Samsung has announced the Galaxy S21 and S21 +. The phones have 5G and three cameras that are concealed in a separate island that blends into the housing. The company is also releasing the S21 Ultra with two telecamera. The cheapest model, the regular S21, costs 849 euros.
S21 and S21 +
The Galaxy S21 5G has a 6.2 “screen with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels with 421ppi. The OLED screen supports HDR10 + and has a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The screen of the S21 + 5G is slightly larger at 6.7 inches and has same resolution, resulting in a lower ppi of 394.
The devices both use an unnamed octacore processor that is made on a 5nm process. That is almost certainly the case recently Samsung presented Exynos 2100-soc. Samsung says that the soc in the S21 devices uses cores at 2.9GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.2GHz. That is completely in line with the specifications of the Exynos 2100. With this soc Samsung no longer uses its own Mongoose cores, as was still the case with the Exynos 990 in the S20 series.
Both models have 8GB Lpddr5 ram on board. As is usual with the Galaxy S devices, there is a clear difference in the battery capacity: with the S21 that is 4000mAh and with the S21 + 4800mAh. Both phones support fast charging based on the Quick Charge 2.0 standard. The maximum charging power for ‘wired’ charging is not shown by Samsung, but that will probably be 25W.
The phone has three cameras that are concealed on an island in the metal back of the case, which contrast with a matte finished back. The primary camera takes 12-megapixel photos with an angle of view of 79 degrees, has pixels of 1.8 microns and has a lens with an aperture of f / 1.8. The ultra-widescreen lens has an angle of view of 120 degrees and a lens with an aperture of f / 2.2. There is also a telecamera with a resolution of 64 megapixels, which has a hybrid optical zoom of three times. The ‘Space Zoom’ function mentioned by Samsung is also present, with which users can zoom in up to thirty times.
With the camera it is possible to record videos in 8k, where users can also take a snapshot of 33 megapixels. It is not clear whether this only applies to the regular camera. It is also possible to turn on both the front and rear camera at the same time. The camera has Super Steady image stabilization when shooting videos in 1080p. The front camera is just like the S20 series present by means of a hole in the screen. It has an eighty-degree angle of view, takes 10-megapixel photos and the lens has an aperture of f / 2.2.
The Galaxy S21 devices are for sale from January 29. The normal S21 with 128GB storage costs 849 euros and with 256GB that will be 899 euros. The S21 + with 128GB and 256GB costs 1049 and 1099 euros respectively. The phones are available in pink, silver and black.
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung has also released the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has a slightly larger screen and an extra camera. The 6.8 “screen and has an OLED screen with a higher resolution than the other two S21 devices, namely 3200×1440 pixels. The pixel density is 515ppi and this device also supports HDR10 +. The phone has slightly better specifications to honor its Ultra name. To do this: there is 12GB Lpddr5 memory in combination with a 128GB or 256GB storage space, or 16GB Lpddr5 with 512GB of storage.The battery is also slightly larger at 5000mAh, just as is the case with the S20 series.
The biggest change is that the S21 Ultra has not three but four cameras. It is a 108-megapixel camera with a lens with an aperture of f / 1.8. There is also an ultra-wide-angle camera with the same 12-megapixel sensor as that of the S21 and S21 +. The Ultra also has two telephoto cameras with a ten-megapixel resolution, one of which has three times optical zoom with an aperture of f / 2.4 and the other ten times optical zoom with an aperture of f / 4.9. There is also a ‘Space Zoom’ function here, but one hundred times. With the 108-megapixel sensor it is possible to film in 4K at 60fps.
The S21 Ultra can also use the S-Pen. This is not stored in the housing, as in Note models, for example, but must be taken along separately. The S-Pen is also not included as standard, but can be purchased separately. The phone itself costs 1249 euros for the version with 12GB of ram and 128GB of storage space, or 1299 euros for the 256GB version. The version with 512GB storage and 16GB of ram costs 1,429 euros. The Ultra devices are, just like the other S21 versions, for sale from January 29.
|Galaxy S21 5G||Galaxy S21+ 5G||Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G|
|Dimensions||71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9mm
QHD + amoled
Maximum 2.8GHZ + 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz
Maximum 2.9GHz + 2.8GHz + 2.2GHz
|RAM||8GB lpddr5||12GB lpddr5 at 128GB / 256GB
16GB lpddr5 at 512GB
|Memory||128GB / 256GB||128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Ultra widescreen||12 megapixels
|Telephoto lens||64 megapixels
3x hybrid optical zoom
30x ‘Space Zoom’
|Twice 10 megapixels
10 x optical zoom & 30 x optical zoom
35 & 10 degrees
Aperture f / 2.4 and f / 4.9
|Link||USB PD 3.0
Bluetooth dual audio
|USB PD 3.0
Bluetooth dual audio