Samsung Galaxy Unpacked January 2021

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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G | S21+ 5G

Release Date: January 29th
Price (S21): 128GB A$1249 | 256GB A$1349 (Bonus Galaxy Buds Live with Pre-Order)
Price (S21+): 128GB A$1549 | 256GB A$1649 (Bonus Galaxy Buds Live with Pre-Order)

  • Display:
    • 6.2" (S21) | 6.7" (S21+) Infinity-O Display
    • 1080p+ display (Downgrade from the 1440p+ resolution of the S20 Series)
    • Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • Eye Comfort Shield
    • Super Smooth 120hz Display
  • Chipset:
    • Exynos 2100 (5 nm) - International
    • Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) - USA/China/Korea
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB (microSD Slot has been removed)
  • IP68 Rating
  • Battery: 3880mAh (S21) | 4660mAh (S21+)
  • Cameras:
    • Front: 10MP Dual Pixel, F2.2, 1.22µm
    • Ultra Wide: 12MP FF, FOV 120˚, F2.2, 1.4µm
    • Wide: 12MP Dual Pixel, OIS, F1.8, 1.8µm
    • Tele: 64MP Phase Detection, 3X, OIS, F2.0, 0.8µm
  • Colours Available (S21): Phantom Violet, Phantom Grey, Phantom White, Phantom Pink
  • Colours Available (S21+): Phantom Violet, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Gold*, Phantom Red* (* are Samsung Online Store exclusive colour)
  • USB-C charging cable included, travel adapter and earphones sold separately.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Release Date: January 29th
Price: 128GB A$1849 | 256GB A$1949 | 512GB A$2149 (Bonus Galaxy Buds Pro with Pre-Order)

  • Display:
    • 6.8" Infinity-O Display
    • 1440p+ Display
    • Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • Super Smooth 120hz Display
  • Chipset:
    • Exynos 2100 (5 nm) - International
    • Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) - USA/China/Korea
  • RAM: 12 or 16GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB (microSD Slot has been removed)
  • IP68 Rating
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Cameras:
    • Front: 40MP, F2.2, 0.7µm
    • Ultra Wide: 12MP Dual Pixel, FOV 120˚, F2.2, 1.4µm
    • Wide: 108MP Phase Detection, OIS, F1.8, 0.8µm
    • Tele1: 10MP Dual Pixel, Optical 3x, OIS, F2.4, 1.22µm
    • Tele2: 10MP Dual Pixel, Optical 10x, OIS, F4.9, 1.22µm
    • Laser AF Sensor
  • S Pen Support (or any Wacom stylus)
  • Available Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Titanium*, Phantom Navy*, Phantom Brown* (* are Samsung Online Store exclusive colour)
  • USB-C charging cable included, travel adapter and earphones sold separately.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Release Date: January 29th
Price: A$349

  • Speaker: Two-way (11mm woofer + 6.5mm tweeter)
  • Earbud weight: 6.3 grams
  • Charging case weight: 44.9 grams
  • Microphones: Three mics (two outer and one inner), voice pickup unit and wind shield
  • ANC: Cuts up to 99% of external background noise, adjustable to two levels
  • Ambient Sound: Amplifies up to 20 decibels, four adjustable levels, voice detect
  • Battery: 61mAh in each buds, 472 mAh inside the case.
  • Battery Life: 5 hours with ANC (18 hours total with case) | 8 hours without ANC (28 hours total with case)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX7 water-resistance rating (fully waterproof)
  • Available Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet

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Comments

  • +7 votes

    Hmmm, I am surprised that they got rid of microSD card support. I thought no one liked that when S6 came out (hence why S7 had mSD support).

    • +4 votes

      It also makes it glaringly obvious that to get more space you need a much more expensive model vs buying your own micro sd. Makes something much cheaper. Like oppo find x2 pro with 512 gb on sale much more storage than an entry level 128 tb or 256 gb s21 range….. they removed the micro sd card yet what was replaced in return??no dual sim which is normally the difference?

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      No microsd slot was the reason why I skipped over the S6 (as well as severe stock issues). Avoided the nexus phones for the same reason. Might have to keep using the s7 for another year :(

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    Hmm hopefully the CPU is fine this time

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      What's the official reason aus gets exynos and the other markets snapdragon?? Is there a proper reasoning behind it?? Otherwise it seems odd as others claimed on the s20 line the snap dragon was far superior to exynos. Wonder if it'll be the same here too?

