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Major Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G leak reveals massive upgrades in key departments

Major Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G leak reveals massive upgrades in key departments
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaked for the first time last month, but few details about the insides were available at the time. Today, that all changes thanks to tipster Max Weinbach

The Galaxy S21 Ultra features one of the best displays on any smartphone

Although every Galaxy S21 model is considered a flagship, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the one most people focus on. Today's leak confirms there is good reason for that. 

The device is fitted with a 6.8-inch display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate, the latter of which is coupled with the same LTPO tech used on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That means the refresh rate will automatically adapt depending on what content is shown.

In addition of this, Samsung is upping the contrast ratio from 2,000,000:1 to 3,000,000:1. Brightness also maxes out at 1,600 nits – the Galaxy S20 Ultra peaks at 1,400 nits – and the S Pen is supported, even if it isn't included in the box. 

Overall, the sources claim this AMOLED panel is “one of the best displays on any smartphone,” although that isn’t very surprising considering Samsung’s extremely solid track record. 

Massive upgrades in the camera department are planned too

As well as the improved screen, Samsung is developing an upgraded rear camera setup. Leading the way is a second-generation of the 108-megapixel sensor used on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra months ago.

It'll sit next to a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter and an advanced zoom system that includes a 10-megapixel 3x telephoto zoom camera and a 10-megapixel 10x periscope alternative. 

Samsung offered a 100x Space Zoom feature on the Galaxy S20 Ultra but killed it off with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra due to its poor quality. But according to sources, the feature is being revived on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Fortunately, the resulting photos should look much better than to 130% larger pixels and the introduction of dual pixel autofocus on both zoom cameras. There will also be a laser autofocus system.

Over in the video department, it turns out every camera will support 4K video at 60fps, although an 8K video at 30fps option is planned too.

Other features include dual recording mode, allowing users to simultaneously record with the front and rear cameras, an improved Night Mode with extra manual controls, and better Moon Mode. 

Samsung plans to use the Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 2100

At the heart of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 in the United States. However, users based in Europe and the United States look set to receive the Exynos 2100.

For the first time in several years, though, there seems to be some optimism about Samsung's Exynos chipster. In fact, sources say it will be “on-par or better than the Snapdragon 875” and more power-efficient.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also looks set to support 5G networks, Wi-Fi 6E – it’s 2x faster than Wi-Fi 6 – and One UI 3.0. Those of you wondering about the battery will be pleased to hear it offers a 5,000mAh capacity.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra colors and material

Samsung was heavily criticized for a lack of Galaxy S20 Ultra color options, but it seems the Galaxy S21 Ultra, unlike the Galaxy S21 & Galaxy S21+, won’t be making any improvements in that department.

The South Korean company has plans to offer its next-gen flagship in two colors – Phantom Black and Phantom Silver – and construct it out of glass.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs
  • Display 6.8 inches 3200 x 1440 pixels 120Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera) 40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 12 Samsung One UI

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