At present, all signs indicate that 2021 will be a turning point for Samsung’s smartphones. Reuters’ year-end exclusive news quoted multiple anonymous sources as saying that there will be no new Galaxy Note this year.
Samsung officials basically confirmed this to the Korean News Agency. We have also seen Samsung announce plans to make its “new foldable phones” more “easy to use”, which coincides with earlier reports, which stated that the resources allocated to Note will be used for those foldable phones.
All this means that the new Galaxy S21 Ultra is more important than usual it may be the only premium “traditional” smartphone in the entire Samsung lineup in 2021. For this reason, Samsung puts a lot of pressure on nailing nails with the phone, and in most cases, the company does just that.
- Flagship-grade performance
- Great cameras
- Stunning display
- Long-lasting battery life
- It’s cheaper!
- Packs valuable software changes
- Uneven weight distribution
- No expandable storage
- The purple-sky effect in lowlight scenarios
- Some camera features are flaky
- S Pen experience isn’t as good as the Note’s
Samsung’s Galaxy 21 Ultra may not be undergoing many major upgrades, but it is a powerful, meticulously crafted machine that is outstanding in every respect. Remember, this does not mean it is perfect-some of its features are not immediately available as we hoped, and the loss of expandable storage may be unbearable for some advanced users.
The price and size of Ultra may still not meet some needs, but if you can justify the cost-or don’t mind waiting for the transaction-the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Design
Samsung knows a thing or two about beautifully designed flagship stores-after, Samsung has fine-tuned its craftsmanship for nearly a decade. At this point, the look and feel of the S21 Ultra 5G is part of the expensive product.
This mobile phone highlights the sense of luxury and uses a metallic chassis with a contoured camera module protruding from the side. Speaking of which, the camera settings of the S21 Ultra are reminiscent of the camera settings on the Note 20 Ultra, although it is less clumsy or box-like. Instead, it combines waves and rounded corners to add a somewhat unique look to the smartphone.
Besides, in my book, the device’s invisible Phantom Black color scheme and the S21 Ultra 5G design have their own quirks, but the equivalent parts are underestimated. First of all, I absolutely like the design of the phone. From my standpoint, I think it can be better.
You will find that the frame of the S21 Ultra 5G is smooth. Compared with the matte effect on the back, it sticks out like a sore thumb. However, unless so, I firmly believe that those who choose mobile phones will also be full of praise for the beauty of the phone.
In the current and current ergonomics, S21 Ultra 5G still has many shortcomings. In Samsung’s defense, the brand did the necessary work to make this bulky and bulky phone (227g) feel comfortable and one-hand friendly.
However, the chamfered edges and the angle of the backward tilt can only do a lot for the handgrip, especially when the smartphone in question feels top-heavy and the weight distribution of the entire case is uneven.
Samsung’s new aesthetic marks the emergence of a new visual lineage of its high-end smartphones, but it must be noted that it has not changed the basis of Ultra’s design. This is a polite way to say that the S21 Ultra is still huge.
There are some slight differences in weight-a fraction of a millimeter, a few grams-but the size and shape of the S21 Ultra are still the same as last year’s S20 Ultra, so it is too big for many people.
With this in mind, if you are even considering buying this phone and can find a safe way, it is definitely worth holding before splurge. The Ultra’s weight is basically the same as that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but because the screen’s aspect ratio is high and narrow, it is much easier to handle.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Key Specifications
- Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 888
- RAM/storage: 12GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB, 16GB+512GB
- Main Display: 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
- Display Resolution: 1440 x 3200 (20:9)
- MicroSD Card Support: No
- Rear Cameras: 108MP f/1.8 wide camera with OIS, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera (120° field of view), 10MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, 10MP f/4.9 telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom, laser autofocus
- Front-Facing Camera: 40MP f/2.2 camera
- Operating System: Android 11 with One UI 3
- Battery: 5,000mAh
- Charging: USB-C, supports fast wireless charging
- Dimensions: 161.5×75.6×8.9mm
- Weight: 229 g
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes, in-display
- Waterproofing: Yes, rated IP68
- NFC: No
- Headphone jack: No
- 5G Support: Yes, sub-6 and mmWave
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Configurations
If you plan to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you need to make some decisions. The first is the color: In addition to the Phantom Silver and Phantom Black options we have already seen, Samsung also offers navy, titanium, and brown models on its website.
