Samsung Unboxed Its Galaxy S21 Series With AI, Galaxy Buds Pro, and More

Samsung has debuted its new S21 Galaxy, along with AI-assisted camera features, and more.
Brad Bergan

Samsung unboxed its newest flagship phone — the Galaxy S21 — on Thursday during a streaming event called Galaxy Unpacked 2021. The event went live on the company's YouTube channel at 10:00 AM EST.

Several new products were announced, along with prices and release dates. The Samsung Galaxy S21 will start sales at a price of $799, with the Galaxy S21 Plus at a higher price of $999. The S21 Ultra will sell for the highest starting price, of $1,199. Finally, the Ear Buds Pro will be available at a price of $199.

All of the new Galaxy S21 phones will be available on Jan. 29, but the Galaxy Buds Pro will go for sale on Jan. 15.


UPDATE Jan. 14, 11:10 AM EST: Samsung partners with Google for mobile tech

Samsung has entered a new partnership with Google to share resources in developing novel mobile tech. This will involve more Google-developed functionality for the Galaxy S21 -- like Talkback (a screen reader from Google), which will make its first appearance on the S21.

UPDATE Jan. 14, 11:00 AM EST: S Pen compatibility, S21 Ultra release date, specs

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will go on sale on January 29 — with a wide suite of backplate color options. Additionally, a Phantom Silver is also on the way for the Ultra, Tom's Guide reports.

Pre-orders will be available starting today for an Ultra in Phantom Black or Silver — for the 128GB model featuring 12GB of RAM, a 256GB with 16GB of Ram, and a 512GB model, which comes with 16GB of random access memory.

The S21 Ultra will sell at a starting price of $1,199, on Jan. 29.

Samsung debuted a new S Pen and S Pen Pro, which resembles a shorter Galaxy Tab 7 S Pen.

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:51 AM EST: Samsung Ultra display, dynamic frequency, 'boldest color yet'

The Galaxy S21 Ultra's display is 6.8 inches (17.2 cm) — a panel enabled for WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED functionality, along with an adaptive refresh rate. But surpassing the S21 and S21 Plus models, the Ultra can lower the frequency all the way down to 10Hz, which will substantially lower the power drainage.

The S21 Ultra is 20% brighter than the earlier model, and comes in an additional color, Phantom Black, which Samsung says is its "boldest color yet."

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Rear Cameras
To be perfectly honest, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra looks like it has achieved sentience. Source: Samsung / YouTube

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:50 AM EST: Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung has not stopped bragging about its quad-camera array, each of which features an upgraded 108MP main lens, along with optical image stabilization, a pair of telephoto lenses, and a 12MP ultra wider camera.

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One of the telephoto lenses can optically zoom in up to 3x magnification using OIS, while the other goes beyond, to an optical zoom of 10x magnification.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 plus will be available on Jan. 29. Source: Samsung / YouTube

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:48 AM EST: Samsung's Galaxy S21 release date, price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 will go for sale on January 29, at a price of $799, with the Galaxy S21 Plus starting at $999. The UI 3 operation system will likely work smoothly across a wide spectrum of Samsung devices. It comes with impressive AI capabilities, like smart photo editing.

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:45 AM EST: Samsung's S21 series battery life

The Galaxy S21 comes with a 4,000 mAH cell, with the S21 featuring a 4,800 mAH battery. These were expected, but with wireless charging there's little to worry those concerned with keeping a phone going through a workday.

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:40 AM EST: Galaxy S21 triple-rear cameras, 8K video capture

The rear cameras can capture 8K video, along with 32MP photo capability from within the video streams. Called Single Take — Samsung's phones can capture a section of a photo from a short reel of video. Additionally, the "Director's thumbnail" enables a multi-screen view including the perspectives from the entire S21 camera suite on the screen at the same time.

Samsung S21 Rear Cameras
Samsung's S21 and S21 Plus feature a trio of rear cameras. Source:  Samsung / YouTube

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:35 AM EST: Samsung touts Galaxy as having fastest chip ever

Samsung claims it has the fastest chip ever in its Galaxy — which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the U.S., an Exynos 2100 in the U.K., and other locations.

The triple-lens camera in the back is balanced with a pinhole front camera.

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:30 AM EST: Samsung's S21 series has dynamic refresh rate, preserves battery life

The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch (15.7-cm) flat Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz display, and it can run with FHD+ resolution, according to the live stream.

When Samsung says "dynamic," they mean a capability in the phones to alter its refresh rate on-the-go, from 48Hz to 12Hz. This  feature will surely keep battery life from fading too fast, and the also goes for the Galaxy S21 Plus — but on a larger, 6.7-inch (17-cm) screen.

Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus are fully coated in Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus, and also have an integrated "Eye Comfort Shield" to help filter the pesky blue light that strains one's eyes.

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Samsung's new S21 series is 5G capable. Source: Samsung / YouTube

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:15 AM EST: Samsung debuted its Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung just unveiled its Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus — both featuring improved cameras, 5G capability, and more. The front looks exactly like the company's predecessor, but the back features a camera module that curves along the top and left-hand side of the smartphones.

The new Galaxy S21 comes in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. The S21 Plus model loses the pink and white in favor of a new color: Phantom Silver.

Galaxy Buds Pro
The ear buds will sell for $199, and come in three different colors. Source: Samsung / YouTube

UPDATE Jan. 14, 10:06 AM EST: Samsung unveils Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Buds Pro. They look like a natural evolution of its previous earbuds. But this time they created a system in package — including Intelligent Active Noise Cancelling This uses an AI algorithm to make pick relevant voices out of an ambient background. In short, this is Samsung's answer to Apple's AirPods Pro.

"The goal is sound experience. Period."

Call quality is often overlooked, according to the live stream. They come in purple and two other colors with a rounded case. The earbuds provide the company's "most immersive sound experience."

The Ear Buds Pro will sell for $199 on Jan. 15.

Samsung unboxing Galaxy S21, S21 smartphone, and more

Samsung has maintained a confident attitude about the market demand of its new device — so much that it invited people to get take a place in line for preorders before the device is introduced.

Indeed, Samsung has withheld modesty in revealing the specs of the forthcoming S21. The company is slated to announce three new smartphones during the event, including the S21 and S21 Plus phones (the latter of which will be larger), along with a high-end S21 Ultra, jam-packed with cameras and enhanced specs — and an optional stylus, of course.

This is developing news about Samsung's S21 unboxing event, so be sure to return here for more updates on the latest from the South Korea-based company.

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