Samsung’s first Unpacked press occasion of 2021 launched the Galaxy S21 collection to the world, together with the wealth of latest know-how and performance that they create to the desk.
Nevertheless, for all of the details, figures and options proven off throughout the presentation – Samsung failed to the touch on just a few key facets of its new flagships (and new equipment), which have since come to mild by digging via product pages and asking the corporate immediately.
The Galaxy S21 has a plastic again
Maybe one of many greatest unmentioned facets of the S21 line throughout Unpacked was that whereas the fronts of all three telephones and the backs of the S21+ and S21 Extremely come wearing Corning’s newest Gorilla Glass Victus, the bottom S21 sports activities a bolstered polycarbonate again as a substitute – that is plastic to you and me.
Samsung made the identical transfer final 12 months with the bottom Galaxy Observe 20 and the Observe 20 Extremely, however the choice to omit point out of this distinction throughout the launch is what stands out. There’s nothing inherently dangerous about choosing plastic over glass – it makes a tool extra light-weight, it is extra affect resistant and permits for larger color management – however Samsung is nearly knowingly embarrassed or anxious about being known as out for the fabric distinction.
The shows on the S21 and S21+ prime out at Full HD+ decision
Final 12 months we bashed Samsung for locking customers into selecting between having fun with content material on the S20 vary’s native WQHD+ decision or its most supported 120Hz refresh price, this 12 months, Samsung has taken that alternative out of customers’ palms totally.
The Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels on each the S21 and S21+ prime out at Full HD+ decision natively, that means they are not fairly as sharp because the panels on final 12 months’s telephones however you possibly can at the least get pleasure from 120Hz with out query.
Fortunately, the S21 Extremely retains a WQHD+ decision and now helps an adaptive refresh price concurrently; that means you possibly can get pleasure from sharper excessive definition content material at as much as 120Hz, with out query.
The Galaxy S21 line lacks expandable reminiscence
Expandable reminiscence on a Samsung Galaxy flagship seems to have died with final 12 months’s Observe 20 Extremely. All three of this 12 months’s Galaxy S21 household lack any expandable storage choice, with Samsung as a substitute leaning on its OneDrive cloud storage partnership with Microsoft.
The S21 and S21+ will be had with both 128GB or 256GB of inner area, whereas the S21 Extremely will also be had in a 512GB SKU.
The Galaxy S21 line tops out at 25W quick charging
Simply as expandable storage died out with the Observe 20 Extremely, so did charging quicker than 25W with the S20 Extremely, it appears.
All three of this 12 months’s Galaxy S telephones help as much as 25W wired charging and the USB PD 3.zero normal, together with wi-fi charging as much as 15W and reverse wi-fi charging – dubbed Wi-fi PowerShare at 4.5W.
It is also price reminding that this 12 months’s Galaxy S telephones do not embody an influence adapter (or headphones) in-box and that Wi-fi PowerShare will not work in case you machine has under 30% cost itself.
The mmWave fashions are heavier
In areas the place mmWave 5G is accessible to shoppers and Samsung is promoting mmWave-capable SKUs of the S21 line, all three fashions weigh two grams heavier a chunk – presumably as the results of a further antenna system.
8K Video Snap produces a 33Mp photograph
The digital camera setup throughout this 12 months’s Galaxy S21 collection continues help for 8K video seize at 24 frames per second. The 8K Video Snap function lets customers pull stills from 8K footage with the faucet of an icon.
Whereas these stills had been described as “top quality” on stage, the precise decision of an 8K Video Snap clocks in at 33Mp.
Galaxy SmartTags solely work with Samsung Galaxy gadgets
It wasn’t made explicity clear on stage nevertheless it seems Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag (and forthcoming SmartTag+) location trackers must be tied to a Samsung account to operate and may solely be situated utilizing a Samsung Galaxy machine.
There was query about whether or not or not any Android machine would be capable to help the accent nevertheless it appears that is not the case, making them rather less versatile in comparison with notable rival Tile’s trackers.
Galaxy Buds Professional’s Auto Switching function is unique to Galaxy gadgets
One of many spectacular new applied sciences that comes as a part of the expertise in Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Professional true wi-fi buds is their potential to robotically swap audio supply, primarily based on consumer wants.
In case you’re watching a film in your pill and a name comes via in your cellphone, the Buds Professional will immediately shift their connection from one machine to the opposite so you possibly can take your name hands-free, and easily re-establish the connection along with your pill when your name is over – with out you having to do a factor.
It won’t come as an enormous shock, however this is not only a Galaxy-exclusive function (we might hoped it would work throughout completely different Android gadgets, at the least), it requires that every one the gadgets in query are operating the corporate’s newest OneUI 3.1 and that they are additionally all logged in to the identical Samsung account.
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