Samsung introduced the 2021 Galaxy S series surprisingly soon, earlier it was scheduled for February-March to unveil the current models, but this year we barely picked up the Christmas tree, the fresh top models have already arrived. There may have been several reasons for the great hurry, on the one hand the coronavirus has almost completely eliminated the compulsion to adapt to large tech events no matter how much (although the online version of CES has been put together correctly) and on the other hand the short rush and product cycle shortening if you don’t run out of the current model as well as expected.
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Either way, the announcement was made on January 14th, the products can now be pre-ordered and will hit stores on the 29th. The Galaxy S21 family has three models, the S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra have arrived, and if we look at the specification tables, we will find that the really serious extras are provided by the most expensive variant, the two smaller models are more like wrinkles. received novelties as well as a fresh design.
Galaxy S21 [+]
The S21 and S21 + are the same in most essential parameters, but due to their different sizes, there are, of course, differences in the display and battery. For the smaller product, we would have previously said it was relatively compact, but the concept of compactness was rewritten last year by the iPhone 12 mini (and somewhat the Xperia 5 II), making it one of the smaller devices in today’s smartphone field with its 6.2-inch display. The S21 + bids for this with a 6.7-inch display, but in both cases the resolution is maximum Full HD, which is a step backwards even if its predecessor could not provide a higher number of pixels at the adaptive refresh rate, which can vary between 48 Hz and 120 Hz. depending on the content displayed.
Galaxy S21+ [+]
A step forward, however, is that under the Dynamic AMOLED 2x fantasy-named panel, the size of the fingerprint reader is 70% larger, which is likely to bring better hit accuracy. The camera holes are located in the middle, the front panel sensor is capable of a resolution of 10 megapixels (F / 2.2), the stereo speakers have been retained and IP68 protection has also been provided. Both models get 8GB of RAM in each package, and the size of the internal storage can be either 128 or 256 GB, which we will also need because the option of microSD expansion has been dropped by Samsung. This is nothing new when looking at the entire portfolio, there are no card slots in the Folds either, but the S series has not been missing so far.
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The hardware is, of course, built around the fresh Exynos chipset, which is made at a bandwidth of 5 nm. from rival Snapdragon 888, which is by no means noticeable in terms of overall user experience, the bigger issue is more consumption, the previous Exynos in this was noticeably weaker than Qualcomm’s solution. How this will evolve now will be answered by longer-term use, however, Samsung still seems to be supplying members of the Galaxy S21 family with Exynos chipsets to the European market. Sure, the tutorial said how much faster the new chip is, but perhaps double the AI computing capacity is most important, which can come in handy especially when shooting. The Exynos 2100 chipset already includes an integrated 5G modem (so all Galaxy S21s can run on 5G networks) and, like the rival Snapdragon 888, it also has the ability to process video signals from multiple cameras at once, which Samsung also uses.
Galaxy S21+ [+]
The design has changed dramatically, at least when looking at the devices from the back, of course there isn’t too much room for maneuver now, a display with a hole, but the insert around the cameras curves to the side edge of the device for a fresh look. It still protrudes from the plane of the back cover, but is less rugged than before, plus this part is made of metal and forms a unit with the side frame of the phones. However, the use of the backing material will be criticized because Samsung still uses plastic here, but obviously the design is not at the level of the sour cream box, but the top model of the Korean company offers a pleasant to the touch, resistant, multi-color plastic, but they may be disappointed. users who prefer to keep the quality of the metal-glass combination in their hands.
Galaxy S21+ [+]
The S21 and S21 + provide the same camera output. There are three sensors on the back, our main camera offers a resolution of 12 megapixels (F / 1.8), the fixed-focus ultra-wide-angle module is also (F / 2.2), and behind the full lens we find 64 megapixels (F / 2.0), which it zooms even closer using a higher pixel count when zooming in at a magnification greater than 3x zoom, which in principle provides convincing shots even at 30x zoom. It’s definitely gratifying that all three sensors are capable of 4K recording, so we can switch between them during ongoing video recording, and it’s also new that 60 fps is now available in super-stabilization mode in Full HD. There is also an option to automatically change the fps value on the phone when you record something that moves faster, but this is not a required item, it is off by default. Also related to video recording is the upgrading of the microphones in the phone to better filter out suddenly loud ambient noise, this is called High AOP (Acoustic Overload Point) technology. Of course, all devices are packed with all sorts of AI solutions, the Smart Capture function is even smarter than before (you can adjust the length of the videos and speed up and slow down to make the result cooler), but anyway, the algorithm works a lot in the background to clicked photo should look somehow even if the user did not pay much attention to the settings. It is said that the night mode has also improved a lot compared to the predecessor model, but this will obviously be proved or even refuted by practice.
