Introduction

The Galaxy S21 will be the smallest of the 2021 flagship trio from Samsung. It’s going to take the baton from the Galaxy S20 which was very well received when it came out in 2020. Much like its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 will be the cheapest of the trio.

That won’t mean it’s not going to have respectable specs. As we’ve seen in the past, the Galaxy S21 will share many hardware components including its chipset with the other handsets in its series.

Design

Samsung is making significant changes to its flagship design formula with the Galaxy S21. The handset has a plastic back panel just like the base Galaxy Note 20 model, as well as a matte finish. The phone will most likely be IP68 water and dust resistant but it may not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The first leaked renders of the Galaxy S21 gave us an early glimpse of the device’s design. They were followed by numerous other fan renders as well as a gallery of leaked official press renders. They leave very little to the imagination. The phone will ship in four color options called Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink.

Specifications

Samsung will likely use the same chip in all three models of the Galaxy S21. Globally, the Galaxy S21 series is expected to be powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 2100 chipset, whereas in select markets such as Korea and the USA, the flagship will employ the Snapdragon 888 solution.

The Galaxy S21 will offer 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM for the base model, though a 12GB / 256GB variant might also be available. The phone should conceal a 4,000mAh battery, possibly with 25W fast charging capabilities.

Display

The Galaxy S21 reportedly carries a Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a 6.2-inch diagonal and an FHD+ resolution. Reports claim that the panel supports a high refresh rate of 120Hz but it is not dynamic.

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S21 will have an in-display fingerprint sensor, with recent reports suggesting that the sensor will be twice as fast as the solution used by the Galaxy S20 lineup. In addition, the sensor’s active area will reportedly be larger.

Camera

Samsung always introduced new camera enhancements with its Galaxy S series so we can expect the Galaxy S21 to have more advanced cameras compared to its predecessor.

Sure enough, evidence shows that the base Galaxy S21 model will be equipped with a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 64MP telephoto unit. The device should be capable of 8K video recording. Details pertaining to the selfie camera have yet to surface.

Software and new features

The Galaxy S21 will likely be among the very first smartphones from Samsung to ship with Android 11 out of the box in addition to One UI 3.1. The new iteration of One UI is bound to bring some new features.

Release date and price

Even though the Galaxy S20 series was announced in February, Samsung will bring the Galaxy S21 to market sooner than usual. The company is expected to host an unveiling event on January 14 when the Galaxy S21 trio will be introduced, possibly alongside a new pair of earbuds.

The base Galaxy S21 5G variant is expected to cost 879 EUR in key European markets, which would make it 120 EUR more affordable than its predecessor.

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