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Samsung Galaxy S21 Launch Live Updates: Galaxy S21 Ultra with 108MP Quad Cameras Launched Alongside S21, S21 Plus

This year’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked is all set to give us the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup of phones, spearheaded by the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

News18.com | January 14, 2021, 21:47 IST
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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S21 series, which now comes with the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The three smartphones feature the Exynos 2100 SoC based on the 5nm process and features 5G integrated in the SoC. The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus feature 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X QHD+ displays respectively, with adaptive refresh rates of 48Hz to 120Hz. The two phones also feature triple camera setups – 12MP standard, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto. They will also run on OneUI 3.0. The Galaxy S21 features four new colours and costs $799, and the S21+ features three new colours and costs $999.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, meanwhile, comes with a 6.8-inch display with 10Hz to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. The camera setup includes 108MP primary, 12MP ultra-wide, 10MP 3x telephoto and 10MP 10x telephoto units, with up to 100x digital AI zoom, 4K videos at 60fps, 8K videos at 30fps, 33MP 8K video snaps and more camera related features, including AI computational night photography. It also features a headlining colour – Phantom Black, and prices for it will begin at $1,199. The full set of specs will include the usually superlative scales of RAM, too.

Samsung also expanded its partnership with Google. It also announced the Galaxy Buds Pro with Intelligent ANC and a tweeter+woofer dynamic driver setup, and costs $299. It also unveiled the Galaxy SmartTag+ to keep track of non-smart objects, for which prices begin at $29.99. All India prices and availability details will be made available soon.

Jan 14, 2021 21:47 (IST)

Aaaaand, that's that. There are all your announcements for Galaxy Unpacked 2021. Drop in to our site for all details about the new phones. That's it for tonight, see ya!

Jan 14, 2021 21:40 (IST)

Samsung announces an expanded partnership with Google, from "communications to connectivity".

Jan 14, 2021 21:39 (IST)

Samsung has also synced a digital encrypted key that you can soon use to lock cars and your home, provided lockmakers launch them in time.

Jan 14, 2021 21:38 (IST)

Samsung says if your EV is low on charge on your way home, it will intelligently direct you to the nearest charging station. In reality, may the universe help you if you run out of battery in your car on your way home after a tiring day.

Jan 14, 2021 21:34 (IST)

Now, Google Nest smart home gadgets are compatible with SmartThings. These are the final few announcements, while we really wait for local prices and sale dates.

Jan 14, 2021 21:33 (IST)

And finally, the announcement you expected – THEY HAVE REMOVED THE CHARGER FROM THE BOX. But on the good side, they'll sell their adapters if you want one at a lower price. Expect this to be a thing through 2021, which you'll read about in December this year.

Jan 14, 2021 21:30 (IST)

So, five devices launched today:

1. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro ($299)
2. Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ ($29.99+)
3. Samsung Galaxy S21 ($799+)
4. Samsung Galaxy S21+ ($999+)
5. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra ($1,199+)

That should be it for today, I guess.

Jan 14, 2021 21:29 (IST)

And here you are, the full lowdown on what the Galaxy S21 Ultra features.

Jan 14, 2021 21:28 (IST)

The launch date is January 29, and the price is $1,199 (Rs 88,000 approx.). India deets coming up soon.

Jan 14, 2021 21:27 (IST)

Finally, the Galaxy S21 Ultra gets the S-Pen support. If that's not enough for you, Samsung has a new stylus too – the Samsung S-Pen 'Pro'.

Jan 14, 2021 21:26 (IST)

And now, about the display. This adaptive display can switch from 10Hz to 120Hz depending on what you're seeing. It has a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen with 1500nits peak brightness. That's as much as we expected from a Galaxy S flagship.

