The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the corporate’s most premium and spectacular smartphone up to now, however already we’re dreaming of what Samsung will cook dinner up for the Galaxy S21 vary.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has launched, we all know Samsung’s imaginative and prescient of what a ‘premium’ telephone is correct now – and that provides us a touch for what’s in retailer with the Galaxy S21, which we would not count on till the start of 2021. In the meantime, learn our Note 20 dwell weblog to learn our ideas because the reveal stream occurred.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 units are positive to be a number of the most enjoyable telephones of 2021, so hype is already constructing, and we’re even listening to the primary very early rumors.
You’ll discover these under, and we’ll be including to this text any time there’s new data, so ensure that to test again frequently if you wish to keep updated.
You’ll additionally discover our want listing for the Samsung Galaxy S21 additional down – these are the issues that we most need from Samsung’s subsequent Galaxy S telephone, with a view to make it nearly as good as attainable.
Latest tales: It appears as if the Galaxy S21 telephones can be out in January quite than February, and we have seen the first leaked renders of what the handsets are going to appear like.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The successor to the Galaxy S20
- When is it out? Probably February 2021
- What will it price? Likely upwards of $999 / £899 / AU$1,499
Samsung Galaxy S21 release date and value
Samsung at all times unveils its new Galaxy S fashions early within the 12 months, and lately it has been saying them in February, then promoting them from March, so we had been anticipating the identical with the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary.
However, a number of rumors are actually pointing to January being the month when these handsets are going to be unveiled, and early January at that: it appears Samsung needs to get a head begin on the competitors in 2021.
We can’t get far more particular than that, however not too long ago the corporate has prevented MWC (a commerce present which takes place on the finish of February) and launched its telephones earlier within the month, in order that too is probably going in 2021.
As for a way a lot the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary will price, the telephones will most likely be not less than as costly because the Galaxy S20 vary, doubtless which means a beginning value for the essential mannequin of not less than $999 / £899 / AU$1,499, with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra doubtless costing much more.
Samsung Galaxy S30 or Galaxy S21?
Before the Samsung Galaxy S20 launch we thought it might be known as the Galaxy S11, and separate leaks referred to it in a different way. History would possibly repeat itself – a high leaker has said the Galaxy S30 is definitely the Galaxy S21.
We initially thought it might be the S30, and the primary leaks backed that up, however now we’re not so positive. So will the telephone be known as the Samsung Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30?
There’s no method of figuring out for now – most individuals assume Galaxy S30, however the leaker who said it will be the S21 has an amazing monitor document, sufficient to make us concentrate, and since then we have heard S21 used extra and extra.
As the telephone’s launch will get nearer, we would count on extra noteworthy leakers to throw their value behind one identify or the opposite, which ought to give us a greater thought of what to anticipate.
Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks and news
The Samsung Galaxy S21 rumors are beginning to stream in, and we have additionally seen our first correct have a look at the telephone courtesy of @OnLeaks. These renders present a entrance design very very like the Galaxy S20, however a rear digital camera setup that is been revamped to create a wraparound impact over the nook of the telephone.
It’s fairly a dramatic change, although the indicators had been there within the evolution of the Galaxy S20 and then the Note 20 handsets. The display screen dimension of 1 mannequin not less than is ready at 6.2 inches, whereas we’re listening to that the usual S21 can be 151.7 mm x 71.2 mm x 7.9 mm (5.9 inches x 2.8 inches x 0.31 inches) when it comes to its dimensions.
The renders would appear to rule out earlier whispers that the telephone might need an in-screen digital camera, although Samsung is outwardly evaluating the feasibility, so it sounds just like the tech won’t be prepared.
Another whisper that is reached our ears is that Samsung may bump the quick charging pace as much as 65W – one thing that we would positively welcome, although we’re not sure that we’ll see this tech within the Galaxy S21 simply but.
We’ve additionally heard that Samsung is engaged on a 150MP digital camera for smartphones that may mix 9 pixels into one, for 16MP photographs that may absorb a number of mild.
We would nonetheless take this declare with a critical facet of salt – it’s very early for S21 rumors, the supply doesn’t have a monitor document, and even when Samsung is engaged on that digital camera, that doesn’t assure that we’ll see it within the Galaxy S21 vary.
Having stated that, the declare of a 150MP important snapper has since appeared once more, with one other supply including that it might be joined by a 64MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide, and 12MP macro snapper, plus a depth sensor, for 5 sensors in complete. Though if that is correct it is most likely extra doubtless that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may have these specs.
Having stated that, we have extra not too long ago heard that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may have a 108MP digital camera (identical to the S20 Ultra) however with a brand new and doubtless improved picture sensor. So it is unclear which rumors are proper for now.
Elsewhere we have heard that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will ditch the time-of-flight (ToF) sensor that the Galaxy S20 had. Apparently Samsung is shelving the expertise till it has a sensor that may compete with the one Apple makes use of.
That’s been backed up by a Samsung Galaxy S21 / S30 Ultra digital camera leak. Apparently the gadget may have a 108MP important, 12MP ultra-wide and 40MP selfie digital camera, just like the S21 Ultra, however with two zoom lenses as a substitute of 1, and no ToF sensor. These zoom cameras are stated to facilitate 3x and 5x optical zooming.
On the opposite hand, we have now seen a Samsung patent for a ToF sensor – beforehand the corporate was utilizing Sony-made ones, however this implies it is constructing its personal, quite than ditching them altogether. If so, the sensor might be used for facial recognition, bokeh results, or augmented actuality options. Of course, the existence of a patent does not imply the sensor can be prepared in time for the Galaxy S21 vary.
