Samsung typically has two major mobile launches per year. The Galaxy S series is usually updated in the first half while the Note series is launched in the last half.
We will be entering the new year soon, and that means that a new top model is on the way. More specifically, a sequel to the Galaxy S20 series, probably called the Galaxy S21.
But what can we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S21? When will it arrive? And what will the price be? We have collected the hottest rumors.
Galaxy S21 in brief:
- Launched in January
- Comes in three editions: S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra
- The S21 Ultra gets a new quad camera
Samsung hasn’t said what the next Galaxy S flagship will be called, but most people are calling it the Galaxy S21, so that’s why we do it. However, the Galaxy S30 is a current alternative.
When will it be launched?
Samsung launched the top 2020 model, Galaxy S20, in mid-February, with sales starting in March.
We’re assuming the same will happen with the sequel, although some rumors have it speeding up to January. Technolekker Jon Prosser writes the following on Twitter:
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 +, S21 Ultra 👀
Announcement: January 14, 2021
Pre-order: January 14, 2021
Launch: January 29, 2021
Black, white, gray, silver, violet and pink
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) November 3, 2020
How many models?
Like the Galaxy S20, the sequel comes in three different models:
- S21: 6.2 “
- S21 +: 6.7 “
- S21 Ultra: 6.8 “
If the screen size is correct, the S21 and S21 + remain the same size as their predecessors, while the S21 gets a 0.1 inch smaller screen.
Samsung has not made the major changes to the design of the Galaxy 20 from its predecessor, the Galaxy S10. The camera block went from a strip in the center to more square and placed on the side.
This time around, no total redesign is expected either, but there may be some minor changes, not least some new color choices. It is said that black, white, gray, pink and purple are your choice.
All three S21 models are expected to have screens with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, but the Ultra model is rumored to be equipped with something called LTPO technology, which makes the refresh rate dynamic as needed, providing an energy-saving effect has.
As for other specs, there is talk of the latest Snapdragon 875 chip from Qualcomm or Samsung’s own Exynos 2100 chip, support for 5G and 128 or 256 GB of storage. A larger battery capacity is also expected.
Otherwise, there are also rumors that Samsung is “taking an Apple” and dropping charging pads and earbuds in the box.
There is also speculation that the S21 Ultra will support Samsung’s S-Pen, but Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known for the technology leak OnLeaks, claims it does not have a dedicated hole for the pen, so it will have to be worn next to it.
What’s new with the camera?
Rumor has it that the S21 and S21 + are equipped with a relatively similar camera to their predecessors; a triple camera with a 12 MP wide angle as the main camera, a 12 MP ultra wide angle and a 64 MP telephoto camera.
However, the premium model S21 Ultra is said to have a new camera system, a quad camera with a 108 MP wide-angle as the main camera, 12 MP ultra-wide angle and two 10 MP telephoto cameras, one with 3x zoom and the other with 10x zoom. This layout is therefore largely reminiscent of what Huawei has in its P40 Pro Plus model, which is not sold in Norway.
The two telephoto cameras offer 130% larger pixels and the so-called dual pixel autofocus, which will improve Samsung’s controversial 100x “Space Zoom”. By introducing laser autofocus, they also hope to avoid the focus problems that more people experience with the S20 Ultra.
How much is it?
It remains to be seen what the prices of the Galaxy S21 models will be until launch, but at launch the S20 cost the following:
- S20 with 128 GB storage and 4G support, costs NOK 9490 as a guideline. The 5G version costs NOK 10,490.
- The S20 + costs NOK 11,490, while the S20 Ultra costs NOK 14,490. All with a capacity of 128 GB.
However, rumors have it that the price may be even higher as Qualcomm will charge a higher price for its Snapdragon 875 chip.