The recently-debuted line of Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones included the S21 Ultra 5G being the pièce de résistance of the range. Here’s a first look at the RM5,299 smartphone.

Samsung may have only debuted its first Ultra smartphone last year, but it’s already bettering the range with the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. We recently got our hands on the new smartphone in an iridescent Phantom Silver colour. Read on for our first thoughts on the S21 Ultra upon unboxing.

The box is noticeably slimmer

Following the uproar of Apple eliminating earphones and a full charger, in lieu of cutting down costs, it seems that other smartphone brands have also followed suit — Samsung included. The box for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is noticeably more compact and we soon discovered why upon unboxing: only a single charging cable is provided; USB-C on both ends.

Smaller is mightier

One of the few comments about the previous S20 Ultra was its larger size. For those who found it a little too large for their liking, you’ll be happy to know that the S21 Ultra is slightly smaller with a 6.8-inch display and dimensions of 2.97 x 6.5 x 0.35 inches. For reference, its predecessor had a 6.9-inch display and dimensions of 2.99 x 6.57 x 0.35 inches. However, the S21 Ultra is just a little heavier than the S20 Ultra.

S-Pen compatibility

Despite being just a little bit smaller than the S20 Ultra, the fact remains that the S21 Ultra is still a fairly large smartphone. Thank goodness then, that it now has S-Pen compatibility to complement its large display. Those who prefer to not splurge on the Samsung Galaxy Note series now have the option of using the pen to draw, write notes, and anything your heart so desires.

Two colourways

The S20 Ultra may have had more colour options, but the S21 Ultra does better with two extremely sleek colourways: Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. The former is particularly beautiful with its extremely deep black finish — even the Contour Cut Camera housing is in black, making the entire smartphone a sexy monochromatic black. The Phantom Silver is no less striking with a beautiful iridescent shade of silver, blue, and purple. But if those two colours don’t strike your fancy, Samsung does have two more online-exclusive colourways. Stay tuned to find out what they are.

Even more cameras

Every year seems to be the test of “how many more cameras can we fit into a smartphone” and the S21 Ultra tops it this year with four rear cameras: one wide, one ultra-wide, and two telephoto lenses. Its predecessor only had one telephoto lens.

Naturally, this means that the cameras have to be top-notch — and they are. The main camera has a 108-megapixel pro sensor, which Samsung claims to be able to capture 12-bit HDR photos with 64 times richer colour data. Double the telephoto lenses also mean that when you’re zooming in, your photo will have a better image quality. One lens has 3x magnification while the other is 10x. Oh, and did we mention that this smartphone is also capable of a 100x Space Zoom?

Unprecedented battery life

Nobody likes charging their phones several times a day. Hopefully with the S21 Ultra’s 5,000mAh battery capacity, you can last more than a day without charging the phone even after heavy-duty usage.

As for how the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra fares in real life, stay tuned to our in-depth review next week.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is priced at RM5,299 (256GB) and RM5,899 (512GB). It is now available for pre-orders until 28th January 2021. Customers who pre-order during this period are entitled to a unit of Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy SmartTag.

(All images: Samsung)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.