Not only is Samsung pulling forward the Galaxy S21 series announcement, but it is also dedicating its first Unpacked 2021 event solely to the new Galaxy S-line, no Flips, buts or maybes. Oh, well, we are also expecting the Galaxy Buds 2 as well but those usually come bundled for free or at a discount during the preorder period anyway.
When is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Unpacked 2021 event?
- January 14, 2021, at 10am ET
- Galaxy S21 release date: January 29, 2021
Well, “Galaxy S21 smartphones will likely start official sales a month sooner than its predecessors,” claimed sources, which would put the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra release date in early February, with Unpacked event scheduled for late January.
The Galaxy S20 series was announced in February and went on sale March, but in 2021 the Galaxy S21 will do the skits in the January/February timeframe, it seems. Given that the S20 line hit the shelves on Friday, March 6, the S21 could be released on Friday, February 5, 2021.
As you can see that would make the S21 appear just 11 months after the S20, and chart a new territory of release dates for Samsung. Why the rush?
He is apparently accelerating the S21 development, production and launch process “to take advantage of Huawei’s absence.” Huawei will be having trouble procuring the latest and greatest processor chips now because of US sanctions, even the fruits of its own research, as the sanctions are also on the foundries, so Samsung could try and carve as much of a market share from Huawei as possible while the Chinese juggernaut figures it out.
Moreover, Apple’s iPhone 12 supercycle will go deep into Q4 this year, and perhaps even Q1, given that the iPhone 12 Pro Max was released November 13, ditto for the other interesting iPhone this year, the 12 mini. Thus, if it releases the Galaxy S21 in early Q1, Samsung will both capitalize on Huawei’s presumed absence in the 2021 flagship realm, and counter the iPhone 12 series sales somewhat.
How to watch the Samsung Galaxy S21 Unpacked 2021 event
Samsung will have a live stream to beam the Unpacked 2021 event on its website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter, and you can watch it embedded right here when time comes.
What Galaxy phones to expect at Samsung’s Unpacked 2021 event
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 6.9″120Hz LTPO curved display, SD 888, 5000mAh battery, 108MP camera, 10x zoom, $1399 price.
- Samsung Galaxy S21+: 6.7″ 120Hz flat display, 4800mAh battery, 64MP camera, $1199 price.
- Samsung Galaxy S21: 6.2″ 120Hz flat display, 4000mAh battery, 64MP camera, $999 price.
- Samsung Galaxy Buds 2: water-resistant with ANC.