Samsung sets the bar ever higher

The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra are officially launched. Cheaper, more stylish, more efficient, better in photography and benefiting from better autonomy, the new flagships of the South Korean giant are out and they have everything to be a great success at the start of the year.

For several months now, information concerning Galaxy s21 flee in all directions. While some are ultimately true, others are false or will have to wait for the next iteration of Samsung smartphones. But here we are: the South Korean brand has just made official its three new models, the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra! Do the expectations live up to expectations? We’ll let you judge, but here is a summary of all you need to remember about the new flagships from the Samsung brand. Go on the way, we’re already gone.

Galaxy s21 Galaxy s21 + Galaxy S21 Ultra
Screen 6.2 “
FHD +
120hz
2400 x 1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass 7
6.7 “
FHD +
120hz
2400 x 1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass 7
6.8 “
WQHD +
120hz
3200 x 1440 pixels
Gorilla Glass 7
Chipset Exynos 2100 / Snapdragon 888 Exynos 2100 / Snapdragon 888 Exynos 2100 / Snapdragon 888
BONE Android 11 + One UI 3.1 Android 11 + One UI 3.1 Android 11 + One UI 3.1
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 12/16 GB
Storage 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256/512 GB
microSD No No No
Main sensor 12 MP wide angle f / 1.8
12 MP ultra wide angle f / 2.2
64 MP telephoto f / 2.0
12 MP wide angle f / 1.8
12 MP ultra wide angle f / 2.2
64 MP telephoto f / 2.0
108 MP wide angle f / 1.8
12 MP ultra wide angle f / 2.2
10 MP Telephoto Optical Zoom X10 f / 2.4
10 MP Optical zoom X2 f / 1.8
Laser autofocus
Selfie sensor 10 MP (f / 2.2) 10 MP (f / 2.2) 40 MP (f / 2.2)
Drums 4000 mAh
25W recharge
4,800 mAh
25W recharge
5000 mAh
25W recharge
5G Yes Yes Yes
Biometrics Ultrasonic footprint scanner under the screen Ultrasonic footprint scanner under the screen Ultrasonic footprint scanner under the screen
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68

Samsung galaxy s21

The S21 most likely represents the flagship of the range. It is the cheapest and most compact of the entire line with its 6.2 ″ screen size. But one of the big novelties of the S21 concerns the display: Samsung said goodbye to curved edges, which however made the heyday of the range since the S6 Edge. Well almost, since they are found on the S21 Ultra discussed below. Something to appeal to the more refractory of curved edges, who found that this technology caused too many handling errors (you quickly squeeze the edges when you take the phone in hand). Another new design innovation: the S21 gets a new look at the rear. The photo sensors are housed in a small rectangular island with rounded edges, which stands out (visually speaking) from the rest of the back of the device.

Samsung galaxy s21

The device has a 6.2 ″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display in FHD +. Like models released last year, the S21 benefits from a 120Hz maximum refresh rate. But unlike the S20, which only allowed two possible speeds (60 or 120 Hz), it is possible here to go down to 48 Hz. And the good news is that this refresh rate is adaptive : it manages itself like a big one depending on the running application. Clearly, if you just check your emails or reply to your messages on Messenger, it will use a low speed. But as soon as you start a game like an FPS, the speed will be set to 120 Hz. Objective of the maneuver: reduce battery consumption.

The heart of the S21 beats with the help of an Exynos 2100, Samsung’s first SoC engraved in 5 nm. The smartphone is elsewhere 5G compatible and, unlike the edition released last year, there is no cheaper 4G version. We are now waiting to have the opportunity to test the performance of this new processor, which will hopefully be as good as that of a Snapdragon 888 (at least that is what Samsung suggests). Remember that the latter equips the US version of the S21, but not the European version. Why such a disparity? The answers to this question can be found in our file dedicated to the subject. Finally, the device has 8 GB RAM and of 128 or 256 GB storage space depending on the version chosen.

Samsung galaxy s21

The autonomy of the S21 is ensured by a 4000 mAh battery. At this level, nothing has changed compared to the Galaxy S20 released last year. Samsung nevertheless promises better battery management via the trio “One UI 3.0 + Android 11 + adaptive refresh rate”. We hope that this will actually be the case, autonomy remaining one of the black spots of previous editions of Galaxy S.

Finally, last point and not the least: on the photo side, the S21 benefits from 3 sensors on the back. We find there a main sensor of 12 MP, an ultra-wide angle of 12 MP also, and a telephoto of 64 MP. And before, we take advantage ofa 10 MP sensor for selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S21 +

The technical sheet of Galaxy s21 + is very close to that of the S21. The device also has an Exynos 2100 as SoC. It is therefore also 5G compatible and also benefits from 8 GB of RAM, and 128 or 256 GB of storage space. The part is also identical to that of the S21: 3 sensors at the rear (12 + 12 + 64 MP) and 1 at the front (10 MP).

Samsung Galaxy S21 +

Some differences are however to be noted. Firstly, the device is larger, since its screen measures 6.7 ″. And on the other hand, he enjoys a 4,800 mAh battery, which should ensure better longevity.

Finally, the device supports UWB technology (Ultra Wide Band), a short-range wireless communication protocol that operates over radio waves at very high frequencies. With it, it is possible to have “smart and seamless connections between devices that can meet a wide range of needs, from secure remote payments to locating a missing remote,” says Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S21 +

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Like last year, Galaxy S21 Ultra is the largest and most expensive model of the siblings. It is also the best endowed when it comes to photos and battery. And it is also the only one to have curved edges on the front. However, the edges are less pronounced than those of the S20 Ultra, Samsung having obviously decided to draw a line on the really curved edges.

On the display side, we benefit from a 6.8 ″ screen which benefits from a definition in WQHD + (3088 x 1400 pixels). Another small difference compared to the other two models: the S21 Ultra is capable of lower its refresh rate to 11 Hz . The 120 Hz is meanwhile there, as on the other models. As the speed is also adaptive, as on the S21 and S21 +, the Ultra model should also benefit from better autonomy management.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with its stylus

If the S21 Ultra also benefits from an Exynos 2100, it is even better off in memory than its little brothers: it takes advantage of 12 or 16 GB of RAM depending on the model selected, while its storage capacity ranges from 128 to 512 GB. Its battery is not to be outdone, since we are entitled to a 5000 mAh.

As for the photo part, the S21 Ultra also acts as a champion in any category. The device benefits froma 108 MP wide-angle sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and 2 telephoto photos : Both are 10 MP each, but one has an f / 2.4 aperture while the other is f / 4.9. And one benefits from a 3x optical zoom, while the other’s operates at 10x. Finally, the device allows film in 4K at 60 Hz across all sensors.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Latest news: the S20 Ultra is compatible with the Samsung S Pen. Until then reserved for the Note range, the small stylus has landed on the flagship. Note, however, that the S Pen does not fit “in” the phone, but in the shell of the device.

Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra price and launch date

All models of S21 will be available from 29 january. The price of S21 starts at € 859, when that of S21 + starts at € 1,059. As to S21 Ultra, as you can imagine, this is the most expensive model in the range since it is displayed starting from 1259 €. While it is now possible to pre-order the Galaxy S21, the lucky ones will have the opportunity to receive a colors specially marketed during the pre-order period.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with its stylus

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