FIRST LOOK: The Samsung Galaxy S21 Series and Galaxy Buds Pro

They'll be available in the Philippines sooner than you think!

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( Technological advancement is faster than ever before and each year brings about game-changing new gadget releases that aim to improve our daily lives and innovate the possibilities of what our devices can do. To start 2021 off with a bang, tech giant Samsung just unveiled their latest line of flagship devices: the Galaxy S21 smartphone series and the Galaxy Buds Pro are officially here!

Here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Buds Pro:

There are three phones in the Samsung S21 series.

From left to right: the S21 Ultra, the S21+, and the S21.
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Not unlike the S20 line, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series includes three new smartphone models, namely the S21, the S21+, and S21 Ultra—all with 5G capability. As you might expect, the latest mobile devices in Samsung's line of flagship smartphones are built with more advanced processors—in particular, you get a 20% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU, and an AI processor that's twice as fast as the previous iteration in the S series.

Each phone features an all-new design with a contour-cut multi-camera system seamlessly positioned onto the device's slim metal frame. Though the all-screen displays of each model are of different sizes (6.2 inches for the S21, 6.7 inches for the S21+, and 6.8 inches for the S21 Ultra), the entire S21 series boasts an intelligent and dynamic AMOLED 2x adaptive 120Hz display that promises smoother scrolling and an ultra-sharp viewing experience. They also have an Eye Comfort Shield that automatically adjusts blue-light levels to reduce eye fatigue and strain.

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Each model is available in a variety of sleek colors.

The Samsung S21 in Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink, and Phantom Violet  
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The Samsung S21+ in Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Black 
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The Samsung S21 Ultra in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver 
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The S21 will be available in Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray, and Phantom White while the S21+ and S21 Ultra come in no-nonsense Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. The S21 series also introduces a new signature color to Samsung's S lineup called Phantom Violet, which will be available for the S21 and S21+ only.


The S21 series features Samsung's most advanced camera system to date

The S21 and S21+ feature a triple-camera system on the rear while the S21 Ultra has a quad-camera setup.
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The S21 Ultra is equipped with the most advanced pro-camera system in a Samsung smartphone to date. It features four rear cameras: a 108-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultra wide lens, and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses. The quad-camera system promises richer color and sharper details compared to previous models in the series. Meanwhile, both the S21 and S21+ have three cameras each on the rear—a 64-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultra wide lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. All three models also include a 10-megapixel front camera.

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The S21 series also boasts improved Space Zoom capabilties, with the S21 Ultra giving the user 100x zoom capacity, which allows you to capture clear photos even for objects in the distance. Plus, good news for those with shaky hands: The S21 cameras have a Zoom Lock feature to help stabilize your zoomed-in shot.

The S21 series' camera systems also have updated Night Mode with a faster Bright Night Sensor and enhanced noise reduction, allowing you to take crisp shots even in dark places. Portrait Mode is another cool camera feature that provides more depth in each shot with a DSLR-level bokeh effect.

The S21 series has state-of-the-art video capabilities.

The S21  and S21+ can capture videos at 8k resolution. The super-steady feature has also been improved for stable video footage even in shaky or choppy conditions. The S21 Ultra, on the other hand, has the same high-def resolution whila also being the first Samsung phone ever to have 4k filming across all lenses.

Vlogger View lets you capture videos from the front and rear camera simultaneously. 
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Some other cool video features include Live Thumbnails, which lets you shift and preview lenses while your camera is recording as well as Vlogger View, which can simultaneously capture videos from both the front and rear cameras, in case the user wants to record their reactions to the event or occasion they're shooting. The S21 Series' Director's View feature allows the video camera's cool capabilities to all work together and lets you customize your settings to capture moments exactly the way you want to.

Single Take, which was introduced in the S20 series, has also been updated with improved AI capabilities. It works to slow down and highlight moments with compelling action your footage. You can also use Highlight Reel to stitch together the best moments in a video clip, leaving you footage that's ready for sharing whether with friends or on social media—no editing required.

The S21 series' batteries promise all-day operation.

The S21 has a 4,000mAh battery capacity while the S21+ offers 4,800mAh and the S21 Ultra has 5,000mAh, all promising power-efficient battery life that adjusts to your daily usage habits and would easily last all day.

The S21 Ultra is the first phone in the S line to be compatible with Samsung's S Pen.

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The S21 Ultra’s display is enabled to work with the S Pen—the first time the S Pen is ever being used in the S series. The S Pen is designed to elevate creativity and productivity on your device. You can use it to draw sketches on your photos, precisely edit your videos, and so much more. Should your purchase an S21 Ultra, you can use it with an existing S Pen compatible with the Galaxy Tab S7 or get the new S Pen. The S21 Ultra case even has a handy compartment for the S Pen!

There's also the new Galaxy Buds Pro.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro come in three sleek colors.
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From left to right: The Galaxy Buds Pro in Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Black.
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Samsung's new Galaxy Buds Pro sport a new, less protrusive look compared to their previous wireless earbuds for a fit and feel more natural to the ear. The device's improved sound quality (made possible by the 11mm woofer for low-frequency sounds and the 6.5mm tweeter for high-frequency sounds) promises detailed audio with a balanced treble and full bass. The earbuds give the user a cinematic, 360-degree audio experience that makes sound feel as though it is coming from different angles. It also has adjustable Acive Noise Cancellation that can block up to 99% of outside noise and automatically turns off when you start speaking. 

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The Galaxy Buds Pro is also designed for improved phone call capabilities. The Noise-Free Call feature separates out unwanted sounds when listening to phone calls in noisy settings.

As you would expect, the Galaxy Buds Pro seamlessly connect to your other Samsung Galaxy devices—you can easily switch connection between your phone, tablet, and other gadgets. Plus, with up to 18 hours of playtime on a single full charge, you'll be using the listening device all day. If you're in a rush, you can get up to an hour of use from just five minutes of charging.

The Galaxy Buds Pro are IPx7-level water-resistant.
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The Galaxy Buds Pro also work particularly well with the S21 series' video camera. Multi-Mic Recording allows you to capture ambient sounds and your voice at the same time—you can use the earbuds to record yourself while the phone's built-in microphone can record something else.


It's now easier to find your missing Samsung devices.

Samsung recently launched SmartThings Find, a new service that helps you locate other Galaxy devices using Bluetooth Low Energy and Ultra-Wideband. Whether you can’t find your S21 smartphone, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds Pro, or what have you, this handy new service will help you locate the gadgets in your Samsung ecosystem even when they’re offline.

Samsung's latest devices will be available sooner than you think.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Buds Pro will be available in the Philippines starting January 29. We can't wait!

Here's how much each smartphone model in the S21 series will cost:

Galaxy S21
256 GB - P49,990

Galaxy S21+
256 GB - P57,990

Galaxy S21 Ultra
256 GB - P69,990
512 GB - P79,990

For more information, log on to Samsung Philippines' website.

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