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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : What You Need To Know!

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : What You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the new ultimate flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Ultimate Flagship!

With a 6.8-inch display and support for the S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to maximise your productivity and creativity.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with curved edges, has a Quad HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. In the back, it has a new quad camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, you can now shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras. In addition, you can choose to take photos in a 12-bit RAW format!

And its dual telephoto cameras powers its phenomenal 100X Space Zoom capability, with Zoom Lock capability.

It also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

S Pen Support

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S Series smartphone to support the S Pen, with Wacom’s technology.

You can use an existing S Pen from the Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Tab, or purchase a separate S Pen, or with a compatible case.

Faster WiFi

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also one of the first smartphones to support the Wi-Fi 6E standard.

This opens up the 6 GHz spectrum, introducing 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels.

When used with a compatible Wi-Fi 6E router, it will allow for higher bandwidths and reduced congestion.

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Ultra does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Model SM-G998
Display Size 6.8-inch Edge
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 515 ppi
Display Features 10~120 Hz refresh rate
1500 nits
3,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 12 GB / 16 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 40 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Main
Camera
108 MP (f/1.8)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Telephoto
Camera #1
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.4)
3X optical zoom
Rear Telephoto
Camera #2
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/4.9)
10X optical zoom
Other Rear
Camera Features
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
165.1 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 227 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in just two colour options – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy S21 Plus, a new flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Large Battery Flagship!

With a 6.7-inch display and a large battery, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is designed for marathon gamers and binge-watchers.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a Full HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a 10 MP Dual Pixel front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. The Dual Pixel capability allows for faster auto-focus.

In the back, it has a triple camera system, that consists of :

  • a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.1X optical zoom and 3X hybrid optic zoom.

Most of the improvements are in its camera software :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!
  • Improved Space Zoom with new Zoom Lock capability

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a large 4,800 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Plus does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21+
Model SM-G996
Display Size 6.7-inch Flat
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 394 ppi
Display Features 48~120 Hz refresh rate
1300 nits
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/1.8) main camera
12 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera
64 MP (f/2.0) telephoto camera
– 1.1X optical zoom, 3X hybrid zoom
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support No
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,800 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
161.5 mm
7.8 mm
Weight 200 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in three colour options – Phantom Silver, Phantom Black and a new signature colour, Phantom Violet.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in two variants globally, with these prices :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : US$999.99 / £949 / A$1549
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : US$1049.99 / £999 / A$1649 / S$1498 / RM4299

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy S21, a new compact flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 : Compact Flagship!

With a 6.2-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is designed for those who want a light, compact flagship smartphone.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a Full HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 comes with a 10 MP Dual Pixel front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. The Dual Pixel capability allows for faster auto-focus.

In the back, it has a triple camera system, that consists of :

  • a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.1X optical zoom and 3X hybrid optic zoom.

Most of the improvements are in its camera software :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!
  • Improved Space Zoom with new Zoom Lock capability

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 4,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21
Model SM-G991
Display Size 6.2-inch Flat
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 421 ppi
Display Features 48~120 Hz refresh rate
1300 nits
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 12 MP Dual Pixel (f/1.8) main camera
12 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera
64 MP (f/2.0) telephoto camera
– 1.1X optical zoom, 3X hybrid zoom
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband No
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support No
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
71.2 mm
161.7 mm
7.9 mm
Weight 169 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in four colour options – Phantom Grey, Phantom White, Phantom Pink and a new signature colour, Phantom Violet.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in two variants globally, with these prices :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : US$799.99 / £769 / A$1249
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : US$849.99 / £819 / A$1349 / S$1248 / RM3699

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition Details Leaked!

Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) – a refreshed version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone!

Here is EVERYTHING leaked so far about the upcoming Galaxy S20 FE smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition

Scheduled for an official launch on 23 September 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is an upcoming Lite version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone.

It’s not just a cheaper mid-range version though, with some improvements over the Galaxy S20, like a large display with 120 Hz refresh rate and a larger battery.

The term Fan Edition, you may recall, was originally introduced for the revamped Galaxy Note 7.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : What Leaked So Far!

