Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Everything We Know So Far
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has gotten all the hype lately, but it’s important to remember the other – and arguably more important – Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S series is expected to have an update in January, and as it often happens these days, very little is left to the imagination. The full range of Galaxy S21 phones has been leaked over and over again.
Last year, Samsung switched from the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy S20, but this year it will likely revert to the previous naming scheme, with most leaks suggesting the new line of products will be called the Galaxy S21.
Whatever the devices are called, here is everything we know.
Galaxy S21 design and display
Like the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S21 is expected to be available in three different models, which will likely be referred to as the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung, of course, hasn’t made any official announcements yet, but we’ve already seen renders that appear to show the design of the phones to come. The renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra have been leaked by @OnLeaks and appear to show that the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a huge camera bump on the back that is bleeding over the edge of the phone. Other than that, the phone looks relatively similar to its predecessor, with a hole cutout on top.
A new leak from WinFuture indicates that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will only be available in two colors – “Phantom Silver” and “Phantom Black”. It remains to be seen whether the other devices in the Galaxy S21 range will be available in other colors, although leaks suggest so.
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s display is said to be 6.8 inches tall, and while some rumors indicated that it will have a refresh rate of 144 Hz, new rumors from WinFuture.de state that it will have a refresh rate of 120 Hz instead . That’s still great and beats most of the competition. It should offer Quad HD + resolution.
One feature that has taken people by surprise is that the Galaxy S21 may support the Samsung S Pen, like the Galaxy Note series. That rumor came from Samsung’s Mobile Communications President TM Roh, who suggested, “We’ve also paid attention to people’s favorite aspects of the Galaxy Note experience and we’re excited to add some of its most popular features to other devices in our device.” According to WinFuture the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support the S Pen, however, unlike the Galaxy Note series, it is not sold with an S Pen so you have to buy it separately.
Galaxy S21 cameras
Samsung changed the aesthetics of the camera array with the Galaxy S20, moving it to the top left of the back of the phone, much like the iPhone 11 series camera array. This made way for a new triple camera setup, and we can expect this as the base tier for the S21 as well.
Actual camera specifications vary slightly depending on the model. According to WinFuture, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will offer a quad lens camera with two telephoto lenses. There is a 108-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom.
The main sensor on the phone can also be a hefty 108-megapixel camera sensor that will reportedly be paired with a 40-megapixel front camera. That’s pretty big. That being said, there is a rumor that the front-facing camera may have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which would be a huge improvement in terms of realization.
Galaxy S21 specifications and performance
Under the hood, the Galaxy S21 series is likely to receive an impressive performance boost. As in previous years, the phones are expected to offer slightly different specifications depending on where they are purchased.
Some rumors suggest that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have an unannounced Samsung chipset. This 5nm chip will compete with the Snapdragon 888 and could be called the Exynos 2100. Speaking of the Snapdragon 888, the fact that Samsung didn’t really make an appearance when the new chipset was launched is likely to continue to be featured in all three US versions of the phone. Well-known Samsung leaker IceUniverse claims that the Exynos 2100 can score 690,000 points on AnTuTu, which is pretty impressive.
According to a report from GalaxyClub, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a 4,885 mAh battery that is more or less the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s battery capacity. This has been confirmed by MyFixGuide, which claims to have determined battery capacity by comparing the model number online with 3C certification documents. The Dutch website Galaxy Club also claims that the phone will have the same whopping 65-watt charge that is currently only available in some Oppo and Xiaomi phones.
Galaxy S21 pricing and availability
The latest Samsung Galaxy S devices are usually launched in February. This year, however, it could be a little different. According to recent rumors, the Galaxy S21 series will hit the market in late January. A leak from Android Authority states that the phones could be announced as early as January 14th with the January 22nd release date.
Samsung’s Roh has pointed out big changes in the Galaxy range for 2021. He says we’ll hear more about these changes starting January, which gives more credibility to the rumor of a big announcement earlier this year.
When it comes to pricing, the phones will likely be priced similar to the Galaxy S20 phones, with the S21 being the cheapest and the S21 Ultra being the most expensive. If they’re the same price as the Galaxy S20 series, prices range from $ 1,000 to $ 1,600 depending on the size and specs.
Will it be the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30?
There is some debate over what the next Galaxy S will be called. For the first 10 years of the Galaxy S series, Samsung simply counted for its naming scheme – but it moved from the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy S20 last year. In 2021, rumors suggest that Samsung will return to the simple iteration and label the new device the Galaxy S21 – but that could change as we get closer to the phones launch. “Galaxy S30” is certainly an option, although it could quickly get out of hand in just a few model generations.
It does not come with a charger
Samsung was quick to ridicule Apple after the company dumped the iPhone 12 series power adapter, but it appears the company is changing its minds and getting rid of the Galaxy S21 accessories.
According to Tecnoblog, all the Galaxy S21 series models have received government approval to launch in Brazil. While the documentation doesn’t provide too much information about the phones, it does suggest that they don’t come with a charger or a pair of headphones.
It’s not exactly a surprising development, and this isn’t the first time Samsung has shot itself in the foot by making fun of Apple. In particular, the company was quick to criticize Apple for getting rid of the headphone jack, but it also no longer includes a headphone jack for many of its flagship phones.
We will continuously update this story with the latest leaks, rumors, and information regarding the Galaxy S21 series.