Samsung Galaxy S21 official: everything you need to know

Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S21, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new top smartphones from Samsung are for sale in the Netherlands from January 29 and have a significantly improved camera and a smooth 120 Hz screen. The phones are also cheaper than the Galaxy S20 series.

Samsung Galaxy S21: you must know this

With the Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21 + 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Samsung is introducing its news to flagship models and wants to serve the trio of people who are only satisfied with the best of the best. The company is referring to a striking design, very good camera performance, a beautiful screen and a super-powerful processor.

The Galaxy S21 5G is especially for those looking for a lightweight design with a compact 6.2-inch screen and the Galaxy S21 Plus 5G with its 6.7-inch screen and a larger battery should attract marathon gamers and binge watchers. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is once again the cream of the crop and has a glass housing with a metal frame, a 6.8-inch screen and a 5,000 mAh battery. For the first time in history, Samsung is also equipping a Galaxy S phone with S Pen support.

Samsung has also managed to lower the suggested retail prices of the Galaxy S21 series with prices ranging from 50 euros for the Galaxy S21 with 128 GB to 120 euros for the Galaxy S21 Ultra with 512 GB.Samsung Galaxy S21 official

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21: all colors next to each other

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Dimensions 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm 75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8 mm 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9 mm
Weight 169 grams 200 grams 227 grams
Screen 6.2-inch FHD + Dynamic AMOLED, 421 PPI, HDR 10+, 120 Hz 6.7-inch FHD + Dynamic AMOLED, 394 PPI, HDR 10+, 120 Hz 6.8-inch QHD + Dynamic AMOLED, 120 Hz
Processor Exynos 2100 Exynos 2100 Exynos 2100
Random-access memory 8 GB 8 GB 12 GB / 16 GB
Storage memory 128 GB / 256 GB 128 GB / 256 GB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
Rear cameras 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f / 2.2 and OIS, 12 MP wide-angle camera with f / 1.8 and OIS, 64 MP telephoto camera with f / 2.0 and OIS 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f / 2.2 and OIS, 12 MP wide-angle camera with f / 1.8 and OIS, 64 MP telephoto camera with f / 2.0 and OIS 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f / 2.2 and OIS, 108 MP wide-angle camera with f / 1.8 and OIS, 10 MP telephoto camera with f / 2.4 and OIS, 10 MP telephoto camera with f / 4.9 and OIS
Cameras for 10 MP with f / 2.2 10 MP with f / 2.2 40 MP with f / 2.2
Battery 4,000 mAh, 25W fast charging, 10W wireless charging, USB PD 3.0 4,800 mAh, 25W fast charging, 10W wireless charging, USB PD 3.0 5,000 mAh, 25W fast charging, 10W wireless charging, USB PD 3.0
Software Android 11, One UI 3.1 Android 11, One UI 3.1 Android 11, One UI 3.1
Colors Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet Phantom Black, Phantom Silver
Extras IP68, AKG stereo speakers, Wireless PowerShare, 5G UWB, IP68, AKG stereo speakers, Wireless PowerShare, 5G S Pen support, UWB, Wifi 6E, IP68, AKG stereo speakers, Wireless PowerShare, 5G

Versatile cameras

The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have a versatile rear camera setup. There is a main camera, a wide-angle camera to capture more images in a photo and a telecamera to zoom in. This telecamera has 30x Space Zoom, which includes 3x hybrid zoom and then Super Resolution Zoom. 3x hybrid zoom stands for optical zoom that is assisted by the software enhancement of images. With Super Resolution Zoom, Samsung means digital zoom, which can result in less sharp images.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra goes quite a few steps further in terms of camera. This phone has a 108 MP wide-angle camera and two 10 MP telephoto cameras. The S21 Ultra is also the first Galaxy smartphone to record at 60fps in 4K quality with all lenses. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G also features 100x Space Zoom thanks to Samsung’s first-ever dual telephoto lens system. 100x Space Zoom consists of 3x optical zoom and 10x optical zoom and then Super-Resolution Zoom.Samsung Galaxy S21 Versatile cameras

The cameras have received even more options from Samsung, which we have listed for you below:

