Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21+ (G996)
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128 GB
256 GB

Pro and cons Samsung Galaxy S21+

  • New eye-catching design
  • Triple cam full of functions
  • Big and smooth screen
  • Bigger battery
  • Few improvements compared to S20+

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Samsung Galaxy S21+ product details

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ is the middle child of the S21 series that was announced in early 2021. Still, it is not just a larger version of the S21. The S21+ does have a glass back instead of plastic. But there are also many similarities. Which ones exactly is something we will explain here.

Modest upgrade raises questions

On paper, the S21+ seems like a modest upgrade. There's a new more powerful processor and the battery is bigger. The camera seems the same, the screen is the same size, and there's 5G support just like last year. There are also some things that stand out. The screen resolution has gone down, there is no memory card slot and the RAM memory is smaller. These are all striking choices, but Samsung wanted to bring the price down. It did, but the price drop is very modest. For a more premium phone, Samsung wants to push you towards the S21 Ultra. 2021 is a transition year in that respect and you may wonder whether you wouldn't be better off going for an S20+ from 2020.

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Take control

And yet, the S21+ is a new phone, and that's largely due to its new look. That becomes especially apparent on the back. The camera takes up a special corner which Samsung calls 'Contour Cut Camera'. We find the 3 familiar cameras there: a 12MP main camera with f/1.8 wide-angle lens, 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 64MP telephoto camera with 3x hybrid optical zoom. On the front is again a 10MP selfie camera with autofocus in a punch-hole. Samsung does give its cameras the necessary new functions. Thus, the selfie mode has been improved with the help of AI so that it captures colors better. On the back, the portrait mode is now better able to distinguish foreground from background. This should lead to better portrait photos. Thanks to 8K Video Snap, you can snap sharp, 33MP photos from an 8K video. The image stabilization is improved and there is a new feature called Director's View. The latter lets you become a true studio director by switching between different cameras, each with their own focal length, as you shoot.

Most important Samsung Galaxy S21+ specifications

  • Flat 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display screen with FHD+ resolution
  • 12+12+64MP camera with 8K video and 30X Space Zoom
  • 10MP selfie camera with autofocus and AI portrait mode
  • Waterproof IP68 body from glass
  • Powerful 5nm octacore processor with 8GB of RAM memory
  • Choose between 128 or 256GB non-expandable memory
  • 4800 mAh large battery with fast (wireless) charging
  • 5G support and Dual SIM (nanosim + eSIM)

Much more powerful

The new look is a nice touch but what really matters is the updated processor. It's the same chipset that Samsung put in the S21 and in the S21 Ultra. And not just any one. It is a 5nm based chipset consisting of 8 cores at up to 2.9 GHz. Using even smaller transistors makes it faster and more energy efficient. For you, it means the S21+ is fast and lasts well over a day on a full battery charge. There is 8 GB of RAM, which is basically enough for the most demanding user. Apps remain in the memory, so switching between them does not take any time at all. In terms of storage, you can choose between 128GB and 256GB. Think carefully in advance how much space you need, because a memory card slot is missing this year. Just like a headphone port and a charger. This is the first time the charger has been missing from the box.


Samsung Galaxy S21+ in the news

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Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy S21+ soon in Phantom Green

Phone news ·

Faster than expected, Samsung is bringing a new color to its recently announced Galaxy S21 series. The S21+ will also be available in green but only from Samsung itself, we just learned.

Last week we spotted a reference to the Galaxy S21+ in 'Phantom Green' in Samsung's own webshop. However today it is also mentioned on Samsung's own website. Unfortunately we don't have for you yet, but we do have a lot of other details.

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S21+ coming soon in Phantom Green

For now only the S21+ comes in this new color and will be available exclusive from Samsung's own eStore. You can choose between the 128 or 256GB of storage. Both come with 8GB of RAM memory. Prices are €1049 (£949 and $1549) and €1099 (£999 and $1649) respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ was announced in 'Phantom Black', 'Phantom Silver' and 'Phantom Violet'. Via Samsung's own web shop, it can also be ordered in 'Phantom Red' and 'Phantom Gold'. This is the first time that Samsung is offering exclusive colors. It is still unknown when exactly we will see 'Phantom Green'.

