Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series on January 14, 2021. Although the S21 will be a popular device, all eyes are on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which in addition to being a flagship, shows what the company is not only capable, but also what it is. direction you are heading.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at a price of Rs. 105999 for the 12GB variant with 256GB of storage and costs Rs. 116999 for the 16GB variant with 512GB of storage. However, there are discounts during the pre-order of Rs. 6000 instant discount and Rs. 10,000 discount using HDFC cards.
The case of the Galaxy S21 Ultra resembles the cases of the iPhone 12 series. It is a slim case and lacks a charger. But the box is also missing the earbuds and the standard rear protective case. Apart from the phone case it has some documentation, the USB C to USB C cable and a simulation tool.
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- USB C – C cable
- Sim tool
Design and build
Samsung has focused a lot on making the design of the Galaxy S21 series much more refined. New color options combined with new Gorilla Glass Victus finishes allow “ghost” colors to have a leather-like effect. Phantom black is a matte black finished back panel that simulates a very smooth handwriting feel. The phone is durably built and has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Samsung had already removed the headphone jack, so all you see is a water-sealed USB C port used for charging and data. The screen has subtle curves on both sides that make the rather large and unwieldy Galaxy S21 ultra comfortable to hold with a side grip.
The camera bump is now part of the frame and looks more natural. The overall first impression of the design and build is good.
Screen and cameras
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a huge 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display that has a WQHD + 3200 x 1440 px resolution. This gives the device a pixel density of 515 ppi. The screen also has a maximum brightness of 1500 nits and is protected by the same Victus glass seen on the back of the phone. The screen has a very slight curve that makes it look premium and also enhances the viewing experience as it simulates a borderless screen.
120 Hz on the screen has been a standard for a while, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra is capable of doing it at full resolution. albeit in Samsung’s adaptive refresh rate mode.
Samsung has included 4 cameras on the back of the S21 Ultra. The main 108MP camera that has an aperture of f / 1.8. it will shoot 12MP shots in auto mode. Two telephoto cameras with 3x and 10x zoom allow for a more versatile zooming experience. While the 3x has an f / 2.4 aperture, the 10x has an f / 4.9 aperture, which means low-light performance will be abysmal at the 10x.
There is a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor that has an aperture of f / 2.2. The rear camera is also capable of recording 8K video at 24 fps and 4K video at 60 fps. The S21 Ultra is also capable of recording slo-mo video at 1080p up to 240 fps and 720p up to 960 fps.
The front camera is located in the center hole at the top of the screen and is a 40 MP sensor with an aperture of f / 2.2 and is capable of recording 4k video at up to 60 fps.
Hardware and performance
The Galaxy S21 Ultra won’t disappoint when it comes to performance. And even though India still gets the Exynos-based devices. The Exynos 2100 pairs quite well with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Both are based on the 5 NM process and offer an octave core CPU experience. However, Samsung’s Exynos 2100 is much higher clocked with a higher clock of 2.9 GHz. The GPU lags behind on the Samsung chip, but they are well suited for AI computing capabilities and ISP performance with the 888 ′ spectra 580 which provides computational HDR video capabilities that the Galaxy S21 Ultra does not have.
The benchmarks are up to par, and the device’s performance over the two days we’ve tested is irrefutably smooth. However, when the Exnos 2100 is pressed, it appears that the rear upper corner of the Galaxy 21 Ultra becomes uncomfortably hot. We are using a pre-launch device with pre-launch software. So the clocks can be adjusted for the final version.
Battery and connectivity
The 5000 mAh battery does the phone justice. Samsung continues to include 25W charging as it appears to be the sweet spot for battery charging speeds. However, no charger is included, Samsung will happily sell you one for Rs. 2000.
The phone supports USB PD3 and wireless charging up to 15W. You can also reverse charge in emergencies up to 4.5W.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series supports 5G, whether you get the Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100 variant. Both have Sub 6 and mmWave 5G bands. However, India has yet to fully implement 5G technology over the next year and by then the S22 series will be available.
The phone has 2 SIM slots and no microSD expansion. Bluetooth 5.2 along with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO for location mapping. The fingerprint sensor is located under the screen and is an ultrasonic sensor that allows for super fast unlocks.
If you’re a business user, the Galaxy S21 Ultra also offers Samsung DeX and Samsung Wireless DeX for productivity on the go.
Samsung seems to have checked all the correct boxes, however our testing has only just begun and if first impressions are anything to go by, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a tough competitor for the upcoming 2021 phones.