In the world's least surprising news today, Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship phones -- the Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21 and S21. Like last year, the Ultra model is the highest specced version and packs features like a 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen and a quad-rear camera system featuring dual telephoto lenses for 100x zoom. Because it's the top tier model, the S21 Ultra comes with a price to match: It'll start at $1,200 and you can pre-order it starting today. Of note is the fact that unlike previous flagships, the S21 Ultra's screen can support refresh rates of 120Hz at both full HD and Quad HD resolutions. This means you won't have to choose between smooth scrolling or sharp resolutions on the new phone. And, as has already been leaked, the new flagship will support the company's S Pen stylus, which is a first for the S-series smartphones.
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.
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.
The lower prices for Samsung's new Galaxy S21 phones may be the biggest feature to help the device maker defend its lead in the smartphone wars. Each arrives at a starting price $200 below its predecessor in the S20 line. But the look, feel and improved features of the S21 models may drive Android users to upgrade and perhaps even get some folks to consider switching from Team iPhone. Let's start with price: The S21 starts at $799.99; the S21 starts at $999.99; and the S21 Ultra, which for the first time gets S Pen support, starts at $1,199.99. All S21 models offer 5G wireless.
A pandemic-fueled global decline in sales and a frosty reception to its S20 lineup and the Galaxy Note 20, left Samsung looking up to another company for the first time in years. However, out of that moment came its most practical phone in recent memory, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. Where devices like the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra showed Samsung at its most indulgent, the S20 FE proved the South Korean firm could still make a phone for the rest of us. And it's that phone that Samsung's new 2021 flagships, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21, announced today at the company's first Unpacked event of 2021, have the most in common. The price might be the most compelling part of these two devices.