smartphonesshop.com.au - Last year at around this time we were frothing over the brilliance of the galaxy S20 series, and what a year it was! In some news that looks to make this year set off on a good start, we’ve finally been treated to the official reveal of the Galaxy S21 series as well as Galaxy Buds Pro and the intriguing Galaxy Smart Tags. So without further ado, let’s see what Samsung has up its sleeve and why Apple should be worried. Check out a recap of the event below from The Verge:
Guardians of the Galaxy
After multiple leaks, we've finally gotten an official look at the Galaxy S21, and it definitely looks like it has been worth the wait. As expected, there is a standard S21, an S21+ and a beastly S21 Ultra for those who prefer a gargantuan smartphone. It’s also worth noting that the S21 series doesn’t come with a charger or expandable storage, which is quite ironic! Let’s take a look at the official specs before we go any further courtesy of The Verge:
|Category||Samsung Galaxy S21||Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra|
|OS||Android 11 (One UI)||Android 11 (One UI)||Android 11 (One UI)|
|Display||6.2-inch AMOLED||6.7-inch AMOLED||6.8-inch AMOLED|
|Resolution||2400 x 1080||2400 x 1080||3200 x 1440|
|Refresh rate||up to 120Hz||up to 120Hz||up to 120Hz|
|Dimensions (mm)||71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9||75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8||75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9|
|Processor||US: Snapdragon 888||US: Snapdragon 888||US: Snapdragon 888|
|RAM||8GB||8GB||12GB / 16GB|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB / 512GB|
|Ports||USB-C charging port||USB-C charging port||USB-C charging port|
|Rear cameras||12MP (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 64MP (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm) 3X hybrid optic telephoto||12MP (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 64MP (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm) 3X hybrid optic telephoto||108MP (f/1.8, OIS, 0.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, Dual Pixel AF, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm) 3X optical telephoto, 10MP (f/4.9, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm) 10X optical telephoto|
|Front cameras||10MP (f/2.2, autofocus)||10MP (f/2.2, autofocus)||40MP (f/2.2, autofocus)|
|Biometrics||Fingerprint, face recognition||Fingerprint, face recognition||Fingerprint, face recognition|
|5G||mmWave and sub-6GHz||mmWave and sub-6GHz||mmWave and sub-6GHz|
In a Galaxy Far, Far away
With the Galaxy S21 and the S21+, it looks to be more of a refinement of what worked perfectly with the S20 than a revolution, and that’s perfectly fine! Sure it might be tempting to snob off Samsung’s offering this year, but believe us when we say last year’s S20 was a leap into the future, and even smaller refinements to the formula are totally acceptable at this stage. To put it frankly, if you loved the S20 and the S20+, you are going to go bonkers over the S21 and S21+. In terms of its improvements, Samsung is touting it’s Exynos 2100 (Snapdragon for you Americans) chip as the fastest chip ever in Galaxy history, with more speed and power than ever before with a generous 8GB of RAM. Included is a gorgeous Infinity-O Display and Dynamic AMOLED that’s optimised for eye comfort, topped off with a silky smooth 120HZ display that adapts to whatever activity you’re performing on your device. As with the previous release, the S21 will be 6.2 inches and the S21+ will be 6.7 inches, with 5G connectivity respectively. There’s also IP68 Water Resistance and Gorilla Glass Victus, which should ensure that a drop down the stairs doesn’t turn into an expensive visit to a repairer.
Special Super Ultra Pro Edition
How do you improve on a near-perfect smartphone? As they say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and with the superb experience offered by last year’s S20 Ultra, we were rather intrigued over how Samsung could actually impress us again. Alas, the S21 Ultra while still retaining the DNA of its predecessor, manages to improve upon it and make the upgrade more than worthwhile. There’s, of course, the 6.8-inch screen, which includes 50% more contrast alongside an AMOLED display for a display that looks better than real life. There is also up to 16GB, yes you read that correctly 16GB of RAM, ensuring the S21 Ultra won’t break a sweat while you put it through intensive streaming and gaming sessions. An all-day battery just makes the S21 more perfect than it already is, with super-fast charging so you can immediately get some juice in your phone and keep going. But what has us truly gobsmacked with the S21 Ultra is, as the leaks stated is support for the S-Pen and the upcoming S-Pen Pro. It’s further beginning to look like the Note series may not survive but either way, we have to admit it’s a fantastic addition making those of us who upgrade not feel regretful that we didn’t wait for the Note. In other words, the S21 Ultra is the gift that keeps on giving, at least until the S22 Ultra is released.
The cameras on the S20 series last year promptly blew us away with their amazing clarity and capabilities, with the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra looking to do that again! With the S21 and S21+, you’ll get an exquisite 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 10MP Selfie Camera, a 12MP Wide-Angle Camera to capture the entire picture and a 64MP Telephoto camera. On the S21 Ultra, things are kicked up a notch or without one (pun intended) with an insane 108MP Ultra Wide camera, 10MP Telephoto cameras and a 12MP ultrawide camera for some truly detailed shots. This year, Samsung doesn’t just want you to take crystal clear images, it also wants to turn your S21 into an action cam with its 8K resolution and AI Stabilisation available across all devices that turn even the shakiest videos into cinematic masterpieces. Your shaky hands will no longer get in the way of a quality video!
It’s not only the Galaxy S21 that we were treated to at Galaxy Unpacked, but Samsung has also announced their new member of the Galaxy Buds family, the Galaxy Buds Pro! Samsung describes their latest invention as delivering crystal-clear call quality and powerful studio sound. The included Active Noise cancellation will drown out any annoying distractions around you, fully immersing you into that hip-hop beat or guitar note, while the adjustable Ambient Sound allows you to control just how strong the noise cancellation is, for when you want to be disconnected yet still connected to the world. With a stylish design and our previous experiences with the Galaxy Buds, let’s just say we’re more than a little excited!
Sick of losing your favourite items? Perhaps you’d like to be prepared if you ever misplace something critically important. Samsung understands this which is why they’ve revealed their Galaxy Smart Tags! As described by Samsung, they’re Bluetooth powered and attach to keys, pets you name it! When the day comes where you’ve lost your keys, simply press the ring button on your Galaxy device and follow the sounds all the way back to your lost item. If you’re unlucky enough to be out of range, the Galaxy Find Network can be used to track the entire history of your item’s journey. The Galaxy Smart Tags can even be used to make your home smarter as they can be utilised to control devices around your home, meaning that you won’t have to do any more agonizing trips to turn the lights off in your home.
So there you have it! Another year and another Galaxy release. As we said earlier, the S21 series looks to be more of a refinement of a formula that worked perfectly than a complete revolution but that still doesn’t make it any less awesome. If anything, it has us even more excited about what Samsung has in store. For everything to do with Samsung, stay tuned to our Smart Blogs!
Ready to step into another Galaxy? Pre-order the S21 Ultra and get a bonus pair of Galaxy Buds Pro worth $349 or the S21/S21+ for a pair of Galaxy Buds Live valued at $319!
(Valid until 28/1/21, T&C's apply)