After a particularly complicated 2020, between a global pandemic and stiff competition, which did not help sell the Galaxy S20 series very well, the Samsung group has decided to react quickly by launching a first event Galaxy Unpacked from January 14 to present the new range of smartphones Galaxy S21.
The world leader in telephony thus wants to cut the grass under the feet of competitors, especially Chinese, quick to unveil their novelties in the wake of the presentation of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC last December, by launching its own models from the first weeks of 2021.
Series Galaxy S21 has been widely exposed via leaks in recent months and weeks, and the presentation made to the Galaxy Unpacked is more about validating features and design than discovering them.
Samsung still has a trump card up its sleeve for European markets this year with the SoC Exynos 2100 presented a few days ago and which should this time be a solid alternative to the Snapdragon 888 reserved for certain markets.
The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus are very similar in terms of characteristics, the two models being distinguished by their diagonal: 6.2 inch for the first and 6.7 inch for the second, with a flat slab and a centered punch.
The screens are of type OLED FHD + with 120 Hz dynamic refresh (from 48 to 120 Hz) with a 10 megapixel f / 2.2 photo sensor in the punch for selfies, while the fingerprint reader is present under the screen.
The SoC will be found on board Exynos 2100 octocore engraved in 5 nm and with the most powerful core (ARM Cortex-X1) reaching a rate of 2.9 GHz. Both smartphones offer 8 Go of RAM and one will find 128 or 256 GB of storage and are 5G compatible in sub-6 GHz band and mmWave.
The SoC is announced as the most powerful ever offered by Samsung and will be able to make the Galaxy S21 into quality gaming smartphones.
At the back, in a corner photo unit, the same photo configuration is available:
- main sensor 12 megapixels f / 1.8 with OIS
- ultra wide angle sensor 12 megapixels f / 2.2 with 120 degree viewing angle
- telephoto sensor 64 megapixels with hybrid optical zoom x3 and Space Zoom x30
- 8K video recording
The Galaxy S21 has a battery of 4000 mAh, the Galaxy S21 Plus 4800 mAh with wired fast charge, wireless charge and reverse wireless charge. Both devices run under Android 11 with the new interface One UI 3.0.
One UI 3.0
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Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Galaxy S21 Ultra stands out from the other two models in more than one way. Its display 6.8 inch AMOLED is curved on the edges and proposes a resolution QHD+ always with dynamic 120 Hz refresh and a centered punch with a photo module 40 megapixels f / 2.2 with PDAF autofocus
We find the same SoC Exynos 2100 on board but with 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage, but also with a special version with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage!
The SoC will provide 5G sub-6 GHz and mmWave compatibility as well as WiFi 6 / WiFi 6E wireless connectivity. Like the Galaxy S21 +, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a UWB chip (Ultra Wide Band) allowing fine detection of the immediate environment or unlocking the door of a compatible vehicle.
In addition to the battery 5000 mAh, the big difference relates to a particularly developed photo part. The large photo block at the back has four modules, two of which are dedicated to zoom:
- Big angle 108 megapixels f / 1.8 with PDAF and OIS
- Ultra wide angle 12 megapixels f / 2.2 with 120 degree viewing angle
- Telephoto 10 megapixels f / 2.4 with OIS for optical zoom x3
- Periscope telephoto 10 megapixels f / 4.9 with OIS for 10x optical zoom
Note the presence of the OIS on the main sensor and the telephoto lenses and the association with the on-board artificial intelligence will generate an impressive Space Zoom x100 able to maintain a good richness of detail and a sharpness mastered by taking pictures in bursts.
Night mode has been optimized to be able to take pictures in very low light down to 0.1 lux. The Korean giant has applied to optimize this mode by working on noise reduction and Nona-Binning technology (9 pixels merged into 1).
You can also make video recording in 8K and 4K 60 fps. This last mode is accessible from the main photo unit but also with the front photo sensor.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra runs Android 11 with One UI 3.0 overlay and Samsung has confirmed compatibility with the stylet S Pen until then reserved for the Galaxy Note series.
Note that the three Galaxy S21 / S21 + / S21 Ultra smartphones are IP68 certified and will therefore be able to withstand sprinkling and short immersions without damage.
The Galaxy S21 series will be released from January 29, 2021 more pre-orders start now with gifts (Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds Pro headphones depending on the variant ordered).
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