  • 8K Video Snap: Select images from your 8K video recordings, in high resolution (33 MP). This way you capture all the live-action and also take super sharp photos.
  • Super Steady: No matter how fast you go and how much you might shock, thanks to this function your recordings are always stable with an improved 60fps.
  • Director View: Turn on the front and rear cameras at the same time to capture everything. And/or switch between the different lenses.
  • Live Thumbnails: For a preview, to change the angle, or to zoom in or out.
  • Multiple mic recording: In combination with the Galaxy Buds Pro, you can record ambient sounds and your voice during recording. Put the Galaxy S21 5G on a tripod in Pro Video Mode and use the Galaxy Buds Pro to record your voice and other sounds.
  • Single Take: Thanks to AI you can capture up to 14 still and moving images with one click. With Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo, you put the highlights extra in the spotlights.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also gets an improved Bright Night sensor and Night Mode for better photos in low light.Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in the colors Phantom Black and Phantom Silver

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in the colors Phantom Black and Phantom Silver

S Pen and Wifi 6th for the S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first Galaxy phone to work with an S Pen, the stylus we know from the Note series. With this stylus, based on Wacom technology, you can make sketches or notes, edit photos and sign documents, among other things. This stylus is available separately in a special case. You can also use an existing S-Pen from a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has WiFi 6th support. Wifi 6e adds a new frequency at 6 GHz in addition to 2.4 and 5 GHz, which makes higher internet speeds possible.S Pen and Wifi 6th for the S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen and special case

Ultra wideband for the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra have Ultra Wide Band support, just like the Note 20 Ultra. With this technique you can, for example, use your smartphone to open compatible car doors without taking out your keys.

SmartThings and Android Auto

Samsung is introducing Android Auto integration for SmartThings with all three S21 phones. This turns on the Galaxy S21 phones to control your smart home devices from your car. This way you can already increase the temperature of your thermostat while you are still on the way home. This way you can already open the garage doors and switch on the lights in the driveway when you are almost home.

Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator 

With SmartThings Find you can easily find your suitable devices, even when they are offline. With Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator you can even find things that are not connected. For this, you attach a SmartTag to your keys, bag or even the collar of your pet and with SmartThings Find you can easily find the item or your pet again.Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Knox Vault and Private share

The Galaxy S21 series is secured with the well-known Samsung Knox Vault. That’s Samsung’s own chipset-level security platform. With the addition of tamper-resistant secure memory to the secure processor, Samsung Knox Vault turns the Galaxy S21 into a kind of Fort Knox – no one gets in without you wanting to.

The Galaxy S21 5G also introduces another tool to protect your privacy. This allows you to remove the location metadata from your photos before sharing them. With the new Private Share feature, you control who gets access to the content you send, and how long it remains available.Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21

No charger and earphones in the box

Samsung no longer supplies a charger and earplugs with the Galaxy S21 series, only a USB-C cable. You may have to purchase the charger yourself. Samsung does this for environmental reasons and the box of the S21 is, therefore, smaller than other smartphones

Special designs

Samsung has four colors on offer for the entry-level model in the S21 series and three and two versions respectively for the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. In addition, exclusive color variants will also be available in the Samsung e-store.

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 – Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink and Phantom White
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver and Phantom Black
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black 

Exclusively through the Samsung e-store:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus  – Phantom Red and Phantom Gold
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra  – Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy and Phantom Brown

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Phantom Brown

Prices and release date Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and S21 Ultra will be in stores on January 29 and can be pre-ordered immediately.

Samsung Galaxy S21

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 (8 GB + 128 GB) – 849 euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 (8 GB + 256 GB) – 899 euros
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (8 GB + 128 GB) – 1049 euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (8 GB + 256 GB) – 1099 euros
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12 GB + 128 GB) – 1249 euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12 GB + 256 GB) – 1299 euros
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (16 GB + 512 GB) – 1429 euros
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If you place a Galaxy S20 pre-order, you will receive the device immediately on the release date. So that’s January 29th. In addition, you will receive a set of Galaxy Buds earbuds and a Galaxy SmartTag with your pre-order.

Samsung Galaxy S21 pre-order gifts

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 –  Samsung Galaxy Buds Live  (139 euros) + Samsung Galaxy SmartTag (29.99 euros) 
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus –  Samsung Galaxy Buds Live  (139 euros) + Samsung Galaxy SmartTag (29.99 euros) 
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra –  Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro  (229 euros) + Samsung Galaxy SmartTag (29.99 euros) 

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