Large 120Hz screen
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is equipped with a glass housing and a huge 6.8-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate. That refresh rate indicates how many times per second the image refreshes itself.
A higher number means a smoother picture and you will benefit from this especially when reading text, playing optimized games and navigating the Android operating system.
An interesting innovation is the support for the S-Pen. This is a stylus pen for making (notes) drawings. The S-Pen has so far been held up to smartphones and tablets in the Galaxy Note series . Samsung therefore changes that strategy, making the S21 Ultra slightly more complete than its predecessor.
Samsung has developed a new processor for the Galaxy S21 series. This Exynos 2100 chip should be faster and more power efficient than the processor in the Galaxy S20, which will improve the user experience. In addition, there is standard 12GB of RAM, only the most expensive variant (with 512GB storage) contains 16GB of RAM.
The Samsung S20 Ultra contains 128GB of storage space, and you can also see this in the S21 Ultra. Samsung also releases variants with 256GB and even 512GB storage memory. However, expanding it with a memory card is not possible.
Fast (wireless) charging
You can also count on 5G support , wireless charging and fast charging via USB-C. It is striking that Samsung delivers the Galaxy S21 Ultra without a charger and earplugs . There is only a USB-C cable in the box. So you have to arrange the charger yourself. The Galaxy S21 Ultra can fast charge via a 45 Watt charger and also works with less powerful chargers.
For example, the 25 Watt charger of the Galaxy S20 or Note 20 series. In addition, wireless charging is also possible, but that is a lot slower. Samsung omits the charger and earbuds to save the environment. Major competitor Apple started this at the end of 2019 with the iPhone 12 series .
Four cameras on the back
You will find four camera lenses on the back of the Samsung S21 Ultra. The main camera has a resolution of no less than 108 megapixels and shoots standard 27 megapixel photos. That should produce better pictures because the camera fuses pixels.
The device also has a 12 megapixel wide-angle lens to capture a larger part of the environment. Handy if you like to photograph wide landscapes or want to take a group photo up close. Interesting are the two 10 megapixel zoom cameras. They bring the image closer with less loss of quality, which should yield better zoom photos.
The selfie camera can be found in a small hole in the screen. You will find this technology on many new smartphones, including the Galaxy S20 series. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 40-megapixel selfie camera.
Three years of Android updates
Samsung will ship the Galaxy S21 Ultra with Android 11 and the latest version of its OneUI software shell (OneUI 3.1). In the fall of 2020, the manufacturer announced that new high-end Galaxy smartphones will now receive three version updates instead of two. This means that the Samsung S21 Ultra can count on Android 12, 13 and 14. The device will also receive regular security updates for four years.