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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Announced At Unpacked Event With Exynos 2100 Processor

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 series has finally been unveiled at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event. Being the direct successor of the Galaxy S20 series announced last year, what’s new?

Samsung Galaxy S21 | S21 Plus

samsung Galaxy S21 series
SpecsSamsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Display6.2-inch Flat FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 421ppi, HDR10+ certified
Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (48~120Hz)
Eye Comfort Shield
6.7-inch Flat FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 394ppi, HDR10+ certified
Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (48~120Hz)
Eye Comfort Shield
Dimension and WeightDimension: 71.2×151.7×7.9mm
Weight: 169g(sub6)
Dimension: 75.6×161.5×7.8mm
Weight: 200g(sub6)
Camera[Front camera]
10MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80°, F2.2, 1.22µm
[Rear camera]
Triple camera
Ultra Wide: 12MP FF, FOV 120°
F2.2, 1.4µm
Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 79°, OIS,
F1.8, 1.8µm
Telephoto: 64MP Phase Detection AF,
Hybrid Optic 3X, FOV 76°, OIS
F2.0, 0.8µm
30X Space Zoom
[Front camera]
10MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80°, F2.2, 1.22µm
[Rear camera]
Triple camera
Ultra Wide: 12MP FF, FOV 120°
F2.2, 1.4µm
Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 79°, OIS,
F1.8, 1.8µm
Telephoto: 64MP Phase Detection AF,
Hybrid Optic 3X, FOV 76°, OIS
F2.0, 0.8µm
30X Space Zoom
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100Samsung Exynos 2100
Memory8GB RAM + 256GB Storage8GB RAM + 256GB Storage
Battery4,000mAh4,800mAh
ChargingImproved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
OSAndroid 11Android 11
Network and Connectivity5G NSA/SA, Sub6
Ultra Wideband
5G NSA/SA, Sub6
Ultra Wideband
PaymentNFC, MSTNFC, MST
AuthenticationUltrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor
Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor
Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
AudioDual Audio
Scalable Codec
Dual Audio
Scalable Codec
Water ResistanceIP68IP68
Galaxy S21 plus

In terms of display, All S21 variants come with the Dynamic OLED 2X panel with a 120Hz variable refresh rate, and an improved eye comfort shield that reduces blue light emmission.

The smallest of the family, the S21 has a 6.2-inch screen, while the S21 Plus has a screen of 6.7, and they both output a FHD+ resolution. The S21 and S21 Plus’s refresh rate ranges from 48Hz to 120Hz.

Processor wise, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is running on the latest Samsung Exynos 2100 CPU, which is built on the 5nm process. It promises a 20% increase in CPU performance, 35% increase in GPU performance, and 2x the speed in NPU performance.

Moving on to the camera, the Galaxy S21 this year has this new sleek curved design that combines the camera bump with the side of the device. When it comes to features, the cameras now support 8K video recording at 60fps. Apart from that, all lenses on all S21 series variants can now record 4K 60fps super steady video, from the main sensor, to the ultra-wide, and even the telephoto lens.

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Galaxy S21

There is also the new Director’s View feature which includes the vlogger view and live thumbnails. Vlogger view allows you to capture video on both the front and back cameras simultaneously, while the live thumbnails feature shows you a preview of all three lenses before you actually switch to them.

The Single Take 2.0 feature introduces new photo and video modes which include best moment, scene lighting, highlight video, and dynamic slo-mo. All that, with a press of the shutter button. You can now also adjust the shooting time from 5 to 15 seconds so you can get even more shots out of one press.

As for Space Zoom, the S21 and S21 Plus has a Space zoom of 30x. Night mode has also been improved with a brighter night sensor to reduce noise in lowlight conditions.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Galaxy S21 ultra 5G
SpecsSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Display6.8-inch Edge QHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display (3200×1440), 515ppi, HDR10+ certified
Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (10~120Hz)
Eye Comfort Shield
Dimension and WeightDimensions: 75.6×165.1×8.9mm
Weight: 227g(sub6)
Camera[Front camera]
40MP Phase Detection AF, FOV 80°, F2.2, 0.7 µm

[Rear camera]
Quad camera
Ultra Wide: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 120°, F2.2, 1.4µm
Wide-angle: 108MP Phase Detection AF, FOV 83°, OIS, F1.8, 0.8µm
Telephoto 1: 10MP Dual Pixel AF,
Optical 3x, FOV 35°,OIS, F2.4, 1.22µm
Telephoto 2: 10MP Dual Pixel AF,
Optical 10x, FOV 10°,OIS, F4.9, 1.22µm
100X Space Zoom
Laser AF Sensor
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100
Memory12GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 256GB internal storage
16GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 512GB internal storage
Battery5,000mAh
ChargingImproved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
OSAndroid 11
Network and ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
5G NSA/SA, Sub6
Ultra Wideband
PaymentNFC, MST
AuthenticationUltrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor
Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
AudioDual Audio
Scalable Codec
Water ResistanceIP68
Galaxy S21 ultra 5G

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has everything the S21 and Plus has, with a couple of upgrades here and there. The screen is a slightly larger 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 2K resolution. It also has a 1,500 nit max brightness and a 3 million to 1 contrast ratio, resulting in bright visuals with vivid colours.

Since the refresh rate is variable, the S21 Ultra can reach the lowest of 11Hz. That potentially means the Ultra could save more battery as it could change refresh rate for different media consumed. For example, watching a movie could reduce the refresh rate down to 11 or 24Hz, while gaming would kick it all the way up to 120Hz for maximum experience.

The 108MP main sensor uses nona binning to combine 9 pixels into a single pixel for ultra clear pictures. It also supports 8K 60 fps video recording, and 4K 60fps video recording on all lenses. For Space Zoom, the Ultra variant has dual zoom lens which are 3x and 10x optical zoom that gets you a further 100x zoom. And thanks to the dual zoom lens on the Ultra, you now get zoom lock. This feature locks the focus once you’ve zoomed past 30x, and stand still for 2 seconds, or when you tap on the zoom lock icon on the top left corner.

Connectivity wise, the S21 Ultra comes with Wi-Fi 6E, and dual bluetooth connectivity which lets you pair two bluetooth devices simultaneously. The S21 series also gets ultra wide band, which uses Wi-Fi to locate your devices, and the best part is, it can recognize distance too. This feature is used in conjunction with the newly launched Samsung SmartThings Find feature and Smart Galaxy Tag.

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samsung Galaxy S21 ultra 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21 now supports the ever popular S Pen from the Galaxy Note series. This is a first for the Galaxy S series, but that being said, there is no slot for you to place the S Pen in on the phone like the Note series, so it has be carried around separately.

Battery wise, the S21 Ultra has the largest battery capacity at 5,000mAh, while the S21 and S21 Plus gets 4,000mAh and 4,800mAh respectively. They all support 25W fast charging via USB Type-C, fast wireless charging, and reverse charging as well.

A couple of notes to add on, the S21 doesn’t get UWB, while the other two does. And only the S21 Ultra has Wi-Fi 6E, while the other two only has the standard Wi-Fi 6, which is still good.

Pricing And Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series comes in Phantom Violet, Pink, Grey, White, Black, and Silver with the black and silver only available on the S21 Ultra. For the Malaysian local pricing and availability, check it out here.

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