Ahead of its official launch, here is what we know so far about the Galaxy S20 FE :

  • It was originally called the Galaxy S20 Lite.
  • It will be available in 4G (SM-G780) and 5G (SM-G781) models
  • The 5G variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 865, and available in Europe as well as the US, Korea and China.
  • The 4G variant will be powered by the Exynos 990, and available in all the other countries.
  • It will come with a larger 6.5-inch display with 120 Hz refresh rate, but a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • It will use Gorilla Glass 3 protection to save on costs
  • It will come with 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage
  • The front camera will be upgraded with a 32 MP sensor
  • The 3X telephoto rear camera will have an 8 MP sensor, instead of 64 MP
  • It will come with a large 4,500 battery – 500 mAh (12.5%) more than Galaxy S20

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will be CHEAPER than the Galaxy S20, with reports saying that it will have a starting price of US$750 (about £579 / A$1,026 / S$1019 / RM3099).

Samsung will offer it in six colour options – Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Red, White and Orange – which they revealed in their promotional images above. This confirmed Evan Blass’ leaked photo below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : 5G vs 4G

Here is a specification comparison of the 5G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20 FE 4G
Model SM-G781 SM-G780
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI 2.5
System Platform Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
2 x Exynos M5
2 x Cortex-A76
4 x Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP Sony IMX555, f/1.8
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
3X Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 190 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
– 60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : An In-Depth Review!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Galaxy S20 family. The ultimate expression of Samsung’s vision for a flagship smartphone.

We hope our in-depth review of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will help you decide if this is the smartphone for you.

Find out the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is truly worth our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : The Big Brother!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, the other two being the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20.

Beyond its size, it is the ultimate expression of its Samsung designers of their vision of a flagship smartphone for 2020.

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the three models :

Specifications Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20
Model SM-G988 SM-G986 SM-G981
Display Size 6.9-inch 6.7-inch 6.2-inch
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED (HDR10+ certified)
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 511 ppi 525 ppi 563 ppi
Display Refresh 60 Hz / 120 Hz
Operating System Android 10 with One UI 2.0
Protection IP68 + Gorilla Glass 6
System Platform Samsung Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 16 GB LPDDR5 (512 GB)
12 GB (128 / 256 GB)
12 GB LPDDR5 (5G)
8 GB LPDDR5 (4G)
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB 128 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 40 MP camera 10 MP camera
Rear Cameras 108 MP main camera
48 MP 10X telephoto
12 MP ultra-wide
DepthVision camera
12 MP main camera
64 MP 3X telephoto
12 MP ultra-wide
DepthVision camera
12 MP main camera
64 3X MP telephoto
12 MP ultra-wide
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display Ultrasonic Sensor
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh battery
45W fast charging
4,500 mAh battery
25W fast charging
4,000 mAh battery
25W fast charging
Dimensions 76.0 mm wide
166.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
73.7 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 220 g (4G)
222 g (5G)
188 g (4G)
188 g (5G)
163 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is only offering two colour options – Cosmic Black, and Cosmic Gray.

Here are its recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 4,999 (128 GB)
  • United States : $1,399.99 (128 GB) | $1,599.99 (512 GB)
  • United Kingdom : £1,199 (128 GB) | £1,399 (512 GB)
  • Australia : A$1,999 (128 GB)

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Contents

After unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, this is what you will find :

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra bumper case
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy S20 documents
  • 25 watt Samsung Fast Charger
  • AKG earphones (USB Type C) with spare ear buds
  • USB Type C cable
  • SIM tray extractor pin

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Hands-On Experience

In this exclusive video, we present to you our hands-on experience of the Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone in both colour options – Cosmic Black, and Cosmic Gray!

Samsung removed the dedicated Bixby button, so the only buttons you will find are the Volume control and Power buttons along the right edge.

The hybrid SIM tray is located at the top, with a second microphone that is used for noise cancellation.

Like the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy S20 Ultra no longer has the 3.5 mm audio jack. So you will only find the USB Type C connector at the bottom, flanked by the speaker and main microphone ports.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra does not come with an internal DAC, so you will need to use the provided USB Type C earphones, or purchase a USB-C audio adaptor with a built-in DAC.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 120 Hz Display

One of the new features introduced in the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a 120 Hz refresh rate for its Super AMOLED display.

