The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android phone yet with dual zoom lenses, a stellar display and excellent battery life
SAMSUNG GALAXY S21 ULTRA SPECS
Display: 6.8 inches AMOLED (3200 x 1400); 10 to 120Hz
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12GB, 16GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear cameras: 108MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (3x zoom, f/2.4), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom, f/4.9), laser AF sensor
Front camera: 40MP (f/2.2)
Video: 8K 30 fps/4K 60 fps
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Battery life: 11 hours 25 min (60Hz), 10:07 (adaptive)
Wireless: 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, UWB
Size: 6.5 x 2.97 x 0.35 inches
Weight: 8.08 ounces
Test cheat sheet for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
• The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s dynamic monitor offers a steady 120Hz refresh rate while maintaining the highest WQHD resolution. It’s also really light and vibrant.
• You can get really personal to your subject with the dual telephoto lenses (3x and 10x optical zoom), and the latest Zoom Lock function holds it steady with digital Space Zoom.
• The S Pen service is good to have, but the stylus and a case to keep it in must be purchased separately.
• The S21 Ultra isn’t inexpensive at $1,199, but it’s $200 cheaper than the S20 Ultra. However, neither a battery nor a microSD card slot are included in the package.
• The bigger fingerprint sensor makes unlocking the S21 Ultra much faster.
• The battery life of 11.5 hours is outstanding for a 5G handset.
Analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Design and Colors
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a one-of-a-kind device. Since the contour cut camera design incorporates the camera bump into the glass back, this is also a large system that requires two hands to operate. The S21 Ultra is larger and stronger than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, with a 0.35-inch outline and a weight of 8.08 ounces. The display is softly curved, as opposed to the entirely flat standard Galaxy S21, although not to the point of being distracting. Unlike last year’s Ultra, I never clicked anything on the phone by mistake.
Carriers provide the Galaxy S21 Ultra in just two colors: Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. I’m thinking of going for black because it has a slimming impact. However, Samsung.com has unique S21 Ultra colors such as Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium, and Phantom Brown.
Analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Display
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is clearly one of the finest on a tablet. It’s vivid, colorful, and unlike its ancestor, it doesn’t force you to pick between the maximum resolution and the highest refresh rate.
Yes, viewing videos on this phablet can hypnotize you. When binge-watching on Netflix, the colors are as vibrant as ever, and the viewing angles are good and big.
The Ultra, on the other hand, outperforms the iPhone in terms of dynamic refresh time. You now get 120Hz and quad HD resolution at the same time, in addition to ultra smooth scrolling and gaming. As a result, you don’t have to pick between high resolution and high refresh speeds.
The S21 Ultra is also intelligent enough to dynamically reduce the refresh rate to 10Hz to conserve fuel.
More good news: the S21 Ultra’s monitor will achieve a peak rating brightness of 1,500 nits, making it easier to read outside. The S21 Ultra averaged 821 nits in our tests, which is higher than the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 654 nits.
Cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
In comparison to the S21 and S21 Plus, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s cameras stick out the best. A key 108MP large sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor are combined with a laser auto focus sensor. When you zoom in on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you’ll sound like a secret agent. While the iPhone 12 Pro Max only has a 2.5x optical zoom, the S21 Ultra has two 3x and 10x optical zoom telephoto lenses.
I couldn’t believe how close I came to this sign, which was well over a highway. The zoom gets blurry at 100x, but the latest Zoom Lock function will help you get a more steady shot with just a tap.
The 108MP main camera will take 12-bit HDR images with 64 times more color data and three times the dynamic range of the S20 Ultra. In Pro mode, there’s even a 12-bit RAW file alternative.