With the launch date approaching near, speculations about whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S21 will inherit the characteristics of its predecessors have taken place. And among the most aspired features are the S-Pen and the headphone jack.
With rumors suggesting the removal of the headphone jack from the S21, possibilities of the S-Pen included are under turmoil. If you have also been wondering about the same, here’s what we have collected so far.
If you are a fan of the S-Pen, there’s good news for you! The images for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra that were leaked online suggested support for the S-Pen stylus. But, unlike the Note Series, there won’t be an in-device housing for the same, rather, a space on the smartphone case would be made available so you can carry it along. Also, the S-Pen for the S21 will come with a new pencil-like thick design.
The LED view cover and the Silicone Case for the S21, as the rumors suggest, would include space for the S Pen. All this can make it difficult for users to manage the accessory.
Functionality wise, the S-Pen will have a pressure-sensitive tip and a digitizer technology as well. This will enable users to use the S-Pen as a remote to scroll through presentations and play/pause a video wirelessly. Moreover, with an accelerometer, the S-Pen will support gesture controls as well.
The Headphone Jack
The images that were leaked online, do reflect some details on the design front and the camera setup, and one thing which you won’t find there is the headphone jack. So for those who like playing songs over wired headphones, there is going to be a little disappointment. Just like the Galaxy Note 10 and the S20, history might repeat itself with the S21 as well.
Losing the headphones can be a step towards thinning the bezels. Thin devices are a trend now, and smaller bezels would allow for a larger screen without having to increase the size. Or, it can be a part of the sales strategy as well. Samsung’s own wireless earbuds would sell better if there’s no headphone jack, just like Apple’s AirPods have in substantial numbers.
Still, we expect the launch event on January 14th, with a final answer.
Samsung will likely be revealing three different models for the S21 series- S21, S21+ and the S21 Ultra. Owing to the fact that Samsung is going to introduce its flagship Exynos 2100 chip or the Snapdragon 888 as the processor at heart, the standard S21 is expected to be priced between $850 to $899, the S21+ and the S21 Ultra can see a price tag of between $1050-$1099 and $1250-$1299 respectively, while the S-Pen can be priced around $49.
Also, performance enhancements with a new display(likely to be expected) with improved pixel density, resolution, and picture quality, plus the inclusion of 5G compatibility, the prices don’t seem unjustified.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is said to run on Android Version 11 OS and come powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung’s flagship Exynos 2100 Chipset. Different models of the S21 are reported to support up to 12GB of RAM, and expandable storage.
The phone will also sport an FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 1440*3220px at 515ppi pixel density. On the camera front, the device will have a 108MP f/1.8 primary camera, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto one, a secondary 10MP f/4.9 telephoto one, and a 40MP f/2.2 front-facing camera, with a 64MP+12MP+12MP rear camera on the S21 and S21 Plus, with a 108MP+12MP+10MP+10MP array on the S21 Ultra. The cameras also support features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face Detection, and Touch to Focus features. The smartphone connectivity will be facilitated by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 5G, and NFC like features. All these functions will come to life with a big 4000 mAH battery on the S21, a 4800mAH battery on the S21+, and a 5000mAH battery on the S21 Ultra.
The entire Samsung Galaxy S21 series is likely to be announced on January 14, 2021 with the unveiling of the online Galaxy Unpacked event. Pre-orders will commence the same date. The event will also hopefully showcase Samsungs’ other products such as the Smart Tag Bluetooth tracker and the Galaxy Buds Pro. However, the release date for the Samsung Galaxy S21 is said to be either January 22nd or 29th.
So while the release date for the S21 isn’t certain yet, it’ll likely be as we approach the January 14 unveiling event.
The final words
While there are added uncertainties over what to expect, we might also see Samsung ditching the charger from the box. With Apple doing so, Samsung will likely follow suit as it did with the headphone jack.
Whatever the case may be, we expect to find our answers on January 14, in the meantime, we hope the information above will help you feed your curiosity.