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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review – The Most Awesome Flagship Ever From Samsung.

It’s been a while since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the 2021 flagship smartphone from Samsung, and enough time has passed that I can give a proper review of the smartphone, so here it is folks.
Also do note that this time there is almost no difference between the Snapdragon and the Exynos version, and the Exynos model is even better in some cases, but that’s for the full review down.

A Full Detailed Review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Quick Specs.

SpecificationsGalaxy S21 Ultra
Display6.8” Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display QHD+(1440 x 3200 pixels)
20:9 Aspect Ratio
515 PPI
HDR10+ certified
120Hz refresh rate support
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
CPUSamsung Exynos 2100
Octa-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55)
OR
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPUMali-G78 MP14 or Adreno 660
Memory12/16GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage128/256/512GB UFS3.1 Storage
Camera108 MP, f/1.8, (Wide Lens) PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
10 MP, f/4.9, (periscope Telephoto Lens) dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
10 MP, f/2.4, (Telephoto Lens) dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens) dual pixel PDAF
Front Camera40MP Selfie Camera
F/2.2
Video Recording[email protected]
[email protected]/60fps 
[email protected]/60/240fps
[email protected]
HDR10+
Battery5000mAh
25-W Fast Charging
15-W Wireless Charging
ConnectivityWifi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
ExtraNFC, Samsung Pay
Headphone JackNo

Specification Details
https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-s21-ultra-5g/models/

Design and Build Quality

The design is similar to that of the S21 and S21+, but the camera module is larger, housing 4 camera, and a laser auto-focus sensor, and is more ergonomically designed, and the matte finish on the back is just amazing, its better than the S21+, and can probably is the best S series smartphone till now, the back is protected by corning gorilla glass victus, and the front is also protected by coring gorilla glass victus

I only have one complaint about the design and that is the position of the selfies camera, top left corner is the best position for a front-facing camera, but in the Galaxy S21 ultra it is placed at the top center, but it is up to the person some may like it on the top center, or on the top left corner.

Other than the selfie camera position there is nothing wrong which I can say about the S21 Ultra, it’s like they took the S20 ultra, saw all the things which were not right, fix it then improved it, and released it as the S21 Ultra.
Amazing Move from Samsung.

The Build Quality is again top-notch, having a glass sandwich design, with both the front and back being protected by the corning gorilla glass victus, the best protection from Corning, and the frame is made of aluminum.

The Build Quality is again something to look at, and the matte black finish is just amazing, like for me it can even be the best feeling smartphone I have ever used, the camera bump is on the bigger side but that’s acceptable, also the fingerprint is excellent at rejecting fingerprints.

Display

Again a top-notch display made by Samsung themselves, it’s an LTOP display and has a variable refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz, which should essentially help in increasing battery efficiency.

Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8” Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with a native resolution of QHD+(1440 x 3200 pixels), a 20:9 Aspect Ratio, with a Pixel Density of 515 PPI, its HDR10+ certified, and has 120Hz refresh rate, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

And Unlike the S20, you can go fully unleashed, it supports 120Hz at QHD+ resolution.

That’s was the specs, now coming to the real-world performance, and the real-world performance is just as insane as the written specs, the display is bonkers, it can easily be the best display on a smartphone out there, the colors, saturation, depths, everything is phenomenal.
And yes with that LTOP technology, it can switch between 10Hz to 120Hz depending on the type of work on the display, and transaction from lower to higher or higher to lower refresh rate is absolutely fluent, you won’t be able to see any lags there.

Processors/SoC

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Just like previous year we get two options for the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Samsung Exynos 2100, its an Octa-core SoC with 1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55 cores and is coupled with Mali-G78 MP14 GPU.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, its also an Octa-core SoC with 1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680 cores and is coupled with Adreno 660 GPU.

Unlike previous years this time the Core architecture is the same in both the Exynos and Snapdragon, the 1X Cortex-X1, 3X Cortex-A78, and 4X Cortex-A55.

