Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review

Samsung Galaxy S21

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Summary

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Specifications

Software & UIOne UI 3.1 on top of Android 11
Front Camera40MP, f/2.2 lens (punch-hole)
ChipsetExynos 2100 5G (5nm)
Battery:5000mAh with 25W fast charging (USB-C to USB-C), 15W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless powershare
Color optionsBlack, Silver, Titanium, Navy, Brown
Display6.8-inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O, 515PPI, Gorilla Glass Victus, Eye Comfort Shield, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, LTPO
GPUMali-G78 MP14
AudioStereo speaker, Tuned by AKG
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, Ambient Light
SecurityUltrasonic fingerprint sensor (Qualcomm Gen 2)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55)
Rear CameraQuad-camera
Storage28/256/512GB internal storage (fixed)
ResolutionWQHD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels)
ConnectivitySingle/Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C, UWB, 4G LTE, 5G (sub-6GHz, mmWave)
Body6.50 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches, 229 gm, IP68 rated, Gorilla Glass Victus, Aluminum frame, S-pen support (separate case required)
RAM12/16GB LPDDR5
Price in NepalRs. 154,999

Battery

  • A full day of use of the 5,000mAh battery from a full charge
  •  120Hz and QHD mode
  • With the S21 Ultra, there is no charger in the box.

During our usual testing, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery life was solid, amounting to a full day and change, but we tanked the battery much faster when we raised the refresh rate of the 120Hz screen to the limit and cranked up the resolution to Quad HD.

Its 5,000mAh battery matches the capacity of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and if you stick to Samsung’s default settings, you’ll get an all-day battery life. The resolution is set to 1080p out of the box (again, a major difference between Full HD and Quad HD won’t be noticed by most users).

With the Galaxy S21, you’re not going to get a battery, and Samsung is betting that you’ve got an old one on hand or that you’re going to purchase one at a newly discounted price. 

A USB-C-to-USB cable is included, but you will want one of the newer fast chargers for this phone to charge it quickly at 25W. (Samsung phones since the S10 5G had a 25W charger in the box).

Display

Spec-wise, the best Galaxy phone of this year is the S21 Ultra. And to go with it, it has a show. Here, you get a large 1440p AMOLED 6.82-inch screen. In addition, at Quad HD resolution, it has a refresh rate of 120Hz. 

Moreover, it’s also getting super bright. The brightest in the Galaxy sequence, it has a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The comparison has also improved over the S20 series by 50 percent.

It is a curved monitor that features technology from LTPO. This enables the screen to adjust the refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz dynamically. The screen and the back panel are covered by Victus’s Gorilla Glass. 

And finally, on this computer, you can use the S-pen. But for this, you’ll need to purchase a separate folio case.

Camera

Many of the leaks indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra would be the best telephoto shooting handset. And the exposed spec-sheet justifies the argument somewhat. On paper at least. 

There are four sensors on the rear camera setup. A main 108MP ISOCELL HM3 camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 10MP 10x optical zoom periscope telephoto lens and a further 10MP 3x optical zoom telephoto lens.

Now, the reason that the periscope lens refracts the light just twice to reach a 10x zoom is why it has been classified as the best smartphone for telephoto images. Lenses for other smartphones, however, require at least 5 lenses. 

Less refraction leads to a higher quality image. In addition, the Image Signal Processor is also new.

Thus, with the S21 Ultra in general, you’re likely to snap high-quality pictures. Not to miss out, there’s even an upfront 40MP selfie sensor.

Performance and Software

Due to the use of the Exynos 990 chipset, plus the camera autofocus problem, the Galaxy S20 Ultra received a great deal of flake last year. 

They have, however, gone for the Exynos 2100 chipset this time around. This one has the same architecture as the Snapdragon 888. And it aims to do much better than the Exynos 990 chipset.

The chipset has fantastic single-core and multi-core Geekbench 5 scores and beats the Exynos 990 score by quite an enormous margin. 

Add to that the optimized LPDDR5 RAM One UI 3.1, 12/16GB, and what you have is a beast of a smartphone. Doubts remain, however, about the Mali-G78 GPU.

Design

The first attempt by Samsung to make a ‘Ultra’ flagship wasn’t exactly a smashing success. The Galaxy S20 Ultra had plenty to appreciate, but the few things that didn’t make it far from the dream phone everyone wanted it to be. With the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra resolved the biggest gripe people had.

The Note 20 Ultra still has a fairly traditional design: 

glass slabs on the front and back, metal on the side, and a set of camera sensors lined up on the back in a separate housing. That last part is where the Galaxy S21 series has changed things for Samsung.

Except for the SIM card tray, the ports, buttons and speakers on the Galaxy S21 series are all in the same place they have always been. 

For one, on any Galaxy S21 smartphone, there’s no microSD slot. Second, next to the USB-C port, the SIM card tray now resides at the bottom of the handset. The tray itself has been redesigned and on opposite sides now houses two SIMs.

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