Never miss that perfect shot again! Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G, designed to revolutionize video and photography, with beyond cinematic 8K resolution so you can snap epic photos right out of video. It has it all in two sizes: 64MP, our fastest chip and a massive all-day battery.
The S21 Ultra is surely looking like one of the most formidable camera phones ever seen, while the S21 and S21+ bring a new design, but comparatively fewer upgrades over the outgoing S20 and S20+. The good news is all three are cheaper than their predecessors, but the bad news is that chargers and headphones are gone from the retail packages, while microSD expansion is no longer possible.
Quick Facts to Note Before Buying
The Contour-Cut camera and dual-tone paint jobs help these two stand out from the crowd. Their flat screens are similarly distinctive in an age where “premium” equates to “curved screen”.
These two phones are nearly twins in terms of hardware, but their size makes them easily to tell apart. And it’s exactly their size and what that entails that make them different.
Number of Cameras
Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G have three rear cameras and one 10MP selfie camera. The rear cameras include: one 64MP Telephoto Camera, one 12MP Wide-angle Camera and one 12MP Ultra Wide Camera.
The 64MP camera is back to serve double duty. In photo mode, it offers 3X lossless zoom (with autofocus and OIS) and up to 30x “Space Zoom”. In video mode, it can record in 8K resolution at 24fps.
Every day more epic than the cinema. Super Smooth 60fps Video lets you relive the moment without skipping a beat. Its dynamic frame rate automatically adjusts so you record super-smooth video in both bright and low light.
Inside all the three phones is Android 11-based One UI 3.0.
Yes, Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G come with the Super Smooth 120Hz display. The display’s refresh rate adjusts between 48-120Hz based on the content you’re viewing.
A battery upgrade to boot – the 4,800 mAh capacity is 300 mAh than last year. In terms of charging, all three S21 models are the same. They can go up to 25W with a suitable USB Power Delivery charger (which you have to supply yourself, there’s little besides a USB-C cable in the box). Wireless charging is rated at 15W going in and 9W going out.
They are super-fast. Charging gives you hours of power in minutes of charge. The fast wireless charging 2.0 is a quick power-up — without the cable. And they also come with Wireless PowerShare that lets you use your phone to charge your buds, watch or even a friend’s phone.
Galaxy S21 5G comes with a 6.2-inch screen, measuring at 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9 millimeters and weighing at 171g (mmW), 169g(sub6). Galaxy S21+ 5G comes with a 6.7-inch screen and measures at 75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8 millimeters, while weighing 202g (mmW), 200g(sub6).
Yes, you can use an electronic SIM, known as eSIM, with Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G. The eSIM allows you to activate a mobile network plan right on your phone, so you can switch data plans or add an overseas phone number without the physical Nano SIM.
They all have the same memory options – 8GB of RAM as the standard and only option. As for storage, you get 128GB as standard and can opt into 256GB. This will be all the storage you have as besides removing the charger, Samsung also dropped the microSD slot.
Meet the fastest chip ever in Galaxy. Packing more speed, more power and more intelligence, the 5nm processor is fast enough to keep up with the action, so you can do more even faster.
Share only what you want. The Knox security platform delivers a high level of security, protecting your phone from the chip up and giving you more confidence in your data and app permissions. It also features Samsung Knox Vault to keep your biometric authentication data under wraps. And with a larger, lower latency Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, you can unlock even faster — even if your finger’s dry.
OneDrive gives you additional peace of mind. Automatically sync your photos and videos so they’re protected.
HyperFast 5G lets you download a whole season of your favorite show in a flash. The 5G-compatible chipset delivers faster speeds to keep you connected as you upload or download.17, 18, 19 While HyperFast Wi-Fi connects you to everything you love quickly and reliably.20
Built for those “oh no!” moments, Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ delivers scratch and damage resistance that makes it the toughest glass on a Samsung smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ start at $1,053/£770 and $1,299/£950, respectively. They will be on pre-order from today, January 15 until January 29 when they will go into stores. If you order before then, you will receive a pair of Galaxy Buds Live and a Samsung SmartTag for free.