The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a much brighter display, with a peak brightness of 1,500 nits, while offering 50% better contrast and a new Eye Comfort Shield feature to reduce eye strain.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 range is finally able to push high resolution and refresh rate at the same time thanks to the new Snapdragon 888 processor. This handset is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, as well as at least 12 GB of RAM. and 128 GB of storage. Users can increase the specs to 16 GB of RAM, plus 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage.
On the back, Samsung completely redesigned the Galaxy S21 line with a slimmer camera bump that blends more seamlessly into the metal frame of the phone.
The number of cameras has grown to four now, one more than last year. The main camera has a professional 108 MP sensor with phase detection autofocus. It captures extremely high resolution images with 12-bit HDR photos that deliver 64 times richer color data.
Plus, you also get two 10MP telephoto lenses (yes, that’s right). Both telephoto lenses feature dual pixel autofocus and are optically image stabilized, but one offers 3x zoom while the other is 10x. Combined, they power the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 100x spatial zoom feature.
Finally, there’s a 12 MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view and dual-pixel autofocus. All four cameras are capable of capturing 4K 60fps images, and users can even switch between different lenses while recording. The new 8K Snap also allows users to quickly take 8K photos and videos with their phone.
S-Pen fans will be happy to know that it is finally coming to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, although there is no internal space to hold the stylus. Instead, you’ll need to purchase a special case with a stylus holder that protrudes about an inch beyond the left side of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is available for preorder now for $ 1,199 and will release on January 29. Those who pre-order by Jan. 28 will also receive a $ 200 Samsung Credit and a free Galaxy SmartTag – Samsung’s Bluetooth tracking accessory.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 +
Moving on to Samsung’s more affordable smartphones, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + offer a slightly smaller screen experience with 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch devices, respectively.
Both phones also only have Full HD + (2400 x 1080) resolution, but you still get a 120Hz experience and the displays are HDR10 + certified as well.
As for the internal hardware, the two handsets are still powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset with 8GB of RAM, plus 128GB or 256GB of storage. The Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh battery while the Galaxy S21 + has a capacity slightly over 4800mAh.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + also have one less camera than their Ultra brethren and the layout is different as well. They both have 12MP wide-angle and ultra-wide cameras. The 64MP telephoto lens, on the other hand, has phase-detection autofocus and 3x OIS optics for 30x spatial zoom.
The Galaxy S21 price starts at $ 799 and the Galaxy S21 + starts at $ 999, both phones are available for pre-order now and will arrive on January 29. Pre-orders made between now and January 28 include a $ 100 Samsung Credit for the Galaxy S21 or $ 150 Samsung Credit for the Galaxy S21 +, as well as a Galaxy SmartTag.
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