South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has reportedly introduced the Galaxy S21 lineup a month before its usual annual release schedule. The Galaxy S21 ultra is also available with a S stylus pen.
Housing the most advanced processing chip in any Galaxy phone, the S21 series phones are 5G ready. The topmost device in this lineup, the S21 Ultra, the only variant compliant with S Pen, rocks a four-lens rear camera. However, the S pen stylus is needed to be bought separately, claimed sources familiar with the development.
The screen size of the standard S21 is 6.2 inches, with S21 Plus at 6.7 inches, and S21 Ultra maxing out at 6.8 inches. These smartphones are either powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 2100 chips or Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon 888 chips depending on the region, Samsung said.
Industry experts have stated that with the addition of stylus pen to Galaxy S21 series, Samsung might combine the Galaxy S lineup with its other premium range, the Galaxy Note, which originally featured the S pen. Doing so would free resources for Samsung to turn high-end foldable phones from niche-devices to mass-consumer products.
Samsung is also eyeing to grab a significant market share after China’s Huawei Technologies witnessed a downhill battle with the U.S. jurisdiction, analysts said.
The early launch of Galaxy S21 phones is likely a strategy to capitalize in Huawei’s loss. Moreover, Chinese vendors have evidently proven to be a tough competition for Samsung in the high-end category amidst the rising demand for affordable devices that can used for both work and play during the pandemic.
Head of Samsung’s mobile communication business, TM Roh, on the matter, commented that the company plans to offer the stylus with other devices as well.
In the United States, the base variant of Galaxy S21 will start at USD 799.99, the S21 Plus at USD 999.99, and the S21 ultra at USD 1,199.99, sources confirmed.
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