Meet Samsung's new flagships for 2021: the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. You'll find the very latest Samsung tech inside all three devices, and the entire S21 trio features** 5G connectivity as standard**.
From vivid, immersive displays with super-fast refresh rates to the incredible rear cameras on board, there's a lot to love about the S21 series. If you're considering a Samsung Galaxy S21 handset for yourself, but you're not sure what to go for, then don't worry. We've summarised the best bits of each handset below, to help make that all-important decision even easier.
Samsung Galaxy S21
At a glance: 6.2-inch FHD+ display, 12MP+12MP+64MP rear camera, 10MP front camera, 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9mm, 171g.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 might be the most affordable handset in the S21 family, but by no means is it lacking when it comes to outstanding tech specs. As soon as you set your eyes upon it, you'll realise that this handset - and the entire S21 series in fact - is different. A stunning device to behold, Samsung has created the S21 trio with a unique contour-cut metal frame. Finished with something Samsung likes to call a frosted haze finish (that not only looks great, but also prevents smudges and unsightly fingerprint marks too), style comes easily to the S21 family.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is protected by Samsung's Glasstic technology, and the phone has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating for added durability. Flip the handset over, and you'll find an immersive 6.2-inch Full HD+ screen covering the front, and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the display. Taking your viewing experience to new heights, the Dynamic AMOLED display is capable of producing strikingly realistic images and, with its 120Hz refresh rate, transitions will always be smooth and seamless - ideal for those who love to game on the go.
The specs you've probably been waiting for, there's a brilliant 64MP triple-lens rear camera system and a 10MP front camera included with the S21. The rear features a 12MP wide lens, 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 64MP telephoto lens - a must-have for beautiful portrait photos and close-up macro shots. Added features like Single Take, Night Mode and 30x Space Zoom help you unleash your creativity too.
Introduced first with the S20 family, Samsung has made sure all S21 handsets can record and edit in outstanding 8K too.
As for those internal specs, you'll find the latest Exynos 2100 5nm processor working away behind the scenes of the Samsung Galaxy S21, as well as Samsung DeX compatibility and a 4,000 mAh battery that's capable of 25W Super Fast Charging, and 15W Fast Wireless Charging. You can also take advantage of 4.5W Wireless PowerShare, designed to help you transfer power from your S21 to your Samsung Watch, or any other compatible smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S21+
At a glance: 6.7-inch FHD+ display, 12MP+12MP+64MP rear camera, 10MP front-facing camera, 75.6 x 161.4 x 7.8mm, 202g.
We've covered a lot of the Samsung S21 family's capabilities above already, but with the Samsung Galaxy S21+ you can look forward to even more cutting-edge features. Slightly larger than the S21 with its 6.7-inch Full HD+ display, the upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is a must if you're after a bigger screen for the ultimate cinematic experience.
Stretching from edge-to-edge, the S21+ 5G's display can also support a refresh rate up to 120Hz. The secure, lightning-fast ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is included beneath the display too, and this time the back - as well as the front - of the device is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus (the toughest glass yet to be used on a smartphone). As for looks, the S21+ is just as stylish as its smaller brother, with an identical contoured metal frame.
You'll also find the same front and back camera systems on the S21+ and the S21. The 10MP front-facing camera comes with auto focus for effortless selfies, while the triple-lens 12MP+12MP+64MP rear camera has everything you could need to shoot indoors and outdoors, far away or close up, and in broad daylight or at night. 8K video is yours to explore too, and with Super Steady Mode you can even film your very own action movie without worrying about shaky footage.
Helping to power its larger screen, the S21+ is equipped with a bigger 4,800 mAh battery that you can boot up via Super Fast Charging and Wireless Fast Charging. You can even transfer power to a friend's Samsung, or your own Samsung Watch, with Wireless PowerShare.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
At a glance: 6.8-inch WQHD+ display, 108MP+10MP+10MP+12MP+TOF rear camera, 40MP front-facing camera, 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm, 228g.
If you're after Samsung's top range handset, look no further than the Samsung S21 Ultra. The premium choice in the S21 family, you'll find all the best bits of the S21+ here - including super resilient Gorilla Glass Victus on the back and front, the same eye-catching metal contoured frame and the high-speed Exynos 2100 5nm processor - alongside so much more.
The standout feature of the S21 Ultra has to be its camera line-up. As well as an incredible 40MP front-facing camera discreetly located at the top of the display, you'll find plenty of upgrades to the triple-lens camera system on the back. The S21 Ultra brings an all-new 108MP wide camera to the table, that can capture every single moment in extraordinary detail. It's paired with a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a unique dual 10MP telephoto camera with up to** 100x zoom capabilities** for extreme closeups. The added Laser AF sensor helps blurry shots become a thing of the past, and Samsung features such as Single Take, night mode, studio lighting and natural bokeh effects help you to easily take your photography skills up a notch. Just like the S21 and S21+, amazing 8K video with Super Steady Shot is right at your fingertips too, so you can create Hollywood-worthy films directly on your smartphone.
The camera isn't the only exclusive S21 Ultra feature either. The S21 Ultra is the first ever S Series Samsung phone to support the S Pen (sold separately), helping you to unleash your creativity on this plus-sized phone. The largest of the trio, the S21 Ultra has a brilliant 6.8-inch wide quad HD screen, and uses Samsung's dynamic AMOLED 2x display technology to bring you the brightest, most vibrant picture yet. Just like the other S21 handsets, it also supports an adaptable 120Hz refresh rate.
Last but not least with S21 Ultra tech specs. As well as instant connectivity to 5G in a supported area, this handset also supports Wi-Fi 6E so you can expect even faster downloads when connected to a network you trust. You can use Samsung DeX and Samsung Pay with any of the S21 family too, and like the other devices you'll be able to charge the 5,000 mAh battery up via 25W Super Fast Charging, 15W Fast Wireless Charging or 4.5W Wireless PowerShare.
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