Samsung lifts the veil on its new Galaxy S21

The Korean electronics giant is launching its new range of smartphones with a new flagship, the Galaxy S21.

This year, Samsung is changing its recipe with a new design that allows it to stand out more from its Android competitors. The new Galaxy S21 sports a more sober and less modern design than its ancestor – not sure that its look will appeal to all audiences.

For the rest, the formula does not change much with a technical sheet practically identical to that of the S20. Disappointment for the classic model, which, if it keeps the same screen size (6.2 ″) and 120Hz, loses in resolution (we go from 3200 × 1440 to 2000 × 1080 pixels), in RAM (from 12 at 8 GB) and loses its charger. Samsung’s new smartphones will indeed be delivered without a charger. Funny situation insofar as Samsung did not prevent itself from winnowing its competitor Apple on the announcement of the disappearance of the charger …

We won’t hide it from you, the Galaxy S21 doesn’t necessarily seem like a bargain for consumers. The S20 is mostly better equipped and cheaper. Conversely, the high-end variants of the model are much more interesting with a gain in performance.

Next to the S21, there are therefore two models, the S21 + and S21 Ultra.

The main differences between the S21 and S21 + come in the display (which goes down to 6.7 ″), the higher capacity battery and performance (with 12 GB of RAM under the hood). S21 and 21+ inherit the same sensors on the photo side with a combination of 3 sensors of 12, 64 and 12 megapixels respectively. The 64-megapixel lens is used for zooming, the latter for ultra-wide angle.

The S21 Ultra inherits a… 108 megapixel sensor.

The S21 Ultra is still a little bigger (6.8 ″), it displays better resolution (Quad HD +), a brighter image and better contrast. It is also the only one of the three models to be equipped with a 108 megapixel sensor for the photo. Compared to the 2020 vintage, innovation seems once again timid with a few small additions such as 4K video recording at 60 frames per second and a double optical zoom (3x and 10x). The S21 Ultra also inherits a Note-only feature so far, with support for Samsung’s stylus, the S-Pen, which allows you to take notes on the fly and activate the camera remotely.

5G, fast charging, and latest-generation Bluetooth, on the other hand, are offered as standard throughout the range.

On the price side, Samsung is adjusting its price list. The S21 will be sold € 849 (instead of € 899 for its ancestor), the S21 + € 1,049 (instead of € 999 for its ancestor) and the S21 Ultra € 1,249 (instead of € 1,349 for its ancestor). Launch scheduled for January 29.

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