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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

"The Galaxy S21 Ultra delivers a high-quality superzoom camera that truly works, supports Samsung's excellent S Pen, and sets the bar for smartphone features in 2021."
As posted by pcmag.com

Pros

  • Excellent photo quality at up to 10x zoom
  • Equipped for next-gen C-band and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity
  • Dynamic 6.8-inch AMOLED display and 120Hz
  • S Pen support
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Just 128GB of storage to start
  • No charger included

Product Details

Date First Available:
January 14, 2021

Overall Rating

89.1%
The overall rating was calculated based on 30622 customer and expert reviews from 98 review sites and 8 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Mobile Phones:
  • 96.5%
    Design
  • 94.2%
    Performance
  • 93.0%
    Camera
  • 90.2%
    Battery
  • 87.5%
    Charging
  • 93.0%
    Display
  • 98.9%
    Durability / Build Quality

Expert Reviews Rating

Excellent
56
Good
30
Fair
0
Poor
0
Bad
0

Customer reviews by store

Price Comparison

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Expert Reviews

The Galaxy S21 Ultra delivers a high-quality superzoom camera that truly works, supports Samsung's excellent S Pen, and sets the bar for smartphone features in 2021.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Beautiful design and solid build
  • Excellent photo quality at up to 10x zoom
  • Equipped for next-gen C-band and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity

Cons

  • Heavy

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android phone yet with dual zoom lenses, a stellar display and excellent battery life. The S Pen is just a bonus

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Dynamic 6.8-inch AMOLED display
  • Dual telephoto lenses
  • S Pen support
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Pricey
  • No charger or microSD card
  • A bit bulky

This is Samsung’s new best smartphone and we’ve tested it thoroughly. With a 108MP camera and 100x zoom, this is the Android to get if you want lots of close-ups.

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • The best camera zoom
  • Mesmerizing design
  • S Pen support

Cons

  • Expensive at any level
  • No microSD card slot
  • Just 128GB of storage to start

Pros

  • Excellent camera system
  • Beautiful screen with high refresh rate
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Ads in Samsung software
  • No expandable storage
  • Bixby

Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G looks to improve in key areas that were questionable in the S20 while also bringing S Pen functionality from the Note line. We'll be spending many more hours with this new phone over the next few weeks so stay tuned for more.

Read more on zdnet.com

Pros

  • Lovely design with matte finish back
  • 5G support for all bands
  • Advanced multiple cameras
  • S Pen support
  • Competive pricing
  • High end internal specifications

Cons

  • No MST support

There may be three new Galaxy S Series phones this year, but only one really fulfills the criteria we expect from the range, and that's the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Pros

  • Highly capable, versatile camera
  • Beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Elegant new design
  • Long battery life
  • Latest software from Google and Samsung
  • Price is down from last year

Cons

  • Shaky Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Intermittent charging problems
  • Top-heavy design affects balance
  • No MicroSD card slot

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to represent the best of Samsung's expertise; spanning design, performance, camera and more. That all doesn't come cheap, though

Read more on techadvisor.com

Pros

  • Best camera phone to date
  • Excellent performance
  • Lighter than expected
  • Great battery life
  • Beautiful display

Cons

  • No charger may irk some
  • Loss of microSD slot
  • It's big
  • Price

Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra the most exciting Samsung ever? With high-end specs, a sleek design and huge battery it might just be.

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Pros

  • Great screen thanks to WQHD+ and 120Hz
  • Much-improved design with an attractive finish
  • Far more versatile camera than the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Cons

  • Expensive, with many cheaper phones offering the same features
  • Big and heavy
  • No charger included

The price tag might still make you blink, but Samsung’s new flagship has one of the best cameras in a smartphone.

Read more on wired.com

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may not be the peak of Android performance this year, but it is perhaps the most well-rounded Android flagship with an unbeatable camera experience.