Galaxy S21 [+]
In addition to the size of the display, there is also a difference in the capacity of the battery between the S21 and S21 +, the smaller device received a 4000 mAh battery and the larger one a 4800 mAh battery. The wireless charge is given (15W), and the cable can be fed at a maximum of 25 watts with a suitable charging head, which is not part of the basic package in either case. Samsung claims that users often use their usual chargers instead of the ones in the box (this is pretty easy to argue with), plus of course they take out the environmental card on the issue (arguable with that as well), but either way, last year’s pull from Apple follows.
Galaxy S21+ [+]
There is another difference between the two S21s, as only the S21 + knows the UWB standard, which stands for ultrawide-band. This can be used to find other Galaxy devices that we own anyway, for which SmarThings Find is offered by the manufacturer, plus a little thing called SmarTag that can be worried about anything and if the stuff is near our phone, the device it indicates this, plus you can ring. We don’t know more about SmarTag yet (how long will the battery last?), But when the time comes, we’ll try it too.
S21 Ultra [+]
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a more interesting machine in every way than the other two S21s, because it has a lot of extras that the little brothers don’t know about. This is also clear at a glance, as the camera on the back of the Ultra is much more accentuated, although we seem to have five lenses, but one of them is a laser autofocus. It’s no coincidence that the new Ultra feature was also introduced with the greatest enthusiasm at Samsung’s presentation.
S21 Ultra [+]
The display is 6.8 inches, but here the resolution is also higher, this panel is WQHD, in addition, it is able to refresh the image at 120 Hz in this resolution (which can be reduced to 11 Hz here as well), the camera hole and behind it is a 40 megapixel sensor. The larger case also comes with a larger battery (5000 mAh), but perhaps more importantly, you can buy a factory case that includes the S-Pen, and obviously the S21 Ultra is also prepared to work with it. It’s a question of how much this will drive sales of the Note, although there’s still a pencil in the case, but here’s an extra accessory.
S21 Ultra [+]
The Ultra will be ultra in camera ultra. Our main camera combines pixels with a 108 megapixel nano-binning solution if you don’t ask for brutal resolution. The aperture is F / 1.8, there is PDAF and OIS added, plus is there laser AF in all cases. The ultra-wide module has a 12-megapixel 120-degree F / 2.2 aperture and two full-blown lenses. One has triple zoom with F / 2.4 aperture, the other offers tenx magnification with F / 4.9 aperture, both have OIS. Their resolution is both 10 megapixels, obviously the trick is that depending on the magnification, one or the other is used by the software with the idea that there is a zoom lock function (this is also available in the other two models anyway) if it is available with a hybrid solution. we choose a zoom of up to 100 times so that the photo does not shake. Don’t expect this to be the quality champion with this magnification, but they will try to get the most out of it.
S21 Ultra [+]
In software, we’ll come across Android 11 and the recently arrived One UI 3.0 on all three devices, we wrote a little more about this recently. DeX mode is a given, of course, now wireless, just like all the camera extras Samsung has known so far (professional video mode), plus you can ask us to record video with the front and rear cameras at the same time.
S21 Ultra [+]
The Ultra will come with a minimum of 12GB of RAM, but in addition to 128 and 256GB of internal storage, it will also be expanded with a 512GB option with 16GB of RAM. This is the top model, so it won’t be cheap. Obviously, the question is now racing about what it all costs and there are no surprises here, at least with regard to the prices communicated by Samsung, it is clear that none of the Galaxy S21 has become cheaper either because neither charger nor headset comes with them. The price of the chicken Galaxy S21 (8/128) will be 330 thousand forints in Hungary, the S21 + (8/128) will be available for 410 thousand forints, and the price of the Ultra will be 480 thousand forints if we stay with the smallest storage space. If you want to buy a lot of money from Samsung, you can buy the most expensive model for 550 thousand forints, buy an S-Pent, with a case, a good headset, a charging head, and if you still want to spend some money, you can also buy a wireless charging bench. The machines presented now can be ordered, the test devices will come to us soon, we will say a verdict about the novelties if we have had the opportunity to try them more thoroughly, based on the information so far, the smooth S21 / S21 + pair seems more like an update, the Ultra however, it does bring extras, but at this price level it can be expected. In the pre-order promotion until January 28, customers will also receive a SmarTag, Buds Live if they buy S21 and S21 +, and if they choose Ultra, they can also grab Buds Pro as free by registering on the Samsung Members app.
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