      • +1 vote

        Not only Australia gets Exynos, but also Europe.
        No official reason, but samsung certainly has to pay more for SD than their own chips.
        Performance wise, after Samsung S6/Note 5, Exynos never took over snapdragon. This year can be different as Sd888 on Mi11 has heating and performance issues, and Exynos 2100 does looks like a slightly overclocked SD888 which trades power consumption for extra theoretical performance. Still, wait for proper reviews for actual performance/power consumption comparison.
        This issue was never taken seriously as most of the tech influencers are from NA, only a few from EU or AU who cares about it.

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          Any word out yet if the SD888 indeed < exynos in these new lineups? or is the SD888 still superior (noticeably)?

      • +3 votes

        I thought it was because the SD chips supports CDMA which are used by some NA telcos.

        • +1 vote

          Yes, because USA still loves CDMA which Exynos doesn't have in the chip

  • +3 votes

    I'm not the biggest fan of what the S21 Ultra offers based on the price tag itself. If I trade in my phone right now, it'll cost around 1.4k AUD. For that price, I would expect them to throw in a charging brick seeing how it's a faster charging brick than the previous generations (S10+). And with the lack of micro SD card, I can't imagine how your phone storage will be able to handle all the high resolution pictures and videos.

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      They want you to pay for Onedrive subs. Just like they want you to pay for their kidneybuds and now their charging brick.

      All of this while selling the phone at sky high $$$.!

  • +1 vote

    no thanks, i am switching to iphone 12.

    • +1 vote

      lol someone gave you negative because you used the word "apple". how pathetic. Anyway I gave you +

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      What do you have now?

    • +3 votes

      Thanks for letting us know I'll make a note of it.

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      no one asked

      • +1 vote

        But if someone does I already know the answer :-)

  • +1 vote

    Personally I think S21 looks ugly especially the violet colour and also the camera setup, also no charger or ear phones in the box. Not good value

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      No charger and earphones? :O
      Omg for real?
      Also no SD card slot?

      What even..?

      Um I think this s20 is my first and last Samsung… I still can't listen to my music, none of the 3.5mm adaptors I bought work and the battery barely lasts me 4 hours of screen time..

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    128GB A$1249
    this hits the sweet spot. Not too expensive, not missing and feature.

    time to visit Samsung store in CBD.

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    I haven't seen the full spec as yet from the official website but from what I can see:
    1. Removal of MicroSD = No Dual Sim?
    2. No travel adapter. I notice most bigger media news today didn't mention this (eg: AFR, 7News, News, etc)
    3. As being pointed out, the S21+ 5G has a downgrade on video.

    I look forward for a proper (honest) review but at a glance, it's not good look.

  • +4 votes

    Marketing Team: Lets bag apple with this

    https://imgur.com/a/dmyFR06

    Development Team: Ah.. about that!

    On a side note, a few years back i went to a training class for a new android device that was coming out. They talked about why they were removing MicroSD support.
    The stats on how MicroSD's affect performance was astounding. Essentially your device is always running a process bwteen device and your card to ensure quick loading of files etc. It can really have a massive impact on battery life, overall performance etc.
    I am not surprised the industry is moving away from supporting them.

    • +2 votes

      Just because it's poorly implemented doesn't mean we shouldn't have it.
      SD Card as just storage for media is fantastic, not so much for apps.

  • +1 vote

    I would love to hear people's initial thoughts about the Samsung S21 phones. I think the phones dont look as nice or appealing especially with the camera set up. Also, not happy Samsung has removed the charger from box and you have to pay separately for it. Once upon a time Samsung mocked Apple for doing the same. What are your thoughts about colour options, violet with golden camera looks a bit weird to me.
    Also there is no expandable storage.
    P.S these are just my personal views so please take them easy.

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      I think with the whole charging brick being removed, if the launch price of the S21 and S21+ is lower than the S20 series, I wouldn't mind since the price reduction compensates for the charger. However, what I am pissed about tho, is that the S21 Ultra does not have an expandable storage, despite them bragging on how high res there camera is, your phone storage would fill up in no time. And with the cheapest variant right now, and that's including if I trade in my phone, it would be around 1.4k+. For that price, I would definitely expect them to chuck in the charging brick seeing how it's a faster one.

      Not to mention, there's not much of a point to purchase the S21+ as the only advantage I think, is only an extra few 100mah of battery and a little bit increase of the screen size. Definitely dissapointed.

  • +1 vote

    Watch the live stream?? Do people really give that many F's to watch someone opening a box of a new phone?
    There will be 21349203 webpages with the info within hours or in the morning when you wake up.

  • +2 votes

    They should've kept the charger and kept the expandable storage and the camera design is not that good. Let see what competition Samsung will bring in now with the previous comp giving away s20 Ultra.