Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup First Impressions

And here we go again. Samsung announced their Galaxy S21 series a bit earlier at the Unpacked 2021 event on Wednesday, January 14th. Usually the S series would come out more to February or April. Coming into the phones itself, there are three variants. The Samsung Galaxy S21, the S21+ and the S21 Ultra. Let’s have a closer look at each of them.

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21

The S21 along with the S21+ and S21 Ultra are powered by the new  Exynos 2100 chipset, Samsung’s latest and greatest chipset. And in other markets, like the US, the three smartphones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The S21 starts at $799 and Rs 69,999 for the  8GB RAM and 128GB storage base model. The smaller S21 has a 6,2 inches FHD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on top, and a 120Hz refresh rate. Which has a peak brightness of 1300 nits The display is adaptive refresh rate which varies with what’s on the screen. Being the smaller phone the S21 also has a smaller 4,000mAh battery, With a 25W fast charging.

The design is pretty good. The S21 has a matte finish over plastic which could be justifiably for the price and plastic does offer more durability compared to glass. And the camera cutout really pops mostly for the purple variant with the golden cutout which wraps all the around the side. The S21 also is equipped with a 12MP main camera + 12MP ultra wide + 64MP 3x telephoto camera. Along with a 10MP front shooter. There is also a larger and faster in display fingerprint reader. Along with the perks of being a flagship phone like IP68 dust/water resistant, wireless and reverse wireless charging. It feels like an upgraded S20 FE than a new S21 but the slight tweaks and design changes are appreciated, with the lower price tag.

Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21+

The S21+ has a bigger 6.7 inches FHD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass Victus on top, with a 120Hz refresh rate. Which has a peak brightness of 1300nits.Has a bigger 4,800mAh battery. The S21+ starts at  $999 and Rs 81,999 for the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage base model. The S21+ also has a matte finish over glass making it more premium. But other than that there is no features exclusive to the S21+. Both has the same camera setups, same IP68 dust/water resistance, same display resolutions, same processor, same CPU, GPU and even same charging speeds. So is the upgrade worth the extra $200. Well it’s for you to answer in the polls conducted by us on Instagram.

Samsung Galaxy S21Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

 The most premium Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 and Rs 1,05,999 for the 12GB RAM+ 256GB storage base model. The biggest S21 ultra has the biggest  5,000mAh battery, the biggest 6.8 inches WQHD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. And a peak brightness of 1600nits. The Ultra also has the adaptive refresh rate feature which can be better for battery life. The Ultra packs a quad camera setup comprised of 108MP main camera+ 12MP ultra wide+ 10MP 10x periscope telephoto+ another 10MP 3x telephoto. And a 40MP front shooter. The Ultra also has a faster fingerprint sensor like that of the S21 and S21+. And almost all the remaining spec are shared by the other two phones. There is no power brick or any headphones in the box.

The S21 Ultra does have S pen compatibility but it doesn’t come in the box. The S pen cost an extra $40 i.e Rs 2,924. And to carry the S pen Samsung also offers a case, so the S pen with the case costs about $70 i.e. Rs 5,116. Well it more of an optional accessory rather than a feature. So you don’t have to buy an S21 Ultra just for the stylus. All that apart the S21 Ultra is the best flagship offered by Samsung at the moment and even the best Android out there.

That sums up our post. Check out our recent post on CES and follow us on Instagram to be notified of recent updates and tech news. Also check out S21’s leaked benchmark scores.

John Varghese

Turned on by phones, here just to give my view on things.

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