Like clockwork, Samsung releases a new version of the flagship Galaxy S smartphone in the first quarter of each year. And the company didn̵
Just like last year, the S21 line is split into the base phone, a + variant and a super-duper Galaxy S21 Ultra with top spec, all with 5G radios. After years in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, Samsung is saying goodbye to its curved glass screen panel and opting for a more conventional flat panel with small bezels and a centered selfie camera.
The styling has shifted a bit too: the rear camera panel is now the entire corner of the device, merging into the metal frame on the side. It’s a unique look, which should help it stand out in a sea of square and rectangular rear cameras. Samsung says the metal-covered cameras are also stronger. The S21 retains Samsung’s under-screen fingerprint reader and wireless charging capabilities.
The base model Galaxy S21 hangs on the same screen panel size as last year, 6.2 inches diagonal with Gorilla Glass Victus on it. It uses a metal internal frame with tempered glass on the back. Beneath the resolution is a surprising downgrade: while last year’s model used a 1440p display, this year it’s only 1070p, although it sticks to the 120Hz refresh rate (which can now adaptively shift the refresh rate to 48Hz to improve power. manage).
The 10 megapixel selfie camera will also remain, and the rear cameras will have the same 12/12/64 megapixel array as last year (wide angle, ultra wide and telephoto respectively). Samsung says it has drastically improved the photo processing system for exposure, portraits and general photography. The video system goes up to 8K resolution, with instant photo capture in video mode. You can even preview snapshots from different camera modules while the video is being recorded.
Below is Samsung’s Exynos 2100 processor, which the company claims can improve processing of its eight cores by 33% and extend battery life thanks to its 5nm manufacturing process. (Galaxy S21 variants in the US and some other areas will almost certainly use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, probably the 865+ or 888). It’s paired with 8 GB of RAM (the same as last year’s LTE model, 33% less than the 5G version) and 128 or 256 GB of storage. It depends on the 4000 mAh battery.
Other features include an under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, IP68 water resistance, NFC for wireless payments, Wi-Fi 6, 25-watt wireless charging (and reverse wireless charging), and Samsung’s custom version of Android 11. It comes in white and gray colors, as well as pink and violet, with variations depending on your location. The Galaxy S21 will be available starting January 29 from $ 799.
Galaxy S21 +
As with last year’s Plus model, the S21 + extends the screen to 6.7 inches, and it uses the more compact 1440p resolution. Other upgrades over the Galaxy S21 include a 4800 mAh battery (a small shock from last year) and a new Ultra Wideband system to track the phone’s exact location indoors.
The S21 + retains the same front and rear camera as the S21, as well as 8 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB storage. That 8GB figure is yet another downgrade from last year’s 5G model, and the 512GB storage option appears to be gone. The Galaxy S21 + is available in silver, black and violet. The Galaxy S21 + will cost $ 999 when it launches on January 29th.
Galaxy S21 Ultra
The top-of-the-line Galaxy S21 Ultra is, of course, the biggest, with a slight jolt against a 6.8-inch 1440p display, which can go up to 1500 nits and adaptively down to just 10 Hz. Oddly, it’s a hair smaller than last year (6.9 ″), perhaps due to the lack of a curved glass panel.
One of the main differences from the S21 Ultra is the added support for a separately sold S Pen, formerly the trademark of the Galaxy Note series. That includes the various editing and software tricks like using the external pen as a media controller or the camera’s shutter button.
The other big differentiator is the cameras. The front camera is mega-amplified to a 40-megapixel sensor, while the rear module uses four different sensors: two 10 MP telephoto sensors in tandem, a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor with macro autofocus and an astonishing 108-megapixel primary wide-angle lens. angle sensor.
They are all complemented by the laser autofocus module, another element borrowed from the latest Galaxy Note. Periscope “double-folded” lens design provides better clarity from one to 100x zoom, as well as more detailed macro shots. It can also handle 4K at 60 frames from any of its camera modules.
In addition to UWB tracking, the S21 Ultra gains access to advanced Wi-Fi 6E capabilities, 12 GB RAM and an increased storage option of 512 GB. The fast 45-watt wireless charging of the S20 Ultra has been relegated a bit to “just” 25 watts (which matches the other S21 phones) to charge the 5000 mAh battery. It is available in black or silver.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra will start at $ 1199 when it lands on January 29th.
The new standalone S Pen is only compatible with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. While that phone doesn’t have an internal compartment like the Note series, Samsung sells multiple premium cases with a dedicated space in front of them, including standard bumper and folio designs.
The S Pen Pro, a larger version with Bluetooth capability, will be released later this year. It offers additional functionality such as a remote shutter release. The standard model is $ 40, but there’s no word on the price for the S Pen Pro.
Galaxy Buds Pro
After the slightly unconventional ‘open ear’ design of the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds live, Samsung is returning to its more standard true wireless earbud design. The Galaxy Buds Pro are meant to compete with the AirPods Pro and similar ultra-premium earbuds, with an in-ear design, active noise cancellation and silicone tips.
The Buds Pro use the teardrop shape of the original Galaxy Buds and Buds +, with a small external mesh used for active noise cancellation. Samsung claims that it can filter out ‘up to 99%’ of external noise and that it also drastically improves call quality. There is also a new voice detection feature: the earbuds can automatically switch to ambient listening mode (allow external sounds instead of blocking them) when it detects someone speaking around you.
Samsung says the Buds Pro will last for 5 hours on a single charge from their square body, and an improved 6.5mm tweeter and 11mm woofer should significantly improve sound quality over previous models. They are also sweat resistant (although not completely waterproof) with an IPX7 rating.
The Buds Pro will be available tomorrow January 15 for $ 199. They are available in black, white and violet.
Samsung also introduced a new product line: the SmartTag. It is a small, localized item tracker that uses Bluetooth Low Energy. It’s more or less exactly the same design as Tile’s popular trackers, albeit in just one size and shape. It’s also not to be confused with Samsung’s previous Smart Things tracker, which used GPS and required a cellular connection to function.
SmartTag uses end-to-end encryption for The tags come in gray and black with a permanent loop for key rings and the like. The replicable coin cell battery lasts “months” and, like Tile, can work with other SmartThings users in a mesh network.
There is also a SmartTag + with Ultrawide Band tracking for specific location tracking that can be activated via an augmented reality interface. Both the standard and the + models come with a selection of cases.
The SmartTag will launch on January 29 for $ 30, with 2-packs and 4-packs available. The SmarTag + is priced at $ 40 starting later this year.