The presumed specifications of the entire Samsung Galaxy S21 line-up have appeared. The devices will receive new socs with 5G support, among other things. The S21 Ultra also gets a better screen with adaptive refresh rate and Wi-Fi 6E support.
The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + will get Full HD + -LTPS screens with refresh rates of 120Hz, Android Police reports based on its own sources. The regular model would get a 6.2 “screen, while the S21 + variant has a 6.7” screen diagonal. According to Android Police, the S21 Ultra will have a larger 6.8 “screen with a higher WQHD + resolution and an LTPO panel.
The Ultra variant would also offer a variable refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz, unlike the other S21 models. The refresh rate thus adapts to the ‘content’ of the screen. For example, the refresh rate could be automatically reduced when users view a photo or video on their device. That would improve the battery life. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra already supports such an adaptive refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz.
The screen of the S21 Ultra probably also has a higher peak brightness than before; the panel achieves a peak brightness of 1600cd / m². With the current S20 Ultra, the peak brightness is 1400cd / m². The contrast would also have been improved compared to the S20 Ultra.
All S21 variants would use the same SOCs; that was also the case with the S20 series. The phones would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chip or a Samsung Exynos 2100-soc, depending on the region in which the device is sold. European Samsung Galaxy S devices usually have an Exynos chip from Samsung.
Little is known about these chips as both SOCs have not yet been officially announced by their respective manufacturers. However, sources from Android Police claim that the Exynos 2100 may be ‘performing on par or better’ than the Snapdragon 875, although this has not yet been confirmed. Qualcomm will likely announce its Snapdragon 875 chip on December 1 . It is not clear when Samsung will reveal its Exynos 2100 chip.
Samsung Galaxy S21 renders from OnLeaks
Image via OnLeaks
The camera setup of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + is similar to that of their S20 counterparts. The devices again get a wide-angle lens and primary camera with 12-megapixel resolution. The camera with telephoto lens would also receive a resolution of 64 megapixels, just like the telecamera in the current S20 devices. Android Police also writes that the cameras in the S21 and S21 + may be ‘the same as the cameras in the S20 series’. It is not yet clear which exact camera sensors Samsung uses in the devices.
The S21 Ultra will in turn get a primary camera with a second-generation 108-megapixel sensor, Android Police reports. The Ultra variant also gets two telecamera with different focal lengths. Furthermore, all cameras in the various S21 devices can record 4k videos at 60fps. Previously, this functionality was limited to the primary camera sensor. The devices would also get an 8k30 option, where the S20 devices can record up to 8k videos at 24fps.
In terms of connectivity, the S21 Ultra would be the only model to receive support for Wi-Fi 6E . This is a new WiFi standard that, among other things, supports 6GHz connections. The other S21 devices will receive support for the regular Wi-Fi 6 standard and Bluetooth 5.1. There will also be 5G variants of all models; it is unclear whether Samsung will also come with 4G devices in the S21 series.
The Galaxy S21 will receive a 4000mAh battery according to Android Police. The battery capacity of the Galaxy S21 + and S21 Ultra is 4800mAh and 5000mAh respectively. All devices would support at least 25W fast charging, although the maximum charging powers have not yet been confirmed. Furthermore, the website reports that it owns renders of the Galaxy S21 series, but that they are not published to protect the identity of its sources. Android Police does report that previous OnLeaks renders of the S21 and S21 Ultra are accurate.
It is not yet clear when Samsung will announce its Galaxy S21 series, although previous rumors suggest that the devices will hit the market in January. The recommended prices are also not yet known.