Samsung Unveils Galaxy S21 Line of 5G Smartphones
The trio of 5G phones, announced at the Korean consumer-electronics giant’s Galaxy Unpacked event Thursday, are the Galaxy S21 (with a 6.2-inch screen), S21 Plus (6.7 inches) and S21 Ultra (6.8 inches).
The phones are set to ship Jan. 29. The S21 is priced starting at $800 and the S21 Plus starts at $1,000 — some of the most affordable price points for Samsung’s phones, while the S21 Ultra starts at $1,200.
The baseline Galaxy S21 is designed “for those who want a light design and compact 6.2-inch display,” while the S21 Plus, with its bigger battery and screen, is “perfect for marathon gamers and binge-watchers,” the company said. Both feature rear-facing triple camera arrays.
“We are living in a mobile-first world, and with so many of us working remotely and spending more time at home, we wanted to deliver a smartphone experience that meets the rigorous multimedia demands of our continuously changing routines,” TM Roh, president and head of mobile communications business for Samsung Electronics, said at the event.
The Galaxy S21 series introduces an all-new “contour cut” camera housing that blends into each device’s metal frame. The smartphones feature edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O displays with adaptive 120-Hz refresh rate.
On the high end, the Galaxy S21 Ultra “pulls out all the stops for those who want Samsung’s best-of-the-best,” the company said. The phone features what the company says is its most advanced pro-grade camera system and its brightest, most intelligent display. In addition, the S21 Ultra includes the S Pen stylus that Samsung introduced for its Note tablets.
Galaxy S21 Ultra
The S21 Ultra has a quad rear camera (ultra-wide, wide and dual tele-lenses) that features a upgraded 108-megapixel pro sensor, from which you can capture 12-bit HDR photos with 64 times richer color data and more than three times wider dynamic range, according to Samsung. In addition, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the first smartphones to support the Wi-Fi 6E spec.
Also at the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung announced Galaxy Buds Pro, the next generation of its noise-canceling wireless ear buds with two-way speakers, priced at $200.