Samsung presents the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra: new design, better cameras and, of course, no charger

The wait is over. Samsung has officially presented the new Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, the three high-end smartphones with which the South Korean brand intends to face the first half of 2021.

All three models, as various leaks had pointed out in recent weeks, they release a new design. The biggest change is at the rear, where the cameras are now grouped together in a rather quaint new module. This module also fuses with the side frame of the phone, made of metal. This gives it a slightly different aesthetic than other competing smartphones.

Another important change is related to the curvature of the screen. Both the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus have a flat AMOLED screen, which represents an important modification considering that this type of panel has been one of the hallmarks of the Galaxy family during the last five years. The only model of the three announced that does retain the curvature is the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Exceptional hardware in every Galaxy S21


Inside, the brain of all three models is Samsung’s Exynos 2100, presented a few days before this Samsung Unpacked. This chip brings with it several changes at the architecture level that, on paper, should translate into a performance similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. The SoC of the North American company, by the way, will be present in the Galaxy S21 that are marketed in the United States.

As far as RAM is concerned, amounts range from 8 to 16 GB between the three models. And the same goes for UFS 3.1 storage, which varies between 128 and 512 GB. On this occasion, by the way, no Galaxy S21 has a microSD card slot, an element that Samsung seemed to refuse to give up.

The three versions of the Galaxy S21, how could it be otherwise, incorporate 5G connectivity. Of course: unlike previous years, there will be no versions without this connectivity. All Galaxy S21s come standard with a 5G modem compatible with both mmWave and sub-6GHz networks.

When it comes to Wi-Fi, all S21s can connect to Wi-Fi 6 networks. However, only the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports Wi-Fi 6E, the new connectivity standard that is driving the industry forward.

Samsung Galaxy S21

The screen, on the other hand, is Dynamic AMOLED 2X on all three models. However, we can find several differences between the panel of the Galaxy S21 Ultra and that of the other models.

The size. The Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch screen, the S21 Plus raises the figure to 6.7 inches and the S21 Ultra goes up to 6.8 inches.
The refresh rate. All three models are capable of dynamically adapting their refresh rate, reaching a maximum of 120 Hz. The S21 Ultra, however, can vary it between 10 and 120 Hz, while the other two models can only do it between 48 and 120 Hz.
The resolution. This is the most controversial point. The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus mount Full HD + screens, which is a step back from the QHD + panels that the previous generation mounted. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, does retain the QHD + resolution.

Samsung, once again, has opted for UWB technology, which allows you to locate certain objects and even opens the door to future digital and wireless keys. This connectivity, yes, will only be present in the two most expensive models of the new family.

By last, Samsung has improved the fingerprint reader on all three models. It’s ultrasonic and it’s still under the screen, but it’s now faster and 1.7 times larger.

More (and better) cameras

Samsung Galaxy S21

In the photographic section it is where we can find more differences between the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. The two cheapest models share the same sensors, targets and performance. However, the Ultra model goes a step further with more megapixels, more zoom, and the promise of better photos.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra, like its predecessor, features a 108 megapixel main sensor. It combines the information of nine pixels into one and promises 12 megapixel images with great quality. The system has also been refined. According to Samsung, this new sensor has a dynamic range three times wider, can capture better photos in adverse lighting conditions and is capable of taking 12-bit HDR photos, among other things.

Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus Galaxy S21 Ultra Main 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 79 ”OIS, F1.8, 1.8µm 108MP PDAF, FOV 83” OIS, F1.8, 0.8µm Telephoto Lens 1 64MP Phase Detection AF, Hybrid Zoom 3X, FOV 76 ”, OIS, F2.0, 0.8µm 10MP Dual Pixel AF, 3X optical zoom, FOV 35”, OIS, F2.4, 1.22µm Telephoto 2 Does not incorporate 10MP Dual Pixel AF, 10x optical zoom, FOV 10 ”, OIS, F4.9, 1.22µm Wide Angle 12MP FF, FOV 120 °, F2.2, 1.4µm 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 120 °, F2.2, 1.4µm Front 10MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80 °, F2.2, 1.22µm 40MP PDAF, FOV 80º, F2.2, 0.7 µm

The other major change on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the zoom. Samsung has followed in Huawei’s trail with the P40 Pro Plus and, in this model, has mounted two telephoto lenses: one of three increases and another of ten increases. This offers consumers greater versatility when taking photos. They have a long telephoto lens for objects that are very far away and a short telephoto lens for capturing photos in portrait mode, for example.

The three models they are capable of recording 8K video at a maximum of 24 FPS. They also bring with them a new recording mode that allows you to switch between different cameras with ease and a Vlogger mode.

No charger or headphones

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Galaxy S21 do not bring headphones or power adapter. Samsung thus confirms the rumors and gets on the same train as Apple or Xiaomi, who have taken a similar step in recent months. The official argument is the same as Apple enunciated at the time: encourage the reuse of compatible accessories that we have at home and, at the same time, reduce the contamination derived from the transport of the products – as the boxes are smaller, more can be transported telephones on the same route.

Everyone The Galaxy S21 support fast charging of up to 25 W of power –If a compatible adapter is used–. They also support wireless charging using the Qi standard and incorporate reverse charging technology that supplies power to other compatible devices by simply placing them on the back of the phone. The battery capacity of each model is as follows:

Galaxy S21. 4,000 mAh.
Galaxy S21 Plus. 4,800 mAh.
Galaxy S21 Ultra. 5,000 mAh.

Welcome S-Pen

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first Galaxy S compatible with the S-Pen. This element, until now, had been exclusive to the Note family. But, according to various sources, Samsung could have put an end to this range, hence this element makes its way into this new model.

The S-Pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, unlike the one present in the Note 20 Ultra, not stored inside the phone. In fact, the stylus is not even included in the phone box. Users who want to make use of this element will have to purchase the S-Pen separately. And, to store it when not in use, they will have to use a specific cover.

The pencil, meanwhile, offers the same precision as previous generations. It can be used to take notes, sign documents, etc. Of course: this S-Pen does not have Bluetooth technology, so it cannot be used to control the phone with gestures (as it does in the Note 20 Ultra).

When will the Galaxy S21 be available and what prices will it have?

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Galaxy S21 can be booked from this afternoon at the usual distributors, including the Samsung website. The sale of the new models, however, will not begin until January 29.

The prices of each model and the colors in which they will be available:

Galaxy S21. It will start from 849 euros. There will be two versions: both will have 8 GB of RAM but will vary in storage (128 or 256 GB). It will be sold in four colors: pink, purple, gray and white.
Galaxy S21 Plus. It will start from 1049 euros. There will be two versions: both will have 8 GB of RAM but will vary in storage (128 or 256 GB). It will be sold in three colors: purple, black and white.
Galaxy S21 Ultra. It will start from 1249 euros. There will be three versions: 12 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage; 12 GB of RAM + 256 GB of storage; 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. It will be sold in two colors: black and white.

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