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Samsung to bestow the Galaxy S21 series with the Exynos 2100 in Europe and South Korea; 16 GB of RAM headed to the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 series will come with 8 GB, 12 GB and 16 GB of RAM. (Image source: Samsung)
The Galaxy S21 series will come with 8 GB, 12 GB and 16 GB of RAM. (Image source: Samsung)
The Exynos 2100 will power the Galaxy S21 series in Europe and South Korea, according to a new report. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 will be making its way to the USA, possibly heading the American variants a performance advantage over their European and South Korean siblings. The Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available with up to 16 GB of RAM too, unlike the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S21+.

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Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy S21 series is headed to market on January 14, with pre-orders set to follow later that month. There have also been plenty of renders and benchmark sightings of the three devices, along with a few videos of the Galaxy S21. Now, Twitter account @cozyplanes claims to have confirmed specifications of the Galaxy S21 devices, including regional variants.

According to the account, the Exynos 2100 chipset will be making its way into European and South Korean versions of the Galaxy S21 series - a change from the most-recent Galaxy S handset, the Galaxy S20 FE. However, Samsung will release the Galaxy S21 series with chipsets Snapdragon in the USA, a decision that has served US customers well recently.

This time it will be the Snapdragon 888 that graces Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones, although we doubt that this chipset will be exclusive to the USA. Instead, we imagine that Samsung will sell Snapdragon 888-powered Galaxy S21 devices in China, at the very least.

@cozyplanes states that the trio will be available in a variety of memory configurations at launch. Specifically, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will both come with 8 GB of RAM, along with 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. Additionally, Samsung will apparently sell the Galaxy S21+ with 12 GB of RAM, which will be the entry-level RAM configuration for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. We already know from Roland Quandt that Samsung will offer the Galaxy S21 Ultra with up to 512 GB of storage, but @cozyplanes adds that there will also be 16 GB of RAM available to the premier Galaxy S series device next year. 

Moreover, the base Galaxy S21 will only have an FHD+ display, while the Galaxy S21+ will have a QHD panel. The latter will be capable of 120 Hz too, unlike the Galaxy S21, albeit only at FHD+. A glass back is also coming to the Galaxy S21+, but Samsung is thought to be using its 'glasstic' plastic back on the entry-level model. We imagine that Samsung will equip the Galaxy S21 Ultra with a glass back too. However, @cozyplanes did not elaborate on this.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-12-16 (Update: 2020-12-20)