The Galaxy S21 will be a balancing act between the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It’s going to share many of its specs and features with the Galaxy S21 but will have enough differences to justify its higher price tag.
Customers who prefer the absolute best of what Samsung has to offer will obviously opt for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S21+ will thus be a great alternative for those who are not looking to go all out on a smartphone.
Don’t expect the Galaxy S21+ to look a lot different from the other handsets in the lineup. It’s going to utilize the same Infinity-O display technology with 2.5D glass for a subtle curve. The signature Samsung metal and glass build will likely be present.
Update: A new report claims that Samsung is still undecided on whether it wants to use plastic or glass for the rear panel of the Galaxy S21+.
Expect the Galaxy S21+ to benefit from the latest in mobile technology. This means that Samsung’s as-yet-unannounced Exynos 2100 chipset will power the handset alongside the Snapdragon 875 in select markets. There may also be at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. 5G support will most definitely be on the cards as well.
The Galaxy S21+ is expected to feature a 4,800mAh battery, slightly larger than the 4,500mAh battery of the Galaxy S20+.
We can expect the Galaxy S21+ to have the 6.7-inch 3200×1440 pixel resolution WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display of its predecessor if Samsung doesn’t decide to increase the size. A dynamic 120Hz refresh rate may also be present alongside an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Update: Reports suggest that the Galaxy S21+ will have a 6.7-inch FHD+ resolution with 120Hz refresh rate but adaptive refresh rate won’t be supported.
There aren’t a lot of details right now about the camera setup that we’ll see on the Galaxy S21+, but it’s definitely going to be top-notch. It remains to be seen if Samsung will retain the Time-of-Flight sensor that set the Galaxy S20+ apart from the Galaxy S20.
Update: It’s now believed that the Galaxy S21+ may have a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel primary, and a 64-megapixel telephoto camera.
Software and new features
Android 11 will certainly be present on the Galaxy S21+ out of the box in addition to One UI 3.1. The latest iteration of One UI is going to bring a variety of new features. It’s still early days so we’ll have to wait for a few months before it becomes evident what new features will the 2021 flagship bring.
Release date and price
Samsung may unveil the Galaxy 21+ in February next year and if the global situation does not improve by then, it may be another virtual event much like the one for the Galaxy Note 20 series. The Galaxy S20+ was priced at $1,199.99 so its successor could cost around the same.
Update: We hear from our sources that the Galaxy S21 announcement will take place in early January 2021.
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