The all-new Samsung Galaxy S21 is our top pick for most buyers. It’s packed with cutting-edge hardware specs, yet it has an elegant and compact design. The phone packs a powerful chip, a powerful camera setup with a high-resolution telephoto sensor and head-spinning zoom capabilities, and a gorgeous AMOLED 2X display.
Compared to the Galaxy S20 it replaces, the Galaxy S21 has a display with a lower FHD+ resolution, but an adaptive refresh rate. The last bit saves battery by automatically adjusting the frame rate depending on the onscreen content.
The video-recording capabilities of the Galaxy S21 smartphone are truly remarkable. The phone can capture 8K footage with four times as many pixels as 4K video, as well as high-quality audio. An AI-powered feature called Single Take, on the other hand, seamlessly captures multiple photos and video clips, ensuring that user can always capture a perfect shot.
The Galaxy S21 has enough RAM and storage to rival a laptop computer, as well as one the best display panels in the business. Of course, like its predecessors, the latest Galaxy also features a fully waterproof build and built-in stereo speakers.
In case you’re looking for new top-shelf Galaxy with a bigger screen, consider the Galaxy S21+ instead. For $200 more, it has a larger 6.7-inch FHD+ display and a battery that’s 20 percent bigger (4,800 mAh). The rest of its hardware specs are the same as the Galaxy S21’s.
The Galaxy S21 is available in Violet, Gray, Pink, and White, with each color option sporting a Phantom moniker. The Galaxy S21+ is available with a violet, silver, and black finish.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display: 6.2-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 120 Hz maximum refresh rate and HDR10+ compatibility
Camera: Triple camera with 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide; 10MP selfie camera
Memory: 8GB of RAM, up to 128/256GB of expandable storage
Battery: 4,000 mAh, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
Other: Wi-Fi 6E compatibility, built-in stereo speakers, waterproof body