Samsung has officially launched its latest flagship phones in the Galaxy S21 range, following its Galaxy Unpacked launch event on 14 January. The phones go on sale on 29 January but are available to pre-order now.
Mirroring last year’s line-up, the S21 range includes three 5G phones: the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra – while a midrange S21 FE is also expected to join the range later this year.
The phones launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (RRP £219) and the SmartTag Bluetooth tracker (RRP £30). Customers who pre-order the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G can get both accessories for free as a pre-order bundle. S21 and S21+ pre-orders also include the SmartTag, but include the Galaxy Buds Live (RRP £179) instead, which launched last year.
If you missed the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event, watch it again here. And without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S21 phone’s pricing and availability, along with all noteworthy pre-order deals.
How much do the S21 phones cost?
The good news: the standard S21 starts at £769/US$799/€849, which places the S21 range’s starting price £30 lower than its S20 predecessor.
In fact, the starting prices for each S21 handset is lower than its S20 equivalent, with the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra priced £50 cheaper for the entry-level configuration. Here are the full prices as follows. We are updating these details as they become available:
Samsung Galaxy S21 (8GB RAM/128GB storage) £769/US$799/€849 (vs. £799 for S20)
Samsung Galaxy S21 (8GB RAM/256GB storage) – £819/US$849
S21 Plus prices
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (8GB RAM/128GB storage) – £949/US$999.99/€1049 (vs. £999 for S20+)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (8GB RAM/256GB storage) – £999/US$1049.99
S21 Ultra prices
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12GB RAM/128GB storage) – £1149/US$1199.99/ €1249 (vs. £1199 for S20 Ultra 5G)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12GB RAM/256GB storage) – £1199/US$1249.99
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12GB RAM/512GB storage) – £1329/US$1379.99
About the S21 range
The 6.2in S21 and 6.7in S21+ phones, both with Dynamic AMOLED 2X displays, feature triple camera set-ups on the rear crowned with a massive 64Mp telephoto sensor. This sits alongside a 12Mp wide and 12Mp ultrawide lens.
Both phones also feature a 10Mp front-facing camera, a figure that leaps to a whopping 40Mp sensor on the S21 Ultra. As for the S21 Ultra, you can expect a quad-camera set-up on the back, with an incredible 108Mp wide lens, a 12Mp ultrawide lens, and not one but two additional telephoto lens at 10Mp each.
Battery specs jump to a beastly 5000mAh on the S21 Ultra – fitting, to power the large 6.8in WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with S-Pen support. The S21+ and S21 offer 4800mAh and 4000mAh batteries, respectively. All phones support Wireless PowerShare, Super Fast Charging and Fast Wireless Charging. To get further into the technical details of the new Galaxy S21 range phones, see this handy article.
Where to buy the Galaxy S21 range phone SIM-free
The S21 range phones will be available to buy directly from Samsung. We expect all other major retailers to start offering the phone once it goes on sale on 29 January including:
We will add more retailers to this list as they are confirmed, so stay tuned.
Where to buy the Galaxy S21 range phones on contract
We also expect the S21 should be available from all major network providers:
Existing Vodafone customers who pre-order the S21 and trade in a Galaxy S9 or S10 can get a guaranteed saving of £15 per month on top of a £4 monthly discount over a 24-month term. The offer reduces starting prices to £36 per month and £49 upfront. Otherwise, plans start at £67 per month and £79 upfront for 48GB data.
BT customers can get half-off contract rates for the first six months on EE, while trade-in plans start at £36 per month with no upfront cost for 40GB data.
Sky’s plans start at £36 per month with no upfront costs for 2GB of data.
Over at O2, you can get six months of free airtime on plans with 30GB data or more. You also get six months of Disney+ for free. See all O2 Galaxy S21 plans.
You should also be able to find contract offers on the S21 from the following retailers:
We will add more carriers and deals as they are confirmed, so stay tuned!
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