Read more on laptopmag.com

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Large and vivid 120Hz adaptive display
  • Versatile and impressive cameras
  • Reliable software updates
  • S Pen support

Cons

  • Slightly disappointing battery life
  • No charger in the box

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is full to the brim with features, but you might not like how much it costs

Read more on expertreviews.co.uk

Pros

  • Astonishing cameras
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Noteworthy performance boost

Cons

  • Xiaomi Mi 11 is (almost) half the price
  • Lacks microSD expansion
  • No charger in the box

Samsung's 2021 super-flagship is a powerhouse, but is it worth the high price tag? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is less expensive than the S20 Ultra, and it's still Samsung's best and most full-featured phone to date. It is very big, though.

Read more on pcworld.com

Pros

  • Gorgeous screen and overall design
  • Excellent camera with killer telephoto abilities
  • Great battery and performance

Cons

  • Big and heavy
  • No MicroSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the phone that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra should have been. Last year's phone was a massively powerful handset that, in some areas, was coarse around the edges – and as such fell from grace in terms of receiving a perfect score. The S21 Ultra, though, while not perfect, builds on and refines what was there last year, as well as offering functionality that up until now has been the preserve of the Galaxy Note series alone. It's still a very expensive flagship, and certainly not for everyone, but now it's one with less flaws and more overall usage potential.

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • Stunning 6.8-inch 120Hz WQHD+ screen
  • Powerful flagship-grade hardware spec
  • Feature packed camera system
  • S Pen Digital Stylus support
  • Large, long-lasting 5,000mAh battery
  • 5G network compatible

Cons

  • Expensive, despite a price drop
  • Doesn't come with S Pen Digital Stylus

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the phone that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra should have been. Last year's phone was a massively powerful handset that, in some areas, was coarse around the edges – and as such fell from grace in terms of receiving a perfect score. The S21 Ultra, though, while not perfect, builds on and refines what was there last year, as well as offering functionality that up until now has been the preserve of the Galaxy Note series alone. It's still a very expensive flagship, and certainly not for everyone, but now it's one with less flaws and more overall usage potential.

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • Stunning 6.8-inch 120Hz WQHD+ screen
  • Powerful flagship-grade hardware spec
  • Feature packed camera system
  • S Pen Digital Stylus support
  • Large, long-lasting 5,000mAh battery
  • 5G network compatible

Cons

  • Expensive, despite a price drop
  • Doesn't come with S Pen Digital Stylus

The clear flagship in the S21 family - and a better performer than the smaller S21 and S21+ models, thanks to its better cameras - the Ultra is the pick for those who want all the best that Samsung offers. Its great display, stacks of power and performance, is only tempered slightly by battery life that's quick to drain when put under pressure.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Great new finish and improved design
  • Powerful internal hardware
  • Adaptive refresh rate
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Camera performance
  • Stands apart from rest of S21 range

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Undeniably expensive
  • Camera setup more confusing than it needs to be
  • Battery life isn't great under pressure

With an elegant design, lower price and S-Pen support, the second time's the charm for Samsung. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G earns a CNET Editors' Choice award.

Read more on cnet.com

Pros

  • Gorgeous phantom black finish
  • Two telephoto cameras
  • The screen is spectacular
  • S-Pen support

Cons

  • It's heavy
  • Lacks a microSD card slot
  • $1,200 is still expensive

If Samsung does as we expect and not launch a new Galaxy Note phone this year, is the Note 20 Ultra still worth buying, when the Galaxy S21 Ultra exists?

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Pros

  • Industry leading Quad HD display supports 120Hz
  • S Pen support for the first time in a Galaxy S model
  • Four compelling new cameras
  • Fingerprint sensor has been significantly improved
  • Powerful specs and 5G connectivity

Cons

  • Battery life takes a considerable hit with Quad HD and 120Hz enabled
  • Too large and heavy for some
  • No headphones or charger in the box
  • No expandable storage

A new video published by National Geographic and Samsung has shown how far smartphones cameras have come on in the last few years. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first smartphone to be used to photograph and video an underwater expedition.