Doubling the refresh rate to 120 Hz allows for smoother scrolling and a more realistic gaming experience.

However, running the display at 120 Hz will reduce the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s battery life.

The display not only refreshes twice as often, the GPU has to work twice as hard.

This is why Samsung sets the display to 60Hz by default.

To ensure it will last a long time, Samsung gave it a very large 5,000 mAh battery. The corresponding Galaxy S10 Plus from last year only has a 4,100 mAh battery in comparison.

On top of that, the S20 Ultra supports 45 watt fast charging, although it only comes with a 25 watt fast charger out to the box.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Battery Life!

We ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, with the display set to 60Hz and 120Hz. Here were the best results we obtained :

So there you have it – increasing the display refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra from 60Hz to 120Hz will reduce its battery life by about 21% or roughly 2.5 hours.

Work 2.0 Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S20 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,100 mAh 5,000 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 25 mins 11 hours 32 mins 10 hours 32 mins 10 hours 17 mins 9 hours 4 mins
Battery Utilisation 4.30 mAh / min. 5.78 mAh / min. 5.44 mAh / min. 5.32 mAh / min. 7.35 mAh / min.
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Now we can see why Samsung set the display to 60Hz by default. If battery life is important, keep it at the default refresh rate of 60Hz.

But if you prefer to enjoy the 120Hz display, go on right ahead. Thanks to its large 5,000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will last you quite a few hours!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra supports 45 watt fast charging, but only comes with a 25 watt fast charger. Let’s find out just how fast it recharges its 5,000 mAh battery.

Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S10+
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,100 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 27 watts 15 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 minutes 63 minutes 67 minutes 91.6 minutes
Recharging Speed 69.6 mAh / min. 54.6 mAh / min. 47.8 mAh / min. 35.8 mAh / min.
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Impressive! Even with the same 25 watt fast charger that shipped with the Galaxy Note10+, the Galaxy S20 Ultra recharged its battery 27.5% faster!

It has an excellent battery life : recharging ratio of 12:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 5 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 85% level. This took just 37 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 20.5 minutes to top up the last 15%.

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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 990 Snapdragon 865
Process 7 nm EUV 7 nm N7P
CPU Cores 2 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)
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 650
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.0 / 2.1 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Exynos 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.

Work 2.0 Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S10+
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9820
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 9287 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 6331 9166 5948 5524
Writing 11660 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 29560 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 6849 6155 6339 6450
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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.

3DMark Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8075 8127 4883 4343
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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 :

AnTuTu Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
AnTuTu Score 518159 434168 348397 330549
CPU 151510 126170 101187 100272
GPU 218164 1881588 156700 149930
Memory 78457 65052 72051 68188
UX 70028 54788 18459 12159
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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!

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Camera Features

In the front, it has a single 40 MP camera with a wide f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it has a quad-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and OIS,
  • a 48 MP telephoto camera (10X hybrid optical zoom) with f/3.5 aperture and OIS,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a VGA DepthVision camera with f/1.0 aperture (for depth sensing)

In addition, it is the first Samsung smartphone to be able to record 8K videos!

We can also see a third microphone in the camera bump, which is used to support Audio Zoom – letting you zoom into the action and focus on sound from the subject, while reducing ambient noise.

10X Hybrid Optic Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses a folded lens design, to deliver a 10X Hybrid Optic Zoom range in a slim design.

The lens lays flat, and is positioned at the bottom of the camera. Light from the aperture is redirected by a prism into the lens, refracting at a 90-degree angle to increase the focal length.

Space Zoom Technology

Space Zoom combines their Hybrid Optic Zoom, with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom : longer zoom range by cropping their new super resolution sensor, and pairing it with new zoom lens
  • AI Multi-Frame Processing : better image quality of digitally-zoomed images through AI algorithms

Bright Night Mode

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also offers a Bright Night Mode to greatly improve its low-light photography capability.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Bright Night Mode : How Useful Is It?

Without Bright Night mode enabled, you cannot make out the Minion prisoner’s hands and feet, or the details of Darth Minion’s armour.