Your next decision will depend on how much storage space you need, which is really worth considering. This is your choice:
- 12GB RAM and 128GB storage space: $1200
- 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space: $1,250
- 16GB RAM and 512GB storage space: $1,380
There are two things worth noting the first thing: First, these are not scalable storage, most people will not have a problem. Second, the starting price is $200 lower than last year’s equivalent model.
If you look at the outdated S20 Ultra reviews, you won’t find a review that didn’t cost too much to call someone else. Samsung obviously took the right action here.
The price reduction is certainly appreciated, but we have to be clear: this is still a very expensive smartphone. It’s just not as expensive as last year’s model.
The display is brighter and S-Pen support has been added
Surrounding the front is one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen. It has a Wide Quad HD resolution and a variable refresh rate between 10 and 120Hz, depending on the content on the screen.
What needs to be clear is that you can have a frequency of 120Hz without affecting the resolution like the S20 Ultra. The 6.8-inch display is bright and has excellent contrast. Cover the screen and the back. It is Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus.
Below the screen is a larger ultrasonic fingerprint reader, which makes people feel tired. I have a hard time judging whether it is actually faster than the speed on the S20 Ultra. The display also has S Pen support.
I have always been interested in the Galaxy Note series phones, but I am not sure if I will use the S Pen enough to prove that I can buy it. But I like the iPad Pro-Apple Pencil method adopted by Samsung here.
Without the S Pen, you would still like to use the S21 Ultra. However, if you are curious about the S pen, you can buy a new pen or find an old S pen. You can do many things, such as drawing, taking notes and signing documents. I like to use S Pen to edit photos and make adjustments.
S21 Ultra does not come with an S pen, nor does it support Bluetooth or gesture functions. For example, if you put the pen on the back, S21 Ultra will not be able to send you notifications. Moreover, Ultra does not have a built-in slot to store S pens, but Samsung will sell storage boxes that contain S pen storage.
Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera
The S21 Ultra’s camera system has received some major updates. There are four cameras on the rear: a wide lens, an ultra-wide lens, and two telephoto lenses. The time-of-flight sensor is gone, its position is laser autofocus.
The 108-megapixel sensor on the main camera is a new sensor, which has better autofocus for both photos and videos. A new focus enhancement tool will also pop up on the screen to help the phone find the focus of the photo faster. The tool looks like it might switch to a larger view.
The dual telephoto camera is the first on any mobile phone and brings many benefits. One magnifies 3 times and the other magnifies 10 times.
This means that when zooming in, two positions within the zoom range will not crop the image, resulting in better image quality. Another benefit is stability. Two cameras are paired to use, even if the zoom is 100 times, it is easier and more stable.
At 30 times, a zoom guide will pop up to help you find a specific point of zoom. You can lock it so that it does not move so that the wizard will appear yellow. This is good. Obviously, you still have to be careful not to move the camera too much, but it has less flexibility and frustration than the S20 Ultra.
The photos of the S21 Ultra are excellent, with excellent detail and a wide dynamic range. There is a 108-megapixel mode, but I found that 12-megapixel photos from pixel binning always look great.
For selfies, use the same 40-megapixel camera as the S20 Ultra. But you can now choose to change the tone to bright or natural, which is an excellent choice.
Samsung has also added the ability to take original 12-bit color photos. And there is a new video feature called Director’s View that can provide you with thumbnail previews of video summaries from all cameras on the phone. When recording, you can switch between them.
In Director’s View, there is a vlogger setting that can provide you with side-by-side video views, or stacked displays if you are shooting vertically. This means you can use the selfie camera to record yourself and show what you see or react to make up any rear camera.