Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) release date, price, features and news

The Samsung Galaxy S21 (or maybe S30?) is expected to arrive in February 2021, and while it's a bit early to know just about anything specific about the upcoming Samsung flagships, we think we have a pretty good understanding what the Galaxy S21-series will bring to the table. Guesstimation is a sort of art that takes pride in logical conjectures, and that's exactly what we're doing today. Samsung is a company that values tradition while simultaneously trying to shake things up, but for the most part, the Galaxy S flagship series follows a predictable railroaded path. This makes it somewhat possible to foretell what specs and features the phones will carry. 

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Galaxy S21 (S30) Price and release date

If we use wishful thinking, we wouldn't want Samsung to increase prices even further than they currently stand with the S20-series. As a reminder, the base Galaxy S20 starts at $999, the S20 Plus costs $1,199, and the S20 Ultra comes in at a hefty $1,399. The new Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra come in at $999 and $1,299 respectively, thus corroborating Samsung's pricing strategy for 2021. 

While just about everyone expected the Galaxy S20 to actually be cheaper than rumored, it turned out that the rumor mill was spot on on the price hike as well. Thus, it wouldn't be too outlandish to factor in another minor price hike for the Galaxy S21 (S30), S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, probably in the ballpark of $50, but it is dubious if the Android market would receive well such a price increase from Samsung for a second year in a row.

Galaxy S21 (S30)-series expected prices:

  • Galaxy S21 (S30) — $999-$1049
  • Galaxy S21 (S30) Plus — $1199-$1249
  • Galaxy S21 (S30) Ultra — $1399-$1449

Hopefully, Samsung would find a way to outdo itself next year without having to increase prices above the 1,000-dollar barrier, but it remains to be seen if our hoped for a more affordable flagship come to fruition.

Similar to Samsung's previous flagship releases, we expect the S30-series to be unveiled sometime in February 2021. 

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Galaxy S21 (S30) Design

Our expectations are that the Galaxy S21 (S30) series will reiterate the design decisions that Samsung has opted for in 2020: a very slim front camera cutout, nearly-flat display, and top-of-the-line hardware.

We expect curved displays to become a thing of the past for Samsung in particular. The company that kick-started the curved display trend has been gradually phasing them out; both the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series are essentially using flat displays. No matter the form factor, we expect the Galaxy S30 series to employ an excellent display, just like most Samsung flagships before that.

Bezels are likely going to shrink even more. One of the ways Samsung could shave off a big nuisance from the front side of its next flagships by employing a selfie camera that has been hidden underneath the display. We've already been hearing about these tucked-away cameras for a while, and rumors put them in the Galaxy Fold 2, Note 20, and, you guessed it, the Galaxy S21 (S30) series. It will save some of that precious screen real estate and help achieve an uninterrupted display without employing any motorized pop-up cameras or other clever workarounds. As the Galaxy S20 is a pretty heardware-heavy update, we expect the Galaxy S21 (S30) family to put slightly more emphasis on the design. 

Galaxy S21 (S30), S21 Plus, S21 Ultra Specs & Hardware

Needless to say, we expect the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 875G chipset to be powering the US version of the device, while an Exynos 1000 chipset has been tipped for the international version of the phone. This should make them plenty fast.

On the topic of RAM, Samsung might put its shiny new 10nm LPDDR5 RAM in the Galaxy S21 (S30) series. The new memory, according to Samsung, will offer the highest speed and largest capacity ever provided by mobile DRAM. Samsung says the LPDDR5 can transfer at the rate of 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which makes it 16 percent faster than 12GB LPDDR5 memory you find on flagships like the Galaxy Note 20. The 16GB package, in particular, can transfer 51.2GB of data in just one second. That's the equivalent of transferring 10 5GB-sized full-HD content. That's super fast!

The base S21 (S30) will likely get a ToF camera at the back, as well as an under-display selfie camera, which would likely be ready for the prime time in 2021. Moreover, we expect the S21 (S30) Plus to also grow, both in terms of display and battery size, whereas the top-end S21 (S30) Ultra will quite likely surpass the 7.0-inch barrier when it comes to display size. 

In terms of battery size, we've got some evidence backing the fact that the Galaxy S21+ (S30+) could come along with a 4,800mAh battery

Galaxy S30 (S21) specs 

Here are the expected Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) specs:

  • 6.3-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 875 chipset / Exynos 1000 chipset
  • 10/12/16GB RAM
  • 12MP+64MP+12MP+ToF cameras
  • Under-screen selfie camera
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 4,100mAh battery with fast 60W wired charging
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11 with One UI 2.5

Galaxy S30 Plus (S21 Plus) specs 

Here are the expected Samsung Galaxy S30 Plus specs:

  • 6.8-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 875 chipset / Exynos 1000 chipset
  • 12/16GB RAM
  • 12MP+64MP+12MP+ToF cameras
  • Under-screen selfie camera
  • 256GB/512GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 4,800mAh battery with fast 60W wired charging
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11 with One UI 2.5

Galaxy S30 Ultra (S21 Ultra) specs 

Here are the expected Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra specs:

  • 7.1-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 875 chipset / Exynos 1000 chipset
  • 12/16GB RAM
  • 108MP+64MP+12MP+ToF cameras
  • Under-screen selfie camera
  • 256GB/512GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 5,100mAh battery with fast 60W charging
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11 with One UI 2.5

Galaxy S21 (S30) Camera

The Galaxy S21 (S30) series will certainly push things even further. With the Galaxy S20-series setting new standards for the Galaxy family, the Galaxy S30-series will most definitely continue to improve the photography prowess of the next flagship generation. 

Supposedly, there will be a triple-camera system that employs an ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses, as well as a supplementary ToF sensor for depth measurement that is mostly used in portraits and augmented reality scenarios. Supposedly, this camera tech would trickle to the lower tier S21 (S30) and S21 (S30) Plus, and wouldn't be an exclusive to the top-tier S30 Ultra. We've also heard the Galaxy S21 (S30) Ultra will have a 108MP main camera. It will reportedly use nonacell pixel binning technology to churn out 16MP shots. For comparison, the Galaxy S20 Ultra outputs 12MP images. Chances are that the rumored 150MP sensor will be reserved for the highest-end Galaxy S model. The rest of the bunch could supposedly get upgraded to a 108MP sensor.

Speaking of the cameras, we simply can't pass up that under-display selfie camera that has been rumored for a while. There are high chances that the Galaxy S30 could be one of the very first major phone lineups to sport such a camera and the rumor mill is corroborating that notion. Samsung reportedly has the technology to cut very precise holes in OLED displays and cover these with an actual layer with active pixels that still lets enough light to pass through. 

Galaxy S21 (S30) 5G

The Galaxy S21 (S30) models will most certainly be 5G-capable devices. Given the fact that the S20 series was 5G-ready, there's zero chance that the Galaxy S21 (S30) series wouldn't support 5G. By default, we should assume all future flagships would come with 5G support right out of the bat. Just like the Note 20 series, we expect the S21 (S30) models to support Sub6 / mmWave 5G.
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