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- Samsung just announced the Galaxy S21 lineup, which includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
- All three phones have a new design with a matte finish and more striking camera module.
- The Ultra model is also getting some extra perks like a dual telephoto lens and the ability to maintain a high refresh rate along with high resolution.
- All told, it’s a modest improvement over the S20 that brings upgrades to the design, performance, and camera at a better price.
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Building on the direction Samsung has taken in recent years with its Galaxy phones, some of the biggest enhancements coming to the S21 involve the phones’ camera and design. The Galaxy S21 doesn’t seem like a huge leap over the S20, but rather an iterative improvement that addresses some of the S20 lineup’s biggest shortcomings.
But perhaps what’s even more significant than the features mentioned below is Samsung’s new pricing structure. The Galaxy S21 lineup is launching at an even cheaper price than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 did last year, likely because this is the first major smartphone to launch at a time when 5G has become the standard and no longer requires a premium cost.
The Galaxy S21 starts at $799.99, while the S21 Plus begins at $999.99, and the S21 Ultra costs $1,199.99. The Galaxy S20 lineup, by comparison, started at $999.99, $1,199.99, and $1,399.99 at launch last year.
The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra are launching on January 29 with preorders beginning on January 14.
Here’s a closer look at the most significant updates coming to the Galaxy S21 lineup.