Newest Samsung Galaxy S21 5G leak details storage options, new S Pen cases
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UPDATE: Evan Blass has offered a preview of the Galaxy S21 series ahead of its announcement next month. The info corroborates many of leaks we have seen thus far, but not all. The updated story continues below.
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Samsung Experience store employees recently confirmed the Galaxy S21 launch date and several other details. Now, another leak corroborates the planned colors and reveals more information about the storage options.
Samsung's Galaxy S21 may offer 256GB of base storage
Tipster Roland Quandt from WinFuture has obtained information from his reliable sources that indicates Samsung will offer the upcoming Galaxy S21 series with 128GB of base storage in Germany.
That news isn't too surprising because the Galaxy S20 series also included 128GB of storage as standard, and you'd be forgiven for being a bit disappointed. However, this claim might not be completely true.
Both Roland Quandt and Evan Blass agree that anybody interested in the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will have the option of picking up their device with 256GB of storage. But Evan Blass believes this will actually be the base model, rather than a more expensive variant.
It's entirely possible that European units will ship with 128GB of storage as standard while those in the US receive 256GB. Unfortunately, only time will tell whether this is the case or not.
Either way, buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will get an additional choice in some markets. As well the aforementioned models, a top-of-the-line 512GB version is also in the pipeline.
It remains to be seen how much RAM is going to be included inside each model — rumors suggest 8GB of RAM for the Galaxy S21 and S21+, and 12GB for the S21 Ultra — but the storage options mentioned above will presumably apply to the whole of Europe, not just Germany, and the United States too.
In summary, the Galaxy S21 lineup should be available with the following storage options:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 — 128GB or 256GB
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ — 128GB or 256GB
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra — 128GB or 256GB or 512GB
On an unrelated note, Samsung is working on 4G LTE variants of its flagship lineup but those are going to be limited to emergin markets like Brazil. Elsewhere the Galaxy S21 series will offer 5G connectivity as standard.
More Samsung Galaxy S21 colors could arrive at a later date
Moving over to the topic of colors, Quandt and Blass have corroborated earlier leaks, including the information provided by Samsung Experience store employees in India as recently as last week. According to everything we know so far, the Galaxy S21 series looks set to be available in the following colorways at launch:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 — Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Pink
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ — Phantom Silver, Phantom Black, and Phantom Violet
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra — Phantom Silver and Phantom Black
However, these might not be the only finishes Samsung has up its sleeves. Per display industry analyst Ross Young, the company is planning brown, dark blue, and titanium Galaxy S21 Ultra models for release as soon as April.
Samsung is working on dedicated S Pen cases for the S21 Ultra
Finally, this particular leak also includes some important information about the rumored S Pen support on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Leakead CAD-based renders confirmed the phone won't ship with an S Pen inside, but it will still support the stylus.
For anybody interested in acquiring the stylus, Samsung has plans for a dedicated range of cases that are designed to carry the S Pen when it isn't in use. Adapted versions of the official Silicon Cover and Clear View Cover are planned, although other cases could be made available.
On an unrelated note, Evan Blass has corroborated previous leaks about the battery capacity too. He says the Galaxy S21 will offer a 4,000mAh cell whereas the S21 Ultra is going to include a 5,000mAh cell. As for the Galaxy S21+, a 4,800mAh battery has reportedly been chosen for it.
This story is part of:Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks (66 updates)
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