Samsung has unveiled the latest generation of Galaxy smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+, and Samsung Galaxy Ultra all feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform, in addition to Qualcomm’s 3D Gen 2 ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with 6.2-inch AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display, while the Galaxy S21+ is slightly larger at 6.7 inches. Both phones offer a slew of advanced camera features, such as an 8K Snap function that pulls high-quality images from an 8K video, and a Vlogger View function that allows users to record using the front and back cameras simultaneously. Vlogger View is expected to be particularly useful for content creators who want to record their reactions to an event happening in real time.
Those features are realized with the help of the Snapdragon 888 platform, which is based on Arm Cortex-X1 and leverages multiple Qualcomm technologies to generate significant performance improvements. The Kryo 680 processor achieves top frequencies of up to 2.84GHz, while the Adreno 660 GPU renders graphics 35 percent faster than the previous generation. By the same token, the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System offers Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and delivers 5G speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps, and Spectra 580 uses triple ISPs to capture images from three cameras at once at a processing speed of 2.7 gigapixels per second.
Snapdragon 888 also features Qualcomm’s Hexagon 780 tech. The 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, meanwhile, is billed as the largest in-display sensor in a major smartphone. The Galaxy S21 series relies on Samsung’s proprietary System-on-Chip Knox Vault platform to maintain device security, and allows users to remove location data and set time-sensitive access privileges for additional privacy when sharing any photos.
“We are living in a mobile-first world, and we wanted to deliver a smartphone experience that meets the rigorous multimedia demands of our continuously changing routines,” said Samsung President and Mobile Communications Head TM Roh. “We also recognize the importance of choice, especially now, and that’s why the Galaxy S21 series gives you the freedom to choose the best device for your style and needs.”
The news extends the smartphone partnership between Qualcomm and Samsung. Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensors previously appeared in Samsung’s S10 series, while the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform was featured in the Galaxy Note10 and Snapdragon 865 Plus turned up in the foldable Galaxy Z Flip.