Samsung Galaxy S history: from iPhone copycat to dazzling design

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Samsung seemingly couldn’t wait to launch the Galaxy S21 range, as the phones were announced on January 14 – a month earlier than normal. That said, they certainly don’t appear rushed, with Samsung having worked to offer the premium experiences it’s known for at a lower price, as the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra all cost less than their predecessors.

To manage that, Samsung has lowered the resolution on the standard S21 and S21 Plus to ‘just’ Full HD+, and the basic model also has a ‘Glasstic’ rather than glass back. But all three have top-end power, as they’re equipped with either a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 chipset (depending on region).

They also all have at least three cameras, with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra upping that to four, including a 108MP main lens and two telephoto snappers, for a 10x optical zoom range.

The S21 Ultra is a big leap over the other models all round, with a QHD+ screen, up to 16GB of RAM (compared to 8GB on the other two), a larger 5,000mAh battery, and in an S-series first, support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus – previously a major selling point of the Galaxy Note series. Though you have to buy it separately for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and there’s no slot for it in the phone.

Another first for the range is support for both a 120Hz refresh rate and a QHD+ screen resolution at the same time – again, this is exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, a phone which while cheaper than its predecessor is still very expensive.

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