As expected, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S21 and S21+. These new flagship devices are more affordable than last year, sport a new camera bump, and support for the S-Pen.
The new devices will go on sale on January 29th, the S21 starting at $800 and the S21+ starting at $1000. That’s pretty appealing considering it’s a $200 saving compared to last years Galaxy S20 lineup!
Inside you’ll get the latest Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm’s first 5nm chip, making these devices incredibly fast, but also helping to boost efficiency when it comes to battery life.
Speaking of battery life, the S21+ has a slightly higher capacity 4800mAh battery compared to last years model.
Both devices are slightly less pixel dense than last years models, but they both still support 120Hz refresh. The displays are still incredibly detailed, and the tradeoff enables the cost saving, so it’s a welcome one.
The camera bump has been restyled, and inside you’ll get the same components as last years Galaxy. There’s a primary 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens, dual-pixel autofocus (OIS). Alongside that you’ll get a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide shooter, and a 64-megapixel telephoto.
Although the hardware is mostly the same, the benefits of the new processor will boost the photos and video quality, so that’s something to look forward to.
All in all, a pretty good looking lineup, and with a cost saving. Hopefully they live up to the usual Samsung standard.