It was released alongside Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus phones demonstrate that you have to do things twice to get them right. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a refined second take on the Ultra concept, and it’s just as bold as last year’s Galaxy S20 Ultra. The 100x Space Zoom is still available, but it is now more user-friendly. The “huge for the sake of being big” style is still present, but it appears to be far more appealing. It’s still expensive, but at $1,200 (£1,149, AU$1,849), it’s $200 less than the S20 Ultra in the United States. The entire Galaxy S21 lineup is on sale, and here’s how to get your hands on one.
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If you’re looking for the most up-to-date specs and features, the S21 Ultra will definitely appeal. Because of the changes, Samsung made to the cameras, the phone would also appeal to camera enthusiasts. With the inclusion of S-Pen support (it’s the first Galaxy S phone to do so), the S21 Ultra is likely to attract Galaxy Note users searching for a new phone.
From last year Ultra design, on the other hand, seemed like it came out of nowhere. It was an extravagant phone that, by chance, was released at the start of a worldwide epidemic and recession. Its $1,400 (£1,199, AU$1,999) price and issues with its nearly domino-sized camera system detracted from its bold, behemoth take on the Galaxy S line.
To sum up, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a significant upgrade over the S20 Ultra in terms of hardware and software features. And when you add in a lower price, it all sort of makes sense.
It has the best black finish
The S21 Ultra doesn’t have a particularly unique design, but my test model has the best black finish I’ve ever seen on a tablet. It’s the things that goths fantasize about. The color is known as phantom black, and once you see it in reality, you’ll understand why Samsung created a nearly 3-minute video explaining how the blackest black was created. The S21 Ultra is also available in phantom silver, with limited-edition phantom finishes in titanium, brown, and navy available only on Samsung’s website.
The camera hump is big and blends into the glossy black sides of the phone. Although the two-tone colors of the standard S21 and S21 Plus are stylish, the all-black S21 Ultra is cool, elegant, and badass all at the same time.
The S21 Ultra is slightly heavier than the S20 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max from last year. It’s the second heaviest phone I’ve used in the last year, coming in second only to the Asus ROG Phone 3.
The display is brighter and adds S-Pen support
One of the most impressive shows I’ve ever seen is around the front. It has a Broad Quad HD display and a refresh rate that varies from 10 to 120Hz depending on what’s on the screen. To be clear, you can have 120Hz without sacrificing resolution, as the S20 Ultra did. The 6.8-inch panel is vivid and has excellent contrast. Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus protects the screen and the back.
A larger ultrasonic fingerprint reader sits underneath the screen and is very sensitive. It was difficult for me to say if it was quicker than the one on the S20 Ultra. S-Pen support is also available on the display.
Somehow intrigued by the Galaxy Note series of phones, but I’m not sure I’d use the S-Pen often enough to warrant purchasing one. However, I like Samsung’s iPad Pro-Apple Pencil approach. Even if you don’t have an S-Pen, you’ll love using the S21 Ultra. If you’re interested in an S-Pen, you can either buy one new or find an old one. You can sketch, take notes, and sign papers, among other things. I enjoy using the S-Pen to edit images and make changes.
There are a few things to keep in mind. The S21 Ultra does not have an S-Pen, and it does not allow Bluetooth or gestures. If you forget your pen, for example, the S21 Ultra won’t give you a notification. In addition, the Ultra does not have a built-in slot for an S-Pen, but Samsung will sell cases with S-Pen capacity.
2 telephoto cameras
The camera system on the S21 Ultra has been updated significantly. There are four cameras on the back: one wide-angle, one ultrawide-angle, and two telephoto lenses. The time-of-flight sensor has been replaced with laser autofocus.
The main camera’s 108-megapixel sensor is new, and it has improved autofocus for both images and videos. There’s even a new focus enhancer feature that appears onscreen to assist the phone in finding a focus for images even quicker. To do so, the tool seems to be transitioning to a wider view.
Dual telephoto cameras are a first for any phone and have a variety of advantages. One has a magnification of 3x, while the other has a magnification of 10x. This implies that when you zoom in, there are two areas where the image isn’t cropped and the picture will have better quality images. Stability is another advantage. The two cameras are linked together to make zooming in easier and more stable, even at 100x.
At 30x, a zoom guide appears to assist you in finding the specific location where you’ve zoomed in. You can lock it to prevent it from moving, turning the guided yellow. This is successful. Naturally, you must be cautious not to switch the camera too much, but it is less finicky and frustrating than the S20 Ultra.
The S21 Ultra produces outstanding pictures with clear detail and a large dynamic range. Although there is a 108-megapixel mode, I found that the 12-megapixel photos produced by pixel binning consistently look great.
Samsung also enabled the ability to shoot 12-bit color images in raw format. There’s also a new video concept called Director’s View, which gives you a thumbnail glimpse of all of the video feeds from the phones’ cameras. You can turn between them while you log. There’s a vlogger setup in Director’s View that offers you a side-by-side video view or a stacked video view if you’re shooting vertically. This means you can use the selfie camera to film yourself while using either of the rear cameras to reveal what you’re doing or responding to.
Has a Snapdragon 888 chip and 12 or 16GB of RAM
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, as well as 12GB or 16GB of RAM in the most expensive model with 512GB of storage, power the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. In my benchmark tests, the S21 Ultra outperformed the S20 Ultra from the previous year. And it handled everything I threw at it in practice, like playing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate games.
A 5,000mAh battery provides power to the handset. On a single charge, I can easily last a day and a half. However, I still have a few battery tests planned for the S21 Ultra. Please revisit this review for any changes.
Android 11 and 5G support
Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 top layer runs on top of Android 11 on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. And I really enjoy it. Instead of Samsung’s models, I can now use Google Pay or Google Discover News. All from the configuration to the pop-up windows has a clean and fresh look. With a phone this big, OneUI makes it easier to use with one hand.
Last but not least, the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G. The Ultra isn’t worth it for the 5G. However, as 5G networks improve, the 5G speeds and connection will improve as well. Then we’ll have something interesting to talk about.