Best Samsung Galaxy S21 deals

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 range gives Android fans three models to choose from: S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra.

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Alluringly, this latest trio of handsets incorporate super-fast 5G connectivity into the offering. While still in the early stages of roll-out around the UK, 5G has the potential to deliver speeds that are faster than most home broadband set-ups.

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For the purposes of this review, we’ll focus on the S21 handset, walking through the main features, and generally weighing in on if it’s a contender for your latest handset shopping list.

Click on the box below for more information on how you can get your hands on the best Samsung Galaxy S21 deals.

Price and Specifications

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Before looking at the specifications, it is worth taking a look at the prices. The base model of the S21 actually comes in at around £130 cheaper than its counterpart forerunner, the S20, when it was launched.

There is a reason for that. You can expect the new phones to boast better specs than the previous models, though the S21 actually offers slightly less than the S20. If you’re after the latest Samsung innovations, then instead of going for the base handset in the range, you’ll need to consider its bigger brother: the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 6.2” display with 120Hz refresh rate for super-smooth scrolling and graphics – twice the 60Hz speed offered by the iPhone 12. It runs on Android 11 operating system and comes with a pretty standard 4,000mAh battery. You should see a day between the charges.

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With dimensions of 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm, the S21 weighs in at 169 grams which makes this phone the smallest member of the Galaxy S21 family. Even people with small hands shouldn’t have much trouble handling the handset.

Samsung says the Exynos 2100 SoC chip (Snapdragon 888) in the US is the fastest chip ever in the Galaxy, offering users seamless multi-tasking and hyper-fast content streaming.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in four ‘Phantom’ colors – Violet, Grey, White and Pink. Samsung has switched from a full glass rear on the Galaxy S20 to a ‘Glasstic’ rear with a matte finish on the S21. Glassstick is plastic that is designed to look and feel like glass.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB internal memory. A hybrid SIM lets you use two SIM cards (and phone numbers) in one phone. Alternatively, you can use the additional slot for a microSD card and expand the storage capacity of your phone.

Recharging the S21 is easy with both fast charging and Qi wireless charging. It also offers reverse charging, where you can use your phone’s power to top up devices like Qi-compatible wireless headphones or smartwatches.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which means it can survive being submerged in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.

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Camera Angle

Smartphones are often judged by their camera capabilities and the S21 offers a ‘contour cut camera’ that blends the camera seamlessly with the phone’s frame.

The Galaxy S21 packs a 12-megapixel (MP) rear wide-angle lens, 64MP telephoto lens, 30x zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. On the front, it has a 10MP selfie camera. Note that if you want a wide-angle lens and a secondary telephoto lens, you’ll have to go for the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

A new feature on the Galaxy S21 is the ‘Director View’ mode, which enables you to shoot with the front and rear cameras at the same time.

5G. join on

All phones in the Galaxy S21 range are 5G-capable. Whether you can actually get 5G where you live is another matter. All major networks, including EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone, have online coverage checkers that are worth checking before deciding on a network to go with your phone.

Keep in mind that, as well as being in a 5G zone, you’ll need a 5G airtime tariff with your Samsung Galaxy S21.

How to Compare Samsung Galaxy 21 Deals

Prices for the Galaxy S21 128GB start at £769, while the 256GB version costs £819.

Once you decide how much internal storage you need and find a network that offers good 5G coverage in your area, you should research the best tariff for your needs.

Some S21 contracts offer low or zero upfront costs, which means you don’t have to pay anything when you place your order. This may sound good, but it is not necessarily the best value over the long term.

You can get the Galaxy S21 on contracts for 12, 24 and 36 months. To find the total cost of any mobile transaction, multiply the monthly cost by the number of months, add upfront charges, and subtract any cashback amounts. This will give you the total contract cost to compare with other contracts of similar length.

dip in performance

In a disappointment for some, the display resolution has dropped from 1,440 x 3,200 on the S20 to 1,080 x 2,400 pixels on the S21.

What’s more, the base S21 model doesn’t support Samsung’s S Pen stylus. To make use of that feature, you have to consider the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

As with some other smartphone brands, and to cut down on waste from packaging requirements, the Galaxy S21 doesn’t come with a charger in its box. For this to work, you need to have a USB-C charger, which most smartphone users already carry.

If you already have a Galaxy S20, the S21 – though still a good handset – probably isn’t the most compelling case for an upgrade. For progressive spec properly, you’ll need to consider splurge on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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