Samsung’s next Android flagship may be closer than you think. Android Authority heard from the Samsung store in India that the Galaxy S21 series will be launched globally on January 14.
According to employees working at the Bangalore retail store, it will be available on January 29. These dates match those reported by Android Police earlier this week. If accurate, these times will hint at Samsung’s strategic shift.
The company usually announces its Galaxy S phones at the Unpacked event before or during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The trade show has moved to June, so Samsung may target CES (January 11-14).
According to Android Authority, the Samsung store in Bangalore has launched a pre-order system for the Galaxy S21 series, which includes the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra models.
Customers can snap up a place with a deposit of 2,000 rupees (US$27) and then determine which model they want after the launch. The actual equipment price has not yet been announced.
According to Android Authority, the standard S21 will be available in gray, pink, purple, and white, while the S21 Ultra will be sold in pink, purple, silver, and black. At the same time, it is reported that the higher-end S21 Ultra will be available in black and silver.
According to reports, all three phones will use Samsung’s Exynos 2100 processor instead of the Snapdragon chipset. This contradicts previous leaks, which hinted that Samsung will use the unannounced but expected Snapdragon 875 in at least some markets.
Android Authority confirmed through store representatives that the S21 Ultra will be equipped with a 108-megapixel main camera and two 10-megapixel auxiliary sensors.
The export report stated that one of the latter will have a 10x optical zoom, which coincides with the previous leaks by Android Police.