Samsung has pulled the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G plug ahead of the S22 launch
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Even though the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra 5G haven't exactly sold like hotcakes since their early 2021 commercial debut, Samsung is dreaming big again, anticipating huge global demand for its next family of ultra-high-end smartphones.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra in particular is expected to prove exceptionally popular, which is at least part of the reason why the "regular" S22 and the non-Ultra S22+ giant could be released a little later. Because Samsung is undoubtedly hard at work manufacturing as many S22 Ultra units as possible in the middle of a major industry-wide chip shortage, it was also not surprising to see most S21 Ultra variants go out of stock weeks ago.
But now the world's largest handset vendor has taken things to the next level, pulling last year's 6.8-inch super-flagship from its US website entirely.
Farewell, sweet giant, we... knew ye very well!
Yes, ladies and gents, it looks like the time has come to bid adieu to quite possibly the best Android phone of 2021. Let's not act shocked or heartbroken here, as we all knew this was coming. Especially in 2022, with the aforementioned global chip crisis still making it difficult for many companies to maintain satisfactory inventory of high-end devices from multiple generations.
To be perfectly clear here, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is no longer offered as an option for potential US buyers visiting the S21 family section on Samsung's official US website. The S21, S21+, and of course, the S21 FE are all there, which means the former two models could stick around (at least for a little bit) after their successors are unveiled this Wednesday, February 9.
The S21 Ultra 5G, on the other hand, is almost certainly gone for good, at least as far as Samsung.com purchases stateside are concerned. Naturally, Googling for the phone will still produce the same results as before, but while the Galaxy S21 Ultra presentation page is intact, hitting the "buy now" button inevitably redirects you to S21, S21+, and S21 FE buying options.
Samsung's website in many other countries yet, the Exynos 2100-powered Ultra is out of stock pretty much everywhere in Europe at the time of this writing. Basically, we wouldn't call the Galaxy S21 Ultra globally discontinued right now, but it's definitely about to get there.Although the largest and most advanced member of the S21 family doesn't seem to have disappeared from
Can you still buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G in the US?
Yes, you can. The question of whether or not you should buy the slowly aging powerhouse is entirely different, of course, but if for some reason you really want to do that on the eve of Samsung's Galaxy S22 Unpacked launch event, there are a few places that will welcome you with open arms.
Best Buy, for one, is still selling the entry-level 128GB storage configuration at a whopping $1,200 unlocked while charging $200 less than that if you don't have a problem opting for a Verizon-locked model.
For its part, Verizon has the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G unavailable online, although you can use Big Red's website to choose in-store pickup for your order... where available. T-Mobile is also listing the Snapdragon 888 flagship as "not for sale online", which probably means certain physical stores still have some lingering inventory they need to clear.
Finally, AT&T might be Best Buy's number one alternative for US Galaxy S21 Ultra purchases today... at the same extravagant $1,199.99 price with 128 gigs of internal storage space.
Keep in mind that, while we do expect the S22 Ultra to be similarly expensive, the base price will include an S Pen this time around, not to mention an upgraded Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, better cameras, and various other smaller enhancements. So, yeah, it's definitely time to say goodbye to the Galaxy S21 Ultra and never look back... unless, of course, Best Buy decides to clear its inventory with a $300 or $400 discount.