But when we took the same scene with Bright Night mode turned on, the brightness and clarity of the scene is greatly boosted!

You can now see the Minion prisoner’s hand and feet, and the intricate details of Darth Minion’s armour, even though both are in the shadows!

In fact, even though we intentionally framed the scene with the light at the back, you can clearly see the details of all three Minions and the teddy bear.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Camera Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor, which is notable for its large 1/33-inch sensor size and ultra-high resolution of 108 MP.

But it defaults to 12 MP – combining nine pixels into one for better image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

At the default 12 MP resolution using the new HEIC file format, each 4000 x 3000 pixel picture has a file size of only about 1-3 MB.

Even using the HEIC file format, the full 108 MP resolution of 2000 x 9000 pixels has a much larger file size of 10-20 MB!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera Technologies : What’s New?

Here are 8 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The pictures look really good at the default 12 MP, with great detail even if you blow them up 100%. You really don’t need to go full 108 MP.

However, please note that the main camera has a very narrow depth-of-field. While this makes for great background bokeh (the flower picture above), it can be very difficult to focus on the subject.

Take a closer look at the broccoli picture, for example. Look at how only a narrow section of florets are in focus, with the rest quickly going out-of-focus.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Video Samples

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is capable of recording 8K video from its 108 MP main camera, albeit only for 5 minutes, and without electronic image stabilisation, only optical image stabilisation provided by the lens.

It retains the ability to switch between cameras, and the Camera app has been modified to allow you to zoom all the way to 100X. However, the preset steps are much wider now.

Take a look at these 1080p, 4K and 8K video samples we took :

Video Sample #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image quality at 1080p is exceptional, with good control of the exposure. Image stabilisation by the main camera was good, but there was some shakiness when we switched to the telephoto camera.

Its audio quality and noise cancellation were also very good. Even though it was breezy that day, you can’t hear any wind noise.

Video Sample #2 : Blues Band (4K)

This is our favourite video recording resolution. Good image quality at a high resolution, with good exposure.

Video Sample #3 : Blues Band (8K)

The detail at 8K was exceptional, and the image stabilisation (only optical) was better than we expected. But we noticed some autofocus issues – you can see some seeking even though no one is moving.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of its image stabilisation capabilities, you can see that at 1080p, the S20 Ultra does a very good job of cancelling out hand shake while walking.

Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Image stabilisation at 4K was very good too. Very smooth video even while walking.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (8K)

At 8K, there is some noticeable jerkiness, but thanks to OIS, it actually turned out better than we expected.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Our Verdict + Award

As the biggest and baddest smartphone in the S20 family, the Galaxy S20 Ultra boasts everything Samsung could fit inside.

  • Large 6.9-inch high-resolution display – check!
  • 120 Hz Dynamic AMOLED panel – check!
  • Powerful new Samsung Exynos 990 platform – check!
  • Lots of free memory – check!
  • 5G connectivity – check!
  • 40 MP front camera – check!
  • 108 MP main camera – check!
  • 10X Hybrid Optic Zoom – check!
  • 100X Space Zoom – check!
  • 8K video recording – check!
  • AKG-tuned stereo speakers – check!
  • Large 5000 mAh battery – check!
  • Very fast battery charging – check!

If you want the very best Android smartphone money can buy, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra would be right at the top of a very, very short list.

The only complaints we have are pretty short :

  • it should have come with at least 256 GB of storage
  • it has a rather short battery life, especially with the display at 120 Hz
  • it is on the bulkier and heavier side
  • it is not cheap!

On the last point, it should be pointed out that if you pay peanuts for your smartphone, you often get one designed for monkeys. It should come to no surprise that we find ourselves wishing we earned enough to afford one.

For those with deep pockets, this is really one of the best, if not the best, Android smartphones you can buy in 2020. That’s why we have no qualms but to give it our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus : TWS Earbuds Tuned By AKG!

One of the best TWS earbuds in the market are the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which are turned by AKG.

Find out if the new Galaxy Buds Plus (Galaxy Buds+) are TWS earbuds you’re looking for!

 

True Wireless Stereo : What Is It?

