Samsung unveils two new flagship models, S21 and Galaxy S21+

Samsung has introduced Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+, its new range of flagship devices. The new flagship series debut advanced design, a pro-grade camera for users of any skill level and the most advanced processor ever in a Galaxy device.

“We are living in a mobile-first world, and with so many of us working remotely and spending more time at home, we wanted to deliver a smartphone experience that meets the rigorous multimedia demands of our continuously changing routines,” said Justin Hume, Director for Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “We also recognise the importance of choice, especially now, and that’s why the Galaxy S21 series gives you the freedom to choose the best device for your style and needs.”

The Samsung Galaxy S21, which can be purchased from Phones & Tablets Kenya, will be available in a variety of models, in order to address users’ specific needs, requirements and personal budgets.

The Galaxy S21 series introduces an all-new Contour Cut Camera housing that seamlessly blends into the device’s metal frame.

S21 and S21+ will be available in a range of colours, including Phantom Violet. And each device is coated with a haze finish on the back for a sophisticated look and feel.

Galaxy S21 features a Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and viewing. It automatically adjusts the frame rate based on the content whether the user is swiping through their social feeds or watching shows. The display is also easy on the eyes. To help reduce eye fatigue, the new Eye Comfort Shield automatically adjusts the blue light based on the time of day, content the user is viewing, and their bedtime.

Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+’s AI-powered triple-lens pro-grade camera is designed for those times when the user wants to be more intentional and have more creative control. The camera system intuitively assesses and adjusts to their scene to enabling the user to perfectly capture any environment.

In Portrait Mode, the AI-powered camera leverages an improved 3D analysis that more accurately separates the subject from the background. It also brings in options for virtual studio lighting and AI background effects to make sure the subject pops from the frame. It also works for selfies too. For elusive faraway shots, the improved Space Zoom helps the user to get clear and steady shots. The new Zoom Lock minimises shaky hands and captures clearer images.

Galaxy S21 is secured by Samsung Knox Vault, the company’s own proprietary chipset level (SoC) security platform. By adding tamper-resistant secure memory to the secure processor, Samsung Knox Vault enables S21 to add a new layer of protection.

Galaxy S21 also introduces a new tool to protect and monitor your privacy. One can safely remove location metadata from photos before sharing. With Galaxy S21’s all-new Private Share function, one can also control who gets access to the content they send, and how long it’s available, meaning that one can share content worry-free.

Like other latest flagship smartphones in the market, Galaxy S21 is designed to be used with other Galaxy devices. With SmartThings Find, it can help the user to quickly and easily locate their compatible Galaxy devices even when they’re offline. One can also locate non-connected devices, with Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator (which is sold separately).

Starting on February 5, 2021, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will be available via the Samsung portal; carriers and retailers online.

Both devices will be available in the following colours featuring deluxe haze finishes:

  • Galaxy S21: Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink and Phantom White in 128GB and 256GB models with 8GB RAM
  • Galaxy S21+: Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver and Phantom Black in 128GB and 256GB models with 8GB RAM
  • Additional colours will be available exclusively online including Phantom Gold and Phantom Red.

The pre-orders for the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ begin on the launch date, that is Thursday January 14, 2021, at 6pm. Between January 14 and January 28, 2021, all pre-orders will also include Galaxy Buds Live and a free Galaxy SmartTag.

Pricing for the Galaxy S21 starts at around Kshs 130,000 and Galaxy S21+ starts at Kshs 155,000.

Features and Specifications:

  Galaxy S21 5G Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • 6.2-inch Flat FHD+
  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 421ppi, HDR10+ certified
    Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (48~120Hz)
  • Eye Comfort Shield
  • 6.7-inch Flat FHD+
  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • Infinity-O Display (2400×1080), 394ppi, HDR10+ certified
    Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (48~120Hz)
  • Eye Comfort Shield
Dimension & Weight
  • Dimension: 71.2×151.7×7.9mm
  • Weight: 171g(mmWave), 169g(sub6)
  • Dimension: 75.6×161.5×7.8mm
  • Weight: 202g(mmWave), 200g(sub6)
Camera Front camera:

  • 10MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80°,  F2.2, 1.22µm



Rear camera:

  • Triple camera
  • Ultra Wide: 12MP FF, FOV 120°
  • F2.2, 1.4µm
  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 79°, OIS,
  • F1.8, 1.8µm
  • Telephoto: 64MP Phase Detection AF,
  • Hybrid Optic 3X, FOV 76°, OIS
  • F2.0, 0.8µm
  • 30X Space Zoom
Front camera:

  • 10MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80°, F2.2, 1.22µm


Rear camera:

  • Triple camera
  • Ultra Wide: 12MP FF, FOV 120°
  • F2.2, 1.4µm
  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, FOV 79°, OIS,
  • F1.8, 1.8µm
  • Telephoto: 64MP Phase Detection AF,
  • Hybrid Optic 3X, FOV 76°, OIS
  • F2.0, 0.8µm
  • 30X Space Zoom
AP 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor2.9GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.8GHz +2.2GHz
5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor2.8GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.4GHz +1.8GHz
Memory 8GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB / 256GB internal storage
Battery 4000mAh (typical) 4800mAh (typical)
Charging Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
OS Android 11
Network & Connectivity [5G]5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Standalone (SA), Sub6 / mmWave[Ultra Wideband]
Payment NFC, MST
Sensors Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensorProximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Authentication Lock type: pattern, PIN, passwordBiometric lock type: Ultrasonic Fingerprint, Face recognition
Audio Ultra high quality audio playback:

  • UHQ 32-bit &DSD64/128 support
  • PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD: DSD64/128

Audio playback format:



  • Dual Audio


  • Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.
Video Video playback format:

  • MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

TV connection:

  • Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30 fps)
  • Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort 4K UHD at 60 fps)
Water Resistance IP68:
Based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet. Not advised for beach or pool use.


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