Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Launch date, Price and Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will be held on 14 January, 2021. Reports in the past have claimed that Samsung will announce its next-gen Samsung Galaxy S21 series flagship lineup on January 14, and now Samsung has officially announced that they will host an event on the same day.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event details

The Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event will be streamed live on at 10am EST (8.30pm IST) on January 14. The company has released an official invitation for the event and has also published a teaser video which shows a blurry camera module of the Galaxy S21 series.

Previous reports suggest that these upcoming Galaxy S series will include three smartphones – Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S21 series price, availability details (expected)

The base model – Galaxy S21 is reported to be priced at EUR 849 (around Rs 76,000) for the base 128GB storage model, while its 256GB variant was reported at EUR 899 (around Rs 80,600).

The Samsung Galaxy S21+, on the other hand, is expected to come at EUR 1,049 (around Rs 94,000) of the 128GB storage variant and EUR 1,099 (around Rs 98,700) for the 256GB storage option.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to come with three distinct storage options. The 128GB model will likely be priced at EUR 1,349 (around Rs 1,21,400), whereas the 256GB storage variant may be offered at EUR 1,399 (around Rs 1,25,900).

The most expensive model of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is likely be the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 512GB model that will reportedly be priced at EUR 1,529 (around Rs 1,37,600).

Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specifications (expected)

Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Display

In terms of the devices, it looks like we will be getting three devices this year, like we had last year. So there will be an S21, an S21 Plus as well as an S21 Ultra. The devices will of course have different display sizes. The smallest on the S21 at 6.2 inches, the S21 Plus with 6.7 inches and the S21 Ultra with the largest display at around 6.8 inches.

Samsung Galaxy S21 render
Samsung Galaxy S21 render

All these displays will have OLED technology and also support 120 hertz refresh rate. However, there will be some key differences. Firstly seems like the S21 and the S21 Plus will only have Full HD resolution, whereas the S21 Ultra will have Quad HD resolution.

How much does that matter?

Well, honestly speaking, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pretty much remains on Full HD+. That is because you can only have 120 hertz if you are at Full HD+. So maybe Samsung has seen that most people just have the 120 hertz setting on anyway, and don’t really mind having Full HD+.

If we look at the Note 20 compared to the Note 20 Ultra, that also has a Full HD+ display. So this does seem very likely. Also the S21 and S21 Plus are rumored to have flat displays compared to the curved display on the S21 Ultra.

Again, this is a trend that we’re seeing from a lot of manufacturers. A lot of people seem to prefer a flat display, which resolves many palm rejection issues and it also means that screen protectors are a lot more easier to apply.

Now, these displays will all have an Infinity-O design, so you’ll get a punch out in the middle. It doesn’t look like we’re going to be seeing an under-display camera as yet on the Samsung Galaxy S series. And it also seems like the bezels will be shrunk further. So we’ll have very small bezels on the S21 series.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Render
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Render

Design and Build Quality

Now, there’s going to be differences with the builds as well. So it looks like all devices will have an aluminum frame, but the S21 and the S21 Plus will have plastic backs, whereas the S21 Ultra will have a glass back.

This once again, seems to be very likely if we base this on what Samsung did with the Note 20 vs the Note 20 Ultra, they did go with that plastic back and they’ve also had this plastic back for the Galaxy S20 FE.

Generally speaking, I think most people don’t mind it because they have their device in a case anyway, but again, it does take away from that premium experience. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. Would you mind if the S21 and the S21 Plus had plastic backs?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render (Credit: LetsGoDigital)

Camera setup of Galaxy S21 series

So you’ll notice from all of the leaks and rumors and actual photos and renders that the camera module is quite different. It actually goes all the way to the edges. It looks pretty interesting. I’m going to have to save my judgments after I’ve actually seen the devices in hand.

Right now, moving on to the cameras, we will have some differences between the cameras of the S21 the S21 Plus compared to the S21 Ultra. It looks like we are going to get a triple camera set up like we had last year for the S20 and the S20 Plus.

So there’s going to be a primary 12-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, as well as a 64-megapixel telephoto camera. The sensors of these cameras may be changed. We did see a tweet from reputable leaker Ice Universe saying that the ultra-wide camera will be getting an updated sensor that will be 123°, so wider compared to what we’ve got on the S20’s.

It will also have face detection autofocus, which will allow it to focus in very close for macro shots. Now, this is not the 2-megapixel gimmicky macro shots that we’ve seen from other devices, this is more like what we’ve seen on OnePlus 8 Pro, which also allows the ultra-wide camera to focus in super close to give you some great looking macro shots.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera module
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render

The S21 Ultra is likely to have a quad camera set up. So the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a primary 108-megapixel camera with an improved sensor compared to last year, a 3x telephoto zoom camera as well as a 10x periscope zoom camera. 10x zoom is great, but it’s not something that you’re going to use all the time. So having that 3x zoom kind of gives you that middle ground.

The S21 ultra is also likely to have the laser auto focus sensor, which we saw on the Note 20 Ultra.

Hardware of Galaxy S21 series

In terms of performance, it looks like the new S21 series is going to be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsets or Samsung’s Exynos 2100. Now the Exynos 2100 has been said to have been improved quite a bit. We’re going to have to wait and see, and this will, again, vary depending on your region, which chipset you’re going to be getting.

It will also mean that the regions that do have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will be some of the first devices in the world with the 888 and that will make them some of the fastest and most powerful smartphones in the world.

For storage, it looks like the S21 and the S21 Plus will be coming in two variants, 128GB as well as 256GB. The S21 Ultra is likely to come in three variants, 128, 256, as well as 512GB. In terms of MicroSD card support, this is a bit of a question mark.

Galaxy S21 series: Battery and Charging

The Galaxy S21 may come with a 4,000 mAh battery, while the battery capacity of Galaxy S21+ will be around 4,800 mAh. Both phones are expected to feature 25W fast charging support and Qi wireless charging compatibility. There is expected to be a 5,000 mAh battery with 45W fast charging support on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It will support wireless charging as well.

We’ve also got some potential bad news and certain reports have been saying that Samsung is going to be following Apple and no longer supplying a charger and earphones in the box. This is said to be to reduce costs of the devices, which may have an impact on price. What do you guys think if Samsung do not include a charger and earphones out of the box? Let me know in the comments.

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