The new Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 + and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are now officially available in France. Want to buy one of the three, but don’t know where to go? Follow the guide !
They were available for pre-order until January 28, 2021 and today Samsung’s new flagships are already here. The Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra are indeed a little ahead of the previous generation which was unveiled in February 2020 for marketing the following month, but we are not going to complain.
Where to buy them?
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is offered at a recommended retail price of 859 euros in its 128 GB version. Count 909 euros for the version with 256 GB of storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 + is sold at 1059 and 1109 euros depending on the version chosen.
Finally, the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three models with 128, 256, and 512 GB of storage – with 16 GB of RAM for the latter. The prices here are respectively 1259, 1309 and 1439 euros.
All about the Galaxy S21 and S21 +
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 + are similar in many ways. The only real differences are in the material used, the size and the battery.
The S21 will indeed opt for plastic behind its back while the S21 chooses a glass surface. It’s admittedly a slightly less noble material for a high-end smartphone, but Samsung has done a good job of creating the illusion. In both cases, it is pleasant in the hand with exemplary finishes.
Both have a Super AMOLED flat screen (protected by Gorilla Glass 7) displaying a Full HD + definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz which automatically adapts according to the content consulted. It can then be 10Hz when you’re just looking at a photo and go up to 120Hz when you scroll to your favorite social network. As said before, the main difference comes from the size of the panel, where the S21 offers a diagonal of 6.2 inches and the S21 + of 6.7 inches.
No difference, however, on the raw performance. The two premium smartphones of the Korean giant integrate the new Exynos 2100 chip engraved in 5 nm, with 8 GB of RAM. Might as well be clear: they are monsters of power. This configuration meets all uses, ranging from 3D games in Ultra quality to a perfectly smooth user experience by abusing multitasking. Not to mention that this chip provides compatibility with the 5G network.
They are also housed in the same boat for the photo. For each, there is a 64 + 12 + 12 megapixel triple sensor module on the back and a 10 megapixel selfie camera on the front. The quality is obviously there, with many possibilities such as videos in 4K / 60 fps on all sensors. The main sensor allows, like last year, to take videos in 8K, to make photos in full format at 64 megapixels and to zoom without loss up to x3.
Regarding autonomy, one is of course less enduring than the other. The Galaxy S21 offers a 4000mAh battery while the Galaxy S21 + goes up to a capacity of 4800mAh, but you’ll still have to last a whole day, whatever you choose. They are also both compatible fast charging and wireless charging.
To learn more, read our Getting Started with Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 +.
All about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most premium model of the three. It offers a significant move upmarket compared to the other two, starting with its design. Its screen is not flat and offers to differentiate itself by curving its edges on the sides. The diagonal goes to 6.8 inches and the definition goes up to Quad HD at 3200 x 1440 pixels. The adaptive 120Hz refresh rate is still there. It is also possible to use the S Pen on this smartphone, but it is not included.
At the back, we immediately notice that the photo module that rolls up on the left of the smartphone is much more protruding than on the S21 and S21 +, with a very successful aluminum alloy. The photo is also one of the strengths of the S21 Ultra, where its large sensors simply do wonders. It is equipped with a main sensor of 108 megapixels, an ultra wide-angle of 12 megapixels, a telephoto x3 of 10 megapixels, another telephoto lens, this time x10, still of 10 megapixels and a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The result is at the rendezvous, where Samsung now manages to offer a digital zoom up to x100 much less anecdotal than on the S20 Ultra. The possibilities are numerous and the quality is simply excellent, to make it one of the best photophones (even the best photophone) of the beginning of the year 2021.
It then equips itself with the same Exynos 2100 SoC engraved in 5 nm as its little brothers, but with 12 or 16 GB of RAM depending on the model chosen. To have an idea, the performances are almost equivalent on the benchmarks what Apple offers with its A14 Bionic chip embedded on its iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is therefore difficult to see anything missing from this configuration in 2021, or even for the following years. It is simply the assurance of having a powerful smartphone for a very (very) long time.
It will not disappoint in terms of autonomy either. Samsung has incorporated a large 5,000 mAh battery into its S21 Ultra to cover all eventualities. On our personalized ViSer test – which simulates active use by alternating a plethora of applications of all kinds – the Galaxy S21 Ultra held up for 16 hours and 20 minutes. It’s an excellent score. However, we regret a fast charge that does not go beyond 25 W, especially since the charger is no longer provided in the box. Wireless charging is here to make up for it, as well as reverse wireless charging.
To find out even more, do not hesitate to read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or watch the video below.
Our buying guide
In order to find the Korean solution that fits your budget, we invite you now to consult our guide to the best Samsung smartphones in 2021.