Just as the core architecture is the same, the performance is also the same, their benchmarks score are within the 5% difference range, and even in real-world performance, both of them perform the same.

This performance was expected from Qualcomm, but Samsung did an amazing job making the Exynos 2100 perform the same as the SD 888.

Memory and Storage

Galaxy S21 Ultra has two memory options 12/16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and three storage options, 128/256/512GB of UFS3.1 storage.

Both the memory and storage are the fastest available as of now.

Camera/optics

Galaxy S21 Ultra has a very different set of cameras from the other S21 smartphones, it has a quad-camera setup.
108 MP, f/1.8, (Wide Lens) PDAF, Laser AF, OIS{Samsung HM3 sensor}
10 MP, f/4.9, (periscope Telephoto Lens) dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
10 MP, f/2.4, (Telephoto Lens) dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2,(Ultrawide Lens) dual pixel PDAF

Video Recodirn options include
[email protected]
[email protected]/60fps 
[email protected]/60/240fps
[email protected]
HDR10+

For Selfies, it has a 40MP F/2.2 Selfie Camera.

Nothing to say about the shots from the primary camera, they are in the league of the best, its nothing short of what you would expect from a smartphone, the same is true for the ultrawide camera, and the same performance is maintained even in low light conditions.

The main highlight is the Zoom, we have a 3X Telephoto and a 10X Periscope Telephoto lens for Zoom, and it can do a digital zoom of up to 100X, at 100X the shots are below average, but better than the previous S20 ultra, there is also an option called Subject Locking, which essentially locks the subject in zoomed, so that there is no distribution from the hand.
Up to 10X, you can get great shots, and up to 30X, you can get good shots.

The Video shots are also excellent, it can do 4K 60FPS from all the cameras, including the selfie camera, and is also capable of recording 12 Bit Photos in Raw Mode.

Battery

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a huge 5000mAh battery with 25-W Fast Wired Charging and 15 Wireless Charging and can reverse charger at 4.5 Watts.

Battery life is excellent, you can easily get around 2 Days of battery with moderate usage, and 1.5 days with heavy usage.

Audio

It has an excellent stereo speaker setup.

Hands down of the best Stereo Speaker on an Android Smartphone out there.

Security

It has an Under-Display fingerprint sensor, it’s the new sensor from Qualcomm, and is said to be much secure and faster as compared to the previous generation.

Yes the Sensor is new and its even larger, but it was not significantly faster than the pervious S20 Ultra.
The only improvement is that the sensor is now bigger so you have more areas on the smartphone which can be used to unlock the smartphone.

Connectivity

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There is WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, Samsung Pay, and Dual 5G(Both NSA and Sub-6GHz bands) options

User-Interface

OneUI3.1 running on top of Android 11

Extra

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IP-68 Rated.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Price in India and where to buy from

12GB+128GB: Not Avalaible in India As of now
12GB+256GB: ₹1,05,999
16GB+512GB: ₹1,16,999

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Can easily be said to be one of the best flagships of 2021, it has fantastic specs on paper and those specs deliver in real life also

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is an Amazing Smartphone and is the Best Samsung can offer now, it has the best Samsung display, best Samsung design, best Samsung/Qualcomm processor, the fastest memory and storage, the best Samsung camera sensor, and a Huge Battery, with connectivity options like dual 5G, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, all that at a price which is less than its biggest competitor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Final Verdict

  • One of the Best CPU/GPU out there(Best for Android)
  • Excellent Camera Setup Excellent Selfie Camera
  • Excellent Good Build Quality and Design
  • Excellent Display(QHD+, 120Hz))
  • Excellent Battery life
  • UFS 3.1 Storage
  • LPDDR5 RAM
  • WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Samsung Pay, NFC Support, Dual 5G
  • IP68 Rated

Visual Image Credits
https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-s21-ultra-5g/

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