Samsung Galaxy S21 (Ultra): more camera specs, other details

More and more details of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra are popping up. Now we can also add information about material selection and camera sensors to the list.

Samsung Galaxy S21 (Ultra) camera specs and more details

Galaxy S21 (Ultra): more details

Recently we learned a lot about the Galaxy S21 series, which will be released in early 2021. For example, we already tracked down the processor of the devices – the not yet unveiled Exynos 2100. We also revealed the battery capacities of the various models. We even saw a first set of Galaxy S21 images, and discovered that the devices may be released at the same time as the new Galaxy Buds Beyond.

Of course, a lot is not yet known, although Android Police contributed a lot to the overall picture this weekend. We now find out that the 6.2-inch S21 and 6.7-inch S21 Plus both have an FHD + 1080p screen resolution, with a refresh rate of 60 or 120Hz. Only the 6.9 inch S21 Ultra has a WQHD + resolution and a variable refresh rate.

In addition, the Galaxy S21 – just like the Galaxy S20 FE – has a plastic body. The Galaxy S21 Ultra does have a glass back. We also see the previously mentioned battery capacities of the S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra confirmed: 4000, 4800 and 5000 mAh, respectively. Naturally, the devices are water resistant and dustproof (IP68).

Cameras

All this is – in good Dutch – par for the course. And we hardly encounter any surprises with the cameras either. The S21 and S21 + have a 12MP main camera and a 12MP wide angle lens. Even the 64MP zoom lens largely corresponds on paper to the zoom camera that we already know from the Galaxy S20 and S20 +.

It gets more interesting with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is equipped with the next generation of the 108MP sensor that Samsung put in the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra in 2020. Although it still doesn't have dual pixel autofocus, the laser focus that we also know from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is present.

As expected, the S21 Ultra has two zoom cameras. Both have a 10MP sensor with dual pixel autofocus. One is a traditional telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The other is a periscope zoom lens that zooms in up to 10x optically. In comparison: the S20 Ultra can zoom up to 4x optical zoom, but can also zoom in digitally without loss of quality due to the 48MP sensor. The Note 20 Ultra has 5x optical zoom.

The combination of the two zoom cameras would be so good that Samsung offers its 100x Space Zoom feature again. On the S20 Ultra, this was a redundant gimmick, which was deleted in the Note 20 Ultra. We only have to wait and see how the zoom camera of the S21 Ultra actually performs with the mentioned specifications.

S Pen support

By the way, we also see a rumor from last week confirmed: yes, the S21 Ultra supports the S Pen stylus. But it is not standard with, or in, the device. Samsung would soon like to bring a special cover on the market, in which you can put your device and S Pen. Not exactly an ideal combination, but it does leave room for the largest possible battery. And that is also worth something, of course.

Launch and release date

Earlier this month it became clear that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S21 series in January. There is a chance that the release date is also in that month, and that you can have your S21 at home before the end of January.

Prices are not yet known. However, the Galaxy S21 is conceptually reminiscent of the S20 FE, raising hope that at least the base model could be relatively affordable. We will of course only know that when Samsung officially introduces the various models.

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