A Punch Above Its Weight?
Smart Photography|March 2021
We have been witnessing a constant and steady scaling up of brands in the smartphone market for the last few years. While players who started with the budget segment move to a mid-priced segment and mid-price brands rapidly start testing the waters at the premium markets, the existing premium players like Apple and Samsung are busy carving out a luxury segment, catering to the crème-de-la-crème of the society. Make no mistake though; they are not leaving the premium segment yet, with carefully placed models in that segment, and even in the mid-priced market. We would call the S21 Ultra, Samsung’s luxury model, packing a surplus of everything in a stylish body.
Sujith Gopinath

Inside the Box

Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G phone

USB Type-C data cable

Ejection pin

Quick Start Guide

Design & Build Quality

The Galaxy S21 Ultra features a classic minimalistic design. The camera bump is rather unconventional, with a part of the bezel curved and merged with the edges of the platform. From a design point of view, this leaves too much of an asymmetry at the back. However, the glossy bezel and the matte-finished back provide a touch of class to this design. Both the volume rocker and power button are on the right-hand side. The USB Type-C port and the SIM tray are at the bottom.

The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The S21 Ultra 5G carries IP68 ingress protection rating. This means that the device offers complete protection from dust and according to Samsung’s claims, is protected from submersion in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The device is available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver finishes.

Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra uses a 5 nanometre, 64-bit Samsung Exynos 2100 octa-core processor with three ARM Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.81 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores clocking 2.21 GHz and one Cortex-X1 core at 2.91 GHz. These work in conjunction with an ARM Mali-G78 GPU to deliver a great gaming experience. The device is available in 12 GB and 16 GB RAM options. The 12 GB RAM variant offers 128 or 256 GB memory options while the 16 GB variant is available in 512 GB ROM version only.

The device uses a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display 2 providing 515 ppi of pixel density. The display is HDR10+ certified and offers adaptive refresh rate of 10 to 120 Hz. It is certified to reproduce 100 percent colour gamut in the DCI-P3 colour range. The phone runs on Android 11 OS.

The S21 Ultra offers a quad-camera system as main camera consisting of an ultra-wide, a wide and two telephoto cameras. The ultra–wide–angle camera is a 12 MP model offering 120-degree field of view. The 108 MP wide-angle camera offers 83-degree field of view and uses Phase Detection AF and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The telephoto cameras are both 10 MP models offering Dual Pixel AF. These cameras offer 35 and 10-degree fields of view and feature OIS. The cameras combine to give up to 10x optical zoom and combined with 10x digital zoom, the device offers an astonishing 100x zoom (what Samsung terms Space Zoom). The cameras feature Laser AF, which helps in fast AF even under low light. The camera can record videos at up to 8K 24 fps. The phone features 8K Video Capture that allows you to extract 8K still images from these footages. AI stabilisation for video lets you to shoot steady footages without a gimbal. UHD videos can be recorded at up to 60 fps. The camera offers Portrait mode with Studio-like effects made possible with the aid of AI. The studio effects offered under Portrait mode are Original, Blur, Studio, High-key mono, Low-key mono, Backdrop, and Colourpoint. It also features a Night mode with significant reduction in noise. The front camera is a 40 MP unit.

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