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Top 5 Samsung Phones to Buy in 2021

Samsung phones are among the very best. The company is currently the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. And for good reason. The company is responsible for some of the industry’s most innovative features and devices. Samsung also made some of the lowest budget high-end phones of 2020

Samsung has been a leader in the technology industry and they make top-quality products. Unlike most of the other smartphone manufacturers, The company has tentacles in a lot of product categories including a shipbuilding branch and a branch that makes military equipment. 

Brief History of Samsung

Unknown to most users, Samsung started out as a trading company. They traded in areas such as food processing, textiles, insurance, securities, and retail. The company would later acquire Korea Electronics Information Co.  The company would spread into the production of microwaves, black and white TVs, washing machines, and refrigerators. Between its commencement in 1938 and now, the Samsung brand has grown to become a leader in all their subsidiaries and industries that they engage in. Some of their phones have been ranked among the best-selling phones of all time

Top 7 Samsung Phones to Buy in 2021

  1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
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The Samsung  Galaxy S21 Ultra was announced and released in January 2021. The device is arguably the best android device out there. It comes with great features, specifications, and power, making it good for all purposes. 

It comes with a dual zoom lens system with a great display for viewing multimedia. The battery life can easily take you the entire day without having to charge the device. 

The downsides of this device are its price which hovers around GH¢6,000 which is a pretty hefty amount for the average Ghanaian. 

If you are looking for an all-in-one smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra should definitely be on your consideration list. 

Photography

On cameras, Samsung went overkill with its 108 MP main wide camera, an ultra-wide camera at 12 MP, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom, f/2.4), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom, f/4.9), with laser AF sensor. The front camera features a 40MP sensor. The device also shoots 8K 30 fps/4K at 60 fps. 

Speed and Processing

Samsung always has the latest chips from Qualcomm for their top-tier flagship phones. The S21 Ultra is definitely among this class of devices. This year, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 has been an addition to the Samsung S21 Ultra that makes a lot of difference in processing power and speed. The device is the ultimate device meriting the name “Ultra” as it checks most of the boxes for any user. 

The device has a powerful Battery of 5,000 mAh which gives a Battery life of 11 hours 25 min (60Hz), 10:07 (adaptive) after a full charge.

Other Features

The main feature worth noting about the S21 Ultra is that it comes with support for the S Pen. This is the first time Samsung is adding support for the S Pen to any device outside of the note series. However, the device doesn’t come with the S Pen. You would have to buy it as an accessory.

Note that the S21 Ultra doesn’t come with a charging brick just as the S21 and S21+.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S21

If the S21 Ultra is pricey for you but you still want something within that range of specs, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the perfect substitute when it comes to price. That means you have to make a few sacrifices off the S21 Ultra. 

The Galaxy S21 has an Excellent dynamic 120Hz display and delivers a powerful performance. It has a beautifully Refined design and screams premium quality. And oh, you don’t have to sacrifice the Powerful camera zoom. 

Photography

The S21 has got 12MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 64MP telephoto (f/2.0) with 3x hybrid zoom/30x digital. On the front camera, the device has a 10MP camera. When it comes to video, you get to shoot 8k Video at a slightly lower but also good 24 fps. 

Speed and Processing

The Galaxy S21 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. The  Snapdragon 888 is the chip used in the S21 Ultra. 

The processor reportedly gives 20% better CPU performance, 35% more GPU speed, and a boosted AI performance. 

There is no 12 GB of RAM alternative but, the S21 does plenty with its 8GB. You may not notice any changes in processing speeds as many tests prove it stands the test of heavy apps such as games.

Battery: 4,000 mAh –  1000 mAh lower than the S21 Ultra. The device comes with 9 hours and 53 minutes (60hz), 6 hours, and 31 minutes (adaptive) battery life. 

Note that the S21 doesn’t come with a charging brick just as the S21 Ultra and S21+.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Released on 21 August 2020,  the  Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was one of the high-end phones released by Samsung last year. 

