Samsung has been following a rather similar design approach for longer than we could remember. That said, that perhaps has come to an end – with the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ with a nicer design, a flagship specification for 2021 and most of all, a sense of fashion statement which is something we have never seen before.
Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ gets a new look which is rather significant from the back of the smartphone. It sure is a head turner too. The S21 Series introduces a new design which they call it the Contour Cut Camera Design which blends into the metal frame to give it that chic and bold fashion to it. Just like every year, the Galaxy S21 Series get’s a new set of colors too: Phantom Pink, Phantom White and Phantom Grey for the S21, Phantom Violet, Phantom Black and Silver for the S21+.
Best part: All the back of every S21 regardless of the model comes in the Matte finish which we saw last year on the Note20 and the S20 Fan Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 packs a 6.2” Dynamic AMOLED 2X FHD+ Display with 120Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the phone display features an AI Based Auto Blue Light Control for better comfortable usage over the time as day goes by. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ on the other hand houses a 6.7” Dynamic AMOLED 2X FHD+ Display with 120Hz refresh rate. The AI Based Auto Blue Light Control is a standard here as well, so there’s nothing to worry.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Camera
When it comes to the camera, both the S21 and S21+ get the same treatment: a triple camera setup on the back consisting of the following:
- Ultra Wide 12MP Fixed Focus, 120 degree FOV with an aperture of f/2.2
- Wide Angle 12MP Dual Pixel OIS Camera with an aperture of f/1.8
- Telephoto 64MP 3x OIS Camera with an aperture of f/2.0
On the front, users will find a 10MP Dual Pixel Camera with an aperture of f/2.2 respectively.
Just like last year, the phone is capable of doing 8K Video and it also does an 8K Video Snap where users can capture high-res photos out of it. The Super Steady Recording allows to record video as if its shot on an action cam with its advanced 60fps. There is another feature called Director’s View where it gives the end user more control on how you shoot your shot and at the very same time makes things to get better shots – so you can do like a Vlogger View, Live Thumbnails and so on.
Pairing with the Buds Pro, it gives an added advantage of doing a Multi MIC Recording – that is recording on the phone and the Buds Pro at the very same time. Single Take gets better with 5x more AI Processing, the Enhanced Portrait Mode gives studio like portraits and so on. If you happen to use the Zoom camera, well now there’s a zoom lock – about time.
In terms of specification, the S21 and S21+ gets a new 5nm Processor – but the choice of processor will vary depending on which region you are in – so, the phone is either powered by the latest Exynos or the Snapdragon 888. As for the battery, the S21 packs the same 4000mAh whereas the S21+ gets a bump to 4800mAh. The fingerprint hiding under the glass is now 1.7x larger and does a better authentication as compared to the older generations.
Here’s a TL;DR on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series in comparison with the Ultra.
You can read more about the Galaxy S21 Ultra by clicking here.