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Samsung Galaxy S21 Unboxing and First Impressions

by Aiman MaulanaJanuary 15, 2021
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Unboxing and First Impressions

We are one of the lucky ones to receive the Samsung Galaxy S21 early. While I’m sure many of you are looking forward to the review, I’m going to give you a special preview with our unboxing and first impressions of the new smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Unboxing and First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S21 Unboxing and First Impressions

With Galaxy Unpacked 2021 now over and done with, I’m sure many of you are wondering how well the new smartphones perform. I’m proud to announce that we managed to get our hands on the base model Samsung Galaxy S21 early so we’re going to give you a special preview of it. Starting off with the box, it’s thinner than its predecessors, which is interesting at first glance.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Unboxing and First Impressions

The reason for this is because they didn’t include a charger inside the box. In fact, there’s no earphones either. It’s just a SIM Ejector tool, a USB-C to USB-C cable, user guide, and the smartphone itself. Some of you may be okay with it, and some of you may be unhappy. For me personally, I use a separate charger because my powered USB hub has two dedicated fast charging ports so I’m fine. I also have plenty of chargers lying around anyway.

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For our review unit, we received the Phantom Violet colour variant. Personally, it’s the most attractive, eye-catching colour compared to the others but that’s subjective. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you can still go for Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White.

The rear has a matte finish, which is great because it’s not a fingerprint magnet and it’s easier to grip. The camera cutout is noticeably different compared to its predecessors as it sits in the top-left corner. It’s described as the contour-cut camera and it houses the triple-camera system of the device. It still protrudes a bit but the design certainly gives it a cleaner look.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Officially Launched

The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with adaptive refresh rate. Like its predecessors, it has a punch hole cutout which houses the selfie camera as well as the under display fingerprint scanner. The bezels are thin and its solid build quality makes it pleasing to hold.

Specifications

Processor Exynos 2100
1 x Cortex-X1 @ 2.9GHz + 3 x Cortex-A78 @2.8GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.2GHz
5nm
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB UFS 3.1
Display 6.2″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
HDR10+
1300 nits
48Hz to 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.8 wide angle camera, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
64MP f/2.0 telephoto camera, 3x hybrid zoom, PDAF, OIS
12MP f/2.2 120˚ ultra-wide
LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 10MP f/2.2 wide-angle selfie cam, Dual Pixel PDAF
Battery 4000mAh
USB-PD 3.0 fast charging
15W wireless fast charging
4.5W reverse wireless charging

If you want to learn more about the phone, click right here. If you want to know the retail price for all 3 variants, click here instead.

For now, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is in the middle of benchmark tests. I’ll be publishing my review of the smartphone on 22nd January at 12AM Malaysia time (GMT+8) so stay tuned for that.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)