Even though the company has released the next generation of S series phones, the Note series still awaits a 2021 release. This means the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra remains the most powerful Note device Samsung has to offer. 

If you are a Galaxy Note lover and want some productivity boost with your S Pen and powerful speeds, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the phone for you.

Photography

Marketed by the company as “Anything but your average smartphone”, the S20 Ultra comes with compelling videography and photography setup. The main camera shoots 8K video for starters. 

The cameras create stunning pictures. The rear cameras have a 108MP wide (ƒ/1.8) lens; 12MP telephoto with 5x optical zoom (ƒ/3.0); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2). The front camera has 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF. The front camera also shoots 4K @ 30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

Generally, the device shoots quality photos and videos and you’d be surprised how stunning these photos could be. 

Speed and Processing

The device has the 2020 Snapdragon 865+, but for Ghanaians (thus outside of the US), you get the Exynos 990 which the company makes. The performance is great as the device is built to be the ultimate productivity/entertainment device without any lags or glitches. Playing games on the S20 Ultra is fantastic and you should definitely consider it if you are a gamer. 

It packs a battery with a capacity of 4,500 mAh which gives a Battery life of 10 hrs 26 min. This is enough to take the average user throughout the day without charging. How cool? You may not have to carry chargers around anymore. 

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20

In a similar fashion to the S21 Ultra and the S21, the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are very similar but have a few places where each one stands out. the Note 20 has a few tradeoffs which may not be necessary for the average user. 

These few differences make it possible to grab the equally amazing Samsung Galaxy Note 20 at a lower price. 

The real difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra is in the design and camera departments. Both have glass fronts (of different types). But the Note 20 has plastic instead of a glass back on the Note 20 Ultra. Depending on you, this may be a good or bad thing. 

Photography

Another major difference is in the camera. The Note 20 has 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS for the rear while the Note 20 Ultra has 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS. When it comes to the selfie or front camera, the Note 20 has 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF while the Note 20 Ultra has 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF. This surely makes a noticeable difference in the camera department. Thus, it is the chief sacrifice to make between the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.  

Speed and Processing

The Note 20 has the Snapdragon  865+ (US) or the Exynos 990 (Global) depending on where you are buying it. 

This is the same chipset in the Note 20 Ultra, hence there is nothing to sweat about when it comes to performance. The other amazing features such as the S Pen, Samsung Dex are all present. 

The battery is slightly smaller than the Note 20 Ultra. 

Battery: 4,300 mAh

Battery life: 9 hours and 38 minutes

  1. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
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The Galaxy S20 FE was Released on October 2nd, 2020. The device may not have got a lot of attention when compared to the S20 series and the Note 20 series. However, it doesn’t provide a lot of value for a relatively better price.

The Galaxy S20 FE gives a 120Hz display, excellent cameras and solid performance, and a beautiful design that is very attractive. It does come in plastic back, one of the reasons for its lower price. The front is however glass. 

The camera department is a spec bump as usual and as expected from the company. 

The Galaxy S20 FE comes with a front camera of 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm which features an HDR mode and shoots 4K video. The device has a triple camera setup at the rear which has 12MP main (ƒ/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2), 8MP telephoto with 3x zoom (ƒ/2.4). 

The device comes with the Exynos 990 combined with 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM. On paper, this device is great. However, some heavy users such as gamers noticed a few lags.

Note that the device comes in a normal and 5G variant. The main difference is that the 5G variant supports 5G and comes at a higher price. 

Conclusion

The Top 5 Samsung Phones to buy in 2021 are top-tier and flagship phones. Most are in a series or variants of another. If you are on a small budget, but you still want that premium feel without a heavy use profile, you might find the Galaxy S20 FE great. If you are operating with an open budget and you simply want the best of Samsung, you will find the S21 Ultra very exhilarating. The Note devices are a very special breed and are built for great 360 experiences. You may have to sacrifice some features and specifications if you have a smaller budget. But you cannot go wrong with a Samsung note device. The choice is yours, really. Look at your needs, budget, and decide.

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