Samsung Galaxy S21 Release Date, Price & Specs News

Samsung releases a variety of Galaxy S flagship smartphones yearly with design tweaks, digital camera enhancements and extra cutting-edge tech than the earlier technology, and this yr is about to be no totally different, with the Galaxy S21 vary on the best way.

2020’s Galaxy S20 lineup initially consisted of three telephones, within the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, extra just lately increasing to incorporate the cheaper S20 FE. Samsung appears to be persevering with this pattern into 2021, with what was initially assumed to be known as the Galaxy S30, however has since been confirmed to replicate the yr itself, because the Galaxy S21 vary.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra improved significantly on the S20 Extremely, so we’re excited to see what Samsung will stuff into these subsequent Galaxy S telephones.

When is the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch date?

Trying on the firm’s greatest releases of 2020, it might make sense to anticipate the S21 collection’ debut in February 2021, nonetheless, it seems that is not to be the case.

Following on from a future of rumours and leaks (included after the video clip), on 3 January 2021, Samsung issued digital occasion invitations to a brand new Galaxy Unpacked occasion, set to happen on 14 January at 7am PT/10am ET/3pm GMT.

The invite consists of the under video clip, which conceals what’s regarded as a illustration of the S21’s distinct new digital camera association.

Past the telephones’ collective unveiling, Samsung China together with Samsung US have now put the units up for pre-order. In China, a CNY¥100 deposit is in place for “Samsung’s first 5G flagship of 2021.” Whereas the location would not point out the S21 by title, there’s little doubt that that is what’s on provide right here.

There are not any further particulars with reference to product pictures or precise pricing, whereas 21 of those that do transfer by means of to ultimate buy, as soon as gadget pre-orders are wholly obtainable, are in with an opportunity of nabbing an S21 without spending a dime.

In the meantime, US prospects can reserve a pre-order (so no cash is required to vary palms at this stage) and doing so luggage those who do US$50 credit score to spend on Samsung Galaxy equipment like earbuds or wearables, together with an extra $10 when utilizing the Store Samsung app for Android.

Beforehand, Jon Prosser, cited a launch date of 14 January, with pre-order availability kicking off on the identical day and the cellphone vary occurring sale two weeks in a while 29 January.

Discuss of an earlier launch window has circulated for some time now, with one of many first leaks from a longtime supply on the matter, OnLeaks (aka Steve Hemmerstoffer), pointing to the earlier-than-usual launch window of January 2021, marrying up with separate reviews that manufacturing and manufacturing on the following S collection commenced far sooner than earlier generations ever had.

Hemmerstoffer shared a variety of revealing S21-related posts with claims that his supply said, “Samsung will formally introduce the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Extremely in January 2021!”

This was then corroborated by Korean information website Maeil Business (as noticed by Sleepy Kuma, on Twitter), whose sources recommended that the telephones could be introduced within the first portion of January and go on sale in both late January or early February (lining up with Prosser’s claims).

Such a shift is regarded as an try to seize the number-one slot available in the market on the fore of 2021, concurrently pulling consideration and gross sales away from Apple’s iPhone 12 line whereas additionally persevering with to capitalise on Huawei’s incapacity to compete below the restrictions of the US Entity Listing.

What is going to the Samsung Galaxy S21 value be?

The freshest rumours on pricing come from tipster Landsk, through the Korean-language weblog, Naver.

The pricing desk talked about highlights the potential value ranges (in US {Dollars}) of every of the three anticipated Galaxy S21 fashions; with the bottom S21 anticipated to price between $850 and $899, the S21+ at someplace between $1050 and $1099, and the top-tier S21 Extremely coming in at $1250 to $1299.

Samsung Galaxy S20+

The Samsung Galaxy S20+

Within the US, 2020’s base Galaxy S20 began at $999, whereas within the UK there was the choice of a 4G-only variant costing £799 (the bottom S20 within the US got here with 5G as customary). The S20+ price £999/$1,199, whereas the spec-heavy S20 Extremely price £1,199/$1,399.

In relation to worth from yr to yr, there’s additionally what comes within the field to think about. There’s an opportunity that this yr’s Galaxy S collection will go the best way of the iPhone 12 line and ditch each the in-box headphones and energy adapter that normally function.

