Galaxy S21 Series Launched With Flat 120Hz Displays, 5G, & Big Performance Gains!

Galaxy S21 Series Launched With Flat 120Hz Displays, 5G, & Big Performance Gains!
January 14 23:00 2021 Print This Article

Ready for a surprise? Well Samsung has got some for you this year with it’s just-announced Samsung Galaxy S21 series. The popular flagship phone we all want to own is now bucking some trends to – in our opinion – change the industry once again for the better. (Mostly!)

As with last year we’re getting three S21 variants – S21 (base), S21+, and S21 Ultra. They’ll all be powered by an Exynos 2100 5nm processor with 5G or Snapdragon 888. In the Philippines, we’ll be getting the Exynos variant.

The aluminum body protects the camera module

At the back, Samsung is now extending the aluminum body over the camera module. This way, the cameras will be well protected by metal and it also results in a new, striking design.

A big change this year is that curved displays are now replaced by flat 120hz ones. This is a great change – cause flat displays are better to look at and prevent accidental touches.

The Galaxy S21 has a 120Hz Display

The S21 & 21+ will have 120Hz FHD+ displays with adaptive refresh for better battery life; and they max out at 1300 nits which is quite impressive. While the Ultra has a 120HZ WQHD+ with even better adaptive refresh and 1600 nits max brightness.

On camera specs, we see small changes but improvements over all – especially in the software. S21 and S21+ have 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 64MP 3X Telephoto lenses for improved zoom quality and flexibility.

The S21 Ultra packs more megapixels and an extra zoom lens. 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x Telephoto and another 10MP 10x Telephoto for longer reach. Lastly, the Ultra gets a Laser AF module for better subject acquisition.

For camera software we’re getting Director’s View, Vlogger’s View, Multi-Mic Recording, Single Shot 2.0, and more.

Galaxy S21 Ultra supports S Pen (S Pen case sold separately)

Zooming into subjects is also easier with a feature Zoom Lock. Tap on your subject and even if your hands are shaky the zoom will stay on the subject. Pretty handy!

Also, if its not obvious by now, all S21 units will pack 5G connectivity and Wi-Fi 6. The S21+ and Ultra will have UWB Tracking also.

Lastly, the newest feature that could change everything is that the S21 Ultra will now support the S Pen stylus! You can use most S Pens out there but Samsung will be selling an S21 Ultra case that has a nicely-sized stylus for better writing than even the Note devices. Crazy, we know!

Galaxy S21 in 4 color variants

Samsung Galaxy S21 – PHP 47,990 (About US$ 1000)

  • Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888 Processor (Region Dependent)
  • 6.2″ 2400×1080 120Hz Flat Adaptive AMOLED Display 1300 nits
  • Gorilla Glass Victus + Glastic Rear + AL7s10 Metal Frame
  • Triple Rear Cameras
    • 12MP Main OIS
    • 12MP Ultrawide
    • 64MP 3x Tele OIS
  • 10MP Front Camera in Punch-Hole Infinity-O Display Cutout
  • Android 11 with Samsung One UI
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM / No MicroSD Slot
  • Dual SIM 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4,000 mAh Battery with 25W Fast Charging
  • Fast Wireless Charging & Reverse Wireless Charging
  • IP68 Water & Dust Resistant
Galaxy S21+ in 3 color variants

Galaxy S21 Plus – PHP 57,990 (About US$ 1200)

  • Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888 Processor (Region Dependent)
  • 6.7″ 2400×1080 120Hz Flat Adaptive AMOLED Display 1300 nits
  • Gorilla Glass Victus + AL7s10 Metal Frame
  • Triple Rear Cameras
    • 12MP Main OIS
    • 12MP Ultrawide
    • 64MP 3x Tele OIS
  • 10MP Front Camera in Punch-Hole Infinity-O Display Cutout
  • Android 11 with Samsung One UI
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM / No MicroSD Slot
  • Dual SIM 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6 + UWB Tracking
  • In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4,800 mAh Battery with 25W Fast Charging
  • Fast Wireless Charging & Reverse Wireless Charging
  • IP68 Water & Dust Resistant

Pricing for Galaxy S21 5G is at P47,990 and P57,990 for the Galaxy S21+ 5G.

On January 15 to 28, 2021, customers can pre-order the Galaxy S21+ 5G to get an epic bundle worth up to P19,000 through Samsung Experience stores, select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores and Authorized Samsung online partners. Customers who pre-order will get Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Tab A 8.0, Galaxy SmartTag, and a 25W Travel Adapter. Offer is also available through Globe and Smart until January 24.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung.com to get as much as P13,000 worth of freebies including Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy SmartTag and a P3,000 discount.

Galaxy S21 Ultra in 2 color variants

Galaxy S21 Ultra – PHP 69,990 – PHP 79,990 (About US$ 1450 – 1650)

  • Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888 Processor (Region Dependent)
  • 6.8″ 3088×1440 120Hz Flat Adaptive AMOLED Display 1500 nits
  • Gorilla Glass Victus + AL7s10 Metal Frame
  • Quad Rear Cameras + Laser AF Module
    • 108MP Main OIS
    • 12MP Ultrawide
    • 10MP 3x Tele OIS
    • 10MP 10x Tele OIS
  • 40MP Front Camera in Punch-Hole Infinity-O Display Cutout
  • Android 11 with Samsung One UI
  • 12GB RAM / 256GB ROM / No MicroSD Slot
  • Dual SIM 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6E UWB Tracking
  • In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
  • 5,000 mAh Battery with 25W Fast Charging
  • Fast Wireless Charging & Reverse Wireless Charging
  • IP68 Water & Dust Resistant
  • S Pen Compatible Display (S Pen sold separately)

Pricing for Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G starts at P69,990 for the 256GB model and P79,990 for the 512GB pre-order-exclusive model.

The S21 (base) will feature a new glastic back which even if it doesn’t feel as premium as glass, it will last longer and will not shatter like glass phones do.

The S21, S21+, & S21 Ultra will forgo a MicroSD slot this year.

All variants of the S21 series will not have a headset or charger in the box. Samsung claims this will result in less wasted chargers and headphones that we just stow away in our cabinets never to use again.

So what do you think of the new S21 series? Let us know in the comments or in our FB community! Personally, we’re excited about the S Pen functionality as we really do use the stylus ourselves. We’re getting 5G which is huge, and improved performance and high refresh flat displays are always welcome. Some compromises were made especially with the base and plus variant, but we’re hoping its still worth the upgrade.

Anyway, for more news about the new Samsung flagships, stay tuned to Tech Inspected!

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