True Wireless Stereo or TWS for short, refers to the ability to transfer stereo music wirelessly through Bluetooth.

The music player (or smartphone) transmits the music to a TWS Master device, which then forwards it to a TWS Slave device. This allows both TWS Master and Slave devices to deliver stereo music to you

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus : TWS Earbuds Tuned By AKG!

Announced together with the Samsung Galaxy S20 family of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus or Galaxy Buds+ is their second-generation TWS earbuds design.

Improving on last year’s Galaxy Buds, it boasts a new 2-way speaker design by AKG, and an adaptive 3-microphone system. Let’s take a closer look at its key features…

2-Way Dynamic Speaker System by AKG

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus features a new 2-way dynamic speaker system, tuned by AKG. It combines a tweeter with a woofer, to deliver both clear high notes and a rich and powerful bass.

Adaptive 3-Microphone System

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus also comes with an adaptive 3 microphone system to make sure background noises will never drown out your voice.

The two outer microphones work together with the inner microphone to cancel out background noises, whenever you are on a call.

You can also use it to tune out ambient noise while listening to your music, or whenever you just want some peace and quiet.

Better Battery + Charging!

Samsung greatly improved the battery life on the Galaxy Buds Plus, almost doubling it over its predecessor – from 6 hours to 11 hours!

Even its battery case has a much longer battery life, up from 7 hours to 11 hours! That means you get a total of 22 hours of battery life on-the-go!

Samsung also improved its recharging performance. It now takes just 3 minutes of charging to get you an hour of playback time. That’s 3X faster than its predecessor!

On top of that, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and its battery case are Qi-certified. That means you can recharge either or both using any Qi-compatible charging pad.

Heck, you can even recharge it on smartphones that support Qi reverse charging, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 /  Galaxy S20 Plus / Galaxy S20 Ultra… and even the HUAWEI P40 / P40 Pro / P40 Pro Plus smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is available in two colour options – White and Black, with BlueRed and Pink options in select countries, at recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 599
  • Singapore : $268
  • United States : $149.99
  • United Kingdom : £159
  • Australia : $299

You can purchase them from these online stores :

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T825) Tablet Review

Samsung has finally introduced a new tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3! Their last tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2 debuted in September 2015 and ran on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Now, find out what’s new in the Galaxy Tab S3, and what it offers over its predecessor!

Updated @ 2017-09-06 : Updated various parts of the review with additional information and some corrections.

Originally posted @ 2017-07-03

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specification Comparison

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S2 (which comes in 8″ and 9.7″ models), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) only comes in the 9.7″ form factor. Here, we compare the specifications of the new Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T820) against the 9.7″ model of its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2 (SM-T819).

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Tab S3Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7")
Display9.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi)
9.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 5.0.2 Lollipop
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (5433)
Processor2 x Qualcomm Kyro cores (2.15 GHz)
2 x Qualcomm Kyro cores (1.6 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A57 cores (1.9 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530 GPUARM Mali-T760
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (933 MHz)3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (800 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens2.1 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
- Up to 4K video recording
8 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
- Up to 1440p video recording
Audio4 AKG-tuned speakersTwo speakers
Connectivity4G LTE (LTE-enabled model only)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
4G LTE (LTE-enabled model only)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : USB 2.0
S PenIncluded
Pen tip : 0.7 mm
Pressure levels : 4,096
None
Battery6,000 mAh lithium ion (non-removable)5,870 mAh lithium ion (non-removable)
Dimensions169.0 mm wide
237.3 mm tall
6.0 mm thick
169.0 mm wide
237.3 mm tall
5.6 mm thick
WeightWiFi only : 429 g
LTE-enabled : 434 g
WiFi only : 389 g
LTE-enabled : 392 g
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Book Cover

Our review sample came unboxed, with the optional Book Cover, so there’s no unboxing video. However, you will get to check out how it works with the Book Cover.

As you can see, the Book Cover works just like the Apple iPad Smart Cover. It locks magnetically to the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada), protecting the front and back glass covers against damage. Flipping it open automatically turns on the Tab S3. It also serves as a stand with three viewing angles.

