The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – an almost perfect smartphone launched in 2021 is a game-changer in the world of Android phones. It redefines excellence, setting a new standard for what a flagship device can be.
We will be reviewing this beast starting from design to performance, We’ll also be exploring its key features, specifications, and prices.
Spec Sheet of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Launch date: Officially announced on January 14, 2021
- Main camera: 108MP (wide), 12MP (periscope telephoto), 12MP (ultra-wide), 10MP (telephoto)
- Front camera: 40MP (wide angle)
- Display: 6.8″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1440×3200 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+
- Network: LTE / 5G (Dual SIM)
- Memory: 12GB/16GB RAM
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB ROM
- Software: Android 11, One UI 3.1
- CPU/GPU: Exynos 2100 (International) or Snapdragon 888 (USA) with Mali-G78 MP14 or Adreno 660 GPU
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, WiFi 6E, USB-C, OTG
- Battery: 5000mAh (25W fast charging), 15W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer
- Colors: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy
- S-pen: Yes
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review
The Galaxy S21 Ultra carries forward the design philosophy from its predecessors but elevates it to a whole new level. It’s a substantial device, exuding a sense of luxury and sturdiness. Weighing just 227 grams, it feels substantial in the hand, thanks in part to the larger battery and premium materials.
The front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, surrounded by a stainless steel frame that adds to its durability.
However, the standout feature is the camera module on the back, which is quite pronounced. This design choice may cause the phone to wobble when placed on a flat surface, but a protective case can mitigate this issue.
The display of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a true masterpiece. It boasts a massive 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a stunning resolution of 1440×3200 pixels and supports HDR10+.
The device also features an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, which enhances smoothness. This adaptive refresh rate dynamically adjusts between 10Hz and 120Hz based on content, saving battery life.
The camera system of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is nothing short of extraordinary. It features a sophisticated array of lenses, including a 108MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens.
The 108MP sensor, in particular, captures incredible detail, while the periscope lens offers astonishing zoom capabilities with up to 100X Space Zoom which is 2X that of Note 20 Ultra.
Whether you’re shooting in broad daylight, low light, or even at night, the Galaxy S21 Ultra delivers exceptional image quality. This extends to video recording, where it excels in both 4K and 8K resolutions.
The selfie camera is equally impressive, featuring a 40MP lens that captures sharp and vibrant self-portraits. This is the rear camera of some mid-range phones!
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s battery life is praiseworthy. With a 5,000mAh battery, it easily lasts a full day of heavy usage. Even with the dynamic 120Hz display, the device manages power efficiently. A great upgrade to Note 20 Ultra which has 4,500mAh.
If you are worried if the phone will really last you for a full day, Samsung said the Galaxy S21 Ultra can last up to 18hrs on internet use, 22hrs if you’re just playing videos, 81hrs if you’re playing audio, and 41hrs talk time.
This again, is impressive but consider the fact that the more generated by the phone, the faster the battery would drain.
For the charging, I wouldn’t say it’s great just like the camera but the phone supports (USB Type C) 25W fast charging, capable of replenishing the battery quickly. Additionally, it offers 15W wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. Samsung’s attention to battery performance and charging options is commendable.
And of course, the battery is not removable.
Running on OneUI 3.1 based on Android 11, the Galaxy Samsung S21 Ultra provides a rich and intuitive user experience. The combination of Samsung’s software optimization and the powerful Exynos 2100 (International) or Snapdragon 888 (USA) SoC ensures top-tier performance. You can seamlessly multitask, play demanding games, and handle any task with ease.
The good news is that the phone will be receiving 4 major updates which means the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be getting Android 15! The UI will also be updated. You have a whole lot of features to enjoy on the phone such as the S-pen and Wireless DEX to mention a few.
For performance, you have nothing to worry about.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with 256GB or 512GB of which 220GB is available, paired with a generous 12GB or 16G RAM. This configuration ensures speedy performance and provides plenty of space for your apps, media, and files.
Unfortunately, you cannot expand the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s memory with an SD card or any external story, you have to use your remaining 220G judiciously.
If we are being honest, I think the built-in storage should be enough for you.
How much is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra?
The S21 Ultra costs $1,200 – $1400 on average and you can get the used one from $350 to $800 depending on the spec and condition.
Kindly note this price may change due to inflation, the launch of a new Samsung flagship, and the store you are buying from. It is important to check out the latest price yourself.
Galaxy S21 Ultra’s FAQs
Does the Samsung S21 Ultra have 2 SIM slots
- Yes, all the Samsung S21 series comes with Dual SIM (Nano)
Does the S21 Ultra have expandable storage?
- No, it doesn’t. It comes with built-in 256G or 512G storage
Is the S21 ultra waterproof?
- Yes, it is waterproof BUT not completely. The S21 ultra can withstand water of about 1.5m deep for 30 minutes without damage, anything other than that will cause the phone to develop fault because of high pressure.
Does S21 ultra overheat?
- Yes, running multiple apps in the background will cause the phone to overheat
Is it bad to charge S21 ultra overnight?
- That used to be a problem but no more. Some phones will stop charging immediately after they are fully charged
Which one is better between the S21 Ultra and the Note 20 Ultra?
- Personally, I will pick the Note 20 Ultra over the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Aside that they’re almost the same phone, the S21 Ultra has a problem with the screen (green line)
Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra worth buying?
I will give you two answers, Yes and No.
If you have the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, then I will advise you not to upgrade because, to me, it’s like giving someone an old dollar note to collect a new dollar of the same value.
But if you want to use your phone till 2024 and enjoy the latest software updates, go for the Galaxy S21 Ultra as the Note 20 Ultra will stop receiving updates in 2023.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra sets a new benchmark for flagship smartphones. Its exceptional camera system, stunning display, long-lasting battery, and top-tier performance make it the epitome of excellence in the smartphone industry. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast, a power user, or simply demand the best, the Galaxy S21 Ultra delivers on all fronts and redefines what you can expect from a smartphone.