[mcbondnews] The Samsung Galaxy S21 series comprises three phones with 5G connectivity and curious rear camera bumps that merge with the chassis.

Samsung has unveiled three new phones: The Galaxy S21 Ultra (left), S21+ (centre) and S21 (right)
Samsung has unveiled three new phones: The Galaxy S21 Ultra (left), S21+ (centre) and S21 (right)Credit: Samsung

They were announced during the Korean tech titan’s virtual Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday.

The cheapest of the trio is the £761 Samsung Galaxy S21, which boasts a 6.2-inch AMOLED display housed within a metal frame.

Samsung has opted for a retro, flat-edged design as opposed to the pebble-like silhouettes of old – much like Apple did for the iPhone 12.

The S21’s rear camera is an upgrade on the snapper of last year’s Galaxy S20, with 12MP primary, 12MP wide-angle and 64MP telephoto lenses.

Samsung said it has improved the stability of its digital camera zoom – which can reach 30x magnification – and has boosted the speed and performance of the mobile, too.

The Galaxy S21+, which starts at £949, features many of the same specs but comes in slightly larger, with a 6.7-inch display.

Those willing to splash a bit of extra cash for all the bells and whistles can opt for the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

It’s got a mammoth 6.8-inch screen and adds an extra telephoto lens that gives the powerhouse the capacity to zoom at up to 100x magnification.

The S21+, which starts at £949, features many of the same specs but comes in slightly larger, with a 6.7-inch display
The S21+, which starts at £949, features many of the same specs but comes in slightly larger, with a 6.7-inch display

The big news, however, is that the Ultra supports Samsung’s S-Pen stylus.

You can use the gizmo to navigate your home screen, type out texts or scrawl reminders in your favourite notes app.

The S-Pen has typically been reserved for Samsung’s larger “Note” smartphones released each August, but the company is heavily rumoured to be binning the flagging series this year.

The Ultra’s extra features come at a heavy price. The mobiles starts at a whopping £1,149.

All three of Samsung’s new mobiles boast 5G connectivity, the next generation of mobile data speeds.

That means you’ll get a lightning-fast connection provided you’re in a 5G area and have the right kind of contract.

In a statement, Samsung said it believed 2021 would mark a “new era” for its Galaxy range.

“We believe this year will be the real test of the power of 5G,” Samsung’s Conor Pierce said.

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