(gentle music) – The Galaxy S21 and S21Plus are officially here and Samsung has broughtall the latest improvements that you’d expect from aflagship Galaxy design. New specs, better designs, the works. But the biggest thing aboutthis year’s new phones isn’t actually the phones themselves, it’s that after years of prices that have been steadily creeping upwards, Samsung has reversed courseon this year’s flagships. They start for $200 less than last year’s Galaxy S20 models. The S21 starts at just 799 and the S21 Plus at 999. Now that’s a big change and that’s despite thefact that these phones are actually more advanced in some ways like the new Snapdragon processor. So what’s the catch? (bright music) Well, there are a couple ofchanges that Samsung has made to help hit those lower price points. For starters, that base Galaxy S21, it’s back is made outof polycarbonate plastic instead of aluminum. And both phones have shiftedfrom the curved screens that Samsung has been usingfor years down to a flat panel. Now, I happen to personallylike flat panel phones but if you’re a fan ofthe old curve designs it’s something that you wanna be aware of.

There are a couple of biggerchanges to specs though, that Samsung has made here. Both panels are lower resolutionthan last year’s models. Down to 2400 by 1080 resolutioninstead of 3200 by 1440. They also come with less RAM, just eight gigabytes instead of 12. Now, does any of thatactually make a difference in daily use? I don’t know, but we willdefinitely have an answer for you when we’re able to fullyreview these devices soon. Of course, there’s still alot of new things to like. There’s the new design whichwe’ll talk about in a minute, there’s the QualcommSnapdragon 888 processor which promises to be evenfaster than last year’s and there’s improvements tothe already really good cameras from last year. (gentle music) Now, at least head-on the S21’s do broadly resemble their predecessors with edge-to-edge OLED dispalys, hole-punched cameras and the same 6.2 inch and6.7 inch screen sciences. Although again, they’reflat panels not curved. Flip it over though, andyou’ll see some differences. Gone is the back piece of glass. Now it’s just eitheraluminum or polycarbonate depending on which model you get. Which in theory shouldbe less fingerprinty but for some reason isn’t, but the biggest designchange on the S21 models is the camera bump. Now for years, as long assmartphone manufacturers have been trying to cram in better lenses and bigger sensors into our phones, we’ve been stuck with these bigugly protruding camera bumps and last year’s S20 lineupwas particularly egregious with that massive squircle thing that just stuck out of thatotherwise beautiful glass back.

Now, the S21 and the S21 Plusstill have a camera array, but instead of jutting out, Samsung has made it thisseamless piece of metal that smoothly flows fromthe metal rails of the phone onto the back and a spiffytwo-tone design that looks great, especially on that purple and gold model. Look, it’s not perfect. No camera bump ever will be, but if I do have to getstuck with a camera bump, and if you want goodpictures on your phone, you probably do. I’d really love it tokeep looking like this. As for those three cameras,there’s a 12 megapixel wide a 12 megapixel ultra-wide anda 64 megapixels telephoto lens along with a 10 megapixel selfie camera in that hole-punch on the front display. Now, if those sounded alittle familiar to you, it’s because that theseare virtually identical, at least hardware-wise to thecameras on last year’s S20 and S20 Plus. That said, Samsung says thatit has made improvements to things like AI processing and added some new camera features, so there are some thingsto look forward to. (bright music) As for the phones themselves, they’re really polishedpieces of hardware, which again, this isSamsung’s big flagship. So it’s sort of what youwould expect from that.

Of the two, I prefer the S21 size, but unfortunately that plastic back just has it feelingcheaper than the S21 Plus, which is a shame because it’s just a littletoo big for my taste. Both phones are also surprisingly light, possibly because there’s noslab of glass on the back. Those lighter weights aredespite the fact that the S21 has a 4000 milliamp hour battery the same as last year’s model. And the S21 Plus actually has a bigger 4800 milliamp hour battery. As for ports, they’re what you wouldexpect from a 2021 smartphone which is to say, limited. There’s a USB-C port. There’s also a powerbutton and volume buttons no weird Bixby buttonshere, no headphone jacks although there is wireless charging. If you need another wayto charge your phone. If you’re getting the base Galaxy S21 you’ll have a choiceof four colors, white, grayish black, pink,and my personal favorite the purple and gold,which looks fantastic. The S21 Plus has three colorswhich are slightly different and in my opinion, a little better. There’s the same purple and gold and the same black and gray but the S21 Plus’s silver option is this really nicealmost pearlescent silver, that shimmers in differentcolors in the light. It looks really good. Both phones fully support 5G with support for both sub-6and millimeter wave 5G, thanks to the integrated QualcommSnapdragon 888 processor. So it should work with basically whateverphone network you have.

The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus are different type offlagship for Samsung, instead of just chasingthe absolute best phone that they can make, and don’t worry, they’re also doing thatwith the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which check out our other video on that, but it really speaks toa different philosophy that Samsung has taken here. One that we started to seewith last year’s Galaxy S20 FE which is to say that they’re looking tomake these great phones a little more affordableto the average consumer which in a world of $1000 flagships or $2,000 foldables is areally appealing prospect. Now, whether or not the trade offs that Samsung has made here are something that we willdefinitely have to get into and definitely have to see but at least on paper, the S21 is exciting and at least compared to last year, far more affordable flagship than we’ve seen from Samsungin a long, long time. To the ones on last year’s, dear God! (indistinct) Our video producer, Beccahas told me that I’m wrong and that the flat white one is better but I’m on the camera right now. – [Becca] It’s true!


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