So, its 2021 and if you’re reading this then congratulations, you survived 2020. It’s a new year and good news in raining, the vaccines are finally rolling out and with CES 2021 showing some pretty promising products and software, its the first smartphone launch of the year, the Galaxy Unpacked. In this event, Samsung launched quite some products with the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra, such as the Galaxy SmartTag and the Galaxy Buds Pro.
Let’s talk specs, so both the S21 and S21 plus gets downgraded FHD+ after many years of floating at QHD+ but S21 Ultra still gets QHD+, now, also with 120hz, simultaneously. The whole lineup gets variable refresh rate with 48hz-120hz on the S21 and S21 Plus and 11hz-120hz on the S21 Ultra. Talking about the display, the S21 and S21 plus gets a 6.2″ and 6.7″ flat display, respectively, so Samsung went from waterfall to slightly curved to now flat but the S21 Ultra has 6.8″ slightly curved display. Now, cameras, S21 and S21 Plus shares the same cameras, primary lens is 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS, ultra-wide is 12mp(f/2.2) with 120° FOV and a 64mp 3x telephoto with 30x Spacezoom. The Ultra has a quad camera setup including the 2nd gen 108mp(f/1.8) main lens, 12mp(f/2.2) and two 10mp 3x and 10x telephoto going all the way to 100x with laser autofocus sensor. Its a 10mp selfie lens for S21 and S21 Plus and 40mp for Ultra.
All the lenses can shoot at 4k60fps now with directors view, in which you can shoot from all cameras together. They can also shoot upto 8k. Coming to the build quality, S21, now comes with a plastic back but the S21 Plus and Ultra has the glass back. The camera design also seems like it has been designed and not slapped at the back of the phone, I really like the way it melts at the sides of the bump. Samsung came with a bunch of different color options but the Phantom Violet really caught my eye, not one of my favorite colors in general but the rose gold camera bump and frame with violet back looks awesome. All the devices comes with IP68 water and dust resistance rating and Gorilla Glass Victus for more durability. For storage, S21 lineup comes with 128GB, 256GB and a 512GB variant exclusive to S21 Ultra.
The S21 Ultra now also supports S-Pen but its not integrated, its a separate accessory and the domino tipped by Apple has hit Samsung, They removed the headphones and charging adaptor out-of-the-box, they also removed MicroSD card support for the whole lineup. Juicing these devices are 4000mAh cell for S21, 4800mAh cell for S21 Plus and 5000mAh for the S21 Ultra. It would be quite interesting to see battery test because of the new variable refresh rate screens. The S21 devices also comes with the Qualcomm Sonic Max 2nd gen, which is get to 50% faster and 1.7x bigger than last in-display fingerprint sensor.
Samsung still continues its trend of two different chips for different markets, Snapdragon 888 for Qualcomm regions and Exynos 2100 for international markets, Exynos 2100 looks promising but further testing will show how it stands against its counterpart. Now, what’s the damage gonna be? Samsung realized their mistake and unlike last year, this year S21 starts at $799(69,999 INR), S21 Plus at $999(81,999 INR) and S21 Ultra at $1199(105,999 INR), seeing the $700 to $800 segment battle last year, this could be Samsung’s chance of redemption with a S flagship phone.
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