First night Galaxy S20 Ultra camera samples and 5G speed test on Verizon

Verizon's Galaxy S20 series portfolio is an odd bird. First of all, it doesn't give any preorder deals or discounts like AT&T does, that's how convicted Verizon is in the power of its 5G network to entice buyers. 

Second, it seems to be the only carrier on which all Galaxy S20 models support the Ultra Wide Band, mmWave, or whatever you call them speeds that Verizon's network is capable of. 

Yes, even the lowly Galaxy S20 is exclusively crafted by Samsung for Verzon's network, and includes a 5G modem that covers the fast and short mmWave spectrum, unlike the unlocked and other carrier models of the cheapest horse in the S20 series stable.

Before we pop the champagne about the 6.2" "pony" horse, however, we shouldn't forget that the mustang in that stable is the 6.9" Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Samsung has decked it out with every 5G spectrum range and niche frequency support under the sun. 

Verizon Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G speed test

Granted, preorders for the Galaxy S20, S20+ and Ultra are not starting until February 21 on Verizon, but the carrier's outspoken PR point already has a Galaxy S20 Ultra to play with, and couldn't resist running a test of Verizon's 5G network on it.

As you can see, the Galaxy S20 Ultra manages to squeeze close to 1.7Gbps download speeds from its Qualcomm X55 modem in downtown San Francisco, which is as good as it gets on a retail device these days. That Samsung partnership with Netflix will really be paying off on this one.

Galaxy S20 Ultra camera samples in low light

In addition, Geroge Koroneos managed to snap a few photos with the unprecedented 108MP/48MP/12MP camera kit of the S20 Ultra in the all-important low-light scenario. In his tiki bar atmosphere of the Zombie Village downtown, the Ultra managed to get snaps that actually look better than most of what's been posted on the Google Maps review page of the bar, and that's not even with the night mode turned on. 

Check out the first wild S20 Ultra low-light snaps below, and tell us what you think.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Display 6.9 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera)
    40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



54. Avenger337

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Awesome. If it is photo clarity without having the night mode activated, they seem very good and with great quality. It shows that they are photos of a modern high-end.

53. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Um, do we have other camera phones or a DSLR sample of the same photos to really scale and compare these pictures to? What’s the point of taking random photos in a random environment with no comparison to make?

48. cryptedbone

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2020

For those who says the low-light pictures look bad, read the article again... It clearly says that the pictures were taken without the night-mode on.

50. QuantumRazer

Posts: 225; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

It still looks pretty bad tbh. But I can see some distortions around the edges, they might have been taken using ultra wide angle lens.

42. JJ1337

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

lol this is joke right? camera that big and pictures taht bad??? xD my P20 Pro takes 1000x better photos and its 3y old lol

33. Rizo11

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I only see ultrawide samples. You should mention that..

32. TadTrickle

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

I'm just not interested in taking pictures of the surface of the moon. I'm aware it's all about pushing things forward. I have to imagine todays phone camera tech is more than adequate for 99% of consumers out there. Lol, the way I hear ppl nitpick about the phones camera, you'd swear everyone is a professional photographer

30. Richard_G

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

the second photo was taken with IPhone 11 pro max … typical wide angle aberrations

28. mohsin845

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 05, 2014


26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1619; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Looks better than a lot of the Pixel photos I've seen. Can't really judge it without a side by side comparison. You can also tell it has a larger sensor and shallower depth of field than a typical cell phone camera.

24. gadgetpower

Posts: 333; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is unexpected... too much noise compared to apple’s night mode.

25. Ahsan

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

How high you are?

23. KingSam

Posts: 1551; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Phonearena still playing videos on my data :/

21. SeanyB unregistered

Sorry but these images are noisy and grainy. Samsung just doesn't do good night shots compared to the competition. Their S10 range produced poor mushy images with the usual plastic painted look to grass and trees. Just not a fan of Samsung processing at all. I wouldn't be surprised if this camera will be nothing special

18. Priyam009

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Oh man so much noise and oil painting effects! Old generation Pixel & Huawei P series takes better than these! All those Nonabayer & 1/1.33 inch sensor & still this bad I hope they genuinely push some software update! Else new generation Huawei & Pixel gonna troll this badly


Posts: 133; Member since: May 08, 2015

Nice joke. The only one trolling here is you.

20. Priyam009

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

I believe you have forgot your eye appointment for this month else you would have seen the pictures are quite underwhelming, besides a lot of people in comments section seems to agree with me but i believe you can't see that either because of the reason i mentioned :p

22. SeanyB unregistered

I agree with you,poor pictures,grainy,noisy. I have seen Huawei night mode or even on auto with P30 Pro do way better in dm conditions

27. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Who agrees with you? Your troll friends? And how can you tell how bad the pictures are without a comparison?

38. LordDavon

Posts: 186; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I think that most people don't realize there is a zoom button that shows the image without scaling. When the image is scaled back, it looks good. Open the image and hit the zoom and the true image shows. I'd think with 108MP camera, these should be more impressive than they are. It could be affected by the image compression they are using to show it on the site. Maybe the RAW image looks better.

17. yalokiy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Both are impressive!

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1127; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

As of now the base S20 actually doesn't support Verizon's mmWave so they will only support the S20+ and s20 Ultra. However, they are working with Samsung to develop an s20 that supports their 5G network

13. oldtymer

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

man, the ultra low light capability is making me think twice about a flip phone

14. oldtymer

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

put this camera in something that folds in half like the flip and I'd pay $1,500 easy

12. saddameu

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

i`m not impressed , we need to see side by side comparasion and know exactly how dark was out there to make a fair judgment . For example 1st two pictures look meh for a low light situation but look good for an extreme low light situation

10. Chumley

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Hopefully the picts aren't that representative of what it can do. As far as speed they really had no choice going with 5G for flagship phones but the coverage in the US is almost a joke. For Verizon, Florida has 1 city - Miami and it's only 4 neighborhoods. That way with most of the cities they cover. If I bought this phone I'd bet that I would have traded it in 1 maybe 2 times before 5G is in most/all areas!

9. sirohunter

Posts: 229; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Totally not impressed with the pics... maybe they’ll tweak the camera in the future. Although I am impressed with those speeds

8. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

The second image I have concerns with. The others look fine.

7. thxultra

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Looks like lots of noise compaired to the pixel 4 and Iphone 11

16. rsiders

Posts: 2066; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Wow did you see the comparison photos from those phones? How did you see them? Makes no sense to say that without the actual photos right...

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