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  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21


8.5/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S21 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 57 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Wirecutter

The 6.2-inch OLED screen offers vibrant colors, deep blacks, and a high refresh rate that makes animations smoother. The Galaxy S21 has one of the fastest processors available and will get four years of guaranteed OS updates, but Samsung’s Android software isn’t as good as Google’s version.

- Andrew Cunningham, Nick Guy, The Wirecutter
DxOMark

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) main camera captures generally pleasing photos under most conditions. Color is particularly accurate. Its photo score of 124 is not bad for its price class but there are devices that outscore it, such as the iPhone 12 (132). Issues with autofocus reliability, n...

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark
DxOMark

With all S21 models sharing the same audio specs, one would expect the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) test results and scores to be identical to those of the Galaxy S21 Ultra (Exynos) we tested previously. We have confirmed this by putting the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) through the complete DXOM...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
DxOMark

With all S21 models sharing the same audio specs, one would expect the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) test results and scores to be identical to those of the Galaxy S21 Ultra (Exynos) we tested previously. We have confirmed this by putting the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) through the compl...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
DxOMark

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) is a capable selfie shooter, doing well overall with both stills and videos. Images and videos have plenty of detail with wide dynamic range, and although there’s more noise than ideal and color in stills could be better, performance is generally very satisfying. It’...

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark


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We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S21 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S21 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Samsung Galaxy S21's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

Galaxy S21 Specs

Overview
Release date January 29, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.74 W/kg
Body: 1.08 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray, Phantom White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.17 x 0.79 x 7.12 cm (6 x 0.3 x 2.8 in)
Weight 171 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 421 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
3x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (64 MP, F2.0, Telephoto), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

FM Radio is market dependent

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