Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra: Everything you need to know before buy

Here’s a quick review on Samsung S21 series . Let’s checkout who is leading the show?

Samsung announced the much-awaited flagship Samsung galaxy S21 series in India on 14th January at the Galaxy unpacked 2021 event. The flagship comes with three models: Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. They have a lot to offer to their users, from an upgraded look, latest premium processor to the high quality camera and much more there in the list.

The Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra all are look-alike in design however varies in price, specifications and features. We have solved the puzzle for you and summarized everything you should know before you buy any of the model.

Let’s see what all they have in store.

Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy S21 series indeed has captivating design which has caught everyone’s attention apart from its specs and premium features. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series indeed has captivating design which has caught everyone’s attention apart from its specs and premium features. Of course it’s the camera design too that draws everyone’s eyes to it, the way it is built and connected to the model’s frame- which actually gives it an extra edge .The Galaxy S21 is the smallest and lightest, followed by the S21+ and the Ultra is the largest and heaviest. The S21 and S21+ have flat displays and they are available with plastic back like the Galaxy S20 FE, while the Ultra is sticks to a glass rear and offers curved display edges, and offering it a premium look & feel

If we talk about the display, On the Galaxy S21, there’s a 6.2-inch display, while the Galaxy S21+ sports a 6.7-inch display. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the largest, coming in at 6.8 inches, and it’s actually comes with the super-sharp OLED and that’s more power-efficient than previous displays. All of them models are IP68 water resistant and all three sport a centralized punch hole front camera at the top of their display. The S21 series comes with wide range of exciting colors, S21 comes in Phantom violet, Grey, White & Pink; S21+ comes in Phantom violet, Silver & Black; S21 Ultra has Phantom Black & Silver. Color availability may vary depending on country or carrier.

Hardware & Specifications

The Galaxy S21 series runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip, so there’s likely to be much less of a performance gap between the different hardware. And all of the phones have been so much stronger than ever, to handle everything you can throw at it in 2021, including mobile gaming, heavy multitasking, and much more. The Galaxy S21 and S21+ come in 128GB and 256GB storage options with 8GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra meanwhile comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. RAM is 12GB or 16GB depending on the model. Samsung has removed the micro SD card slot – so that’s no longer an option for these devices. Talking about the Battery, the bigger the, phone the bigger the battery; the Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh cell under its hood, the S21+ a 4800mAh battery and the Galaxy S21 Ultra a 5000mAh battery. The devices don’t come with a charger in the box, but do support fast wired and wireless charging – you’ll have to arrange that charger yourself.

Camera

S21 and S21+ both have a triple rear camera, made up of a 12-megapixel main sensor with 1.8µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilisation (OIS), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 1.4µm and f/2.2, and a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor with 0.8µm, f/2.0 and OIS. There’s a 10-megapixel, 1.22µm, f/2.2 front camera. Whereas Galaxy S21 Ultra, has a quad rear camera made up of a 108-megapixel main sensor with 0.8µm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, OIS and laser autofocus, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor (1.4µm, f/2.2) and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses, one with 1.22µm, f/2.4 (3x optical) and the other with 1.22µm, f/4.9 (10x optical). It also has a 40-megapixel selfie camera.

Samsung has introduced a new Zoom lock feature which stabilises photos when you are using high zoom for better clarity. This time the cameras have come up  whole new range of features. The S21 Ultra lets you record 8K videos at 24FPS. Also, you can shoot in 4K at 60fps across all lenses including front and rear four lenses. There’s a 12-bit RAW file option as well. And there’s the new Director’s View video-capture mode, which allows users to see and switch between cameras while recording video, and Vlogger Mode, which captures the rear camera and the front camera at the same time.

Key specifications

Galaxy S21Galaxy S21+Galaxy S21 Ultra
Display size6.2-inch6.7-inch6.8-inch
Maximum display refresh rate120Hz120Hz120Hz
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage256GB/128GB
256GB/128GB
512GB/256GB/128GB
Rear Camera12MP Wide
12MP Ultra wide
64MP Telephoto
Max. zoom up to 30x
12MP Wide
12MP Ultra wide
64MP Telephoto
Max. zoom up to 30x
108MP Wide
12MP Ultra wide
10M Telephoto (3x)
10M Telephoto (10x)
Max. zoom up to 100x
Front Camera40MP
10MP
10MP
Battery4000mAh4800mAh5000mAh
S pen compatibility NONO Yes (sold separately)
Dimension 71.2×151.7×7.9mm,169g
75.6×161.5×7.8mm, 200g

75.6×165.1×8.9mm, 227g

Colors availablePhantom Violet
Phantom grey
Phantom White
Phantom Pink
Phantom Violet
Phantom Black
Phantom Silver
Phantom Silver
Phantom Black

Conclusion

History has witness with Samsung flagship launches, every time they raised the competition by their best offerings in terms of specs & premium features. The Galaxy S21 series has leveled up with top of the line hardware and the latest software.

The Galaxy S21 & S21+ are almost similar in terms of the features however differ in screen size and battery. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is top-end model in the S21 series offering all the new software and quad camera features along with support for S-Pen stylus , whereas S21 & S21+ have a triple camera setup and no S-Pen support and they can’t compete with the camera performance of the S21 Ultra. The S21 and S21+ have polycarbonate back panels which look similar to glass. While the S21 Ultra is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on front and back. and provides it a  premium Quality and appearance.

If if you’re an Android user and looking for a flagship phone at a not-so-premium price, the S21 might fit the bill. Meanwhile, if you’re willing to spend more and want a supersized device with a bigger screen and battery, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which throws in an extra camera and S Pen compatibility, might be what you’re looking for. Either way you will be in a win win situation , as here you will find innovation as anything else. 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.