While Samsung S20 was supposed to be the Holy Grail of the Samsung S-series, the device undoubtedly fell short of the hype, but Samsung is back with an obviously bigger bang. The new Galaxy Ultra blows our mind with three key features, and it will undoubtedly be remembered for them – the new 120Hz Quad HD OLED and its S-Pen support, and the versatile quad-camera on the back that relies on real optics instead of some hybrid trickery.
The Samsung S21 Ultra features lower-res OLEDs, no microSD expansion, and no chargers in the box. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is what the original Ultra should have been – jam-packed with high-end features, no asterisks, no fine print.
Unlike the previous generation, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the only S21 model to come with a 1440p OLED screen. And even better, it now supports 120Hz at that high resolution, so you don’t need to choose between high res and high refresh rate. This new Ultra screen also supports Adaptive Refresh Rate that can vary between 10Hz and 120Hz, just like the Note20 Ultra.
I. Body: 165.1×75.6×8.9mm, 227g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminium frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Stylus support.
II. Display: 6.80″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1500 nits (peak), 1440x3200px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 515ppi; Always-on display.
III. Chipset (International): Exynos 2100: Octa-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G78 MP14
IV. Chipset (USA/China): Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
V. Memory: 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
VI. OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.1.
VII. Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/4.9, 240mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom.
VIII. Front camera: 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.7µm, PDAF.
IX. Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps.
X. Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging 4.5W.
XI. Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, ultrasonic); Stereo speakers; NFC; FM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent); Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support.
I. It features Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 user interface and the Android 11 operating system.
II. It also features a Portrait mode to add an artificial background blur, a Pro mode for manual control, a full 108MP stills mode, up to 8K video recording at 24 frames-per-second, or FHD and UHD at 60fps, and some unusual features like Director’s View and Single Take.
III. It also features up to 100X Zoom features which gives you an incredible edge in photography.
IV. The wide-angle camera has a macro mode feature for close-up images. Just get within 10-centimetres of your subject, and it automatically activates.
V. The Samsung S21 Ultra can take detailed photos using Night Mode, with realistic colours and a good detail level.
VI. Samsung promotes the ability to shoot 8K video, but it’s not only a little pointless if you don’t have an 8K TV to play the video back on, but it’s also a massive memory hog just one minute takes up to 580MB of storage space.
VII. Another incredible feature is Samsung’s Super Steady video stabilization mode, which keeps the video steady even when running to an uncanny degree. Director’s View records video using all the cameras at once, including the 40MP, f/2.2 aperture selfie camera, allowing you to “direct” your movie by switching between the cameras as you go.
VIII. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by a 5,000mAh battery – the same as the S20 Ultra’s. The new Ultra’s total endurance rating is 114 hours, while the standalone test results read as follows: 35+ hours on call, 15 hours on web browsing, and 18 hours on video playback.
I. Versatile camera and a mind-bending Zoom feature.
II. Amazing battery life
III. Brightest display with an impressive adaptive refresh rate
V. Unique 12-bit colour RAW capture at 108MP
VI. S Pen stylus support
VII. Next-gen Wi-fi 6E standard support
I. Just like many of its predecessors, it is quite humongous to carry and use, especially with an S Pen case on
II. Buying the Samsung S21 Ultra for the whopping sum of $1200 gets you just 128GB, no charger, earbuds, or memory card slot.
III. The new ultrasonic finger scanner is still quite slow when compared to its competition
IV. Softness in the main camera sample edges
The USA – $1,200
The U.K – £1,200
The Federal Republic Of Nigeria – #401,000
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