Such information comes from Korean website ChosunBiz, who means that – similarly to Apple’s latest iPhones – Samsung will nix the earbuds and probably the adapter from the packing containers of its Galaxy S21 handsets, citing an ‘business supply’ who said that “past the similarity between the features and designs of the Galaxy and the iPhone, they’ve an excellent affect on one another’s launch coverage.” [machine translated from Korean]

What concerning the Samsung Galaxy S21 specs?

When it comes to what to anticipate from the {hardware} that Samsung is utilising for its next-gen Galaxy S units, the previously-mentioned posts from OnLeaks gave us our first take a look at renders of each the usual Galaxy S21 and the beefier S21 Ultra, together with dimensions and a few further tidbits.

In mid-November Android Police had been plied with a variety of further particulars, corroborated by a number of sources, protecting each specs and design components that offered essentially the most sturdy take a look at what this yr’s Galaxy S telephones would provide.

A spy shot of each the S21+ and S21 Extremely then cropped up because of tech YouTuber Sakitech, exhibiting each telephones aspect by aspect, nonetheless lined in protecting movie (as proven within the video under).

This was then promptly adopted by a supply who provided Android Police with what seemed to be official leaked promotional footage for all three S21 units; the S21 and S21+ wearing Phantom Violet, and the S21 Extremely in Phantom Black.

Here is the spot for the Galaxy S21:

…and this is the virtually equivalent clip for the S21+.

The spot for the S21 Extremely is slightly totally different, lingering longer on that sizeable digital camera module.

On the tail finish of 2020 well-known tipster Evan Blass shared what’s supposedly the primary official press pictures of the bottom Galaxy S21. It is not a lot to take a look at – the cellphone’s entrance is arguably the least fascinating of its design, however it’s good to see the proportions of screen-to-bezel right here.

Samsung Galaxy S21 leaked press image front. Source: Evan Blass | Voice

Supply: Evan Blass | Voice

The obvious change in comparison with final yr’s S20 line is the brand new digital camera bump, the design of which is seen to circulation in from the cellphone’s nook.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 front straight render leak OnLeaks Voice

Samsung Galaxy S21 | Supply: Steve Hemmerstoffer

Past that, the bottom S21 is said to function a flat 6.2in panel with a hole-punch entrance digital camera and approximate dimensions of 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm. Thickness supposedly rises to 9mm if you happen to bear in mind the brand new digital camera bump. It is also stated to sport a plastic again, not in contrast to final yr’s Galaxy Be aware 20.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 front straight render leak OnLeaks Voice

Fellow tipster IceUniverse noticed that, in a side-by-side comparability between these renders and press pictures of the Galaxy S20, the 2021 cellphone truly sports activities thicker bezels, alluding to extra reasonably priced development strategies.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 horizontal render leak OnLeaks Voice

Whether or not that is only a case of Samsung saving cash on the manufacturing stage or that this yr’s telephones will truly find yourself cheaper stays to be seen, but it surely’s an fascinating commentary that has greater implications for Samsung’s technique in 2021.

In a separate submit, IceUniverse additionally restates that the bottom S21 and the Plus fashions will each function flat or “2D” shows, whereas the Extremely’s is about to sport curved edges. Bezels alongside all sides are additionally stated to be of equal thickness, quite than sporting a thicker backside edge in comparison with the opposite sides.

Extra particulars from the preliminary Android Police report state that the usual S21 and the Plus will make use of LTPS 120Hz Full HD+ screens (decrease decision than final yr’s fashions), whereas the Extremely will go for an LTPO WQHD+ adaptive 1-120Hz panel.

Astonishingly, you may as well see the S21+ in motion within the video under. YouTuber Random Stuff 2 someway obtained ahold of what actually appears like an actual piece of S21+ {hardware} and exhibits it off intimately in an ‘unofficial evaluation’ video on his channel. The video is just 5 minutes lengthy, so properly price watching if you happen to’re curious.