The Book Cover offers much needed protection for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada). In fact, anyone who gets the Galaxy Tab S3 should at least The only downside is that, like other similar covers, you need to let the flip cover hang loose to use the rear camera. It also does not come with a stylus holder. If a stylus holder is a must, then you need to consider the Keyboard Cover option.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Up Close

Superficially, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) looks like its predecessor, the 9.7″ Galaxy Tab S2. If you are hoping for a “bezel-less” display like the Infinity Display of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, you’re out of luck. It doesn’t come with the iris scanner either, just the same fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button.

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes in two variants – a WiFi-only model (SM-T820), and an LTE-enabled model (SM-T825). Our review sample is the SM-T825 LTE-enabled model, so it comes with a tray for a nano SIM card as well as a microSD card. The microSD card support, incidentally, has been doubled to 256 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 also retained the front fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button, as well as the dedicated capacitive touch buttons.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s biggest improvements are “hidden” from sight. It boasts the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which offers 18% better CPU performance and 3X better graphics performance. It also has a longer battery life of up to 12 hours, partly due to its slightly larger battery and a more power-efficient design.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) now boasts a quad-speaker setup, which works great in the horizontal mode, when used with the optional Book Cover or Keyboard Cover. The four speakers have also been tuned by AKG.

 

The Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) also offers upgraded cameras. The puny 2.1 MP front camera of its predecessor was replaced by a 5 MP Samsung S5K4E6 ISOCELL sensor with f/2.2 lens. This is the same sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the more recent HTC 10. The upgraded camera allows you to also record 1080p videos, and support Full HD video chats.

The main camera at the back was upgraded with a 13 MP Sony IMX260 sensor, up from the 8 MP shooter. This is the same excellent sensor used in top-of-the-line smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It can record videos at up to 4K resolution, but does not support optical or electronic image stabilisation. We will share with you photo and video samples from this camera later in this review.

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The S Pen Stylus

New to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is the S Pen stylus. This is a redesigned S Pen with a thinner nib (0.7 mm) and 4,096 pressure levels. The S Pen is electromagnetically-powered by close proximity to the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada), so there is no need to worry about batteries – which is just awesome.

It is thin at just 9.4 mm, and has a rectangular profile for a better grip. The metal clip at the end locks on to the magnets along the left side of the Galaxy Tab S3.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only about 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is now clad in glass, which gives it a more premium look and feel. However, the glass covers are very susceptible to fingerprint smears, and add about 10% more weight. The Galaxy Tab S3 with the Book Cover weighs just under 500 g, which is a significant amount of heft.

The glass covers are a little slippery to handle too, especially if you have oily or wet fingers. So it is recommended that you use it with the Book Cover, or the Keyboard Cover, for better grip.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which just 1.7 GB (42.5%) is free to use. This is far less free memory than other 4 GB devices we reviewed recently :[adrotate group=”2″]

That said, 1.7 GB of free memory is still more than what 3 GB devices have, so you don’t need to worry about running out of memory. Even so, we hope Samsung will seriously reduce the amount of bloat with their upcoming Android Oreo update.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with just 32 GB of internal flash storage, of which 22.8 GB (71%) is free to use. For a 2017 tablet at this price point, we feel that Samsung should have given it at least 64 GB of storage. Of course, you can always top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) uses the Sony IMX260 sensor for its main camera, paired with an f/1.9 lens. However, it lacks any optical or electronic image stabilisation. The full 12.8 MP resolution (usually quoted as 13 MP) is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4128 × 3096, with a file size between 2.8 MB and 4 MB.

Here are ten full resolution, unedited photo samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos which you can download to examine.

This is the same sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, so there’s no surprise that the pictures are excellent. The f/1.9 lens also allowed for very good low-light performance.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Thanks to the Sony IMX260 sensor upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) can now record videos at up to 2160p (4K) at 30 fps. Officially, it does not support any form of optical or electronic image stabilisation. However, our tests show that it actually performs some electronic image stabilisation at 1080p or lower resolutions. Take a look…

Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The image quality is excellent, with great control of the bright background. The recorded audio was also quite clear. Surprisingly, the amount of handshaking was minimal.

