Today, the new Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra are now available in Experience + stores, online Samsung.com/ca, or through major business partners and retailers nationwide.
Let’s immediately rank the cost element of the S21 $ 190 cheaper than the S20 – which is worth noting. Indeed, if we trust the retail prices, the old S20 still in the catalog cost $ 1320 (all prices are rounded to the nearest Canadian dollar), now on sale for $ 1080 on the Samsung Canada site. The new Galaxy S21 base on trial here is offered for $ 1130. Among our neighbors to the south, the price drop is a little more generous, US $ 200.
Compromises to reduce the price
To set that price, there have been tradeoffs like the wall charger and earphones conspicuous by their absence in the now smaller box – a trend that Apple started with its recent iPhone 12 and which will be followed, rest assured, by virtually all phone manufacturers.
But the chopper does not stop there, the South Korean giant has also made in-depth changes compared to the S20. The microSD card slot has disappeared, there is 8 GB of RAM instead of 12, the resolution of the 6.2 ” screen drops from 3200×1440 to 2400×1080 pixels and the back of the device adopts plastic (polycarbonate) instead of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 from S20.
Under the hood, the S21 runs on a Snapdragon 888 chip versus an 865 version in the S20.
That said, the S21 doesn’t feel like an inferior S20. On the contrary, the screen is also beautiful and detailed despite its reduced definition and performance does not betray the 4 GB of RAM less. Only detail that you will notice like me, the S21 gets hot with use.
As for the material for the back of the device, the plastic is resistant to the ugly fingerprint marks.
For the rest, the two devices have in common a 4000 mAh battery, a 25 W wired and 15 W wireless charging, a triple camera system, a face unlock and fingerprint reader on the screen, a classified water and dust seal. IP68 and video capture up to 4K UHD 60 images / second for a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.
S21 or S20?
Finally, a slight weight saving for the new S21; 171g versus 163. In comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro is heavier, 189g.
Not having a 5G tower nearby, a speed test with the Speedtest application still gave 145 Mb / s and 33.8 Mb / s respectively for download and upload with the nearest 4G LTE Videotron tower.
Conclusion, Samsung has undoubtedly slashed the technical characteristics of its S21 a little too much, which does not add much new compared to the base S20. Posted $ 1,080 on its own site, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is $ 50 cheaper while being technically better off.
If you want to have an S21, you have to look at the S21 + and S21 Ultra, the latter even being compatible with the Ultra S stylus, as on the Galaxy Note20. But these devices will necessarily require bigger checks; $ 1,400 and $ 1,650 respectively.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116