Subtitled by Paulo Montenegro - @pmontenegroreal (Twitter)
Here we have the Galaxy S21, the simplest flagship from Samsung and which brings a plastic finish to have a more affordable price.
This out there, since here the S21 came more expensive, that is, in addition to paying more for a cell phone with simpler finish
you will still have to give up the charger and headset.
Seeing it like this seems to be a bad deal but let's take it easy, we have to analyze in detail to see
if the new Korean top makes sense or if it is better to start soon for the more expensive models or invest in rivals.
The design has changed compared to the S20 - Samsung's new top is less curved and has a completely flat screen.
If you like screen with curved edges then you will have to pay more on the S21 Ultra
and if you find it absurd a top phone with a plastic back there is the S21 Plus with glass finish.
The S21 is the same size as its predecessor but ends up being a little wider due to the thicker side edges.
At the rear, that loose block with the cameras came out and now there is a metal module integrated into the side frame.
It is the same design seen on Ultra, but here it is much smaller since there are fewer cameras.
It arrived on the market in white, gray, pink and violet with gold.
The front glass is from the latest generation of Gorilla Glass, which guarantees greater resistance compared to the S20
and Samsung still sends the film that is already applied to the screen.
Speaking of glass, as much as you think it is bad to pay dearly on a plastic cell phone, the truth is that the matte finish
chosen by Samsung looks a lot like the glass of the S21 Plus
and still has the advantage of being less fragile. The S21 is a compact cell phone in the face of so many bricks and a relief
for those with small hands.
It has the same ip68 certification for water resistance as its predecessor,
as well as other technologies that have not changed - the only one and there in the MicroSD slot that was filed and now
you will be stuck to 128 GB of internal storage.
The screen continues with 6.2 "but the resolution dropped to full HD Plus.
On the other hand, the brightness is stronger and guarantees the most comfortable experience when using the phone outside the home.
The Dynamic AMOLED panel has been updated and allows you to adjust the Hz rate in several stages, reducing up to 48 Hz
to save battery.
This may not be the screen better Samsung but is not so behind the S21 Ultra in image quality and color.
By default, the S21 exaggerates saturation for Lovers of vibrant colors but it is possible to switch to the natural profile
that brings calibration close to perfect. HDR10 Plus support is compatible with the main streaming services.
The sound is more balanced with fuller bass when compared when compared to the S20,
despite the sound power has not been improved.
Compared to the iPhone we have audio that seems to be interior in volume but this is because Apple's tends more
towards the highs, giving emphasis to the vocals and this gives the impression of sound more to lto.
The S21 Ultra is a little better in power and sound balance but nothing that makes up for the big price difference.
And as you may already know, the Galaxy S21 does not come with the AKG phone in its packaging.
The accessory is sold by Samsung for R $ 1000, not to mention that it is still necessary to spend another R $ 150 for the cell phone charger.
The Galaxy S21 comes equipped with the Exynos 2100 platform, the same chip as the S21 Ultra.
As we are talking about a cell phone with a lower resolution screen, we expected the S21 to at least equalize
in performance with the more expensive model but it ended up lagging behind in our
multi-tasking speed test . Is it the fault of the smallest amount of RAM?
Having 8 GB is more than enough to hold a dozen open applications and games in the background.
The 10-second difference can be justified only by the lack of software optimization in the cheaper model.
It is only a little disappointing to see the new device lag behind its predecessor in speed in multitasking.
In benchmarks we have an average jump of 25% in the score from one generation to another,
but it does not get to surpass the Ultra variant in AnTuTu.
And games? Does the 120 Hz screen now take better advantage of games than we saw on the S20?
Lighter games like Subway Surfers have 120 FPS but others like Mario Kart and Asphalt 9 we average
60fps. PUBG delivers 40 fs in Ultra HD quality and Call of Duty stays at 60 fps most of the time.
In Cover Fire it is possible to reach 120 FPS.
As seen, there are not so many games that take advantage of the 120 Hz screen, but it still counts for the extra fluidity and the
FPS gain in some games.
The battery is the same as before with 4,000 mAh. With the drop in screen resolution and the new, more economical chip,
we had an increase in autonomy, however, it is necessary to highlight a small detail.
Last year's battery test was done in 60 Hz mode, which comes standard on the S20.
In the S21 we tested in 120 Hz mode and, even so, it lasted longer than before.
The charging time has increased - even using the 25-watt charger that comes with the S20 line
to go from 0 to 100%, you have to wait an hour and ten minutes.
