Since 2019, the “Ultra” branding has been reserved for Samsung’s top-tier flagship. It began with the Galaxy S20 Ultra and was carried forward for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as well. This means it can be said with utmost certainty that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the best handset in the 2021 series.
The lineup will include the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ to round out Samsung’s flagship series for the coming year. This will enable the company to offer a robust flagship smartphone in different price ranges.
Samsung will definitely make the Galaxy S21 Ultra bigger and wider than any other device in this lineup. The front will be dominated by its display that’s going to have a much more reserved curve thanks to the 2.5D glass. There’s reason to believe now that the Galaxy S21 Ultra may be the only model in the 2021 flagship lineup to feature a glass back panel.
The handset will be fashioned out of premium materials and it’s also going to be IP68 water and dust resistant. Other design elements will include a USB Type-C port at the bottom alongside the AKG-tuned speaker. Don’t keep your fingers crossed for a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra will most likely have the same chipset as the other handsets in the series. This means that it will also be powered by the Exynos 2100 that Samsung is yet to announce. In select markets, the handset will ship with the Snapdragon 875 from Qualcomm. 12/16GB RAM and 128/256GB storage configurations may be on offer.
Since the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, we can expect the same for its successor, and Samsung might surprise us by increasing the size. A dynamic 120Hz refresh rate may also be supported and a fingerprint sensor will be embedded in the panel.
Update: A major leak has revealed that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is going to feature a 6.8-inch WQHD+ display with a 1Hz to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. It will also achieve peak brightness of 1600 bits and could also have an impressive 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The Galaxy S21 Ultra may also be the first device in this series to have support for the S Pen.
Samsung really threw in everything but the kitchen sink for the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s camera so we can expect it to approach the Galaxy S21 Ultra with the same intensity. We may see an improved 108-megapixel camera and perhaps further refinement of the 100x Space Zoom feature. Since its predecessor suffered from focusing issues right out the gate, we may see Samsung opting for a laser autofocus module to address those issues.
Update: New information has surfaced about the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera. It’s going to have an improved, second-generation 108-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. The device will also have two 10-megapixel telephoto (zoom) sensors with 3x and 10x optical zoom. Laser autofocus will indeed be utilized.
Software and new features
There’s no doubt that Android 11 is going to be present on the Galaxy S21 Ultra out of the box. It’s going to be topped off with One UI 3.1. Samsung is definitely going to introduce a handful of new software features with the latest iteration of its custom Android skin. There will also be new camera features that make the best of the new hardware in addition to new augmented reality experiences.
Release date and price
We may get a February 2021 announcement for the Galaxy S21 Ultra as that’s the month when Samsung usually unveils new S series flagships. At $1,399.99, the Galaxy S20 Ultra was one of the most expensive Galaxy S handsets ever and it’s likely that its successor would cost the same.
Update: SamMobile has exclusively revealed that Samsung has scheduled the Galaxy S21 announcement for early January 2021.
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