With CES 2021 just around the corner, there are sure to be plenty of new gadgets unveiled in the coming weeks. However, few have the name recognition of the Samsung Galaxy S21. The company’s next-gen flagship smartphone will officially be unveiled on January 14 during a virtual Unpacked event. Those wanting to learn about the phone’s specs and features can tune in at 10 a.m. EST.
Of course, the Galaxy S21 is one of the most-leaked devices in recent memory. Almost every detail about the phone has been revealed prematurely, but Samsung could have something up its sleeve to surprise consumers.
Galaxy S21 Announcement
For Samsung fans, few things are more exciting than an Unpacked event. The company reserves these for major product unveilings—a trend that will continue on January 14. Along with the Galaxy S21, Samsung is expected to announce both the S21 Plus as well as the premium S21 Ultra model.
This type of lineup follows Samsung’s recent conventions and shouldn’t come as a surprise. The S21 Ultra is expected to add support for the company’s S-Pen stylus and should boast a curved screen.
Based on several leaks, one of the most notable physical changes to the Galaxy lineup is the position of the camera array. In a GIF posted by Samsung to announced the Unpacked event, a trio of cameras stacked atop each other is shown.
As noted, almost all of the new S21 lineup has been leaked from various sources. WinFuture reported that the Galaxy S21 features a 2400 x 1080 display, a small step down from its predecessor. That being said, it offers a 120Hz refresh rate for silky-smooth scrolling.
On the battery front, the standard S21 is expected to have a 4,000 mAh pack (no surprise there) and the S21 Plus will get a 4,800 mAh battery to account for its larger display.
Both models will support 5G. This is almost a given at this point since 5G networks have rolled out in many parts of the world. By all accounts, it appears that consumers are finally ready to adopt 5G. The Galaxy S21 lineup may help with the new network’s expansion.
One of the biggest (relative) unknowns about Samsung’s upcoming smartphones is how expensive they will be. WinFuture claims that the S21 will cost around $1,040 while the S21 Plus will retail for $1,285. It’s unclear how much more expensive the S21 Ultra will be, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it is a few hundred dollars more than the S21 Plus.
Samsung will most likely reveal the official prices for its new smartphone lineup as well as open preorders for the devices during its Unpacked event.
Finally, don’t be surprised to see another product or two make an appearance. As The Verge’s Chaim Gartenberg and Sean Hollister note, Samsung is rumored to have a new pair of Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds and a Tile-competing tracking device in the works. One or both of those devices could make an appearance on January 14 as well.