Samsung has officially launched its 2021 flagship, the new Galaxy S21 series. Samsung has added significant devices this year in its Galaxy S series. With this new launching event, The company has added three flagship devices to this lineup namely the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and Samsung galaxy S21 Ultra. All three devices have the latest Snapdragon 888 ARM chip, lower price tags, and no included charger. Here everything you need to know about all three devices of the Samsung S21 family.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G comparison
|Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21+||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra|
|Screen size||6.2-inch / 6.7-inch FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate)||6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate)|
|Screen resolution||2400 x 1080||3200 x 1440|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100|
|RAM||8GB (LPDDR5)||12GB/16GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||128GB/256GB, non-expandable||128GB/256GB, non-expandable (expandable in some countries)|
|Rear cameras||12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.8um pixel size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF)||108MP (f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 0.8um pixel size. Produces 12MP images with 2.4um pixel size)|
|12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, 120-degree FoV)||12MP (ultrawide, Dual Pixel AF, 120-degree FoV, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size)|
|64MP (f/2.0 aperture, 0.8um pixel size, OIS, PDAF, Hybrid Optic 3X, 30X Space Zoom)||10MP (telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/2.4 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, optical zoom 3x)|
|10MP (telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/4.9 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 10x optical zoom, 100x Space Zoom)|
|Front cameras||10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 80-degree FoV, Dual Pixel AF)||40MP (f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree FoV, 0.7um pixel size, PDAF)|
|Battery||4,000mAh / 4,800mAh, non-removable, fast battery charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare||5,000mAh, non-removable, fast battery charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm / 161 x 75.6 x 7.8mm||165 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||171 grams / 202 grams||229 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)||In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)|
|OS||Android 11||Android 11|
|One UI 3.0||One UI 3.0|
|Price||Starts at $799.99 / 999.99||Starts at $1,199.99|
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Design
- S20: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm, 172g
- S21+: 161.55 x 75.6 x 7.86mm, 202g
- S21 Ultra : 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm, 228g
- IP68 waterproofing
The Galaxy S21 series couple of big change in perspective of its design the most noticeable thing is that shift from curved edges to the display on previous Galaxy S models, to a flat display (unlike the Ultra which retains the curves to the edges), giving a slightly different look to the front of this phone. While at the back of the camera unit one can easily notice that the camera housing is now integrated with the frame, so it’s more of a feature on the back, these are some major changes in the design unit otherwise much of the design sticks to the familiar from previous Galaxy S series, with waterproofing to protect the devices to an IP68 level. There’s no 3.5mm headphone socket or jack, but the stereo speakers remain which delivers the sound good enough.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Display
- S21: 6.2in, FHD+
- S21+: 6.7in, FHD+
- S21 Ultra: Quad HD+, HDR10+ support
- Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ have shifted in resolution with both getting a Full HD+ resolution. That’s also a change of direction of Samsung, which previously put a Quad HD+ display in all its flagship devices, but in the case of Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA Samsung gives Quad HD+, HDR10+ supported display which takes the ULTRA to a different level. While Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ has support adaptive refresh rates, with a range of 48-120Hz and Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA has an adaptive refresh rate with a range of 10-120Hz. This type of adaptive technique helps the smartphone to consume less power.
Samsung has given the protection of Corning Gorilla glass VICTUS Technology for the safeguarding the accidental drop purpose. This all makes the screen to look good feel good as well as much premium in comparison to other smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Hardware and specs
- Exynos 2100 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 5G
- For S21 & S21+: 8GB RAM; 128GB/256GB storage options
- For S21 Ultra: 12/16GB RAM; 128/256/512GB Storage options
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series will be run on ONE UI 3.1 which is based on android version 11, as we all know android 11 is the latest version available so one can say that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is up to date (other Samsung devices are currently on One UI 3.0 at the time of writing). Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ will come with 128GB and 256GB storage options, while both will come with 8GB RAM. While Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA will come with 3 storage options 128/256/512GB with 12/16GB RAM options, which takes the ULTRA again to the next level. When it comes to processor Samsung has given it's best to his customers to satisfy their needs. As Samsung has given Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 based on 5nm processor packs epic power and speed. This outstanding upgrade means faster learning and more intelligence in every aspect of Galaxy S21 series 5G.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Camera
S21 & S21+: Main camera: 12-megapixel, 1.8µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS.
- Telephoto: 64MP, (3x optical / 30x digital zoom) 0.8µm, f/2.0, OIS. Ultra-wide: 12MP, 1.4µm, f/2.2
- Selfie: 10MP, 1.22µm, f/2.2
S21 Ultra: Quad rear camera; Main: 108-megapixels, 0.8µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, laser autofocus.
- Ultra-wide: 12MP, 1.4µm, f/2.2, 120°. Telephoto (3x): 10MP, 1.22µm, f/2.4, OIS. Telephoto (10x): 10MP, 1.22µm, f/4.9, OIS
- Selfie (S21ULTRA) : 40MP, 0.7µm, f/2.2
Both the Galaxy S21 and S21+ will come with a triple rear camera made up of a 12- megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor – the same overall selection as the Galaxy S20 models. The Samsung S21 ULTRA does come with a 108-megapixel camera that captures every detail, you can pinch in and reveal even more shots within. This camera quality expresses rich color data for true-to-life details and hues. But the changes we have viewed after the launch is there is much more software upgradation as in Samsung S21 series you can take 8K(24fps) Video which is the highest video resolution available in a smartphone — that’s four times as many pixels as 4K. And with 8K Video Snap, you can pull epic high-resolution photos straight from 8K Video.So the consumer don’t have to choose between shooting video or stills.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Battery capacity
- S21: 4000mAh battery
- S21 Plus: 4800mAh battery
- S21 Ultra: 5000mAh, 45W charging
One of the important factors of any smartphone is the battery as the battery capacity plays a vital role on smartphone performance. In terms of battery capacity, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh battery which the company says it is good enough for an entire day While we see a bump in S21 Plus with +800mAh i.e 4800mAh Battery capacity. But in the case of ultra, you will get true one-day battery life as it’s 5000mAh battery capacity. As on Samsung says that the software optimization is so good that the device will take less Battery for any task to perform. But we had already seen that Samsung has given up to 7000mAh capacity in other smartphones so this thing will be quite noticeable.
Samsung Galaxy S21, s21+, ultra 5G Impression
The first impression of the Galaxy S21 series is that it comes with a unique design and with much more upgradation also some of the most important software optimizations such as 8k video recording on the same megapixel camera of s20 and much more (unlike the Ultra version because it upgrade it’s camera too). Also, the connectivity has improved with the support of WiFi 6E and the improvement in the 5G. The processor is also very much improved.
Note: Samsung has opened pre-orders, If you’re planning to pick up the S21, the launch deals are probably the best chance you’ll have until the phone gets its inevitable mid-life price cut.