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Samsung Galaxy S21 Top Improvements

December 15, 2020

The hype is real!

Samsung will launch a trio of phones with Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra in January 2021. These are technically very impressive devices but with lower prices than the usual Samsung's Galaxy series. Why? Keep reading.

Nevertheless, for some people, these phones will still be expensive, since they are, obviously, flagship phones, and will be sold in the range of $999 to $1299. Thousands of aficionados will surely stand in line to buy these phones immediately upon release, while some will wait for the storm to calm down.

Bearing that in mind, we have gathered some information that is currently available, that might be useful for all of those who consider buying these phones. Read on and see what improvements to expect from the Galaxy S21 series.

What do you need to know before buying?

Samsung has three models - S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.

As was the case with the previous series, the S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra will be very similar. All three phones will have 120 Hz screens, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875 or 888 processor, upgradeable memory, water-resistance, and wireless charging. However, similar to what we saw this year with the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, there will also be clear differences between them.

What's new?

Cost-efficient

Google has apparently started a trend with its Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 series by cutting unnecessary production costs in order to sell more affordable smartphones. Samsung, as it seems, is following this trend with its S21 series by putting much more emphasis on the performance, and less on additional features. Therefore, for example, the screen resolution for S21 will probably be 2K, which is a downgrade in comparison to S20 that has a 4K resolution. Be that as it may, it will still be the 120Hz AMOLED HDR10+ but with the current maximum of 1600 nits! Some other features will be a victim of this cost-cutting model. This may be the reason why the series name is S21 and not S30.

Price

Based on the above-mentioned information, the following pricing is to be expected:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 - $999,
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus - $1199,
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - $1299.

Announcement

The announcement is expected to happen earlier than ever this time, with the current date set to January 14, 2021. This may seem like insignificant information to you, but for Samsung, this new earlier date will play a big role in a competitive market.

Specs

Some changes are expected in the visual department. It is believed that the S21 and S21 + will have a flat-screen, unlike their predecessors. But this does not mean the end of the curved edges:  they should be present only with the Ultra variant, the most advanced (and most expensive) option of the three.

In addition, according to backstage information revealed in November, the back of the Samsung Galaxy S21 may be plastic while the S21 Ultra tends to keep the glass. The front camera, however, must remain in a hole in the display, amidst some information that the camera will be "invisible", placed behind the display.

Speaking of behind the display features, the fingerprint scanner will be this way and will be much faster than before. Certain complaints could have been heard about the S20 series fingerprint scanner, and we guess Samsung has done a pretty good job fixing those problems.

The main camera goes up to 108 megapixels!

It is believed that the Galaxy S21 and S21 + will have the same triple photographic set with the main camera, ultrawide, and 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The Galaxy S21 Ultra will have the most improvements in these three phones. In addition to the main camera of 108 megapixels and ultrawide also of 12 megapixels, this smartphone can still bring two more sensors of 10 MP, with a zoom of 3x and 10x. The selfie camera will keep the 40 MP quality similar to the previous generation.

It is believed that Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 (or maybe 888) or Exynos 2100 processor, depending on the region, in their respective technical datasheets. This will be the main improvement – performance! New chipsets will probably be quite faster and therefore these phones will be much more powerful.

RAM will stand with 8GB for S21, 12GB for S21 Plus, and 16GB for S21 Ultra, making it as powerful as some better mid-range PCs.

The storage is expected to be 128GB for S21, 256GB for S21 Plus, and either 256 or the incredible 512GB for S21 Ultra!

When it comes to batteries, it seems that the situation is pretty much the same as with the S20 series. The novelty would be for the S21 + as the capacity will be 4.800 mAh which is superior to the component of the Galaxy S20 + of 4,500 mAh.

The 5G network connectivity will be present on all three phones, and possible additions will be Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 on the S21 and S21 +, and Wi-Fi 6E on the S21 Ultra. Samsung Galaxy series phones are to be released, as expected, with Android 11 (One UI 3.1) as the default system, and there is no reason why this should be different.

Interestingly, S21 Ultra will also support the S Pen, but will not come with one. There was much talk about charger and headphones exclusion as well (similarly to Apple's iPhone products), but Samsung is to remain true to their word and include the full package utilities (except for the S Pen).

Final words

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series will mostly come with huge chipset upgrades, decent memory increase, some camera feature upgrades, 5G network connectivity, and a few similar features, such as a better battery and the S pen. It seems that the S21 Ultra will be an absolute beast of the phone, making it arguably the best phone on the market when it comes out. The other two models are pretty much slight upgrades from predecessors, with a nice price.

Do you approve of this move from Samsung?