With Galaxy S21, Samsung likely putting plastic in premium again

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Depending on the rumors you’ve chosen, the launch of Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S21 series, is just a few weeks away. Rumored to go official in January, the Galaxy S21 series is expected to bring three new phones with it. Of these, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to be the most premium with top-notch specs and a design to match.

The other two phones on the list, the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus, are supposed to be offerings in the premium segment themselves, however, if the reports are to be believed, they would be premium in name and price only, and not in specs and design. This is especially true of the regular Galaxy S21 which, according to reports, will feature slightly underwhelming hardware and pair it with a design that could be made from materials that aren’t exactly high-quality in definition.

This is because a new Android police report says the Galaxy S21 will come with a plastic back, with the Galaxy S21 Ultra set to be the only device to get premium materials for its design. Nothing is known about the Galaxy S21 Plus yet, but it has been suggested that this third device may be relegated to receiving plastic on the back.

The report suggests that the decision to go for plastics, instead of more premium ones like glass or ceramic on the high-end Galaxy S21, is due to Samsung’s learning of consumer response to its glass-like plastic, glass. The report adds that Samsung found that consumer response was more positive than the company expected. However, we’re not entirely sure if that’s enough justification for using cheap materials on an expensive device that will eventually sell as the flagship of the premium segment.

The new report also confirms the colors the phones will be available in, with the report stating that the Galaxy S21 will arrive in Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink. The more expensive Galaxy S21 Plus will be available in Phantom Silver, Phantom Black and Phantom Violet, while the flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra will only come in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Samsung Galaxy S21 series: specifications

In line with previous leaks, the new AndroidPolice report also states that the phone will include either a Snapdragon 875 or the Exynos 2100 SoC depending on the region of purchase. Interestingly, it is claimed that the Exynos 2100 may actually be “on par or better than the Snapdragon 875 chipset”. However, for now, we recommend accepting those claims with a pinch of salt as we haven’t yet seen an Exynos chip that can match, let alone improve, the performance of a latest-generation flagship Snapdragon chipset.

The other big highlight of the Galaxy S21 series will be the display, with the report stating that both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus will be equipped with 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch FHD + 120Hz displays respectively, while the their big brother, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will get the advanced adaptive upgrade LTPO panel which will be 6.8 inches in size. This will also offer support for a higher WQHD resolution and a refresh rate of 1hz to 120hz.

Another point of slight disappointment with the phones is the fact that the camera settings of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus are exactly the same as the Galaxy S20 phones. This is because the Galaxy S21 is said to be equipped with a 12-megapixel main sensor alongside a 64-megapixel telephoto lens and 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. However, these year-old cameras are said to be supplemented with new features to freshen up the user experience a bit.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S21 series of smartphones in January 2021. Once launched, the phones will be the company’s next high-end flagships.

News Underline:

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S21 may come with a plastic back despite its premium price.
  • Galaxy S21 is equipped with a triple camera on the back.
  • The Galaxy S21 series in India is likely to have the Exynos 2100 chipset.

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