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The 5 best features of Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S21 smartphones


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Samsung just announced the Galaxy S21 lineup, which includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
All three phones have a new design with a matte finish and more striking camera module.
The Ultra model is also getting some extra perks like a dual telephoto lens and the ability to maintain a high refresh rate along with high resolution.
All told, it’s a modest improvement over the S20 that brings upgrades to the design, performance, and camera at a better price.

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It’s only January but Samsung has already taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S21 family, which includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. 

Building on the direction Samsung has taken in recent years with its Galaxy phones, some of the biggest enhancements coming to the S21 involve the phones’ camera and design. The Galaxy S21 doesn’t seem like a huge leap over the S20, but rather an iterative improvement that addresses some of the S20 lineup’s biggest shortcomings. 

But perhaps what’s even more significant than the features mentioned below is Samsung’s new pricing structure. The Galaxy S21 lineup is launching at an even cheaper price than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 did last year, likely because this is the first major smartphone to launch at a time when 5G has become the standard and no longer requires a premium cost. 

The Galaxy S21 starts at $799.99, while the S21 Plus begins at $999.99, and the S21 Ultra costs $1,199.99. The Galaxy S20 lineup, by comparison, started at $999.99, $1,199.99, and $1,399.99 at launch last year. 

The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra are launching on January 29 with preorders beginning on January 14. 

Here’s a closer look at the most significant updates coming to the Galaxy S21 lineup.

A new design with a matte finish

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup is getting an upgrade when it comes to how the phone looks and feels. The new phones will come with a matte finish that should make the devices less prone to fingerprint smudges, and a camera module on the back that looks more visually striking. 

The new S21 phones also seem to have flatter edges compared to the curved approach Samsung has taken in years past, which could make the devices easier to grip. And of course, they come with the same borderless design and hole-punch-shaped selfie camera as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S20 generation phones. 

Although we haven’t had the chance to spend time with the phones yet, the new design generally seems like an upgrade that can help set the S21 lineup apart from its predecessors and other Android rivals. 

Dual telephoto zoom lens on the Galaxy S21 Ultra

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a 100x zoom last year, some reviewers found that level of zoom was often too blurry to be useful. 

Samsung hopes to address that limitation with the new dual telephoto lens on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which includes one optical 3X lens and another …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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