Elsewhere, there’s additionally a Samsung patent (under) detailing a smartphone digital camera design with six rear digital camera sensors. This would come with 5 wide-angle ones and one telephoto one, and every lens could be individually tiltable, so they may level in numerous instructions.
That would have quite a lot of potential functions, from including a bokeh impact to panoramas, to doubtlessly bettering low mild photographs and HDR. However, the patent hasn’t particularly been linked to the Galaxy S21, so we would not depend on seeing this design.
We even have some news on the chipset, with a benchmark suggesting that some variations of the Samsung Galaxy S21 will use a brand new Exynos 1000 chipset with GPU efficiency that is as much as thrice sooner than the Snapdragon 865 – which is the very best Android chipset on the time of writing. Buyers within the US although will most likely get a Snapdragon 875 as a substitute, which is certain to be equally quick.
Having stated that, one other benchmark – seemingly for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – reveals an Exynos 2100 chipset, which is one thing we have not heard of. Its scores aren’t significantly spectacular (although are actually high-end) and it is listed alongside simply 8GB of RAM. We would nonetheless take this with a pinch of salt.
On the battery entrance, unofficial stories counsel that the S21 might be in for a small battery capability enhance in contrast with the equal S20 fashions – however we’ll have to attend and see whether or not this interprets into higher battery life general.
A small piece of news on the Galaxy S21 growth is that Samsung had been rumored to change suppliers of its display screen tech to an organization known as BOE. Newer stories counsel that is not the case anymore although, and it is doubtless the display screen tech will stay just like the Galaxy S20 as Samsung continues to make its personal screens for its telephones.
We’ve heard Samsung is having inside debates as as to whether it may cease delivery charging cables with a few of its 2021 smartphones, in a bid to scale back e-waste (as most individuals have already got charging cables).
The Samsung Galaxy S21 may actually be a kind of telephones. Previous Galaxy telephones have charging cables that do not match the charging pace of the particular gadget, so many individuals already purchase separate ones, and it is also attainable the gadget can be completely portless.
Samsung did mock Apple for doing the identical with the iPhone 12 although, so it is exhausting to say for positive.
What we wish to see
We don’t know a lot in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S21 but however we all know what we would like from it, with the next issues being high of our listing.
1. A extra cheap value
There’s no getting round how costly the Samsung Galaxy S20 vary is. Even the essential mannequin will set you again quite a bit, with costs rising in comparison with the earlier 12 months and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra virtually creating a brand new class of ultra-premium telephones.
The scenario isn’t helped by the absence of a Samsung Galaxy S20e or Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite – although it’s attainable one will arrive in some unspecified time in the future.
In any case, we’d wish to see both a price discount for 2021’s fashions or a Samsung Galaxy S21 Lite alongside the remainder of the vary. Or higher but, each.
2. 100x zoom throughout the vary
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a number of the flashiest digital camera credentials we’ve seen on a smartphone, headlined by its 100x zoom.
So, for the Galaxy S21 vary we’d wish to see that characteristic transfer all the way down to the extra inexpensive fashions. But we’d additionally wish to see it improved, as in its present type the standard isn’t nice, making it extra of a celebration trick than a characteristic you’ll truly be utilizing quite a bit.
3. An in-screen digital camera
Samsung’s present flagships have digital camera cut-outs within the display screen for the selfie digital camera, and we really feel this can be a quite inelegant answer, so for the Samsung Galaxy S21 we’d actually just like the digital camera to be constructed into the display screen, identical to the fingerprint scanner.
That would enable Samsung to ship a really all-screen design with out having to resort to a pop-up digital camera (which takes up extra inside house and is prone to be extra susceptible).
We’re not assured that we’ll see this – it’s going to doubtless largely depend upon whether or not the tech is sweet sufficient – however it could actually be a standout characteristic.
4. A brand new look
The design of the Galaxy S vary didn’t change a lot with 2020’s fashions, and apart from switching a bezel for a punch-hole digital camera the design hasn’t modified an entire lot in years, so we’d say it’s time for Samsung to change issues up with the Galaxy S21 vary.
One method to try this could be with an in-screen digital camera, as talked about above, however a method or one other we would like the telephones to look really completely different to the Galaxy S20 vary.
5. The identical chipset all over the place
One odd characteristic of the Samsung Galaxy S vary is that the chipset differs relying on the place you might be on this planet, with some areas getting Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon chipset of the time, and others getting Samsung’s top-end Exynos one.
The bother is these chipsets are hardly ever equal. Whether when it comes to efficiency or battery life, there’s often a distinction. How a lot of a distinction can range from 12 months to 12 months, and it’s not usually too large, however there’s at all times a weaker model of the telephone.
So going ahead we’d wish to see Samsung use the identical chipset in all areas.
6. 120Hz at QHD+
Another quirk of the Samsung Galaxy S20 vary is that you may have a 120Hz refresh charge or a QHD+ display screen decision, however not each on the identical time.
That’s quite restrictive, particularly when loads of different telephones – such because the OnePlus 7T Pro and Google Pixel 4 XL – have not less than a 90Hz refresh charge paired with QHD+, whereas on Samsung’s telephones you need to drop proper all the way down to 60Hz.
There are rumors that Samsung would possibly take away the restriction with a software program replace, however whether or not it does or not, it’s not a restriction we wish to see on the Galaxy S21 vary.
7. A slicker scanner
The in-screen scanner within the Samsung Galaxy S20 vary isn’t dangerous, but it surely’s nonetheless not as quick or dependable as the very best bodily fingerprint scanners, in order that’s one other factor we’d wish to see improved for the Samsung Galaxy S21.
We need it to work immediately, each time, whereas nonetheless being safe.