Samsung has posted a video to announce that it will launch its new Samsung Galaxy S21 models on January 14, during the CES 2021. Up to this point, there have been plenty of rumors and leaks surrounding the new Samsung flagship phones. This includes price tags, design, specifications, and more.  Therefore, we have a good idea of what we could see in these phones, but there’s always a chance that Samsung will introduce a completely new phone. The company might even tease other products for this year at this event. So based on what we’ve known so far, here are 5 things we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch.

There Flagship Models With Lower Price Tags

Up till now, rumors have been saying that the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup will include 3 phones at launch, just like the previous generation. If Samsung kept its naming shenanigan, the new phones would be the Samsung Galaxy S21, the S21 Plus, and the S21 Ultra.

Design-wise, some early leaks have revealed some potential changes in this year’s Galaxy S lineup. Specifically, the cameras will be vertically aligned in the top-left corner of the phone’s back cover instead of a block containing all the rear cameras like on the S20. There would be 3 cameras for the S21 and S21 Plus, and up to five cameras on the back of the S21 Ultra. Later on, Samsung’s own teaser confirmed this design. Otherwise, the design looks quite identical to last year’s lineup. There’s a small difference compared to last year: the punch-hole will relocate to the top-center of the front screen.

Specs-wise, the rumors and leaks do disagree on many things. But they all pointed out that the S21 line up will be equipped with the new Snapdragon 888 chipset for Exynos 2100 outside the US. And of course, it’s likely that these phones will launch with the latest Android 11 pre-installed. 

Samsung Galaxy S21

There’s a big chance that the S21, S21, and S21 Ultra will have a 6.2-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.8-inch display respectively. Some rumors said that the S21 and S21 Plus’s display could only top at Full HD Plus resolution. This might be a strategy by Samsung to lower retail prices below last year’s levels. Meanwhile, all the other top specs, like WQHD Plus resolution, will be reserved for the S21 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Even More Powerful at a cheaper price?

Witnessing the amazing power of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, we can expect that the S21 Ultra will be the most powerful smartphone Samsung has ever released. Rumors are pointing out that the S21 Ultra will get even more unique features and perks to distinguish it from the other 2 models. Specifically, it might be the only phone in the lineup to have WQHD+ resolution.  However, there is a chance that the S21 Ultra’s screen would be able to activate both WQHD+ and 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. This is something the S20 line is unable to do. Instead, users need to choose between 120Hz and Full HD Plus or 60Hz and WQHD Plus. 

Other leaks also claimed that the S21 Ultra would have more rear cameras than its affordable siblings. It may inherit the S20 Ultra 108Mp main camera and the 12MP ultra-wide camera. However, it will get an additional 10MP telephoto lens compared to the predecessor. These telephoto lenses are predicted to have 3x, 5x, and even 10x optical zoom. The Galaxy S20 Series has been able to record cinema-standard 8K video. But the video is currently limited to 24 frames per second and has a bad anti-shake feature. So on the Galaxy S21 ultra, we can expect that Samsung will improve the video recording ability, allowing the video to achieve 8K-30fps or even more.

With all these perks, it’s no surprise if the S21 Ultra will have a higher price than its siblings. However, recent rumor is indicating that the new models might be cheaper than the previous generation. The reason for this is to increase sales and better compete with the iPhone 12.

The S-Pen and Samsung Galaxy Note 21

Samsung President and Head of Mobile Communications, TM Roh has revealed that the company is looking to bring the Galaxy Note series experience to more devices. This has raised several rumors that the Galaxy Note series will be merged with the Galaxy S Series. Currently, there is no confirmation from the company about this theory.  However, The FCC certification page has revealed that the Galaxy S21 Ultra (model number SMG998B) will also support the S-Pen. This is used to be a unique perk of the Galaxy Note Series. 

Even Though Samsung also confirmed that it will still produce the Galaxy Note 21, it’s unclear what will happen to the Note line. There are also some rumors that it will be canceled and replaced with the Z-series foldable. It’s also uncertain how the S-Pen will work on S21 Ultra compared to how it currently does on the Note series. Hopefully, we will know more about the Galaxy Note 21, S-Pen support, and the future of the Note series this Thursday.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

The Galaxy Buds Pro is rumored to be Samsung’s premium true wireless earbuds that rival Apple’s AirPods Pro. Recent leaks have indicated that these earbuds will be launching at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup.

The Galaxy Buds Pro is probably coming with Active Noise Cancelling. However, they may come with longer battery life and better IPX7 water- and dust-resistance. These features’ aim is to make them better for wet weather and sweaty workouts. Specs-wise, the leaks have indicated that new Samsung earbuds may have AKG-tuned audio, 6.5mm tweeters, and 11mm bass drivers. Additionally, they may include coaxial dual speakers, Bluetooth 5.1 support, and a spatial audio feature for more 3D sound experiences.

The Galaxy Buds Pro has a potential price of $199/ £110 / AU$260.

Samsung SmartTag Trackers

The next thing predicted to launch alongside the Galaxy S21 models is the Samsung SmartTag. And a lot of rumors say that it will work similarly to the infamous Tile tracker.

For beginners, a SmartTag is a small attachable device that you can stick to your phone, wallet, keyring, and more. So if you ever lose those valuables you could find them via your phone using the SmartTag’s Bluetooth. It might also include a physical button that causes the linked smartphone to chime in case you couldn’t find your phone but you still have the SmartTag.

The SmartTag tracker might have a potential price of £14 / $18 / AU$24, according to a leak by 9Mobiles. If this is true, the SmarTags will be more affordable than the Tile tracker. And If the Smart Tag launches on January 14, it will come out before the Apple AirtTag, which has been rumored to be coming for years.


Now you have it, these are things we’re expecting from the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch this Thursday. Of course, they are based on the rumors and leaks that we’ve seen so far. We will have to wait for the event in order to see what Samsung is going to do.

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