Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S21

In the following table, I have summarized the individual features of the devices:

Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra in detail:

 
Model Galaxy S21 5G Galaxy S21 Plus 5G Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Processor Samsung Exynos 2100:
5nm 64-bit octa-core processor
Samsung Exynos 2100:
5nm 64-bit octa-core processor
Samsung Exynos 2100:
5nm 64-bit octa-core processor (more in Exynos news)
Memory (RAM / internal) 8GB / 128 GB
8GB / 256 GB
8GB / 128 GB
8GB / 256 GB
12GB / 128GB
12GB / 256GB
16GB / 512GB
Expandable storage No No No
Dual SIM Yes (SIM1 + SIM2 or SIM1 + eSIM) Yes (SIM1 + SIM2 or SIM1 + eSIM) Yes (SIM1 + SIM2 or SIM1 + eSIM)
Display 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with punch-hole notch / FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) at up to 120Hz / max 1,300 nits / 421 ppi / no curved display 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with punch hole notch / FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) at up to 120 Hz / maximum 1,300 nits / 394 ppi / no curved display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with punch-hole notch / WQHD+ (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) / up to 120 Hz / maximum 1,500 nits / 515 ppi / curved display
Size 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 millimeters 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 millimeters 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 millimeters
Weight approx. 169 grams approx. 200 grams approx. 227 grams
Connectivity 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS
Main camera 12 megapixels at 1/1.76″ at f/2.2 12 megapixels at 1/1.76″ at f/2.2 108 megapixels at 1/1.33″ at f/1.8
Ultra wide angle 12 megapixels at 1/ 2.55″ at f/2.2 12 megapixels at 1/ 2.55″ at f/2.2 12 megapixels at 1/ 2.55″ at f/2.2
Tele 3x with 64 megapixels at 1/1.72″ at f/2.0 3x with 64 megapixels at 1/1.72″ at f/2.0 3x with 10 Megapixel on 1/ 3,24″ at f/2.4
Telephoto 10x with 10 megapixels on 1/ 3.24″ at f/2.9
Selfie camera 10 megapixels on 1 /3.24″ at f/2.2 10 megapixels at 1 /3.24″ at f/2.2 40 megapixels at 1/ 2.8″ at f/2.2
Video max. 8K video at 24 fps 8K max. video at 24 fps max. 8K video at 24fps
Camera Features 30x Space Zoom, 8K Video Snap, Motion View, Director’s View 30x space zoom, 8K Video Snap, Motion View, Director’s View 100x Space Zoom, Hybrid Optical Zoom, 8K Video Snap, Motion View, Director’s View
Battery capacity 4,000 mAh 4,800 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging Tech Fast charging at 25 watts, wireless charging at 15 watts Fast charging at 25 watts, wireless charging at 15 watts Fast charging at 25 watts, wireless charging at 15 watts
Unlocking Enhanced under-display fingerprint sensor, facial recognition Enhanced under-display fingerprint sensor, facial recognition Enhanced under-display fingerprint sensor, facial recognition
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
Materials Gorilla Glass on front, polycarbonate on back Gorilla Glass Victus on front and back Gorilla Glass Victus on front and back
OS Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1 Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1 Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1
Compatibility with S-Pen No No Yes, thanks to additional Wacom layer in the display
Charger included No No No
Price £849 £999 £1,199 / £1,399
Release 29 January 2021 29 January 2021 January 29th, 2021

So you can compare the new Galaxy devices, let’s go into more detail.

In the run-up to any launch of the Galaxy S series, there is speculation about the processor used. This is partly because US models have had Snapdragon processors in recent generations, giving them a performance advantage.

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This is how the new Samsung SoC is built. / © Samsung

While this is also the case this year, Samsung claims to have minimized the performance advantage of Snapdragon processors. The Exynos 2100 SoC used combines a Cortex X1 high-performance core clocked at 3.9 gigahertz, as well as three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.8 gigahertz each, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.2 gigahertz each. Also integrated into the chip is a more powerful NPU, a Mali G78 MP144 GPU, and a 5G modem.

As you can see from the table, Samsung offers its new smartphones with a maximum of 512 GB of storage. The manufacturer has dropped the option of expanding the memory via micro SD cards in all devices. This could be problematic, especially when shooting the large 8K videos.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus each offer 8 GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra uses 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM. If you opt for the most expensive Ultra model, you get a bit more RAM – but we already know that from the predecessor Galaxy 20 Ultra.

Samsung sets a new display record in the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is because it is the first smartphone on the market to support a high refresh rate of 120 Hz even at WQHD+ resolution, i.e. at 3,200 x 1,440 pixels. Thus, the display should be particularly sharp and smooth. However, since this also consumes a lot of power, the frame rate is variable in all devices.

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The display in the Galaxy S21 Ultra reaches 120 Hz even at maximum resolution. / © Samsung

The high frame rate is also offered on the two smaller models. Here, however, the resolution is limited to FHD+. The display in the Ultra model is also a notch brighter than those of the sister models at 1,500 nits. Furthermore, only this model has a Wacom layer that enables compatibility with the S-Pen, and only here can you benefit from the advantages (or disadvantages?) of a curved display.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus both use triple cameras on the back. The exact specifications can be found in the table above. I would like to focus on the differences to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Fundamentally, Samsung is on par with Apple in one aspect: the new Galaxy models support RAW images with a bit depth of 12 bits.

