Samsung has finally introduced the over anticipated Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra. The S21 Ultra deserves an article of its own coming up next. The renders, rumors, and speculations were all right on spot with the reality. Anyways, Samsung has brought some key design changes and an upgrade in overall specs over the S20 family. Alrighty, let’s jump right into the specs and other tidbits of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. And yes, the S21 and S21 Plus are IP68 certified.
Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus: Design extravaganza!
Right off the bat, we can see the brand new camera module housing the three sensors with the flash sitting outside all alone. Upfront, an Infinity-O display with minimal bezels compared to the previous generation. Interestingly, this time around, the company has employed a dual-tone color combination for the camera island and rear panel.
Great display with a great catch!
The vanilla and Plus Galaxy S21 phones make do with flat 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch punch-hole displays. Both have support for HDR 10+ and feature a variable 120Hz refresh rate Dynamic AMOLED panel (48Hz-120Hz). However, bizarrely, all of this comes at a cost of sacrifice. Yes, you guessed it right there, we only do get a Full HD+ panel which does no justice to the flagship status of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus.
A triple-shooter setup is onboard the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. As in, seated on the new camera island are two 12MP units that are ultrawide and wide-angle respectively. The third unit is a 64MP telephoto module. As for the selfie clicks, a 10MP camera does the job.
Chip, memory, and storage
As usual, Samsung is bringing in the latest and greatest in-house and Qualcomm chipsets to run the show which is all built on the 5nm process. Speaking of which, the brand’s Exynos 2100 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon powers the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. These chips feature full 5G connectivity and support. Memory-wise, you just get 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and the storage options available are 128GB and 256GB sans storage expansion slot.
Battery, OS, price, and availability
Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus pack in a 4000 mAh and 4800 mAh respectively. Wired charging is capped at 25W, while wireless charging is rated at 15W with reverse wireless going up to 9W. And yes, in typical 2021 fashion, there is no charger bundled with the two flagship devices, all you get is a USB-C cable.
Android 11 based Samsung’s own One UI 3.1 drives the hardware. As far as pricing is concerned, the S21 starts at €850, and its taller twin S21 Plus at €1,050. Pre-orders begin as soon as January 15 with the units hitting stores starting January 29.