One of the most controversial features of the S20 Ultra is Samsung’s Space Zoom feature, which allows you to shoot close and distant subjects. In our evaluation, we found that the tool has problems and defects, mainly due to the image quality being as low as 10 times or more. The company hopes to solve some of these problems through the S21 Ultra and introduce a new dual-telephoto lens system to “provide higher definition for each shot.” One of them provides 3x optical zoom and the other provides 1
Samsung has also introduced a software feature called “Zoom Lock” that can help you keep your subject in the frame even if your hand is shaking at a high zoom level. The company has also improved its night mode and made it possible to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second in all sensors (including the front-facing selfie camera).
The S21 Ultra’s screen is 6.8 inches, which is a bit smaller than last year’s screen (6.9 inches), but you may not notice the difference. Even more striking is Samsung’s new design, which has a Contour Cut camera housing for the four sensors on the back. The entire corner is completely different from the rest of the surface, instead of hanging a black round rectangular module in the upper left corner of the back of the phone. It was as if someone had slipped the protective rectangular cover onto the phone.
Unlike the smaller S21 and S21+, Ultra only offers Phantom Black and Phantom Silver color options, but Samsung said that depending on the market, more colors such as “Phantom Titanium”, “Phantom Navy” and Phantom Brown will be “only Available on Samsung.com”. Other flagship stores also offer other pink and purple versions, and the “contour cut” on them uses a striking blush tone. On the silver and black units, the shadows at the corners are more subtle because their shadows match the rest of the body.
In addition to the surface, S21 Ultra also uses the latest Snapdragon 888 chip from Qualcomm and Exynos 2100 from other parts of the world. Those who have used non-Samsung’s previous Samsung flagship products have long complained about the performance differences of the Exynos models, which still frustrates them. Fortunately, Samsung announced this week that Exynos 2100 will be a 5nm system-on-chip based on ARM, and its power consumption will be 20% lower than its predecessor. If these statements are correct, then the Exynos model of S21 may not be as disappointing as previous models.
S21 Ultra is also one of the first smartphones to support the new WiFi 6E standard to achieve greater bandwidth and faster Internet connections. It also has ultra-wideband capabilities that can unlock compatible car doors or send messages to nearby UWB-friendly phones. Finally, the S21 Ultra initially has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you need more storage space, you can only choose the Phantom Black model. The silver version stays on this configuration, while the black version can provide up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space.
If you pre-order the S21 Ultra before January 28, you will get a free Galaxy Smart tag and $200 in Samsung points. Otherwise, the new flagship will be available through retail and carrier channels and will be unlocked through Samsung on January 29.