Galaxy S20 Ultra: Top camera features finally seem sensible, but battery life doesn't (ongoing review)

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I began this ongoing review of the Galaxy S20 Ultra understanding that Samsung's redesigned camera system and the massive 5,000-mAh battery would make or break the telephone. I've spent recent days testing its 108-megapixel main sensor or more to 100x AI-assisted camera zoom, looking for reasons to use these over-the-top features in real life. I finally found it.

Unfortunately, during my day out shooting in the atmospheric, coastal city of Monterey, Calif., the S20 Ultra's battery life also came into question. I'll break both observations down below. But before I really do, just a reminder that these are my evolving impressions, which change as new information and observations emerged. They're by no means my final thoughts, so I hope you'll hang in there for the rated review and specific buying advice about who this phone is for and whether it's worth the price tag.

Remember, too, that the S20 Ultra is the innovative of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 phones, with the largest screen size 6.9 inches), the biggest battery and the most camera toys when compared to Galaxy S20 Plus and standard Galaxy S20 (scroll to the finish for a complete specs comparison). It's also the priciest, starting at $1,400 for the 256GB version (£1,199 for the 128GB version or AU$1,999), in comparison to $1,000 for the S20 and $1,200 for the S20 Plus.

The core software and hardware features, including an easy 120Hz screen refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G readiness remain the same for all S20 phones (the base S20 model is a bit more complicated, supporting the sub-6 kind of 5G, aside from Verizon). 

And today, here's my breakthrough understanding about the S20 Ultra's camera, battery and more.

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