Maybe most apparently, within the case of the Extremely, Samsung is outwardly including in S Pen stylus help, though in contrast to its Be aware line, the cellphone will not function an built-in stylus and as an alternative it’s going to be bought as a standalone accent, together with a appropriate case full with its personal S Pen holder.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra V render leak OnLeaks Voice

Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely | Supply: Steve Hemmerstoffer

This – echoed by a current statement from Samsung’s own DJ Koh – feeds into reviews that Samsung is likely to be retiring the Be aware line in 2021, to make room for units just like the Galaxy Z Fold Scroll.

An FCC filing referring to the S21 Extremely, as unearthed by Android Authority, reinforces the promise of S Pen compatibility, with direct point out of its testing and performance alongside the cellphone, inside a dedicated report. The entry means that the S21 Extremely could possibly cost the S Pen and that the stylus’ hover-and-click gesture stays intact.

With no inner cavity for the S Pen to reside inside on the Extremely, it’s possible you’ll be questioning the place and the way it’ll be saved and charged. For that, we flip to Roland Quandt and who served up leaked pictures of the cellphone’s official ‘Clear View’ folio case, which can apparently serve this extra goal.

Point out of a silicon case (not pictured) providing up comparable performance has additionally been reported. WinFuture additionally suggests the S21 Extremely’s S Pen, which will probably be bought individually, will price round €40.

Like its predecessor, the S21 Extremely is about to sport further digital camera sensors (not less than 4 as an alternative of three) in comparison with its extra modest namesakes, together with the brand new digital camera bump ‘island’ design.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra front straight render leak OnLeaks Voice

Hemmerstoffer’s unique article on the following Extremely’s digital camera setup additionally mentions a doable twin telephoto sensor setup, alongside a large and an ultrawide sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra horizontal render leak OnLeaks Voice

The show is said to be 6.8in (based on AP) and is supposedly curved alongside the sides, in contrast to the usual mannequin, whereas the cellphone is claimed to measure in at 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm or 10.8mm thick if you happen to, once more, issue within the digital camera bump. 

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra angled render leak OnLeaks Voice

Not lengthy after the above renders had been served up, OnLeaks introduced a revised take on the Extremely to the desk; renders that spotlight a reworked digital camera module with what seems to be a further part.

Samsung Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra new camera render leak OnLeaks Voice

Initially, it was unclear whether or not this was a ToF (time-of-flight) depth sensor or one thing else but it surely was a function that wasn’t made obvious till the newest DVT (Design Validation Take a look at) prototype was noticed (that is described because the section earlier than mass manufacturing).

So as to add to OnLeaks’ renders, web site MySmartPrice acquired unrendered CAD recordsdata of the Galaxy S21+, with extra measurements to match.

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus layout render leak MySmartPrice

Samsung Galaxy S21+ | Supply: MySmartPrice

The renders present a well-recognized structure in comparison with OnLeaks’ imagery of each the usual and Extremely fashions, with an ‘island’ triple-sensor digital camera bump, a centrally-justified hole-punch selfie digital camera and no signal of a headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus top back perspective render leak MySmartPrice

Dimensions clock in at 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.85mm, whereas the cellphone is reported to sport a 6.7in flat show (corroborated by AP’s report).

When you’re curious to see what the S21+ may extra realistically appear to be (past Sakitech’s one leaked picture), renders of the cellphone – once more supposedly primarily based on correct CAD recordsdata – emerged by means of a collaboration between xleaks7 and Italian website CoverPigtou.

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus front back v render leak CoverPigtou

Samsung Galaxy S21+ | Supply: xleaks 7 × CoverPigtou

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus front back overlap render leak CoverPigtou

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus front left right back render leak CoverPigtou

Samsung Galaxy S21 S30 Plus back angled render leak CoverPigtou

Following on from analyst Ross Younger’s initial tweet on the matter, past base color’s for every gadget, AP’s report additionally consists of the branding that Samsung likes to preface its colourways with, “Phantom.”

The usual Galaxy S21 will are available in Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray and Phantom White, whereas each it and the Plus mannequin may also be up for grabs in Phantom Violet. Each the S21+ and S21 Extremely may also are available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver.

For a greater look, acquired renders in December 2020, exhibiting off the S21/S21+ in a variety of their purported colourways, in addition to the S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus leaked official renders - all colours. Source:

Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+ (above), S21 Extremely (under) | Supply:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaked official renders Phantom White | Source:

So what about past the bodywork? The S21 vary appears as if it’s going to help Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset or the corporate’s personal forthcoming Exynos 2100 flagship chip – relying on market.