That’s because Samsung is using an improved version of the 108-megapixel sensor from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which was released last year. The new sensor is said to be able to capture 64 times more vibrant colours and offer three times more dynamic range. The sensor also supports pixel binning, combining image information from nine pixels into one pixel. The output images thus resolves at 12 megapixels.

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In a nutshell: the S21 and Plus have a triple camera and the Ultra model has a quad-cam. / © Samsung

What’s also exciting about the Ultra model’s camera is that it has two sensors with telephoto optics. The first sensor is a 10-megapixel and offers a triple zoom compared to the wide-angle sensor. The second sensor magnifies the subject ten times compared to the wide-angle sensor. However, here the lens speed also drops to f/2.9, while it is f/2.4 on the first telephoto lens.

In addition to technical improvements, the new Galaxy models also bring new camera modes, some of which are innovative and some of which are already found in devices from other manufacturers. The ‘8K Video Snap’ mode automatically extracts images with a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, which corresponds to about 33 megapixels, from an 8K video. For Samsung’s Single Take mode, the time limit has been increased from 10 to 15 seconds.

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To record reactions, you can use the Galaxy S21 models simultaneously front and rear camera. / © Samsung

You can also work with several cameras at the same time in Director’s View. This is a special video mode that also shows the image sections of the other sensors during video recordings. While this doesn’t record all cameras at the same time, in order to find better angles of view, the mode could still come in handy.

In addition to the new features, Samsung also claims to have improved the well-known Space Zoom. In addition to a higher sharpness, the ‘Zoom-Lock’ function should also help with the image cropping. Here, the smartphone first zooms in just a bit, and from there you can choose a tighter frame.

The last new feature Samsung introduced is the ‘Dual View’ function. Here, the phone shoots with the front camera and the rear camera at the same time. A new feature for Samsung that Apple, for example, has had since the iPhone 11.

You’ll find the largest battery capacity in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which offers a large 5,000 mAh battery. However, since the phone also has a larger display with a higher resolution, the battery life shouldn’t be significantly larger. The battery of the Galaxy S21 measures 4,000 mAh, in the Galaxy S21 Plus it is 4,800 mAh.

However, the question of how these batteries are charged is more exciting. All three smartphones support Samsung’s fast charging technology, which operates at a maximum of 25 watts. That is not particularly impressive compared to manufacturers like Oppo or Xiaomi, since some of them already have charging technologies that work with over 100W. Wireless charging is also faster elsewhere with only 15 watts of power.

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A charger is not included with the new smartphones. A trend in the smartphone year 2021. / © Samsung

However, Samsung fans were eagerly waiting to see if the manufacturer would follow Apple’s and Xiaomi’s examples and make the chargers optional. The answer: yes! None of the devices come with a power adapter in the box, and Samsung said that according to market analysis, the company can thus avoid 29,000 tons of electronic waste per year.

In addition, Samsung can lower the price of the models. Compared to the previous models, the Galaxy S21 is £30 cheaper and the Ultra model is £50 cheaper.

The S-Pen has indeed found its way into the Galaxy S series and is no longer reserved for buyers of the Note models. However, to use the S-Pen, you’ll have to opt for the Ultra model and preferably a case to go with it. Because there will be no storage space for the S-Pen in the actually Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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In addition to the new S-Pen, Samsung also offers cases for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, to which the pen adheres. / © Samsung

Instead, Samsung offers cases to which you can attach the stylus. The S-Pen is more like a conventional ballpoint pen, as it is significantly larger and thicker than the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 20, for example. However, you will have to do without the practical functions for controlling PowerPoint presentations or taking photos. The S-Pen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra does not offer Bluetooth connectivity – but it does not need to be charged either.

If you don’t like smartphones with a plastic back – Samsung prefers to call it polycarbonate – you should refrain from buying the Galaxy S21. Only the Plus and Ultra models use the latest Gorilla Glass Victus on the back. The colours of both the plastic and the glass versions are all matte.

Samsung calls these Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink and Phantom Violet this year. These colours are also available for the Plus model, but there is also a pink and a gold colour variant exclusively in Samsung’s online shop. The Ultra model comes in the exclusive colours of Titanic Navy and Brown, while only Phantom Silver and Phantom Black are available as standard.

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Samsung shows its courage for colour in all-new Galaxy devices. Here you can see the Galaxy S21. / © Samsung

Since the prices are quite confusing, I have again compiled a shortlist for you:

Galaxy S21:

Galaxy S21 Plus:

Galaxy S21 Ultra:

  • £1,199 (128GB/12GB)
  • £1,39999 (16GB/512GB)

You can pre-order all the devices from today (14 January). Officially, the devices will go on sale on January 29 – since all devices already offer 5G support ex-factory, there won’t be any additional versions.

Pre-orderers who buy between January 14 and January 29, will get bonuses like free smart tags or true wireless headphones for free. As soon as Samsung reveals the exact terms for pre-orderers, I’ll add them to this article.

Also Publish AT: https://www.nextpit.com/samsung-galaxy-s21-plus-ultra-specs-price-release

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