In the beginning of 2020, a few weeks before the lockdown of the first American cities to the Covid-19 pandemic, Samsung introduced a lot of new phones. Prices for the cheapest of the lot, the Galaxy S20, started at an amazing $ 1000. Almost a year later, we are still fighting a formidable peak in the cases of Covid, but the global health emergency did not prevent Samsung from launching with new equipment. This time, rightly so, there is less fanfare surrounding the release.
At its second Galaxy Unpacked virtual event on Thursday morning, Samsung unveiled three new smartphones: the Galaxy S21, S21 +, and S21 Ultra. Or predecessors launched new technologies like 8K video recording and up to 100X zoom with the cameraSamsung’s latest phones are simply refining the Galaxy brand without adding much new. More importantly, these phones cost less than last year’s ones.
The S21 starts at $ 800, the S21 + starts at $ 1,000, and the S21 Ultra starts at $ 1,200. All three are available for pre-order and release worldwide on Friday, January 29.
There isn’t even a dazzling foldable smartphone participate in the fun this year. Instead, the other two announcements Samsung made on Thursday are pretty useful: an updated pair of wireless headphones with noise cancellation and Tile-like location tracking to help you find your misplaced belongings.
The top three stars of the event are phones, and they have a few things in common. They are powered by this year’s high-end chip for Android phones, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which the chipmaker claims delivers up to 25% better processor performance and a 35% increase in graphics rendering compared to the previous Snapdragon, while consuming less power. 8 gigabytes of RAM contributes to this fast performance, although the Ultra phone model has up to 12.
Not much has changed with the display. All three phones use Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels, with the S21 offering the smallest display at 6.2 inches. The S21 + soups up to 6.7 inches, and the S21 Ultra is the monster of the bunch at 6.8 inches. Only the Ultra has a curved screen and an incredibly high resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. For the first time, the maximum screen refresh rate of 120Hz is available at this full resolution on the Ultra. The two cheaper models still have 120Hz panels, but they only offer that faster refresh rate at 1080p.
That high refresh rate can now drop from 48Hz to 120Hz for the S21 and S21 + and from 10Hz to 120Hz for the Ultra, depending on what content you’re watching or how you interact with the screen. Slow down on the home screen? There’s no need for the 120 frames, so the Ultra will reduce it to around 10Hz, eliminating unnecessary battery drain. Speaking of batteries, the phones have battery capacities of 4,000mAh, 4,800mAh, and 5,000mAh, respectively.