Mystic Green

Green is not a new color to Samsung. It previously released the Note 20 in green, then under the name 'Mystic Green'. And the S10 was also released in green but under the name 'Prism Green'.


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Real life Samsung Galaxy S21+ in purple captured on photo

Rumors ·

The launch of Samsung's Galaxy S21 series is coming. And it is coming soon. New photos pop up almost every day now. And today is no exception. This time it is a purple S21+ that is captured on photo.

The Galaxy S21+ not only promises to be the bigger brother of the S21, it has also a glass back, together with the S21 Ultra. The entry Galaxy S21 is expected to have a back made of plastic. The picture from today shows that back side but it's hard to tell if we are looking at glass. What does become clear is that the screen of the S21+ is flat with thin screen bezels.

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The Galaxy S21+ in Phantom Violet

Apart from the renewed look, which is mainly found on the back, these photos don't teach us much more. One UI looks almost the same as the current version and we don't hear any new specifications. So we have to do with what we already know. Fortunately that is quite a lot. For example, we know that both the S21 and the S21+ have a flat Full HD screen of the Infinity-O type with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.

Galaxy S21+ specifications

Both also have a 10MP selfie camera in the screen with a triple camera system consisting of 64, 12 and 12 megapixels on the back. Both are powered by an Exynos 2100 processor at up to 2.9 GHz with 8GB of RAM memory. Storage options are limited to 128GB and 256GB. The S21 series may not have a memory card slot to expand memory. Differences are in the screen format (6.2 and 6.8 inches) and battery size (4000 against 4800 mAh). Thursday the 14th of January the S21-family will be officially unveiled and then we will (hopefully) hear more.

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Press renders finally show the Samsung Galaxy S21+

Rumors ·

As expected, the day after the appearance of renders of the S21, footage of the S21+ also arrived. Samsung is no longer able to stop the flow of leaks. Yet we are still waiting for the official images of the S21 Ultra.

It is Roland Quandt from Winfuture who published the images below. He is no stranger to leaking unannounced phones, he previously leaked images of the Note20, Mate 40 Pro and the OnePlus 8. He can no add the S21+ to this impressive list.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ in Phantom Gray
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus in the Phantom Gray

These renders clearly show that there is still some kind of chin at the bottom of the screen. Apple was the first to completely eliminate that chin, followed by Google, but Samsung still hasn't managed to fully remove it. The biggest difference between the S21+ and the entry S21, besides the size, are the available colors. For example, the S21 is expected in Phantom White, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink and Phantom Purple while the S21+ comes in Phantom Silver, Phantom Black and Phantom Violet. The S21 Ultra gets even fewer color options, as only the relatively boring Phantom Silver and Phantom Black are available.

Glass and plastic

It is also expected that the Galaxy S21 will have a plastic back, possibly reflected in the starting price, while the S21+ will have a more premium glass back. The entry-level Note 20 also got a plastic back, which does not seem to have disappointed Samsung. All this will probably become official on January 14th, when Samsung is predicted to announce its S21 series.


Most important Samsung Galaxy S21+ specifications

Dimensions 161.4 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm
Weight 202 grams
Item ID SM-G996
Codename Samsung T2
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Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 11
Display
Color display 6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Hardware
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP
Processor 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa core
Secondary camera 10 MP
Materials
Dust and waterproof
Telephony
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
5G
Build-in memory
Internal memory 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Power supply
Battery 4800 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Connections
Audio jack plug

All Samsung Galaxy S21+ specifications


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 Current product 
Fingerprint recognition
Android1110
Color display6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP
Processor2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa coreOcta core
Secondary camera10 MP10 MP
Dust and waterproof
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
5G
Internal memory8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Battery4800 mAh4500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

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