Samsung has unveiled the next instalment in their flagship Galaxy range, the Galaxy S21, although this iteration comes with some interesting and unexpected changes.
The new range of devices comprises the Galaxy S21, S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, all of which feature the new overhauled design and a refreshed camera system that wraps around the side of the smartphone.
Design-wise, the Galaxy S21 and S21+ are essentially the same, with each featuring a lighter build, and compact 6.2-inch edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display, while the Galaxy S21+ sports an expanded 6.7-inch display and a larger battery.
As for the new camera design, the Galaxy S21 series introduces a Contour Cut Camera housing that blends into the device’s metal frame, being less obtrusive when operating the device.
S21 and S21+ will be available in a range of colours, including a new signature colour: Phantom Violet. And each device is coated with a haze finish on the back for a sophisticated look and feel.
Under the hood
All three devices are powered by the Samsung Exynos 2100 chipset, which is far more power-efficient than previous-generation chips, along with 8GB of RAM on the S21 and S21+. The S21 Ultra features 12GB of RAM.
The battery capacities of the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are 4,000mAh, 4,800mAh, and 5,000mAh, respectively.
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra boasts a quad-lens rear camera system (108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP), which includes ultra-wide and wide lenses in addition to two optical lenses for dual zoom support.
The primary sensor on the Galaxy S21 boasts an impressive 108MP resolution and is capable of recording 8K video at 30fps and capturing great low-light shots.
Samsung’s Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 smartphones have triple-lens rear cameras (64MP + 12MP + 12MP) which also supports 8K video recording, as well as a single front-facing camera (10MP). embedded in a punch-hole cutout in the display.
Pricing and availability
Starting on 5 February 2021, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will be available through Samsung.com, carriers and retailers online.
- Galaxy S21 – R17,999
- Galaxy S21+ – R21,499
- Galaxy S21 Ultra – R27,999