Photo Credit: WinFuture.de
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra images have leaked online that suggest that the phone will support the S Pen stylus, but not like the Samsung Galaxy Note series. The images indicate that instead of featuring a dedicated housing for the S Pen within the phone like on the Galaxy Note models, the Galaxy S21 Ultra would get cases with space for the stylus. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also said to be the only model in the series to have microSD card support for storage expansion. Separately, camera specifications of the Galaxy S21 Ultra as well as the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ have been leaked on the Web.
German blog WinFuture.de has leaked the images purportedly showing the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra along with its optional S Pen. The images suggest that the S Pen stylus available for the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a new design, with a thicker — more pencil-like build — over what you get with a Galaxy Note phone. It seems to be similar to the stylus that Samsung bundles with its Galaxy-branded tablets.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to come with an LED View Cover and Silicone Case and both of them would include space for the S Pen. The cases are likely to be a little wider in size to accommodate the optional accessory. Some earlier leaked images also suggested a separate space dedicated to the stylus in some Galaxy S21 Ultra cases. This will be unlike the Galaxy Note series that feature dedicated space to keep the bundled S Pen.
In terms of functionality, WinFuture.de reports that the S Pen available for the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a pressure-sensitive tip and a digitiser technology developed by Wacom. It is also said to have a remote to let users scroll through a presentation or start or stop a video with a click, wirelessly. Similarly, the S Pen is reported to include an accelerometer sensor to support gesture controls.
The S Pen for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to be available separately for a price of EUR 40 (roughly Rs. 3,600). The South Korean company is yet to confirm the pricing and other details, though its President of Mobile Communications Business, TM Roh, has suggested the expansion of the S Pen from its Galaxy Note series to other models in the recent past. An FCC listing also indicated that stylus support will be a part of the new flagship phone.
In addition to the details of the S Pen, Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de said that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra would come with microSD card support — at least in Europe. This will be unlike the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ that are said to only have onboard storage across global markets. Quandt, however, showed some scepticism about the microSD card presence in the Galaxy S21 Ultra by saying that it wasn't mentioned in an official specifications sheet and was reported from a couple of sources.
Known tipster Evan Blass has also posted camera infographics of the Galaxy S21 Ultra — alongside those of the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+. The Galaxy S21 Ultra appears to have a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor with an f/1.8 lens, along with a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, and two sensors at 10-megapixel resolution with a f/2.4 telephoto lens on top. The phone is also seen with a laser autofocus module and an LED flash. Further, it is said to have a 40-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front with an f/2.2 lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+, on the other hand, appear to have an identical triple rear camera setup. The phones are said to have a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, and a 64-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.0 telephoto lens. The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are also reported to feature a 10-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front with an f/2.2 lens.
Samsung is hosting its Unpacked launch event on January 14 where it is likely to launch the Galaxy S21 series. The new phones are expected to accompany the company's Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth tracker and Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds.
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