It’s a new year and that means a few things. To Samsung, the early part of any new year, at least for the past decade, is usually dedicated to its flagship Galaxy S series smartphones.
2021 is no different and the company has a “new Galaxy” in store.
When do we get to see it? In 10 days’ time.
On January 14th, the company will be hosting an Unpacked event where we expect it to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, its 2021 flagship smartphone series.
At the event, Samsung is expected to stick with its trend of introducing at least 3 variations of the same device. This year, that will be the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
With rumours of the highlight of the second half of the year, the Galaxy Note series, folding to pave way for the company’s increasingly influential foldables lineup, the Galaxy S21 series’ significance this year cannot be overstated.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra, for instance, is expected to include support for a stylus, a USD 50 S Pen. Previously, the S Pen has been a preserve of the Galaxy Note lineup, appearing in the series’ main devices as well as some “Lite” variants.
The three devices are expected to arrive running Android 11 tuned to the likeness of Samsung’s own One UI and powered by the company’s Exynos 2100 chipset. They’ll also feature 12-megapixel image sensors and the Dynamic AMOLED 2X displays that we saw on Samsung’s high-end smartphone lineup last year, most likely with several improvements to continue topping those DisplayMate rankings.
It is in the display department, size-wise, that the most outright distinctions among the trio will be visible. The standard Galaxy S21 will be the smallest with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display. The Galaxy S21+ will pack a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the hero model, will go with a 6.8-inch QHD+ display panel.
There’s also evidence that the company is gearing to release another take on its hit wearables line up under the Galaxy Buds banner with the Galaxy Buds Pro, the expected successor to the famous bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live from 2020.