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Samsung Galaxy S21: Three phones, so many cameras

The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are here and they pile on the performance, battery life, and cameras like no Samsung phone before. Here's what's the same and different on all three devices.

Samsung is starting 2021 off with a big bang with the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.

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The 11th generation Galaxy S phones don't need an introduction. These are Samsung's latest and greatest Android smartphones. They are stuffed with the newest technologies.

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Before we get into the differences of each Galaxy S21, let's look at what features are the same:

• Snapdragon 888 chip

• AMOLED display with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate

• HDR10+ certified

• In-display fingerprint sensor

• IP68 water and dust-resistance

• Fast wireless & wired charging

• Wireless PowerShare

• 5G (Sub-6 & mmWave), Wi-Fi 6E, Ultra Wide Band

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More specific camera specs in a minute. All S21s have improved 8K video recording, faster autofocus and night shooting, a "Vlogger View" mode that simultaneously records from the front and rear video cameras, to name just some new camera upgrades.

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Samsung's improved the "Eye Comfort Shield" to filter out even more blue light on all S21 displays. Other than size and resolution, you have to pick between flat versus curved. The S21 and S21+ have flat displays and the S21 Ultra has gently curved sides.

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No more expandable storage

After years of resisting it, Samsung has ditched the microSD card slot on the S21s. Now, the internal storage is all you get just like an iPhone. You can't add more later.

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Plastic vs. glass

There's also the matter of materials. The S21 has a plastic back and the S21+ and S21 Ultra have a glass back. All three are matte so they should resist fingerprints better than S20 phones.

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As promised, Samsung's brought the S Pen from Galaxy Note. But only for the S21 Ultra. On the Note, the S Pen is included and slots into the phone. If you want an S Pen for the S21 Ultra it's sold separately.

Here's a special case with an included S Pen slot Samsung will gladly sell you. Any Note S Pen or Galaxy Tab S Pen will also work with the S21 Ultra.

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Galaxy S21

6.2"

The size of the S21's screen.

2,400 x 1,080 resolution at 421 ppi.

Storage + RAM + Battery

The S21 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. Battery capacity is 4,000 mAh.

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S21 cameras:

Wide: 12-megapixel f/1.8 with OIS

Ultra-wide: 12-megapixel f/2.2 (120-degree FOV)

Telephoto: 64-megapixel f/2.0 with OIS

30x Space Zoom

Selfie: 10-megapixel f/2.2

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Starts at $799.99

The regular Galaxy S21 comes in the most colors: Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Pink.

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Galaxy S21+

6.7"

The size of the S21+'s display.

2,400 x 1,080 resolution at 394 ppi.

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Storage + RAM + Battery

The S21+ comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It has a 4,800 mAh battery.

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S21+ cameras:

Wide: 12-megapixel f/1.8 with OIS

Ultra-wide: 12-megapixel f/2.2 (120-degree FOV)

Telephoto: 64-megapixel f/2.0 with OIS

30x Space Zoom

Selfie: 10-megapixel f/2.2

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Starts at $999.99

The S21+ comes in three colors: Phantom Black, Phantom White, and Phantom Violet.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra

6.8"

The size of the S21 Ultra's display.

3,200 x 1,400 resolution at 515 ppi.

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Storage + RAM + Battery

The S21 Ultra has the most RAM and storage. Take your pick of 12GB of RAM with 128GB or 256GB of storage. Or 16GB of RAM with 512GB of storage. The S21 Ultra has a 5,000 mAh battery.

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S21 Ultra cameras:

Wide: 108-megapixel f/1.8 with OIS

Ultra-wide: 12-megapixel f/2.2 (120-degree FOV)

Telephoto 1: 10-megapixel f/2.4 with 3x optical zoom + OIS

Telephoto 2: 10-megapixel f/4.9 with 10x optical zoom + OIS

100x Space Zoom

Laser Autofocus

Selfie: 40-megapixel f/2.2

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Starts at $1,199.99

The Galaxy S21 Ultra only comes in two colors: Phantom Black and Phantom White.

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Some bad news...

Following Apple, the Galaxy S21s also don't come with a charger in the box. It's fine if you already have a high-wattage charger that supports fast charging. Sucks if you don't because that's gonna be an extra cost.

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1/29

The launch date for the S21s. Pre-orders start on 1/14.

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So that's the S21, S21+, and S21+. Stay tuned to Input because we'll have a full review soon with a more in-depth look at the new cameras.

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