Today, Samsung announced the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, its latest line of flagship smartphones, at its Galaxy Unpacked event.
The S21, which starts at $800, features a 6.2" display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 and a 120Hz refresh rate. Starting at $1,000, the Plus jumps up to a 6.7" display and the same resolution and refresh rate as the S21. Both have 8GB of RAM as well as Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 processor and 5G radio support. On the back, both phones have a three-camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens.
At the fancier end lies the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which starts at $1,200. For your money, you’ll get a 6.8" 3,200 x 1,440 OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The Ultra packs four lenses into its camera module, including a 108-megapixel lens, two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses (with 3x and 10x zooms), and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens.
With this new lineup of devices, some have proclaimed the demise of the Galaxy Note. While the name won’t be sticking around, you can still scribble all over your screen if you buy a Galaxy S21 Ultra. Unlike the Note, though, the Ultra’s body doesn’t have anywhere to store the stylus when you’re not using it, and it’s no longer included in the box. Instead, the S-pen will retail for $40, or $70 if you snag the bundle with a case that can hold the stylus.
All three smartphones are available for pre-order now, and will go on sale January 29. If you pre-order through Samsung’s website, you’ll get $200 in credits to put toward accessories, which may come in handy if you’re eyeing the Ultra and its nifty stylus.
If you prefer the trade-in route, Best Buy is offering up to $800 in trade-in value for those who pre-order. In addition to the trade-in credit, you’ll get that same $200 Samsung credit as you would ordering directly from them, plus a free Galaxy SmartTag.