The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is now official. After a plethora of leaks, rumours and teasers, the South Korean giant finally launched the new flagship range of smartphones at its Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event. The new series continues the company’s tradition of bringing three different models in its flagship series of phones. smart, just like the Galaxy S20 series launched last year. The Galaxy S21 family consists of the regular Galaxy S21, as well as the Galaxy S21 + and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. All three models come with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate and flaunt an all-new camera housing that Samsung calls “Contour Cut Camera.” The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + in the series share an identical triple rear camera setup, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra houses a superior quad rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary sensor. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with S Pen support. The entire Galaxy S21 series includes an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra price, availability details
Samsung Galaxy S21 the price in India has been set at Rs. 69,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while the price of the 256GB storage option is Rs. 73,999. the Samsung Galaxy S21 + starts at a price of Rs. 81,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB base storage option, with the price of the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant set at Rs. 85,999. The most premium Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at Rs. 1,05,999 for the 12GB RAM + 128GB base storage variant, with the high-end 16GB RAM + 512GB storage configuration priced at Rs. 1,16,999. It seems that the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant has not been brought to India.
Pre-orders start from January 15, and pre-order customers will receive a Galaxy SmartTag, also released at the event, and a Rs. 10,000 Samsung Shop voucher, redeemable for a Galaxy Watch Active 2 or a Galaxy Buds + with a travel adapter. Refund up to Rs. 10,000 will be available to HDFC Bank customers. Pre-order customers receive delivery from January 25, while regular sales start from January 29, through Samsung.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart, among other online portals, as well as through from offline retail stores.
In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S21 starts at $ 799 (roughly Rs. 58,500), While The Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra have a starting price of $ 999 (roughly Rs. 73,100) and $ 1,199 (roughly Rs. 87,700), respectively. The phones will be available for pre-order starting January 14 and on sale starting January 29.
The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + come in a distinctive new colour option called Phantom Violet, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra has Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy and Phantom Brown colour options that will be exclusive to Samsung.com. Released alongside the new smartphones were the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro TWS headphones and Galaxy SmartTag.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S21 runs on Android 11 with A user interface on top and features a 6.2-inch Flat-HD + Full-HD + (1,080×2,400 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with an aspect ratio of 20: 9 and a pixel density of 421ppi. The display also comes with HDR10 + certification, Samsung’s Eye Comfort Shield, and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that can drop down to 48Hz. Under the hood, the Galaxy S21 has an octa-core Exynos 2100 SoC in all markets (except the US, where it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888), along with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
In terms of optics, the Samsung Galaxy S21 houses a triple rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel sensor with an f / 2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view (FoV). The camera setup also comes with a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel primary sensor with an f / 1.8 lens that comes with autofocus support. Additionally, there’s a 64-megapixel sensor with phase-detection autofocus, 3x hybrid optical zoom, and 76-degree FoV through an f / 2.0 lens. The tertiary sensor is also equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
The Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 10-megapixel camera sensor on the front for selfies and video conferencing. The front sensor is coupled with an f / 2.2 lens that has an 80-degree field of view.
Samsung has provided an improved camera app on the Galaxy S21 that supports features including 8K Snap, Director’s View, Super Steady Video, and Single Take. When paired with the new Galaxy Buds Pro, the phone is also capable of simultaneously recording ambient sounds and your voice using a pre-loaded multi-mic recording function. There is also an enhanced Spatial Zoom feature that allows you to digitally zoom an object or subject 30 times.
On the storage side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has either 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage options. Connectivity options include 5G (NSA and SA both), 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port (with DisplayPort support). Onboard sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The phone also comes with a completely new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 includes a 4000 mAh battery that supports USB PD 3.0 fast charging. There is also Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 at 10W, as well as Wireless PowerShare for reverse wireless charging. The phone measures 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm and weighs 171 grams (mmWave) and 169 grams (Sub6).
Samsung Galaxy S21 + Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S21 + runs on Android 11 based One UI and comes with a 6.7-inch Full-HD + flat Full-HD + (1,080×2,400 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with a ratio of the aspect ratio of 20: 9 and a pixel density of 394ppi. The display also includes HDR10 + support, as well as an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate and Eye Comfort Shield. There is the Exynos 2100 SoC in the global Galaxy S21 + version (Snapdragon 888 in the US), along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The triple rear camera setup on the Galaxy S21 + includes a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel primary sensor with an f / 1.8 lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, and a 64-megapixel telephoto shooter with OIS support. There is also a 10-megapixel selfie camera sensor.
The preloaded camera functions on the Samsung Galaxy S21 + are identical to those available on the Galaxy S21. This means you get the same Super Zoom, 8K Snap, and Director’s View, among other options.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 + comes in 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage options. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. It also supports Ultra-Wideband (UWB).
Onboard sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The phone also includes an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
Samsung has provided a 4,800 mAh battery in the Galaxy S21 + that supports fast wired and wireless charging, just like the Galaxy S21. Furthermore, the phone measures 161.5×75.6×7.8mm and weighs 202 grams (mmWave) and 200 grams (Sub6).
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Specifications
Like the other two models in the series, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also runs on Android 11 with One UI on top. However, it does feature an advanced 6.8-inch Edge QHD + (1,440×3,200 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with HDR10 + support and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate that can drop down to 10Hz. The Galaxy S21 Ultra screen is also equipped with Wacom technology to support S Pen. Users can get the note-taking experience using an existing S Pen from their Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab or they can purchase an S Pen designed for the Galaxy S21 Ultra with a compatible case. The phone is powered by an Exynos 2100 octa-core SoC in global markets (Snapdragon 888 in the US), combined with 12GB and 16GB LPDDR5 RAM options.
On the camera side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra flaunts a quad rear camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel sensor with an f / 1.8 lens and OIS support. The camera also carries a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel sensor with an f / 2.2 lens, a 10-megapixel sensor with an f / 2.4 telephoto lens and OIS support, and another 10-megapixel sensor with an f / 4.9 telephoto lens and OIS support. The former telephoto lens supports 3x optical zoom, while the latter has 10x optical zoom. There is also a laser autofocus sensor for best results. Also, the camera supports 100X spatial zoom.
For selfies and video conferencing, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 40-megapixel camera sensor on the front, with an f / 2.2 lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. You will also get support for UWB. Onboard sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic, gyroscope, hall, and a proximity sensor. There is also an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
Samsung has offered a 5,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy S21 Ultra that supports USB PD 3.0 and Wireless Charging 2.0 for fast wired and wireless charging. The phone measures 165.1×75.6×8.9mm and weighs 229 grams (mmWave) or 227 grams (Sub6).