Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung's new Galaxy S21 and its powerful variants look set the take the smartphone market by storm. 5G active, next-gen display and lightening speed performance - let's take a look at what else the Galaxy S21 has to offer. Read more
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- OS Android
- Screen size 6.2"
- Camera 64 megapixels
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Our Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Review
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is Samsung’s latest smartphone, and is looking like one of the best devices on the market right now, so let’s break it down.
Samsung Galaxy S21: Display
The Galaxy S21, along with the other variants, features a variable refresh rate, which means the display can be pushed to a maximum of 120Hz, as opposed to the more standard 60Hz, allowing for higher frames per seconds (fps) when playing games, watching your favourites TV shows and movies, and scrolling through your applications.
The screen measures in at 6.2 inches corner to corner, while the fingerprint sensor is on-screen.
Samsung Galaxy S21: Camera
As most phones these days, the Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with three lenses all lined vertically in a design that isn’t exactly inconspicuous. The three lenses include two 12 megapixel ones and one 64 megapixel one.
The camera lenses are raised, so unless you place your phone screen side down on a surface, it will never sit completely flat when you lay it on its back. Although, this seems to be the case with a lot of new smartphone releases given the sheer quality of the cameras on them.
Here are the specs of the rear and front-facing cameras on the S21:
- Main camera: 12-megapixel
- Telephoto: 64MP, (3x optical/30x digital zoom)
- Ultra-wide: 12MP
- Selfie lens (front-facing): 10MP
- Samsung Galaxy S21: Design
To make the S21 more affordable compared to its Ultra counterpart, Samsung has used a plastic cover on the S21’s back, but it doesn’t feel like a hollow, cheap plastic - in fact it feels quite robust. But you’ll likely notice the difference if you’re used to a glass or metal back.
The galaxy S21 still feels like premium quality to hold, however, and is available in the following colours:
- Phantom Violet
- Phantom Pink
- Phantom White
- Phantom Gray
Samsung Galaxy S21: Performance
The stuff they put in this phone has seriously future-proofed it. The S21 comes with 8GB of RAM, which is the sort you’ll see in most laptops these days, while the option of 12BG or 16GB tends to be the level of RAM you see in mid-range desktops these days. So, whether you go for the standard or the Ultra, this phone is going to be able to handle doing a lot of things at once, which is always a plus if you’re the sort of person who normally fails to close down background apps that aren’t in use.
The basic S21 comes with 128GB, while the 256GB model will set you back a lot more money. The Galaxy S21 models pack Samsung’s new Exynos 2100, and it’s said to provide about a 20% performance upgrade over the S20’s chip, which is seriously impressive, and it was definitely noticeable. However, if you’re in the US, the S21 models will use the Snapdragon 888.
How much is the Samsung Galaxy S21?
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 128GB: £769
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 256GB: £1,119
Samsung Galaxy S21: Our Verdict
It’s a great phone, it’s as simple as that. It feels and looks smart, comes in a great range of colours and all the toys and whistles it comes with don’t disappoint.
For what you get, the price tag is justified if you ask us. While it is expensive, how much does a new iPhone set you back? And this is arguably the best smartphone to have ever been released into the market. So if you’re a Samsung Galaxy advocate, we highly recommend this phone.
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Specification
- Display Size: 6.2"
- Display Resolution: 1080 x 2400
- Display Type: Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak)
- Primary Camera Flash: LED flash
- Primary Camera Resolution: 4320p
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 64
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 12
- Memory Card Slot:
- 2G Connectivity: GSM
- 3G Connectivity: HSPA
- 4G Connectivity: LTE
- 5G Connectivity: 5G
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Processor: Octa-core (1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55) - International
- Chipset: 8GB RAM Exynos 2100
- Talk Time:
- Weight (grams): 169
- Dimensions: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
- Battery Type: Li-Ion 4000 mAh, non-removable
- IP Rating: IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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