Leaked Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra promotional material showcases camera placement, design, colour variants, and more
At this point, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has made multiple appearances on benchmarking websites like Geekbench, giving us a rough estimate about its performance. Similarly, several renders of the devices have also shown up on more than one occasion. We now have yet another look at the overall design of the smartphones, thanks to Max Weinbach. He also states that Samsung will unveil the three smartphones on January 14 and that they will hit the shelves on January 29.
Max Tweeted (via Android Police) what appears to be promotional material that showcases the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. It essentially reaffirms what we already knew about the devices. For example, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will look more or less the same, with the primary difference being the screen size and battery capacity. Both smartphones will come with flat screens, something that will come as a relief for many. As far as the build material is concerned, the entry-level Galaxy S21 will very likely come with a plastic body. Scattered reports tell us that the Galaxy S21+ will also follow suit, but that remains unconfirmed.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, is closer to its predecessor when it comes to design. Not only does it come with a curved screen, but also a glass body, which was standard across the board in all three Galaxy S20 phones. Its quad-camera array is expected to feature Samsung's ISOCELL HM3 sensor, two telephoto lenses, one of which will use a periscope-style lens, and an ultra-wide-angle camera. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's laser autofocus sensor is expected to be a part of it too. Other Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specifications include a 5,000mAh battery, fast wired charging at 60W, and support for Wi-Fi 6E. It is also worth noting that the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will not be Wi-Fi 6E-ready, meaning that they can't take advantage of the new 6GHz band.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Samsung wants to market the Galaxy S21 Ultra as its 'real' 2021 flagship. Over the years, the differences between Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphones have been steadily increasing, and we don't see that trend changing anytime soon. However, the compromises are a bit too noticeable this time around. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will come with 1080p screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. Only the Galaxy S21 Ultra users will have the privilege of a 1440p 120Hz screen. It becomes even more worrisome, considering that Samsung is taking the Apple route by not including a charging brick and headphones in the Galaxy S21 series' retail packaging.
At the very least, the upcoming Exynos 2100 SoC looks promising, with early results suggesting that it can potentially best the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The Galaxy S21 series is billed to be cheaper than its antecedent too, with prices expected to start at US$800. Will that be enough to regain its user's trust after the Exynos 990 debacle? Only time will tell.