How is the Galaxy S21 $200 cheaper than the S20? 3 huge adjustments Samsung made – TNE

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Samsung Galaxy S21

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Samsung’s much-awaited Galaxy S21 lineup arrived in January — and the standout characteristic is not discovered on its software program or {hardware}. It’s its price ticket. The next-gen flagship lineup begins at $800 (£769, AU$1,249) for the baseline Galaxy S21, rises to $1,000 (£949, AU$1,549) for the Galaxy S21 Plus, and maxes out at $1,200 (£1,149, AU$1,849) for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, representing a $200 worth lower for the trio of fashions from final yr’s S20 household.

Samsung guarantees its new S21 lineup works higher than its predecessors, regardless of its cheaper price ticket. But Samsung is a publicly listed enterprise in any case, and it wanted to make a bunch of calculated compromises to permit the S21 to hit that lowered worth, even when element prices are trending decrease. Here are a number of methods Samsung did precisely that.

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1. Removed bundled charger and earphones

One of essentially the most controversial omissions is the in-box wall adapter and earphones. Samsung is pushing its prospects to reuse older equipment within the title of the setting, similar to Apple did with the iPhone 12 household. Samsung has been utilizing standardized USB-C sort charging ports since 2017, so older chargers will nonetheless be suitable with the S21 telephones.


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2. Memory, storage and determination decreased or eradicated

The S21 line additionally misplaced expandable native storage, becoming a member of final yr’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Z Flip foldables in ditching the microSD card slot as a result of “usage has markedly decreased,” in response to the corporate. One of the opposite trade-offs getting much less consideration is: a discount in RAM on the bottom S21 (it has 4GB much less RAM than the S20); the discount of the display screen decision (by half) on the S21 and S21 Plus.

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3. S21 cellphone loses glass backing

For its base S21, Samsung changed the Gorilla Glass from the again with a high-end plastic known as polycarbonate, going within the course of its extra professional Note 20 line. The S20 Plus and Ultra nevertheless, every have Victus glass on each the back and front.  

If you want extra particulars, learn TNE’s Galaxy S21 overview for extra or check out our specs chart beneath.

Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup vs. S20 lineup



Galaxy S21 Galaxy S20 Galaxy S21 Plus Galaxy S20 Plus Galaxy S21 Ultra Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display dimension, decision 6.2-inch Flat FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x, (2,400×1,080 pixels) 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; (3,200×1440 pixels) 6.7-inch Flat FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x, (2,400×1,080 pixels) 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X (3,200×1,440 pixels) 6.8-inch Edge WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, (3,200×1,440 pixels) 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X (3,200×1,440 pixels)
Pixel density 421 ppi 563 ppi 394 ppi 525 ppi 515 ppi 511 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 2.80×5.97×0.31 inches 2.72×5.97×0.31 inches 2.97×6.35×0.3 inches 2.9×6.37×0.30 inches 2.97×6.5×0.35 inches 2.99×6.57×0.35 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 71.2×151.7×7.9mm 69.1×151.7×7.9 mm 75.6×161.5×7.8 mm 73.7×161.9×7.8 mm 75.6×165.1×8.9 mm 76.0×166.9×8.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.03 oz; 171g 5.75 oz; 163g 7.12 oz; 202g 6.56 oz; 186g 8.07 oz; 229g 7.76 oz; 220g
Mobile software program Android 11 Android 10 Android 11 Android 10 Android 11 Android 10
Camera 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), time-of-flight digital camera 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (3x telephoto), 10-megapixel (10x telephoto) 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), time-of-flight digital camera
Front-facing digital camera 10-megapixel 10megapixel 10-megapixel 10-megapixel 40-megapixel 40-megapixel
Video seize 8K 8K 8K 8K 8K 8K
Processor Snapdragon 888 64-bit octa-core processor 2.8GHz (max 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz) 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz) Snapdragon 888 64-bit octa-core processor 2.8GHz (max 2.4GHz+1.8GHz) 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz) Snapdragon 888 64-bit octa-core processor 2.8GHz (max 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz) 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz)
Storage 128GB/256GB 128GB 128GB/256GB 128GB/512GB 128GB/256GB/512GB 128GB/512GB
RAM 8GB 12GB (5G), 8GB (LTE) 8GB 12GB (5G), 8GB (LTE) 12GB, 16GB 12GB, 16GB
Expandable storage None Up to 1TB None Up to 1TB None Up to 1TB
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,800 mAh 4,500 mAh 5,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen
Headphone jack No No No No No No
Special options IP68 score, 5G-enabled, 30x Space Zoom, 10W wi-fi charging 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68) IP68 score, 5G-enabled, 30x Space Zoom, 10W wi-fi charging 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68) IP68 score, 5G-enabled, 100x Space Zoom, 10W wi-fi charging, 10x optical zoom 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; 100X zoom; water-proof (IP68)
Price off-contract (USD) $800 (128GB) $999 $1,000 (128GB) $1,199, $1,349 $1,200 (128GB) $1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £769 £799, £899 (5G) £949 £999 (5G) £1,329 £1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,249 AU$1349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G), AU$1,549 AU$1,499 (4G), AU$1,649 (128GB), AU$1,899 (512GB) AU$1,849 AU$1,999 (128GB), AU$2,249 (512GB)

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