Samsung Galaxy S21: The First Flagship For 2021 Has Been Launched

Story Highlights
  • Body and Display
  • Camera
  • Performance & Storage
  • Battery and Charging
  • Specifications
  • Software and UI
  • Verdict

We’re on the half-passed January and Samsung just dropped their all-new flagship device lineup with the Samsung Galaxy S21 series – the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 Plus, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The S21 lineup is an entirely revamped version of its predecessor. Almost every component of the device is manipulated to give it a fresh look. Also, Internal improvements are more subtle than in the S20 lineup last year. The Galaxy S21 is crafted with a glossy design and a more streamlined and instinctive One UI 3.0 skin for a better user experience. At $200 less than the Galaxy S20, Samsung crams in an impressive upgrade, including a dynamic 120Hz display, a boatload of camera enhancements (including a new Zoom Lock feature) and all-new Snapdragon 888 chipset. The Galaxy S21 is the lightest device in the S21 lineup, but it is certainly built to offer a flagship experience at reasonable prices.

Body and Display:

The new Galaxy S21 debuts with a triple camera and a polycarbonate back with a matte finish. The handsets are available in four different color choices: Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, Phantom White, and Phantom Violet. The device fits nicely into the hands as it is constructed with a thickness of 7.9 mm and weighs around 171g. Plus, the phone is simple to use in single-handed mode – thanks to the latest One UI 3.

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 Samsung is one of the companies that offer the best displays across any range of smartphones. With its 6.2″ AMOLED panel, the Galaxy S21 offers a 120Hz refresh rate for faster scrolling, enhanced video playback, and more flexible gaming. Concerning consumer reviews, new dynamic refresh rate capabilities have also been added. The refresh rate can be scaled down depending on the content on the device, which can certainly help to save your battery from draining.


Samsung has re-designed the camera cutout that Samsung is marketing as – a total frame changer. The two tones on the back panel and the camera cutouts feel very pleasing.

The camera configurations for Galaxy S21 are much similar as before: There is a 64-megapixel telephoto camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera in the rear camera module. A 10-megapixel selfie camera is housed in a centrally aligned punch hole. This time as well, you can experience 3x hybrid optical zoom and a wide 30x space zoom.

Samsung has made a number of changes to the software and AI capabilities to offer better-looking images. They have also introduced a zoom lock feature that leverages the AI to recognize the object and make the shot steady.  

Another highlight is the latest Director’s View as you film the video. You can film with both the front and rear cameras at the same time, as well as view live thumbnails from different cameras. This makes it easy to turn to the best shot of your frame.

Performance & Storage:

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100 chipsets (depending on regions). The Snapdragon and Exynos variant is available depending on the regions you buy it. These new flagship processors offer 20 percent improved CPU performance and 30 percent better GPU performance and a lot of AI improvements. The Exynos 2100 is a 5nm chipset that has an optimized 5G modem capable of handling both Sub-6 GHz and mm Wave.

The Galaxy S21 ships with 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of internal storage and no additional support for a microSD card.

Battery and Charging:

The Galaxy S21 features a 4000mAh non-removable battery that is the same as the previous iteration S20 but with a new chipset the unit should last longer. The phone will charge with 25W fast charging and unfortunately, you’re not going to get a charging brick in the box. Other than that, it allows 15W wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.

Here, we assume that reverse wireless charging can be enhanced marginally and that the power can be expanded to 10-15W. We hardly use reverse charging, but it can be taxing in situations when we require it to be used.


Display6.2 inches AMOLED (2400×1080)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 (7nm) / Exynos 2100 (5nm)(Depending upon regions)
Memory8/128GB 8/256 GB
Rear Camera12MP, f/1.8(wide)12MP, f/2.2(ultra-wide)64MP telephoto, f/2.0, with 3x hybrid zoom / 30x space zoom
Front Camera10MP, f/2.2
BatteryLi-Po 4000mAh(non-removable), 25W fast charge (charger not included)
SD CardNot supported
Dimension151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
BiometricOptical Fingerprint Sensor
ColorsPhantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom White, Phantom Gray
Price8/128GB 3,199 AED, 8/256GB 3,399 AED

Availability: Online and offline stores from 29 January

Software and UI:

With the new Galaxy, Samsung provides the latest OS and upgraded UI. The Galaxy S21 runs Samsung’s latest One UI 3 app on top of Android 11. One UI 3 introduces a sleeker interface, completed with an upgraded fast panel and a notification screen that looks less cluttered.


Brands move to drop the in-box charger is something we’d object to. Plus, if you want more storage, the device does not accept the SD card, essentially requiring you to buy a larger version of the device. Display size features a move down from 3200 x 1440 pixels to 2400 x 1080 pixels, but you still have a 120Hz screen. For us, we think going for 120Hz would be better, after all, both of them are AMOLED.


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