Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android smartphone, the flagship of the South Korean manufacturer’s 2021 range for the first part of the year. It was presented with the Unpacked event on January 14, 2021 with the “younger” brothers Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy S21 +, just a few weeks earlier than we’re used to.
So let’s discover everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the “top” model in the 2021 premium lineup: Here are the technical features, design and software.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra technical specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has many technical specifications in common with the other two models in the range, but it goes further in some ways, which also makes it the largest of the trio. The screen is always Dynamic AMOLED 2X with an update up to 120 Hz, but in this case we come to 6.8 inches and a resolution of WQHD + (1440 x 3200 pixels), with glass slightly curved on the sides and brightness of 1500 nits.
The core is the same as the other two and consists of an Exynos 2100 SoC (Snapdragon 888 in the US), made with a 5nm production process with an octa-core CPU (Cortex-X1 at 2.9GHz, three 2.8GHz Cortex-A78 and four energy-efficient 2.2GHz Cortex-A55) and 14 GPU cores Mali-G78 (figures show + 40% performance compared to last year’s model). The RAM of the Ultra goes up to 12 or 16 GB (depending on the version), with non-expandable memory of 128, 256 or 512 GB (there’s no microSD for that).
In the photographic sector, we find the most important changes compared to the “two younger brothers”, compared to which we have an additional sensor: on board there is a main sensor with a resolution of 108 megapixels (f / 1.8 aperture) with optical stabilization (OIS), and an ultra-wide angle sensor 12 Megapixels (f / 2.2 aperture and 120 degrees FoV), 10 megapixel sensor (f / 2.4 aperture) with 3X optical zoom, 10 megapixel optical zoom sensor with OIS and periscope lens, with the help of the laser focus system in front of us we find a 40 megapixel sensor.
Almost no changes compared to the other two in terms of connectivity: we find 5G, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, ANT + as well as support for Wi-Fi 6E (instead of Wi-Fi “only” 6) . There is no 3.5mm jack port, one USB Type-C port and IP68 water and dust certification remain in place, as well as a fingerprint sensor built into the screen, which is larger and improved compared to previous generations. There is no shortage of stereo speakers developed by AKG.
With hardware and dimensions like this, battery capacity can only grow: the smartphone has a 5,000mAh unit, with support for superfast wired charging at 25W and fast wireless charging at 15W.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra design
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra resumes more than seen on the other two models in the range, indicating a clear disconnect with respect to the back compared to the predecessor: the standout photographic unit actually “merges” with the side frame creating contrast of color and finishes (glossy versus opaque) with the rest Body (in Glass as the Plus and not in “Glasstic” as the “Base” model). An original and bolder solution.
On the other hand, we do not have disturbances at the front, due to the fact that there is a slightly curved screen on the sides that takes up most of the space and the small hole for the camera (we will have to wait a little longer to get something “hidden” under the screen).
The smartphone is available at launch in two colors, called Phantom Silver and Phantom Black, but three more variants are available exclusively on the official website (Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy and Phantom Brown). The dimensions are very large and are as follows: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm, with a weight of 227 grams.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra software and functions
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra arrives on the market with the latest Android distribution available at the time of launch, Android 11. The software is clearly not a stock, but it can count on One UI 3.1, an interface that is particularly rich in features and customization capabilities (also thanks to Good Lock).
In addition to new and specially developed functions found throughout the 2021 range, such as the Eye Comfort Shield (adapts the level of blue light to lower the level of the eyes as much as possible), SmarThings Find (for locating devices and accessories), the smart battery (for managing the battery using AI) and private sharing (To manage the privacy of shared content), the pioneer can rely on exclusive features. The camera is capable of capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second with all sensors continuously, as well as images with a wider dynamic range and more vivid colors; Then there’s the 12-bit RAW mode, Space Zoom up to 100x and Nona-binning technology (which combines nine pixels to create 12-megapixel photos, returning bright images even in dark environments).
In the photography sector, we then have the Video Snap functions (to capture the best moments), Director’s View (to change the lens at any time), Vlogger View (to capture video with the front and back camera at the same time), and Live Thumbnails (to get a preview of something). Captured by each lens) and Single Take, which are able to further exploit AI for additional functions, such as dynamic slow motion.
One of the biggest differences compared to the other two family models, however, is the support for the S-Pen, which can be purchased separately and is portable with the smartphone thanks to a dedicated case (the S-Pen of the Galaxy Note or the Tab is also fine). This is thanks to the integration of a Wacom digital inverter into the display, aiming to increase productivity from every point of view.