What do we all know concerning the Galaxy S21?
Well, to start out, we all know it is referred to as the Galaxy S21 — for some time, many people anticipated Samsung to leap to S30, however that is positively not what’s taking place this yr.
As ordinary, the Galaxy S21 is Samsung’s smallest flagship cellphone, and it received a slight makeover this yr. The modifications are most notable once you view the machine from the rear: the all-black digicam humps that debuted in final yr’s S20 collection have been changed by extra elegant housings that mix into the S21’s steel body. (The cellphone nerd neighborhood shortly dubbed this the Phantom of the Opera design, and who’re we to argue?) As a end result, a number of the S21’s new colour choices look rather a lot cooler than others; the black and pink fashions have steel frames that match their our bodies, whereas the white and purple fashions have eye-catching silver and bronze trim, respectively.
Meanwhile, the cameras themselves appear fairly near those we received in final yr’s non-Ultra Galaxy S20s. WinFuture’s Roland Quandt notes the primary 12-megapixel rear sensor presents an f/1.8 aperture and a 79-degree discipline of view, similar to final time, and the cellphone’s 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 10-megapixel entrance digicam appear equally unchanged. The one distinction Quandt factors out has to do with the S21’s 64-megapixel telephoto digicam: Samsung’s chosen sensor appears to be a little bit smaller than final yr, however the light-capturing pixels on it are reportedly the identical measurement.
The entrance of the S21 is as sparse as ever, however there are a number of fascinating issues to notice concerning the 6.2-inch, 120Hz Infinity-O show. For one, it makes use of an LTPS backplane which — lengthy story quick — permits for both decrease energy consumption or increased resolutions. Curiously, an in depth leak supplied by AndroidPolice claims the Galaxy S21’s show solely runs at Full HD+, which might make this yr’s show fairly a bit much less pixel-dense in comparison with those we received final yr. If these studies maintain up, then it is clear Samsung wished to squeeze as a lot life because it might out of the S21’s reported 4,000mAh battery.
Multiple studies additionally counsel Samsung is lastly giving up on its use of curved-edge shows, and we’re frankly glad to see them go. If you’ve got ever unintentionally launched an app or clicked a hyperlink with the aspect of your hand whereas stretching your thumb to achieve for one thing, that is excellent news for you.
In the previous, we have sometimes seen Samsung use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets in all variations of a selected smartphone, just like the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Don’t anticipate that right here, although: whereas an FCC leak confirms the US model of the S21 will use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 chipset, some variants offered outdoors the US will as a substitute pack Samsung’s Exynos 2100.
In different years, that will come as troubling information to a number of the firm’s largest followers, since Exynos-powered units are steadily outgunned by their Qualcomm variants, however some early benchmarks counsel Samsung may need really turned the tables this time. Granted, these sorts of assessments do not converse to the totality of the smartphone expertise, however the outcomes are promising a minimum of. And past the completely different chips powering the S21, you’ll be able to anticipate to see related configurations nearly in all places: we’re anticipating Samsung’s small flagship to come back with 12GB of RAM, and both 128GB or 256GB of inner storage.
Oh, and yet another factor: Samsung could give individuals the choice of utilizing Google’s Discover feed on their homescreens as a substitute of the corporate’s lookalike. Not everybody will discover this alteration all that fascinating, however it’s nice information for Google purists preferring the search large’s clever reminders and customised content material picks.
What concerning the Galaxy S21 Plus?
Just like final yr, the S21 Plus is shaping as much as be (what else?) an even bigger model of the usual S21. The solely variations we’re anticipating to see are pretty apparent ones, like a bigger 6.7-inch display screen additionally working at Full HD+ and a extra capacious battery. Otherwise, anticipate the identical RAM and inner storage allotments, the identical cameras, the identical new design — the record goes on. That mentioned, the S21 Plus won’t are available that charming pink-on-pink colour scheme which has us a little bit bummed.
Conventional logic would counsel that, based mostly on specs, the S21 Plus has the potential to be the most well-liked — in spite of everything, it properly splits the distinction between Samsung’s most inexpensive and most premium new fashions. Then once more, Samsung felt the identical going into 2020, however extra individuals gravitated towards the highest-end mannequin as a substitute.