Considering that there are intermediaries that spend less time on the plug, we expected more when loading
the top of Samsung. A quick charge of 15 minutes recovers for almost 30%, reaching 50% with half an hour in the socket,
which is enough to use the device for 10 hours in moderate use.
The interface of the S21 is the same as the Ultra and others.
Here we have a device that comes out of the box with Android 11 and One UI 3.1 and that promises to receive three major
The difference for the most expensive model in the line is the lack of support for the S Pen.
If you are a fan of Samsung pens, you will have to pay extra for the S21 Ultra or invest in the Note line.
The S21 is a complete phone that, in addition to coming with everything present in Android 11, also has several useful extras
like Dex that turns the phone into a PC when it is connected via wi-fi to a TV or computer, the One interface UI
has small changes compared to 3.0 present in other devices of the brand that have been updated to Android 11.
There is greater transparency and native applications such as the dialer have gained small touches.
The experience in general is good with the system that flows well but it could be more agile if the software was well tuned.
The biometric reader on the screen shows a great evolution and fails much less than in the S20.
The photographic set of the S21 is the same as its predecessor, while the Ultra has the new sensor and the most advanced telephoto camera.
Does this mean that the S21 records photos with the same quality as the S20?
There were minor refinements to the software but nothing that would result in a drastic difference.
What matters is that the Korean top records good photos.
The main camera records an image without too much saturation and with a good level of detail.
The S21 Ultra's level of clarity is not enough due to the lower resolution of the sensor, but you will notice a difference
only when you zoom out. The most expensive model only stands out even at night for registering clearer photos.
It seems that Samsung is trying to escape the fame of saturated colors and photos registered by ultrawide
also have colder tones than before.
This is good for those who enjoy having control at the time of adding before publishing on social networks but ends up compromising
the performance of HDR.
Another point that the Galaxy S21 loses to the most expensive of the line is with its zoom - if you like to record photos of distant things you
will have more blurred images with this one.
It is good to remember that the hybrid zoom only goes up to 3x, and after that it will have a digital only magnification that compromises
the quality, even so, we have pictures with less noise than before.
The Galaxy S21 records good photos at night as long as you don't use portrait mode.
There is a certain limitation in the software that did not allow the two to be used together.
And speaking of night mode, you can use it in automatic mode or extend the opening time
for clearer photos.
It is interesting to do the control manually but not everyone has the patience for it.
The ultra-wide does not suffer in darker places and the night mode helps to take better pictures.
The lens angle is wider than the Zenfone 7 and allows you to capture more of the scenes.
In general, the S21's cameras are not owed to recent iPhones, however, if there is a point that Apple
is still better than Samsung is in selfies.
Okay that the iPhone 12 and others love to put up with selfies to give a tan tone
but there are those who like it.
What matters is that the rival is able to capture more details of the skin and has a more professional background blur.
Still, the Galaxy S 21 has a great front camera and doesn't disappoint even in the darkest places.
The camcorder records at 8K and. maximum 24 FPS.
It's a shame not to see an evolution even when the Exynos 2100 supports up to 30 FPS.
In 4k, it is possible to record up to 60 FPS for optimum fluidity.
The S21 records videos without shaking, has an agile focus and captures clear audio.
The front also records beautiful videos but suffers from noise at night and makes very grainy captures.
Still, it's better than we saw in Samsung's previous generation.
The Galaxy S21 is a good top of the line but are there better options in the same price range?
Asus' Zenfone 7 comes with Qualcomm hardware, in case you're running away from Exynos.
And it delivers similar performance, its battery lasts longer and has a rotating camera, so you can use the ultra-wide
and even the zoom one for selfies.
In videos, it surpasses that of Samsung especially in nighttime filming.
Is it worth paying more on the iPhone 12? You will have a faster phone with updates for many years
but in return, it has a battery that lasts much less and takes longer to recharge.
The iPhone delivers the same level of photo quality as the S21.
It excels in selfies but loses in zoom.
And compared to the S21 Ultra, is it worth paying extra for Samsung's top model?
Well, you will have a better screen, more powerful sound, more agile performance, longer battery life
and superior camera, as well as a glass-finished body and S Pen support.
It comes out much more expensive but delivers a much more complete set.
The Galaxy S21 is a good top of the line product that was more expensive than its predecessor, even if it brings a lower finish
and does not come with a charger and headset in the box. There was not such a considerable leap
compared to its predecessor but we had a gain in screen brightness, battery life and photo quality.
If you have a Galaxy S20 we don't think it's worth switching to the S21 so much right now.
But if you are looking for a top phone, complete and relatively compact it will be the best option of the moment.
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