Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review Rundown
Samsung Electronics | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a large 6.8-inch WQHD+ dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. The phone is powered by a 5000 mAh battery - similar to the one found in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is the first Galaxy S smartphone with support for Samsung's S Pen, which was hitherto limited to Samsung's Note series only.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a big phone, but the dimensions and weight don't tell the whole story. It's well on its way to being the best Samsung camera I've used, and one of the top cameras available at the moment. In Pro Mode for video, there's a new BT Mix audio option, providing natural ambient sound paired with narration.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the biggest screen of the three new S21 phones, stretching out across 6.8in. Starting at £1,149, it's the priciest flagship smartphone on the market, costing slightly more than both the iPhone 12 Pro Max (£1,099) and Huawei Mate 40 Pro. The S21 Plus has a slightly bigger screen (6.7in) than the entry model, as well as a larger battery (4,800mAh), and costs £819.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, it remains as one of the most expensive and ostentatious Android flagships on the market. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the all-new Exynos 2100 SoC that uses the 5 nm manufacturing process. The smartphone does not come with clear technological leaps over the previous model but there were small tweaks and fixes made by Samsung.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra the display is now slightly smaller (6.8 vs. 6.9 inches), and the phone itself went through a complete redesign. Just like the Galaxy Note20 Ultra all S21 phones feature an ultra-wideband chip (UWB), a technology used to share data, pay wirelessly, unlock electronic locks, and locate other devices. Samsung DeX is also available and is supported in both its wired and wireless variety.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is, by and large, what the Galaxy S20 Ultra should have been. It's a solid and premium-feeling phone with a unique (for the US) superzoom camera. The Ultra is the only member of the S21 family that works with Samsung's S Pen.
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a new kind of value proposition from Samsung. It's not just bigger than the lower-end models with a better camera, like last year's Ultra. You can max it out with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $1,380. The marquee feature is the UWB chip, which operates in a dedicated section of the radio spectrum.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The S21 Ultra is the first Galaxy S phone to offer support for the S Pen stylus. The device is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 SoC. It comes in two colours - Phantom Violet and Graphite - and comes in a variety of cases. The display is a joy to interact with, boasting stunning contrast and vibrant colours.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The new Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung's new ‘everything phone’ with more cameras, beefier specs, and even S Pen compatibility. It's the first new smartphone we've tested in 2021, and it sets the bar high – much higher than last year's problematic ‘Ultra' phone. Photos look sharp, dynamic range is impressive and Samsung's ‘tripod lock' software feature steadies the 30x and 100x zoom levels on subjects to prevent the viewfinder image from jumping around.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to deliver everything you could possibly want in a big-screen Android phone. For the first time ever, a Galaxy S device supports the S Pen, a first for the Galaxy S series. The 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is simply one of the best screens on a phone.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra was made available for pre-order on 14 January, immediately after its launch. It is the most technologically advanced model in the new flagship line-up. With up to 16GB RAM, 512GB of storage, a 120Hz WQHD+ display and a 108-megapixel camera, this is Samsung's attempt at delivering the best Android phone ever.
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- 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: A justifiable expense?. Expertreviews. 03 March 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Slight tweaks aimed at perfection. Nextpit. 03 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Smartphone Review: Improved in many ways, but not all. Notebookcheck. 30 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review. Pcmag. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: All of Android for somewhat less. Pcworld. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Techadvisor. 01 March 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Techradar. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Tomsguide. 06 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review. Trustedreviews. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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