When they go on sale on January 29th, the S21 and S21+ will start at $800 and $1,000. In other words, they’ll both cost $200 less at launch than the Galaxy S20 and S20+ did when they come out partway through last year. That says a lot about what you need to know about the S21 and S21+. If you were expecting a flashy and expensive update to last year’s models, that’s not what these new phones are about. Instead, they make smart tradeoffs to make Samsung’s flagship experience more attainable than at any point in the last couple of years. Let’s start with the upgrades. In the US, both phones come with the Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to start. Not only can you expect Qualcomm’s first 5nm chip to make the S21 and S21+ faster than Samsung’s 2020 flagships, but it also comes with other improvements. One of the big ones is that the Snapdragon 888 includes an integrated 5G modem. That’s a design feature that almost always leads to battery life improvements. It also won’t hurt that the S21+ has a slightly higher-capacity 4,800mAh battery than its 2020 counterpart. From a connectivity standpoint, the new processor also has support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. And speaking of Bluetooth, both phones work with the new Galaxy SmartTag Samsung announced today.
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