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Purported specs and features of Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup revealed

By Cookie Monster - on 21 Nov 2020, 10:25am

Purported specs and features of Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup revealed

Note: This article was first published on 15 Nov 2020.

Purported render of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. <br>Image source: @OnLeaks.

Android Police claims to have exclusive information on the specs and features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 models. 

Citing information from several sources, Android Police confirms that there will be three Galaxy S21 models. They are the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. As with previous generations, Samsung is expected to use a mix of Qualcomm Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets for the Galaxy S21 models. The Galaxy S21 models are likely to be powered by the yet-to-be-announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and the Exynos 2100. The latter chipset is said to be "on-par or better than the Snapdragon 875". 

All Galaxy S21 models will support 5G, but it is unclear whether Samsung will offer 4G variants. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is likely to be the only model with Wi-Fi 6E support, which offers twice the speeds of the standard Wi-Fi 6.

Display sizes will be different across the lineup. The Galaxy S21 will come with a 6.2-inch FHD+ LTPS 120Hz display while the Galaxy S21+ will sport a 6.7-inch FHD+ LTPS 120Hz display. The Galaxy S21 Ultra will be equipped with a 6.8-inch WQHD+ LTPO 120Hz adaptive display. This is previously reported by tipster @UniverseIce who tipped that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will get 120Hz support at QHD+ resolution. In addition, the display on the Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly max out at 1,600 nits peak brightness, have contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1, and support S Pen. The S Pen will not be included in the retail box and Samsung is believed to be selling cases that will store the stylus outside the body of phone. Tipster @UniverseIce said a few days ago that he can "100% confirm that S21 Ultra supports S Pen". 

As for the camera hardware, there should not be any changes to the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+. This means we are likely to see the same 12MP main sensor, 64MP telephoto lens, and 12MP ultra-wide lens. It's a different story for the Galaxy S21 Ultra; it will house an improved second-generation 108MP sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, two telephoto lenses (a 3x optical telephoto and a 10x optical "super telephoto), and laser autofocus. Korean publication The Elec shared a similar report on the camera specs in September. 100x Space Zoom, which was introduced on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and subsequently removed on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, is said to be coming back on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

For camera features, Samsung will be enabling 4K 60fps video recording across all three cameras. Super Steady stabilisation will also support 4K 60fps video recording. The cameras will also automatically switch between 30fps and 60fps depending on the lighting conditions. Other new camera features include an 8K 30fps option, a dual-recording mode, improved night mode with more manual controls, and an enhanced moon mode. 

The Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra will support Ultra Wide Band (UWB), which can be used to track Samsung's upcoming SmartThings tags. Powering the three models are a 4,000mAh battery (Galaxy S21), a 4,800mAh battery (Galaxy S21+), and a 5,000mAh battery (Galaxy S21 Ultra). All three models will support a minimum 25W fast charging. 

Samsung is expected to offer the Galaxy S21 in four colours (phantom violet, phantom pink, phantom gray, and phantom white), the Galaxy S21+ in three colours (phantom silver, phantom black, phantom violet), and the Galaxy S21 Ultra in two colours (phantom black and phantom silver).

The Galaxy S21 lineup is rumoured to be announced in January. Samsung is said to be considering to not include a charger and earphones in the retail box of the Galaxy S21 models.

Source: Android Police