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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: unboxing and first impression

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More than a month ago, the South Korean manufacturer officially presented the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, among other things. It is the best equipped smartphone that Samsung currently has to offer and does not need to hide from the competitors from Apple, Huawei and Co.

The highlight is certainly the huge display, which has a razor-sharp resolution with WQHD + and supports a fluid refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The camera also gives hope and not to be forgotten is the huge 5.000 mAh battery. But the whole thing also has its proud price of at least 1.249 euros. In a few weeks, you will find out in my detailed review whether this is justified and whether Samsung has succeeded in making it the best smartphone on the market. Here in this article I first unpack the device and report about my first impressions after a day of use.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra unboxing

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in a small, black and quite minimalist packaging. The box is very thin compared to others because Samsung has greatly reduced the scope of delivery for the Galaxy S21 series. Like Apple, they do without a power supply unit and headphones, which now have to be purchased separately if required. For me personally this is completely incomprehensible, especially because at the beginning they made fun of Apple publicly. In addition to the smartphone itself, you will only find the usual paperwork and a cable from USB-C to USB-C in the scope of delivery. You won't find a cover here either, but at least a very good protective film is attached to the front.

First impression of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

I have used the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for a day now and would now like to report on my first impressions. Let's start with the design first, which is one of the highlights for me. The front and back are made of glass and the frame is made of metal, which makes the smartphone feel extremely high-quality. In addition, the back is matt, which leads to a significantly better and more pleasant handling. The camera hill basically extends from the frame, which I'm a huge fan of. If we turn the smartphone around, the huge 6,8 inch OLED panel appears, which is only interrupted by a small, centrally located punch hole. The edges around the display are extremely thin, but from a first impression it can be mine Huawei P40 Pro+ keep up very well.

The quality of the display is just excellent. It can be used simultaneously with WQHD+ and the smooth refresh rate of 120 Hertz, the maximum brightness is great and the color reproduction looks nice and strong, but is still sufficiently realistic. We are probably dealing with the currently best display in a smartphone. The everyday performance proAlso very fit from the 120 Hertz. Apps start and close extremely quickly thanks to the new Exynos 2100 and there have not been any stutters or delays so far. It gets interesting with the battery life, because the in-house ExynosProcessors have had enormous efficiencies in the recent pastprobleme and were the Processors from Qualcomm are clearly inferior. The standby consumption and the heat development in particular were always a concern Protrouble. Samsung would like to get all this under control with the new Exynos 2100 and you will find out in a few weeks in my detailed test report whether this was successful. After a day of use, the battery life is far from being evaluated.

Last but not least, I would like to focus on the cameras, which have the biggest differences compared to the regular S21 and S21+. Like its predecessor, the S21 Ultra has a 108 megapixel main sensor, which is currently one of the largest sensors in a smartphone. There is also a 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and two telephoto lenses, each with 10 megapixels, which enable a 3x and 10x optical zoom. Samsung has obviously moved away from the Huawei P40 Pro+ get inspired. So far I'm really enjoying the new zoom, especially when you compare it to last year's S20 Ultra. Nevertheless, my P40 Pro+ keep up very well from the first impression, even if the stabilization is worlds better with Samsung.

I'm looking forward to the next days and weeks with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and then a detailed review will follow here very soon TechnikNews. I am also planning a detailed camera comparison with the P40 Pro+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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Fabian Menzel

Fabian has been part of since mid-September 2020 TechnikNews and regularly supplies the site with various news, but also with some test reports on smartphones. He's having so much fun and is extremely grateful to have such a great team by his side. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and occasionally taking photos with his Huawei Mate 50 Pro.

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