Jan 15, 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Debuts, PH Pricing and Availability Revealed

Samsung's newest flagship lineup boasts its latest Exynos 2100 chip, with a top-of-the-line camera and battery offerings.

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Like clockwork, Samsung made good on its promise as it officially released the Galaxy S21 series. The lineup, which consists of the vanilla Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, is the Korean tech giant's first foray in the proper flagship race this 2021.

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Like the previous generations, the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup came prepared with all the bells and whistles―ranging from its new mobile processor which also happens to be the company's first premium 5G-integrated chipset built on the most advanced 5-nanometer process node, industry-leading display features, to sophisticated cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

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The smallest among the siblings, the standard Samsung Galaxy S21 5G features a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels; there's also support for a high 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 1,300 nits of peak brightness, Always On Display, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 5G's display has a cutout at the top center, housing a 10MP wide selfie camera.

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Around the back, Samsung places all the phone's triple cameras on the Galaxy S21 5G's top-left edge. The cameras are headlined by a 12MP wide unit, with a 64MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide module as its auxiliary sensors.

The Galaxy S21 5G is then powered by Samsung's latest in-house SoC, the Exynos 2100 (international model), or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset depending on the region. The Exynos 2100 is the company's first premium integrated iteration built on the top-of-the-line 5nm process node.

Additionally, the Galaxy S21 5G has 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The handset also works on a 4,000mAh battery capacity, with support for 25W fast wired and 15W fast wireless charging options; a 4.5W reverse wireless charging is also included.

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Other key features of the Galaxy S21 5G include an in-display fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G runs on the latest One UI 3.1, based on Android 11.

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Pros

  • Peak brightness at 1,300 nits (Galaxy S20 was 1,200 nits)
  • Newest flagship processor
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • IP68-rating
  • Camera software upgrades and features

Cons

  • No expandable storage support
  • No update on the battery department
  • Resolution maxes out at FHD+ (The previous generation maxes out at QHD+)

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Key Specifications

Display Size6.2 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
OS verAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm) Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International) Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
CPU Speed1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55 (International) 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Storage128GB, 256GB
External StorageNo
RAM8GB
Main Camera12MP + 64MP + 12MP
Front Camera10MP
BatteryLi-Po 4,000mAh, non-removable Fast charging 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Dimensions151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm (5.97 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)
Weight169 g (Sub6), 171 g (mmWave) (5.96 oz)
ColorPhantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink, Phantom Violet

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G

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The slightly larger Galaxy S21+ 5G comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with the same FHD+ resolution and tops up with a high 120Hz refresh rate. The Corning Gorilla Victus is likewise featured.

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Like its regular sibling, the Galaxy S21+ 5G is powered by the Exynos 2100 (international model), or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset depending on the region, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of onboard storage. Akin to its display size, the phone also works on a larger 4,800mAh battery capacity, with 25W fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G also has the same camera features, both on its front and rear setups.

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Pros

  • Peak brightness at 1,300 nits (Galaxy S20+ was 1,200 nits)
  • Newest flagship processor
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • IP68-rating
  • Larger battery capacity over the previous generation
  • Camera software upgrades and features

Cons

  • No expandable storage support
  • Resolution maxes out at FHD+ (The previous generation maxes out at QHD+)

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Key Specifications

Display Size6.7 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
OS verAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm) Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International) Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
CPU Speed1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55 (International) 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Storage128GB, 256GB
External StorageNo
RAM8GB
Main Camera12MP + 64MP + 12MP
Front Camera10MP
BatteryLi-Po 4,800mAh, non-removable Fast charging 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Dimensions161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm (6.36 x 2.98 x 0.31 in)
Weight200 g (Sub6), 202 g (mmWave) (7.05 oz)
ColorPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Red, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gold, Phantom Violet

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

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Building on its predecessor's headline-grabbing premise, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is also all about impressing upon power and sophistication.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, with support for 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and 1,500 nits of peak brightness. Like its siblings, the phablet also boasts the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and Always On Display.

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As you'd expect from its Ultra moniker, the phone did arrive with some show-stopping camera features. These are front-lined by a quadruple-camera setup on its rear, with a second-generation 108MP wide unit as its primary lens. Its auxiliary sensors include a 10MP periscope telephoto camera, a 10MP telephoto lens, and a 12MP ultrawide module.

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G also has a large 40MP selfie shooter residing in the phone's display punch-hole.

Like its siblings, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is powered by an Exynos 2100 (international model) or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset, depending on the region. The phone is then accompanied by 12GB/16GB of RAM tiers, with 128GB/256GB/512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage options.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G also flaunts the largest battery in the series, with a whopping 5,000mAh capacity. It also has support for 25W fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

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Another highlight of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the introduction for support of the iconic S Pen, popularized by Samsung's Galaxy Note lineups.

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Pros

  • 120Hz refresh rate @QHD+ resolution
  • Newest flagship processor
  • IP68-rating
  • S Pen support (Not included in product box)
  • Upgraded rear-camera setup (108MP sensor)

Cons

  • No expandable storage support
  • No update on the battery department

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Key Specifications

Display Size6.8 inches
Display ResolutionQHD+ 1440 x 3200 pixels, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
OS verAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm) Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International) Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
CPU Speed1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55 (International) 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
External StorageNo
RAM12GB, 16GB
Main Camera108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP
Front Camera40MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000mAh, non-removable Fast charging 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Dimensions165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
Weight227 g (Sub6), 229 g (mmWave) (8.01 oz)
ColorPhantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, Phantom Brown

Pricing and Availability in the Philippines

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According to Samsung Philippines' official website, the newest Samsung Galaxy S21 series carries the following prices in the Philippines:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G: 8GB RAM/256GB To be announced
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G: 12GB RAM/256GB PHP 57,990
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: 12GB RAM/256GB PHP 69,990
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: 16GB RAM/512GB PHP 79,990

Alternatively, the Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G can also be availed for a three-month installment plan through Metrobank credit cards.

Samsung Philippines also announced a pre-order promo period from January 14 to 28 for its Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Those who opt to participate will get the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G: PHP 5,000 discount, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy SmartTag, Free YouTube Premium (4 months), and Free Shipping (Select areas of Luzon)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: PHP 5,000 discount, Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy SmartTag, Free YouTube Premium (4 months), and Free Shipping (Select areas of Luzon)

Pricing and availability for the Galaxy S21 5G model have yet to be announced by Samsung's local arm.

It's also worth mentioning that the new Galaxy S21 series doesn't come with a charging adapter inside the box similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 12 series. In Samsung's defense, most users will have their previous charging adapter anyway and the movement is eco-friendly helping reduce waste generated by tech companies. Samsung also added that they still included a USB Type-C cable in the box though and that they've reduced the pricing of their charging adapters for those who prefer or need a new one.

Spec Comparison

Model Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
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Lowest Price P34,290 P45,500 P36,990 P54,990 P25,000 P58,850
CPU Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) - USA
Octa-core
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) - USA
Octa-core
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Display Size 6.2 inches 6.2 inches 6.7 inches 6.7 inches 6.9 inches 6.8 inches
RAM 12GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB 12GB, 16GB 12GB, 16GB
Main Camera 12MP + 12MP + 64MP 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 64MP + 0.3MP 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + 0.3MP 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP
Battery 4,000mAh
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Li-Po 4,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,500mAh
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Li-Po 4,800mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Fast battery charging 45W
Li-Po 5,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
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