Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

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Work + Gaming Performance, RAM + Storage

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in the United States, and Samsung Exynos 990 in the rest of the world.

Here is a comparison of the key specifications of the Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865 :

Exynos 990Snapdragon 865
Process7 nm EUV7 nm N7P
CPU Cores2 x Exynos M5 (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz)
1 x Kryo 585 (2.8 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 (1.8 GHz)
GPUMali-G77 MP11Adreno 650
Memory SupportLPDDR5LPDDR5
Storage SupportUFS 3.0 / 2.1UFS 3.0
5G ModemExynos 5123 (Separate)
– 7.35 Gbps
Snapdragon X55 (Separate)
– 7.5 Gbps

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Work Performance : PCMark

We tested its performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra PCMark results

Work 2.0Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note10+Black Shark 2 ProGalaxy S10+
Mobile PlatformExynos 990Exynos 9825Snapdragon 855+Exynos 9820
Performance Score
(Average)
10678898183847846
Web Browsing9287829367688583
Video Editing6331916659485524
Writing11660957992269076
Photo Editing29560193761759510710
Data Manipulation6849615563396450
Review LinksGalaxy Note10+Black Shark 2 ProGalaxy S10+
Price CheckUS | UKMY | SG | AUUSUKMYUS | UKMY | SG | AUUS | UK | MY

What a nice surprise! Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

The last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820, for example, were significantly slower than their Qualcomm counterparts – the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+.

But the Exynos 990 is 36% faster than the Exynos 9820 (its predecessor), and 13% faster than the Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

We tested its gaming performance using 3DMark, with these results.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 3DMark results

3DMarkGalaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 ProGalaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
Mobile PlatformExynos 990Snapdragon 855+Exynos 9825Exynos 9820
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL)6723625850374470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan)5848538647944314
Sling Shot8075812748834343
Review LinksBlack Shark 2 ProGalaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
Price CheckUS | UKMY | SG | AUUS | UKMY | SG | AUUSUKMYUS | UK | MY

Not bad at all! Samsung caught up with Qualcomm in gaming performance as well.

The new Exynos 990 was 7.5% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, that powered high-end gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro, in Sling Shot Extreme, matching it in the easier Sling Shot benchmark.

Notably, the Exynos 990 was 50% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820 that powered the Galaxy S10+.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Exynos 990 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra AnTuTu results

AnTuTuGalaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 ProGalaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
Mobile PlatformExynos 990Snapdragon 855+Exynos 9825Exynos 9820
AnTuTu Score518159434168348397330549
CPU151510126170101187100272
GPU2181641881588156700149930
Memory78457650527205168188
UX70028547881845912159
Review LinksBlack Shark 2 ProGalaxy Note10+Galaxy S10+
Price CheckUS | UKMY | SG | AUUS | UKMY | SG | AUUSUKMYUS | UK | MY

Will you look at that? The Samsung Exynos 990 was 19% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, and 57% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : RAM + Storage

The top-of-the-line model pairs 16 GB LPDDR5 memory with 512 GB fast UFS 3.0 storage. The other two models come with 12 GB LPDDR5 memory, and either 128 GB or 256 GB storage.

If that’s not enough, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a hybrid SIM tray, which allows you to use either two nano SIM cards simultaneously, or one nano SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage.

It also supports eSIM, which allows you to activate and swap mobile plans without using a physical SIM card; as well as the possibility of using two mobile plans with a microSD card!

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra hybrid SIM tray

Our review sample was the base model, which means it comes with just 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 128 GB of internal storage.

Of that, 7.5 GB of memory and 104 GB of storage is free and available to use, out-of-the-box.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra RAM and storage

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