Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra camera configurations leaked ahead of January 14 launch
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At this point, it is fairly obvious that Samsung is terrible at keeping secrets. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is no exception. A slew of leaks has told us just about everything there is to know about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphones. The camera configurations of the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra have now been leaked online, days before their January 14 launch.
The information comes via renowned leaker Evan Blass. This information is by no means now, as several reports from earlier prophesized what each device had in store for us. For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will come with an identical camera configuration. The primary 12MP sensor will be assisted by a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 64MP telephoto lens. Completing the whole setup is a 10MP front-facing camera. This is quite similar to what we've seen in last year's Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, with the only difference being the lack of a ToF (time-of-flight) sensor on the latter.
Things begin to get interesting with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is clear that Samsung tore a page off Huawei's book by throwing in an extra telephoto lens; presumably to make up for the Galaxy S20 Ultra's disastrous '100x Space Zoom' fiasco. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra's primary 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM3 sensor will be paired with a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 10MP telephoto lenses. According to an earlier leak, one of them is tipped to feature a periscope-style design. Samsung has scrapped the ToF sensor on its maxed-out offering as well, opting to replace it with a laser autofocus sensor. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will sport a 40MP front-facing camera.
As is the case with every leak, it's best to exercise caution until the product has been launched, although Evan Blass is fairly spot on when it comes to these things. Not a lot seems to have changed on the camera side of things. It isn't necessarily bad because the Exynos 2100 is expected to be the centre of attention this time around. One can only hope that it bedazzles users enough to overlook the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus' plastic bodies and 1080p screens. Oh, and let's not forget the lack of a charging brick inside the retail packaging.
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