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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Gets QHD 120Hz Display, S-pen functionality

Samsung's top-tier flagship impresses

Along with the Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G, Samsung also announced the top-tier variant of their new flagship today: the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new flagship comes packing the best of the best of Samsung’s new tech as well as a feature that’s usually reserved for its Note series.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has the biggest display of the three phones announced so far, sporting a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel. Samsung’s new flagship now has 120Hz refresh rate support for QHD resolution (1440 x 3200) so you no longer have to choose between a sharper screen or faster refresh rate – you can now have both with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The screen is also curved at the end as well.

Just like its smaller brothers, the phone is protected by Corning’s brand-new Gorilla Glass Victus, and the display has HDR10+ capabilities as well as a 1600 nit rating, making it one of the brightest displays currently in the market today.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

  • 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
  • QHD resolution with true 120Hz refresh rate
  • IP68 protection
  • Quad cameras: 108-megapixel main shooter, 10-megapixel 10x optical zoom, 10-megapixel 3x optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera
  • Wireless charging
  • Exynos 2100 built on a 5nm EUV process
  • Has a 5000 battery, 45W fast charging capability, and 15W Wireless fast charging
  • Does not come with a charger

The Galaxy S21 Ultra gets the same “contour cut design” treatment as its smaller brothers, with the aluminum frame extending to the camera module. The camera module on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a little bigger though to accommodate more cameras.

Samsung is also including support for an S-pen this time around, which can be stored and housed in a separate accessory that you can buy for the phone. This might indicate shifting

Said cameras are composed of a second-generation 108-megapixel sensor for the main shooter with an f/1.8 aperture lens, PDAF, as well as laser-assisted AF and OIS, a 10-megapixel f/4.9 aperture periscope telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, a second telephoto sensor that has a 10-megapixel f/2.4 aperture lens and shorter 3x optical zoom and a 12-megapixel f/2.2 aperture camera for ultra-wide shots.

Just like its siblings, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will use Samsung’s new Exynos 2100 processor built on Samsung’s own 5nm EUV process, the same as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip. On paper, it looks superior, as it has a higher clocked speed for its prime, big and little cores (2.9GHz, 2.8GHz, and 2.2GHz) VS Qualcomm’s offering. It also sports a Mali-G78 MP14 GPU, as well as a 5G modem that supports both mmWave and sub-6 5G.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will come in a single configuration for the Philippines: 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Like the other phones, the S21 Ultra does not have expandable storage.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a much larger 5000mAh battery and a much faster 45W charging speed, though it’ll need it thanks to the higher power requirements of the screen. The phone also does not come with a charger with purchase, though Samsung is including one when you pre-order.

Speaking of pre-orders, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available to pre-order starting January 15 to 28, and Samsung is throwing in a pair of Galaxy Buds Pro with every purchase, as well as a Galaxy Tab A 8.0 tablet, Galaxy SmartTag, and a 25W wall charger as well. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is priced at Php 69,990.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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