Samsung on Thursday held its first event of 2021. The event was streamed across several platforms, including Twitch and TikTok, where the company unveiled a trio of new Galaxy S-series smartphones. In addition to the new phones, Samsung also announced new wireless earbuds, Galaxy Buds Pro, and small trackers you can attach to items, called Samsung SmartTag. Unlike the last few smartphone launches from Samsung, the entire S21 lineup supports both Sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks. And while the phones share many of the same features, the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra are clearly a cut above the S21, with the latter blurring the lines between Samsung's S-Series and the Note lineup thanks to the ability to use an S Pen stylus on the Ultra's display.
On Thursday, Samsung took the wraps off its first set of flagship phones for the new year: the Galaxy S21, S21, and the S21 Ultra. While the new lineup doesn't bring with it any revolutionary features as compared to predecessors, it does come with necessary improvements, including a more durable design, upgraded camera features, and the latest Snapdragon processor. All three Galaxy phones vary in price, depending on model and configuration, with the S21 starting at $799.99 and the S21 at $999.99. The S21 Ultra will go on sale with a base price of $1,199.99. The entire S21 lineup is currently available for pre-order with full retail availability set for January 29. Last year's Galaxy S20 marked the start of a completely redesigned Galaxy lineup.
I've heard incredible things about Devialet's Phantom wireless speaker, but I was not prepared to experience the even more powerful Phantom Gold. The 25-pound speaker that's made in France looks like an alien egg and the rose gold trims are real 22-carat plated rose gold, which means the finish looks more copper than pink. Sorry Apple, but this is what real rose gold looks like. Though the Phantom Gold is a high-fidelity speaker, the company's not targeting audiophiles specifically. Rather, the French startup set out to create a speaker with unmatched sound quality for the masses.