So it’s a well-known thing at this point that Samsung is launching the Galaxy S21 earlier than usual but people don’t know why Samsung is actually doing it. We speculated it could be to steal some market share from Huawei and also to capitalize on the late release of the iPhone 12 variants.
- Crazy Zoom Camera
- Android New Features
- Storage Memory
- Camera Setting
Turns out, those are the exact two reasons we’re seeing the Galaxy S21 earlier this time. Reuters is reporting that Samsung is pushing forward its release of the S21 to be a better competitor in the smartphone market as a whole.
On the Android side, they want to seize as much market share as possible from Huawei, Reuters report that Huawei’s stock piles were expected to run out sometime early next year and hence Huawei’s consumers will be on the lookout for new devices, so Samsung wants to attract them with better deals on the Galaxy S21.
On the dark side, the earlier release will give Samsung a better chance to compete with Apple’s latest iPhones. But then again, people who wanted to buy iPhone12 have already bought them so I don’t think it’s going to affect Apple a lot. Anyway, Ice Universe has mentioned a few more specifications of the S21 Ultra.
Those include a 45W charger which is surprising since the Note 20 Ultra maxes out at a 25W charger. So good to know they are still committed to the 45W charging speeds. He mentions the S21 Ultra will have nearly symmetrical bezels all around which means the chin will be the thin nest out there and it should look like this.
He also confirms the display can support 120 Hzat QHD resolutions unlike the previous models and the camera will be a 108MP HM3 sensor which is an improved version of the 108MP we have on the S20 Ultra. So Xiaomi, at their developer conference, show cased a tele scopic camera developed by the brand’s research and development team.
traditional camera designs
Inspired by traditional camera designs, this phone features a retractable optical structure that compactly lodges within the smartphone and automatically extends out when needed during photography. According to Xiaomi, this design allows the camera to have a larger aperture to increase the amount of light input by a staggering 300%.
New Android Technology
The new technology is claimed to show case better performance in portrait photography and night photography compared to currently-used camera structures. Also, this incorporates a new image stabilization technology that offers a larger anti-shake angle, making the images more stable and increasing sharpness by 20% so you get to capture a clear shot that isn’t affected even if the hand shakes while trying to take a photo or video.
Pretty cool I must say. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing a retractable telescopic camera on a phone. Samsung did it back in 2013 with the GalaxyS4 Zoom but it wasn’t practical since it featured a massive camera bump that puts the Note 20Ultra to shame. But really impressed with Xiaomi how they managed to shrink it into a modern smartphone.
It may also allow Xiaomi to get away with just one camera on its future smartphones, as the zoom lens could theoretically act asa telephoto and primary camera. There’s no word on when we might see this in a commercial device, but let me know what do you think? Are we loo king at the smartphone zoom king of the future or you don’t see this getting main stream because periscope zoom cameras are good enough? Let me know and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…Peaceout!
Galaxy S21 – IT Begins – Under Display Camera Tech Demo
So we’re still over a couple of weeks before the official Galaxy S21 Unpacked event but Samsung has already started taking pre-orders for all the S21 handsets in the United States. As with past devices, this program simply allows users the chance to guarantee they’ll get a pre-order for the phone as well as getting them selves a $60 credit to put to wards accessories for the phone.
If you reserve and then complete your pre-order through the Shop Samsung app, you’ll also earn an extra $10 on top of that. Samsung will also let you trade-in your existing smartphone for up to $700, depending on the phone and its condition. With that being said, we have a couple of new pieces of information about the specifications of the Galaxy S21 lineup.
Ultra wide band chip
For one, the Ultra wide band chip that debuted on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will also be available on the S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra but the base Galaxy S21 won’t have it. Second, according to Roland Quandt who has got the official spec list of the S21 lineup, Neither of the S21 variants supports micro SD cards including the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
While it’s entirely possible that this feature will be retained on the S21 family but considering the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 20 both lacked support, as does the Galaxy Z Fold 2. It seems entirely possible Samsung is saying goodbye to micro SD on the Galaxy S21. Honestly, this reminds me of Samsung’s ownin genius ad where they mocked Apple for not having an expandable storage option.
With the recent focus on cameras by smartphone companies and with the option of recording 8K videos, and 4K at 120fps, a microSD cards lot is needed more than ever. But we are going through a crazy time where OEM’s are removing features and increasing the retail prices. But thankfully at least for the US users, Samsung will offer 256 GB as base storage for all the S21 variants.
In Europe, however, the handsets will start from 128GB and the omission of the MicroSD slot will hurt them even more. Anyway, we have a working patent courtesyof Lets go digital that shows how the under-display camera might work on Samsung devices. As you can see, the phone has a sub-display that moves up and down depending upon when you open the camera app.
Taking a Photo
It goes down while taking a photo creatinga hole similar to the punch hole camera we have right now and then when you close the camera app, the sub-display goes up again to fill the void to create a seamless display experience. Pretty cool but I don’t think Samsung will adopt this technology. Because one of the reasons they didn’t go with a pop-up camera is the moving parts as it is more prone to damage.
Yes, this will solve the water-resistance problem the pop-up camera phones have but the mechanism is more likely to fail if you drop the phone. And for that reason, I don’t think Samsung will go with this tech instead they are more likely to go with creating a lot of tiny holes in the display over the front camera to allow more light to pass through to take better photos.