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Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Operating system

    Android 11

  • Screen size

    6.2 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.9 GHz

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Samsung has become one of the most recognized manufacturers of smartphones and each new iteration of its Galaxy is an event, with a combination of power and technological advances, and this Galaxy S21 is no exception to the rule.

The design of this new flagship of the Korean brand has some assets to highlight, including the integration of the photo part, which proves to be quite original and successful. The choice of a (neat) plastic coating is a bit surprising, but the aluminum of the slices brings a premium touch and the weight is very reasonable, even if the generous dimensions will hamper ergonomics for small hands. If it is possible to put two SIM cards, there is no possibility to add memory: you will have to make do with the proposed storage.

As always or almost always, Samsung has taken care of this tile and on these 6.2 inches diagonal, very defined images are displayed, and the resulting comfort is further amplified by the screen refresh rate at 120 Hz. By choosing the natural mode in the settings, the colors are displayed faithfully, and both contrast (infinite) and brightness are there for this Samsung Galaxy S21. It will just have to pay attention to reflections, a little too marked.

There is no mini-Jack port, as it is now the case on most smartphones. However, Samsung provides a USB-C adapter, and has taken care of the quality of the speakers of this Galaxy S21, which have a precise and pleasant rendering.

In terms of power, this Galaxy S21 doesn't have to blush at all and is particularly comfortable, whatever the task at hand. No game is currently too demanding for the Galaxy S21, and the fluidity is always there.

A trio of sensors makes up the photo part of this smartphone. The main and most classic sensor offers 12 million pixels. This one is more than correct, with a nice level of detail but tends to decrease at the edges. It offers a much better rendering in 64 million pixel mode, which is made possible by playing with the image format and focal length, and the result pays off, with much more detail, and as the only defect a certain overexposure. On the other hand, this gain is not found too much on shots taken in the dark. In telephoto mode, one should not be too demanding, especially on sharpness, which can be improved, but it is even more annoying when darkness prevails. For the ultra-wide-angle mode, there is an automatic correction of the distortions inherent to this type of lens: a good idea on paper, but here exaggerated and causing the opposite effect. For all that, the details are there, but this is not found in an environment a little too dark. On the satisfaction side, there is the portrait mode, which recognizes faces and manages backgrounds well, selfies even limited to 10 million pixels are successful, and the video capture is done with real comfort and a perfect result.

For autonomy, Samsung did not see wide enough with the onboard battery, undersized with a visible lack of optimization of the management of autonomy. A day and a half is too little, and too restrictive: as for the absence of a charger, it is obviously harmful and deprives the Korean brand of the possibility of a very fast and optimized recharge.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 done by Julien Hany the 2021/03/10

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Key points

CDMA

Yes

eSIM

Yes

Rugged

Yes

PPI

424

Capacity

4000 mAh

Video resolution

1080 p

Photo resolution (Front camera)

10 MP

Internal storage (Version 256GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM)

256 GB

RAM

8192 MB

Processor frequency

2.9 GHz

Screen size

6.2 in

Thickness

7.9 in

SAR

0.456 W/kg

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Weak points

Audio

No

Removable storage

No

Weight

169 oz

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Technical specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S21 has several versions, you will find the features of the 128GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (128GB / 8GB RAM, Dual SIM, 256GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM, 256GB / 8GB RAM, Dual SIM) alternative versions, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 11
Available Yes
Released (US) January 2021
Original price (US) 799.9 $
Released (FR) January 2021
Street price (EUR) 859 €
Design Candybar
Color
White
Grey
Pink
Purple
SAR 0.456 W/kg
Rugged Yes
Type Waterproof
Dust
Ingress Protection IP 68
Display
Screen type Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Resolution 2400x1080 pixels
Screen size 6.2 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 424
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA Yes
CDMA Frequencies 800
1900
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1700/2100
1800
1900
2100

2600
5G Yes
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 1080 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Optical zoom 1.1 x
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 10 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
71.2 in
7.9 in
151.7 in
169 oz
Samsung Galaxy S21
Height 151.7 in
Width 71.2 in
Thickness 7.9 in
Weight 169 oz
Hardware
CPU Samsung Exynos 2100
Processor frequency 2.9 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 8192 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version 3.2
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
eSIM Yes
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio Yes
FM Transmitter No
Battery
Battery type Lithium-Polymer
Capacity 4000 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
General
Street price (EUR) 909 €
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB
General
Street price (EUR) 909 €
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB



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