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Last year, Samsung released its most ambitious (non-folding) phone to date: the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It didn't go over especially well. A sky-high $1400

Read more on androidpolice.com

Pros

  • A very fast phone in spite of Samsung's slow animations , if not a very noticeable upgrade over 2020's flagships
  • Display
  • Cameras
  • Materials and design
  • The adaptive refresh OLED panel is as good as you're going to find Truly an excellent phone for videos and gaming
  • Updates
  • It feels like a dream, but Samsung's strict monthly security patch policy and a commitment to three years of OS updates makes it second only to Google on software support
  • I actually think Samsung improved build quality on the S21 Ultra versus the S20 Ultra This phone looks and feels nicer
  • The new 10x zoom is legitimately impressive, and Samsung has really toned down its processing I've also seen some amazing night shots
  • Performance

Cons

  • Speaker
  • The speaker on this phone is loud but grating at high volumes
  • 5G
  • Huge
  • This is US specific, but the 5G experience on any phone here right now mostly sucks
  • Software bloat
  • Price
  • A phone this big and heavy is absolutely not for everyone and will be polarizing, especially once a case is applied
  • Even with a 200 cut compared to the last phone, this phone is still really, really expensive
  • I still find the animations and general layout of One UI to be clunky and overstuffed And the settings app is a nightmare for finding anything Also, the phone advertises to you Gross

For some time, especially with Huawei’s ongoing issues, Samsung has been the smartphone of choice for those who choose their smartphone based on the merits of the onboard camera(s).

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Samsung has extended its flagship smartphone’s capabilities with a fourth telephoto camera providing 10x zoom. Andy Westlake tries it for size

Read more on amateurphotographer.co.uk

Pros

  • Four lens design gives huge compositional flexibility
  • Attractive, intuitive camera app
  • Fantastic screen
  • 10x lens provides great telephoto reach

Cons

  • Large and heavy
  • Very expensive

Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G the ultimate camera phone? With quad camera and up to 10x optical zoom, 8K video recording, and 40mp selfie camera, can it delivery the goods? Find out in our full review.

Read more on ephotozine.com

Pros

  • New 10x telephoto camera
  • Speedy performance and snappy responses
  • Excellent colour
  • Excellent range of cameras
  • Consistant results from all cameras

Cons

  • Night mode images can have issues
  • High price
  • No MicroSD memory card slot

At $1,199 / £1,149, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra needs to be excellent, and it is. Powerful internals, a class-leading 10x zoom and a number of fun value adds, not least of all S Pen support give it some standout charm. The 108 MP main camera isn’t always the most nuanced sharpshooter, but as a package, there’s plenty to love, provided you can handle its hefty size and price tag.

Read more on digitalcameraworld.com

Pros

  • Beautiful, bold, immersive screen
  • Powerful internals
  • Versatile camera system
  • Handy S Pen support

Cons

  • No microSD card support
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, stylized photo processing
  • Bulky, utilitarian feel

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is on sale for a new low price of $900 at Samsung thanks to an offer code..

Read more on engadget.com

Samsung's Galaxy S21 line is an overall refinement of last year's models, but feature bloat still weighs these phones down.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is about as capable as a smartphone can get without folding in half or rolling up (and those new form factors often have trade-offs). It has a high price, but it's justified compared to past Ultra models. Anyone who just wants a big Galaxy can save a lot and just get the S21+, but for killer camera zoom levels, a more premium construction, and S Pen support, the Galaxy S21 Ultra merits the increased price.

Read more on ign.com

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a whole lot of phone, but if that’s what you’re looking for (and are willing to pay for), then you’ll probably be plenty pleased.

Read more on lifewire.com

Pros

  • Long lasting battery
  • Huge, amazing screen
  • Dazzling cameras
  • Speedy performance
  • Zippy 5G speeds

Cons

  • No charger included
  • Charges slower than S20 Ultra
  • Very expensive
  • No microSD slot

You can save bucks by opting for the Samsung Galaxy S21, but investing in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with some great high-end perks.

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Meet the Galaxy S21 Let's start with the foundation for all of these new devices: the Galaxy S21.

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When we tested the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max a few months ago, we called it “the one the others have to beat”. Whether the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can actually beat the iPhone 12 Pro Max is an open question. At some points it certainly can, while at other points the iPhone top model is still superior. But if you would rather have an Android mobile than an iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is without discussion the best smartphone (lots of) money can buy right now.

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We've got the scoop on Samsung. Mashable's Brenda Stolyar gives her in-depth analysis of the latest S21 phones.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best phone in the Android market - and it will remain that way for the next few months.

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