This is our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21

This is our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series arrived just about two months ago, and we’re already marching forward to the next one. Samsung’s usual flagship release cycle involves an S series launch in Q1 and a Note series launch in Q3 every year. Here’s our very first look at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 (or Samsung Galaxy S30, depending on what Samsung will call its next release).

These leaked renders come to us courtesy of @OnLeaks, who has a very good record at leaked renders, so we’re inclined to believe that these do resemble what we can expect out of the final product. The next Samsung Galaxy S series release could be called either the Samsung Galaxy S21 or the Samsung Galaxy S30, depending on how Samsung’s decision making machinery wants it to spin.

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As we can see, the biggest change on the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the rear camera island, which now begins from the corner and engulfs the three rear cameras. The frame of the device is expected to be made from metal. We can also spot a USB Type-C port on the bottom, besides the speaker grilles.

On the front, there is a 6.2″ flat display with a single, centered, punch-hole selfie camera. OnLeaks mentions that the device will measure around 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm, with the camera bump taking that thickness up to 9mm.

The next Samsung Galaxy S series is expected to involve three phones: the regular variant, the Plus variant, and the Ultra variant, though the naming could change here and there. Further, the devices are expected to launch sooner than the usual release window, with OnLeaks mentioning a launch as soon as January 2021.

Other rumors mention that Samsung could be sticking with modest upgrades only, instead of a revolutionary rethink or upgrade across the board. @IceUniverse suggests Samsung could be sticking with its 25W TA-800 charger for regular and Plus variants, the same charger that it bundles with a lot of its other phones across different price points such as the Galaxy M31s and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Samsung could also be bundling in an S Pen with the higher end variants of the S series. Another rumor suggests that the company could be looking at sourcing displays from multiple partners, instead of just sticking with Samsung Display. Note that all of these are admittedly rumors, and we’ll hear more in the coming days.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]