How do the Samsung Galaxy S20 models – S20 Plus and S20 Ultra – compare to each other?

S20, S20+, S20 Ultra comparison

For the last couple of years, Samsung has been launching and releasing different variants of handsets on the same phone’s model. In 2019 we saw Samsung release different models of the Samsung Galaxy S10. At the end of the year, it was followed by Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in the same blueprint.

You will find that most of the time, the only difference between the same model’s variants is; the pricing, cameras, screen display size, and specs like the storage. In February 2020, during the Samsung Unpacked event, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup. It consisted of the Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

All three phones have new features and share high-end features. Most of us already believe that this signals the direction in which the current smartphones are heading to. But still, the phones have key differences among themselves. These include different sizes when it comes to their displays, design, and of course, their cameras.

So which model would be best for you?

Also, see Samsung Galaxy S20 Review!

Galaxy S20 Series Designs

Galaxy S20 series design
Source: Pocket-Lint

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus acts as the intermediary between The Samsung Galaxy S20 and the S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S20 Plus is larger than the Galaxy S20 but smaller than The Galaxy S20 Ultra. While Samsung Galaxy S20 measures 2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 inches, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus measures 2.9 x 6.37 x 0.30 inches, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra measures 2.99 x 6.57 x 0.35 inches.

The three models comprise fine pieces of hardware that exude craftsmanship and quality. Their design has the front glass slightly curved on the edges, and the displays are made of the Gorilla Glass 6 panels. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus comes in three distinctive unique and bold colors, which are the Cosmic Black, Cosmic Gray, and the Cloud Blue. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in two different colors Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

Samsung relocated the front-facing camera to the center of the display screen on the Galaxy 20 models as compared to the earlier flagship, Galaxy S10. The rear cameras are in a rectangular housing replacing the vertical alignment used in the Galaxy S10 series.

The S20 models further dropped the Bixby button as wells as the 3.5mm headphone port. The 3.5 mm headphones have been replaced by a pair of the USB-C headphones and the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.


Samsung Galaxy S20 series cameras
Source: PhoneArena

The S20 models have come with a huge rear camera module that has a plastic framing. On touching it, it has a hollow feel. Samsung has amped up the telephoto lens of the S20 models as compared to their predecessors, and this gives them a fantastic fidelity delivery.

The Galaxy S20 Plus packs a trio rear camera with a time-of-flight depth sensor. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has a 3x optical lens that, when combined with the 64MP sensor, an outstanding 30x digital zoom is obtained. Further, it records videos in 8K and 24fps. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a marquee camera system, and with its notable feature, 100x Space Zoom, it brings in digital wizardly and improved clarity when combined with a 4x optical zoom.

S20 series camera pixels
Source: CNET

Samsung Galaxy S20 combines a 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), while Samsung S20 Plus combines a 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra combines 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera. Both the S20 and S20 Plus have a 10MP front-facing camera while S2o Ultra possesses a 4oMP front-facing camera.


Samsung display
Source: CNET

Samsung is renowned for its excellent lackluster display system design. Samsung smartphones have stunning screens. The S20 models were given Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O screens that have multiple refresh rate options and resolutions. All the displays are made of Gorilla glass. While S20’s display is 6.2 inches, the S20 Plus is 6.7 inches, and the S20 Ultra is 6.9 inches.

You will find that the screens have a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is two times the normal refresh rate of other screens. This refresh rate gives the display a luscious smoothness, making the screens dominate in the market. The screen color delivers an incredible dynamic range.


Samsung had to provide batteries with higher capacities this time round because the screen refresh rate, plus the display and the camera system, drain power in immeasurable levels.

The Samsung S20 came along with a 4000mAh while the S20 Plus has a 4500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, came along with a 5,000mAh battery, which can deliver over 48 hours of battery life.

All the phones come along with a USB-C charging port and a fast wired USB-C charger. The wired charging of the Ultra, for example, supports 45W while the wireless charging supports 25W.


The new Samsung flagships are currently the most expensive smartphones in the world, but they are worth their value.

Samsung S20 retails at USD $999, GBP £799, £899 (5G) and AUD AU$1,349, AU$1,499 (5G). The handset has a storage of 128GB, which is expandable up to 1TB, and a 12GB RAM.

Samsung S20Plus retails at USD $1,199, GBP £999 (5G) and AUD AU$1,499, AU$1,649 (5G). The handset has a storage of 128GB, 512GB, which are expandable up to 1TB, and a 12GB RAM.

Samsung S20 Ultra retails at USD $1,399, GBP £1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB) and AUD AU$1,999. The handset has a storage of 128GB, 512GB which are expandable up to 1TB, and a 12GB/16GB RAM.

Wrap Up

S20s are currently the best Android debuts and flagships, as well as the best smartphones, in my view, in the world at the moment. With their long-life batteries and speedy performances as well as their blazing 5G network speeds, then I feel although a bit expensive, you should try either. In the S20 trio, I think like S20 is the best. Costing the same price as iPhone 11 Pro with its specs, I think it has overkilled.

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