Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro may be a fantastic smartphone, but that’s due to some tough competition from the Samsung Galaxy S21. And new leaks suggest price reductions for the upcoming Samsung flagship that could undermine Apple’s advanced iPhone.
The prices for the Galaxy S21 series were revealed early on by the Belgian mobile operator Voo, which released the European price tags for the entire range. The company quickly removed the listing, but not before Twitter user jordan82 took some screenshots and posted them online, revealing some good news.
The starting prices for the three available models are € 849, € 1
In comparison, in Belgium the iPhone 12 Pro starts at € 899, which means that the base Galaxy S21 cuts it, provided that the leaked prices are accurate.
This was given further confidence in a report from ETNews, which noted that the Galaxy S21’s starting price in South Korea will be 990,000 won. That’s about $ 904, which not only undercuts the iPhone 12 Pro’s US price of $ 999, but the $ 999 launch price of the Galaxy S20.
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra nice prices
|Model||RAM / storage||Price|
|Galaxy S21||8 GB / 128 GB||€ 849 or around $ 904|
|Galaxy S21 Plus||8 GB / 128 GB||€ 1,049 or around $ 1,095|
|Galaxy S21 Ultra||12 GB / 256 GB||€ 1,399 or around $ 1,399|
Converting these prices to dollars or pounds sterling will not constitute regional price differences, so let’s compare them with the Belgian prices for Galaxy S20.
The MSRP for Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra is € 999, € 1,099 and € 1,399 respectively. It shows that Samsung may drop the price of its new phones as previous rumors have claimed, but only for the two cheaper models.
On the South Korean price side, the Galaxy S21 Plus is set to cost 1,199,000 won, which is around $ 1,095, cheaper than the $ 1,199 Galaxy S20 Plus. It is worth noting that these conversions are not accurate, so we have to take them with a pinch of salt, but they follow previous rumors of price drops on the Galaxy S21 Plus and S21 Plus.
The price drop is reasonable considering that Samsung has lost the screen resolution and the amount of RAM between the Galaxy S20 and S21. However, users will get a powerful Snapdragon 888 processor, triple rear cameras and either a 4000 mAh or 4800 mAh battery.
The top model Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the only model that starts with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The S21 Ultra is also expected to offer a sharper Quad HD screen as well as dual telephoto lenses (3x and 10x).
Somewhat confusingly, the Voo leak for the S21 Ultra has its European price higher than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which started at € 1,349. But the South Korean prize is estimated to be 1,450,000 won, around $ 1,324, which is cheaper than the S20 Ultra’s prize of 1,595,000 won and $ 1,399.
Regional differences may be at stake here, and we’ve heard other reports that the S21 Ultra will be a higher price than its predecessor, given that it will have even more premium features, including a Galaxy Note series chasing S Pen support.
Samsung Galaxy S21 gets more color choices
Another leak has revealed several colors for the Galaxy S21 series. These are the options after the launch according to leaker Ishan Agarwal. This means that they can either be region-exclusive colorways or potentially the colors Samsung will reveal in the regular mini-update it does with its flagship phones a few months after they have been launched.
You can expect some of these extra color options for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series after launch. Galaxy S21 + / S21 Plus: RedGalaxy S21 Ultra: Blue, Bronze, Titanium Of course, you never know if they end up being region-exclusive or have a rollout based on the country. # GalaxyS21 January 6, 2021
It’s an extra color for the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus, which Agarwal simply describes as “red”. The S21 Ultra has three options: blue, bronze and titanium. The bronze sound sounds particularly attractive, given how handsome the Mystic Bronze version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra looks.
Samsung Galaxy S21 does not come with charger
Something the Galaxy S21 will lack, however, is a pebble in the box. Ice Universe confirmed this no doubt frustrating rumor again on Twitter, apparently inspired by Apple’s recent decision to do the same with the iPhone 12 series.
Samsung will discontinue the S21 series of chargers. What do you think about this? January 7, 2021
There are some compelling arguments for dropping the charger. Producing multiple chargers is bad for the environment, especially when many users probably already have a functional charger at home. It also makes the phones a little cheaper to sell, with the Galaxy S21’s missing block perhaps being the reason for the small price drop from the Galaxy S20.
The downside of this approach is that users may feel cheated by a standard and crucial part of a new smartphone package. Furthermore, although users already have some compatible chargers, they may not be able to deliver the specific power to charge the Galaxy S21 quickly; 25W for S21 and S21 Plus and possibly up to 45W for S21 Ultra.
As of today, we are officially a week away from Samsung’s January 14 event where the Galaxy S21 will debut. Once we’ve had a chance to test it out, the Galaxy S21 review will determine if it’s worth a place on our top phone list.