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Who does not like a flagship phone, especially when we are talking about Samsung’s Galaxy flagship device, the S21.
I’d like to remind you though that the Galaxy S21 unit that we have is an engineering unit that Samsung Philippines provided us through their PR agency.
So there could be an improvement already in the retail units available now in stores and on Postpaid Plans offered by telcos.
First off, the unit that we have don’t have the retail accessories you’ll normally get. Just the unit only.
Samsung Galaxy S21 specs
- Android 11, Samsung One UI 3.1
- Dual SIM, dual standby
- 6.2-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~424ppi
- 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
- 2.94GHz Exynos 2100 octa-core processor
- 8GB of RAM + 256GB internal storage
- Mali-G78 GPU
- 12MP (OIS) + 12MP (ultra-wide) + 64MP (telephoto, OIS) rear cameras
- 10MP front camera
- Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Stereo speakers by AKG
- Samsung DeX
- 4G LTE, 5G
- WiFi 6
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- USB Type-C
- Dimensions: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 172g
- Colors: Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray
- 4,000mAh non-removable battery, wired and wireless fast charging, Wireless PowerShare
Samsung Galaxy S21 price in PH
- Galaxy S21 5G: P47,990
- Galaxy S21 Plus 5G: P57,990
- Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 12GB/256GB: P69,990
- Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 16GB/512GB: P79,990
Build and Design
The Samsung Galaxy S21 exudes high-end functionality. You can tell you’re paying a high price for this gadget the moment you hold it. We have an all-metal design around the review unit we received because it is the 4G model. It has a little heft to it. Yes, this one weighs 172 grams.
Almost everything is perfect from the thin bezel surrounding the display up to the curved edges at the back including the placements of the buttons.
Until you see the gigantic eye-catching camera module at the back that houses these lenses -12MP (OIS) + 12MP (ultra-wide) + 64MP (telephoto, OIS) rear cameras.
The camera module suffers as a result of Samsung’s need to maintain a slim form factor in its overall design. Or the design team was exhausted and told it was “okay” to have this bump because we, the customers, would eventually appreciate it.
The next part of the design I’d like to mention is the SIM tray. We are all used to having the microSD expansion slot, the S21 doesn’t have it. This is just a note. Not a necessary add-on because the device comes with a huge 256GB internal storage already. Na-mention ko lang..
Are the cameras good?
Samsung’s rear cameras are 12MP (OIS) + 12MP (ultra-wide) + 64MP (telephoto, OIS) while the competition is already switching to high-megapixels. It also only has a 10MP front sensor.
However, the phone’s cameras generate stunning, accurate, and sharp pictures.
I can’t argue that Samsung is the clear winner in this category. This would be my primary phone if the budget allowed and the camera bump could be fixed.
These are the samples.
The 10x zoom is present, but we are aware that it was added solely for marketing purposes. Images captured with this zoom are useless.
To be able to take a real good photo on x10 zoom, one must have a non-moving hand at all times.
It’s not all praise for the camera, however, because pictures in low-light situations suffer as well.
Now to answer my headline: Is it worth it to own a Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G today?
If you have a working budget of P48,000 for a flagship smartphone, go for it. Otherwise, I’d advise you to purchase it from Smart Signature Plan. With a one-time cash-out of P15,020, you can get it for as low as P3,499 per month. You can directly order from this link.
In case you want to buy flagship devices such as the Galaxy S21 series from the retail stores, th best time to buy is on its promotional week.
That’s because Samsung puts a lot of marketing efforts into it. They include lots of freebies that you should take advantage of. For example, my friend got a FREE Chromebook laptop from his purchase of a 512GB variant of the S21.