The Galaxy S21 series is here. Samsung’s latest flagships were unveiled at the Unpacked event in January 2021, a month earlier than usual.
This year there are also three new S21 phones, with a choice between the normal, “Plus” and “Ultra” models. The range starts at a more affordable price of £ 769, although Samsung has ditched the 4G model in the UK.
The S21 Ultra is also the first S-series phone to support S-Pen, which could mark the beginning of the end of the Note line. However, it’s much thicker than the Note’s stylus, and it doesn’t come built-in or come with its own battery.
All three phones feature Samsung’s new Exynos 2100 processor in most markets, although Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 is in use in the US and China.
They all have 120Hz AMOLED displays, but they vary widely: the regular S21 and S21 + have 1080 x 2400 panels (6.2 and 6.7 inches, respectively), while the S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch display. inches and 1440 x 3200.
The two cheaper models also have identical camera setups (12 MP main, 12 MP ultra-wide, 12 MP telephoto, and 10 MP selfie), but there are big improvements to the Ultra.
The primary lens is a 108 MP beast, capable of 100x “spatial zoom”. A normal periscope and telephoto lens allow up to 10x optical zoom, while there is also a 12MP ultra-thin camera and 40MP selfie.
You can read more about the phones in our comprehensive guide to the S21 range. The Plus and Ultra models have a glass front and back which makes them fragile, but all three are high-performance devices worth protecting.
We haven’t had a chance to test these cases yet, but we can easily recommend them based on the good reputation of the brands. We will update this article as more become available.