Test #2 : Piano (4K)

When we recorded this clip in the 4K resolution, we noticed that there was significantly more handshaking. From this, we can surmise that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 actually performs some electronic image stabilisation at lower resolutions.

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

Even though this test involved walking down a street market, the video was surprisingly smooth. That is quite unexpected for a camera that officially does not support any form of image stabilisation.

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The jerkiness of the 4K video is readily apparent. The image quality is excellent, but the complete lack of image stabilisation (for real this time!) is nausea-inducing!

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6434 7593 6313 6105
Web Browsing 6294 8717 6257 5782
Video Playback 3903 4987 4287 3321
Writing 6584 7883 7166 7463
Photo Editing 10599 9702 8262 9694

Not surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) performed well, matching top-0f-the-line smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra and HTC 10.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S3 has a battery life of between 8 hours (Internet use time) to 12 hours (video play time). This battery test shows that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) will last about 8.5 hours of non-stop work – web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 10 W fast charger and a USB Type C cable. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 6,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) about 114 minutes (1 hour 54 minutes) to recharge its battery from 17% to 100%. Overall, it has a battery life : recharging ratio of about 4.4 : 1, which is rather low. Samsung should have packaged it with an 18 W fast charger.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy Tab S3’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Gaming Score 17878 27853 17719 23171
Graphics 18515 36605 21124 27512
Physics 15958 15164 11328 14925
Graphics Test 1 88.8 fps 202.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 73.6 fps 131.1 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps
Physics Test 50.7 fps 48.1 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is not the fastest gaming tablet, but it has good gaming performance.

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
TOTAL SCORE 131430 123167 76096 113813
3D SCORE 57553 40114 18816 50700
– 3D (Marooned) 36690 23313 10861 34778
– 3D (Garden) 20863 16801 7952 15922
UX SCORE 43151 39975 26794 30890
– UX Data Secure 6524 7943 5077 6319
– UX Data Process 3534 6985 4198 3379
– UX Strategy Games 9054 11860 7503 5433
– UX Image Process 21022 5580 6879 9521
– UX I/O Performance 3017 7607 3137 6238
CPU SCORE 24024 31992 23689 21915
– CPU Mathematics 8532 9680 6950 8494
– CPU Common Use 6041 11139 6311 5931
– CPU Multi-Core 9451 11173 10428 7490
RAM 6702 11086 6797 10308

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) did well in AnTuTu, coming in top actually. It bested even top-of-the-line smartphones like the Huawei Mate 9 and HTC 10.

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Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is a long-awaited upgrade to the Galaxy Tab S2. If you are hoping for revolutionary changes that have been the hallmark of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, you will be sorely disappointed. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S team retained the same familiar design.

So there is no Infinity Display or iris scanner, as some of us have hoped for. Instead, they clad the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) in glass, and focused on internal improvements. It now boasts a faster processor, a much faster graphics processor, more and faster DDR4 memory, and a quad-speaker system tuned by AKG.

Also upgraded were the cameras. The puny 2.1 MP front camera was replaced with the 5 MP camera used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the more recent HTC 10. The main camera also saw an upgrade to the excellent Sony IMX260 sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Other less obvious upgrades include the display and battery. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) used the same excellent Super AMOLED display, but it is now capable of displaying HDR images and videos. The battery also saw a slight increase in capacity, allowing the Galaxy Tab S3 to achieve a rated battery life of 8 to 12 hours. Needless to say, the  battery has also undergone the new Samsung 8-point battery safety check.

Arguably the biggest upgrade the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 introduces is the improved S Pen. This is the first time a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet comes with the S Pen. The new S Pen is still powered electromagnetically, but now has a thinner nib and 4,096 pressure levels.

The only issues we have with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) are the memory bloat and its rather limited internal storage. At its launch price of RM 2,999 (US$ 599 in the US), we would have expected at least 64 GB of internal storage, or a Book Cover (RM 199 / ~US$ 47) thrown in.

If you find the Galaxy Tab S3 too pricey, you will be glad to note that the older Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is now on sale at almost half the price! Now that’s a really great deal!

