Galaxy Unpacked 2021 LIVE Update: Galaxy S21 Ultra announced at $1,199, Galaxy S21+ at $999, Galaxy S21 at $799


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Here’s a quick recap of the US pricing of the Galaxy S21 series:

Galaxy S21 Ultra announced at $1,199, Galaxy S21+ at $999, Galaxy S21 at $799

India pricing is still awaited. 

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Samsung is also partnering with several car companies to offer digital car keys in the future

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Samsung has partnered with Google to make the Google Nest products compatible with Smart Things

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The G alaxy S21 devices will come with a USB cable but not an adapter


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Recapping Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G specs and features

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra announced at $1,199 

The smartphone will be available for purchase in the US starting 29 January.

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Samsung also announced the new S Pen Pro, which will be available later this year

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Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S-series device compatible with the S Pen

You can use an existing S Pen from a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab or purchase an S Pen separately on its own or with a compatible case.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display

It features 120 Hz refresh rate and Quad HD+ display 

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Galaxy S21 Phantom Black colour option

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra camera

It has a quad rear camera (ultra-wide, wide and dual tele-lenses) that features a 108 MP sensor, from which you can capture 12 bit HDR photos. It lets you shoot in 4K at 60 fps across all lenses including front and rear four lenses. It also offers a 12-bit RAW file option. The Galaxy S21 Ultra features 100x Space Zoom which is powered by Samsung’s Dual-tele lens system – one optical 3x and one optical 10x both equipped Dual Pixel(2PD) AF.

Galaxy S21 Ultra also features Bright Night sensor for low-light photography. 

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra features a quad-camera setup at the back

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Recapping Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ features and specs

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The Galaxy S21 will be available in the US at $799, the Galaxy S21+ at $999

Both models will be available for purchase starting 29 January.

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The Galaxy S21 series runs on One UI 3.0

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Samsung will now let you remove location meta data from images and share other content privately via Knox Secure

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Samsung says the new Exynos chipset can perform 20 Tera operations per second

The company claims, with the new chipset, the S21 series can process graphics and AI faster than any other Galaxy device.

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The Galaxy Exynos 2100 powers the new Galaxy S21 series

The chipset reportedly offers 20 percent faster CPU, 35 percent faster GPU, and 2x faster AI engine

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For vloggers, Samsung has added a new Directors View mode, which will let you preview the different mode for you videos in a small window

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The Galaxy S21 series supports 8K videos

You can also pull 33 MP images from the video.

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The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ also let you take Portrait shots of animals

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The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ camera setup

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The Galaxy S21 and S21+ displays

“The phones have the toughest glass ever”, says Samsung executive.

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The Galaxy S21 comes in four colour variants, and the Galaxy S21+ comes in three colour options

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The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ feature full-metal housing

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Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ feature a triple-camera setup at the back

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Samsung has also announced Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag+

You can put the tag on any object, keys, pets, and track it down using the Smart Thing Find app. The tag will apparently be able to locate the lost item to the most precise location.

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In the US, the Galaxy Buds Pro will be available at $199 starting 15 January

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The Galaxy Buds Pro have the ‘highest standard of water resistance’ among all the Buds devices

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The Galaxy Buds Pro also come with an Auto Switch feature

The feature allows the device to automatically detect which device you are using and switch the audio to that device.

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The Galaxy Buds Pro feature 360 degree audio

When you turn your ahead, the earphones can re-caliberate the music and adjust you in the centre of the scene. 

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The Galaxy Buds Pro use a two-way speaker system

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro features ‘Intelligent Noise cancellation’ tech

The feature automatically detects when you talking and switches off the active noise cancellation.

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Samsung announces the new Galaxy Buds Pro

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Samsung’s TM Roh addresses the launch event

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Ready, set, go!

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The livestream for the main Galaxy Unpacked event has finally begun

Tune in here:

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Samsung India is hosting a teaser discussion for the Galaxy S21 series before the main Unpacked event begins

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PING!! PING!!! Samsung, we are here, where are you?


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A few more minutes…

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The launch event will be live in a few minutes

The livestream video is embedded below:

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Sepculated pricing

The Galaxy S21 128 GB storage variant is expected to be priced at €849 (approx Rs 76,000). The 128 GB and 512 GB storage variants of Galaxy S21+ are likely to be priced at €1,049 (approx Rs 94,000) and €1,099 (approx Rs 98,000) respectively. The 128 GB storage variant of Galaxy S21 Ultra is believed to retail at €1,399 (approx Rs 1,25,000).

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Samsung Exynos 2100 to power the Galaxy S21 series

In an event hosted on 12 January, Samsung hosted an event, where it launched the new Exynos 2100 chipset, which will power the new Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. 

The Exynos 2100 5G chipset is built around 5nm processing technology hat can reportedly offer a 10 percent increase in performance and 20 percent decrease in power consumption. The octa-core chipset includes an ARM Cortex-X1. 

The Exynos 2100 uses Arm Mali G78, which has 14 graphic engines. The GPU can reportedly offer more than 40 percent boost in graphics performance. The Exynos 2100 can reportedly offer 30 percent better performance than its predecessor. The chipset supports camera resolutions of up to 200 MP and can connect with up to six individual sensors. With enhanced AI, Exynos 2100’s advanced image signal processor can recongnise scenes, faces and objects and adjust the camera settings accordingly.

Exynos 2100 SoC’s 5G modem supports 5G’s sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums. It can deliver downlink speed of up to 7.35 Gbps and 5.1 Gbps in sub-6GHz in mmWave.

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Galaxy S21 series: What to expect

In the past few months, there have been several speculative report about what we can expect from the Galaxy S21 series. So far, we know that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will be powered by a 4,000 mAh battery and the Galaxy S21+ will pack a 4,800 mAh battery. The smartphones will run on operating system Android 11 with One UI 3.1, both the smartphones will have dual-SIM (Nano) support.

The base model in the series is expected to come with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED screen. Supported by Always-On Display (AOD) with Gorilla glass protection, the model will reportedly offer a 120 Hz refresh rate, 1300 nits brightness and 421 ppi pixel density. The plus model is believed to feature a 6.7-inche display along with a Full HD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED AOD. While the brightness and refresh rate numbers are the same, it offers 394 ppi pixel density.

Reports also suggest that the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will come with 8 GB RAM and have two storage options: 128 GB and 256 GB. In the camera section, both the phones are set to offer a 12 MP primary along with a 12 MP ultrawide camera, aside from the primary 64 MP telephoto lens at the back. These lenses come with auto-focus technology, three times hybrid optical zoom, and Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF). A 10 MP camera will be there at the front for clicking selfies.

Along with 5G connectivity, the S21 series is also expected to come with USB-C port and Bluetooth 5.0 support. While the base phone will be available in Gray, White, Pink, and Purple variants, the plus model will have three colour variants in the form of Silver, Black, and Purple.