Peeping into the key highlights of the S21 series, the Samsung phones promise a superior display which automatically adjusts the refresh rate, an 8K video camera with friendly audio-recording features, 5G connectivity, Exynos 2100 5nm SoC and decent battery life. All the three new phones are IP68 dust and water resistant.
Like always, If you wish to get the best of the new S21 series, you need to place your bet on the S21 Ultra. The other two phones– S21 and S21+ — while offering similar software prowess and SoC, have smaller display and batteries, one less camera lens and of course, no S-Pen support. Here’s all details about the new Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra phones.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs and detailed-features
The Galaxy S21 Ultra, is without any doubt, one of the most advanced Android phones of 2021. The device features 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with variable refresh rate of between 10Hz and 120Hz. In layman terms, Samsung claims that this display offers better contrast ratio, colour accuracy and the refresh rate will automatically change between 10Hz and 102Hz as per the content on the screen. There’s Corning Glass Victus protection of both front and back.
The phone is powered by the latest 5nm-based Exynos 2100 5G SoC, which is faster, more power-efficient and has better heat management. Samsung claims 20% better CPU performance, 35% GPU performance and AI works 2X better. Samsung integrated Knox protection to offer better privacy of your data including the ability to delete Metadata information from photos and videos.
The device is pretty bulk measuring 75.6×165.1×8.9mm and weighing 228 grams. It will be available with 12GB RAM+256GB storage and 16GB RAM+512GB storage options. There’s a 5,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities and reverse charging to you help to juice up the battery of other devices.
Apart from boasting of new hardware and features, the top-end Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone, S21 Ultra, borrows S-Pen support from Galaxy Note series. It is the only phone to offer S-Pen stylus compatibility apart from the Galaxy Note series phones. But before you get your hopes high, understand that Samsung is not offering the S-Pen stylus out-of-the-box and there’s no slot for it in the phone, like in Galaxy Note devices, where you tuck it and forget.
The argument is simple, if there’s a slot and the S-Pen is treated as a part of the phone then how will the Galaxy S21 Ultra be different from the next Galaxy Note device which will offer similar hardware and specs. There’s support for Samsung DeX too.
Coming to the camera features, the S21 Ultra has a quad camera setup with 12MP Dual Pixel A/F Ultra wide, Phase Detection A/F F1.8 wide and two telephoto lenses of 10MP each with 3X and 10X optical zoom respectively. There’s 100X digital zoom and laser auto focus. Samsung has introduced a new Zoom lock feature which stabilises photos when you are using high zoom for better clarity. The 108MP resolution is achieved with 12MP (12MP x9) nona-binning technology which claims to improve lowlight shots and offers better noise reduction.
On the front, there’s a 40MP selfie camera. The S21 Ultra lets you record 8K videos at 24FPS. After you record 8K, there’s a feature called Video Snap which lets you generate stills in 8k resolution from the videos. Also, you can shoot in 4K at 60fps across all lenses including front and rear four lenses. There’s a 12-bit RAW file option as well.
New modes include Director’s view which lets you record videos from cameras separately including the front camera and improved Single take. Samsung is extending the ability to record audio while shooting videos on Pro mode via wireless earbuds, USB Type-C mic as well the internal mics.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra features 5G support like the other two phones and there’s support for Wi-Fi 6E support. Other connectivity features include Ultra-wideband capabilities (UWB) embedded with which you will be able to use your Galaxy S21 device to automatically unlock compatible car doors without pulling out your keys. With the UWB-enabled Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21+, you can also use AR finder to drop virtual messages that let other Galaxy smartphone users know you need help searching for a lost item.
There’s SmartThings on Android Auto, you can also use your Galaxy S21 Ultra to control smart devices in your home, from your car. By connecting your Galaxy S21 to your Android Auto compatible car, you can turn on your porch lights or even raise the temperature of your thermostat before you return home, from your car.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ features
Both the devices come with the same Exynos 2100 5G SoC. While the S21 offers a 6.2-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display the S21+ has a 6.7-inch FHD+ display. Both the phones offer variable refresh rates of between 48Hz and 120Hz. The camera hardware is the same. Both the devices offer a triple camera setup with 12MP ultra wide F2.2 camera, along with 12MP Dual Pixel AF lens with OIS and 64MP A/F telephoto lens. On the front, there’s a 10MP selfie camera with F2.2 aperture. The camera software features are similar. The S21 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery while the S21+ has a 4,800mAh battery. There’s support for fast charging and wireless fast charging including reverse charging. Note that S21 and S21+ do not support the S-Pen stylus, other features, in terms of software, are similar to the S21 Ultra.