Samsung’s 2021 smartphones are here, sooner than usual, with the tech giant looking to jump on its rivals.
The top of the new range is the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which features a revamped camera system and an improved display all set up within a new design.
So how does the S21 Ultra look like Samsung’s latest flagship and can it give the firm an early edge in the phone market this year?
The S21 Ultra, along with the entire S21 range, has received a major redesign for 2021.
At the heart of this new look is a new camera case that Samsung calls the Contour Cut camera case, and it gives the impression that the camera system has been seamlessly inserted in the upper left corner of the back of the phone.
The result is a very sleek and smart looking device on both sides, as the front of the Ultra is, as usual, the entire screen combined with a front camera built into the screen.
Camera protection is still considerable, but this is not uncommon for modern smartphones.
And while other versions of the S21 range have two-tone color finishes with the camera case in one color and the rest of the phone in another, the S21 Ultra is available in a Phantom Black finish, which is uniform on all sides of the device.
The result is sleek and creates an ultra-modern-looking device that you want to grab and use.
It’s also worth noting that Samsung has followed Apple’s decision to remove the charging bricks from its phone cases, drastically reducing the size of the box the phone carries, while also reducing the weight, which reduces the carbon impact on the environment.
Picking up and using the S21 Ultra is also worth it, first of all for the bright and attractive display.
This is a 6.8-inch AMOLED 2X dynamic display, which the phone maker says is the smartest thanks to the dynamic frame rate that adjusts to the content you see on the phone and makes everything move. no problems or scrolling through Twitter.
The screen is also bright (the colors are clean and crisp), which makes viewing all the content a fantastic experience.
In this device, they are likely to be photos and videos, because it is the area where Samsung has focused most of its innovation.
The S21 Ultra 5G comes with a quad rear camera system consisting of ultra wide, wide and dual telephoto lenses.
Among them is a new 108-megapixel pro sensor, which allows you to pick up amazing detail in photos.
In particular, night mode photos taken in low light have been substantially improved, now at a level currently unmatched by rival smartphones.
Thanks to the enhanced bright night sensor, low-light images taken on the S21 Ultra are much clearer and sharper than before, almost none of the diffuse “noise” often found in low-light images. It is a big step forward.
In terms of video, the S21 Ultra has also made some impressive improvements, which has crucially boosted the variety of options that users now have to capture.
For the first time, it is possible to shoot at 4K at 60 frames per second from the four rear lenses and even from the front camera, so that users can capture high-resolution video in a wide range of ways.
Add the Director’s View fun, where users can watch video channels from all different lenses while recording and can jump between them at different angles.
For those who love video creation, this tool looks like it will be incredibly useful.
In addition, it is now also possible to take high-resolution still images from 8K-resolution video, solving the problem of having to choose between capturing still images or video.
Far from creative, the S21 Ultra has received an increase in productivity thanks to its new compatibility with Samsung’s S Pen for the first time, but there is no S Pen in the box and therefore requires an additional purchase to make the most of this new skill.
While the starting price of £ 1149 for the S21 Ultra is high, for this smartphone it is worth the investment.
Not only is it cheaper than last year’s S20 Ultra price, and the S21 Ultra is a better phone, but Samsung has changed its prices across the S21 range, meaning this time there’s a device for everyone.
The smart redesign and much improved camera, combined with Samsung’s industry-leading display, make there currently no better Android phone.
Therefore, anyone who wants to start 2021 with a new phone should look no further.