Last year, the Ultra moniker gained a popularity among the Samsung Smartphones where the creme of the crop touted the title because it offered a piece of the future, today. That trend is gaining its momentum and with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – its still carries the same idea over but glorifying the moniker in three departments: Imaging, Productivity and Connectivity.

Galaxy S21 Ultra

The S21 Ultra is said to be the one that offers Superior experience with future proof technology – which is pretty much like the S20 Ultra we saw last year. For the most part, the specification such as the processor remains the same as the other S21 Smartphones – such as the same Exynos or Snapdragon processor. But there are little bumps that makes the S21 Ultra, tout the name “Ultra”. S21 Ultra gets two colors: Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. 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.

And that obviously starts with the camera – the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra packs a four-lens pro-grade camera with an enhanced autofocusing mechanism. It also packs a 12bit HDR Color support – which means you can do a 12bit RAW Shoot with this camera.

  • Ultra-Wide 12MP Dual Pixel f/2.2 with 120-degree FOV
  • Wide 108MP Phase Detection Camera with f/1.8 and OIS
  • Telephoto 1: 10MP Dual Pixel 3x OIS with f/2.4
  • Telephoto 2: 10MP Dual Pixel 10x OIS with f/4.9
  • Laser AF and a Flash

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the potential to do Super Smooth 4K60 fps recording not just on one but on all the camera the phone packs. Noticing the two Telephoto Lens makes you wonder, what’s going on. Well, Samsung is introducing a feature called Dual Zoom Lens – so the one with 3x is meant for Mid-range and the 10x for long range, with some software algorithm, it combines both the camera image, creating a better clarity. The Night Mode has also gotten improved significantly – with a Nona-binning technology.

As for the rest of the phone – well, the S21 Ultra houses a 6.8” Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with 120Hz refresh rate at a QHD+ resolution. It has the potential to hit 25% brighter picture, 50% improved contrast and 100% color volume for vividness in images. In fact, the peak nit brightness of the Samsung S21 Ultra is at a whopping 1500 nit. Once again, it also gets the AI Based Auto Blue Light Control for comfortable viewing experience. The battery remains to be the same as the S20 Ultra – capping in at 5000mAh but some experience has been improved in the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth department – with Wi-Fi 6E support and Dual Bluetooth Technology.

One thing about the Ultra – according to the rumors were – that it was rumored to have an S Pen. That is true and it’s the first smartphone in the S Series to tout the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra S Pen

The Galaxy S21 Ultra, get the S Pen and interestingly – the display is enabled with their partner, Wacom to use their technology to bring the S Pen experience on to the S series smartphones. The S Pen works the same way as we have seen in the Note20, but the best example would be the Tab S7 because it’s an identical pen – so if you own the Tab S7, you can use the same pen. If you don’t, you can get the S Pen with the Galaxy S21 Ultra case which stores the pen onto the side.

Using your Smartphone as Digital Car Key

Ever since the announcement of the Note20 Ultra last year where they announced the UltraWide Band connectivity, they have brought the same technology over to the S21+ and S21 Ultra to use your smartphone as the key to your car – to make that happen, they are working with automotive companies. They have also improved the experience with Android Auto and brought SmartThings over to Android Auto, that way you can control your Garage door and so on, just from your car’s infotainment system.

Here’s the TL;DR Comparison between other S21 Smartphones.

If you haven’t read our Galaxy S21 and S21+, well – you can read more about it here.