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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra hands-on and first impressions

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21 family a couple of months ago, and so far, we’ve reviewed the standard Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+, which have the most in common among the three members of the lineup. Now, Samsung has sent us the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which takes everything up a notch.

 

The S21 Ultra is Samsung’s range-topper, and that permeates through every part of the spec sheet. You get up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, whereas the two smaller models max out at 8GB and 256GB, respectively. The model we got has 12GB of RAM, and that’s still more than the Galaxy S21, but it also only has 128GB of storage. The S21 Ultra still has the same Exynos 2100 chipset (or the Snapdragon 888 in North America), though.

Also Read: Samsung: Future phones may have sensor-shift cameras for more stable images

What else makes this phone “ultra” is that it has a large four-camera setup on the back, in addition to a time-of-flight sensor to help with depth perception. There’s a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and two whole telephoto cameras, one with 3x optical zoom and a periscope lens with 10x optical zoom, both with 10MP resolution.

 

The display is also Quad HD with refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz, while the other two S21 models only support Full HD and can only slow down the refresh rate to 48Hz.

 

We’re currently in the process of reviewing this phone, but in the meantime, you can check our first impressions of it.

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