Samsung announces Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra: there is compatibility with S-Pen

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Today is the day of the new top of the Samsung range. During an event that was held in live streaming, the Seoul giant announced Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ e Galaxy S21 Ultra. In short, everything as expected. In fact, the presentation confirmed the rumors circulated in recent months with the South Korean manufacturer intending to further raise the bar and remain on the top step of the podium. The new Galaxy S21 family also sees the introduction of the S-Pen, the iconic accessory that until now has been exclusive to the Note series.

Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 +

Just like their predecessors, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + share much of the spec sheet except for battery size and capacity. The first has a display available 6,2-inch Dynamic AMOLED with Full-HD + resolution and a 4.000 mAh battery; while the Plus version has a 6,7 inches and can count on a 4.800 mAh battery. Consequently, the overall dimensions of the devices also vary: 71,2 x 151,7 x 7,9 mm for a weight of 172 grams for the base model and 75,6 x 161,5 x 7,8 mm for a weight of 202 grams for Galaxy S21 +.

For the rest, no difference. The screen features a variable refresh rate ranging from 48Hz to 120Hz and a central hole on the screen for the 10 Megapixel front camera. The rear photographic compartment is completed on the back with a triple camera system housed in a new module that embraces the metal side frame. THE two 12 Megapixel sensors (wide and ultra-wide, with OIS) are accompanied by a 64 Megapixel telephoto lens which enables a 3X zoom that reaches 30X with a hybrid system.

Obviously there is no lack of software solutions that assist the photographic sector as well as the function Freeze 8K which allows you to obtain clear images from 8K videos or the new Director's View feature that allows you to easily change framing while you are recording, taking advantage of the different angles of the rear cameras. Or again, Zoom lock that - according to what was declared by Samsung - when the zoom is in use fixes the focal point in the center of the image to minimize the tremor of the hands. A function that will then have to be tested in the field.

The hardware platform can only be of the highest level. On board we find the new 2100 nm Exynos 5 processor combined with 8 Gigabytes of RAM and 128 or 256 Gigabytes of internal memory. All new models enjoy the IP68 certification for resistance to water and dust. As widely anticipated by rumors, Samsung finally follows the path traced by Apple not including the charger and headphones in the package. 

According to the Seoul giant, an increasing number of consumers prefer to charge the device wirelessly and the removal of these accessories also has an ecological reason, that is to avoid accumulating new accessories with each purchase. In the package, there is the USB-C cable obviously compatible with old battery chargers.

We leave you the information below prices, availability and gifts.

Galaxy S21 5G will be available in Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink and Phantom White colors. The 8GB + 128GB version is priced at 879 €. Go up to 929 € for the version with 256 GB of internal memory.

Galaxy S21 + 5G will be available in Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver and Phantom Black colors. The 8GB + 128GB version is priced at 1.079 €. Go up to 1.129 € for the version with 256 GB of internal memory.

By purchasing one of the two models 14 28 from January to and by registering on Members they will receive in omaggio Galaxy Buds Live (color: Mystic Black, value: 169 euros) e SmartTag (color: Black, value: € 34,90).

SmartTag is the new accessory announced by Samsung that - like the well-known Tile - can be attached to the keys, to the bag or even to the collar of your pet to easily track them, through our smartphone.

Galaxy s21 ultra

With the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung continues the path it took last year with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is a device designed for a diverse audience who want a powerful, large-sized smartphone that can be used for productivity. Here is therefore soon explained the reason the introduction of the iconic S-Pen for the first time also on the Galaxy S series.

Unlike the Note series, the nib is sold separately and does not have a dedicated housing inside the smartphone, but needs a compatible case that holds the S-Pen firmly. It is however possible to use the S-Pen of a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab device. The new Galaxy S21 Ultra has exaggerated technical features integrating the best of technology.

And here we are in front of a display from 6,8 inches with WQHD + resolution with a refresh rate that adapts to the displayed content, from 10Hz to 120Hz. The dimensions become very important: 75,6 x 165,1 x 8,9 mm for a weight of 228 grams.

The photographic sector is of the first level. The 12 Megapixel f / 2.2 ultra-wide sensor is accompanied by a 108 Megapixel f / 1.8 sensor with optical image stabilizer and two 10 Megapixel telephoto lenses with OIS (one with f / 4.9 aperture with up to 10X optical zoom and the second with f / 2.4 aperture with 3x zoom). Present the Space Zoom that pushes the hybrid zoom up to 100X. Also present is the AutoFocus laser. For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, it's possible record in 4K at 60 fps with all lenses, including the 40 Megapixel front camera, always inside a hole in the screen. Finally, you can save the images in 12-bit RAW format.

In addition to the now inevitable 5G support, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G supports Wi-Fi 6E, which should offer greater bandwidth and an internet connection four times faster than WiFi 6. Also, thanks to Ultra-wideband ( UWB) integrated, Galaxy S21 Ultra and S21 + can be used to automatically unlock the car doors, without removing the keys. Finally, the whole new range can be used to control smart devices in the home from the comfort of the car with Android Auto. The whole is powered by a 5.000 mAh battery. In all cases, fast, wireless and reverse charging is not missing.

Galaxy S21 Ultra is available in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black matte colors in the following configurations and prices:

  • in the 12GB + 128GB version a 1.279 €
  • in the 12GB + 256GB version a 1.329 €
  • in the 16GB + 512GB version a 1.459 €

Customers who purchase Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G between January 14th and 28th will be able to receive a free reward package composed of the new Galaxy Buds Pro earphones (which we talk about in this dedicated article) and the new Galaxy SmartTag with a total value of 263,90 euros.

Furthermore, again between January 14th and 28th, the Trade-in Hybrid Formula "We overvalue your used" is available, thanks to which it is possible to obtain up to € 409 for used items by purchasing Galaxy S21 to which it will be possible to add a voucher from € 100 to be used immediately.

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