Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy S21 lineup in its Unpacked live event. The lineup consists of three phones – the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is perhaps Samsung’s best efforts to make a complete phone, and @pujapal has written about it.
The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have a lot in common than you would otherwise expect from Samsung. The only difference lies between screen and battery sizes. The S21 feature a 6.2-inch whereas the S21 Plus features a 6.7-inch screen. The major difference between the predecessor and the newer models is that the phones no longer have the curved edges Samsung is known for.
The flat display is also a downgrade from last year’s 3200 x 1440 res to a mere 2400 x 1080 resolution. Both the phones still offer a 144 Hz refresh rate, something Apple has yet to bring to its iPhones. The RAM is also dropped from 12 GB to 8 GB.
Subtle Downgrades for Cost Saving
The new Samsung flagships cost significantly less than their predecessors, which means there are obvious downgrades. But that certainly doesn’t make them less of a 2021 flagship than they already are.
We talked about the flat display, less RAM, and less resolution. The S21’s back panel is made up of polycarbonate plastic and not glass. It also doesn’t have an ultra-wideband radio. This could have resulted in better integration with Galaxy SmartTags like on the S21 Plus and Ultra.
Samsung is also following Apple’s footsteps of not including a charger and earphones inside the retail box. The company justifies the reason for being environmental issues. All these downgrades bring the price tag on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus to just $799 and $999 respectively.
The S21 and S21 Plus are Still Flagships
Despite the subtle downgrades, the new Galaxy smartphones still feature the best hardware internals for 2021. The phones are powered by the all-new Snapdragon 888 processor which includes support for 5G. The comprehensive 5G integration supports mmWave and sub-6GHz networks as well.
The fingerprint sensor on these devices is upgraded to Qualcomm’s new 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2. This will make it fast and super accurate. The batteries on these ones are beefy, with the S21 boasting 4,000 mAh and the S21 Plus with an even bigger 4,800 mAh battery.
Although the S21 series feel very similar to their predecessor, they ditch a lot of subtle design elements such as a glass-slab sandwich and rectangular bezel around the border. Instead, the S21 Plus now features an aluminum back. This is a super refreshing design and Samsung has done a great job at it.
The S21 series actually show off their camera bumps instead of trying to integrate it with the rest of the body. They now look like seamless pieces of metals that flow out naturally from the sides of the phones.
Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus feature a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, along with a 10-megapixel front camera. The phones no longer feature a true depth sensor as seen on the S20 Plus.
Samsung has made a lot of improvements on the software side of cameras that includes a new 30x “Space Zoom” mode, “Director’s View” mode for a video that makes it easy to swap between lenses while filming, and additions to Samsung’s “Single Take” mode.
The Galaxy S21 lineup has made us really happy for a long time. They feel like a complete set of smartphones with all boxes to tick.
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