The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has gotten all the hype lately, but it’s important to remember the other – and arguably more important – Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S series is expected to be updated in February, and we’ve already heard rumors and leaks about the upcoming phone. Well, phones.
There are even rumors about what the upcoming devices will be called. While Samsung switched from the S10 to the Galaxy S20 last year, current rumors suggest that the next line of phones will be called the Samsung Galaxy S21.
Whatever the devices are called, here is everything we know.
Will it be the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30?
There is some debate over what the next Galaxy S will be called. For the first 10 years of the Galaxy S series, Samsung simply counted for its naming scheme – but last year it was carried over from the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy S20 for the first time. For 2021, rumors suggest that Samsung will return to the simple iteration and label the new device the Galaxy S21 – but that could change as we get closer to the phone’s launch. “Galaxy S30” is certainly an option, although it could quickly get out of control in just one model generation.
Galaxy S21 design and display
We’re still a solid couple of months away from the expected Galaxy S21 series launch, and as such we haven’t heard any rumors or definitive leaks about the phone’s design. The Galaxy S20 featured a relatively small design change to the front of the device with the hole cutout, and the front of the Galaxy S21 is unlikely to change drastically – unless it is Samsung assumes something like a front camera under the display.
The display may not change much either. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though – the Galaxy S20 features an AMOLED display with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate and Quad HD + resolution, making it the phone with one of the best displays on the market. We wouldn’t expect any major changes to the display just yet – unless Samsung changes the overall size of the display.
Like the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S21 is expected to be available in three different models, which will likely be referred to as the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Galaxy S21 specifications and performance
Under the hood, the Galaxy S21 series is likely to receive an impressive performance boost. As in previous years, the phones are expected to offer slightly different specifications depending on where they are purchased. Something Rumors suggest it The Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a yet to be announced Samsung Exynos 1000 chipset, which is a 5nm chip that will compete with the Snapdragon 875. Speaking of the Snapdragon 875, it will likely be included in all three US versions of the phone.
When it comes to the international versions of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, the phones might offer the slightly slower Exynos 991 or Exynos 992.
We haven’t heard of other specs yet, although there should be at least 12GB of RAM. The Galaxy S20 series batteries, which range from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh, are a good indication of what to expect in the Galaxy S21 series as well.
Galaxy S21 cameras
Samsung changed the aesthetics of the camera array with the Galaxy S20, moving it to the top left of the back of the phone, similar to the iPhone 11 series camera array. This made way for a new triple camera setup, and we can assume this will be the base tier for the S21 as well.
Rumor has it that in terms of the actual specs of the cameras, the device could actually offer a new 150-megapixel camera sensor – one of the highest resolution cameras in a smartphone to date. That being said, there is a rumor that the front-facing camera may have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which will help make better selfies.
Galaxy S21 pricing and availability
The latest Samsung Galaxy S devices are usually launched in February. This is likely to remain the case in the coming year. When it comes to pricing, the phones are likely to offer a similar price tag to the Galaxy S20 phones, with the S21 being the cheapest and the S21 Ultra being the most expensive. If they’re the same price as the Galaxy S20 series, prices range from $ 1,000 to $ 1,600 depending on the size and specs.
We will continuously update this story with the latest leaks, rumors, and information regarding the Galaxy S21 series.