Whereas earlier generations of Galaxy S telephones have demonstrated a disparity between the Exynos and Qualcomm-based internals, this yr’s Exynos 2100 will reportedly be “on-par or higher than the Snapdragon [888].”

Samsung has, in reality, began to tease the 2100 instantly, with the chip slated as launching on 12 January – two days earlier than the S21 vary is about to make its debut.

A Galaxy S21 with the Snapdragon 888 was initially noticed on Geekbench 5 (through GSMArena), its mannequin quantity being ‘SM-G991U’. It was listed as working Android 11 and sporting 8GB of RAM, and it scored 2916 within the multi-core take a look at.

Nonetheless, what’s alleged to be an Exynos 2100-powered Galaxy S21+ (additionally sporting 8GB of RAM) appeared on benchmarking app Geekbench, with a multi-core rating of 3107 – a giant step up from the rating of 2695 we noticed once we examined the S20+, although behind the Snapdragon model.

Extra just lately, the Exynos model has once more been noticed on Geekbench, now revealing significantly better efficiency than we had been anticipating. @UniverseIce has shared a screenshot revealing a rating of 3963 factors within the multi-core take a look at.

An FCC listing has since reaffirmed the existence of a Snapdragon 888-powered Galaxy S21, headed for the US market particularly, citing a chipset with the mannequin title ‘SM8350’. The gadget itself can be listed with the mannequin quantity ‘SM-G991U’ and the itemizing makes point out of 9W reverse wi-fi charging, mmWave 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC connectivity and battery mannequin EB-BG991ABY, which just lately appeared on China’s 3C certification website with a 4000mAh capability.

On prime of OnLeaks’ digital camera insights, the following Extremely’s digital camera is once more reported to centre round an up to date 108Mp sensor.

Galaxy S21 Extremely,Nonetheless 108MP, the sensor is the successor to HM1

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce)
August 19, 2020

The S20 Extremely was a nice cellphone save for its disappointing cameras, which struggled with autofocus points and different faults that do not come throughout primarily based on its spec sheet alone.

There’s a rumour that Samsung may drop the time-of-flight sensor from the S21 too, simply because it has carried out with the Be aware 20 telephones. The {hardware} helps with portrait mode pictures however Samsung lags behind right here in comparison with Apple and Google.

This has additionally been corroborated by a separate IceUniverse leak, that means the S21 Extremely will as an alternative use a laser autofocus system – the identical adjustment made to the Be aware 20 Extremely’s digital camera system (to nice impact).

As for that 108MP snapper, the tweet additionally factors to the as-yet-unseen ISOCELL Brilliant HM3, the “successor to the HM1” as talked about above. Whereas it is stated to supply the identical 0.8µm particular person pixel measurement and similar pixel depend because the HM1, it supposedly affords 12% higher mild sensitivity, that means quicker low-light capturing, amongst different advantages.

Individually, SamMobile states, through business sources in Korea, that the upcoming flagship will nonetheless function a quad-camera setup. Enhancements, although, will come as “extra telephoto glass ought to equate to a greater number of high quality pictures at increased focal lengths.”

The positioning says the S21 Extremely’s twin telephoto zoom lenses will function 3x and 5x magnification respectively utilizing a periscope mechanism. There may also be a 108Mp wide-angle digital camera, 12Mp ultra-wide lens and a 40Mp selfie digital camera.

A few of this data is at odds with what seems to be essentially the most up-to-date perception on these telephones’ digital camera setups (from AP), with point out of 10Mp 3x and 10x optical zoom cameras as an alternative.

In the meantime, the opposite two members of the vary will not include vital upgrades on this space. Just like the Extremely, they will not have a time of flight (ToF) sensor however may have higher optical picture stabilisation. Experiences of a 12Mp predominant sensor, a 12Mp ultrawide and a 64Mp telephoto, very similar to final yr’s units, is claimed to function throughout each the bottom and Plus fashions.

Up till this level, we have said that the ultrawide throughout all three units is about to sport a 12Mp decision however whereas that will nonetheless be the case by default, a brand new tweet from Ice Universe implies that it will truly be a 48Mp sensor (presumably pixel-binning to achieve that 12Mp cited decision).

