it comes outta the box at 60 hertz to save battery but I hopped into settings and turned it on right away and never looked back because I think it has enough battery life to handle it. And 120 hertz really does make scrolling and screen animations look better and smoother. Samsung even says that it stopped bothering with any variable refresh rate based on the content of the screen nonsense. It's just locked to 120. Oh, by the way, you can't have both 120 hertz and the phone's maximum 3200 by 1440 resolution. But, I think the trade for 1080 by 2300 to get 120 hertz is totally worth it. And of course, the screen looks great. Looks great indoors, outdoors, at different angles, with HDR content. Samsung knows how to do this by now, it's very good at it. And again, because it's nearly seven inches diagonally, it looks good 'cause it's just huge. But, look. Samsung has already done the make the phone bigger than everybody else thing. That's not actually what the S20 Ultra is about. It's about being bigger in every way, not just size. And there is no better place to start talking about what that means, than to just jump right into the biggest number of all, the 108 megapixel camera. (relaxing music) So let's just get into it. If you count the depth sensor, there are five cameras on this phone. And three of them have just silly megapixel counts. The selfie camera is 40 megapixels. The telephoto is 48, the regular wide angle is 108 megapixels. The only camera that isn't out of bounds megapixel wise is the ultra wide which is 12 megapixels. But the S20 goes further than that. So similar to what Huawei did on it's phones, the telephoto lens here actually hits a prism and a mirror and redirects the light across the body of the phone into the sensor, like a periscope.

It means that the phone can get real optical zoom all the way up to 4x, and something really good up to 10x. Then there's this thing that Samsung calls Space Zoom, which pushes the zoom all the way out to 100x.

 That's one of the reasons that Samsung went with a 48 megapixel camera on the telephoto, so that it has more pixels to choose from when it starts cropping in. It also does this thing where it takes multiple photos to help get data from all the sensors to help. So how does all that tech work? Well I tested this zoom against the iPhone 11 Pro, and the Pixel 4 XL, both which have telephoto lenses. And for fun, I threw in the Sony RX100 VII. The Pixel 4 XL maxes at 8x zoom, so I just compared it at that level and I used a tripod for all of these photos that you're looking at. I think the RX100 wins, but you know, it's a stand alone camera so of course it's gonna. When you just look at the phones, the S20 Ultra embarrasses the iPhone, and I think it edges out the Pixel 4 too. So far so good, but what about this Space Zoom thing? Well, you can impress your friends with little whoa moments by zooming all the way into 100x, but truthfully, I think they look like splotchy messes at that zoom level. I was able to get some fairly nice stuff at 30x, usually by propping the phone on something stable. But, it still looks like a phone photo to me. Okay, but what about just regular, plain old, non-zoom photos? Well, Samsung is doing some weird tech stuff here too. So, by default the 108 megapixel sensor makes 12 megapixel images because the hardware automatically combines nine pixels into one big pixel. It's a process called binning. And combined, those binned pixels are about as big as what they would've been on a lower megapixel sensor. Which does help this camera avoid some of the usual problems that you get with high megapixel sensors.

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