The leak volume of the Samsung Galaxy S21 was much earlier than expected because of rumors that Samsung’s next flagship product will be launched earlier than usual. In fact, the S21 series may make its debut in January.
So, what can we expect from the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra? I don’t think Samsung can win in performance, because according to our iPhone 12 benchmarks, A14 Bionic quickly went crazy. But based on existing advantages and new developments, Samsung may replace iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro as the best mobile phones. This is how the S21 series products do it.
Cheap model from the beginning
Samsung made a major mistake in the launch of the Galaxy S20, setting the cheapest model at $1
I hope the Galaxy S20 series will have a more affordable model at the beginning, competing with the $699 iPhone 12 mini, even if it means sacrificing some features to reach this price.
According to a rumor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra may have a 6.8-inch display and a 144Hz refresh rate. This will be a huge jump from the 120Hz panel of the S20 Ultra, much higher than the 60Hz screen of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. There are rumors that Apple is developing a 120Hz ProMotion display for the iPhone 12 Pro series, but it is reportedly scrapped due to battery life issues.
The benefits of 144Hz are super fast scrolling and smooth animation effects, but there are many Android games optimized for 120Hz panels. If Samsung can get Fortnite’s exclusive on the S21 Ultra, running at 144Hz, Samsung can really stick to it-especially because Apple has banned Fortnite from the App Store due to its in-app payment dispute.
Longer battery life
The Galaxy S21 should be more durable than the iPhone 12. The battery capacity of the Galaxy S20 is 4,000 mAh, while the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 is only 2,815 mAh. According to our iPhone 12 battery test, there is a big difference in battery life between the two phones.
The iPhone 12 lasted only 8 hours and 25 minutes on 5G, while the Galaxy S20 lasted 9:31. However, the S20’s screen is set to 120Hz, so it drops to 8:04. There are rumors that the battery capacity of the Galaxy S21 Plus will be a bit larger than its predecessor (4,600 vs 4,500 mAh), while the Galaxy S21 Ultra will retain its huge 5,000 mAh battery.
Lead on extended zoom camera
One of the most disappointing things about the iPhone 12 Pro is that the optical zoom of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is only 2.5 times, while the iPhone 12 Pro is only 2 times. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini do not have telephoto zoom at all, so Samsung has the opportunity to expand its lead.
The current Galaxy S20 Ultra has 4x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 100x digital spatial zoom. S20 and S20 Plus provide 3x optical zoom and 30x spatial zoom. However, there are rumors that at least one Galaxy S21 model is equipped with two optical zoom lenses, one is 3x and the other is a 10x periscope.
This is just a report, but Samsung may follow the iPhone 12 by not including a charger or earbuds in the box. However, even if this is not the case, Samsung should have an advantage in charging speed. According to reports, Galaxy S21 will provide 25W charging, while the iPhone 12 series will be 20W. There were rumors that the S21 might support 65W ultra-fast charging, but these were rejected.
Galaxy S20 Ultra offers the option of supporting 45W charger, but Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 only offer 25W. So we must take a look.