 

Availability & Lowest Prices

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is now available in Black and Silver colour options. The Pogo Keyboard Cover comes in Gray colour and retails at RM499 / ~US$119.

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The Book Cover is available in Black, White and Green colours, and retails at RM199 / ~US$47. Check out the latest offers below :

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The All-New Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Is Here!

30 May 2017 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announces the availability of Galaxy Tab S3, a stylishly designed tablet with advanced computing technology offering a premium mobile experience. Equipped with an S Pen designed to feel and write like your favourite ball pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers versatile usage as a productivity tool, without needing to recharge.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Building upon a signature design, the Galaxy Tab S3’s minimal and refined design was achieved by affixing glossy, reinforced glass panels to an aluminum frame, resulting in a seamless aesthetic. The Galaxy Tab S3 provides premium Galaxy technology including:

  • Refined S Pen: With an enhanced S Pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 allows users to be more productive, creative, and do multiple things at once. For a natural writing experience, the S Pen has a smaller 0.7mm tip and increased pressure sensitivity. The S Pen also includes convenient features such as Screen Off Memo to quickly jot down notes, PDF Annotation for easy editing and professional-level drawing with Advanced Drawing Tools.
  • Powerful Quad Stereo Sound Speakers Tuned by AKG: The Galaxy Tab S3 is the first Samsung tablet to boast such a design, which places powerful quad-stereo speakers crafted by AKG by Harman in each corner of the device. The speakers’ ‘Auto Rotate Stereo’ function allows the tablet to redirect sound based on its orientation, creating a more accurate and consistent listening experience.

  • Brighter and Better Display: Boasting a superb 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video content support, the Galaxy Tab S3 displays stunningly vivid images with true-to-life colours.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 delivers on Samsung’s legacy of innovative Galaxy technology including a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and a 5-megapixel front camera for high-quality photos. The tablet also includes expandable storage[1] and more power efficiency with fast-charge capabilities, supporting up to 12 hours of video playback on the Galaxy Tab S3. With fast charging technology and longer battery life, the Galaxy Tab S3 is designed to keep users always connected.

Mobile Entertainment

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 takes mobile entertainment to the next level providing a cinema-like experience with 4K video playback and a stunning Super AMOLED display. Highly optimised for gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 also comes equipped with Vulkan API for superior graphics and the new Game Launcher for an enhanced user interface and personalised gaming experience, as well as modes like ‘Do Not Disturb’ for uninterrupted gameplay.

Safe & Secure Login

For a safe and secure login, Samsung Flow uses biometric authentication to log-in and can wirelessly tether compatible devices to transfer documents from a mobile device to a tablet. It also syncs message notifications so users will never miss an important text message, whether they are using a smartphone or their tablet – making working on the go seamless.

Keyboard & Case Options

For power users always on-the-go, the Galaxy Tab S3 also supports Pogo keyboards as no charging or pairing is required. The tablet’s dedicated Pogo pin-connected keyboard locks into place securely so users can get to work quickly, and features a streamlined layout that optimizes key spacing to promote accurate typing. USB Type-C compatibility, meanwhile, provides more convenient cable connections as well as much faster data transfers. The Pogo Keyboard Cover comes in Gray colour and retails at RM499 / ~US$ 119.

A new selection of Galaxy Tab S3 covers will give stylish users the option to pair their tablet with soft-coloured Book Covers that feature powdery matte finishing and lightweight design to complete the device’s stylish look. Its dual usage mode – Viewing Mode or Touch Mode – makes it perfect for propping the tablet up to touch with ease or standing it up to watch movies comfortably. The Book Covers are also designed to magnetically attach the S Pen for quick access. Available in Black, White and Green colours, the Book Covers retail at RM199 / ~US$ 47.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Availability

The Galaxy Tab S3 is available in Malaysia at Samsung Experience Stores nationwide, including e-commerce partners Lazada and 11street, as well as authorised dealers starting 1st June 2017. Offered in understated Black and Silver colours to suit the refined tastes of modern millennials, the powerful tablet retails at an attractive recommended retail price of RM2,999 / ~US$ 719 inclusive of 6% GST.

[1] Expandable storage units sold separately from the device.

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