The Galaxy S21 trio is here and it comes with two important discounts. First, we had to wait less than 12 months for it. And second, they are €50 cheaper than last year’s models (€100 in the case of the Ultra).
But is it even worth upgrading from an S20 to an S21? That’s a topic for another article, here we wanted to focus on how the new S21 models compare against each other. Remember that pre-orders will run until January 29, so you have time to think about which one to get. The lists below offer quick reminders of the Pros and Cons of each of the three.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Clearly, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is far and away the best-equipped phone. It’s the only one that keeps the screen resolution at 1440p+ and is the first Samsung to reach 120Hz at that resolution. And it has the most advanced adaptive refresh rate of the bunch, going as low as 10Hz, and the brightest too, peaking at 1,500 nits.
The camera is miles ahead as well. This phone can record 4K 60 fps video with any of its cameras. Yes, even the selfie cam. And it has excellent zoom performance: 1x to 3x is handled by the 108 MP sensor, there’s a 3x telephoto lens for mid-range zoom, then from 10x to 100x the periscope lens takes over.
The major criticisms against the S21 Ultra is that it is big and expensive. Charging doesn’t seem that fast, but 50% charge in 30 minutes is not necessarily bad. And we wish there were some brighter color options, but that feels like nitpicking.