Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series for global markets – including India – at its Galaxy Unpacked 2021 virtual event on Thursday, January 14. As expected, there are three models to boot: Galaxy S21 Ultra (replacing Galaxy S20 Ultra), Galaxy S21 + (replacing Galaxy S20 +), and the “ vanilla ” Galaxy S21 (replacing Galaxy S20). Almost everything about these phones has been in the public domain for quite some time now. Specifications, features, “value” additions – and the lack of them – all have been disclosed to death. It turns out that much of it was true after all.
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The Galaxy S21 Ultra represents the latest and greatest technology Samsung can offer today in a “conventional” form factor. The Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 bring some of these technologies at a slightly more affordable price.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series design
All three phones have the same design, which is a slight update to what we’ve seen in their predecessors. In some context, the Galaxy S21 series is closer to the Galaxy Note 20 series in terms of looks and feel (as well as some of the choices that Samsung has made in terms of building materials). Only the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21 + have a glass back. This is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Galaxy S21 uses ‘glastic’, which is how Samsung generally describes its plastic phones now. The finish is the same across the board, meaning all three phones have a smooth matte finish on the back, much like the Note 20 series phones.
The outer frame uses metal in all three phones. The same goes for the “new” contour cut camera module.
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There are new colors –obviously-With the Galaxy S21 Ultra available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver, the Galaxy S21 + in Phantom Violet, Phantom Black and Phantom Silver, and the Galaxy S21 in Phantom White, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink and Phantom Violet.
All three phones are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance and come equipped with two stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. There is (still) no headphone jack.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hardware
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch 120Hz Quad HD + AMOLED display. The Galaxy S21 + features a 6.7-inch Dynamic 120Hz FHD + AMOLED display. The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch 120Hz FHD + Dynamic AMOLED display. All three phones use Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front and a built-in ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.
Under the hood, all three Galaxy S21 series phones come with Samsung’s brand new Exynos 2100 processor or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 depending on the region. In India, the Galaxy S20 series will be powered by the Exynos 2100. Based on 5nm EUV process technology, the 8-core Exynos 2100 has a single powerful ARM Cortex-X1 core clocked at 2.9 GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. This is paired with a Mali-G78 GPU.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with up to 16 GB of RAM while the Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 max at 8 GB. The Galaxy S21 Ultra additionally offers up to 512 GB of storage, while the Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 reach a maximum of 256 GB. For some reason, none of the Galaxy S21 series phones support expandable storage.
The software for all three phones is One UI 3.0 based on Android 11.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with four cameras on the back. The main and ultra wide angle are the same as last year: 108 MP (brand new HM3 sensor) + 12 MP. To complete the package, two 10MP cameras (3x, 10x zoom), one of which is periscope style, plus a time-of-flight sensor for 3D depth detection (like that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra). A key difference this time around is that all four cameras on the Galaxy S21 Ultra come with OIS. The front camera is again the same as that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It’s 40MP.
Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 have the same rear and front cameras. It is a combination of 12MP wide + 12MP ultra-wide angle + 64MP rear telephoto lens and 10MP front cameras.
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The power supply of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 5000mAh battery. That’s 4,800mAh in the Galaxy S21 + and 4,000mAh in the Galaxy S21. All three phones support 25W fast wired charging, 15W fast wireless charging, and wireless power sharing.
All three phones are unsurprisingly ready for 5G, with the Ultra and Plus models also supporting ultra-wideband (UWB) tracking. Finally, the Galaxy S21 Ultra becomes the first phone in the Galaxy S series to support Samsung’s S-Pen stylus accessory, although there is no silo to store it – and there is. not included in the box for free.
Another thing that doesn’t come with any of the three Galaxy S21 series phones is the charging brick. But then again, we all saw it coming, didn’t we?
Samsung Galaxy S21 series price
- Galaxy S21 (8GB / 128GB): Rs 69,999 (Phantom Purple, White, Pink, Gray)
- Galaxy S21 (8GB / 256GB): Rs 73,999 (Phantom Purple, White, Gray)
- Galaxy S21 + (8 GB / 128 GB): Rs 81,999 (Phantom Violet, Sliver, Black)
- Galaxy S21 + (8 GB / 256 GB): Rs 85,999 (Phantom Violet, Sliver, Black)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (12GB / 256GB): Rs 1,05,999 (phantom black, sliver)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (16GB / 512GB): Rs 1,16,999 (phantom black)
Pre-bookings for the Galaxy S21 series in India begin on January 15 at exclusive stores and retail stores Samsung, Samsung.com and major online portals. Pre-booked consumers will begin receiving shipments on January 25. The Galaxy S21 series will be available to everyone in India from January 29.
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