Samsung has officially announced its next major product launch event, “Galaxy Unpacked 2021”. This show will unveil the Galaxy S21 and will be broadcast live on Samsung.com on January 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. ET. Usually the announcement of the Galaxy S is in February, so this is earlier than ever for Samsung. January 14 is also the last day of this year’s all-digital CES.
If you needed confirmation that the leaks were on the right track, Samsung’s teaser image above confirms the rumored design of the S21 camera bump, which is shown loose and kept in a glass box. The new camera bump is the big design change this year: Samsung’s camera solution features a new wraparound design and is integrated into the corner of the phone. This sounds a little scary for drop survivability, but the official renders appear to show a seam along the edge of the phone, hopefully indicating that the camera glass doesn’t actually wrap around the sides of the phone. It certainly looks distinctive.
We know most of what we’ll get with the Galaxy S21. The S21 will be the US’s first phone to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC (the world’s first Snapdragon 888 phone, the Xiaomi Mi 11, has already been announced for China, and some territories are getting an S21 with a Samsung Exynos chip) . The 888 will market an ARM Cortex-X1 design, integrate a 5G modem into the main SoC design and, for select ultra-premium phones, include Wi-Fi 6E.
Android Police has leaked spec sheets for the entire lineup, which are supposed to be the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra. All three models have a 120Hz screen, divided into 6.2 inches, 6.7 inches and 6.8 inches respectively. Last year the S20 line had 120Hz, 1440p displays, but you couldn’t run the phone at both 120Hz and display the UI at full 1440p resolution. This year it looks like Samsung is going to fix that by downgrading the base and Plus model to a 1080p display, while the Ultra will stay at 1440p and hopefully be able to run at maximum refresh rate and resolution.
For battery power, we should look at 4000 mAh for the S21, 4800 mAh for the Plus and 5000 mAh for the Ultra model. The S21 and S21+ have three rear cameras, a 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 64MP telephoto. Like the Note line, the base model S21 will have a plastic back, while the other models will be glass.
The more expensive S21 Ultra isn’t much bigger than the S21+, but it should have some exclusive features. The Ultra is rumored to be the only model with Wi-Fi 6E support, along with support for Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, which borrows a feature from the maybe dead, maybe not, Galaxy Note line. Unlike the Note line, the S-Pen can’t be stored in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and we’re already seeing leaks of bulky S21 Ultra cases that offer external stylus storage. The Ultra should also have a unique camera setup, with a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 10MP 3X optical telephoto, and a 10MP 10x optical telephoto camera.
Tune in for all the official info on January 14.