Samsung’s made some wise choices to urge the worth down on the Galaxy S21. Here’s what we expect of the new 5G phone.
The Galaxy S21 lineup is now available. Before you purchase one, the most important takeaway you would like to understand about the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, along side the Galaxy S21 Plus 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, is that Samsung cut the US price of every by $200 (the savings are less in other countries). Clearly this wasn’t done out of generosity and Samsung’s made trade-offs to hit that lower cost on the Galaxy S21: The wall charger and headphones don’t are available the box, the phone doesn’t have a microSD card slot for expanded storage and it’s 4GB of RAM but the S20. Samsung also removed half the pixels from the screen and replaced the Gorilla Glass from the rear with polycarbonate, which may be a nice way of claiming plastic.
Even with those sacrifices, the Galaxy S21 and its starting price of $800 (£769, AU$1,249) is more appealing than the S20. In fact, each phone within the S21 lineup has more to differentiate it from each other than the S20 series did. Out of the trio, the S21 is that the no-brainer “you’re due for an upgrade” phone that you’re likely to urge from a carrier. And tons of individuals are getting to get this phone.
The S21 may be a significant rethink by Samsung, which can have tried to push the S20 to be too premium. But the corporate found an honest balance in terms of price, features and style for the S21.
The Galaxy S21 gets a striking New Look
Without a doubt the primary thing I notice about the S21 is its design. This two-tone approach gives the phone an art-deco sensibility. Well, kind of. Samsung made the camera bump bigger and more industrial-looking. I can almost envision someone at Samsung checking out the proper drill press to form the camera cutouts just the right size.
The bump seemingly melts into the edges . The purple and gold S21 I reviewed (the color’s called phantom violet) gives off some major Mardi Gras vibes. The S21 also comes in other “phantom” colors, including gray, pink and white. On Samsung’s website, there are limited-edition phantom colors in gold and red.
The plastic back features a matte finish and feels great. i do know people have strong feelings about plastic on phones. But this is not the hollow-feeling plastic you found on phones five or six years ago. The S21 feels well-made. (Although the results of our Galaxy S21 drop test may suggest otherwise.)
Around the front is Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus, which we first saw on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. As an entire package, the S21 features a striking design.