Samsung Galaxy S21 – Everything you need to know

Start 2021 with a brand new feature-packed flagship phone from Samsung. The renowned smartphone manufacturers are launching the Samsung Galaxy S21 during the Samsung Unpacked on January 14th, 2021.

So what’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra? We’re here to give you the lowdown on everything we know so far, so you can decide whether you want to sell your old Samsung Galaxy S and upgrade to the Galaxy S21 as soon as it launches.

In short, the Samsung Galaxy S20 looks to offer a decent upgrade on the Galaxy S20, and if initial reports are to be believed, it will come in at about the same price. The S21 Ultra is anticipated to be a serious player in the super-premium market too. Let’s take a deeper dive into what this all means for the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch.

What’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 release date?

Full details about the Samsung Galaxy S21 range were announced on January 14th. This was the date of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 press conference and it’s not just the new S21 that’ll be announced. There are going to be other pieces of Galaxy smart-tech announced as part of the press conference, from Bluetooth trackers to new earbuds.

The release date of the Samsung Galaxy S21 will be January 29th in the European market. This is earlier in the year than previous flagship releases from Samsung, which are usually a month or so later, so we hope you’re excited to get your hands on the new Samsung sooner, rather than later.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy S21 cost?

The good news here is that the new Samsung Galaxy S21 range, while still a premium phone, isn’t going to see a price rise from the previous generation. So what does this mean across the range?

It means it’s still a fairly expensive phone, and the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra are still most certainly premium or super-premium, but no increase is a bonus. Below we’ve detailed the starting prices of each model:

128GB 256GB 512GB
Samsung Galaxy S21 £769 £819
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus £949 £999
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra £1,149 £1,199 £1,329

If you want to get your hands on a new Galaxy S21, and you’re worried about the price, that’s where we can help. You can sell your mobile to us, whatever model it is you have, or simply sell your old Samsung Galaxy to Mazuma to raise the funds for your new phone.

Samsung Galaxy S21 key features

So what is there to get excited about in the new Samsung Galaxy S21? As the latest entry into their flagship range, there’s bound to be a number of excellent new features.

All the models have a number of similar features, with the Plus and Ultra models each having a few additional or more premium features. The Exynos 2100 chipset will be used across all three devices, and the ultra wide 12MP is on all three. Each phone will run the same software, and have the same refresh rate or 120Hz, although the Ultra will be adaptive. The Ultra has compatibility with the S Pen stylus too.

In terms of storage, each model is available in 128gb or 256gb and the Ultra offering an option for 512gb.  All of the devices are 5G enabled too.

Galaxy S21 Camera

The base-level S21 and the S21 both share the same camera array, with a main lens boasting 12MP and a telephoto lens offering 64MP. The S21 Ultra offers a little extra in terms of the camera though, with a 108MP lens, an optical 10MP lens in addition to the 12MP ultra-wide camera. This is enabled on the Ultra with a larger camera block.

Galaxy  S21 Display, Size & Weight

The base model, the Galaxy S21, will come with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, the smallest of the three. This also means it’s the lightest though, coming in at 171g. The S21 Plus has a 6.7inch Full HD+ display, so you’re essentially getting the same display but a little bigger. This also brings the phone up in size and weight to 202g. Using Full HD+ is what keeps the phones from being more expensive.

The Samsung S21 Ultra has a marked upgrade though, with a 6.8inch WQHD+ display which makes it not only bigger, but sharper and more vibrant too. It does make the handset bigger again and increases its weight to 220g.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Battery

Each model grades up in terms of batteries too. Current reports have the Samsung Galaxy S21 with a 4,000mAh battery, the S21 Plus with a 4,800mAh one and finally the Galaxy S21 Ultra with a 5,000mAh. These are generally enough to get you through a day of use.

Samsung Galaxy Design & Colours

The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus both come with a flat-screen and 3 camera lenses on the back of the device. The S21 will be available in 4 colours; violet, pink, grey and white while the S21 Plus will only be available in 3; silver, black and violet.

The S21 Ultra has a curved screen, with a larger camera block on the rear that houses a full four lenses. It’s also only available in black or silver.

What Samsung Galaxy S21 accessories are included?

While previous models of the Samsung Galaxy have had both headphones and charging blocks come as a standard, the S21 is going to follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 12 launch and remove from the box as standard. As with Apple, Samsung is claiming this is to reduce e-waste, and you’ll need to purchase headphones or a charging block separately if you need them. The lack of a block may seem to be a problem for many but there is still a USB-C cable included in the box, so you’ll be able to charge it if you have an existing block or access to a USB port. 

How far has Samsung Come?

The launch of the Galaxy S21 just highlights how far Samsung has come since its earlier smartphones. In recent years it has cemented itself as one of the major players in smartphone technology. Check out our video that shows the evolution of Samsung’s smartphones.

Ready to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S21?

If this has you excited to upgrade to the latest Samsung Galaxy, then we’re here to buy your old phone. You can even sell your broken phone to us. Whether you want to make extra funds and trade in your old device, or simply want to make some extra money from your old disused handset, we can help. We can buy your old iPhone if you fancy making the jump to Android, or even buy your old console if you want to make some extra cash towards a new phone.

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