The tweet states that the ultrawides throughout the S21 vary may have a wider area of view than their predecessors and also will use Sony’s IMX563 sensor – the identical snapper utilized by the Galaxy S20 Extremely’s House Zoom system. Higher but, autofocus is about to reportedly be a part of the ultrawide expertise too.

For a quick second, it was additionally thought that this subsequent vary of Galaxy S telephones could be the primary of Samsung’s to debut an under-display front-facing digital camera setup, nonetheless, based on Korean information website The Elec (through Android Authority), this tech is now being bumped onto the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – assumed to be launching later into 2021.

The reasoning behind the S21 collection lacking out? Low yield on the manufacturing stage – a limitation of sure cutting-edge applied sciences that makes it a significantly better match on a extra unique gadget just like the Z Fold 3 – assuming that is what Samsung decides to name the long run foldable.

Individually, it appears like there could possibly be vital upgrades to the cellphone line’s wired charging chops. Dutch publication GalaxyClub reviews that the S21 might help 65W charging speeds, up from 45W on Samsung’s present flagships. The positioning has unearthed a Samsung charger certification known as ‘EP-TA865’, with the final two digits hinting at 65W. This looks as if a reputable hearsay, particularly when you think about the present charger is formally often known as ‘EP-TA845’.

That stated, an unknown Samsung gadget dubbed ‘SM-G9910’ (for reference, the Galaxy S20 was mannequin quantity SM-G981) has just lately made its manner by means of 3C approval (once more, China’s approval certification system) with a reported 25W quick charging; this coming through MyFixGuide, who beforehand recommended that this yr’s S21 Extremely may have a 4855mAh battery.

Individually, the identical supply has recommended that the bottom S21 will function a smaller 3880mAh cell.

AP’s report states that every one three telephones will help a minimal of 25W quick charging and have 4000mAh, 4800mAh and 5000mAh batteries respectively, matching up with the previously-mentioned FCC itemizing, within the case of the bottom S21.

As for software program, the S21 vary will reportedly arrive on Android 11, with Samsung’s personal One UI 3.1 overlay on prime. We do not know a lot about what to anticipate from the replace, apart from one odd tidbit: SamMobile reviews it would introduce Bixby Voice as a biometric choice, letting customers unlock their cellphone utilizing voice recognition powered by Samsung’s beleaguered digital assistant, although little doubt this will probably be even much less safe than the cellphone’s facial recognition tech.

Samsung Galaxy S21 want record

Right here are some things we want Samsung would do to enhance the S21 handsets over the S20 technology.

120Hz at full decision

We’d wish to see the choice of 120Hz at full QHD+ decision (on the Extremely not less than, because it’s transpired that the S21 and S21+ could prime out at Full HD+ decision anyway). On the S20s you needed to choose between QHD+ at 60Hz or Full HD+ at 120Hz – you’ll be able to’t have each at their highest settings concurrently. Samsung wants to repair that this time round, as different OEMs already provide it. 


Higher all-round digital camera efficiency

The Be aware 20 Extremely was a better-balanced cellphone all-round, and the S20 Extremely has ended up being one among 2020’s massive smartphone disappointments. Samsung’s saturated pictures are nearly maintaining, however Apple has a greater all-round digital camera array on the iPhone 12 line than any of the S20 telephones.

Face ID-style biometrics

If it might’t do an in-screen digital camera then we’d like Samsung to attempt to incorporate a 3D Face ID system, just like Apple, if doable. At the moment, producers are avoiding doing this as a result of the digital camera array wanted requires a bodily notch. However till Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are extra dependable, it’d be good to have safe face unlock and biometric identification. All of the S20 and Be aware 20 telephones solely use 2D face recognition for unlocking and never for biometrics.

Snapdragon for everybody

Except Samsung can deliver the Exynos chips as much as scratch with Qualcomm’s 8-series (which does appear to be a chance), then we’d like to see the Snapdragon 888 in each S21 cellphone in 2021. It’d go some strategy to enhancing the telephones destined for European prospects who’re year-after-year shopping for a tool with noticeably worse battery life and a decrease ceiling on efficiency.

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