Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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BEST RATING
Overall Camera:
4.3
CAMERA: Good7.8/10
SIZE: Largest Android
BATTERY: Fair6.6/10

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium device with a high-quality camera setup, including a 108-megapixel main camera and a 10x optical zoom telephoto lens. Its large 6.8-inch curved OLED screen offers a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth visuals. The phone supports 5G connectivity and has a long-lasting 5000mAh battery. It runs on Android with the powerful Snapdragon 888 processor and comes with 128GB of storage. If you often take photos or videos, its camera capabilities are impressive, but if you're looking for something more budget-friendly, consider other models as this one is on the higher end of the price spectrum. The S21 Ultra lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack but does offer Wireless DeX for desktop-like functionality. It is built with glass and provides both face unlock and an under-display fingerprint sensor for security, but it doesn't include a stylus or offer an expandable storage option. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent camera with 10x optical zoom
  • Bright OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Long battery life with wireless charging
  • Large 6.8-inch display for immersive experience
  • Supports 8K and 4K video recording
Cons
  • No headphone jack or expandable SD card storage
  • Considerably heavy at 8.01 ounces
  • Released in 2021, may not be latest model
  • Expensive compared to other models

Ratings by Category

Overall Camera:
4.3
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra showcases a formidable camera setup, earning a reputation for high-quality photo captures through its robust software experience and capacity for capturing dynamic range and low light situations. Additionally, the device stands out with its camera versatility, particularly with the inclusion of a telephoto lens that provides 10x optical zoom, elevating the detail and clarity possible in zoomed-in photography.
Photos:
4.3
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra captures good photos due to its versatile camera system that excels in various shooting conditions and its robust photo processing software which enhances image quality. Furthermore, the phone performs well in dynamic range and low-light situations, while also providing high-quality selfies.
Performance:
4.2
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Videos:
4.0
The Videos rating is based on PerfectRec’s assessment of a variety of factors including framerate at different resolutions, video stabilization, video dynamic range, video low-light performance, and mic quality, as well as software features, video processing quality, and ease of use.
Battery Life:
3.6
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$423
Brand
Samsung
Operating System
Android
Release Date
January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.8"
Resolution
3200 x 1440
Variable refresh rate
Yes
Pixels Per Inch
515
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB
RAM
12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.9/10
Photos Score
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7.8/10
Videos Score
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7.1/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
108 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.5" x 2.98"
Weight
8.01 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.2
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6e
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium
Stock Android
No
SD Card
No

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David Imel | January 2023
"The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a killer combo of great design, blazing-fast performance, a wonderful display, long-lasting battery life, and one of the most versatile camera systems you can get in a smartphone today."

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