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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review Rundown

Samsung ElectronicsPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Smartphone
Neoscore* 81%
  • Gorgeous 120Hz screen
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

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.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superb camera performance
  • Great battery life
  • S Pen stylus support
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the S20 Ultra

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz WQHD screen
  • Fantastic battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

gsmarena[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Gsmarena have found the following[***]:
The vibration motor inside the S21 Ultra is among the best we've tested, and among the most flexible in its range of vibrations. There's no setting for automatic adjustment of colors based on the ambient light, but there is an "Adaptive" setting for the Eye comfort shield (Samsung's name for the blue light filter) It's packed to the brim with features and millions of settings and options for seemingly everything you can think of.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fast and smooth performance
  • Wide range of settings and options
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 and is available in three configurations. It features a 6.8-inch, WQHD+ (3200 x 1440) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. The phone is one of the brightest phones we have ever tested, peaking at 821 nits.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Incredible performance
  • Superb battery life
  • Super-fast SoC
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
Cons[**]
  • Not the fastest phone on the market

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fast SoC
  • Decent camera performance
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6E with VHT160
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • S Pen cannot be stored inside the phone

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Superzoom camera
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6E and UWB directional positioning
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Bixby Home screen

pcworld[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great battery life
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • Slightly bigger than last year's S21

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • S Pen stylus is a joy to use
  • Fantastic battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stunning 120Hz Quad HD display
  • Long battery life
  • S Pen compatibility
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a huge phone and an expensive one, so it won't appeal to many. But if you're okay with those qualities, then it is also the best Android phone right now. The camera system is the best I've used on any Android phone and is extremely competitive with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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Pros[**]
  • Great screen
  • Great camera system
  • Great battery life
  • S Pen stylus is included
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the iPhone 12 Pro Max

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.8-inch AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • S Pen and Wacom digitizer included
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a charger in the box

trustedreviews[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz WQHD+ display
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review: 2021’s true S Series phone, and the best yet. Digitaltrends. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: A justifiable expense?. Expertreviews. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra long-term review. Gsmarena. 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Small changes yield big results. Laptopmag. 2021-04-17. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Slight tweaks aimed at perfection. Nextpit. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Smartphone Review: Improved in many ways, but not all. Notebookcheck. 2021-01-30. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review. Pcmag. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: All of Android for somewhat less. Pcworld. 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Techadvisor. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Techradar. 2021-01-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: the real deal. Theverge. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. 12. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Tomsguide. 2021-02-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  13. 13. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  15. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  16. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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