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Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S21
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8.4/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 61 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP, f/2.0


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

The Samsung S21 5G (Snapdragon) achieves decent autonomy overall, but it would have been nice to pair that with faster charging, which is quite common at this price range.

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
DxOMark

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) is a well-built device, which is reflected in its decent scores for efficiency. While it lands in the bottom half of our database among all devices tested to date, it is well within the norms for Premium segment devices. The Xiaomi and Oppo smartphones have much be...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
IT Pro

Although the battery life could have been lengthier - especially considering the price point - the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is still one of the best phones we’ve seen so far this year. The Exynos 2100 processor and 6.2in Dynamic AMOLED display make the phone an absolute pleasure to use, while additiona...

- Sabina Weston, IT Pro
T3

Although not the most impressive phone from the S21 series, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G will definitely appeal to the most people. This is a phone that combines a palatable price tag with higher-end specs like a 120Hz refresh rate and powerful CPU as well as an excellent camera - you'll get everything...

- Yasmine Crossland, T3
The Wirecutter

The 6.2-inch OLED screen offers vibrant colors, deep blacks, and a high refresh rate that makes animations smoother. The Galaxy S21 has one of the fastest processors available and will get four years of guaranteed OS updates, but Samsung’s Android software isn’t as good as Google’s version.

- Andrew Cunningham, Nick Guy, The Wirecutter


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy S21 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Samsung Galaxy S21's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ MP, f/2.0 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1980 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S21 Specs

Overview
Release Date January 29, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.74 W/kg
Body: 1.08 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/2.0
Zoom
3x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (64 MP, F2.0, Telephoto), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
10+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 421 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Up to 15 W
Fast Charging Up to 25 W
Video Playback Time Up to 1200 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 900 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to 1980 minutes
Standby Time Up to 11 days
Mixed Usage Up to 1493 minutes
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray, Phantom White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.17 x 0.79 x 7.12 cm (6 x 0.3 x 2.8 in)
Weight 171 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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