Galaxy S20 Ultra fall check: Everything broke, but the camera
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Galaxy S20 Ultra fall check: Everything broke, but the camera

TheGalaxy S20 Ultrais the largest and priciest of Samsung’s three contemporary S20 phones, but it certainly may no longer be the toughest. It has a massive 6.9-inch conceal with zigzag edges and agiant cameramodule on the back that stands proud adore a sore thumb. To find out the way it holds up to everyday accidents, we subjected a brand contemporary S20 Ultra to five drops from totally different heights onto the sidewalk.

In contrast to last year’s Galaxy S10 Plus, which was available with a ceramic back, all three fashions of this year’s S20 have glass on either facet. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the appropriate one with Gorila Glass 6 on each the entrance and back of the cell phone, while the backs of the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus are coated in Gorilla Glass 5. And they all advance with a pre-installed conceal protector which we left on for the goal of our fall check. 

S20 Ultra fall 1: Pocket height (3 feet), back facet down  

We started off by dropping the S20 with the back of the cell phone facing down to determine how fragile the camera module is. 

The cell phone landed on the back as intended, did a flip and ended up conceal facet-up. The conceal, which I may look from where I was standing, survived with out a scratch, but the back was already damaged. 

Two of the four corners of the cell phone — seemingly where it hit first — had been solely shattered with one long hairline fracture running from top to bottom. I may feel tiny glass particles advance free on my fingers as I assessed the damage. The suitable corner that did no longer break was the top left, the one closest to the camera. The camera module itself was intact, with accurate two tiny tiny dents on the facet of the frame roughly the scale of a grain of sand. 


The damage to the S20 Ultra after the primary fall from hip height with the camera facing down. 

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I then opened the camera app on the cell phone and clicked thru the three totally different lenses to check it out. The telephoto, large-angle and ultra large-angle lenses all checked out. 

S20 Ultra fall 2: Pocket height, conceal facet down

Next I dropped the cell phone from the same height (3 feet) with the conceal facing down. Although the S20 Ultra landed face first as intended, it did no longer fall flat. The bottom left hand corner broke the fall and sustained most of the damage.

Even the conceal protector wasn’t adequate to retain the conceal from breaking. It landed factual on the tiny sliver of uncovered glass between where the conceal protector ends and the metal frame begins, causing the glass around it to shatter. At least it avoided the break from spreading beyond the corner of the cell phone. The metal frame was also significantly beat up and dented at the corner. 


The corner of the conceal on the S20 Ultra cracked regardless of the conceal protector.

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S20 Ultra fall 3: Gaze stage (5 feet), back facet down 

At this point, the appropriate thing on this cell phone tranquil intact was the camera module. To check how way more it may handle we took it up to five feet and dropped it again with the camera module facing down. 

This time my aim was lacking and the facet of the cell phone hit first and it eventually landed conceal facet up. The back had a contemporary crack above the camera module and a few scrapes on the frame, but the glass on the camera was tranquil intact. 

Another time…

I attempted the fall again and again it landed on its facet, and this time there was no additional damage to the cell phone that I may look at first glance, so I went for it one last time to look if it may perhaps land on the back. 

Third time’s the charm

The cell phone landed nearly flat with the back facing down. All of the earlier cracks had continued to develop and the back was solely shattered around the perimeters. It appeared adore it was framed in shards of glass that had been coming free on my fingers. The greatest shocker: no longer a crack on the camera. At least on the outside. Upon nearer inspection I observed the large-angle lens had a few specs inside the lens. They had been so diminutive that I easily may’ve missed them when I first opened the cell phone and may have nothing to attain with the drops. 


That is what the back of the S20 Ultra appeared adore after the fifth and final fall. 

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To check it out, I opened the camera app and clicked thru totally different lenses again. The camera had some autofocus considerations, which again may no longer have been because of the fall, but otherwise it checked out and was tranquil in working repeat. 

The break down 

The Galaxy S20 broke on the primary fall and even the conceal protector proved to be no match against the tough sidewalk. At the same time as you happen to’ve purchased this $1,400 (or more) cell phone, I implore you to please put a case on it! The hero right here was the camera, which I was expecting to be its Achilles heel, but it certainly proved to be solid. At least during our very unscientific check. Your S20 Ultra camera may no longer be as fortunate.