Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Description

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the headliner of the S21 series. It's the first S series phone to support Samsung's S Pen. Specifications are top-notch including Snapdragon 888 chipset, 5G capability, up to 16gigs of RAM, and 512GB of storage. A 5000mAh battery keeps the lights on for this powerhouse. In the camera department, a quad-camera setup is presented with two telephoto sensors. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starting price is $1200.

This device is also known as Samsung SM-G998U1

Pros

  • 5G ready
  • High screen-to-body ratio (89.33 %)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • High pixel density screen (516 PPI)

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Display

Benchmarks
Size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 516 PPI
Technology: Dynamic AMOLED
Screen-to-body: 89.33 %
Peak brightness: 1500 cd/m2 (nit)
Features: 120Hz refresh rate (adaptable), HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

Benchmarks
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Processor: Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 680, 64-bit, 5 nm
GPU: Adreno 660
RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
Internal storage: 128GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable
Device type: Smartphone
OS: Android (11), Samsung One UI

Battery

Benchmarks
Capacity: 5000 mAh
Type: Li - Polymer, Not user replaceable
Charging: Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, USB Power Delivery, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging, Qi and Powermat wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging
Max charge speed: Wired: 25.0W; Wireless: 15.0W

Camera

Rear: Quad camera Camera samples
Main camera: 108 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF)
Specifications: Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.33"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Second camera: 10 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
Specifications: Optical zoom: 3.0x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 70 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Third camera: 12 MP (Ultra-wide, PDAF)
Specifications: Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Fourth camera: 10 MP (Periscope, OIS, PDAF)
Specifications: Optical zoom: 10.0x; Aperture size: F4.9; Focal Length: 240 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Video recording: 7680x4320 (8K UHD) (24 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
Features: OIS, HDR, Hyperlapse, Video light, EIS
Front: 40 MP (PDAF, HDR)
Video capture: 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
Dimensions: 6.50 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches (165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm)
Weight: 8.04 oz (229.0 g)
Materials: Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus); Frame: Aluminum
Resistance: Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics: 2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint
Keys: Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
Colors: Phantom black, Silver

Cellular

5G: n2, n5, n12, n25, n41, n66, n71, n77, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
LTE (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
LTE (TDD): Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46, 48(3600)
UMTS: Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900)
Data Speed: LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
SIM type: Nano SIM

Multimedia

Headphones: No 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Features: 32-Bit DAC, Dolby Atmos, aptX, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Screen mirroring: Wireless screen share
Radio: FM, Stereo, RDS
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation, Video recording

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 5.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6), dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB: Type-C (reversible), USB 3.2
Features: Charging, Headphones port, OTG, Video out
Location: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers), Barometer
Other: NFC, ANT+
Hearing aid compatible: M3, T3

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Dec 22, 2020
FCC ID value: A3LSMG998U
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.02 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.59 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.16 W/kg
Phablet: 3.15 W/kg

Buyers information

Price: $ 1200
In The Box: C to C Data Cable, Ejection Pin

Availability

Officially announced: Jan 14, 2021
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Alternative variants

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

with 256GB storage

Differences from the main variant:
Internal storage: 256GB
Colors: Phantom black
Price: $ 1250

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

with 512GB storage

Differences from the main variant:
RAM: 16GB
Internal storage: 512GB
Colors: Phantom black
Price: $ 1380

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

SM-G998B for Europe

Differences from the main variant:
System chip: Samsung Exynos 2100
Processor: Octa-core, 2900 MHz, Cortex-X1, Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55, 64-bit, 5 nm
GPU: Mali G78 MP14
Weight: 8.01 oz (227.0 g)
5G: SA, NSA, Sub-6
FCC approval:
Date approved: Dec 22, 2020
FCC ID value: A3LSMG998B
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.16 W/kg
Body: 0.72 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.59 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.34 W/kg
Phablet: 3.86 W/kg

Carrier Availability

Available

Verizon Since Jan 29, 2021
AT&T Since Jan 29, 2021
T-Mobile Since Jan 17, 2021
U.S. Cellular Since Jan 29, 2021
Xfinity Mobile Since May 17, 2021

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