The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, with a strong focus on cameras. Just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra (Review), this new model boasts 100X “space zoom” and 8K video recording, but with an improved shooting experience and even better image quality.
Samsung is providing the best of both worlds with the new Galaxy S21 Ultra you get a powerful S series Android phone along with the S Pen stylus support borrowed from the Note series.
There’s no denying that Samsung has given its best while making the S21 Ultra. But appreciating a well-made smartphone is quite different from spending over Rs 1 lakh on it. Also, the fact that Samsung’s attractive foldable phones, like the Galaxy Z Flip, selling for a far lesser price can’t be ignored.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Camera Features
Samsung has reworked the implementation, especially of the telephoto cameras. There’s a new-generation 108-megapixel primary camera that does nona-pixel binning, combining information from nine pixels into one, for more detailed 12-megapixel photos.
There’s a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and two telephoto cameras. The latter both have 10-megapixel sensors, but with different types of optical zoom lenses. One has a 3X optical zoom, while the other is capable of 10X, with a periscope-style lens.
Samsung continues to market Space Zoom, which on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, goes all the way to 100X. At such a high magnification, it can get very tricky to frame shots correctly. This is where the new Zoom Lock feature comes in.
When you go beyond 20X magnification, you get a little preview window in the viewfinder to help you find your subject better. If you hold the frame steady enough for one and a half seconds or tap the preview box, the camera will lock focus on your subject and stick to it (the preview box turns yellow to confirm this), making it much easier to get a properly framed shot.
Samsung Galaxy S21’s Display and Design
Galaxy S21 Ultra features 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with variable refresh rate of between 10Hz and 120Hz. In layman terms, Samsung claims that this display offers a better contrast ratio, colour accuracy, and the refresh rate will automatically change between 10Hz and 120Hz as per the content on the screen. There’s Corning Glass Victus protection of both front and back.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra feels tough to hold and the premium design stands out. But the device can be quite bulky, especially if your hands are small. It measures 75.6×165.1×8.9mm and weighs 228 grams.
The huge camera module at the back makes the device wobble and it’s a bit sharp around the edges too. The phone doesn’t look drastically different from the older S20 Ultra but there are some nice touches.
Samsung Galaxy S21’s Price and Variants
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G starts at Rs. 1,05,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and there’s a second option priced at Rs. 1,16,999 which has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. And There’s no microSD slot card