Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bucket Tech: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series - First Impressions

Samsung dropped their latest flagship series smart devices last week when they launched or "unpacked" the new Galaxy S21 Series which consists of the S21 5G, S21+ 5G and the S21 Ultra 5G. All three devices will be available for purchase in SA and have a host of upgrades and features which are whetting the appetites of many. So what do we know about the new trio? Well all come with 5G capabilities so you will have access to the fastest network around, all come in a metallic uni-body with elevated camera on the phones top left corner. The design is simplistic but very chic, also with the array of colours that the devices are available enhances the elegance of the device itself. The displays vary in size with the S21 having a 6.2" infinity-o display with dynamic AMOLED 2x, the S21+ has a 6.7" while the range topping S21 Ultra has a 6.8" display, all have eye comfort shield as well as a super smooth 120hz refresh rate.

Camera wise, Samsung have a refreshed layout for the camera, both the S21 and S21+ come with a 10MP front facing camera while they have a triple lens system rear camera which consists of a 12MP wide-angle, a 12MP ultra-wide angle and a 64MP telephoto lens which has 30x Space Zoom, letting you zoom right into pictures.  All this adds up to a great photographic experience capturing even more detail and clarity that makes photos look like a work of art. Samsung say that their Portrait mode features settings that enable you to be "Instagram Ready" which means not much editing or filters required to post your picture as it has built-in options to choose from. Low light photos are now even easier to take with the S21 & S21+ it being able to capture stunning pics with minimal lighting. The big flex has to be the video recording capabilities, as all devices record in 8K at 24fps, with you able to extract 33MP quality images from the recordings. The camera also comes with Super Steady setting which records at 60fps to ensure a smooth recording all the time. With multiple recordings the AI system on the device can take all your content and make a personal video for you via the editor. The S21 Ultra camera system is a Quad format which has a 108MP wide lens, 10MP periscope telephoto lens, 10MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultra wide lens with the front facing "selfie camera" having a 40MP lens. 

All devices have Super Fast Charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wireless PowerShare enabling you to charge other devices with your phone. The intelligent battery on the S21 range is a 48000mAh battery and features new power-efficient display and processor which can push the life to well beyond the 24-hour mark, even when using full 5G. The devices come fitted with the worlds fastest processing chip, the 5nm process is fast enough to keep up with the action, so you can do more even faster. It features 8GB of RAM and has a built-in memory of up to 256GB. All devices are IP68 rates so they're dust, water and shock proof. A big talking point from the Apple iPhone 12 launch was merely ignored for this one, the Galaxy S21 series also do no come with a charge or headphones, merely just a USB cable, seems to be the trend now it seems. Samsung also released their new Buds Pro on the night, another great quality wireless headphones from the brand. 

Pricing for the devices are as follows:

  • Galaxy S21 5G - R17,999
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G - R21,499
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra - R27,999

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