Jan 14, 2021 21:25 (IST)

So... just so you know, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G's black colour variant is black. Really, really black. So black that you didn't even know any other black was actually black. So... yeah, it's black. I mean Phantom Black. *insert eye roll*

Jan 14, 2021 21:23 (IST)

And now we are being lectured about the colour black. Yep, that's right. After talking about actually interesting optical physics, Samsung is talking about the colour black almost in Samuel L. Jackson's voice. Wonder how black is this black? Here's a photo:

Jan 14, 2021 21:22 (IST)

In terms of video, ALL cameras on the S21 Ultra can shoot 4K at 60fps (including the front one). You can also shoot 8K at 30fps. Samsung also claimed that they are so good at shooting videos on phone that they are creating a new thing altogether – mobile film-making. That's.. not true, is it? Mobile filmmaking has been there for a long time!

Jan 14, 2021 21:19 (IST)

The 12MP ultra-wide unit now gets autofocus, which can use sensor cropping for advanced macro photography. That was the natural course of innovation here. Good of Samsung to get it out there.

Jan 14, 2021 21:18 (IST)

As the leaks stated before, the Galaxy S21 Ultra's 10x zoom lens is a double-folded lens that has two-step periscope zoom mechanism. It also retains software-processed 100x "space zoom". That, of course, uses AI and electronic stabilisation.

Jan 14, 2021 21:16 (IST)

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will also come with 12-bit HDR photography, which itself will combine two 10-bit RAW images into a combined, compressed 12-bit HDR result for retaining maximum dynamic range. That's interesting, and on paper, certainly impressive.

Jan 14, 2021 21:15 (IST)

The new 108MP sensor will apparently feature remosaicing, which is a new camera technology found in more and more cameras worth their salt. The sensor of course uses "nona-binning", or combining nine pixels into one. There's also, of course, a multi-frame processing-based AI night mode for computational photography.

Jan 14, 2021 21:13 (IST)

And here's the full configuration of the Galaxy S21 Ultra cameras, including a laser autofocus unit. There's a 108MP main unit, a 12MP ultra-wide unit, and two 10MP telephoto units.

Jan 14, 2021 21:12 (IST)

Before we get into this one, here's all the details about the Galaxy S21 and S21+.

Jan 14, 2021 21:11 (IST)

And now, the Big Daddy's showtime is here: the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Jan 14, 2021 21:10 (IST)

Prices and availability, ladies and gents. The Galaxy S21 costs $799 (Rs 58,500 approx.), and Galaxy S21+ costs $999 (Rs 73,000 approx.). Both devices available January 29 in USA. India deets to follow.

Jan 14, 2021 21:09 (IST)

You get an AI-based 'object eraser' to remove unwanted people from photo backgrounds. This is baked into the default photo editor

Jan 14, 2021 21:08 (IST)

Of course, it also gets a game booster mode, and seamless switching between tablets, phones and laptops. It'll be interesting to see what this does to foldable phones.

Jan 14, 2021 21:06 (IST)

Now, for software – here's One UI 3. Right off the bat, it has a more modular and rounded design language. And of course, more modular widgets to add to customisability. There's also notification grouping here, and a general overhaul of dynamic adaptability of the software.

Jan 14, 2021 21:05 (IST)

Now for partnerships, beginning with Xbox Game Pass to stream Xbox games on the Galaxy S series flagships. Samsung is also partnering with Unity to bring 'adaptive performance' to the phones, which will apparently offer better performance and cooler temperatures.

Jan 14, 2021 21:03 (IST)

Now, the Galaxy S21's processor – it is the Exynos 2100, which is based on the 5nm process. It has a 20 percent faster CPU, a 30 percent faster GPU and 2x faster AI co-processor. It also gets a security focused physical tamper-proof memory chip called Knox Vault.

Jan 14, 2021 21:01 (IST)

It also gets a "director's view", which enables all the cameras on the phone to offer live video feed and letting you switch actively.

Jan 14, 2021 21:00 (IST)

Single Take comes to the Galaxy S21 series. In our experience, its results have been rather mixed so far. Maybe it'll improve now?

Jan 14, 2021 21:00 (IST)

The Galaxy S21 series gets 8K video, which also gets an 8K Video Snap feature to take 33MP stills while recording the videos.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Launch Live Updates: Galaxy S21 Ultra with 108MP Quad Cameras Launched Alongside S21, S21 Plus
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