Samsung Galaxy S21 available for pre-order, priced from RM3,699 to RM5,899

The S21 Ultra 5G is compatible with the S Pen, a stylus that lets users take notes and remotely control the phone. — Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics’ first flagship series for the year comes in three flavours but unlike past years, all three Galaxy S21 models support 5G.

The S21 Ultra 5G, available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver colours, comes in two flavours – 12GB RAM with 256GB storage for RM5,299, and 16GB RAM with 512GB storage for RM5,899.

Those who pre-order the phone will receive Galaxy Bud Pro wireless earbuds and Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth tracker worth RM918 in total.

The S21+ 5G, priced at RM4,299, comes in three colours – Phantom Black, Phantom Silver and Phantom Violet. The S21 5G, on the other hand, comes in an additional colour – Phantom Pink – and goes for RM3,699.

Both have 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and the pre-order will come with the Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds and SmartTag worth RM818 in total.

All purchases also come with a 25% discount for selected smartphone cases at participating outlets during the pre-order, which is from today till Jan 28 but only while stocks last.

The top-of-the-line S21 Ultra 5G is now one step closer to the Note series, as it’s compatible with the S Pen, a stylus that lets users take notes, sketch and remotely control the phone.

However, the pen has to be purchased separately.

Also, for the first time, users will no longer have to choose between the smoothness of a 120Hz refresh rate and a Quad HD+ (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) resolution, as the 6.8in screen supports both simultaneously.

The screen’s refresh rate also adjusts to the content the user is viewing, from 10Hz to 120Hz, to ensure the phone remains power efficient.

Its smaller siblings, the S21+ 5G with a 6.7in screen and S21 5G with a 6.2in screen also support adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (48Hz to 120Hz) and have a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels.

The S21 Ultra 5G has four cameras on the back – 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 108-megapixel wide-angle camera and dual 10-megapixel telephoto cameras, one with 3x optical zoom and the other with 10x.

The S21+ 5G and S21 5G both have three rear cameras: a 12-megapixel ultra- wide camera, 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and 64-megapixel telephoto camera (3x optical zoom).

The S21 Ultra 5G can shoot in 4K at 60fps (frames per second) across all lenses including front and rear, so you can shift to a different perspective with the same quality.

All three phones have a Contour Cut Camera housing at the top, which protrudes a little but still looks stylish.

The S21 Ultra 5G has a 40-megapixel selfie camera, while the other two use a 10-megapixel unit.

All models run on Android 11 and are powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core processor.

However, the phones don’t come with a charger.

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