Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus And S20 Ultra Comparison: Design, Display, Battery, Performance, And More
Aadhya Khatri - Feb 13, 2020
Here is a comparison of the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra so that you can choose the most suitable model for your needs
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If you are on the market for new smartphones and have your eyes on the newly released Samsung S20 lineup, here is a comparison of the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra so that you can choose the most suitable model for your needs.
Design, Display, And Durability
The Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are similar in design. Both of them are large handsets and the most noticeable difference is that the S20 Ultra is a bit heavier and larger than the S20 Plus.
The two phones have a curved glass back but the camera setup on the back of them look different. On the Ultra, the camera module is a bit bigger and has “Space Zoom 10X” on it.
The S20 Plus features a 6.7-inch screen while that of the Ultra measures 6.9 inches. In terms of quality, both displays are of the best possible quality. They are HDR10+ certified and sports a refresh rate of 120Hz, allowing for a smooth feel.
The two phones have an IP68 rating so they can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for half an hour without much of a damage.
The choice of S20 Plus or S20 Ultra will depend on personal preference here. Some may appreciate the extra screen estate while others prefer a smaller handset to better hold it.
Performance, Battery Life, And Charging
Under the hood, both the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra run on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. In some markets, the choice will be the company’s Exynos 990 chipset.
12GB of RAM will be sufficient for most people and the 128GB of onboard storage can be expanded further by a MicroSD card. There is the choice to bump RAM up to 16GB but it is available for the S20 Ultra only. If you want extra storage, you can opt for the 512GB variant of both the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra.
With that kind of hardware, it comes as no surprise that the two phones’ speed will be smooth and fast. Gamers can benefit from the capable specs too as both of them can deal with the most demanding titles on the market. Their RAM can store lots of games, meaning you can multitask with ease whenever you need it.
The S20 Ultra has a whooping 500mAh of battery so can expect it to last longer than its Plus cousin even though it has a slightly larger screen power.
25W chargers are included in the same box but for the S20 Ultra, you can have a 45W wired charge if you spend on the fast charger, which is sold separately.
As flagship offers from Samsung, both the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra can be wirelessly charged via Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 with 15W.
Power-sharing with other devices is also possible, courtesy of the Wireless PowerShare function.
Winner: Galaxy S20 Ultra.
In this respect, the S20 Plus cannot rival the S20 Ultra, with the superior camera setup. On the rear, the latter features a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 48MP telephoto lens.
With the S20 Plus, you will have to settle with a camera arrangement consisting of a 12MP main camera, a 64MP telephoto snapper, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens.
With the S20 Ultra, users will have 100x optical zoom and 10x optical zoom while if you have the Galaxy S20 Plus, you will have to make-do with 30x digital zoom and 3x optical zoom.
Not many people will find the extra zooming capacity handy but the 40MP selfie camera on the front of the S20 Ultra will definitely a hit. Users can benefit from more detailed photos produced by the phone as opposed to those captured by the S20 Plus’s 10MP camera.
8K videos are possible on both phones and Samsung has promised more capable AI to help you get the best pictures in different situations as well as better sensors so that users can capture more details in low light environments.
Winner: Definitely Galaxy S20 Ultra
Software And Updates
Samsung’s One UI 2.0 can be found on top of Android 10 on both phones. This time, the Korean tech giant has succeeded in elevating the OS, evidence in a cleaner and simpler look. One-handed operation is also possible. Since there is no difference in the operating system, there is not much to compare here.
Both phones support 5G with mmWave and sub-6 technologies. Owners of the S20 still have 5G but they will have to settle with sub-6 5G only.
Price and availability
There is an obvious distinction between the price of the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. In India, the former is expected set you back Rs. 85,590 while the latter will cost Rs. 89,990.
Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Is The Overall Winner
It comes as no surprise that the S20 Ultra is the winner of this competition. Samsung has done a good job creating capable flagship smartphones with high-end specs worth stretching your budget for.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a larger screen and battery, more capable rear and front cameras.
Those who have a tighter budget can still benefit from the Galaxy S20 Plus. It is by no mean a bad option but if what you are after is absolute power, the S20 Ultra is the best choice for you.